I don’t care about astrophysicists or mathematicians. Einstein and Newton don’t belong in the same room as Big Jimmy. If you score over $100,000 points on Jeopardy!, you are officially the smartest dude on Planet Earth. It’s not even that James crushed the competition. My guy was COCKY doing it.
True Daily double? Nah bro. I’ll take the window maximum. I don’t even know what that means. What a flex by James. The cockiness did not stop there. The previous one-game record was $77,000. Going into Final Jeopardy, James needed $4,400. Let’s just say he bet a little more than that.
Before I dive into the Season 3 finale, does anyone find it concerning that This Is Us has not been renewed for a fourth season? There’s no chance they cancel the show, but it is a little alarming that the show has not be renewed. I’m not worried yet, but let’s keep a tab on this until the Season 4 renewal is official.
This Is Us Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: “Her”
– Beth and Randall are together again at last. Beth and Randall have had their ups and downs, but just like a lot of couples, love conquers all. In the end, Randall offered to resign from his political position, but Beth elected for the family to move to Philly instead so she could run her own dance studio while Randall serves as a councilman. As we saw in the future, the dance studio was a hit and Randall and Beth were still happily married. My prediction for their relationship was a temporary separation and then a reunion. I never thought they would get divorced. I’m giving myself a 3/4 stars for that prediction.
– Deja, hell of a speech, kid. The correlation she made between winning the lottery and Randall’s life was so accurate. It was my favorite scene of the finale. The back half of this third season barely included Randall’s children, but when it came time to step up, Deja shined.
– I like Zoe, but once she told Kevin that she didn’t want to have kids, it was a wrap on their relationship. Kevin wants to be like his father and become the best dad ever. It turns out that Kevin does become a father as we find out in the flash forward that he has a son. Rebecca is also stationed in Kevin’s new house with Nicky by her side, not Miguel. Side note, I hope Miguel doesn’t die. He’s been through too much. Let’s give him a break.
Back to business. I don’t have any theories as to why Nicky was there, but it’s clear that he has turned his life around. However, I do have a prediction for Kevin. Kevin ends up with Sophie and they have children together. When Rebecca gets sick, Kevin takes her in to look after her. Oh by the way, what is Sophie’s occupation? A nurse. Sophie can care for Rebecca at the home. I’m taking this prediction to the bank.
– It’s time to talk about my Kate prediction. I was wrong. It looks as if Kate nor Jack are dead. A major character died in every season (William in S1, Jack in S2) so I followed the pattern. Health problems regarding the pregnancy and a heart condition led me to believe that Kate or the baby would die in childbirth. Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You win some, you lose some.
– However, there is a major riff between Kate and Toby in the future. In the flash forward, Toby begrudgingly comes to Kevin’s house and says that he spoke to Jack about coming over. We don’t see Kate, but she is supposed to be on the way over with Jack. It’s possible that Toby and Kate are divorced at this point. Maybe Jack is sick and that caused a riff between Kate and Toby’s marriage.
“There is a moment in the show where, in a weird way, the present becomes the past and the future becomes the present,” said Fogelman. “That sounds really high-level. It doesn’t always have to be, like, in the deep, deep future, but we can play with time in a really interesting way that really tells the full story of a family. It’s always been our plan from the beginning. I think people aren’t going to quite realize what we’re going to try and do in the next couple of seasons of the show.”
– I tweeted this a few minutes into last night’s finale.
I have a bad feeling that Rebecca has Alzheimer’s #ThisIsUs
– This prediction may come true. Last night’s episode was all about “her,” which we know is Rebecca. The show gave off so many clues in the past to predict a future where Rebecca was sick. Rebecca’s time in the hospital foreshadows the flash forward scene. In the past, the kids are all scared when Rebecca is in the hospital after a car crash. Each member of the Big Three make wild assumptions about her health, saying that she could have brain damage or even die. The Big Three can’t live without Rebecca CC: Jack’s corn sandwiches. Rebecca is the engine of the family. Without her, the family doesn’t run properly. Kate found this out in the present when she realized that Rebecca would be the best thing for her son’s development. Rebecca has always been there for Kate, and Kate has finally realized that her mother only had her best interest at heart.
