TIME Fine Art

This Dirty Bed Just Sold for $3.77 Million

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' To Be Auctioned At Christie's
Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. Rob Stothard—Getty Images

For the price one buyer paid for Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, you could buy 2,500 TempurPedics

When Tracey Emin got dumped, she didn’t get out of bed for four days, depressed. Then she took her dirty bed and turned it into a famous work of art.

‘My Bed’ was sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Tuesday for around $3.77 million, a huge spike since it sold to world-class art collector Charles Saatchi in 2000 for about $200,000.

The work consists of dirty sheets, underpants stained by menses, used condoms, empty liquor bottles, and pregnancy tests. It was shortlisted for the coveted Turner Prize in 1999, but did not win. It did, however, help cinch Emin’s notoriety as one of the YBAs—that is, Young British Artists, though she and her contemporaries like Damien Hirst are no longer so young.

In an interview last year with the New York Times Magazine, Emin said revisiting ‘My Bed’ when reinstalling it for exhibits brought back evocative memories of her youth: “I was thinking, with the cigarettes, that’s so weird because I don’t smoke anymore. I haven’t had sex for years, and there’s this condom. God, there’s a tampon, and I haven’t had a period for years.”

The work is arguably Emin’s best-known, rivaled only by ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995,’ a tent whose interior she appliquéd with the names of everyone whose bed she had ever shared, sexually or platonically. That work, also acquired by Saatchi, was destroyed in the Momart warehouse fire in London in 2004.

‘My Bed’ sold for approximately $3.77 million, which would buy you something in the region of 2,500 ordinary beds priced at $1,500 each.

TIME Diet/Nutrition

The Government Wants Young Farmers To Hit the Hay (Literally)

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Andrew Isaacson watches from the cockpit of a tractor in a corn field as screens show where he has fertilized at the Little Bohemia Creek farm on June 17, 2014 in Warwick, Md. Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images

Intended as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for beginning farmers, it promises the full range of financial and technical support

The USDA has launched a New Farmers website targeted at young people struggling to get their start in the agriculture industry.

The site brings together in one place a number of programs already available to newcomers: It can help young farmers get off the ground with a variety of loans from the Farm Service Agency, which often provides critical resources to those who are unable to get help from traditional lenders. It provides crop insurance for a fruits, vegetables and grains. And through the Transition Incentive Program, it can facilitate transfer of farmland from retiring farmers to new and socially disadvantaged farmers and vets.

What’s more: Aspiring organic farmers can find help with the cost of certification—which is especially relevant, as organic farmers are younger on average, and the market for organic foods shows no signs of slowing. They can also get help with land conservation and soil health.

As the American farm population ages out (the average is now 58), it is increasingly critical that a new generation is in place to produce our food. “We must help new farmers get started if America is going to continue feeding the world and maintain a strong agriculture economy,” said U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden in the announcement.

If the site proves useful to those getting their start, it just might help launch the next fleet of farmers.

TIME Diet/Nutrition

Nestlé Is Developing an Instant-Nutrient Food Machine

The 'Iron Man' device could work like Nespresso

Pretty soon, treating your Vitamin D deficiency could be as simple as firing up your espresso machine. Or so Nestlé hopes.

The research arm of the Swiss food and beverage company, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), is hard at work on a program called “Iron Man” that aims to measure nutritional deficiencies in group’s or individual’s diets and produce tailor-made remedies. These might take the form of powder similar to instant coffee capsules, like those used in Nestlé’s popular Nespresso machines. Running low on zinc? Press a few buttons for the cure, and you might get to slurp it down with a double latte.

The exact form and function of the machine is yet to be determined, NIHS director Ed Baetge tells Bloomberg, and will take years to develop. A huge obstacle is in getting consumers information about their complete nutrition profile to assess which nutrients they’re lacking; at present, such tests run into the hundreds of dollars. Nestlé wants to bring that cost way down into an affordable range.

