This would have been a B+ hour if not for that gut-wrenching final sequence.
I am of course referring to the Pearson household lighting up in a horrifying blaze, intercut with the family sharing some heartbreaking emotional moments. It’s impeccably edited, and beautifully soundtracked to The Cinematic Orchestra’s epic piece To Build A Home (find it below). Supposedly, we’ll finally learn the full details of Jack’s death in the upcoming Superbowl episode on February 4th (it’s about time!). Nevertheless, one of the last pieces of the puzzle has been revealed: the fire was caused by a faulty slow-cooker gifted to the Pearsons by their elderly neighbors (in a nifty twist that first had us believe we were in the present timeline).
Although it’s a bit random to see Randall and Beth shift so quickly from the foster parent storyline to being new “landlords”, this subplot was admittedly a hoot to watch. Sure Randall had to learn another lesson by episode’s end, but it was satisfying to see him and Kevin band together to do some actual good in the world. Plus, Lloyd is hilarious, and we need to see more of him in the coming weeks. Garrett Morris for the win!
– Kevin and Randall walking in slow-motion towards the camera as the latter lifts up his sleeve was hysterical.
– Funniest bit of the episode: the women gathering to watch Kevin tearing down the wall while the old guy watches Randall struggle with the plumbing.
– Kate telling jack to stop calling her pretty was seriously sad.
– Cool parallels: both Kevin and his dad try to deal with their alcohol addiction by building things.
– It’s so depressing to think that Rebecca and Jack never got to be business partners. That would have been beautiful to watch.
– So Kate and Toby have a dog now! Pretty cute I must say!
– It scares me how much Hannah Zeile (who plays 16-year old Kate) looks like Chrissy Metz. The resemblance is uncanny!
– So how did Rebecca, Randall, and Kate escape the fire safely? I feel like the next episode is going to be a nail-biter.
– Seriously the editing in that final sequence was freakin’ masterful. Howard Leder (the show’s editor) deserves all the awards.
Lloyd: Well, thanks for the bagel and the orangey fish.
Randall: It’s smoked salmon, Lloyd.
Kevin: He’s already been gone for 20 years. He’s already been gone longer than we had him.
Randall: I sound smarter when you do me than when I do me.
Beth: Yeah, well, that’s why it’s fun.
Toby: Audio? I love it. It’s like some weird, obnoxious celebrity baby name.
To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra
Thanks to an incredible final sequence, That’ll Be The Day is one hell of a memorable episode.