Instead, “The Music and the Mirror” focuses on Beth’s sadness after closing her dance studio, Madison’s search for a wedding dress, Toby’s ties to her much sweeter pop than when we last saw her and Rebecca pride after seeing Kate finally find her rhythm. Oh, and Kevin sees Zoe and begins to question all of her life choices so far, including the big one on the horizon.
And five, six, seven, eight! Let’s go over what happens in this week’s episode.
ALL MY LIFE I PRAY FOR SOMEONE LIKE YOU | We watch the rise and fall of Beth’s dream as she opens the studio, teaches, tries to keep it going when the COVID-19 pandemic starts to spoil everything, ends up teaching via Zoom to a decreasing number of dancers, then finally announces to her last class (of three, including Annie) that it’s over – she can’t make the place work. “We are closed indefinitely,” reads a sign that she hangs on the studio door as she leaves. “Keep dancing. “
At home, she eats the marshmallows from a box of Lucky Charms as she tries to convince Randall that she is fiiiiiiine with the idea of returning to the working world from 9 to 5. In fact, she has a virtual information meeting with a small town planning company that day. Randall brings up the idea of trying to get an arts grant, but she shuts it down. “Many businesses have closed this year. Mine is just one of them, ”she said categorically. Worried, Randall orders Already to keep an eye on his mom… at the precise moment when the woman in question holds the cereal box in the air and shakes it like a stubborn Polaroid. “This clover was hiding, but I have it!” ” She cries. (Side note: Ha!)
But Beth’s informative interview is postponed and she finds herself at the studio, cleaning it up before having to hand over the keys. She asks Deja not to tell Randall, and the teenager tries – “Beth doesn’t need a hero, Randall.” Just be there for her. It’s kind of your best quality ”- but finally tells her where Beth is.
In a flashback to their six-month-old birthday, we watch Randall surprise Beth with a night at the ballet. But it’s so upsetting to her that she demands that they return to the dorm before even entering the room. Randall is clearly confused, so Beth apologizes tries to explain how lost she feels now that after working ballet for so long, “I’ve been told I’m still not good enough… And then where does that leave me? I am a dancer who does not dance. Young Randall puts on K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life” and asks him to dance in slow motion; she does, and they rock in the privacy of her room as she cries.
In the present, Randall appears at the studio, and Beth immediately says that she doesn’t want to talk about ways to save her business. He doesn’t say anything, just says “All my life” on his phone and holds out his hand. She hugs his arms and they dance slowly, and she cries. (Side note: this studio, with its balcony overlooking the dance floor, is the same in the flashforward, isn’t it? I took that as comfort watching Beth’s pain – it seems it eventually opens up and is doing pretty well!)
REDUCE LEAKAGE | While Nicky accompanies Kevin to a private screening of his film (during which Kev will have to speak with Foster The Pretentious Director), Madison, Rebecca and Kate go shopping for the wedding. While they are there, Madison is devastated when her father – who had said he was coming to the wedding – suddenly gives up due to a work emergency. (Side note: Am I missing something? Is the wedding the next day? What kind of work-in-progress emergency that day would affect an event that is, at the earliest, weeks away?) But Rebecca has her gives a very nice pep talk, and All’s well.
And later, after Kate apologizes for making Rebecca’s mom life difficult for so long (and we watch a flashback to when Rebecca had an interview with Kate at her desk but she did. jumped in and took a restaurant job instead), Kate brings her mom to school where she teaches. The choir sings “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell – one of Rebecca’s favorites – and it’s very sweet. “True joy is never gone forever,” Rebecca tells her daughter along the way. “I knew you just needed a little time to find him.”
And a flashback shows young Kate remembers a day when she and Jack, sitting at a booth at the aforementioned restaurant, talked about her desire to attend the Berklee School of Music.
Meanwhile, back home, Toby is determined not to pay a plumber to fix a very persistent leak in the kitchen ceiling. But when his tinkering efforts only make matters worse, he breaks down and calls his father, who comes and does the job. Subsequently, Toby admits that he’s frustrated at being out of work, and that “being a stay-at-home dad was never part of the plan.” Surprisingly, his dad finds some commonalities (“I lost my job when you were 8”) and praises the Pearsons for being so in touch with their emotions, saying he wished he was more like that when Toby was. younger. Then, in case someone misses the metaphor, he ends the scene with, “People only look for leaks when the water comes out, but it’s the pressure that’s going to catch you.
When Kate returns later, Toby only says the leak was “super easy to fix.” Resentment, it builds!
SOGGY SOCK AND OTHER PROBLEMS | Kevin leaves the screening in a state of panic: the film is horrible. After a quick call to his agent, he and Nicky head to the agent’s office to come up with a strategy. Essentially, Kevin needs a new project ASAP to avoid the bad buzz the film is sure to spawn. But the pickings are slim, mostly because it has a reputation for being picky. To be fair it did get away from the shooting of his first film, his off-Broadway play and Le Manny. “Should I go back to television?” Is that what you’re saying? he wonders, frustrated. But Nicky grabs a bunch of scripts and plans to read them all.
Exiting the building, Kevin walks past a conference room where Zoe happens to be spotted on a big screen, waiting for a meeting on one of his documentaries. They discuss for a few minutes; she knows he’s engaged. “What did you do? Drop her? she said jokingly… until he confirmed that was precisely what happened. But that’s good, because “she rocks me, and she’s a great mother,” he says. Zoe tries to give him a compliment when she says he’s still able to keep up with what’s going on, but instead she just makes him feel like he’s very responsive to suggestions. “No matter what, you always find a way to do with it what you wanted from the start,” she says, and that clearly rubs Kevin the wrong way.
Later that night, Madison and Kevin share how their days went. Then he wants to watch Bridgerton, but she has her heart on The Great British Pastry Fair, and he doesn’t fight. “Sounds perfect,” he told her, only later realizing that he’s doing exactly what Zoe said he always does. And when she falls asleep during the episode, and Kevin is holding one of the sleeping babies, he’s literally trapped there on the couch. BUT I BET IT’S NOT A HARBINGER OF NOTHING.
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