The current limit in regulation around supplements might help such a product get to market without much fuss. But there’s been significant questioning in the scientific community as to the value of such supplements—how much do they really help, and are supplements an efficient way of delivering nutrients when compared with food? And could these supplements actually hurt us?

Without hard facts, it’s hard to know whether “Iron Man” would truly help consumers or simply spark another fad diet. By the time it’s ready for the market, perhaps research will show whether such a quick-fix is the cure for all maladies or part of the problem.

TIME Media

Meet 10 of China’s Most Powerful Women

The critically acclaimed MAKERS series goes to China

After its critical acclaim last year with the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, AOL has taken its storytelling brand to China to highlight women whose accomplishments have shattered expectations and serve as an inspiration to their peers. The selection process was overseen in part by Yang Lan, a broadcast journalist often dubbed the “Oprah of China.”

Li Yinhe

First female sexologist in China

After studying at the University of Pittsburgh, Li became fascinated by the widely available research on American sexual mores, completely absent in her native China. Her book, Their World: a Study of Homosexuality in China, proved iconoclastic for the country.

Gong Li

Actor

Known for films like Raise the Red Lantern and Memoirs of a Geisha, Gong has starred in numerous Chinese films that have won her awards from the Berlin International Film Festival to Cannes. She was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2000.

Fu Ying

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

After a string of government jobs, Fu became China’s ambassador to the Philippines in 1998, then to Australia in 2003, then to the U.K. in 2007. She’s been praised for her expert handling of the media after western pushback against China’s successful bid to host the Olympics.

Guo Jianmei

First public interest lawyer in China

In 1995, Guo was inspired at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women by Hillary Clinton’s now-famous maxim: “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Not long after, she founded a women’s legal aid NGO, which subsequently earned her an award from Clinton as a Woman of Courage.

Li Yan

Short-track speed skating coach

Li won a silver medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics and later went on to coach Apolo Ohno to his gold medal win in the 2006 Winter Olympics. She has coached the Chinese national team through the last two Olympic seasons.

Hu Shuli

Investigative journalist

The editor-in-chief of Caixin Media Company has made a name for herself through hard-hitting journalism—a particularly challenging accomplishment in China. She famously reported on corruption in the financial industry, and has been included on the TIME 100.

Dong Mingzhu

Chairman and president, Gree Electric

Dong rose through the ranks at Gree Electric, first selling air conditioners then overseeing the sales team. She was appointed director of the department in 1994 and increases sales by a factor of seven. This accomplishment paved the way for her to eventually take the top job at the company.

Yang Liping

Dance artist

A dancer from rural China, Yang studied the dance cultures of various Chinese minorities as a young woman. Committed to bringing these traditions to the wider public, she raised money to create and perform her first piece, “Spirit of the Peacock” in the 1980s, and went on to direct, choreograph and perform in blockbuster dance shows throughout China, Europe and the U.S.

Laura Cha Shin May-lung

Former vice-chair of the China Securities Regulatory Commission

After a successful career as a lawyer, first in California then in Hong Kong, she joined the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and eventually held the position of Deputy Chairman. She then moved on to be vice chair of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, becoming the first non-mainlander in the role.

Yan Geling

Novelist and screenwriter

Yan is known in the U.S. for books like The Banquet Bug and The Lost Daughter of Happiness. Many of her novels have been adapted for films like The Flowers of War, and her stories are highly acclaimed in China.

TIME Food & Drink

In Honor of Mario Batali’s New Show, Here Are 10 Photos of Him in Crocs

Though High Road goes highbrow, the Babbo chef sticks with his pedestrian kicks

Mario Batali’s new show may be shot in black and white, but that doesn’t mean he’s not still making the most of his signature orange Crocs.

The Hulu series, The High Road With Mario Batali, debuted today with an episode guest starring George Stephanopoulos, who Batali asks to don the “footwear of choice: orange slippers like mine.”

“I am not worthy!” says Stephanopoulos.

