All the feelings! Well, I liked last week’s episode, but Episode 15? It made me remember why I fell for #Us in the first place. Cheesy to say so, but so true!
This episode had it all–pathos, awe, poignancy, sweetness, and hints of bad and good things to come for our Pearsons. Yes, OUR Pearsons!
So much happened, am I right? There’s no way I can comment on everything, but let me give it a whirl:
1. Buh-bye, Duke! You guys, I was so wrong about Kate’s intentions in the last episode. What was I thinking? Some of you commented on my Facebook author page that you believed she would do the right thing, though it seemed like she was at the threshold of Cabin 13 with cheating on her mind. Yet, no, of course not! Instead, she tells that pugnacious Duke off (though he is the “Jared Leto of Fat Camp”), gets kicked out of said camp, and is returned to the ample bosom of her colorful fiance.
2. Sophie was back, but just for a bit as she sweetly called Kevin to wish him luck for his opening night (as we know, he needed a whole lot more than luck!). They defined their relationship as “cautiously dating.”
3. It’s a perfect storm for Randall and he will not emerge unscathed. Sanjay is getting his paws all up in Randall’s business–literally. Beth’s mom broke her hip so Beth had to take off, leaving Randall with a crisis at work, a crisis at home (William’s quickening decline), and family obligations, including attending Kevin’s play. Can he handle it all? No, no he cannot.
4. Miguel’s line to Jack, on why Rebecca would never cheat on him with Ben: “Even if this guy was Jeff Goldblum” Rebecca wouldn’t stray. You know, the irresistible Jeff Goldblum from “Jurassic Park”? Who didn’t have a crush on him? (Me.)
5. We find out that Randall’s anxiety issues are not new. He’s been having panic attacks ever since he was trying to get the best grade on his Hamlet paper as a sixteen-year-old. Another piece of the puzzle clicks into place. It’s all starting to make more sense.
6. Kevin is sleeping with Sophie–at age 16? Weirdly, I just wrote a blog today about how to talk to your teens about sex. Will link when published!
7. Kate struggles to let Toby into the deepest part of her heart–the place where she mourns her dad. “Whenever you’re ready,” he says, the perfect response, and also a valuable clue for him: Kate’s not ready for marriage.
8. Okay, okay, NOW I get it, what Milo said a few weeks ago about us loving Miguel by Episode 15. I thought maybe Miggy would save someone from a burning building, but instead, he saved Kevin, in a way. When Kevin shows up on Rebecca and Miguel’s doorstep, hoping to get an “artist to artist” pep talk from Mom to ease his nerves, it’s his step-dad who surprises him with help. When Miguel told Kevin, regarding Jack, “You remind me of him,” I had tears.
“It breaks my heart that you don’t like me,” Miguel said. “Because when I’m around you I feel like I get a piece of my best friend back.” MORE TEARS. Rewind. Watch again. Tears! Doyle and I were just talking today about how we carry our late dads inside us, always.
Milo, you’re right. I do love Miguel because of Episode 15!
9. Jack finds out that Ben and Rebecca dated for two months when they were 19, and he loses it. Ugh! I find that scene in the restaurant where he’s drinking to be ominous…PUT THE DRINK DOWN JACK!
10. Oh. My. Stars. All we could do is watch helplessly as Randall falls to pieces, first in an important work meeting, and then the poor dear man seems to genuinely have a breakdown. And then Kevin–sweet, heroic Kevin, gives us a reason to cheer for brotherly love. Seconds before taking the stage with Sloane at his play–”The Back of an Egg”–he makes an impulsive decision to “do what his dad would have done.” In this case, it’s run to Randall, whom he finds curled up on the floor of his office, in absolute tatters. I think that was one of my favorite moments ever on the show–you guys?
Obviously, the fallout will be dreadful for Kevin. A no-show, on opening night, and the “Times” was there to review? I was a theater reviewer for 17 years, and I never had anyone not show up like that (although, one time a Tyler Perry live type show was canceled minutes after the curtain didn’t go up…mysterious).
But in the end, his brother’s well-being won out, as Miguel’s words shaped his actions: “Just do what your dad would have done, and you’ll be fine.”
Next week: Youse–I was tearing up at the PREVIEW! Can’t wait to hit Beal Street next week with William and Randall.
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!