“The Game Plan” | This Is Us
When we said last week’s moment was difficult to choose, we were clearly not anticipating how incredible TV would be this week. Between the gorgeous Henry and Emma moment Once Upon A Time‘s “Street Rats”, Pitch dealing with NBL trades and the truth behind Bill’s death, and Timeless introducing us to Bond creator Ian Fleming, TV’s been nothing short of entertaining.
However, as difficult as the choice may be the finale montage in This Is Us is something I’m still not done crying over.
“I painted this because I felt like the play was about life. And life is full of color. And we each get to come along and we add our own color to the painting. And even though it’s not very big, the painting, you sort of have to figure that it goes on forever, you know, in each direction. So, like, to infinity. ‘Cause that’s kind of like life, right? And it’s really crazy, if you think about it, isn’t it? That, a hundred years ago, some guy that I never met came to this country with a suitcase, he has a son who has a son who has me. So at first, when I was painting, I was thinking maybe up here that was that guy’s part of the painting and then down here that’s my part of the painting. And then I started to think, well, what if we’re all in the painting everywhere? And what if we’re in the painting before we’re born? What if we’re in it after we die? And these colors that we keep adding, what if they just keep getting added on top of one another until eventually we’re not even different colors anymore? We’re just… one thing. One painting. I mean, my dad is not with us anymore. He’s not alive, but he’s with us. He’s with me every day. It all just sorts of fits somehow. And even if you don’t understand how yet, people will die in our lives, people that we love. In the future. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe years from now. I mean, it’s kind of beautiful, right? If you think about it, the fact that just because someone dies, just because you can’t see them or talk to them anymore, it doesn’t mean they’re not still on the painting. I think maybe that’s the point of the whole thing. There’s no dying. There’s no you or me or them. It’s just us. And this sloppy wild, colorful, magical thing that has no beginning, it has no end — this right here, I think it’s us.”
Kevin’s speech broke me — his choice to break down his painting to the girls was beautifully captivating. Life is filled with uncertainties and there will probably never come a time where it’ll be easy to understand them. But while we’re on this earth, we’re special. There are no differences between us. We blend and blend until we become better versions of ourselves painting our canvases with all the colors that make us who we are. It wasn’t easy learning that Jack is dead, but to recite this little speech was brilliant. And to reveal that the kids are still learning, still growing was magical. No one is perfect. Nothing will ever be fully understood, but grasping that concept is enough. And this raw, honest moment was enough.
What was the most exquisite thing you watched this week!?