Friday, April 9, 2021

What I’m Watching: This Is Us

This Is Us: Season 5, Episode 12 “Both Things Can Be True” (B+)

I hadn’t thought much about what a Miguel-Nicky relationship would look like, though it’s also not such a distant memory when the Pearson children weren’t nearly as warm to Miguel as they should have been because they always blamed him for taking the place of their very much dad father, who happened to be his best friend. I liked that the relatively grumpy Nicky clarified that he had no interest in giving a toast, he just hadn’t wanted Miguel to do it when he was being petty. Miguel stepped in to show Rebecca’s father how much of a mistake he was making by agreeing only to tolerate his daughter marrying someone like Jack, and he earned himself a ring extraction via dental floss from the rather intimidating man as a result. The dynamic between Kevin and Randall is indeed complicated, and it was good to see Kevin so eager to fly out and try to repair things, even if he has no idea what he’s about to encounter from the newly validated Randall, whose transracial adoption support group seems to be opening his mind up to important realizations. If you’d asked me what actor I would never have expected to get cast on this show it would have been Chris Geere, a superb fit for “You’re the Worst” whose unpleasantness as Kate’s miserable boss Phillip was not at all a surprise. Beth got some major wisdom from her mother in how she should approach her relationship with Tess and her romance with Alex, and I think it should get better from here. The brief montage of Kevin’s exes all finding out about his engagement at the end of the episode was nice, and I’d very much like if all of them got invited to the wedding.

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