The Big Leap Season 1 Episode 9 Review: What Prevents Us?

What prevents FOX from renewing this collection? Sadly, years of being a TV Fanatic news update by means I perceive the reply to that even when I hate it with each fiber of my being.

What prevents extra folks from watching this collection? One might guess that some worry getting connected to a collection, lest a community cancels it, failing to think about that by not tuning in, they topic one thing sensible to that very heartbreaking destiny.

But even factoring that in, the reply to that query eludes me. As Nick astutely talked about in The Big Leap Season 1 Episode 9, worry prevents many issues, however for we who fearlessly launched into this journey with this collection, our reward is beautiful hours like this one.


Each passing installment of this collection evokes the same bittersweetness that this hour adequately explored. Dr. Seuss’ problematic nature apart, there’s knowledge within the quote, “Don’t cry as a result of it is over, smile as a result of it occurred.”

It’s the same sentiment and style that Paula exudes in her ultimate days and makes an attempt to impart on all of her Big Leap family members who’ve grow to be a quick household for her.

Have I discussed how unbelievable Piper Perabo is or is it a redundant factor by now? The hour partly belonged to her, rightfully so, however Jon Rudnitsky stole the vast majority of the installment with an help by Scott Foley.

It’s Mike’s opener that transported us to a different tragic time in his life, and it served as a reminder of how acquainted this character has been all through the collection.

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Mike could not deal with it when his father died. 

He was on his final breath, and Mike was within the kitchen, doing something to keep away from going through the truth of dropping his father. The denial ran deep inside him, and in such a brief second, the collection executed fairly a intestine punch when his sister selected to chastise him for his avoidance, and so they each missed the possibility to say goodbye.

What? A being pregnant, a marriage, and a divorce multi functional episode? Thank you!


Can you think about what their relationship might be like after one thing like that? She talked about that Mike behaved equally when their grandmother handed away. Death isn’t one thing he handles nicely in any respect.

These are the bits about a personality that leaves followers wishing that we might spend seasons with these characters in some capability to unpack the entire intricacies of who they’re and the way they got here to be.

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Those moments nod on the character growth we have witnessed all season. Mike might by no means face loss and trauma nicely. His introduction was that of a severely depressed man who had difficulties addressing life’s hardships.

But for Paula, and thru her and this present, he has grow to be a greater man, so when he says issues like that in his marriage ceremony vows, we all know them to be true. We’ve seen the expansion ourselves, regardless of the brief time.

Paula, ours is a traditional love story. Guy falls for lady. Guy loses lady. Guy goes on a actuality dance present to win lady again, however then meets a very totally different lady who seems to be his soul mate and reveals him what true happiness is. Paula, you met me at my worse, and also you accepted me. You made me my greatest. I like you.


The Mike of 2015 isn’t the Mike of 2021. As painful as the truth of dropping the love of his life, of her brief one, he is going through and enduring it. Mike is dedicated to Paula deeply and is attempting to be robust. He’s a greater particular person for all of it.

Mike has come a good distance in that regard. And once more, these are the ways in which Rudnitsky is such a expertise together with his understated performances, distinguishing the Mike from years in the past, hell, the Mike from weeks in the past, from the person he’s now.

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You sensed the heaviness and terror. His worry was palpable, however so was the power he exuded to beat that for Paula.

It made all of his scenes throughout this hour standouts and a very good depiction of his vary. Hell, even the delivery of probably the most predictable and cliched response to Paula’s superpower query was delivered with such a rawness that though you knew it was coming, it nonetheless made your breath hitch.

Paula: If you might have one magical energy, what would it not be?
Mike: To cease time.

I’m without end enthralled by this collection’ constant dismantling of poisonous masculinity as they permit males not solely to entry their emotions however accomplish that with different males. The depiction of wholesome, emotionally-sound male friendships is such a rarity — what Mike has with Joel and the others is a fictional unicorn.

No one is aware of Mike the way in which his buddies do, and nobody helps him implicitly like them both. It’s genuinely refreshing that they are depicted as these salt of the earth, on a regular basis males, manufacturing facility employees, and so they ooze such depth and emotional maturity that you might solely want to have these kinds of significant friendships in your life.

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Mike comes from a background the place he suffered deep despair. The collection explores psychological well being candidly.

Mike’s buddies supported him by means of that, brazenly talked about his emotions without judgment then, and crying whereas advising him how one can be there for Paula now — The Big Leap might simply have devoted a whole installment to them.

Even for those who run from this, Paula’s going to die. And, uh, you are going to be heartbroken. The alternative is not whether or not or not you are going to really feel ache, you are going to really feel ache. The alternative is about how you are feeling about your self when that point comes.


It’s the fantastic thing about a collection that understands how one can ship such wealthy characters, even when they’re in supporting roles.

It’s Mike’s buddies who give him probably the most sound recommendation. Sure, Paula has made him a a lot better man and enriched his life, nevertheless it’s his buddies who’ve quietly held that function in his life for over a decade, and you do not see these kinds of friendships on tv. We want extra of that.

