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This Is Us – Katie Girls (3×03)



Origin stories are my favorite.

This Is Us is exceptional at delivering multiple timelines that somehow all fit into one big puzzle piece.

This season is much more lighthearted than the previous one as we dig into Rebeccas life before Jack, their first meeting, and how their relationship almost didn’t happen, but it still manages to pull at the heartstrings and bring out a few happy tears.

I know the season just started but this episode had all the heart and soul in it so it’s at the top of my favorites list.

Seeing how Rebecca and Jack’s love story unfolded and realizing that if she didn’t trust her gut feeling, none of the Big Three would have existed is such, is crucial. There really is a plan for all of us.

Rebecca almost fell back into a past life with Alan but we’re all so glad she jumped into a pile of uncertainty with the man who had respect for his mom, had simple dreams, and cleaned up the dishes. Or in other words, a real-life Superman.

Yes, we’re all a bit biased so Alan never stood a chance, however, despite appearing to be a very “woke” man who would have allowed Rebecca to follow her dreams, there was still a part of him that was controlling; he wasn’t completely accepting on her wild nature.

And the fact that his mother also picked up on Rebecca not being sold and even encouraged her to follow her heart speaks volumes. Mothers, they just know things.

I mentioned that This Is Us does really well when it comes to multiple timelines and somehow, they were even able to delve into Rebecca’s childhood.

Nothing about seeing her mother wait on her father’s every need appealed to Rebecca as a child so when she became a teenager she wasn’t really interested in classes focused on making her into a housewife.

Simply seeing the expectations for women back in the day sends a shiver down my spine and makes me feel really blessed that although we haven’t reached full equality, women have a lot more say and a lot more pull nowadays. Not once have I ever been discouraged from following my dreams and that just means I’ve been surrounded by some really phenomenal people in my life.

Rebecca’s family and the way she raised her children is completely different than the atmosphere she grew up in so it’s not surprising that her mother always had so much to say and was always displeased with the Pearson clan.

Much like Rebecca, Jack knew that he didn’t want the kind of home life he grew up in. Specifically, an emotionally abusive father who expected his wife to do everything for him and felt entitled to throw a sandwich with too many pickles onto the ground and demand that she make a new one.

Throughout that whole scene, I found myself internally screaming “hell no,” while simultaneously cheering on Superman Jack.

Could he be any hotter than when he stood up to his father and became overly protective of his mother? Nope, no he could not.

I will always be a sucker for a man who loves and respects his mother.

Everything about Jack and Rebecca’s beginnings right down to the scene in the grocery store and then when she wanted to say hello to his mother was goals. It just felt right.

In the present, Kate was gearing up for her invasive surgery to see if IVF would take.

Understandably, everyone was a bit nervous considering her weight made things a bit more complicated than for the average person.

Randall was way out of line coming at her about the decision to go through a risky procedure rather than adopt.

Kate has always been his number one champion and never said anything against adoption, however, as a woman who one day wants kids of my own, I understand that need.

I know Randall didn’t mean it in this way, but I couldn’t help but think that this was another instance of a man telling a woman how she should feel and what she should want.

If Kate and Toby exhausted all their options in terms of having children of their own, they would most likely turn to adoption.

And even if they do have a biological child, there is nothing stopping them from adopting later on in life either.

The point is that everyone’s choice — the choice to adopt, the choice to pay for invitro — is valid.

Though I’ll agree that Kate can become overbearing at times, in this instance, I’m glad she stood her ground and made it clear to Randall that she’s made up her mind and there’s absolutely no reason she should defend that decision.

Randall obviously came around because he realized he was out of line when he should have been supportive and flew across the country to be there for her while she underwent the procedure.

Beth’s lines about having a group chat with Miguel and Toby and being shocked that Miguel is always on the money with his analysis of the Big Three was hilarious.

As Katie girl was put under anesthesia, she a dreamlike state in which all three Kate’s came face-to-face.

The youngest Kate was naive and wanted to know if she’d marry some actor while the teenage Kate was cynical and did her best to convince adult Kate that she wasn’t ready to have a baby.

Despite teenage Kate’s best efforts to keep adult Kate trapped in her “happy place” aka a subconscious ice cream parlor with her mini-me’s and dad himself, Kate had a feeling she was going to become a mother.

“I have to go,” she told Jack to which he replied, “I know.”

As great as it was to see all versions of Kate act alongside each other, it was really special to see adult Kate in the same scene as Jack.

And he still called her Katie girl.

When she woke up, Toby was still cracking jokes and the doctor informed her that they were able to secure eight eggs.

I have a good feeling about this — eight chances for a little Toby-Kate baby! There has to be a positive and happy outcome on the horizon for her, there just has to be!

Beth’s good mood didn’t hold up because she was fired halfway into the episode and found herself struggling with no longer being the bass.

It’s so upsetting how companies treat loyal employees after they’ve devoted so much time to them. You could tell the boss regretted the decision but you know budgets and all.

When Randall prematurely returned from the trip and was wired about running against Councilman Brown, she had to put herself first and crush his dreams.

You know, I should have picked up on that storyline, but I was completely taken aback by Randall’s decision to fix things himself.

Kevin was right about one thing — since his father died, they have all fought really hard to keep his legacy alive and find new ways to feel close to him.

Randall came upon the decision to run because his father wouldn’t just sit around and do nothing.

Kevin was proud of his new status as a full-fledged movie star, but that excitement quickly disappeared when he realized during an interview that he knew nothing about his father’s time in Vietnam.

