TV Review: This is Us (Season 2, Episode 11)
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Carrying on Kevin’s storyline from where it left off at the end of episode eight, the Pearson family find themselves at rehab. With the culmination of the previous episode, seeing Kevin arrested, his recovery appears to be very much back on track. Alongside his therapist Barbara, he invites his mother and two siblings to join him in a group therapy session. What begins as a session to help Kevin work through his own issues becomes heated as blame is laid at both Jack and Rebecca’s doors.
Image credit: IMDbThe issues which have been hinted at thus far in the series come to fruition, with Kevin diagnosing each member of his family’s problems. This paints Kevin in a much harsher light than in previous episodes. While his break-up with Sophie was painful, it was also understandable. This episode, however, seems much harder to comprehend and instead takes away from the difficulties which Kevin has been through in the past few episodes. It paints him as unforgiving and egotistical, qualities which have perhaps come through in his character throughout the series, but seemed redeemable. This provided a slightly disappointing climax to the storyline which has been building up over the past few episodes. Meanwhile, while the family is in therapy, Beth, Toby and Miguel, discuss their feelings of exclusion from the Pearson family circle. Neither Toby or Beth knew Jack and thus their feelings of exclusion sprout from this fact.
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