Back to the tweet. Does Rebecca have Alzheimer’s? It’s a good guess because Randall has to introduce himself as “her son,” which leaves a confused look on the face of Rebecca. Whatever it is, Rebecca is dying.
– This finale felt like a passing of the torch. For the first 2.5 seasons, the true heartbeat of This Is Us was Jack. The show revolved around Jack’s death and how the Big Three and Rebecca lived before and after his death. With “Her,” the show is shifting to the matriarch of the family, Rebecca. Now, we know what’s at the end of the show for Rebecca, which involves her death bed. It’s time to build up to that point and tell Rebecca’s story. I don’t know how I feel about this change because Jack’s story was far more interesting that Rebecca’s, but I’m positive that the writers have twists and turns for Rebecca’s character arc so I’ll be patient before I judge.
– The Season 3 finale was ____________.
I’m going to go with “ok.” It was just ok. To be honest, the entire third season was just ok. If I had to rank the seasons in order of preference, I would say S1, S2, and S3. The finale felt more like a bridge to the next season instead of an episode to tie up loose ends. There were some standout episodes (Jack in Vietnam, Beth’s solo episode, Randall and Beth’s fight), but as a whole, the season lacked compelling storylines that interested me. Jack and Kevin in Vietnam were great. Randall the politician didn’t do it for me. I do believe the show can find its groove again so I will be watching Season 4. I still enjoy This Is Us.
If you are not up-to-date on Game of Thrones and ready to start Season 8, I urge you to stop reading now until you’re caught up. Last night, Maisie Williams went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the final season. However, Maisie mistakenly let a HUGE spoiler slip. Watch at your own risk.
“When I found out that Arya died in the second episode…”
OBVIOUSLY, this wasn’t real. You didn’t need April Fools to realize that this was fake. As soon as I read “accidentally drops major spoiler,” I knew this was a hoax. Did you really think Game of Thrones, a show that filmed multiple endings to avoid hacks and spoilers, would get to the finish line and reveal a major death? HA, please. It’s similar to when Mark Ruffalo or Tom Holland drop “spoilers” involving the Avengers. It’s all a marketing ploy. Credit to me for debunking this spoiler right away.
America’s couple has a problem with no solution. Randall and Beth’s marriage is on the rocks and after last night, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
This Is Us Season 3, Episode 17 Recap: “R&B”
– This Is Marriage.
– It’s clear that Randall and Beth are not in a good place. This season of This Is US has been pretty rocky from the start and many will cite Randall’s political campaign as the beginning of their downfall. However, I’m going to go back even farther than that. It pains me to say this because I love this character so much, but the arrival of William was the beginning of the downfall for Randall and Beth. Since that moment, Randall has been searching for ways to live up to the legacies of William and Jack while Beth is left to support him in all his endeavors despite the negative impact it may have on her own life.
– The episodes use flashbacks at important moments in the story of Randall and Beth to illustrate their relationship. A clear pattern develops in each argument. Randall fully dives into a situation while Beth questions his motives. Randall uses his likable personality and insane charm to win Beth over as she “bends the knee” to every argument in order to find a solution. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing and both Randall and Beth make great points in each situation. What I am saying is that having the same result after every argument is not a healthy way to live.
– On their mini golf date with Rebecca, Beth reveals that she does not want to marry Randall right now because she is afraid she will get consumed in his life without having a separate life of her own. Once again, there is no problem with getting consumed in certain issues in your spouse’s life. However, it becomes a problem when one person can’t fall back on a separate issue in their own life that they can handle alone.
– Fight after fight, the pattern of Beth bending her knee continues until it reaches its boiling point in the present day. Beth finally wants to do something for herself instead of for Randall and to be honest, Randall can’t handle that. Their relationship works best when Beth makes her dreams the same as Randall and she supports him along the way. I feel for Beth. It must have been hard to take on all of Randall’s ordeals without having time for herself. Randall begins to realize that, but it’s clearly too late. I don’t want this to be a pity party for Beth though. Randall also makes good points in this argument. Randall allows Beth to make her own decisions like the grocery store fight. Randall said Beth can go spend the night by herself, but Beth chooses to come home with Randall. Randall may force his dreams onto Beth, but Beth chooses to make those dreams her own dreams as well. Both parties are right and wrong.
