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4 Major Moment’s From This Is Us “A Manny-Splendored Thing”

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The Pearson family reunited in LA for a special taping of Kevin’s sitcom The Manny. Who would have thought we’d get so much joy out of seeing a man crawl around in a diaper? Well, I mean that man was Kevin.

Here are the top 4 moments from the episode that we NEED to talk about!

 

1.The Mother-Daughter Showdown

Rebecca’s visit was really stressing out Kate, who promised herself she would keep her cool. And then she did the exact opposite. Kate and Rebecca’s issues run really deep and I feel like she probably hasn’t changed how she feels about her mother since Jack’s death. Maybe she even blames Rebecca for it subconsciously? After booking her first gig, she was disgusted to see that her mom had tagged along with Toby to check it out mainly because she knew that her compliments would be condescending and critical, even if unintentionally.

It seems that despite Rebecca’s best intentions, her biggest flaw is that she’s not Jack. Kate resents her for a lot of things but mostly for making her feel like the fat little kid mostly, which I don’t think Rebecca ever did knowingly.

Fights between mothers and daughters happen but this was one of those things that’s been festering and finally exploded. And it wasn’t pretty. The most heartbreaking obviously being Kate telling her mother that the worst part is that she existed. I think Kate blames her mother for a lot of things in her life, mainly not being skinny or confident, but it’s not necessarily her mom’s fault.

Of course, Rebecca, who has sacrificed everything for her kids took it in stride but it’s not going to be one of those forgive and forget moments. The damage has been done and now, it’s either mending this very broken relationship or just letting this define who they are.

And if anything, it proved that Kate has a long way to go to accept her father’s absence, her mother’s influence, and her own flaws.

 

2. Vietnam, what?!

It may have been a couple of month’s since the last mention of Vietnam but was anyone else stunned to see that part of Jack’s alcoholism recovery involved a flashback to his war days where he wasn’t JUST a mechanic like previously mentioned. Instead of a wrench, Jack was in full army garb and holding a M-16 (I’m not good with guns so please, excuse me if I’m wrong on this). The point it, we don’t know what happened in Vietnam but it definitely had enough of an impact on him that it lead to drinking. Was it PTSD? Did he lose someone there? Are his memories part of what’s driving him to drink again? There are many contributing factors and layers to Jack’s addiction. We always thought the genetic predisposition was the most powerful but now, we’re learning a lot more.

 

3. Admittance is the First Step

Jack also willingly talks to Bec about his problem so in a way, he’s admitting it. When she corned him about it the first time it was more of a “fix it or lose us.” So he tried to stuff it down, punch it out, forget about it. Now, he needs everyone on board to help him get through it. And he’s even attending AA meetings. He’s serious about it because he loves his family and he knows this is probably his one and only chance to fight his demons. It’ll be interesting to see how this man, the leader, the head, the patriarch of the family, handles becoming the one who relies on them, who has to hold out his hand for help. He’s vulnerable and weak but something tells me, to the kids, that only makes him stronger. That’s part of why Kate resents her mom – even when things were bad, she held it together and made it seem perfect. She never let her guard down.

 

4. Take the Risk

It isn’t worth it without a little risk right? How else do you know your living? For Randall, a man that lives off of calculated decisions, taking a risk isn’t as easy as it is for someone like Kevin who just hopped on a plane and moved to LA for a movie. Randall knew one thing – he wanted to adopt a baby. An infant that they could once again mold and structure just like with their previous 2 children. But Beth, knowing that Randall wanted to help give someone a better life like his parents once did for him, advised that they should foster a teenager. This obviously stressed Randall out because you have this perfect home and now you’re bringing in a child or teen with prior problems and addictions and he’s just not sure he can handle it. At first, Beth was irritated but a heart-to-heart with Kevin made her realize that the two of them have overcome obstacles before and they can do it again. The love that these two have is like no other; there’s trust and passion and romance. I’m jealous, no doubt.

 

5. Bros for Life

We don’t see Kevin and Randall actually have each other’s backs often. For most of middle school and high school, they literally avoided each other because it was “embarrassing.” If they weren’t brothers, they probably wouldn’t have anything in common. Which is why it was awesome to find out that Kevin helped Randall take the one and only risk in his life and ask Beth out. Randall knew he wanted this girl and knew that he could get her with the help of his brother. And his brother was his wingman. Something about that picture is so amusing and I definitely need them to do a flashback scene. Beth in dreads, Randall in sweater vests, Kevin whispering pick up lines in his ear – it’s just too perfect.

