Sunday, April 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: This Is Us

This Is Us: Season 6, Episode 13 “Day of the Wedding” (B+)

This was a sweet episode, one that great emotional resonance for the Rebecca storyline but also felt distinctly like a second wedding. I liked that Phillip refused to listen to Madison and Beth telling him that it was bad luck to see the bride on her wedding day since he argued that he had done this before and that superstitions didn’t help much with that marriage. This episode wasn’t all that much about the bride and groom, and instead focused more on other people’s experiences at the wedding. I appreciated Miguel getting a spotlight as he tried to distract himself from Rebecca constantly mistaking Kevin for Jack and calling Randall out for not letting him just have an hour away to enjoy some fine wine with the stepchild of his who most appreciates similar things. Randall had an important moment of recognition about his parents getting older, and he communicated warm but realistic sentiments to the wedding party. Despite constantly thinking that Jack was there, Rebecca was present during her song performance, which had the entire crowd very emotional. Pairing that present-future with Rebecca getting a new haircut and Jack shaving his beard to just a mustache to show solidarity with her was sweet, and it’s a nice way to give meaning to something that’s been part of the show since near the beginning. I enjoyed the humorous subplot of Madison and Beth trying to solve the Kevin mystery, and though I would be happy with either Cassidy or Sophie, I don’t mind the idea of the wedding singer Arielle, played by Katie Lowes from “Inventing Anna” and “Scandal.”

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