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  • Atypical
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    Pre-empted for 20 mins with basketball overrun, so I have to wait a week before reviewing the full episode. Very annoying time of year for network programming.

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    Kay
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    Latest episode is currently the worst reviewed of the season. A shame since they sort of hyped it up as one of the show’s best offerings.

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    Luca
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    I absolutely loved the most recent episode. I know it took place in one room, but I loved that. Chrissy Metz was absolutely stunning in the last 10 minutes. Maybe her best and most honest work on the show.

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”

    Synopsis: Beth and Randall adjust to their new normal; Kate and Toby spend time with baby Jack; Zoe and Kevin work on their relationship.

    Discuss.

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    vinny
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    Best episode of the season. A+

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    Kay
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    Brilliant episode, one of the best ones this season. Everyone did incredible work. I predict that next week’s episode will be Sterling K. Brown’s tape. Can’t wait!!

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    moviefan617
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    They are ruining Randall but giving Susan Kelechi Watson her best material ever, so there’s that. Not sure when Kevin ended up as my favorite of the Big Three, but here we are.

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    SHT L
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    Randall has been so insufferable all season that I’m glad if they’re pushing for a break for him and Beth (even if they end up rectifying the situation) even though it’s all a bit forced. I also need to know how they’re keeping up with their bills. I think both of them took large pay cuts and now they have another child to take care of as well. Poor Deja to just come into another dysfunctional domestic situation, but that’s the way this show is. Everyone suffers. This past week’s episode made up for that crappy episode that came before it which I will get into later.

    That hospital waiting room episode was all kinds of terrible. One of the worst things I’ve watched all season if not more. Bad acting all-around too. It was oddly directed and blocked I think. Mandy Moore reminded me why she’s not nominated for awards. She gets really bad when Rebecca gets those cringey lines when she’s acting all strong or telling people to go away because of their bad vibes or whatever. Miguel screaming about not having a seat was so ridiculously shot and the actor who played him didn’t do a good job of it. To be fair, nobody acted well in that episode except for Metz who just had to look at a tiny baby for most of her screen time sans make-up (which made her more natural looking and easier to relate to because her make-up is always so much most of the time).

    Back to this past episode, the whole Zoe dropping the I don’t want kids thing, would seem ok (and it’s a totally valid position to have and good for her for saying it early on though she could have said it earlier) if it wasn’t part of this show that just keeps dropping these sorts of conflicts so artificially.

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    They are ruining Randall but giving Susan Kelechi Watson her best material ever, so there’s that. Not sure when Kevin ended up as my favorite of the Big Three, but here we are.

    Kate has been coming off pretty well recently. Also people seem to be taking a stance against Randall as if him and Beth aren’t equally in the wrong. It doesn’t matter in the end because the show is so badly written but Beth’s character has been acting very immaturely even if Randall comes off as an ass sometimes.

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    Kate has been coming off pretty well recently. Also people seem to be taking a stance against Randall as if him and Beth aren’t equally in the wrong. It doesn’t matter in the end because the show is so badly written but Beth’s character has been acting very immaturely even if Randall comes off as an ass sometimes.

    That’s true, but I think the difference is that Beth is more of an underdog right now as she’s going through some difficulty since she was laid off and is trying to find her groove while Randall is going from pipe dream and pipe dream head first without any thought to his family AND him achieving it despite all the complaining he does about Kevin getting everything he wants. So Randall seems to be winning at everything which makes him a lot less sympathetic when he’s an asshole to Beth and others. It’s also the way they speak too. Randall always sounds like he’s doing some sort of strong-voiced lecture whereas Beth talks like a real person or at least as close as this show gets to a real person. I feel sorry for the actors some times with the crappy quotes they have to say, but maybe they don’t know any better and appreciate the opportunity to monologue and overspeak.

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    That hospital waiting room episode was all kinds of terrible. One of the worst things I’ve watched all season if not more. Bad acting all-around too. It was oddly directed and blocked I think.. To be fair, nobody acted well in that episode except for Metz who just had to look at a tiny baby for most of her screen time sans make-up (which made her more natural looking and easier to relate to because her make-up is always so much most of the time). 

     

    I disagree. Not for Justin Hartley. He was great as usual and he and Milo are my MVP’s this season.  I’d even suggest that this be the tape he should submit if he (hopefully) gets nominated at the Emmys.

