This is Us 2×08 “Number One”

Big Three Moments of the Week

There will come a time in every human being’s life where they will need the guidance of another. Those moments come differently to all, in some scenarios, it happens gradually without any sort of spiral. In others, it’s darker, bleaker, lonelier, and when the spiral comes, help isn’t always around. And while that moment of loneliness may be man’s most vulnerable time, it’s also his bravest. The choice to admit that there’s pain residing within a person awakens the kind of courage that showcases the magnitude of their heart. If they’re still aware of their emotions, then they haven’t shut their heart off to the world — they haven’t accepted the cold, overwhelming darkness that leads to far more treacherous roads. This trilogy surrounding the kids starting with Kevin is an interesting touch to the series, which is making it far more exciting than the usual flashback/present day episodes. I for one, am definitely here for this mini trilogy.

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Madam Secretary 4×06 “Loophole”

Moment of the Week

Is anyone tired of me saying that Madam Secretary does the best job of promoting healthy familial relationships because I’m most certainly not tired of writing about it. At this point, it’s safe to assume it’s what I look forward to most on this show — the dynamics between the characters in the midst of the political challenges. It’s the moments that remind us of the fact that mothers and daughters are at their strongest when conversations happen. It’s the moments that remind us of the fact that simple confrontation with kindness as the tone’s foundation can lead to an understanding that’ll strengthen team members. It’s the reminder that each and every person on this show embody human beings with flaws, heartaches, and thrills that make their lives relatable.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

November 5-11
“Chapter Eighteen: When A Stranger Calls” | Riverdale 

Apologies on the absence from these reviews last week, folks, but we were out meeting the cast of Once Upon A Time at the Burbank Con. That’s the best reason, right? And while our brains are still wrapped up on the perfection of Stranger Things, TV has been a real treat this week starting with Outlander showing off the immense chemistry its stars have. Madam Secretary reminding us of the fact that the McCords are marriage goals. This is Us delivered a powerful episode on the importance of our choices. The Mayor continued establishing its characters in a hilarious matter, Black-ish dealt with parent/child relationships, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave us the glimpse into a darkness in Holt’s past. But it was Riverdale that sent viewers down the kind of roller coaster you can appreciate but never want to ride again.

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This is Us 2×07 “The Most Disappointed Man”

Big Three Moments of the Week

We are our choices — a compilation of the good, bad, and ugly. And “The Most Disappointed Man” reminded us of the importance of said choices revealing that truly, what we do matters. This is Us easily does a fantastic job of painting life as it is, and this episode particularly illuminated the truth behind the ramifications of every choice. We have the power to shape our lives in the way we want it solely based on how to approach matters that will greatly impact not only our lives, but those we care for. “The Most Disappointed Man” did just that for every single character — changing the outcome of their lives drastically after one, simple choice.

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Madam Secretary 4×05 “Persona Non Grata”

Moment of the Week

Politics on Madam Secretary always fascinating, but it’s the moments that remind us of the steadfast loyalty within the McCord family that’ll always win. It’s the moments that showcase the power of teamwork and the pangs of miscommunication. It’s the moments that deliver honest, simple truths about the heartaches of lost love or the fear of wordly events. And in an episode like “Persona Non Grata” that dealt with heavy subjects such as trafficking and fraud, having quiet moments with the McCords kept me, and presumably others, sane.

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This is Us 2×06 “The 20’s”

Big Three Moments of the Week

“The 20’s” gave us some of the most beautiful scenes with Rebecca that simultaneously showcased what an absolute star Mandy Moore is. We’ve had a number of episodes giving Jack the platform to shine as a parent, and we’ve had each of the kids given similar opportunities, but with Rebecca it’s always been limited to moments that forced audiences not to side with her, and that’s probably been the most frustrating aspect of the series because I’ve hated having to justify how incredibly human her behavior is when fans began disliking her. But this episode gave her the perfect situations to expose just how much love fuels her, and how hard she tries to be the kind of parent who’s helping her kids grow. Through her struggles and mistakes, Rebecca is the kind of character who’s ceaselessly learning thereby, allowing the audience to understand that perfection is unachievable while flaws are inevitable. (Mostly, I just want to gush about the spectacular performance Mandy Moore put on that made me ugly cry more than once.)

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Madam Secretary 4×04 “Shutdown”

Moment of the Week

“Shutdown” is my favorite kind of Madam Secretary episode because it leaves me wanting to discuss so many moments, it’s nearly impossible to pick just one favorite. In a span of 45 minutes, the series once again managed to juggle politics and life with the kind of perfect balance that’s almost impossible to reach. But unsurprisingly, week after week Madam Secretary stuns me with its impeccable means of story telling and character driven episodes.

And tonight’s episode took our heroine through a relatively stressful ringer, but simultaneously, it told a story where a woman’s strength was the spectacle of the performance. Elizabeth’s inability to back down along with the number of emotions she dealt with at home and through the government shutdown went on to showcase the value of one’s intuition and the undeniable importance of being honest in every situation.

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This is Us 2×05 “Brothers”

Big Three Moments of the Week

Genetics — it’s a funny thing really. The way we silently, unknowingly become what we see in our parents/guardians — even when we don’t want to. Because unless we’re fervently working towards an objective, it’s easy to give in to what’s in front of us. Addictive personalities are complicated, and because it’s something that runs in the Pearson family, if it isn’t monitored and worked towards, it could become dangerous. But interestingly, it’s not just in alcohol or drugs but rather objectives — desires and the inability to stop pushing plays a riveting role in shaping the Pearson family. And in “Brothers”, we watched it effect the Pearson kids differently; some, in more dangerous ways than others of course, but nevertheless, a challenging process, which makes for excellent television while inspiring with some incredible messages we should all take with us.

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Madam Secretary 4×03 “The Essentials”

Moment of the Week

At its core, Madam Secretary is a show about family and teamwork. It’s about a group of people coming together to fight for what they believe will make the world a better place and in doing so, they not only succeed in that area, but they’ve helped one another become the very best versions of themselves. Elizabeth McCord is an unbeatably fierce woman who could take on whatever’s in front of her, but without the help of her team, she wouldn’t be the same. And so much of the reason why the team works so beautifully is because of the friendship they’ve all fortified, which then makes Nadine’s exit that much more difficult to swallow. Although the episode ends with the lovely Bebe Neuwirth’s exit, it leaves viewers with a sense of contentment — the absolute doubtless fact that Nadine’s position will never be forgotten.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

October 15-21
“HalloVeen” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Another incredible week of television passed us by with an emotional episode of Madam Secretary, a powerful hour of This is Us, a hilarious episode of Black-ish, The Mayor continuing to build itself up wonderfully, Riverdale raising the stakes higher, and Superstore took on bullying in a genius manner. However, it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine that made me burst into the happiest tears multiple times at the airport. If anyone was wondering whether I was okay, the answer is more than. Continue reading