Just finished this episode on Hulu. Every week is blowing me away this season. Almost every episode has been gut-wrenching and a tear-jerker. The depth of raw emotion they are tapping into week after week is something I haven't felt in a show in a long time. Charles Esten is the most effective "crier" I've ever seen in an actor. In this episode, you get that understanding full-on. It's the second time this season I've been rocked by his ability (the first time was at the end of "If Tomorrow Never Comes" a couple episodes back). In this episode, there's a certain moment that is unearthly it's so good - I wanted to watch the transition in his face over and over. If he hasn't already won a "Best Supporting Actor" award, he needs to; he's brilliant at expressing emotion.
Really deep issues are being explored in this season, and woven together in a masterful way by the new set of writers. I just hope the thread of Juliette's new-found faith doesn't get lost in the upcoming episodes, because there have been so many great, touching moments as that has unfolded. This episode seems to set her back a bit into old patterns, but the latter scenes of this episode are hauntingly beautiful and supremely inspirational.
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