“Oh yes you are,” replies Batali, who famous purchased 200 pairs of the comfy shoes last year and has his name on a special line of Crocs’ black and orange “Bistro” shoes. After Stephanopoulos slips on a pair, the chef admits, “At this point, actually, George, I find you sexually attractive now!”

“That’s a little weird,” says the ABC anchor.

Sex symbols or clown shoes, don’t expect the foam clogs to disappear from Batali’s wardrobe anytime soon.

TIME health

What’s Hobby Lobby’s Problem With IUDs?

Copper IUD
Copper IUD B. Boissonnet—BSIP/Corbis

Update: The Supreme Court has ruled that closely held corporations with religious convictions cannot be required by the government to cover employees’ emergency contraception.

Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma City-based craft store is known for its owners Christian values: they don’t work on Sundays; they play Christian music in stores. Now the privately-owned corporation doesn’t want to offer health insurance that would cover employees’ emergency contraception under the Affordable Care Act. They argued their case to the Supreme Court in March, citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 as legal precedent. This month the court will rule on Hobby Lobby’s right to opt out of covering those pills and devices they believe to be abortifacients. “Believe” is the key word here, as the U.S. government defines pregnancy to begin when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus, and these drugs and devices prevent implantation. Nevertheless, as the company’s brief states, “given their [religious] beliefs, Respondents cannot cover [Plan B, Ella, and two types of intrauterine devices] without facilitating what they believe to be an abortion.”

Hobby Lobby’s objection to “morning after” pills like Plan B and Ella which can can be taken up to five days after intercourse to prevent pregnancy isn’t so surprising. These pills have long been targeted by by the Pro-Life movement even though they’re not abortifacients as the government defines them, rather they’re emergency contraception since there’s no implantation of a fertilized egg. You may have thought the battle was over after Plan B became available over-the-counter in all states last year. But what is unusual about this case is the company’s objection to intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Though still a niche form of birth control, IUDs have surged in popularity in recent years—in 2012, 8.5 percent of American women who used contraception chose an IUD, compared with 5.5 percent in 2007. These small, t-shaped devices are implanted in the uterus by a gynecologist and can safely stay there for up to 12 years, with an astonishingly low failure rate of 0.2 percent (compared with the pill’s average 9 percent). The IUD’s main draw is its long-term efficacy. So why is it included in a case about emergency contraception pills ?

As it turns out, copper IUDs are known to be an effective method of emergency contraception if inserted within five days of intercourse. Once in, the device can stay there for years just the same as if it were not used in an emergency situation. Like many forms of contraception, scientists aren’t sure exactly how this method works, but they know that it can be effective.

Nevertheless, emergency contraception is hardly the main reason most women choose an IUD and many who do choose one choose a hormonal IUD, which works differently and has not been proven as an effective “morning-after” method). Unfortunately, statistics aren’t available on the reasons go to their gynecologists to have the IUD procedurewhether for emergency or long-term contraception. But James Trussell, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University who has done extensive research on the subject, acknowledges, “We don’t have any numbers but I would say that the number who get IUDs as emergency contraception is miniscule.”

Putting aside religious beliefs about conception and abortion, there’s something odd about Hobby Lobby’s tactic. Okay, copper IUDs can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. But most women who seek an IUD probably aren’t getting one for that purpose—they’re simply choosing a highly effective option that doesn’t require them to remember to take a pill. And if the company is truly concerned about preventing abortions, why not support a method of contraception that’s even more effective than the birth control pills they’ll continue to cover? Remember, too, that certain brands of pills can also serve as emergency contraception by increasing the dose. To allow one method of birth control that can also work as emergency contraception but not another, seems to be an unnecessarily complex legal maneuver—especially since the one they’re targeting is less popular than birth control pills and therefore less likely to incite outrage among employees.

