Thursday, March 25, 2021

What I’m Watching: This Is Us

This Is Us: Season 5, Episode 11 “One Small Step…” (B)

It’s always interesting to learn more about the home life of a previous Pearson generation, especially since Nicky even existing wasn’t a concept that was introduced until a few seasons in. It doesn’t alter the dynamic between Jack and his father all that much, but it does show he moved on and realized he needed to take new steps with his life that couldn’t involve him always being home to change how things were there, while Nicky saw that his presence had a clear effect on how his father treated his mother. I thought that Nicky was about to have an epic romance with Sally, played by Genevieve Angelson from “Good Girls Revolt,” and her van Pearl (also my grandmother’s name), especially after Jack bought him a suitcase, but that wasn’t fated to happen, and instead he would have to wait decades until he connected with Kevin and then found a good friend in Cassidy. Seeing him function during the pandemic and get upset when his carefully-created and wrapped snowglobes weren’t let through security was tough, but at least he made it there and got a warm welcome from his startled hosts. Jack meeting with his commanding officer, played by Scott Michael Campbell from “Shameless,” was mostly about what he was able to do which Nicky couldn’t, to separate himself from the war and to find a way to move forward. It looks like the adult Nicky will be sticking around for a while, and though he’s blunt and a bit gruff, it should be a positive experience for the family.

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