Well, on the bright side, at least I didn’t cry buckets this week–maybe a little, but not buckets! (“This is Us”: Brought to you by Kleenex and Puffs Plus in Their First Ever Joint Sponsorship”)
Still, it was the beginning of the end for Jack, which is NOT OKAY! Ugh. Seeing those funeral cards with his face on them was hard to take! I mean, we know he dies, but to see shots from his funeral means it’s real. Did we know how old the triplets were before yesterday? I feel like maybe we did, or it was hinted at.
I really dug yesterday’s episode, though. Several things hit a nerve with me, prompting me to be grateful anew at the show’s astounding writing and its profound insights into human nature.
I’ve heard recently that in young adult literature, books are sometimes classified as “windows” or “mirrors.” Windows to open up new vantage points and view new worlds. Mirrors to hold up and understand our own stories better.
For me, #Us is a window into Kevin’s life as a sibling of an adopted child. He helps me understand my boys better. And Kate is definitely a window into world of obesity. Recently I was on a plane and a lady with Kate’s girth sat beside me, very apologetic and ashamed. Because of Kate, I had new compassion for her situation, and, I would like to think, bore my discomfort (because I am a little claustrophobic) with a dose of extra grace. I smiled and said “no problem” when my seat mate apologized. How hard it must be to face such embarrassing situations, all the time! Thanks, Chrissy Metz, for showing me the way.
So here’s my recap for Episode #13, which I am calling “I Really Want My Arm Back”:
1. Good for you, Sloane, for not taking that rapscallion Kevin back, at least not yet (and probably never, as this episode revealed). Referring to his description of dating her as “the right thing to do,” Sloane shot back: “It’s like I was the girl equivalent of wearing a seat belt in a cab!” Great line.
2. Kate backs out of bariatric surgery and decides to try an “immersive weight loss experience,” aka Fat Camp. I liked how the camp was meant to get at the root issues of weight, the sadness, loneliness, rage etc. And when Kate got in touch with her rage over her dad’s death (and other issues) during that drumming class? Spot on. That’s when I had tears. Because I understood her anger/grief mash up so well.
3. Jack: “We’re never going to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey ever again!” Ouch, Sigh. Every parent has felt this way. My youngest is 12, and I am hanging on to every last shred of her childhood!
4. Toby, to Kevin: “It’s hard to believe we are in the same species.” Ha!
5. Not to be nitpicky, but allow me to pick a nit: People did not say “I’m good” in response to a question in 1989. My 80 yo mom still has no idea what you mean when you say that to her now. “I asked if you were all done with the potato chips. What do you mean you’re ‘good’”? she’ll say, baffled.
6. Rebecca turns inside out with anxiety and sadness when she can’t “fix” both Randall’s low birthday party attendance and the fact that Kate’s party goers ditched Kate in favor of Kevin. SUCH IS PARENTHOOD! One of the hardest things ever is when your child faces rejection. I could go on…Even Jack couldn’t make it all better for his sad princess.
7. Jack + Vogueing = Me + melting.
8. William! I missed him last week. The man has such a gentle, loving vibe. How sweet to see him realize his lifelong dream of driving a cool car, wearing shades and drinking his favorite drink!
9. Will Kevin choose Sloane or Olivia? Apparently, Sophie! Sophie who, now? We find out Kevin had an ex-wife, and not only that, one whom he considers his one true love. #Plottwist
10. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda, here I am at Camp Grenada…otherwise known as a dreamy place in the Adirondacks where one gets in touch with her underlying weight issues, and engages in a “love triangle.” Wait-WHAT?
What was your favorite part of the episode? Least favorite? What storyline are you most excited to see play out? Comment below and we’ll discuss!