But perhaps the company is looking at the long game here. If SCOTUS rules in Hobby Lobby’s favor, it could set a groundbreaking precedent allowing companies to pick and choose what kinds of general health care they choose to cover based on religious grounds. And that could affect anything from blood transfusions to vaccines as several of the Justices have worried. More narrowly, it could lead to a nuts-and-bolts breakdown of the kinds of contraception employees can get. At a cost of $500-1,000 up-front without insurance, the IUD is unlikely to catch on as a popular method of birth control if employers are allowed to opt out of providing coverage.

TIME Food & Drink

The Billion-Dollar Hope for School Lunches

Shelly Puri

Revolution Foods, a company that feeds over 1 million meals a week to school children, grabs an investment from Steve Case

AOL co-founder Steve Case knows the score on the school-lunch debate. “I’m not running into anybody, on the Republican side or the Democrat side, who’s saying, ‘We believe in unhealthy meals,’” he tells TIME. “The debate on the House side has been some people saying these new requirements are too difficult for schools to meet. It’s too hard to provide healthy options at affordable prices that kids will love, and so we should relax the standards essentially to give them more time to transition.”

But he’s not buying it. “Our view,” he says, “is the market can solve this problem. Revolution Foods is demonstrating that.”

He is putting his money where his mouth is, announcing Wednesday that his Revolution Growth fund (co-founded with other AOL alums; the name is a coincidence) has invested $30 million in the school-lunch company. For eight years, Revolution Foods has impressed many with its healthy alternatives to the run-of-the-mill cafeteria food that meets federal guidelines, but is either not very good for kids or not very tasty. Their meals, by contrast, are made from whole foods with organic components, served with a fruit and vegetable, minimally processed, without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, flavors or additives—and they meet all the regulations to be fully reimbursable.

The method is definitely working. When TIME reported on the company in 2010, Revolution Foods was feeding 30,000 students. Now, they’ve expanded to 1,000 schools serving over 1 million meals a week to 200,000 kids—breakfast, lunch, snack and supper. Almost all of its clients are public schools, with a fairly even spread across the age range from pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Most important: 80 percent of the students they feed are on the free and reduced meal program. That means the best food is, for once, making it to the kids who are most in need of a healthy meal at school.

Revolution Foods co-founder Kristin Groos Richmond says the testimonials from parents, students and teachers couldn’t be better: “better concentration, less disciplinary action, less trips to the nurses, less absences.” In some districts, the growth rate of participation in the free and reduced meal program increased in the double digits. Administrators report decreased food waste, Richmond says.

While the company’s goals are altruistic, they also present a desirable market for the likes of Case to invest in. “The school lunch business is a $16-billion business in the U.S. alone,” he says. Revolution Foods has had over 100 percent compound annual growth rate since the day they started, says Richmond. It’s currently a $100 million-revenue business, but Case says he thinks it will be possible to grow to $1 billion.

The money from Revolution will allow the company to open new culinary centers where the meals are prepared. The company currently operates seven in cities around the country, and it is expanding into San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Austin and Philadelphia. Eventually, they would like to plant a flag in the Midwest.

It will also help them expand their retail business, a kind of healthy Lunchable that was born out of parents’ demand for a weekend equivalent to the healthy foods their kids were getting during the week at school. Those meal kits will now be available in even more grocery stores—they’re currently in more than 2,000.

Many public schools are currently in the process of selecting their vendors for the next school year; if all goes according to plan, Revolution Foods will be turning up on even more trays throughout the nation’s cafeterias.

TIME Food & Drink

The 13 Most Influential Pizzas of All Time

We interviewed pizza historians and experts to determine which pies made the biggest impact on the pizza industry—and the world at large.

And here they are:

  • 13.

    Hawaiian Pizza

    Most Influential Pizzas
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    One of pizza’s most divisive flavors, Hawaiian pizza (topped with pineapple and ham) was invented far from its namesake islands by a Greek pizza maker in Chatham, Ontario in the 1960s. Its popularity paved the way for future hybrid hits, like buffalo chicken and barbecue pizzas, now widely available on menus as mass-market as Domino’s.

