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‘Kevin (Probably) Saves The World’ S1 Ep 3 Review: Bending The Truth

Kevin struggles to keep the truth from his family, receives some sage advice from his therapist and finds himself in a tough spot when he volunteers to be a wedding planner in his latest mission to help save the world one good deed at a time.

Kevin learns that following the signs can be dangerous.

I loved the opening sequence to “Sweet Little Lies”! Last week we saw what happened when Kevin tried ignoring all of the signs in “Listen Up.” Now he’s following signs in his sleep!

Yvette watches over Kevin as he sleepwalks through town in pursuit of a pink heart shaped balloon that says “Marry me Pookie?” Perfectly set to ‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ catchy tune, “Once Upon A Dream,” we see Kevin overcome odd obstacles and bounce back from embarrassing face-plants.

Jason Ritter’s physical comedy is impeccable and very reminiscent of his father John’s endearingly clumsy charm. Ultimately, he wakes up on the roof of Amy’s workplace, Texas University. A crowd has gathered below and Amy is terrified that Kevin is going to jump to his death.

Kevin’s got to stop looking crazy.

Kevin is a little hurt that Yvette let him go so far. She's supposed to protect him, but she seems to have a looser definition of protection than we do. Following the signs and keeping Kevin alive were her main priorities. Now he has to explain his way out of this mess. Luckily, Nate has his back and helps diffuse the situation. Poor Amy is so worried about Kevin and his bizarre behavior. Everyone buys the sleepwalking story, but it could represent a bigger problem. JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Ritter share another moving and earnest sibling scene. Amy pleads with her brother to get help before it is too late. He agrees, solely to put her at ease. She sets up an appointment for him to speak with her therapist colleague ASAP.
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Kevin is a little hurt that Yvette let him go so far. She’s supposed to protect him, but she seems to have a looser definition of protection than we do. Following the signs and keeping Kevin alive were her main priorities. Now he has to explain his way out of this mess. Luckily, Nate has his back and helps diffuse the situation.

Poor Amy is so worried about Kevin and his bizarre behavior. Everyone buys the sleepwalking story, but it could represent a bigger problem. JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Ritter share another moving and earnest sibling scene.

Amy pleads with her brother to get help before it is too late. He agrees, solely to put her at ease. She sets up an appointment for him to speak with her therapist colleague ASAP.

Kismit.

We all need a Yvette when we go down a bad awkward conversation rabbit hole!  

Kevin reluctantly goes to check-in to see the therapist and discovers a surprise. The popped balloon hilariously re-inflated in his pants for a reason. The receptionist sees his balloon and turns out to be Pookie, (her name is actually Deb.) Oh Fate, you cheeky little minx.

Adorably awkward banter ensues. Kevin is being quirky and Deb is freaking out over wedding plans. We learn she and her childhood sweetheart, Ben, tied the knot when she was battling cancer. Now that she’s in remission, Ben wants to have a lavish wedding.

Yvette provides a Cyrano-style assist on wedding planning tips. Deb is very impressed with his knowledge. He volunteers to be their wedding planner or “wedding whisperer,” as Deb puts it. This should get really interesting!

Flower power.

Kevin skips out on his therapy session and heads to the flower shop with Deb. As he shows off with Yvette's savvy skills, Amy and Reese drive by. Basically, Kevin and Yvette have become wedding whisperers, while Amy and Reese have turned into stalkers. But both moonlighting gigs are for the greater good...This is all too cute! Ben is glad to have Kevin on board and they head inside the shop to make some important floral decisions. Suddenly, Yvette sees a familiar face beckoning her to come outside.
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Kevin skips out on his therapy session and heads to the flower shop with Deb. As he shows off with Yvette’s savvy skills, Amy and Reese drive by. Basically, Kevin and Yvette have become wedding whisperers, while Amy and Reese have turned into stalkers. But both moonlighting gigs are for the greater good…This is all too cute!

Ben is glad to have Kevin on board and they head inside the shop to make some important floral decisions. Suddenly, Yvette sees a familiar face beckoning her to come outside.

Celestial sisters.

