Post # 1
Anyone else think Joel is giving up too easily? Their separation makes me so sad!
I understand that Julia can be annoying and selfish. She was totally wrong to be involved the way she was with Roy from the Office. But Joel needs to put things in perspective. I can’t believe he wants to walk away from like 10+ years of marriage over this rough spot. I feel like they can make changes in their lives that would clear up the issues they’ve been having. Julia can get another job, even if it’s not what she did before, or they can hire someone to help with the kids, or they can just wait until Joel finishes this project to make any decisions. They can at least get counseling. So much of this is rooted in circumstances that can be changed or worked with. It’s really sad to see him walk away as soon as things get hard. I feel like Julia is willing to at least try to make changes, and I’m surprised Joel isn’t. Maybe he’s been sacrificing too much for too long? I don’t know, I just don’t buy it that the marriage would be over that suddenly. They have issues to work out, for sure, but I feel like if it were me and my DH, we wouldn’t be separating. Counseling or something, probably, but not separating.
I hope after getting some space, Joel will come back and they’ll work on it.
What do you all think?
Post # 3
@SarahCF: I don’t think we would be seperating in that situation either. It’s sad and obviously not right, but she really was just looking for a friend because Joel was not supporting her like she needed. I think her intention behind the entire thing is what makes it understandable, but she did let it go so far. I hope they get back together but I have a feeling that Joel is gonna be on that lady he works with!!
Post # 4
@SarahCF: Isn’t this a forum for wedding planning? lol
Post # 5
It’s completely out of nowhere and SO frustrating! I love that show, but this part of the storyline has actually pissed me off. I’m hoping they work it out.
Post # 6
I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better. That’s what makes good TV! But in the end, they will figure it out. Maybe like a season? Great show!
Post # 7
i agree. although loling@” with roy from the office”. idk why julia doesnt just go back to work since she doesnt want to be a SAHM and joel doesnt seem too happy in his job either (? i can’t remember if he wanted to go back or she wanted to stay home or what)
Post # 8
Last nights episode was so sad! my eyes teared up when they told the kids. It does seem like Joel gave up awfully quick. They haven’t really had a divorce storyline on the show so that kind of makes me think they might go through with it but I hope they don’t!
Post # 9
@Ninteenthchance: Yes, I totally think he is having an affair with Peet or however you spell her name.
Post # 10
@Kjeff760: Right? Why else would he be so quick to leave her?! It seems fishy
Post # 11
Parenthood is my favorite show! Joel gave up way too easily. Like someone else said, everything that happened is because of circumstances that can easily be changed, and he is acting like he had no part in the fact that his wife was feeling alone. Yes, the job he’s got keeps him busy, but it doesn’t excuse someone from being there for their spouse.
ETA: I can’t help but wonder if Joel is up to something fishy because of how easily he gave up.
Post # 12
Joel’s behavior all season has been super infuriating to me. Julia’s not perfect, but he’s been so emotionally unavailable and cruel. I see her cheating as very much a symptom of his checking out of the relationship and refusing to help her when she (repeatedly) asked for support. To not even consider going to therapy with her? Over a kiss? Not ok. And it’s not like she didn’t ask for his help before, either.
I hope he comes around, but honestly if he doesn’t, I hope they divorce because she deserves more than that.
Post # 13
I love this show and it makes me cry every time I watch it. I have been super annoyed with how needy Julia’s has been but believe it could change if she went back to work. I do not approve of the emotional cheating and relationship she built with the other guytouts is a true betrayal of Joel who was always supportive and faithful when she was working and dedicated to her career. It is so very heartbreaking for the kids, especially the boy.
I agree Joel is giving up too easily and that counselling should be sought both individually and together