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.
as Kevin Garvey
as Nora Durst
as Laurie Garvey
as Matt Jamison
as John Murphy
as Michael Murphy
as Kevin Garvey Sr.
as Erika Murphy
as Tom Garvey
as Jill Garvey
as Mary Jamison
as Evie Murphy
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.
What a great, complicated character Nora Durst is, what a great performance Carrie Coon gives.
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.
Like an infant growing into a toddler learning how to walk, it's finally found its footing. You could say it's "gone through."
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
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