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This Is Us – Flip a Coin (4×04)

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I’m loving the man that Kevin is becoming.
This Is Us “Flip a Coin” is showing that Kevin is coming into his own even if he’s not completely secure in his life and still finding his way.
As Kevin mourned the cancelaltion of The Manny, he tried to use his experience to connect with Jennifer, the vet he met through his uncle Nicky.
Now, living through a war and acting on a TV show isn’t even in the same sphere of experiences, but they’re both valid in their own regard as they influenced and shaped both Kevin and Jennifer significantly.
When Jennifer tried to point out that Kevin’s experiences were “less than” hers, I was so glad Kevin stuck up for himself.
Jennifer’s been through a lot and for that reason, she’s not the most positive person in the world. However, being around Kevin seems to be doing her well.
When she needed a meeting because her husband stood behind his divorce decision, Kevin made it his personal mission to help her and Nicky simultaneously.
She’s also good for Kevin because she’s brigning him closer to Nicky. When she third-wheels, Nicky is less likely to have an outburst or try to get out of hanging with Kevin.
Truth is, he likes the company, though I’m not sue he’s going to be pleased with seeing Keivn’s face every day as his new neighbor.
Nicky also mentioned a woman named Sally whom he wanted to be with following the war. He let her slip away, but something tells me Kevin is going to track her down. They wouldn’t bring her up if it wasn’t going to be a bigger part of the story.
As Kevin thought back to his time on The Manny, it was the first time we’ve seen him acknowledge that maybe acting isn’t exactly what he wanted to do and offers up a new perspective on Kevin.
He’s never been as shallow as he’s led people to believe; he’s just been lost and gliding through a life that fell into his lap.
As for the past, we’re finally going to see Kevin’s experience in New York and his quickie marriage to Sophia whilst in college.
That’s one voicemail no mother wants to receive. If it was in the present-day, Kevin probably would have just texted the news.
Beth’s dance studio opening was a success, despite the disgusting dead possum smell wafting through the air.
Randall used to be a black and white, right and wrong kind of guy, but seeing him jump into action to “fix this” for Beth because it was important to her was precious to watch.
He’s no longer stuck on what he should be doing and instead, stepping up to be a great husband and a great father.
Phylicia Rashad returned as Beth’s mom and she despite her uptight attitude, she admitted to Randall that he was the best man for her daugther.
It may have taken her a lot longer to see that than necessary, but Beth knew the moment college-aged Randall gave her a slice of lemon for her coke. He’s always seen her, he’s always loved her. Those two just melt my heart.
We also got to see Randall’s reaction to finding out the new boy Deja’s been making googely eyes at had a daughter. And his reaciton didn’t disappoint.
Deja is 14, so it’s understandable that the family is concerned, but they also cannot keep her from being friends with someone. They also cannot blame or shame the boy for having a daughter, especially after he stepped up to the plate to raise her alongside his parents. It shows he accepts responsibility for his actions.
The best moment of the whole epsidoe was when Deja begged Randall not to do anything weird and he proceeded by being the epitome of awkward when interacting wtih Malik. He’s such a dad.
In an effort to make baby Jack a normal baby, Kate asked Toby to take him to a music class.
The dad wasn’t convinced the baby was ready, but Kate was sure this would be a good idea mainly because of how badly she wanted music to be part of his life.
It wasn’t.
First off, they never called ahead to inform the teacher that the baby had special needs.
Despite the website saying they accomadate everyone, a heads up would have allowed them to prepare properly.
I know Kate wants Jack to feel liek everyone else, but he’s not. She’ll be able to give him a life that feels normal to him with some necessary tweaks and adjustments.
Secondly, the teacher didn’t seem to understand how to lead a class with a blind child.
It was heartbreaking to see Jack cry out because he was terrified.
I was terrified, and I could see what was happening.
Following the class, Kate and Toby got into it in the car and said some hurtful things including a comment about Toby not being as involved because he’s always at the gym.
It was a low-blow on Kate’s part and proof that even though she “let it go” during their last argument, it was eating her up inside because she continues to feel insecure.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but this doesn’t bode well foor their relationship.
It might be their breaking point down the line.
On the filp side, this may have been the day that sparked Jack’s love for music. Who knows?
Aside form Rebecca meeting Randall’s mother in the past, Kate also dealt with her grief and got a job at the record store. And the job seems to come with a new boyfriend, which will be fun to expolore. We’ve never seen the younger version of Kate dating or doing anything other than moping around.
There’s also Kevin’s spontaneous marriage. Rebecca wasn’t kidding when she said they’re going to be starting a new chapter in their lives.
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‘This Is Us’ to End After Season 6 at NBC

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This Is Us Season 4 Premiere Review

It’s time to say goodbye to the Pearson clan! 

