You guys!!! TV is back! More specifically, This is Us is back! I wanted to love this episode, y'all, I really did. But I just didn't. I was really feeling the first maybe 20 minutes and then it lost me.
SPOILER ALERT: YOU KNOW THE DEAL, IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SEASON FOUR, EPISODE 10 "LIGHTS AND SHADOWS", STOP READING NOW. BUT IF YOU'RE JUST AS TIRED AS ME AND JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY THIS SHOW HAS MADE ME SO SAD, GO AHEAD AND KEEP ON READING.
Okay, so first thing's first; I thought we explored the beginning of Jack and Bec's relationship enough. And I don't mean like their whole relationship, I just mean the very beginning where her father doesn't approve and takes Jack to a country club and basically relives that one episode of Gilmore Girls where Richard takes Luke golfing only we get to see it here play out in like eight different episodes. The trope is tired; I just want to see Jack and Bec happy or maybe see the moment he proposed to her or early moments in their marriage. I don't care that her parents didn't want them together because I know they end up together. Enough.
Side Note: Did anyone else feel like Rebecca's mom's speech about Jack was totally out of character? I don't know if that was due to Becca's failing memory or what but it just seemed really off.
Big Three Fail of the Episode #1: Kate and Toby argue about LadyKryptonite, whose name we learn is actually Kara. He says he just vents in his CrossFit group chat to blow off steam, but Kate feels weird about it. She decides to throw his (probably Aqaurius) ass a Jimmy Buffet themed birthday party, but is disheartened to learn that Toby no longer goes to the gym with all those she invited. He switched gyms two weeks ago. Why? Kara tried to kiss him.
Kate handles herself really well this episode, which doesn't happen often, but I'm thankful that it did. She calls Toby out for avoiding being home with her and Jack, and when he confesses that their blind son just makes him sad, she can't even look at him. She says she booked them all a trip to a retreat for parents of blind children and he says something about how he can never watch Star Wars with his son. Whatever, dude. I guess this is less of a Kate fail and more of a Toby fail, but her marriage is failing nonetheless.
Big Three Fail of the Episode #2: Guys! I was so freaking excited too see Sophia Bush back on my TV screen. I ADORE Sophia Bush. So when I heard she was playing a role in Kevin's story I was over the moon. Needless to say, I am not longer over the moon.
Kevin hires a matchmaker because he has that whole plan to be engaged and have a kid by the time he's 40 which is in like, nine months. When the matchmaking doesn't go as planned, he meets Lizzie (Sophia Bush) in a coffee shop and they immediately click. Their chemistry is adorable and I want her to have his Pearson babies. Lizzie explains that she's from Chicago and she's on a business trip, meaning she can't stay. So Kevin, always the romantic, plans this amazing first date where he takes her to an empty Hollywood Bowl to see her favorite musician, John Legend.
He tells her about the great romance that was Jack and Rebecca, and for a second it starts to feel too good to be true. She keeps getting calls and texts from her mom, and I'm thinking maybe something's wrong back home. But when Kevin kisses her, she finally confesses; she's married and he is nothing more than her celebrity hall pass. Her mom calling? Nope, that was her husband telling her to go for it. Booooooo.
So I guess we won't be seeing more Sophia Bush around or Jennifer Morrison, or anyone that would make an adorable couple with Kevin. Instead as Kevin heads to set that night we watch as he gives his cell phone to an assistant just as an incoming call reads "Sophie". BOOOOOOOO AGAIN.
I! Am! Done! With! Kophie! I'm all for a further explanation into what went wrong in their marriage, but why not parallel that with Kevin meeting the right girl and having SOMETHING good happen? No more Sophie. Get out. You've had your chance. This storyline is dead and tired.
Big Three Fail of the Episode #3: The third and final fail of the episode comes from Randall. He's the only one that knows about Mama Pearson's declining health, and has been asked to keep it that way. He flies to wherever it is that Becca and Miguel live now and goes to the doctors with them. Miguel is a pain in the ass and is super rude to Randall, and as always Randall questions the authority and intelligence of medical professionals which irks me to no end.
We don't learn much about Rebecca's health, only that she's showing signs of memory loss and it needs to continue to be monitored. Miguel apologizes to Randall and takes Bec home to watch World of Dance. I'm now realizing it's been almost four seasons and I still hate Miguel because I have absolutely no idea how they became a couple. Literally no idea besides that Facebook message he sent her.
Randall goes home and there's this really long sequence of him saying goodnight and checking up on each of his daughters, including a lingering shot of him kissing Beth goodnight and telling her he's going to go downstairs and grab a glass of water. As he does, he sees a hooded man with a knife standing in his living room. Dun dun dun! But actually literally terrifying.
Final Note: That John Legend song was kind of catchy.
Final Final Note: After 10 years, Mandy Moore is finally releasing a new album! As someone who listens to her 2007 work of art, Wild Hope, all the damn time, you could say I'm pretty excited!
What did y'all think? Are you just as bummed out as me? What's next? Tell me in the comments!