TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (The Right Thing to Do)

Television

Season 1, Episode 11 “The Right Thing to Do”

Airdate: January 10, 2017

*** warning, this contains spoilers for this week’s episode of This Is Us ***

 

Following the cliff hanger from the winter finale, we get to find out what happens to Toby after his accident. Kevin has a familiar face come back into his life, but they might not have gotten the welcoming they expected. While Randall has a discussion with William, concerning how he wants to live out the rest of his days.

The “That Is Us” Moment:

This episode shows the time in Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) life when they are expecting, only they both think they are only having one baby. But as a doctor’s appointment reveals they are in fact having triplets. This shock to their systems sends both of them into panic, because preparing for child is hard enough but three? The fear of not being prepared for triplets has Rebecca considering asking her mother for help with having her and Jack move in with them. Seeing this form of defeat from his wife, during the most heart-wrenching scene involving Rebecca having a silent breakdown behind the kitchen wall, has Jack trying to do the best he can for his family. Jack goes to his estranged father for financial aid who we have learned about during this episode was abusive to Jack’s mother. Jack asking for help from the person he does not want it from the most shows that from the beginning he was going to do whatever he could for his wife and kids, even before they were born. Having to confront his father, Jack says whatever he has to in order to receive money from him:

“You were right about me, you have always been right about me. I’m no good; I’m never going to be any good. And I come to you and I have my hand out, so can you bail me out?”

This is do hard to watch Jack do because we know that it’s absolutely false. And to see that Jack is acting more like a father now before his kids are even born than is own father had been his entire life just shows the sharp contrast between the two men.

 

So what do you think? What was your favourite moment from the episode? Comment below!

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TV RECAP: Girl Meets Gravity

Recap, Television

Air date: May 11, 2015

To celebrate the new season of Girl Meets World, Disney Channel kicked off the season by having a 5-night premiere event. This season continues to follow middle-schooler Riley Matthews, the daughter of beloved Boy Meets World characters Cory and Topanga, as she tries to find her own way in the world.

After Riley and Maya (Rowan Blanchard) decide that they don’t want Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as their teacher again this year, they transfer to a different class. They discover students closely similar to themselves and are told to not talk about their lives inside the classroom.

Meanwhile Auggie (August Maturo) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) go to visit Mrs. Svorski’s (Cloris Leachman) bakery where she tries to convince Topanga to take over her bakery. Topanga is hesitant to do so because she has always known to the bakery to be Mrs. Svorski’s and cannot see it changing. But Mrs. Svorski is ready to move on and for her place to go through a change.

After getting kicked out of their new classroom Riley and Maya return to Cory’s class where they are welcomed back. They question why they’re allowed to talk about themselves in class if this is not the norm. It leads them to believe that they are at the centre of everything. But it is after the death of Mrs. Svorski that they begin to question how much of the world really circles around them and their problems.

The episode ends with Cory practicing what he learned and taught from his teacher when he calls Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) to check up on him and make sure he’s okay. The Boy Meets World nostalgia is just all over this scene and is the perfect way to end the first episode of the season.

Favourite Quote: (quoting Our Town by Thornton Wilder) “Just for a moment now we’re all together. Just for a moment we’re happy. Let’s really look at one another.” – Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)

PARENTHOOD FINALE: “May God Bless and Keep You Always”

Recap, Television

Premiered: March 2, 2010

Finale: January 29, 2015

The beloved family drama Parenthood ended its six-season run this week on NBC. It was a perfect as a finale can be on a show I feel ended far too soon. I could not recap the episode and do it justice, so instead I have chosen the top 6 moments from the series finale. They are ordered chronologically, but the number one pick was also my umber one favourite moment of the episode (happy coincidence I suppose). So just in case it wasn’t obvious already there are spoilers below.

