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This is Us 2×12 “Clooney”

Big Three Moments of the Week

Sometimes, I hate this show. I really do. And by that I mean, I don’t actually hate it. However, it frustrates me. It makes me want to claw my eyes out and then two seconds later it makes me want to cry, but basically, the emotional rollercoaster always ends up being something I want to talk about, thereby, here we are. “Clooney” was something alright, and I believe, for the most part, it served as the perfect reminder of the fact that as human beings, we need to ask questions — as opposed to assuming, asking the right questions generally makes life bearable and better.

Scene I: Randall’s decision

Randall’s decisions don’t always work out perfectly, but his heart always tends to be in the right place, and personally, this is one of my favorite decisions he’s made. The idea of them remodeling the apartments William used to live in to give these people better lives is, perfect. And not only that, but Randall isn’t unreasonable — he’s not doing this for profit, he’s doing it out of the kindness in his heart. He’s doing it because the impact his father made is an impact he wants to cherish. (Raise your hand if you’re sick and tired of people remodeling apartments solely for profit. Or, tearing down buildings for more buildings people can’t live to afford in.) He wants these people to live the kind of lives that’ll inspire them to be the very best versions of themselves, and sometimes, a change of scenery does just that. We don’t know what Beth’s thoughts will be, but the idea of them working together on it is an idea I can definitely get behind. (And though small, I loved the fact that when William left, the whole building felt it — showcasing the fact that one man, and the decisions he’s made, no matter how small could make an impact. They could be missed.)
Scene II: Kate helps Madison

Another thing I’m definitely here for is Kate having someone in her life other than her family members and Toby. And sometimes, the closest person to us could be the one person we least expected. But that’s always been the fascinating part of their relationship, Madison and Kate couldn’t stand each other; however, if any of them needed the other, they’d be there. There was never really genuine unkindness or hatred. And Madison wanting to help Kate find a wedding dress was an incredibly sweet gesture, only to later benefit her without even realizing. Upon understanding that Madison has an eating disorder, I appreciated Kate trying to comfort her as opposed to hiding it. And I also appreciated Madison’s reaction to it — the honesty the two ladies shared, along with the hope we’re left with that they’ll be there to help one another go through their journey in the healthiest way possible, made the storyline pleasantly surprising.

On another note, it was interesting to see Kate state that she wanted a reason to hate herself because that’s not something human beings tend to understand easily. We become so accustomed to pain that when it’s absent, we almost lose ourselves and feel out of place. Thereby, having her confront that idea brought bravery to life because she didn’t choose to victimize herself, she chose to be honest about how it’s been. And that’s something I’ll always prefer over self victimization.
Scene III: Miguel talks about Jack and Rebecca

Miguel’s answer about falling in love with Rebecca after Jack’s death was pretty darn close to perfect. And that’s not something I ever thought I’d say, but I believed him — I believed his sincerity, I believe in the fact that he genuinely never thought about Rebecca as anything more than his best friend’s other half. And essentially, his description of the two of them was poetic — he’d probably write this review better than I could since it’s clear he “shipped” the two of them hard. (C’mon, laugh with me.) For what it’s worth, I think it’s safe to assume that the audience isn’t as upset as we were back in 1×02. Miguel hasn’t had an easy life either.

“Clooney” was simple, the kind of episode we often need with this show because I’m sure I speak on behalf of many when I say, I’d like to not cry every single time. But here’s the thing, the episode was far from perfect, I’m not sure I appreciate Kevin’s newfound attitude after therapy because it almost feels too forced, and I could be wrong here, it could just be how I’m interpreting it, but I need something different to feel that it’s working. This could also still be from the fact that I don’t think Barbara was an A+ therapist — who knows. However, at least we’re giving the issues these characters have the attention they deserve, and I’m glad they’re not all happening in the span of one episode; the gradual process is making the show feel that much more authentic. And finally THEY FORGOT THE BATTERIES! I’m also not even a little prepared for next week — not even a little.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss that I haven’t done so, be sure to let us know in the comments below and we’ll get to it stat.

ByGissane Sophia
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