NBC’s groundbreaking family drama This Is Us will end with a sixth and final season, per The Hollywood Reporter 

The series was renewed for three seasons — up until season 6 — back in 2019. 

NBC has not officially commented on the news. The network is expected to make the announcement on Friday when it unveils the upcoming 2021-22 fall schedule.

This Is Us Season 5 will air its finale on Tuesday, May 25 at 10/9c. 

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This Is Us Review – Follow Your Passion (5×14)

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This Is Us Review The Music and the Mirror Season 5 Episode 14

After yet another brief hiatus, This Is Us returned to deliver some grounded, emotional storylines. 

As the coronavirus raged on, Beth was forced to close her dance studio as membership dwindled even through Zoom class. 

Watching her dream go down the drain for the second time was heartbreaking, but it’s hard to feel for her completely when we’ve seen the future and we know she eventually opens up a prestigious dance school. 

As they say, after the rain, there’s always a rainbow. Plus, Beth has overcome failure in the dance world before as we saw her dreams of becoming a dancer and getting cast in the production of Swan Lake dashed in flashbacks to when she was in college. 

In both the past and the present, Randall was there for Beth in the way she needed him to be. As Deja pointed out, he tends to be quite a lot, but there’s a beauty in just supporting someone and not always being the hero. 

Beth and Randall have always been couple goals (next to Rebecca and Jack), and they continued to give us relationship aspirations as they shared a romantic dance to “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo. I know I wasn’t the only one singing my heart out during that scene! 

Madison, Rebecca, and Kate went wedding dress shopping for the upcoming big day.

Madison found her dream dress, but found herself feeling slightly disappointed when her father informed her that he wouldn’t be making it to the wedding due to a “work emergency.”

What a lame excuse.

This Is Us Review The Music and the Mirror Season 5 Episode 14

THIS IS US — “The Music and the Mirror” Episode 514 — Pictured in this screengrab: Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth — (Photo by: NBC)

Thanks to Rebecca’s speech (that would make Jack Pearson proud), Madison felt like she was part of a family for the first time ever.

However, after Kevin ran into Zoey, she mentioned that he was a people pleaser, which made him think about whether or not he was getting married to Madison because he wanted to or because he convinced himself he wanted to. 

Zoe wasn’t wrong — Kevin is a bit of a “yes, man,” but in this case, it’s been a decision that has been great for his personal life. 

Madison is an awesome woman, a great mother, and she brings out the best in Kevin. This is the most put-together and levelheaded he’s been in quite some time, and it’s been some positive character development for him. 

Making Kevin question his whole future with his family based on something an ex-girlfriend said jeopardizes all the progress he’s made. I don’t want to see his storyline take a turn for the worse, again. 

From the upcoming promos, it looks like Kevin will start to fall into old habits and pine for Sophie, which is also annoying. We’ve been there, done that several times. Sophie was his one true love, but the timing never worked out. They had their shot, and it didn’t work. Let’s not try to go back to that over and over again. 

Madison deserves so much better; she deserves a man that’s going to fight for her and choose her, not someone who is going to question every decision in his life. 

After seeing how great Rebecca was with Madison, Kate thanked her for being such a good and supportive mom, even though she didn’t always deserve it. 

And there’s no denying that Kate was a difficult teenager. But she had her reasons, too. 

When Jack died, so did her passion for art school. It may have taken her a few decades to find something she was passionate about again, but I’m so glad she did and that she shared it with Rebecca.

Toby continues to struggle with being a stay-at-home dad. He’s embarrassed by the fact that he lost his job and even more embarrassed by the fact that he can’t help but feel jealous about Kate’s new gig. 

Instead of opening up about it, he’s bottled it all up inside. And you know that means he’s going to burst — just like the water pipe — eventually. 

