Over in the "TV Shows I Am Binging" thread, I noted that I got hooked on This Is Us, which led to a quick discussion over the show's merits and a pledge to talk about the latest episode. We threw out the idea of having that conversation in the "What Are You Watching Right Now?" thread, but I decided to start one dedicated to the show. Although I titled it "Season 4," I'm not going to limit my observations to that season alone,

So far, it's just been me and Jeff, but I welcome anyone else to join in -- especially Tracy! We've seen too little of you here in the Comics Cave!

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Sorry I'm late. i thought this week's was a very "writerly" episode. whereas I generally use that term as a pejorative, I mean it here as a compliment. there is a certain craft to writing fiction, and it's on display here.

"...that wasn't clear in his first appearance"

I thought it was. In the photo with Randall's mother, he was a much younger man.

"...she takes a home pregnancy test."

This scene was in parallel with her casting "no judgement" on the woman whose baby Kate and Toby want to adopt.

"...and the camera catches Randall stripping to his shorts in preparation for a jog, and doing a dumb little Dad dance -- shirtless."

That scene was what I would normally classify as "writer's fiat," but I liked it so I'll let it pass.

"Later, an incredulous Beth..."

She was not only incredulous, she totally busted his chops about the whole situation. 

"This Is Us returns January 5th on NBC."

You think that's shocking? "Last Week Tonight" doesn't return until February!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"...and the camera catches Randall stripping to his shorts in preparation for a jog, and doing a dumb little Dad dance -- shirtless."

That scene was what I would normally classify as "writer's fiat," but I liked it so I'll let it pass.

 I liked it, too, so I'll also let it pass, but ... really, the one day Randall does this dumb little Dad dance shirtless is the one day Malik forgets to turn off the camera? (Unless he does this dumb little Dad dance every day ...!)

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"Later, an incredulous Beth..."

She was not only incredulous, she totally busted his chops about the whole situation. 

She isn't wrong, but fortunately for Malik, Randall is being forgiving.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"This Is Us returns January 5th on NBC."

You think that's shocking? "Last Week Tonight" doesn't return until February!

It seems like the entire NBC lineup, at least the part of it I watch (This Is Us, Chicago Fire, Superstore; I've given up on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) put on three or four episodes and is on hiatus until 2021. I get why -- coronavirus  -- but it's still not fun.

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