This is Us has always favored the flashbacks and present-day format, and the mid-season premiere was no different. They kicked off with a flash forward from the mid-season finale, and then went back to fill in the missing links. Between election results giving you flashbacks of not-so-nice times, and feel good fuzzy between couples in love, This Is Us packed a punch with the start of the second half of season 3.
I continually ask each week how The Good Doctor always manages to surprise me, and the answer — as per usual — is because they never do what I expect with these characters. “Empathy” naturally dove into the question of how good a doctor can be if they don’t have at least a little bit of empathy for their patients, which was more of a challenging question for Shaun. Yes, you are hearing my heart shatter for this man, but let’s break down what made this episode tick.
The Gifted 2×06 taught viewers a lot about the Frost Sisters and Rebecca. We also learned more about the Inner Circle and their plan (finally).
Let’s get started and really break this down.
The Good Doctor has not shied away from some strange medical conditions in the past, but even I didn’t see the Lego diagnosis coming in “Two-Play (or Not Two-Ply).” Talk about an hour focusing on the details versus the big picture — or, in some cases, the symptoms versus the patient.
Yes, “Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply)” really does refer to toilet paper. Oh, the quirkiness. Since this was a character packed episode, I’ll be breaking it down by characters over what proved to be a surprising episode for one doctor whose heart grew a couple sizes tonight.
I have to admit that I worried about this season of The Resident. Last year, I quickly became addicted to the show, but there were some less exciting episodes in the first season that made me begin questioning whether or not the series was going to end up with a second season. Unfortunately, in the times of cancelling shows like it’s nothing, it’s really difficult to become emotionally attached. The Resident proved me wrong this season. Seven episodes in, and it’s only getting better.
When last we left our mutants, their mission to stop The Inner Circle was a bust. Lauren was hurt, Lorna and Andy got away with a patient, and the mutants had a public relations nightmare on their hands with the “rebellion” story the press was circulating. We’ve had a week-long break, and now we’re back. Let’s see if The Gifted can get back some of that emotional poignancy I said the last episode was missing, shall we? Here we go.
The Blue Bloods writers couldn’t have picked a more appropriate name for this episode. The personal interactions outweighed any of the procedural elements this week, and I was thrilled by it. I am so excited to dig into this one!