12 September 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After seven months off the air, Parenthood returned last night with a quintessential Parenthood episode: lots and lots and lots of overtalking, a few emotional scenes, and a little thoughtful meditation on the nature of family. It's the Parenthood we know and love. But there were a few danger signs in the episode, too, signs that Parenthood is relying on some worn-out character-types and looking for drama in all the wrong places.Last night's episode included a minor story about Amber sleeping with one of the musicians recording at her uncles' studio, only to discover that he was a slimy cheater. You don't say! More distressingly, he was a perfect dopplegänger for Charlie from Lost, from the song that might as well have been "You All Everybody," to the scruffy blond vibes, to the overenthusiasm for male jewelry. Certainly the grody rock star who wears vests and lies to women »

- Margaret Lyons

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