6) “The very best.” On the night before Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) wedding, her and her father (Craig T. Nelson) talk about the upcoming wedding. This is one of the scenes in the episode where this story comes full circle. The series started six years ago with Sarah having to move her and her children back home to her parent’s house, and now she in some ways is leaving the nest again to start her new life with Hank (Ray Romano). This scene beautifully capture the relationship between the father and daughter, he even calls her “his favourite.” Showing that she still needs her father’s approval and you do not stop needing your parents help as you get older. Parents do not stop being parents. NBC-Parenthood-feature-5-1050x1050_SB 5) “Weird and wonderful” Since Haddie left for college audiences have missed her interactions with her brother Max (Max Burkholder), and this interactions shows how she’s been thinking about it as well. Although this scene is a short one, Haddie is able to explain how much she misses her brother and admits the animosity she had towards him through his diagnosis with Asperger’s. She admits that although it was hard for her not to succumb to the easy choice of resenting her brother, she is happy that she has rose above that and is able to see her sibling in this new light. Even had time to take a selfie of this moment. parenthood-series-finale-bravermans 4) “We did good.” Everyone loves a good montage. As one of the montages in this episode we get a nice sequence of the photos being taken at the wedding by Max, who was hired by Hank to be the photographer. The audience gets to see the arrangement of this family that has been formed over the past six year, showing each individual Braverman sibling and what they bring into the family dynamic. As the family is getting their pictures taken, Zeek and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) take in the family they created. SONG: ‘You and Me’ by Sara Watkins opkkrz8mnc78l3nzkrrg 3) “She’s already ours.” Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) have been through a lot these past couple of seasons. From starting as one of the show’s strongest couples to almost admitting defeat, they have definitely been through the ringer. As soon as they are told that Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) birth mother has given birth to another child you knew that they were going to adopt her as well. As they are dancing at the wedding and discussing the family of theirs that was not planed as expected, it was nice to see them make this decision themselves. emotional-parenthood-series-finale-joel-and-julia-adopt-baby-girl 2) “Is this okay?” Max is the MVP of this episode (as you’ll see in the number 1 spot as well) and has become the backdrop for the entire series as well. Again this is a short moment in the episode but still one that deserves notice. When he notices a cute girl at Hank and Sarah’s wedding you see him approach her and ask her to dance. While they dance you hear him ask if she is okay with him holding her as they dance. This is nice to see especially with the girl problems he has experienced this episode. It shows him learning from these experiences and applying them to new situations. This is one of many moments, throughout the whole show, that shows the audience Max’s maturity since the first episode. parenthood-series-finale-max-grows 1) “Forever Young” In the finale and probably most emotional montage done on television recently, the series ends with the entire family playing baseball after they have scatter the ashes of Zeek at center field (something he mentioned in an earlier episode of the season). As the family is playing the game the audience is given access to each of the families futures with little snippets of what is to come of them. Done with a little emotional aide given to the scene by the series theme song, “Forever Young” covered by Rhiannon Giddens and Iron & Wine.

Camille is finally able to go to the small town in France that Zeek had promised to take her to. Although this is probably not the way the audience wanted her to see the town, we get to see her moving forward.

Crosby (Dax Shepard) is seen working at the Lunchonette. He is recording the duet that is playing in the background of this montage. It is seen that him and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) are expecting another child.

Joel and Julia are seen to have adopted Victor’s sister and in addition shown to have had another baby. Their family now has four children, just like the original Braverman clan.

We view Sarah and Hank having a family dinner with their children and grandchildren. We notice that Amber (Mae Whitman) has married a single father (Scott Porter from Friday Night Lights). The audience also gets to see that Ryan (Matt Lauria) was able to get healthy and able to be apart of Zeek’s life.

Adam (Peter Krause) chooses to stay at the school and becomes headmaster, getting to give his son Max his diploma. Max sees his family cheering him, just like they have been doing since the first episode.

The series ends with Max picking up the baseball equipment and joining the rest of his family walking off the field. Again this shows the full circle moments that started in the first episode. Max, in the premiere episode, was having difficulties with baseball. It was the first thing that singled to him and his family that he was not like other children. The storyline of Max’s character has been the backbone to the show since the first episode and this ending shows how he finally feels like he has a place to belong.

SONG: Forever Young by Rhiannon Giddens And Iron & Wine o-MAX-GRADUATES-570