‘Parenthood’: Cee Lo Sings Janis Joplin

Cee Lo Green guest stars on 'Parenthood' (Photo: NBC)

Cee Lo Green guest stars on 'Parenthood' (Photo: NBC)

What’s the one thing you never expected to see on “Parenthood“? A dinner scene where none of the Bravermans talk over each other? Don’t get crazy. That is not going to happen. However, something nearly as unlikely transpired in the October 18th episode, “Tales From the Luncheonette”: celebrity stunt casting. “The Voice’s” Cee Lo Green appeared as himself.

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Apparently, the story arc about Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) running a recording studio is a stealth way to get famous musicians to appear on the show, even though it undercuts the premise that the Bravermans are an average, ordinary family. Fortunately, it comes across as a fairly organic story development, since a recording studio is a natural place for celebrities to pop up.

The scenario is that Cee Lo wants to record a song for a tribute album at The Luncheonette. Shockingly, none of the teenagers, including music freaks Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer), profess any interest in dropping by the studio to meet Cee Lo.The studio is not ready to open yet. Adam sensibly realizes this is a great opportunity and pressures Crosby to pull a couple of all-nighters to get it ready. Crosby grumbles about how difficult it is the whole time, and shows why he is too lazy and disorganized to run the business on his own. Kristina (Monica Potter) is frustrated that Adam is MIA for the first week of his newborn daughter’s life. I am frustrated that nobody else in the family offers to help Kristina. This is one time where Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille’s (Bonnie Bedelia) meddling would be welcome. What kind of grandparents don’t want to spend as much time as possible with their new grandchildren?

When Cee Lo arrives, he initially seems unhappy with The Luncheonette, performing take after take of Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart. When he leaves, Crosby is convinced that they have been fired and blames Adam for wanting to actually earn a living instead of turning down business that could put their studio on the map. It turns out that Cee Lo just was unhappy with his own arrangement and comes back re-energized the next day.

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The episode’s most dramatically interesting storyline involved Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) efforts to get Seth (John Corbett) into rehab. After she confronts him about what a mess he is and threatens to bar him from seeing his children, he agrees to get help. Unfortunately, there is a waiting list for public treatment centers and he can not afford private rehab. Mr. Cyr (Jason Ritter) is justifiably uncomfortable about how involved Sarah is with her ex, but Sarah’s desire to make sure the father of her children is a functional human being is also understandable. When Zeek and Camille make it clear that they are opposed to Sarah helping Seth, she asks moneybags Julia (Erika Christensen) to pay for rehab. She agrees, perhaps because she is dealing with Zeek and Camille’s skepticism about her plans to adopt the snarky coffee cart girl’s baby. When Zeek expresses his disapproval, Joel (Sam Jaeger) puts on his big boy pants and tells his father-in-law that he and Julia have the right to spend their money as they see fit, and adopt as many babies from snarky baristas as they want. This is the most dialogue Joel has had since the series began.

Drew asks Amber how to kiss. Just as she taught Max how to apologize last week, she explains the mechanics of kissing to her shy brother. Someone get this kid a copy of The Game. Drew successfully kisses Amy.

Kristina wants to read Haddie’s (Sarah Ramos) college essay but keeps falling asleep. When she finally reads it, she thinks it is good. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, especially since we never find out what Haddie wrote. What I Learned From My Bad Perm? How I Got Drunk And Got My Boyfriend Arrested? There are so many great possibilities.

Place your bets now on the next star who will record at the Luncheonette: Blake Shelton? Adam Levine? The suspense is killing me.

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