This Is Us, Season 5, Episode 15

“Jerry 2.0”

Wri. Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

Dir. Milo Ventimiglia

This season of This Is Us has been a real mixed bag, but it’s thus far been one of my favourites. In part, it’s because a bad season of This Is Us still has amazing episodes, but the bad ones are really bad — the Pearsons come across as universally unsympathetic and the supporting players are all-but erased in order to merely act as supports for their selfish co-stars.


This Is Us, Season 5, episode 14

“The Music And The Mirror”

Dir. Jonny Gomez

Wri. Jessica Yu

I’ve been begging since pre-pandemic for This Is Us to remember that Beth owns a dance studio.


This Is Us, Season 5, episode 13

“Brotherly Love”

Dir. Kay Onyegun

Wri. Jon Dorsey

There’s an unspoken truth about This Is Us — about the series as a whole, about the diegesis that we see before us, about the inciting incident that kicked off all of this action, that pulled us viewers in in the first place: that it all started with William Hill.


This Is Us: “Both Things Can Be True”

Dir. Chris Koch

Wri. Danielle Bauman

6.9/10

Every now and then, This Is Us has an episode that is perhaps not the most emotionally driven episode or one that is all that essential to the plot, but is a crucial part of keeping the plot moving, bringing us back to the present after too many meandering flashbacks and answering key questions. This is especially true for this season, when key questions include things like “Will Rebecca and Miguel ever be allowed to be in the same room as their kids again?”


This Is Us: “I’ve Got This”

Dir. Yasu Tanida

Wri. Lauren Kenar

8.9/10

Let the Griffin Dunne Emmy watch begin.


This Is Us: “I’ve Got This”

Dir. Ken Olin

Wri. Casey Johnson & David Winsor

8.3/10

I’ve gone from lukewarm to all-in on this season of This Is Us, and this episode really solidified that. I can’t help but credit stalwart director Ken Olin and writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor for both a well-paced episode and a tight script that packs so much in.


This Is Us

“The Ride”

Dir. John Huertas

Wri. Julia Brownell

6.8/10

Author’s note: I’ve struggled with photo uploading on Medium today, so today’s recap will be a visually unappealing wall of text! Apologies!


This Is Us

“In The Room”

Dir. Ken Olin

Wri. Vera Herbert

8.5/10

This Is Us has been accused of being a toothless show — of taking the most obvious, cowardly non-swerves under the guise of real-stakes drama. It occasionally parades as a specialty cable show of the HBO/AMC variety with a prestige cast and nuanced, ambiguous morals. But it is ultimately a 9 p.m. Tuesday night ABC (or in my case, CTV) drama meant to be easily digestible. Even when it’s tackling issues like infant death, the Vietnam war or, believe it or not, COVID-19, This Is Us is careful not to alienate.


This Is Us

“There”

Dir. Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Wri. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger

7.2/10

I give This Is Us credit for a lot of things, but one thing I don’t know if I’ve acknowledged before — or even realized — is its ability to play classic family dramedy/sitcom tropes straight while still adding a few elements of subversion on the side.


This Is Us

“Birth Mother”

Dir. Kay Oyegun

Wri. Eboni Freeman and Kay Oyegun

8.5/10

I won’t lie — there is a lot one could dislike about last night’s episode of This is Us.

Bree Rody, professional hate-watcher

I have a lot of feelings about movies and TV shows that would be embarrassing if it weren’t 2020.

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