This Is Us: This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life

Welcome to my weekly review of This Is Us. Today: Season 2, Episode 17, This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life. (The reviews will include spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t watched and don’t want to know what happens!) My reviews are based on a single viewing. If I were to watch several times, as I can obsess over my favorite shows (I’m looking at you, True Detective, Season 1), I might be even more insightful (or over-Randall-ing it all). But I’d rather write my initial impressions than take time dissecting after many views. So….


With all the hemming and hawing about the snowstorm — will places open or close, should we try to get out on the roads or not — I almost forgot to post my review of last night’s This Is Us. Almost. Thanks, Twitter, for putting This Is Us so prominently in my feed, so I remembered.

Last night’s episode was classic This Is Us. It was so beautifully written and acted, I don’t think there’s much I can say to do it justice.

The story showed the Pearsons, from when the kids were born and growing up, interspersed with Deja, Randall’s foster daughter, from when she was born and how she grew up. It even showed Randall being born, growing up, and then eventually crossing paths with Deja. It. Was. Awesome.

At the end of the episode, Deja’s mother comes to the same conclusion Randall’s birth father did, just years after he did. (William decided to leave Randall alone for good when he was 6; Deja is 14). What a coinkidink — deja vu even — that when these troubled people realized their children deserved more than they could give, that a Pearson was nearby to help.

One never knows how life works, eh?

At the end of the episode, Deja talks about how many beds she has slept in (a foster sister told her one that she stopped counting when she was 9, because there were too many, and she told Deja when she found a comfortable one, to try not to blow it). Deja tells Randall she thinks it’s interesting that people are so different and their lives are different, “but at the end of the day, everyone sleeps.” She then says she’s so tired. He knows.

These are the types of episodes I will never tire of. 4 stars out of 4 for an amazing winding road showing different paths people take, some by choice and some just by circumstance, and how sometimes, when you least expect it, paths cross and amazing things can happen. Thanks, writers. What an amazing hour.

Tune in here after the next episode for another This Is Us: Review for You. Read all of my reviews for season 2 here.

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