One more episode after this one!
Okay, I have a little bit of rage right now. Why oh why is our show not continuing on into May like the Good Lord intended? I mean, MARCH??? This will mean a SIX MONTH span of time wondering about Kate and Jack and the triplets and Toby and Sophie and…you get my drift.
That’s just too long, folks. Right?
Anyway, I better start recapping before my angst derails this whole blog! Because this was a mighty fine episode, wasn’t it?
Also a fine conduit for some waterworks! Wow. We lost Doyle’s dad in November, and so the POSTCARD kind of threw me right over the cliff. But we’ll get to the postcard in a bit. But you should know if you saw me right now it wouldn’t pretty. My eyes are a little puffy if you know what I mean…
We are thisclose to knowing how Jack died…
1. William was a sight for sore eyes! I knew these writers would bring him back (and they will continue to, if they know what they are about, which they do.) I loved his letter to his granddaughters, requesting that they, not the grownups, plan his memorial and make it fun. In all seriousness, what a beautiful expression of a child’s grief. Balloons, a big breakfast, Hawaiian themed paper products (tee hee). And then walking in William’s steps on his daily stroll–perfection.
2. The mailman’s tears slew me. How like William to skip all the pretenses and surface crap and truly, authentically CONNECT with humanity. That was his gift to the world. Listening, hearing, noticing…that’s why William is beloved.
3. Jesse’s line was spot on: “(William) was a soft armrest for weary souls to lean on.” Beautifully said.
4. Sophie continues to grow on me as she and Kevin graduate from “cautiously” dating to “exclusively” dating. “You’re kind of sexy when you’re loyal,” she says to Kevin. Cuteness. But no more slinking around in the backs of theaters, Missy. Time to face the ex-in-law music, Sophie!
5. I cannot tell you how glad I was that Beth’s grief was addressed. We could all tell she had formed an important bond to William, and it didn’t seem fair that he didn’t say goodbye to her (of course, he did, but we don’t know that until the end). Nobody thinks about the grief of the daughter-in-law or son-in-law. Why don’t they? Beth refilling William’s pills said it all. “He’s part of our fabric now.” Love that so much.
6. The FUN-eral is a huge trigger for poor, traumatized Kate. Her pain leaks out in a teary driveway outburst as she thinks about Jack. I get it. Griefs are interwoven. Fresh mourning unearths old mourning. Losing my father in law, for example, excavated all kinds of stuff about losing my dad ten years ago.
I did love how Randall comforted her. He is a very sweet brother.
7. Randall’s dream, that Jack and William met and were laughing their heads off at Randall stories? I can’t even. It brought to mind a visual of my Dad and Dad C, talking and laughing about me and Doyle and their mutual grandchildren. Comforting, wondrous, but oh dear, my eyes just got puffier.
8. Randall’s Line O the Week: “Now a man where the Manny once stood.” Smile! Keep that brotherly love, comin’…
9. The Postcard. Yeah, a bit much for a girl who just lost her father-in-law. Incredibly lovely, though, and a sweet tribute to the depth of Willaim and Beth’s relationship. I adore the trajectory of it–her initial skepticism and his wariness transformed into an endearing, enduring forever link.
10. “My dad’s death was my fault,” Kate wails to a listening Toby. OH NO. Of course, she’s terribly wrong. Dear girl needs WAY more therapy if she still pins the blame on her teenage self. The writing is on the wall, of course. And I hate it. I’m almost dreading next week. Can I somehow clamp myself to Jack’s leg and beg him to never leave us?
SO MUCH TO DISCUSS, Ussies. Comment below!
What do you think about the way Jack will die? Is it consistent with his character to fall to pieces and drink and drive? I really need to be convinced, and the writers have one more week to convince us all!