“Parenthood” returns Thursday (Jan. 2) with “Promises,” which sees Ed (guest star David Denman) confronting Julia about their kiss, causing Joel to step in and confront Ed, and Zeek making a new friend with Camille still overseas. Meanwhile, Sarah and Carl (guest star Josh Stamberg) set up a pseudo-date.

In this clip — an exclusive first look on Zap2it — Carl swings by Sarah’s apartment to ask her to be his “plus one” for a charity event he has to attend. She has made it abundantly clear they aren’t sleeping together, so he insists it’s just that he wants an intelligent woman who can make witty cocktail banter.

Mmm hmm. What do you think, “Parenthood” fans? Is Sarah going to end up back with Hank? Or is Carl perhaps the new man for her?

“Parenthood” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."