– About halfway through the episode, I tweeted this out.
Heartbreak is coming. No shot this episode ends with a happy ending #ThisIsUs
Obviously, the episode was not going to have a happy ending. The fight ends with two low blows. Randall sarcastically apologizes to Beth for following her dreams 20 years later, and Beth says she couldn’t find time to follow her calling between Randall’s anxiety attacks. Yikes. Randall leaves for his office and the duo spends the night sepearte from each other.
– Do I think Randall and Beth will get divorced? No. However, I do see temporary separation in their future.
“If happy ever after did exist.” – Adam Levine, Maroon 5. I hate myself for singing “Payphone” in my head, but the idea of happy ever after is the only thing in my head. Last night’s episode was all about happy endings and how they don’t always go to plan.
This Is Us Season 3, Episode 16 Recap: “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”
– I’m going to destroy my computer right now. I tried to upload a photo and instead of it going into WordPress, it went into my Browser so the photo took up the entire screen. No big deal, right? Wrong. I clicked “back” and it took me to a new post. Shit. I hope my old post saved since I just finished it. Wrong. Nothing saved. My entire column vanished. I thought drafts saved automatically? I took 30 minutes to right a great recap and now this second attempt at one will be shit. Fuck this.
– Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. Forgive me if it’s brief. I’m going by memory here.
– Kate and Toby: I like this storyline for them. I grew sick of the “Kate and Toby fight and then make up” plot. Caring for baby Jack injects a much-needed fresh take to their story. Toby had a great scene with Finch from American Pie where he decided that he needed to step up and become a father, which Kate greatly appreciated. I still believe that Kate or the baby are doomed. I’ve been in the camp that Kate is going to die for awhile now and it looks like this theory is picking up steam. Hopefully, we will get pointed in the right direction during the finale.
– Kevin and Zoe / Kevin and Sophie. Is it me or is Kevin and Zoe’s relationship moving at the speed of light? One moment they’re in Vietnam, the next moment they’re fighting about apartments. Now, Zoe doesn’t want to have kids. Just like I believe Kate is doomed, so is this relationship, which I’m totally fine with by the way. I like Zoe. I like Kevin. I’m not crazy about them together. On the other hand, I’m all in on Team Kophie being end game. If you’re Sophie, you don’t take that coffee date if you still love Kevin. Guess what? Kevin still loves Sophie. Sending Sophie and her fiancé Billy Joel tickets was a nice gesture, but this love story is far from over. Kevin decides he’s ok with not having kids and stays with Zoe. My prediction is Zoe eventually comes around to wanting kids and there’s happiness and jubilation, but it will never happen. Team Kophie all the way.
– Randall and Beth. This relationship mirrors Jack and Rebecca. Jack and Rebecca had their fair share of marital problems and it lead to a temporary separation. They eventually made up and stayed together up until Jack’s death. I believe that same scenario (without the side of death) is going to happen to Randall and Beth. Randall wants to save the world. Beth wants to teach dance. Both want to achieve their goals, but both are putting themselves first right now. Will they divorce? The easy answer is yes, but my gut says not. A temporary separation is in their future, but they will get back together and fix things. I don’t know how or when, but it will happen.
– Jack and Rebecca. Cute dance! My biggest takeaways: Jack’s childhood is the next chapter of his life that we will learn about and happy ever after’s are complicated.
– Pretty good review from memory if I do say so myself. Next week is “The Fight.” Randall vs. Beth. Ding ding ding. Tune in.
I could not think of a better start to a morning. First, I watched the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt. Then, I watched the spectacular trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things.
The 80s, baby! Here’s the official synopsis for Season 3.
“By mid-1985, the era whose box office was dominated by Back to the Future, Mike and Eleven have developed a romantic relationship, as have Max and Lucas. Our heroes and heroines are living seemingly normal lives, though one year after the defeat of the Mind Flayer, things are not all what they seem in Hawkins. The town has a new leader, the morally corrupt Mayor Kline, whose administration supported and presided over the construction of the new Starcourt Mall. With the Fourth of July approaching, strange things start to happen: Lucas’ sister Erica discovers a mysterious new threat, and a lifeguard at the community pool suddenly disappears, triggering fear in those that still have the events from the previous year fresh in their minds.”
