NBC's Parenthood is always among the first of the network shows to bow out for the season, and with last night's episode, "My Brother's Wedding," it does so again. Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) rush their wedding into existence in less than a week. This happens despite Crosby's feud with Adam (Peter Krause), which heats up as Adam pressures Crosby into selling their business. Also, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) struggle with their devastation at not getting the baby they were promised, and consider other options, while other Bravermans fall in and out of love.
Crosby and Jasmine getting married is long overdue. For awhile, it appears that the two are ready to move on, both dating delightful people, who are great additions to the series. But in a cast as full as Parenthood's is, there just isn't any room for too many extras, and they were superfluous. Yes, the idea isn't romantic, but it's realistic for the confines of a network television budget. And so, gone are Dr. Joe (DB Woodside) and Lily (Courtney Ford), as regrettable as that may be.
In some ways, Crosby and Jasmine's nuptials in "My Brother's Wedding" come out of nowhere, as the characters have been separated for quite a bit of time, and only reunite in the penultimate episode of the season. On the other hand, this is a plot thread begun in the very first episodes of Parenthood, and one this has often seemed an inevitable conclusion. Crosby is finally mature enough to handle a family, and so he gets one. It's nice that Parenthood decides to stop playing around and just get them together already, in a hopefully permanent situation, even if it may have been done partially due to fear of cancellation.
The main story of "My Brother's Wedding," more than the wedding itself, is the fight between Crosby and Adam. These two siblings are as close as can be, and their purchase of the Luncheonette earlier this season solidified that. While the two have plenty of stories together prior to this arc, seeing them in business together creates a whole new, welcome, dynamic. To think that they might give it up for money, admittedly, a whole lot of money, is heartbreaking.
That is the crux of the fight. The Luncheonette is Crosby's dream, but Adam only sees it as a business. Worried about his family's financial future, Adam is eager to sell, even before the offer is upped considerably. He doesn't think about what it means to Crosby all that much, and certainly doesn't even consider how the business has brought them closer together.