By Mandi Bierly
Updated May 25, 2010 at 10:06 PM EDT

Image Credit: NBCOkay, I get that it’s probably not cool to sleep with your cousin’s ex-boyfriend right after you told her to break up with him because he wanted to lose their virginities together, but I can’t help it: I want Amber (Mae Whitman) and Steve (Asher Book) together on NBC’s Parenthood. I’m sorry, but I really don’t care about how much Haddie (Sarah Ramos) is hurting right now. I’m just worried about the pain I will feel if tonight’s season finale (NBC, 10 p.m. ET) is Steve’s last episode. The promo (embedded after the jump) shows Amber running away, and Ken Tucker’s A- review of the episode in this week’s issue of EW says Haddie also does something “adolescently drastic.” If he’s causing that much drama in the family, how does Steve possibly get to stick around? I don’t know. But find a way! He’s cute. He’s sweet. And according to his website, Asher Book is 21. (This is the second time I’ve done an age-check this TV season, by the way: Steven R. McQueen, The Vampire Diaries‘ Jeremy, is also 21, per IMDB.)

Anyone else out there rooting for Amber and Steve? Or am I a horrible person?

P.S. Here’s hoping Whitman gets to absolutely sob tonight. I’d say she’s among the finest criers of her generation. Remember her as little Bernice in 1998’s Hope Floats, wailing when her daddy leaves without her. Destroys me every time. The only way I recover is by thinking of her as adorable Maggie in 1996’s One Fine Day, telling George Clooney that it’s so obvious that Michelle Pfeiffer likes him and that she’s going to sleep. She had great timing even then.

P.P.S. Looks like I’ll finally be fast-forwarding watching Fame: