I’m still watching as well, though my motivation for doing so has morphed into a case of “well, I’ve made it this far, so might as well stick it out till the end.”
The Joel/Julia plot breaks my heart as they were always my favorite couple. I don’t know what happened to the people who once had a relationship based on respect, open communication, and partnership but I miss it. I agree that it’s out of character for Joel to leave without even trying to reconcile with his wife. And it’s frustrating that the writers aren’t providing much insight into why he’s reacting this way. Maybe he does feel guilty about a mistake of his own, maybe the actor wants to leave the show, or maybe the writers just wanted to mix it up this season by having one of the core couples break up. I hope that the writers won’t keep us in the dark for much longer.
As for Adam and Kristina, their parenting skills continue to boggle my mind. Rather than consider the possibility that Max is in dire need of discipline, they’ve jumped to the conclusion that their best solution is to open their own school? While I acknowledge the difficulties in raising a special needs child and in ensuring he receives the best education possible, Adam and Kristina are completely disregarding the effects that Max’s behavioral issues have on his fellow classmates. I mean, come on, they didn’t even bother to find out why Max was constantly being sent to the library? It never occurred to them that perhaps their precious snowflake could indeed be disrupting class? If it’s been established that Max understands rules and can abide by them, why haven’t his parents explained that certain behaviors are not acceptable in a classroom setting?