Meet Ava, a fellow celestial being who's on earth to protect her righteous one. The only problem is, her subject is still missing. Yvette is the only one with a soul to guide and the other celestial guardians are getting restless. This is where the goosebumps kick-in. They fear there is some kind of force working against them. What could explain the other righteous beings' disappearance? This makes Kevin extra special. Why was he left behind? Did this mysterious force underestimate him the way everyone else seems to be doing? Things are going to get intense!
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Meet Ava, a fellow celestial being who’s on earth to protect her righteous one. The only problem is, her subject is still missing. Yvette is the only one with a soul to guide and the other celestial guardians are getting restless. This is where the goosebumps kick-in.

They fear there is some kind of force working against them. What could explain the other righteous beings’ disappearance?

This makes Kevin extra special. Why was he left behind? Did this mysterious force underestimate him the way everyone else seems to be doing? Things are going to get intense!

Don’t tell a lie and you might die.

Kevin returns home to find Dr. Sloane (wonderfully portrayed by Richard Masur) making a house-call and feels ambushed. He shrugs off the intervention, saying that he’s meeting friends and can’t stay. He bolts out of their before he says something he might regret, but Yvette still gives him a stern talking-to outside.

Her righteous guy is on the cusp of slipping up. Kevin can’t spill the celestial beans, so he needs to get better at lying. Yvette uses lightening as motivation. If he doesn’t produce a convincing lie or excuse, she’ll strike him. She flippantly defends her methods saying that people get struck by lightning and survive all the time, so it’s no biggie.

Whoa! There’s a reason why Yvette keeps correcting Kevin and saying that she is no angel. If she has a halo, it must be rusty. This guardian has come to get work done and isn’t having any of Kevin’s quirks. Luckily, he passes her test and doesn’t get electrocuted. Who knew Kevin’s guilty pleasure was “Say Yes to the Dress”? Hilarious!

Wedding bell blues.

Kevin meets with Deb to choose a signature cocktail for her wedding. That’s when he discovers the real mission: Deb doesn’t want to be married to Ben anymore and Kevin needs to help them break-up. That’s an awkward and unexpected twist!

The next day, Kevin pushes Deb to tell Ben the truth. He even drags Dr. Sloane along. He thinks he can bend the rules by showing Dr. Sloane what he’s been up to instead of saying what’s going on.

Just like Kevin can’t be forced to open up to his shrink, Deb shouldn’t be corned into confronting Ben. Even Dr. Sloane tells Kevin to back-off in the moment, but the righteous one won’t have it. Kevin sets Deb up to tell the truth and she surprisingly reveals that they’re having an affair instead. Ben packs a powerful punch and Kevin learns his lesson.

Dr. Sloane brings him a Popsicle to ice his bruise. He doesn’t know what’s going on with Kevin, but he’ll always be there. Kevin is more that just a patient, Dr. Sloane really likes him as a person and only wants the best for him. He’s only one call away. Awww!

Doctor knows best.

Something to always remember: take care of yourself. 

I really loved Dr. Sloane’s introduction onto the show. Masur is perfect for this role because I feel like he’s an actor we’ve all had a fondness for ever since ‘My Girl.’ He gives off a cool and comforting vibe that puts people at ease. So it is extra sweet to see him pull double-duty when he visits.

Dr. Sloane has a candid conversation with Amy. He’s not there to shrink her, but he does want to reassure her. Amy is not responsible for everyone and everything in their lives. What happened to Kevin is not her fault. Reese is a completely normal and good teenager. She needs to stop worrying so much about everybody else and she should start taking care of herself. It isn’t being selfish, it’s simply surviving.

I hope we see Dr. Sloane again because I want more scenes like this.

Amy comes clean.

