February 10, 2020 at 7:48 am #1203341461
Episode was great, a bit cheesy but fine. Justin Hartley was sensational, good enough for a nomination tbh. Alexandra Breckenridge was equally amazing. Interesting turn of events at the end… but not entirely surprising really.
Mr Hartley will direct the Kate- centric episode that airs tomorrow. Exciting!February 11, 2020 at 7:49 am #1203342832
Episode Title: “A Hell of a Week” (Part 3)
Synopsis: Kate finds strength in unexpected places.
Discuss.February 12, 2020 at 3:48 am #1203343929
I loved this episode….until the end. I HATE Toby more and more as time goes on. My grade: B+February 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm #1203344482
Kate’s episode was the weakest of the “Big Three” showcases, though both Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore were great in all of their scenes together. It’s been telegraphed for awhile now that Marc was abusive to teen Kate, so no surprises there. I’m more curious about what this big riff is that splits up the Big Three in the flash-forwards. Is it really about Rebecca losing her memory? Now Kate knows, which means Kevin will find out very soon. Randall kept the news from them at Rebecca’s request! That can’t be overlooked. As for Toby, sigh. Not making apologies for his gym rat behaviors (Crossfit people are just the worst) or flirting with that girl on text, but I can see how it takes a “leap of faith” of sorts to learn how to parent a special needs child. You don’t just wake up one day and make 100% correct parenting decisions even with a regular needs child! Chris Sullivan does wonders with navigating a tricky role as Toby. He doesn’t get nearly enough credit for that around here and never has. I hope he can maintain his Emmy slot this year, but with a genuine Toby showcase before the season’s over.February 13, 2020 at 5:08 pm #1203346162
This season (or at the very least, this “trilogy” of episodes) kind of feels like a slog with none of the Big Three being particularly likable right now. Surprisingly, I liked the Kate episode best even though Metz didn’t really have much to do. She always seems to get outshined by Moore in her own showcase episodes. Hartley was good in his episode, but the storyline was so boring and predictable for a full episode. Did we really need to spend more time with Sophie only to reiterate that she’s not “The One”? How many more times is the show gonna bring her back only to dash away hope that she’s back for good? Everything about Randall’s storyline is turning me off right now and I’ve honestly really turned on his character. Milo Ventimiglia is hopefully getting a paycheck doing other projects because he’s been wasted this season. But one positive is that the teenage Big Three had some real moments to shine with this “trilogy,” especially Niles Fitch and Hannah Zeile. I actually have always found that the flashback storylines were stronger than most of the present day stories, so I was glad to see those young actors have some strong moments over this past month.February 18, 2020 at 6:10 am #1203350605
Episode Title: “The Cabin”
Synopsis: The Big Three reconnect at the family cabin.
Discuss.February 18, 2020 at 9:27 am #1203350868
“Part 3” was such a beautiful episode. Congrats to Justin Hartley for delivering good quality. I liked this trilogy, all episodes were equally good so it was more consistent than the first one. Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore were great. Even in the episodes that don’t really focus on them (Mandy & Milo), Mandy just knows how to steal the scene and make a memorable impression. I also really liked the pool sequence.
I need Milo to get some heavy dramatic material or a bit of a “focus” episode in these last few episodes because he really hasn’t had anything worthy of awards recognition this season. “The Club” is his best episode this season (thus far) but it pales in comparison to season 3’s “Sometimes” (Emmy submission).
This season is quite fine, an improvement from the last. The trilogy and the breaks did however make the show drag quite a bit. I hope there’s some movement in the plot from the upcoming episode(s) all the way to the finale. We need to revisit Deja + Malik, Randall’s therapy, Kevin’s love life, Tess and Rebecca’s memory loss before the season is over. Only 5 more episodes to go, I hope they have the great consistency of the earlier episodes this season. (episodes 5-7 were delicious!).February 18, 2020 at 11:57 pm #1203351540This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.February 19, 2020 at 11:23 am #1203352127
New best episode of the season for me. A+February 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm #1203352209
“The Cabin” is one of the best episodes of the season (I cried), on par with “Storybook Love” and “The Dinner and the Date”. Definitely the best of the second half (so far). I notice that every time the main cast members share scenes together, Justin Hartley always outshines the others. They were all good, of course.
Nice use of Milo Ventimiglia here. Jack’s impact on this family is so overwhelming sometimes. The recording was just… ugh waterworks!
