Don't Be Ridiculous



Critic Consensus: "Don't Be Ridiculous" cleverly utilizes 1980s sitcom humor to offer a bleak outlook on the fate of The Leftovers characters, led by a stupendous turn from a newly emboldened cast regular.

Episode Info

Nora goes to St. Louis on business for the Department of Sudden Departure to investigate a possible scam that involves convincing family members of The Departed that they can see their loved ones again.


Justin Theroux
as Kevin Garvey
Carrie Coon
as Nora Durst
Amy Brenneman
as Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston
as Matt Jamison
Kevin Carroll
as John Murphy
Jovan Adepo
as Michael Murphy
Scott Glenn
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
Regina King
as Erika Murphy
Chris Zylka
as Tom Garvey
Janel Moloney
as Mary Jamison
Mark Linn-Baker
as Mark Linn-Baker
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Critic Reviews for Don't Be Ridiculous

This episode turned out to be the Nora Episode, which, in keeping with Nora episodes of the past (I'm still completely messed up by Season 1's "Guest"), meant it was emotionally wrenching.

Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

What a great, complicated character Nora Durst is, what a great performance Carrie Coon gives.

Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

The key initial takeaway from Episode 2 is two-fold: 1. Carrie Coon should get any role she wants, forever, and 2. Nora is the driving force of Season 3, and thus, the series.

Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

If this show teaches us anything about coping, it's that everyone does it in different ways.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This whole episode has major Lost vibes.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Like an infant growing into a toddler learning how to walk, it's finally found its footing. You could say it's "gone through."

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

From the first note of the title sequence, set to Perfect Strangers's main theme, The Leftovers turns to the unexpected, the ironic, even the bleakly funny to formulate its radical vision of grief's grip, the way it barrels out of the past without warning

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

Coon doesn't so much bring Nora to life than embed her as one of the most engaging female characters television has seen - she could well be mentioned alongside Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco).

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

"Don't Be Ridiculous" is an excellent hour of television, a showcase for the amazing Carrie Coon, and another Leftovers that affirms why this is secretly TV's most rewarding show.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What we've just witnessed is the proprietary blend of utter emotional devastation and madcap audio-visual trolling that has made The Leftovers what it is since, conservatively speaking, last season's "International Assassin" episode.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…