This week's This is Us reminded me how much the Pearson family can really get on my nerves! I'm mainly talking about the present-day Pearson's of course. I can't find much fault in the 1992 versions of the kids and their parents. Also! This week we get to learn the slightest bit more about Malik and Cassidy. Not much substance though, unfortunately.
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It's Randall's first day of school in 1992, and it's his kiddos' first day in 2019. Kevin and Kate start later, because they're not super duper smarty-pants like their brother. Randall is psyched, he's got this new teacher who he's done tons of research on. Only his teacher ends up giving him a yellow slip for wearing shoes that are outside the dress code. How rude!!!
In 2019, Tess is stressed because she has to continuously come out, and Deja learns that the boy she likes (Malik) has a daughter, Janelle. So like, there's a lot going on for those two. In lighter news, Annie's teacher looks like Zendaya which leads to this amazing line from Beth, "Cute Spider-man Zendaya or HBO drugged out Zendaya?".
In the world of Randall-politics, he is receiving praise for his "unhinged" open door policy. He literally had someone take the hinges off of the door so that disgruntled citizens could come and complain to him. They do. All. Day. His assistant-secretary-person is not impressed by his kind gestures, and actually urges him to fire his actual assistant. But he fires this new lady instead. It's all kind of lackluster, much like Randall's political campaign of last season, if you ask me.
In 1992, Rebecca's storyline is literally just looking ridiculous in late 80s/early 90s workout gear, and Kate joining her. Kate weighs herself after one workout with her mom, and is disappointed that there are no results. It's quite sad, actually.
Jack and Miguel's friendship blossoms (even though I'm pretty sure in 1992 it had already been well established) at work as Jack fucks up big time and gets fired. Miguel steps in and vouches for his friend, talking about how much of an asset he has been to a company for the past 20 years. He says that if Jack's gone, so is he. I don't know man, I feel like in most work places if somebody said that they'd be like, "Okay, goodbye to both of y'all then." But alas, that was not the case.
Kate and Toby's storyline this episode mostly just upsets me. Kate's delivery of the line, "I should come with a label: May contain uncomfortable moments," when Toby asks the waiter at the restaurant for a different table because his wife cannot fit in the booth is heartbreaking. To make matters worse, he's with clients. To make matters worse than that, Toby is looking fine as Hell and Kate feels inadequate but her whininess makes it hard to feel for her. That's literally their entire story for this episode.
Oh wait! I forgot! Kate becomes friends with her neighbor who is at first really rude to her, but then she learns he suffers from medical issues and they become walking buddies. It's cute.
Kevin has a great episode, though. 1992 Kevin comes through and lies to Rebecca to go rescue Randall at his fancy smart kids school. He signs the yellow slip and calms Randall through his first (?) panic attack. Ugh. I have a soft spot for sweet Kev.
In the present day, we learn why Nicky threw that chair through the AA window. He had been meeting with a veteran therapist/advisor, and was opening up and getting really close to her when she got transferred to another state! So he relapsed and got arrested and Kevin is trying to get him out of trouble. More specifically, jail time. Nicky accompanies Kevin to an AA meeting where Cassidy is also present. "You threw a chair at me!" She accuses. "I wasn't throwing it at you." Nicky clarifies.
Kevin bonds with Cassidy's son at the Veteran's Center, and later cracks her up at AA. Kevin goes on a long rant about his meaningless, woe-is-me life, and Cassidy can't help but laugh at what he's saying. Pretty soon Nicky gets a case of the giggles too, and the three of them proceed to make everyone else in AA more uncomfortable than they probably already were.
Next week it looks like we get more of a look into Randall and Beth's origin story and Beth's relationship with her mama. What did y'all think of this week's episode? Do we want Cassidy and Kevin to be a thing? Does anybody understand Randall's new job? Which Zendaya do you think Annie's teacher looks like? Comment and let me know!
Okay, so my apologies for being ridiculously late on this post. My excuses will probably only get me into The Bad Place, but y'all, I've been swamped with school and work and theatre and everything in between (sleep, sleep is in between all of those things). But I'm here now and ready to recap LAST week's episode of The Good Place. This week's episode recap will be up in a few days too, so do not fret.
SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS THE PART OF THE BLOG WHERE I WARN YOU NOT TO READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED, BUT I'M PRETTY SURE YOU ALL HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH "A GIRL FROM ARIZONA: PART 2" BY NOW. SO, CARRY ON.