     

  • 12.

    Mast’Nicola

    Most Influential Pizzas
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    This 17th-century pie, said to be named for Nicola, the Italian baker who made it, was “arguably the first pizza ever in existence,” says Scott Wiener, author of Viva La Pizza!: The Art of the Pizza Box, noting that what separates it from flatbread is the addition of toppings (in this case, pig fat and pecorino). Though humble in origin, it set the stage for the cheese- and sauce-laden pies that are so popular today.

     

  • 11.

    L&B Spumoni Gardens “Upside Down” Pizza

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    A Brooklyn landmark since 1939, L&B Spumoni Gardens sells thick, Sicilian-style square-cut upside-down pizza—meaning the tomato sauce tops the cheese. Founder Ludovico Barbati “wasn’t the first to put tomato on top of cheese,” says Wiener, “but every time you see it outside of New York City, it’s a reference to that pizzeria.”

     

  • 10.

    Pepe’s White Clam Pie

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Diana Delucia

    This pie—created by Frank Pepe at Pizzeria Napoletana in the mid-1960s—was the first to put a completely unconventional topping (seafood) on a sauceless pizza. Over time, so-called New Haven style pizza popped up at restaurants like Franny’s in Brooklyn, Salvation Pizza in Austin, Pete’s in Washington, D.C. and more. “So many people copy [clam pizza] across the country,” says Wiener, and every time, “the reference point is Pepe’s.”

     

  • 9.

    Totino’s Pizza Rolls

    Most Influential Pizzas
    General Mills

    A favorite at slumber parties, pizza rolls (originally produced in 1968 by Jeno’s, which was later sold to Totino’s) wrap traditional pizza ingredients inside a salty, chewy crust. They kicked off the pizza-as-snack craze that eventually spawned pizza bagels, pizza Lunchables, and even pizza-flavored Pringles.

     

  • 8.

    Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Pizza Hut

    Others have claimed they invented this novelty (cheesemaker Anthony Mongiello holds a 1987 patent for the idea), but Pizza Hut was the first to launch cheese-filled crusts on a national scale in 1995. Once it took off in the States, says Carol Helstosky, author of Pizza: A Global History, Pizza Hut developed regional versions overseas—from hot-dog stuffing in the U.K. to cheeseburger stuffing in the Middle East to Marmite stuffing in New Zealand. The hit has spawned copycats from Godfather’s Pizza, DiGiorno’s and more.

     

  • 7.

    Uno’s

    Most Influential Pizzas
    John Gress—Reuters

    The iconic pie—which debuted in Chicago in 1943, at a restaurant called Pizzeria Riccardo, then Pizzeria Uno, and now Uno Chicago Grill—is widely considered to be the first-ever deep-dish pizza. The heavy, buttery crust was a complete departure from the standard Neapolitan and came to “define an entire city,” according to Wiener. The company rapidly expanded through franchises in the 1980s, and today deep-dish pizza is a staple on menus at Little Caesars, CiCi’s and more.

     

  • 6.

    Shakey’s

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Courtesy of Shakey's USA, Inc.

    The first fast-food pizza debuted in 1954 in Sacramento, Calif., paving the way for joints like Pizza Hut in 1958, Little Caesar’s in 1959, and Domino’s in 1960—and helping pizza transition from an ethnic dish to a mainstay of American cuisine. Shakey’s remains in business, but it now has more locations in Asia than in the U.S.

     

  • 5.

    Ed LaDou’s Pizzas

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Kevork Djansezian—AP

    Prior to the “California style” trend, pizza was a simple food meant to be enjoyed by the whole family, says Helstosky. But when chef Ed LaDou started making smaller pies garnished with more varied, non-traditional toppings, the dish became a foodie favorite. With help from Wolfgang Puck (who he met in 1980), LaDou developed the luxe pizza menu at Spago, and eventually the first menu for California Pizza Kitchen, which mainstreamed the gourmet pizza trend. His legacy endures today in trendy pizza spots like Roberta’s and Motorino.