Hopefully, hearing his dad acknowledge that he comes from a family that opens up about their problems will encourage Toby to speak up and share his troubles with Kate. It’s the only way to ensure a healthy relationship. 

And I hope that they find a way for Kate to continue working because, as I mentioned, she’s finally doing something she enjoys. You can see it based on how her face lights up. I just wish she could be able to share it with Toby.

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Are you glad This Is Us is back? Will Toby confide in Kate or will this tension hurt their marriage?  Will Kevin go through with the wedding? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! 


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This Is Us Review – Kevin and Randall Tackle the Ugly Stuff (5×13)

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This Is Us Brotherly Love Review Season 5 Episode 13

Kevin and Randall finally found “brotherly love” after all these years, but it didn’t come easily.

The duo tackled the elephant in the room — their explosive fight during which plenty of hurtful words were exchanged — on This Is Us Season 5 Episode 13. 

As the two worked towards making amends, they aired out all the “ugly stuff” and it got pretty heated in certain moments. 

The episode allowed audiences to see their different perspectives on the same situation with the key takeaway being: You just don’t see it the way I do. 

But that doesn’t necessarily mean either of their experiences was wrong, they’re just different.

Kevin kicked things off with a bit of a half-assed, scripted apology, which Randall compared to a “rehearsed monologue.” Throughout it, he barely took any of the blame for his role in how “othered” he made Randall feel throughout the years when all he wanted to do was blend in. 

While it was great that Kevin acknowledged that he should have done more to combat the racism Randall faced from people like his prom date’s father, he didn’t actually own up to his actions.

Throughout a series of flashbacks, which also included new actors playing the boys in the past (or at least I believe they’re new since I don’t recall seeing them before), we see Randall and Kevin’s relationship unfold through the years. 

As toddlers, Jack takes them on a “boys weekend” to a live-taping of Mr. Rogers where Kevin becomes jealous of Randall’s “special treatment.” During their teenage years, Kevin gives Randall a fake I.D. of a “Black man” and tells him it’ll work cause he’s Black. 

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THIS IS US — “Brotherly Love” Episode 513 — Pictured in this screengrab: (l-r) Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Justin Hartley as Kevin — (Photo by: NBC)

During the present, Randall recalls all of these moments, most of which were subconscious on Kevin’s part, to inform his brother that he always felt singled out because of his Blackness. Kevin would make fun of him for not knowing rap songs, call him Carlton, and make other racially charged comments that he thought were innocent and funny. 

As Randall put it, Kevin’s black blindspots showed how wilfully in the dark he was, which hurt more than someone doing it purposefully and with malice. 

Kevin doesn’t admit his fault initially, but eventually, he realizes that his jealousy of Randall was directly associated with his Blackness.

Kevin also called out Randall for being ungrateful about being adopted into a caring and loving family, but again, Randall didn’t harbor any resentment towards the Pearsons. 

Instead, he opened up about his internal struggle of always wanting to find his birth parents, making up his Ghost Kingdom where the Black weatherman was his dad and the mail carrier was his mom, and also appreciating the life he was handed thanks to Rebecca and Jack. 

It was a condensed glimpse of Randall’s journey that fans have been seeing unfold throughout the season.

There’s nothing wrong with Randall dreaming about what could have been if the events of his birth were slightly altered, while still being grateful for what could’ve been. 

It’s an inner turmoil Randall has dealt with his whole life. He even admitted to feeling so guilty about his Ghost Kingdoms because of how great his real family was, so it’s not surprising that he’s tired of people telling him how he should feel about it. 

Randall also apologized for always making Kevin feel “less than,” which included an apology for the cheap shot comment of Jack being ashamed of him. 

While both of the guys will continue to see things through their own lenses, they’ve at least dipped their toes into each other’s perspectives for a moment.

With everything laid out on the table, a once-fractured brotherly bond is starting to rebuild. 

There was nothing groundbreaking about the episode, but the breakthrough for Kevin and Randall was nice to see.

They’re finally starting to hold each other accountable for their actions that have spanned decades instead of bottling it up inside and resenting each other. 

It takes true love and respect to have conversations this real and raw. Despite their flaws and quibbles, Randall and Kevin have always had each other’s backs, so I’m glad they’re back on track!

Plus, it might be the most honest and transparent conversation Randall has ever had with anyone in the Pearson family! That’s progress. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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