If that doesn’t get you going, then I don’t know what will. Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows on television. It’s funny, heartfelt, weird, and thrilling. I’m expecting another terrific season full of supernatural activity, Hopper dancing, and the bromance between Steve and Dustin.
“You’re stuck on a deserted island and you can pick one of these Sesame Street friends to come with you. Who are you picking and why?”
This question is the poster boy for “Process of Elimination.” Let’s start with who I’m NOT taking.
There is a zero percent chance I would take Elmo to a deserted island. If I had a baby, Elmo would be my first pick. However, that’s not the case. Elmo is essentially a baby that won’t shut up. What skills does Elmo have? You think Elmo is going to start a fire? Is Elmo going to be able to find fresh water? No chance in hell. While you’re slaving away trying to build a shelter, Elmo is going to be giggling and asking for someone to be his friend and tickle him. If Elmo and I were on a deserted island, there’s a good chance I’m walking into the ocean and never coming back.
Cookie Monster also gets the axe. I respect someone who has a sweet tooth. However, there are no cookies on this island. Now I expect Cookie Monster to have a few sweet treats on him in case of emergency. However, if you think Cookie Monster is going to share his cookies with you, then you’re naive. Plus, I don’t see Cookie Monster rationing his portions. Once Cookie Monster runs out of cookies and has low blood sugar, it’s a wrap. He will be useless.
It comes down to Oscar and Grover. Who am I not taking out of those two?
Goodbye, Oscar. A lot of people on Twitter are saying, “Oscar lives in the trash. He’d be very resourceful.” Although that might be true, Oscar is a grouch. I don’t need pessimism when I’m fighting to stay alive. Every suggestion would be met with backlash and lead to a fight. Plus, Oscar chooses to live in a trash can. How can you trust someone who chooses to live in a trash can? How does that help you on a deserted island? The answer is it doesn’t.
That leaves us with the clear winner, Grover.
Would Grover be annoying? Absolutely, but he’s not as bad as Elmo. He’s a bit anxious as well, which is not ideal on a deserted island. However, Grover stands out above the rest because of his alter ego and secret identity, Super Grover.
I’ll take my chances with half a superhero any day of the week. It’s Grover for the win.
This is tough. Last night’s episode was not my cup of tea. I found myself losing attention easily and that’s not due to the fact that Odell was traded to the Giants.
This Is Us Season 3, Episode 15 Recap: “The Waiting Room”
– Last night’s episode of This Is Us is called a “bottle episode.” A bottle episode is a set of main characters in a single space for an entire episode. It was originally created to save money on the budget in between expensive episodes. However, it’s turned into a way to creatively tell a story in condensed setting.
– The setting for the bottle episode was the hospital waiting room as the Pearson family awaits news on Kate and the status of her baby. Every major character in the family is in the room and all are dealing with personal issues. Kevin has relapsed and continues to drink in the hospital with a water bottle full of vodka. Zoe can’t talk to Kevin because he’s shutting her out of his problems. Randall and Beth are continuing their downward spiral as they fight over if Beth can teach dance since Randall is now an elected official. Rebecca is almost ghostlike because of her bad experiences in waiting rooms (i.e. Jack’s death). Miguel is still not accepted in the family as Kevin and Randall lash out at him. This all happens while Kate and the baby are fighting for their lives. Priorities, Pearsons. Priorities.
– I appreciated the idea of staying in one setting and timeline to stress the importance of this moment and how it affects each character, but this episode didn’t succeed in furthering the plot. All it did was escalate everyone’s personal problems and provided no solutions other than stating that Kate and the premature baby are ok for now. The episode wasn’t a “whole lot of nothing,” but every storyline went back to square one. Kevin is drinking, Randall and Beth are fighting, and Toby and Kate are in danger of losing their premature baby. I wouldn’t say I’m excited for the next episode after watching last night.
– That’s all I have to say about this episode. Here’s to hoping for a rebound episode next week because SOPHIE IS BACK!