     

  • 4.

    Lombardi’s

    Most Influential Pizzas
    John Minchillo—NFL/AP

    Even if you haven’t heard of this pizza, you have tasted the fruits of its labor. As the first documented pizzeria in the U.S. (it was licensed in New York in 1905), Lombardi’s was the first step on pizza’s path from Neapolitan specialty to global mass-market obsession. To be sure, it had help; other early U.S. pizzerias included Totonno’s (opened by a Lombardi’s alum in 1924), John’s and Grimaldi’s, all of which blossomed after WWII, when vets returning home started craving the pies they’d come to love while stationed in Naples.

     

  • 3.

    Totino’s Frozen Pizza

    Most Influential Pizzas
    General Mills

    Pizza was still a relatively niche interest in American cuisine in the middle of the 20th century, but the introduction of frozen pizza helped put it on every table. Rose Totino was the first to do this in a major way (the Celentano Brothers beat her by several years with far less success), opening a factory in 1962 to market the pie recipes from her Minnesota pizzeria to a much wider audience. Now, consumers can defrost everything from simple DiGiorno’s to more upscale options like Newman’s Own and Kashi.

     

  • 2.

    Domino’s

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Domino's

    When Tom Monaghan took over the Ann Arbor eatery (known then as DomiNick’s) in 1960, he pioneered the delivery and takeout-only concept, making pizzas like this available on-the-go. (The chain would later be the first to use thermal delivery bags to keep the pies hot in transit.) The success of that model prompted copycats all over the world, and helped pave the way for food-delivery services like Seamless and GrubHub.

     

  • 1.

    Margherita Pizza

    Most Influential Pizzas
    Hidehiro Kigawa—Getty Images

    As legend has it, Queen Margherita of Italy wanted to try the Neapolitan flatbread she’d heard so much about during a visit to Naples in 1889. Of the three varieties she sampled, her favorite was her namesake: a Margherita pizza whose toppings mimicked the colors of the Italian flag: red tomatoes, white mozzarella, and green basil. Whether the origin myth is true or invented, the Margherita pizza helped spawn almost every modern-day pie, and is now “the standard for what a good pizza is,” says Helstosky.

     

TIME Television

RECAP: Parenthood Season Finale: The Tomato in the Room

Parenthood - Season 5
Sam Jaeger as Joel Graham, Savannah Paige Rae as Sydney Graham, Erika Christensen as Julia Braverman-Graham Ben Cohen—NBCU Photo Bank/NBC

Hot tomato, that is. The season 5 finale — which may be it for the series — saw steamy twists, but not a lot of resolution

The NBC family drama wrapped its fifth season — and possibly its last, as the show is currently on the bubble — with plenty of romantic revelations, mostly predictable but with one big surprise (at least for those who didn’t have it spoiled during last week’s preview).

Prodigal daughter Haddie is back with a whole new look — and a big surprise. She comes home from college for summer break with her “best friend” in tow: blonde cutie “Lauren,” played by Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Magazine fame. She keeps the sexual nature of their relationship secret at first, then hints at their intimacy to her dad, but he doesn’t put two and two together until Lauren drops a heavier hint. Kristina finds out after Max, who has walked in on the two smooching, bluntly asks his mom, “If two girls are kissing, does that mean that they’re lesbians?” Though stunned, Kristina accepts and embraces the news in the family’s signature Berkeley way.

It’s an odd choice on the writers’ part to so heavily feature a character who’s been absent all season in the finale. And Haddie’s not the only long-forgotten character to crop back up: Ryan, who was hospitalized last week but had been gone for months, has a large role in the episode when his mother arrives to take him home to Wyoming. After his medical discharge from the army, it seems he has no other choice — though a romp in the hospital bed with Amber confuses the matter and leads her to pick up a pregnancy test later in the episode. Though she’s smiling, it’s hard to root for a positive result knowing that he’s laid up from drunk driving.

