Summary: Kevin Sr. escapes from his psych ward and runs into Jill. Jill tells Kevin who goes hunting for his father. Kevin Sr. gets Matt to arrange a meeting with his son where Kevin Sr. tries to convince Kevin that he's not crazy and that Kevin needs to help him. Kevin refuses and puts Kevin Sr. back into the psych ward. After receiving a phone call from Wayne, Tommy discovers that he's not the only guy who has to take care of an Asian woman who is pregnant with Wayne's child. He destroys Wayne's phone and returns to Christine, only to find that she's given birth to a girl.
The Good: After the superb "Guest", the quality dipped this episode as expected. But pleasingly, this was the best of the episodes that centre around several storylines. It had more of a purpose to it and didn't just produce a bunch of vague dialogue and attempted emotional scenes. There was a dedicated A-plot and B-plot which were given the right amount of time to make an impact and provide some decent, if unspectacular, television.
I liked Kevin Sr.'s return. He was a proper character in this episode and was given chances to shine in his scenes with Kevin and Jill. He felt real and I did understand where he was coming from with his crazy claims and attempts to get the book. Without going into if Kevin Sr. is crazy or not (see: The Unknown), I thought that he still had enough character to make me care at least a little about him and the relationship he has with his family.
Justin Theroux did a good job portraying Kevin's struggle in this episode as well. With the mysterious dream (see: The Unknown) and his quest to find his father affecting him, Kevin was under a lot of pressure and Justin Theroux showed that very well in every scene he was in.
I was also happy with Kevin's relationship with Nora. They are still careful around each other and a little awkward, but they can talk to each other which is definitely something the two of them need. And after this episode we can see that Kevin needs this a lot more than he may have expected.
The few small scenes we had with Laurie were good. It was consistent to see her moving on from Kevin. I also really liked seeing Nora hose down the GR members. They really do deserve it.
I enjoyed the Tommy story a lot for once. Though it is yet to have an emotional moment, the impact of Wayne on these characters was enjoying to watch in this episode. It was quite surprising to see that Tommy wasn't the only man who has to take care of a pregnant girl and told u a lot about Wayne. Though I'm still unsure about Wayne's superpowers, it is made clear that he is not a good person after what we see. He has used all these women and doesn't care enough about them to even see them and talk to them. This explains Tommy's phone call from earlier in the episode when Wayne didn't know who he was. At first I thought Wayne may be going a little crazy, but it's far more likely that he was just trying to remember which person he was calling since he clearly has many.
The Bad: I still hate the teenagers in this show. The refrigerator scene was idiotic in the same way all of the other scenes were so I guess at least it's consistent. It still annoys me to see that though. And did we really need that random butt shot? Also, Aimee is still annoying to me and I can't be bothered to care about her, so her relationship with Kevin does absolutely nothing for me.
Episodes like these still can't seem to engage me in the way "Two Boats and a Helicopter" and "Guest" did. Now that we have been introduced to most characters, I'm a little worried that this level of quality may be par for the course, with the show being unable to hit the highs that it already reached. I do hope I'm wrong though.
The Unknown: Lots of things to put in here again.
What was Kevin's dream? What is its significance?
We have confirmation that Kevin is blacking out and doing things at night. Why is he blacking out? What is he doing at night?
Why did Kevin get the dog? And what is it meant to symbolize? Is it supposed to represent the angry side of Kevin?
Tommy and Kevin had an unusual amount of connections in this episode. They both wounded their hands, had some experience at a mailbox and broke cell phones. Is this supposed to mean something or am I overthinking?
What is with Aimee? Does she just live at Kevin's because that's what is implied?
How many other girls does Wayne have? Why was he calling Tommy the second time?
Is Kevin Sr. actually sane and is hearing some guidance or is he crazy? This show continues to do a great job of blending supernatural with the ordinary. Also what is the significance of the National Geographic? What did Kevin Sr. mean when he said to accept it? Or is it all nothing and he's just crazy.
Best Moment: The restaurant scene between the 2 Kevins was very good. Kevin Sr.'s acting was also great as he could be read as both legitimate and crazy at the same time depending on how you want to watch the scene. I was glad to see Kevin refuse his offer since Kevin most definitely wouldn't believe the story just like that. The end of that scene was very well done with Kevin restraining his father. The music score added plenty to it.
Character of the Episode: Kevin Sr. for being so curiously mysterious and giving us plenty to think about after this episode ended.
Conclusion: A good episode. This show remains fascinating, even if it's inconsistent with its quality and I continue to enjoy it. While this episode didn't provide anything spectacular, it is still an easy hour to enjoy.
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