Critic Consensus: "Certified" lays the groundwork for The Leftovers' series finale with a smartly constructed, surprisingly funny episode -- and a poignant farewell.
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
Critic reviews for Certified
These writers are working with such impeccable ingenuity we want to see what they come up with this time.
A show indeed, but merely? No! / This is amongst the best I know! / The narrative trick this episode plays, / Cutting back and forth in time / From Grace's ranch to Nora's van / A clever way to depict this span / In which Laurie makes a fateful plan!
I'll never complain about a Laurie-centric episode, partly because Amy Brenneman is so spectacular to watch, and partly because she gets some of the wryest lines in the show.
In "Certified," Laurie faces a reckoning. She's built a new life for herself with John, but the cracks caused by the Departure never healed.
Amy Brenneman is so special in this episode, her performance on Certified encapsulates everything that she's put into Laurie in the past couple seasons.
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