Joel left.
Now on to Julia and Joel. Am I alone in being really frustrated with Joel? Don't get me wrong. He has every right to be upset over Julia kissing Roy from The Office. But their problems actually go back before that. Julia's friendship with Ed only really started to develop as Joel was spending more time at work and they were fighting more often. I'm not playing the blame game here, but Joel does seem determined to leave and he hasn't really explained why. I feel like if he had one conversation with someone -- Julia or someone else, doesn't matter -- that at least would clue us in on why he's so hellbent on leaving, I'd have an easier time not being annoyed with him. Was it just the kiss? Has he been thinking about this for a while? Is he trying to punish Julia or is he just set on getting a divorce? I might feel more sympathetic toward him if I understood what was going on in his head, but it's like he doesn't even want to talk about it. He just wants to go and never mind giving Julia (or us) a reason. I have to believe they'll get back together but at this point, I'm just annoyed with him for not being more open with why he's walking out. But points to Xolo Mariduena for his reaction when Julia and Joel told the kids. Savannah Paige Rae did great too but it was Victor's tears that triggered my own.

Sarah's love life.
Sarah's semi-relationship with her tenant seems like it's becoming a thing. I guess I'll have to learn that guy's name. The fact that I don't know it off the top of my head might be an indication that I'm not nearly as invested in the relationship as I might need to be. The thing about Carl is (yeah, I looked it up), he's pretty ordinary. And I mean, well-above-average ordinary and the good kind of ordinary. Good-looking, motivated and altogether together, not to mention age-appropriate. That might be why he doesn't jump out at me as being "the guy" because there's always something about whoever Sarah dates, and this guy seems so right, he can't possibly be right, right? Plus, Hank's still around. And they're playing up his quirks a lot this season, going as far as to suggest he might have Aspergers. I actually like the Hank/Max relationship just fine that I haven't exactly been pining over the idea of Sarah and Hank reuniting. But he's still around, which makes me feel like, at some point, Sarah and he will try to start over, especially now that they're working together.

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