Eleanor is feeling down and out because these new residents are proving to be pieces of WORK. Brent is a grade-A ashhole, Tahani's nimesis is annoying, and Simone and Chidi need to bond in order for this whole experiment to go smoothly. She breaks down to Michael, says that she's just (you guessed it) a girl from Arizona. She can't save the world. She can't make awful humans better people. It's a heartbreaking and convincing monologue from KBell that would even make Shawn feel things.
Michael listens intently (he's getting better at understanding humans!), but then tells Eleanor to get her shirt together. She has good ideas. She just needs to think outside the box and not be so afraid of failure. Tahani and Jason, who were previously championing for a new leader, also offer up words of encouragement.
Eleanor's first plan of action is to get Brent to realize, just as she did, that he doesn't belong in The Good Place (because, ya know, he's a horrible, horrible man). She hosts a panel asking people to share all of their great Earth stories (one woman, Judy, saved literally all of the ducks) and even interviews Chidi about his time as a moral philosophy professor. Brent doesn't get it, so Eleanor brings out the big guns. The big guns being the exact same situation she was in three seasons ago.
Havoc ensues across the neighborhood as everyone is dressed in Princeton's colors and Perrier is raining down on the streets. Brent realizes something is up. Yes, a breakthrough! Only it's not the good kind of breakthrough. Instead he insists that he isn't meant for The Good Place. He's meant for The Best Place. I mean, where are all of his best friends? No wonder he isn't happy here! Eleanor and Michael first panic, but then realize the best way to get Brent to improve is to make him believe that he's right. He begins to slowly but surely make better, nicer decisions in hopes of going to the fictional Best Place. It's not the best motivation, but it'll do for now. Girl from Arizona: 1 Ashhole who loves Perrier: 0
So while the Brent issue may be solved for now, Eleanor has bigger problems ahead of her. Bigger problems named her ex-soulmate, Chidi. She has to make possibly the hardest decision ever and tell him that he needs to help guide Simone because they are...soulmates. Chidi is awestruck, and insanely excited to share moral philosophy with his forever person. Eleanor watches them bond over frozen yogurt as Simone finally begins to make a breakthrough (realizing this isn't all happening in her brain). I miss Cheleanor!!!
Jason finally has a chat with Janet, his favorite not a girl, not a robot. She tells him that until this experiment is over, they shouldn't be together. Jason is heartbroken, but he's even more heartbroken when Janet informs him that Blake Bortles has been cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Earth. Oh God, y'all. I want to hug this sad, sad man.
In a random observation that I have: Eleanor asks Michael if he faked his meltdown on purpose so that she would become the architect, and Michael says yes, but not in a convincing way. It's more like a "Hahaha, you caught me!" way that makes me think there's more to the story. We'll seeeeeee.
Alright Soul Squad. What did y'all think? How much do you wanna punch Brent in the face? How's our girl from Arizona doing? Is that the most disappointed you've ever seen Jason Mendoza? Talk to me!
Hey, y'all. After a long week, here we go again back into the world of dramatics and friendships one can only dream of having. The comfort level of everyone with Maggie after knowing her for less than a year is truly baffling, but then again it's Maggie so I get it, she's the coolest. This week we get more of the same and a little bit of a cliffhanger, a recipe for perfection if you ask me.
SPOILER ALERT: HERE IS YOUR WARNING, PLEASE TAKE IT. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SEASON TWO, EPISODE TWO "GRAND CANYON" STOP READING THIS ARTICLE RIGHT AWAY! IF YOU HAVE, KEEP READING AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ME AND MY LIL BLOG.
So, where should we begin? Let's start with Maggie and Gary and the welcoming of Jan Levinson, um, I mean, Patricia Bloom. Patricia is in town to visit her daughter and her former hospital parking garage rival. When she arrives, Mags and GarBear are surprised by the amount of luggage in tow for a weekend getaway. That's when Patricia causally mentions, "I've left your father." Welp. Thanks, Jan.
Maggie is clearly taken aback, her parents have been married for 32 years. They've survived one child's death and another's battle with cancer. It doesn't make sense to her. It doesn't make sense to anyone, except maybe Gary, whose parents are divorced and whose mother doesn't visit him (I would like to have a word with Gary's mom right now). Patricia wants to move to Boston and is looking for apartments. "Am I too old to have a roommate?" She innocently asks Gary. By the end of the episode I'm not sure it's so innocent.