Poor Kate, she felt the need to cling onto the first boy ever who “saw” her as someone worthy of their love and affection, only for him to be a toxic, abusive bastard. Really liked the scene at the cabin where they discovered the broken window and chased Marc out. Mandy was great there.
I actually thought that Randall (& Kate) keeping the secret of Rebecca’s memory problems from Kevin would lead to more conflict than what actually happened and that it would be the reason Kev & Randall aren’t speaking months later. But we shall see..
Anyways… old Kevin is still a zaddy…February 20, 2020 at 7:53 am #1203353597
“The Cabin” was excellent! Every thread worked beautifully together as a whole. I hope that this ends up being a series submission, b/c it shows how consistently strong this ensemble continues to be. The cabin scenes with the Big Three were great, and Justin Hartley really shined when Kevin found out about Rebecca’s diagnosis. That segued beautifully to the time capsule scenes. Milo has been severely underutilized this season, so I hope he isn’t dropped at the Emmys this year. They wouldn’t demote him to supporting actor at this point, though it’s an easier category with open slots. I’m glad they used Jack so effectively with the tape recording about the house. That house! Of course that’s where it originated in the flash-forwards. What a stroke of genius! I hope we get more of those moving forward, b/c that sequence is endlessly fascinating to me. Middle Kate dealing with shitty Marc, yikes. Hannah Zelle was so good in those scenes. Mandy Moore is returning to lead actress drama this cycle. I’m calling it now, bitches! This teen cast is one to look out for in the coming years. I’ve sung the praises of Lyric Ross for a long time now, and Niles Fitch has had many standout moments as Middle Randall. (The less said about Middle Kevin, the better lol.). Toby connecting with baby Jack was another standout for Chris Sullivan. The look on his face when Jack was choking was tough to watch. Can’t wait to see how everything develops for the season finale!February 22, 2020 at 12:50 pm #1203356731
The last two episodes were pretty darn spectacular. I loved the Kate-centric episode; Justin directed the hell out of it. And then “The Cabin” – wow. That was a lot, and I will always fall for an episode that expertly uses “To Build a Home,” which this show has now done twice. While this show can often be cheesy, it’s so well laid out and structured! And it’s so well shot and edited, which I don’t think is amply said – especially as it’s network TV.
Lol at someone saying that no one is likable; what is likable? Please, someone explain it to me!
Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)February 26, 2020 at 5:46 am #1203360915
This episode got me. A+ The whole montage of Jack learning about music to what he became was just perfection. The Kate stuff was perfection. The Kevin and Rebecca stuff was perfection. The Randall stuff was great. The whole scene with Randall and Jack was perfection. A+February 26, 2020 at 8:37 am #1203361081
This show is on a roll! With every passing episode, I become more confident in Mandy Moore retaining her Emmy spot in Drama Actress. I mean… how can you not nominate her? And for this season in particular? Ugh she’s amazing.
Sterling K. Brown is worthy to win a second Emmy. Honestly. He was just breathtaking especially in his short monologue at the therapy session. Susan K. Watson has been left out to dry these past few weeks but she had a great scene towards the end. Everything about this episode was perfection. Madison is hilarious, Kevin + Rebecca was delightful… I could never get enough of Justin Hartley and Mandy Moore scenes tbh. Justin reminds me of Nikolaj Coster- Waldau in the sense that he has great chemistry with everyone he shares a scene with.
They’re using Milo well tbh… still feels good enough to still be considered Lead to me. I’m a sucker for a good montage and no show does them better than This Is Us. Three to go!February 27, 2020 at 9:24 am #1203362660
This season has been firing on all cylinders, so kudos to accomplishing that feat! Sleep on it allll you want to, but it won’t change how dynamic and engaging the show is in its fourth season when similar shows can easily lose steam after the first season. First off, Pamela Adlon as Randall’s therapist is everythingggg! I thought it was a peculiar directorial choice to not show her at all in Randall’s confessions, but the reveal at the end made up for that. Loved the flashback scenes for a change with the report card day, the hunt for Kevin’s baseball card, how Randall got into running, and finding Joni Mitchell’s house lol. Mandy Moore is just stunning in the way she effortlessly goes from era to era with Rebecca like it’s nothing at all. I really think that she can win an Emmy before the series ends. The material is more than there for that to happen. They’ve hinted at Randall and Kevin’s split is about Rebecca’s treatment, but I’m done speculating where the plot goes here b/c it’s pointless (though I’m desperately curious who is Kevin’s baby mama). The only part about Kate and Toby’s section I liked was seeing how and where adult Jack learned his love of music.
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