It took two episodes to confirm, but as soon as I heard that Drew Holt’s (Miles Heizer) girlfriend Amy (Skyler Day) had spent the summer at summer camp, delayed her return home and seemed to be “distant” I knew what was happening. Anyone who has ever gone to summer camp or not gone with a significant other to camp knew.
Summer camp is a magical place where people fall in love and have incredible experiences that are difficult to share with anyone not experiencing it with you. This can be a recipe for disaster or a path to finding true happiness in a romantic relationship depending on who you ask. As someone who sort of had this happen to me once, I felt Drew’s pain the minute I saw him embrace and awkwardly kiss Amy.
It’s one of those moments that make Parenthood such a relatable show on so many levels. Like Drew, there’s a glimmer of hope that maybe Amy will realize what’s she missed out on now that she’s back in the real world, but the sinking reality that the relationship, no matter how long Amy drags her feet, is doomed.