 

 

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Dynasty – I Answer To No Man (1×11)

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Dynasty – A Well-Dressed Tarantula (1×10)

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Cheers to that epic takedown!

The midseason premiere of Dynasty kicked things off after Cristal and Iris’ explosive holiday fight.

With the revelation that Cristal killed Iris’ husband and Sammy Jo’s father, Alejandro, when he got violent with his sister back in Venezuela, no one had much interest in speaking to her.

Sammy Jo was pissed that she made him believe his father abandoned him, Fallon was planning her birthday extravaganza and enjoyed seeing Cristal suffer, while Blake slept in a separate bedroom because he felt lied to.

However, when a new business opportunity with Venezuelan company, Blake enlists Cristal’s expertise. She is the COO after all.

If you remember from the finale, the Venezuelan businessman was none other than Alejandra, who was somehow STILL ALIVE! After entering the meeting, Cristal is just as floored to see him. “How?” she wonders, but he explains that her biggest mistake was not sticking around to make sure he actually died. *Note to self*

Since Cristal’s betrayal, he has spent his time plotting to get revenge. When he finally saw her on the news, he realized that getting to Blake was his best shot.

Even more surprising — her sister Iris was working with him this whole time. When she came for the holidays, she’d snooped around in Blake’s office, finding the name for one of their employees who knew so much, he would guarantee that Blake ended up in jail for all his shady dealings if Cristal didn’t promise to land him the deal with Carrington Atlantic.

So once again, Cristal is put into a corner. If she tells Blake, the deal falls through and she dies. If she doesn’t, the company suffers and Blake eventually learns she lied again. There’s no win-win.

I was convinced that Cristal would try to pull this one off on her own and up until the end, it seemed like it. But seeing the whole family come together for this epic takedown was better than I could have ever imagined.

Even Sammy Jo and Fallon were in on it. Sammy Jo was the most surprising considering how hurt he was by Cristal’s lies and by how badly he always wanted to have a family.

Yet upon seeing his father, he realized that the Carrington’s were more of a family to him than his father and mother have ever been. Especially when he remembered how violent his father had been.

Sammy Jo played a crucial part in the takedown because he pretended to cozy up to his father simply to snatch his father’s phone and release the employee they had as leverage.

Fallon swooped in to distract Iris, while Blake and Cristal staged a fake-fight, with Blake revealing that he did some digging of his own and learned that the company was run by a mafia.

To make it more believable he called Cristal a gold-digging whore, pushed her and almost fought Alejandro, who warned that they would “regret this.”

Carrington’s = 1  Machado’s = 0

Oh, and Cristal stuck it to her sis, who literally betrayed her to take back her abusive ex, by telling her from this moment on they were no longer sisters.

However, their success will be short-lived when they realize in retaliation, Iris and Alejandro kidnapped Fallon.

Not only will Blake do anything to save his daughter, but she’s major leverage as she’s now worth a hefty penny thanks to her birthday inheritance.

Honestly, poor Fallon. She may have all the money in the world and a keen interest in private equity, but she’s never been genuinely loved by anyone in her life. Except for Culhane, but she pushed him away because she’s unable to commit to any type of feelings.

Her birthday ended with her getting kidnapped and she doesn’t know it yet but her relationship with Colby is based on a lie.

He’s using her in hopes of getting revenge on Blake, who is responsible for putting his father behind bars.

Buying her a car, telling her he wants to be exclusive, convincing her to invest her inheritance in their company is all part of his ploy to marry her and extort her millions. It’s actually the saddest part of the whole series.

Hopefully, Culhane was eavesdropping somewhere nearby when Colby made that enlightening phone call because I cannot see her get hurt in this way.

As for her relationship with Culhane, I wish they’d just allow them to be together already. Seeing him sleep with all of her friends is actually degrading considering he’s doing it to simply get back at her.

Maybe he’ll be the one to save her from the Machado/Silva’s.

Thoughts on the Dynasty premiere? 2018 seems to be the year the series picks up the pace and cranks up the draaaaama!

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Dynasty – The Best Things in Life (1×08)

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The past catches up with Cristal on Dynasty Season 1 Episode 8.

Even though her Thanksgiving wish was to have a fresh start with Blake, Cristal just can’t seem to shake her past.

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