While on a run with Nate, Amy reveals why she blames herself for Kevin's suicide attempt. Kevin called his sister on that day. For the first time, she saw his number and decided not to answer. He only calls when he needs something from her. Even after her husband died, Kevin didn't even call just to check on her and Reese. She finally had enough. Now, Amy is sick of everyone telling her that she's such a great sister because she feels like she failed her brother when he needed her the most. If only she answered the phone...But we all know that wondering "what if" never helps. Nate promises to keep her secret and tries reassuring her. She's said her piece and there's nothing anyone can say to make her feel better about it. Poor Amy! Hopefully, one day she'll stop blaming herself for what happened. She's always there and she cares for everyone all of the time. It's heartbreaking to see that the one time she goes against her instincts and embraces her anger, she ends up regretting it. We also understand why Amy kinda cringed whenever Dr. Sloane tried comforting her. He told her to take care of herself, but the last time she did - hey, we all know the feeling of self-preservation that kicks in when you choose to ignore a call - it ended up being the most important call Kevin probably ever made. Sigh.
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While on a run with Nate, Amy reveals why she blames herself for Kevin’s suicide attempt.

Kevin called his sister on that day. For the first time, she saw his number and decided not to answer. He only calls when he needs something from her. Even after her husband died, Kevin didn’t even call just to check on her and Reese. She finally had enough.

Now, Amy is sick of everyone telling her that she’s such a great sister because she feels like she failed her brother when he needed her the most. If only she answered the phone…But we all know that wondering “what if” never helps.

Nate promises to keep her secret and tries reassuring her. She’s said her piece and there’s nothing anyone can say to make her feel better about it.

Poor Amy! Hopefully, one day she’ll stop blaming herself for what happened. She’s always there and she cares for everyone all of the time. It’s heartbreaking to see that the one time she goes against her instincts and embraces her anger, she ends up regretting it.

We also understand why Amy kinda cringed whenever Dr. Sloane tried comforting her. He told her to take care of herself, but the last time she did – hey, we all know the feeling of self-preservation that kicks in when you choose to ignore a call – it ended up being the most important call Kevin probably ever made. Sigh.

Brotherly love.

Kevin can’t tell Amy the truth, so he spins a tale so convincing that even Yvette falls for his sob story. He says he planned to propose to his girlfriend right before she dumped him. That pushed him over the edge, since he was already at a low point in his life.

Now he’s trying to help others because it makes him feel better. It gives his life meaning and helps him work through his issues. He may not be able to fix his own life, but at least he can make others’ lives better. He knows it may seem weird to everyone else, but he has his reasons and hopes they can understand.

Kevin is about to say she that she is a great sister, but Amy cuts him off. She doesn’t want to hear it because she doesn’t feel like a great sister. Kevin stutters for a second and switches “sister” to “softball player.” Adorable!

Again, I love their scenes together! Ritter and Garcia-Swisher’s chemistry is fantastic. It is so sweet to see Kevin show appreciation for all of Amy’s efforts. He nicely bookends their chat, emphasizing how she truly is a great “softball player.” Amy blames herself, but I don’t think Kevin holds a grudge against her for it. I think he’s genuinely grateful.

This was another one of my favorite moments. This episode is full of phenomenal scenes!

Mission accomplished.

Kevin’s got that quirky cute thing going on. 

Eventually, Kevin brings Ben and Deb together to have an honest chat. She tells him the truth about how she loves him, but isn’t in love with him. Ben understands and admits he couldn’t really see her hooking-up with Kevin.

I’m all for patching things up, but they did they really have to rag on Kevin like that? So what if he doesn’t have a six-pack? He’s still lovable.

We’ve got your back Kev!

Spilling secrets.

Kevin has been growing closer to Kristin and Tyler since he’s returned home. At the end of the episode, he tells them the real reason why he came back home. This is the first time we’ve seen him talk about his suicide attempt so openly. It must be difficult, but it shows great progress.

Kristin appreciates his honesty and feels terrible about her girlfriend jab earlier that day. Tyler breaks the tension with a bizarre confession of his own. Soon they’re going around confessing embarrassing secrets.

It is perfectly fitting for the show’s tone and Ritter’s style. Heartbreaking and raw emotion, followed by gut-busting laughter.

‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ isn’t afraid to tackle hard-hitting subject matters, but they do it in a warm, compassionate and comforting way. They always manage to find levity in the midst of heavy conversations. That’s the magic of this series and it’s one of the main reasons why we desperately need it now.

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