    The episode was really cringeworthy though… very unnecessary. I’d even say it’s one of their worst episodes ever.

    Ahh season 3…, giving us the best (Songbird Road Part 1) and worst (The Waiting Room) episodes of the show weeks apart.

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    Great episode that really moved the narrative forward. Not really here for Randall and Beth breaking up, but I’m used to dramatic television where your characters can never be too happy for too long without impediments standing in their respective ways. That’s just his things go and how this show rolls. There has to be a “build-up” to the season finale. Randall’s verging on character assassination, but at least it’s a different note for Sterling to play. Chrissy Metz has been fantastic in this and last week with Baby Jack’s birth. She’s earned a returning Emmy nomination after last year’s snub. Same goes for Justin Hartley, who is just killing it this season with the relapse and Nicky’s storyline. Was kinda #TeamSophie tonight. Zoe just annoys me with her selfishness. Didn’t care to see the kids’ first dance or Jack and Rebecca as chaperones. I wanted the narrative to immediately go elsewhere in those scenes. I don’t like seeing Jack in the background after Milo’s stunning Vietnam arc that should make him the Emmy frontrunner for Lead Actor Drama. Anyways, fine episode otherwise.

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    I am very late in that I just watched episode 13 “Our Little Island Girl.” This was one of the best episodes of This Is Us. I pray and hope that Phylicia Rashad gets the Emmy nomination and the Emmy that she richly deserves. This would not be a bad submission for Susan Kalechi Watson if she were nominated, but I feel that she is slightly overshadowed by Phylicia Rashad. I wish that Carl Lumbly could get nominated too because he was robbed of a nomination from his work in season 4 of L.A. Law

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    Episode Title: “R&B”

    Synopsis: A history of Randall and Beth through the ages.

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    Great episode that really moved the narrative forward. Not really here for Randall and Beth breaking up, but I’m used to dramatic television where your characters can never be too happy for too long without impediments standing in their respective ways. That’s just his things go and how this show rolls. There has to be a “build-up” to the season finale. Randall’s verging on character assassination, but at least it’s a different note for Sterling to play. Chrissy Metz has been fantastic in this and last week with Baby Jack’s birth. She’s earned a returning Emmy nomination after last year’s snub. Same goes for Justin Hartley, who is just killing it this season with the relapse and Nicky’s storyline. Was kinda #TeamSophie tonight. Zoe just annoys me with her selfishness. Didn’t care to see the kids’ first dance or Jack and Rebecca as chaperones. I wanted the narrative to immediately go elsewhere in those scenes. I don’t like seeing Jack in the background after Milo’s stunning Vietnam arc that should make him the Emmy frontrunner for Lead Actor Drama. Anyways, fine episode otherwise.

    Last episode, I was so #TeamSophie that I was ecstatic she had a fiance and was moving on. She deserves better than to be dragged down by that family and the next trauma. Is a helicopter going to crash on them now? Is Kate going to visit Randall in “the inner-city” and be a victim of a drive-by?

    Anyways, I don’t know if what Zoe did was selfish because if someone truly does not want kids, it’s good to let their partner know as soon as possible. This isn’t something someone chooses just because. They really feel that way, and yeah it’s a bit selfish, but people are selfish when making their life choices and how they want to live. I’m glad the show painted it in a way that it was a valid thing someone wants and the the decision of whether to have a child isn’t something to you just say you’re ok with but don’t mean. My biggest fear with this storyline is that Kevin was just saying that but he’ll change his mind later on thus causing another subplot in season 5 or 10 or whatever if Zoe and Kevin last that long. Which is why my biggest problem with the bomb drop was it seemed just a plot device for Kevin and I fear it’ll come back again.

    I honestly think Zoe has taken a back seat and been extremely patient with Kevin after his relapse and all the lying and her really seeming like she’s treating him with kid gloves because she’s taking a big emotional risk with him after behaving in a very self-preservation way for so long. She even patiently handled Kevin insensitively questioning her not wanting a child thing attributing it to her abuse in the hands of her father in a much better way than I would have. I fear her taking that chance on Kevin will bite her in the ass and if this was real life she’d end up closing herself off again this time indefinitely.

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