This is Us 2×09 “Number Two”

Big Three Moments of the Week

There are moments in every human beings life when nothing they’ve done could’ve changed the outcome of their situations. And it is those very moments that define how human beings move forward in the face of tragedies. The darkest events in our lives are directly correlated with our growth process and the approaches we take in keeping our inner peace. While “Number One” dealt with the ramifications of harboring emotions for too long, “Number Two” allowed us to see that direct confrontation is the key to not only freeing the demons within ourselves, but improving the relationships we have with other people while simultaneously helping them heal as well.

Scene IRebecca shows up for Kate

To be perfectly honest, in all my attempts to analyze and breakdown this relationship, with the material we’ve been given, I cannot condemn Rebecca. In all the moments that have been presented to us so far, it appears as though Kate’s issues and demons are stemmed by her own insecurities thereby, pushing Rebecca away wasn’t a result of something she did. And with any parent, there comes a point where they don’t have the answers either. They’re flawed and always learning. But I appreciated the fact that in this moment, Rebecca didn’t allow Kate’s sadness to push her away. As a woman who’s also lost a child, she knows the very pain that perpetually lingers and allowing her daughter to deal with it alone wouldn’t ever be an option.

Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz have never been more impeccably raw as scene partners as they were during the tearful embrace. The moment meant that for now, the pain was shared — the pain was understood. And perhaps, because she’d momentarily been a mother, Kate was able to resonate with her own on a more profound level. Because miscarriage or a lifetime, even as a woman who’s never been pregnant, I can imagine that the understanding a human life is growing inside of you changes you in ways beyond your wildest imaginations. And that change for Kate led to an unfortunate tragedy, but one that sadly, a great number of women experience in their lifetimes. It’s one of the saddest moments in a woman’s life, but it isn’t rare, and This is Us’ choice to show us this side along with the happy ones makes for realistic, raw television. A storyline which Metz brought to life so potently, it’s taken me a while to actually be able to write about it.

Scene II: The Big Fight

There were so many things about this moment that made me uncomfortable, but it was wholeheartedly a valid argument that needed to happen to depict both a mother and father’s reactions to a miscarriage. And while I really didn’t appreciate Kate feeling guilty for taking away the child from Toby, I did appreciate the fact that the two were able to find solace together. I only wish that the guilt never even possessed her because women need to understand that there’s absolutely nothing they could do when the body mis-carries. But while the whole conversation led to two people growing in love, it was necessary to see such a fight break out because once again, it makes the series so much more realistic.

Scene III: The Mom and Daughter hospital chat

This is directly related to the first scene, but it was great to see this conversation take place in order for Rebecca to let her daughter know that no matter how far she pushes her in this life, it’ll never be to a point where she’ll love her any less. At any moment, in any time, if she’s ever needed, she’ll be there with open arms and though the two have never really seen eye to eye, this was the kind of moment that’d allow Kate to truly understand her mother’s love.

“Number Two” is the kind of episode that you cry so much to, you then run out of words for. And in every sense of the word, it was an episode worth appreciating. It was an episode where, because of the time frames it’s shot in, it reminded us of the fact that in each moment, even in the same family, every person is going through something that’s so unique to them, you can only understand by walking in their shoes. It’s the kind of episode that reminds viewers of the fact that every story has different sides to it and as human beings, we must make the choice to listen. We are all different. We are all rare. And though our stories are connected, they’re only special because of the uniqueness. It is always worth exploring and listening to.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Remember, if there’s anything you’d like us to discuss, let us know in the comments below and we shall happily do so.

ByGissane Sophia
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