Friday, November 10, 2017

What I’m Watching: This Is Us

This Is Us: Season 2, Episode 7 “The Most Disappointed Man” (B+)

I have to say, I’m really enjoying how Kate and Toby are dealing with this pregnancy news. It was cute to see them done matching zip-up sweatshirts so that they could tell a very distracted Kevin, and Toby wearing multiple sweatshirts to propose to Kate was extremely sweet. For all of the things that Kate has been through, she was able to very quickly identify that Toby had serious issues with telling his mom when he totally freaked out and nearly left her a message with the news. At least they seem to be on the same page after Toby realized how important getting married was for her. Kevin screwed up in a really big way by picking out three rings and then essentially breaking up with Sophie when he came to her door after disappointing her many times, and I don’t see a way forward for this couple. Randall and Beth are looking out for their new daughter, and I think this connection is going to have to be temporary since her mother, despite being in a very different circumstance, is determined to get her back. Randall’s adoptive parents fought hard for him, leading to a heartwarming moment of triumph when Delroy Lindo’s judge recused himself because he was too emotionally invested in the case. Pairing this with William’s own experience of being set on the straight path by a judge before nearly relapsing just as Randall knocked on his door was very effective, helping to make this the strongest episode of the season so far.

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