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"A Manny-Spelndored Thing" digs deeper, creatively incorporating time in search of authenticity -- all while setting up an inevitably heartbreaking moment for the Pearson's and viewers alike.
It was like that time George Clooney returned to ER. If you're not familiar with the reference, get familiar because it came up often.
"A Manny-Splendored Thing," the show digs a little deeper.
Beth and Randall are the best of us. They're also the best of Us. See what I did there? Even when This Is Us is at its schmaltziest, we can always count on Beth and Randall to provide an affecting and authentic look at marriage.
The golden rule of writing is that it requires specificity to feel universal, but This Is Us somehow manages to subvert that advice without losing its emotional heft.
The show has been creative in the ways it incorporates time, but this week's episode takes it to a whole other level.
You might not think that you'd ever hunger for the comic relief of seeing a grown man wear a diaper, but by the end of this week's This Is Us, that visual becomes comedy manna to your heartsick soul.
OK, Toby, you can stay.
While last week had us all sobbing over the big reveal, this week definitely moved towards setting up the plot to show us just how we got to This Is Us' most heartbreaking moment.
The writers of This Is Us seem determined to dismantle our perception of the perfect Pearsons this season.
Kevin's scenes were important because viewers witnessed a side of him previously unseen.