After tonight’s potent episode, I’m in awe of the creative powers of the #Us writing team. The way they overlapped bits of previous scenes and filled them in with more detail was absolutely a marvel!
Oh boy, I CRIED! And I laughed, too, which is good. Did you guys know the #1 emoji is laughter through tears? Yeah, it’s the perfect emoji for tonight’s episode, which I will recap herein:
1. Ah, Miguel! Jon Huertas is ALWAYS welcome, especially as the younger Miguel–Jack’s best buddy, supportive pal, promoter of golf. But their tightness does make me wonder again what in the Sam Hill happened to Jack, and did Miguel always have feelings for Rebecca? (And why, in the “now” scenes, do we never see his four children from his first marriage? What happened there? so many questions…)
2. First heart puncture of the hour: When Dr. K sat at his empty dining room table, talking to his dead wife as if she were there. It made me think I’ve got to talk to my dad, gone ten years now. I haven’t talked to him in some time and I miss him. Dr. K made me miss my dad! (And major kudos to Gerald McRaney for his astounding work on this episode.)
3. LOVED the way the writers wove in the fireman’s story. “Who’s that guy?,” my husband asked (he was concurrently reading a magazine–can you believe it?). “He’s the firefighter who brought Randall to the hospital,” I said, “praying for a miracle.” Really close-to-the-bone acting from Brian Oblak as the firefighter. Wow! You just get the feeling this guy and his marriage are teetering–their lives could fall on either side.
4. Ha!: “Hey God, I know we only talk during playoffs but I am concerned my wife might be possessed by demons…” Me and the Mister had a good laugh, as Rebecca’s gestational spinning head cray-cray cued up memories of my own now famous “you don’t even know where the TOWELS are” incident.
5. But Jack comes back with the sweetest thing (doesn’t he always?). Yes, she’s acting quite deranged, but Jack can roll with it. Miguel tries to whisk him away for golf time, but Jack’s heart still leans toward home. “I still don’t want to escape her (aww) or my vomiting, crap-ridden future children…” Jack always says something perfect.
6. Heart puncture #2: The scene where the firefighter opens the door and finds that scrumptious baby boy as his birth father looks on, like Pharoah’s daughter scooping Moses out of the Nile in his reed basket as Miriam watches. Evocative.
7. Dr. K’s kids want him to move on, but he’s not ready for a “good meal” or companionship, not even with the lovely lady at the grocery store. I’ve had similar conversations with my mom. “Why don’t you just want a friend to go to Christian Banquets with?” Because goodness knows she goes to Christian Banquets all the time. But she is having NONE of it. Which is her call. But I still kind of identified a little bit with Dr. K’s son. You just don’t want your parent sitting around the house, talking to ghosts, all the time.
8. Oh–the scene where the firefighter brings wee Randall home to his wife, brimming with cautious hope that this orphan can fix their broken marriage. “I prayed for a miracle,” he says, helplessly, hopefully. And then we find out it is his wife who directs him to the hospital, where the firefighter’s bundle finds belonging.
9. The episode ends with hope scattered like sunshine. The firefighter and his wife try again, boosted by their asked-for miracle; Dr. K, also caught up in the updraft of Randall-hope, “moves on” in his own way; and we know he’s going to be okay. And we witness what happens eight years later, the family forged by fire that day in 1980, strong, connected, and beloved!
Bummers: No Kevin! No Kate! No Randall! No WILLIAM (except for the briefest, saddest glimpse of Young William). But I guess you can’t tell everybody’s story well, every week, not even if you’re story magicians.
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 get a LULU of a discussion going!
(Here’s last week’s recap if you need it!)