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The Kate-centric "Number Two" ... deepened our understanding of Kate and Rebecca's relationship via flashbacks.
[Kate's perspective] gives the episode a sense of immediacy, and it's honestly such an exquisite thing to see from an editing standpoint.
But even though "Number Two" turns out to be a far more hopeful episode of television than the Kevin-centric installment that precedes it, I can't help but long for the levity that some of those silly Pearson Thanksgiving traditions would've brought.
Sullivan's work here was pitch perfect, capturing all the rage, pain, fear, and fierce protectiveness and distilling it all down to this one interaction with a stranger.
While the decade-spanning exploration is painful, it's also classic This Is Us.
But we see all of this unfold through the framework of Kevin's narrative last week, further illustrating how Kate's journey often played out through whatever was happening in Kevin and Randall's lives.
It's an emotional installment, but at least the ending of "Number One" gave us an idea of what we'd be in for.
"Number Two" has its own moments that completely gut you, but it ends on a hopeful note. That's not a typo!
Even more so than depictions of miscarriages, Rebecca and Kate's conversation truly feels like nothing I've seen on TV before.