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They’re all so unapologetically susceptible, and so they give one another permission to be that method, encourage it.

Joel’s heartrending assertion about how Mike needs to be there for Paula, however they will be there for him whereas they inspired and gave him the area to interrupt down sobbing and did not deal with it as one thing to show away from was sufficient to convey anybody to tears.

And Perabo superbly captures Paula’s quiet dignity as she’s accepted her destiny and relishes as a lot as life as she will whereas she nonetheless can.

Her proposal within the retailer was lovable, and you might imagine she would’ve walked out of there with the vodka in her pants if Mike hadn’t mentioned something.

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She needed to really feel alive, and the vibrancy she displayed whereas nonetheless carrying that trace of disappointment about her future and the unknown was well-balanced.

She does not wish to dwell on the unhealthy, however she additionally made room for folks’s disappointment over all of it, and it was so a lot better than the “no tears” factor the place everybody pretends to be comfortable and by no means voiced how effed up the state of affairs is.

Julia: I’m so sorry I’m crying. I do know that is presupposed to be comfortable. We’re all pretending that that is regular, nevertheless it’s unhappy, I’m sorry.
Paula: You do not should be sorry. It is gloomy, and it is most likely good we acknowledge that. Today is the most effective day, and I do know I’m asking a variety of you guys. and Mike, He’s been so robust and supportive regardless of being so scared. I’m actually grateful.

She gave all of her buddies the area to be themselves, cope with their very own issues, and deal with this of their method, too. And she’s additionally difficult the others. Her affect on them hits onerous, and it made you marvel when she managed to vary their lives within the background whereas we weren’t watching,  you already know?

Most notably, her connection to Nick was on show throughout this installment, and we noticed one other layer to this man we hadn’t seen earlier than. I like how this collection reveals us extra to Nick whereas nonetheless protecting him on this particular function.

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As a producer, Nick is accustomed to every thing being inside his management, and we noticed firsthand how shaken he’s when issues are for him when he does not really feel as if he has the reins.

He can micromanage each a part of a present with success, and he is rattling good at that, as evident by how he pulled off the inconceivable of making the proper marriage ceremony for Mike and Paula in 24-hours. But a part of him throwing himself into it like this was his method of processing Paula’s impending demise.

You could also be questioning why Mike and Paula requested me to officiate their marriage ceremony. Me too. I did not wish to do that. I did not wish to stand right here in entrance of cameras and discuss about love. But then I requested myself the query that I”m normally asking everybody else, which is “what prevents us?” You can ask that about a variety of issues. What prevents us from saying the issues we wish to say or for permitting ourselves to like or be liked, and also you all the time got here up with the identical reply. The factor that stops us is worry, placing your self on the market, letting somebody actually see you is frightening. Trusting different folks is terrifying. Looking at a horrible state of affairs, holding arms, and going through it collectively, nicely, I suppose that is love. So at this time we have a good time love triumphing over worry. You know, Mike and Paula met on the present, and I’ve to present myself credit score. I noticed their story straight away, I put their head pictures proper subsequent to one another, and I mentioned these two, these two are going to bang. But it turned out to be greater than that. I turned out to be a love story that gave us all hope and inspiration.


Nick cares. It’s most likely the primary time he is grow to be this connected to his topics; the wall between him and the forged retains slipping irrespective of how onerous he tries to take care of knowledgeable distance.

He might cause away every thing else however officiating the marriage positioned him in entrance of the cameras, and it was the final little bit of management he had, slipping from his grasp. Nick is somebody who understands the facility of the digital camera and the way susceptible and powerless it makes folks, and he yields and exploits that always.

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He by no means needed to make himself that susceptible and uncovered, but it occurred.

Nick dedicated himself to make the most effective marriage ceremony potential, and as a lot as he proclaimed it was about how nice it was for the present, every thing about his conduct was fueled by him caring an excessive amount of.

Have we ever seen him take such full management over particular duties? He’s wonderful at delegating issues, however he took it upon himself to get Wayne to stroll Paula down the aisle. He took over getting the wedding license from the clerk’s workplace irrespective of the price with such nervousness that belied the excessive stakes for him.

He was the one who acquired by means of to Paige about signing the divorce papers, and he did it by leveling together with her on a private stage that did not really feel manufactured or exploitative however sincere.

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On prime of that, he delivered such a stupendous speech whereas officiating for Mike and Paula. It was sincere, humorous, and poignant, one thing that doubtless shocked all of them.

Toward the top of the hour, it made his admission to Monica an insightful take a look at his personal vulnerability. He needed and wished that every thing he did was sufficient to maintain Paula from dying.

Nick: She’s nonetheless going to die, Monica. It does not matter how onerous I work, or how comfortable everybody pretends to be, the ending does not change.
Monica: You simply gave them an evening stuffed with happiness, so I believe it modified somewhat.

Nick usually regarded to the couples of the collection and mirrored on his love life in consequence. Everything with Mike and Paula stirred up extra emotions about his relationship with Monica. He retains placing himself on the market, wanting them to be one thing extra, and she or he’s the one who all the time shuts him down.