It’s the perfect segway into introducing Jack’s war story to the audience and circles back to the season 2 finale scene where we saw Kevin and Zoe on a plane to Vietnam.

I can’t wait to tackle this storyline, although I know it will make me cry almost as much as the revelation of Jack’s death.

Kevin also contacted one of Jack’s original war buddies, Mr. Robinson, who was surprised to receive mail from “Jack Pearson’s son.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that hearing Jack’s story through Robinson is going to stir up plenty of raw emotions.

Are you ready to tackle that storyline?

What was your favorite part of the episode?

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This Is Us – Vietnam (3×04)



This Is Us Vietnam

“Hey, little brother.”

This week This Is Us opted to tell a heavy, but necessary story about the other Pearson brother, Nicky.

And more importantly, the bond between Jack and Nicky and their time serving in the Vietnam war.

The season has been alluding to the storyline with Kevin’s heartbreaking realization that he doesn’t know much about his father’s time in the war.

The anticipation to it has been almost as intense as it was during season two when we early awaited to see the cause of Jack’s untimely death.

The writers didn’t roll out the timelines in a sequential order and though I found it a bit odd at first, I quickly realized that per usual, there is a method to it all.

Instead of a chronological order, the episode started with Jack’s tour in Vietnam, finding his brother, and then moved back in time to when Nicky was drafted, when they were children, and finally, to Nicky’s “lucky” birth.

The episode, arguably the strongest installment in this brief season, answered almost all of our lingering questions.

We didn’t find out fully why he refrained from talking about the war, but I’m guessing seeing his unit member’s leg being blown off, and subsequently ruining any chance at a professional football career upon returning home, would be one of them.

The other? The fact that the last scene of Jack finally arriving at Nicky’s station may have been the last time they ever saw each other. The war really did a number on him, but at least he “made his [father] proud.”

The backstory also reveals the reason behind Jack’s parental nature, a previously undisclosed heart condition that may have played a bigger role in the smoke inhalation that ultimately took his life, and a side of his father that we haven’t seen before.

All of these revelations will have profound effects on the rest of the storyline.

During This Is Us Season 3 Episode 3, Kevin reached out to one of his father’s war buddies, Mr. Robinson, to get some information about their time in the war.

Mr. Robinson will undoubtedly have only good things to say about his longtime friend.

The heart condition that kept Jack from being drafted in was tachycardia, an abnormally rapid heart rate, which, yes, could have contributed to the fatal heart attack.

It’s surprising that Jack’s condition was never brought up previously, however, I’m not surprised they ignored it and allowed him to enlist.

Like the doctor said, only a crazy person would want to volunteer for such a war, which also goes to show you that Jack wasn’t any regular brother. He truly was Superman.

We’ve known him only as Superman dad and Superman husband, but Superman brother is also a good look on him.

In a surprising twist, Stanley wasn’t always the monster we’ve seen him be throughout Jack’s adult life.

At least his mother wasn’t in complete denial when she told the boys “he wasn’t always like this.”

As we see when Nicky was born, his father was a doting husband, a loving dad who gave young Jack sound advice about being an older brother, and most importantly, a man who didn’t drink.

So what changed between then and a few years later where he resented his children, beat his wife and couldn’t be seen without an alcoholic beverage and a cigarette in tow?

Did he take an example from his disengaged and boozin’ father?

Did the pressure of providing for a family get to be too much?

It seemed like he got his dream of being a father to two boys, so why wasn’t he actually a father?

They always say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and though it might have been the case for Stanley and his father, it certainly wasn’t for him and Jack.

Jack may have picked up the drinking habits, but his caring, fatherly nature was honed when he was a Sarge and took care of his men in battle, and throughout his whole life when he came to Nicky’s defense and protected him.

 Other Observations

  • I’m ashamed to admit that this episode was a bit of a crash course in war terminology for me. I googled “Toe Popper” shortly before it was demonstrated on-screen.
  • “Don’t you ever get tired of pretending you ain’t flat out scared.” Jack was always wise beyond his years and accepting of his fate.
  • It wasn’t enough for the episode to deliver a moving story of brotherly love that carried them through the war, they also had to make you cry your eyes out with the scene of all the lucky kids born on 10/18. All those boys, as Stanley pointed out, were eventually drafted into that very gruesome and deadly war.

Are you satisfied with “Vietnam.”

We found out much about Jack’s time in the war and more about his family.

We’ve still to find out what ultimately led to Nicky’s death, but it’s very clear that neither of them were just “mechanics.”

I would say, they were two tough guys in disguise.

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This Is Us Season 2B Report Card: Saddest Moment, Best Fight, and More!



This Is Us Season 2 B Report Card

The second half of This Is Us Season 2 has been a whirlwind of emotions.

We’ve laughed, we’ve been upset and we’ve cried quite a lot as we dug deeper into the lives of our favorite TV family, the Pearsons.

The sophomore chapter focused on Kevin’s addiction, and the subsequent road to sobriety, Kate’s first miscarriage and journey to “I do,” and Randall’s new venture along with the addition of a foster child to his balanced brood.

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This Is Us – This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life (2×17)



This Is Us This Big Amazing Beautiful Life

It turns out, you don’t need a Jack Pearson-focused episode to find yourself in tears on a Tuesday night.

This Is Us Season 2 Episode 17 centered on Deja’s story from before we met her up until Randall and Beth found her sleeping in a car.

While she was living with the Pearsons, we only got to see a fragment of her life, but this poor girl has been through hell and back.

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