When THIS IS US is at its best, it’s a quiet reminder that it’s a reflection of us. I’VE GOT THIS is a shining example of why after 5 seasons, the show still’s “got this.”

After a quick baby montage, the episode quickly changes the tune with three themes related to pride, shame and growth.

Pride – Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) is dealing with too many cooks in the kitchen due to her judging mother overstaying her welcome. The episode wisely focuses on the always strong Beth, finally cracking. Yet behind her failure this week to stay strong, we get the reveal of her mother (Phylicia Rashad) dealing with loneliness. Beth’s mom says, “You know what it’s like in my life nowadays? It’s quiet.” This has been devastating during COVID and made me think of my own parents dealing with isolation.

The Result: Me texting my mom to see if she’s okay.

Shame – This episode went headfirst into what it means to lose a job during COVID. The always lovable Toby (Chris Sullivan) feels ashamed as he’s trying to find a new job after 30+ rejections. The scene that destroyed me was Kate realizing that her parents had no money growing up yet she always felt like they were okay.

The Result: Me texting my mom, “Thank You.”

Growth – When you are a kid your family are the people that live in the same house with you. As you get older, you make a new family and a new household. Kevin beautifully goes through this moment as he states, “I’m very excited for the next bunch of years spending time with my family – this family.”

The Result: Me telling my wife “I love her” and cue #UglyCrying session.

THIS IS US makes me feel closer to my own family. Any show that continues to bring families together while they’re apart deserves a 🤩. In other words, “thank you.”

It’s available on NBC / Peacock.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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