You Can Take The Crazy Uncle Out Of The Trailer... - S:3 Ep. 12 "Songbird Road: Part 2"
I wanted to start this week off with a moment from my own life. Never watch this show with your husband. This week was the first time my husband sat down and watched this show with me. I would not recommend doing this, because the questions never end. “Wait, are all three of them siblings? Is that one guy adopted?” “Does this whole show happen in flashbacks?” “Are there sequin fights in every episode?” Just – stop – talking – husband.
Now on to this week’s Really Moments:
1. This Is Us might be headed toward a RuPaul’s Drag Race crossover. Randall and Kate, as kids, have something called a sequin fight, which is exactly what it sounds like. You throw as much sequin at each other as you can, and it gets literally everywhere. Any mom would be thrilled with that mess. Maybe they also have indoor mud fights in the Spring, sand fights in the the summer, and living room leaf piles in the Fall. Anyway, I only thought sequin fights took place on RuPaul’s Drag Race. I smell a crossover. Uncle Nicky “Sashay Away” and Deja “Shantay You Stay”.
2. You can take your crazy uncle out of the trailer, but you can not take the trailer out of the crazy uncle. Kevin tries to help Uncle Nicky, who has been living alone as an alcoholic in a run down trailer for decades. Kevin checks him into a hotel and even takes him to a VA hospital, but Nicky is having none of it. An alcoholic, PTSD hermit is not suddenly going to suddenly get all happy and take a pottery class or play Bingo. He is also probably going to check into a hotel and hide in the bathtub, because someone - the government, the mob, Charlie, Amway - is out to get him. And the free breakfast will give him ‘Nam mess tent flashbacks. .
3. Rebecca should have realized how sweet she had it knowing nothing about Jack’s family. Apparently Rebecca barely spoke to Jack about anything before they were married, or even when they were married. The sex must have been great to keep that marriage alive. Jack never mentioned his family, and she never asked. She had no in-laws at the wedding; no obligations to attend family functions; and no shade thrown at her by her mother-in-law. Go ahead and poll 10 women about this, and 9 of them will say, “Sounds great.” However, now Rebecca wants to meet and get to know Jack’s really, truly crazy brother. Girl, realize what you had and move on.
4. Kids surprisingly like vegetables. Who knew? Randall and Kate as kids are allowed to order a pizza themselves and put whatever toppings they want on it. They name it the Pearson Pizza and they put, among other things, spinach on it. Spinach? Voluntarily eaten by kids? Um, no. No kid given the choice puts any vegetables on their pizza. They put extra cheese, extra meat, maybe some gummy worms; anything but a vegetable.
5. Never let the prior owners of your house visit, because it gets weird fast. The new owners of the place where Kate and Randall grew up let them visit, and things got AAAAAWK-ward! They start talking about the legendary sequin fight, and because it is the Pearsons, it quickly devolves into a therapy session about their childhood. Suddenly, the new owners “remembered” they had somewhere to be and the visit was over. Uh, yeah. Every family has its own problems, no one needs another family coming in and sharing theirs.
Really? (Rating from 1-5: 1 means nothing too far-fetched happened; 5 means that someone else has died at the hands of a faulty crockpot):
I give this episode a 2. This is based solely on the fact poor Kevin thought he could help his uncle in one episode. It was a good effort, but was never going to work.