Elsewhere, Rome is getting ready to start his first day volunteering for a suicide hotline, and Regina is serving up brunch at the restaurant. Gina's got 70 people waiting for omelettes, and a grumpy James Tupper (I think his character's name is Andrew but he will forever be Nathan from Big Little Lies to me). James Tupper is a bit of a control freak (his character, not the actor, I don't know him) and thinks he knows what's best for the restaurant. I think his heart is in the right place, but he articulates everything like a raging asshole.
He's nicer to Delilah, who is an anxious mess struggling to remember the words to a song she used to sing to her other children as infants. She connects with Gina's old friend, Robbie from New Girl, who is a psychic and apologizes to her for her loss. Because she's also having a hard time remembering Jon, she books an appointment with him, much to Gary's dismay. Shockingly (not shocking at all), Gary doesn't believe in psychics. He tags along to the session anyway, presumably to keep an eye on baby Charlie while Maggie supports D.
At the session, Robbie from New Girl says that there was nothing Delilah could do to save Jon, and that the last thing he was thinking about before he died was her. When he mentions a car accident, Delilah becomes confused. She clarifies that her husband killed himself, and he says that he isn't connecting with a husband, but a brother. Delilah doesn't have a brother, but Maggie Bloom sure did/does. A brother named Chad who died in, you guessed it, a car accident.
Gary is even more frustrated now because Robbie has infiltrated Maggie's mind, especially at a time when she is so sensitive because her parents are splitting up and her mother is in town. In true Gary fashion, he redeems himself fully by telling her that he really hopes she was talking to her brother, and that her mother is here for her. To actually bond with Maggie, for once. It's just too bad that he might be wrong.
In case you were wondering, Eddie is still really hot and even hotter when he is being a fantastic dad to Theo (who has way too many lines). Katherine ends up coming home on Garden Day, and accompanies Eddie and T to the school, where a bunch of women are being gossipy bitches talking about how she left. I will slap them. I will slap a bitch for Katherine.
Theo assures them that she was just dealing with a high profile court case in the Grand Canyon, simply repeating a story that Eddie has been telling him while his mother was away. Katherine breaks down and says she can't do this, which I mean, who can blame her? They go home and it seems for a second like she's going to take off again. It's at this moment I'm realizing how fucked Theo's rememberence of his childhood is about to be.
But she doesn't leave. She stays and she asks Eddie to stay too. She doesn't know if they will ever get back to where they were, but maybe they can get somewhere new. When she asks him, "What did she have?" I'm assuming she's questioning what Delilah had to offer that she didn't, and it breaks my heart. But when Eddie answers, "A girl," and Katherine responds, "Congratulations" my heart breaks even more. The three of them snuggle in their Grand Canyon fort and read Where the Red Fern Grows. It's not going to be pretty, perfect, or easy, but it's going to be something.
Delilah remembers the song eventually, not that anyone ever cared.
PJ comes over to Rome and Gina's and questions who Jon is in the photo of Rome and his pals. Rome questions PJ's questions, and PJ blurts that he believes Jon is his father. God, I hate miscommunication. Somebody tell this child the truth and give him the half a million dollars his douche of a not father won't let him have.
In another cliffhanger, Maggie goes to a restaurant to bond with her mother. While she waits for her, she chats with the oh-so-handsome and charming Jason Ritter (Parenthood!). I don't want them to hit it off because it goes against the Maggie and Gary fairytale ending I so desperately believe in, but goddamn Jason Ritter is a charismatic beautiful son of a bitch. When she walks away for a moment, she realizes her mother has walked in and is touching Jason Ritter's arm in a way only lovers do. What the fuck, Jan Levinson? You and Mr. Cyr? This is just so...juicy and I need to know more ASAP.
What did y'all think? Are you still as fascinated with Season 2 as you were with Season 1? Do we miss the ominous Jon flashbacks? How we feeling about PJ? How we feeling about Jason Ritter? Tell me in the comments!
Hello, friends! This week on This is Us we're going back to the pool. This time the Pearson kiddos are a little older and a little meaner, and also all those new characters we met last week? Yeah, they don't come in to play at all! Instead, we split our focus between the present day and the last day of Summer in 1992. Let's dive (pool pun, I'm so funny) in, shall we?
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So it's 1992 and Jack and Rebecca are the parents to three hormonal nightmares. They're oh-so-excited that the kids are going back to school tomorrow, but decide it would be nice to have a family day at the pool. However, there plans are ruined when the kids decide to be the literal worst - er, uh - 12 year olds.
