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This Is Us Season 3 (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by hummingbird_206, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

    Aug 22, 2007
    Valley of...
    This is a season thread for the show. If people want to start episode threads, go ahead and we can let this season thread die.

    I shouldn't be surprised, but I am annoyed that we didn't see who Tess and Randall went to visit. I was surprised that it involves Toby! Looked like Toby was in a hotel room when they called him, but not much more info than that.

    Toby threw out his anti-depressants to get his sperm count up. That explains last season's scene where Toby was in bed and Kate was trying to get him up. I don't remember it very well but seems like he was depressed then, so makes sense now that he's going off his meds.

    I'm not really interested in seeing how Jack and Rebecca got together. I guess it's a good way to introduce the Vietnam part of the story.
  2. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I was underwhelmed. I think they have fallen into a rut and is it me or are the 3 siblings all starting to get kindof annoying - particularly Randall.

    He just annoys the F outta me especially with Sterling K Brown's ridiculously white teeth. They are so white they can't be real. He's gotta be one of the most over-rated actors out there right now.
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  3. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I like young Randall, adult Randall not so much.
  4. David Platt

    David Platt Mouse Master TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Nice going comparing a woman to a football, TiU.

    I really, really, really didn't get why there were showing all the Franco Harris stuff. That was completely out of left field.
  5. The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

    Aug 27, 2002
    Kent, WA
    The backdrop for this episode was the Steelers-Raiders game. Google Immaculate Reception.
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  6. David Platt

    David Platt Mouse Master TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I know what it is-- I just don't understand why they chose to frame the episode around that random football play, to the point that we're shown scenes at home with Franco Harris and his family, who have absolutely nothing to do with the show. It was weird.

    It seemed the only reason they did it was to set up the really awful analogy comparing a woman to a football.
  7. EWiser

    EWiser Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    It was on the day that jack and Rebecca met and had their first date. It was a miracle.
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  8. Oct 1, 2018 #8 of 83

    dbranco Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    This is exactly how I felt. Took away from the rest of the episode, for me. In fact, through a good part of the episode, I thought the football player was going to end up being Deja's father.
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    David Platt

    David Platt Mouse Master TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, that's what I spent the majority of this episode doing too. "Who is this guy and how does he relate to the Pearsons?" To find out at the end that he is absolutely no one related to the story in any way really irritated me.
  10. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

    Aug 22, 2007
    Valley of...
    I thought the immaculate reception was going to be what caught Rebecca's interest and started her on the road to being a huge fan. I expected Jack to make it a topic of conversation and that they'd discuss it. But that didn't happen so yeah, it was really weird to have so much of the episode be about Franco and that game.
  11. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Iconic moment in Pittsburgh sports. They have established they are both huge Steelers fans, so they were setting time, place and showing she wasn’t interested yet. Not every scene has to move a story. It adds texture.
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  12. spartanstew

    spartanstew Thanks 4 the Update

    Feb 23, 2002
    Wylie, Texas
    I'm tired of the deja story line. Not only do I not really understand why she was so resistant to get adopted, I don't see why they would want her.
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  13. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    .I never understood why Randall, with his issues of Rebecca keeping his dad from him, didn't give Deja and her mom an apartment at a reduced rent in the building he bought to try to keep Deja with her mom.
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  14. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 22, 2009
    The Deja story appeals to those who work in the field. I just picked up a similar case.
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  15. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Honestly, the Deja story is my favorite storyline.
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  16. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I do wonder, though, what percentage of viewers knew this. I'm not a football guy, and kept on wondering how this new character was going to fit into the "This Is Us" universe. ;) (Thanks for educating me--I won't expect to see him in future episodes, now, lol.)
  17. Win Joy Jr

    Win Joy Jr Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I was wondering if they were going to have her date a Steeler....
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  18. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    I’m quite the opposite. I’m betting that somehow Rebecca meets him.
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  19. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South

    Yeah, totally worked for me. I loved weaving a monumental event for that city into the story of their life. Best part of the episode for me.

    The doctor changing their mind after finding the reason she decided on this profession? So tired, so over-played, so "saw that coming a mile away". Boo.

    Randall getting expensive shoes from his foster daughter and not questioning where she got them more? I don't buy it.
  20. Ruth

    Ruth Now with toddler

    Jul 31, 2001
    I am a little frustrated by the infertility storyline. They are getting terrible medical care, and apparently the show is not willing to challenge that. First is the doctor with the BMI cutoff and the offensive comments. This is, sadly, in fact common, but that doesn't make it right. IVF is really not very dangerous even for obese women. The scare tactics and weight-based medical treatment is not OK. I hate how Kate and Toby just accept that as fine and then continue to work with that doctor. Do some research! Stand up for yourselves! Find a doctor who treats fat people with respect!

    And I also hate that absolutely everything Kate struggles with has to be about her weight. Jeez. You could just have an infertility storyline without making it about her being fat. Give the poor woman some dimension, writers!!

    Second, I understand that they are looking for a hook on which to hang the antidepressant-withdrawal storyline, but this one doesn't make any sense. Once they move to IVF, that procedure makes irrelevant almost all concerns about sperm count and motility. If you're trying to have a baby the old-fashioned way, you need a lot of sperm that are strong swimmers to get where they need to go, and to break down the outer coating of the egg so a sperm can get inside to fertilize. But once you are fertilizing the eggs in the lab, you don't need that. You need live sperm that are chromosomally normal, but that's about it. Using ICSI, they can pick up one sperm at a time and inject it right into the egg. It doesn't need to swim anywhere, it doesn't need to penetrate the egg on its own, and it doesn't need a lot of friends. This is a standard IVF technique dating back decades. This is the reason that IVF is indicated as a treatment for male infertility as well as female infertility. There is no medical reason at all that Toby had to stop taking his meds. And this hotshot IVF specialist would/should have explained all of this.
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