Saturday, March 19, 2022

What I’m Watching: This Is Us

This Is Us: Season 6, Episode 8 “The Guitar Man” (B+)

I’m finding this season’s time-jumping pairings to be particularly poignant, and this episode was a great example of how that made the story very strong. Young Kevin thinking that Jack was trying to drown him because he wanted to show him that he wasn’t yet ready to swim on his own gave way to young adult Kevin, who went back to the driving board to drown himself in emotional sorrow, and then to adult Kevin, trying to figure out how to get back on track in a way that supported rather than alienated the people around him. Getting on the plane with both of the babies and repeatedly insisting that celebrities are just like normal people when literally no one had recognized him wasn’t a great look, but he didn’t seem to do as poorly as he could have, even if he’s trying to go toe-to-toe with Toby and Nicky for the most curmudgeonly members of the family at the moment. Nicky gave him a stern lecture about not having any clue about the effects of war on veterans when he showed no sympathy for Cassidy, and it’s good at least that he ultimately came around to the idea of hiring more vets with more homes to build. Showing up for her in that moment was a good sign, and it’s helpful when he’s focused on someone else rather than just wallowing in his own needs and problems. Seeing Kate and Randall console him at the pool was particularly sweet and endearing.

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