As for the plot lines we’ve been focused on for the last stretch of the season, not much comes into focus. Adam and Kristina’s school plan gets no air time at all, much less a decision on whether Bob Little will lease them the property. And Joel and Julia all but fall back into each other’s arms after Victor wins an essay contest at school — emphasis on the “all but.” Even a bedtime story with Sydney, who throws a tantrum until Joel agrees to stay for the night, delivers nothing but smiles and meaningful eye contact. All that will-they-or-won’t-they tension, and all the viewer gets to show for it is an awkward Breyer’s commercial between segments in which a husband asks his wife, “Who’s hotter? Me or Joel?” (Joel, dude. Always Joel.)

The other will-they-or-won’t-they plot line, between Sarah and Hank, resolves as expected: with hesitation on her part, then talk of how much work it will be with his Asperger’s (a diagnosis he still hasn’t formally received), then a kiss. It’s nice to see one “tomato in the room” plucked, though not exactly cathartic to revisit a relationship that has failed once before, and was never especially passionate in the first place. Also in the category of relationships it’s hard to care about: Drew and Natalie. They were thrown together in the penultimate episode and are now apparently so in love that Zeek is inspired to loan Drew the freshly-finished Pontiac (which gives the episode its name) to drive up to see his girlfriend.

The real strength in this finale lies in its more quotidian moments — as is always the case for Parenthood. Adam and Crosby’s vigorous victory lap around their childhood home is sweet, and Zeek and Millie’s last dance through the empty living room is even sweeter.

In what may be the show’s final sequence, the Braverman clan gets together for one last feast on the lawn. Their dialogue is muted in favor of the soundtrack, a thoughtful cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin,’” putting special emphasis on one piece of advice — “your sons and your daughters are beyond your command” — that’s never been a great problem for the Bravermans. If there’s one thing they’re good at, it’s supporting for their children, no matter what’s going on in their own lives. This last barbecue, reminiscent of so many others on the show, doesn’t expand on the plot, but it does stay in line with the vibe. As Sydney tells her parents while begging them to get back to normal, “It’s not special, it’s how it’s supposed to be.”

TIME Television

Play the Parenthood Season Finale Crying Game

Parenthood - Season 5
Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli, Mae Whitman as Amber Holt, Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman Colleen Hayes—NBCU Photo Bank/NBC

It's like a drinking game, but instead of taking a shot, you weep openly!

Parenthood, NBC’s notoriously sad-yet-heartwarming saga of the Braverman family, will wrap up its fifth season on Thursday —and with the show still “on the bubble” for renewal, this could be goodbye forever.

Waterworks are a regular part of the Parenthood viewer experience, but this finale promises to be especially sob-worthy. So grab a box of Kleenex and fasten your seatbelts for our Parenthood crying game — it’s gonna be a bumpy night.

(No known spoilers follow — not even those given away in last week’s preview.)

  • Tear up every time Hank mentions Asperger’s.
  • Whimper whenever Sydney pouts.
  • Sob if Christina talks about cancer.
  • Well up for any and all of Jabbar’s kids-say-the-darnedest-things moments.
  • Single tear if prodigal daughter Haddie returns for a visit from college.
  • Happy tears whenever Zeek squeezes Camille’s shoulder.
  • Tears of relief if Oliver Rome finally gets out of the Luncheonette.
  • No tears if Hank and Sarah get back together. Really, who cares anymore?
  • Snivel if Joel finds out about Julia sleeping with Mr. Knight.
  • Merciful tears if he forgives her in the same conversation.
  • Blubber with joy if they actually, factually get back together.
  • Bawl if Victor says he doesn’t belong in the family.
  • Tears of rage if Bob Little refuses to lease the school to Kristina and Adam.
  • Openly weep when the Braverman crew bids adieu to the warmest, loveliest house on TV.
  • And no matter what happens between Amber and Ryan, get ready to bawl your eyes out. Ah, young love!

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