This time, her ex-girlfriend, Anna, virtually served as one other wall Monica positioned between her and Nick. She fell again into this flirtation with Anna, reliving their greatest days regardless of their breakup.

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Fortunately, Wayne is all the time there to stage with Monica and level her in the precise path. He is aware of that Monica’s guarded method with Nick is exactly as a result of she is afraid that she cares about him greater than she meant.

Monica is letting love in, although, and she or he had a little bit of an epiphany with that, because of Wayne.

She’s additionally open to letting her prized scholar thrive. Introducing Justin to Annie led to a chance of a lifetime for Justin. A six-month European tour is a dream come true for a man who used to work at a bowling alley and rattling close to gave up on his plans coming to fruition.

The draw back to that is the way it’ll affect his relationship with Simon. Simon’s jealousy got here by means of a bit since he idolized Annie and needed to grab the chance of assembly her.

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And for Simon, it is most likely onerous for him that he is devoted a lot of his life to bop due to his mom, and it did not appear to matter when none of that hoopla led to Justin getting this tour; his expertise was sufficient.

The upcoming tour might drive a wedge between the 2, and that will be terrible.

Whereas the empowerment Julia developed all through the season is inspiring. Her chemistry with Linus is perfection, and the 2 of them had been reduce on their unofficial date.

It’s too unhealthy it got here to a screeching halt when she noticed Kevin on the fro-yo store working. Kevin is a large number, and go determine that Julia and the women had been adapting and getting on with their lives when he pops again into the image.

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Also, screw him for inflicting a scene at Mike and Paula’s marriage ceremony. Fortunately, it led to Julia’s kick-butt speech to him and Travell’s hilarious quip about the fro-yo shirt.

Julia is above Kevin now, and he does not have an opportunity in hell of profitable her again, whether or not he dances for her consideration or not.

He confirmed up in his yogurt shirt? Oh, fro-no!


Ideally, he’d disappear to wherever he went the primary time, and she will proceed residing her greatest life as a mother and girl who deserves the love from the Big Leap household and the need of the candy, scorching Aussie sound man.

But Gabby and Reggie deserve time to speak issues out and get on the precise web page.

Reggie tousled massive time when he did not inform Gabby about the girl who kissed him or his medical dangers. He thought he prevented worrying her about issues by not telling her issues, however as a substitute, it made her mistrust him.

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It does not assist that Gabby’s mom has reservations about how briskly issues are going between Reggie and Gabby. Her mom acquired in her head a bit with the notion that Sam is simply too connected to Reggie.

Their points are fixable, nevertheless it requires them to sit down down and talk with one another.

Reggie wasn’t coming from a malicious place when he left issues out, and Gabby cannot enable her previous experiences, her insecurities, or her mom to damage what might be a wonderfully wholesome relationship with a stunning man.

They can get by means of this, nevertheless it’ll take some work.

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Other tidbits:

  • Allan stays an unsung hero of this collection. His Christmas decorations had been lovable. It’s one other signal that strains between the crew and forged are blurring. He acquired concerned with the dance on the marriage ceremony and later danced with Raven. 

  • It’s terrible that Jessica confirmed Gabby that tape at Mike and Paula’s marriage ceremony, it was fascinating to see her step additional into the function that Nick usually performs. As his protege, she’s embraced his place at a time when he is been slipping due to his attachments.

Nick: Does it say my title behind me?
Wayne: Oh, sure it does.
Nick: It’s enormous, is not it?
Wayne: Oh, sure it’s. Now, look over right here, simply sit again.
Nick: Wayne, I do know the place to look, alright? It’s simply this chair is absolutely uncomfortable.
Wayne: I do know, you requested it.
Nick: Are the lights all the time this vibrant? I really feel like I’m going beneath the knife.

  • The dance on the marriage ceremony was cute. Whitney Houston’s  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is the proper track that makes virtually anybody wish to dance, and it was a strong alternative for a marriage reception.

  • Again, the music on this collection is hearth! Their musical director is an absolute treasure for these decisions. Every track conveyed the proper emotion for the scene.

  • Travell’s pink go well with solely acquired topped by that “Oh, Fro-no” line, and he, Ladon, and Aja all the time know how one can steal scenes.
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  • Paula and Mike are each after my coronary heart for selecting Scarface and It’s a Wonderful Life and The Matrix and Pride and Prejudice as their favourite movies. I like individuals who get the wonder in eclectic style and vary. 

  • Like Paula, I, too, have fallen in love with Mike. He’s been my favourite since The Big Leap Season 1 Episode 1, however man, have I fallen in love with him with every installment.

  • Those bridesmaid clothes had been the prettiest ugly clothes. They all regarded so beautiful in them. Why is that this forged so freaking fairly? 

  • Nick has had the most effective character trajectories of this collection, and this can most likely be Scott Foley’s most underrated function ever.

  • It’s been a very long time since a collection like this has so deceptively and completely encapsulated the human expertise and accomplished this nicely. It’s a tragedy that extra folks cannot recognize how well-written this collection is.

Over to you, Big Leap Fanatics.

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