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"Sometimes" dives deeper into Zoe and Jack's traumatic history and yet, it manages to be an exciting, enjoyable episode.
Sometimes, feels like the giddiness you get right before embarking on a new adventure. This episode is fun, exciting, comforting, and just so darn enjoyable.
Despite This Is Us' habit of going for schlocky over-the-top sentimentality over actual emotional storytelling, the beginning of Zoe's backstory comes with the appropriate weight. Likely because of her portrayer Melanie Liburd's nuanced performance.
It can't be a fantastic episode of This Is Us without waterworks not just from Jack but from all of us.
This is Us delves deeper into his history, it also peels back the layers of another elusive character who's been trying to navigate her own trauma: Zoe.
There is plenty of material here for one episode, and the storylines all interconnect nicely, so it's good that they didn't try to shoe-horn Randall into the episode somehow.
Sometimes is a deeply haunted episode of This Is Us. And in refining its focus to three rich story lines... -- it also happens to be one of the best of the season so far.
Honestly, not much really happens plot-wise within "Sometimes," but there are some great character moments.
The hour feels big, especially in what it reveals about Zoe's past. But it's also captivating to watch Jack, newly returned from Vietnam.
Sometimes doesn't play into the stereotypical image of the show as a corny, tear-jerking family drama full of big speeches and histrionic moments. Instead, this is an episode built around quiet interactions, nuanced performances, and grey areas.
The narrow focus of the episode was a smart choice on the writers' part, and helped give more weight to both Kevin's search for answers about Jack's service and the flashbacks to the service itself.