Kevin is being a dick to Randall by making him look stupid in front of his friends ("Your brother is blacker than you!"), Kate gets manipulated by notorious mean girls (f'ing Jessica P.), and Jack finally gets five chairs! Enough chairs for the whole family! And they aren't sitting! What the heck, Pearson kiddos???
Rebecca can't focus on time alone with her husband because she's so concerned with the little bitches torturing her daughter (mother knows best, guys, always) and Kevin and Randall get into a physical fight that forces Jack to break them up. Randall tells Kevin that he's supposed to be his brother, he's not supposed to tear him down. Ugh. Randall is just the best and wise behind his years, guys. Later, Kevin goes to Jack and asks him if he's a good person. Jack is clearly taken aback by the questioning. Jack gets honest with his son and tells him that Pearson men have a lot of demons they have to fight off, and this would make my heart happy if I didn't already know all the shit grown up Kevin is going to go through anyway.
Jessica P. and her other friend end up being terrible to Kate just like Rebecca thought, telling her to go stand behind the food shack and wait for her crush to come kiss her. But he doesn't emerge from behind the snack counter, but instead a nerdy little boy whose name I don't remember and doesn't even matter does. She tells him she was expecting somebody else, he says he was expecting her. She kisses him regardless and it's a really sweet moment for an otherwise annoying Kate (I swear, grown-up Kate sucks and little Kevin sucks).
The Fab Five end up sitting in the chairs after all, reading books and enjoying each other's company beside the pool. I like when the Pearson's get a happy ending, even if I know it won't last forever.
In the land of the best couple to ever grace this show, Randall and Beth are paralleling the 1992 Pearson's by trying to plan their own family day of fun around their three monsters. Tess wants to get her hair done, Deja wants to do a. trial run of riding the bus, and Annie (bless her soul) is fine with doing absolutely anything. Randall and Beth split up and plan on meeting back up later.
Beth has concerns about Tess getting her hair cut and is overall struggling with her eldest biological baby growing up so fast. Randall has similar concerns with allowing his eldest to ride the bus alone to school with plenty of strangers and creeps bound to talk to her. When they do a test run, Deja asks Randall to pretend that he isn't there, to see what it would really be like. A man starts chatting Deja up instantly, and Randall (he just can't help it, can he?) intervenes. Deja is PISSED. Randal is like, "Okay fine, you're not riding the bus." Deja gets extra PISSED.
When the gang meets back up, they play what Randall and Beth play the "Worst Case Scenario" game. Immediately I'm like, oh so the anxiety game that I play everyday without even trying. The game kinda freaks me out, but they force the kiddos to play and when they do everyone feels better. Randall decides to allow Deja to ride the bus (Oh! On the bus she saw Malik working at that auto shop) and everyone agrees that Tess's new hair makes her look grown up and beautiful. Annie, unproblematic angel that she is, just has a good time.
The other two members of the Big Three share a storyline this week about growth and coping with the trials of adulthood. Kevin remains sober, a loving dad of a plant, and worried sick about his uncle. Kate has taken up stress eating again due to her son's disability and the constant care he needs. I'm worried about Kate, y'all. Something about her just seemed real off this episode.
Kate and Toby have everybody over to meet with a specialist on raising blind children properly (Kate found her on Yelp!). Rebecca and Miguel (ugh) show up, as does Madison, Kate's defacto bff. Everyone is noticing how much slimmer Toby is looking (Chris Sullivan has it going on, y'all) and Rebecca is once again worried about her daughter (MOTHERS ALWAYS KNOW BEST). Toby is also worried about Kate, just as he is worried about his son, and has taken up working out behind his wife's back which is not the worst thing you can lie to your spouse about, but still seems like it's going to put a strain on their marriage.
Kevin bonds with baby Jack over the fact that he's as old as Kevin is sober, but struggles to connect with him physically because baby Jack cries everytime Kev tries to pick him up. Kate explains to her brother that you have to narrate everything you're doing because he cannot see and isn't prepared to be grabbed. Kev successfully holds his nephew, and I've decided that this is my favorite moment of the whole episode.
Kevin has been struggling with whether or not to take a movie deal in Chicago, and by the episode's resolution I'm not really sure if he does or not. All I know is that he brings his little plant baby to visit his uncle, who doesn't seem to want to see him. Those damn Pearson men are so stubborn.
What did everyone think of episode 2? Not as emotionally wrecking as episode 1, in my opinion, but still sweet nonetheless. Are you worried about Kate? Do you care about the uncle Nicky storyline? What happened to all of our new characters? Let me know what you thought in the comments!