The Right Thing to Do

THIS IS US: The First Season

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
Episode
Number:11
Air Date:01/10/2017

What You Need To Know:

In “The Right Thing to Do,” the Pearsons find out that they’re going to have triplets. Jack resorts to asking his abusive father for money which he then uses as a down payment for a house. Cut to the future. Toby, Kate’s boyfriend, is diagnosed as having a heart arrhythmia. When it’s also discovered he has a septal defect and needs surgery, Kate realizes she loves Toby. After surgery, they discuss marriage. Meanwhile, Randall struggles to accept his father’s homosexual lifestyle. While talking to William, Randall discovers William’s chemotherapy is no longer effective. Kevin encounters problems in his relationship with Sloane when Olivia suddenly returns.

“The Right Thing to Do” addresses life’s hard decisions. Jack is shown having to sell his cherished Chevelle and face his estranged, abusive father so he can provide a home for his growing family. Toby’s surgery forces Kate to realize the depth of her feelings for him. Kevin has to decide whether to pursue a relationship with Olivia or Sloane. The episode is real and raw. Each decision is shown in its importance, complexity, and messiness. However, this episode has a strong Romantic, politically correct, pro-homosexual worldview with significant foul language and a reference to using a hallucinogen with a pagan shaman. So, it’s the most objectionable episode in the first season of THIS IS US.

Content:

(RoRo, PCPC, HoHo, BB, Pa, FR, LL, V, S, N, A, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong Romantic, politically correct worldview where a bisexual man says “sexuality isn’t fixed as it is fluid,” being open-minded about people’s sexuality is encouraged, disapproving of homosexuality is referred to as homophobia, and a man stays overnight with his “boyfriend,” mixed with some strong moral elements with references to trustworthiness and kindness and an emphasis on the value of family, marriage, and children, plus a woman says in her search for authenticity that she tried ayahuasca, an hallucinogenic drink used in South America, with a pagan shaman;

Foul Language:
Nine obscenities and 10 profanities;

Violence:
Mild violence with an abusive husband shown pushing his wife against the wall and gripping her throat;

Sex:
  Strong sexual immorality and content includes man refers to his private parts in a crude manner, an unmarried couple is said to be sleeping together, several couples are shown kissing, and a bisexual man stays overnight with his “boyfriend”;

Nudity:
  Light nudity with several men shown shirtless;

Alcohol Use:
  Light alcohol content with a woman ordering wine at a restaurant, a man mentions having some Japanese whiskey;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  Light smoking and a woman says that in her search for authenticity she tried ayahuasca, an hallucinogenic drink used in South America, with a pagan shaman; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Lying and dysfunctional and abusive parenting portrayed.

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