The Oct. 25 episode of ‘This Is Us’ is a real tear-jerker. We finally learn what happen to Jack, Kevin and William bond, and Kate reveals a very special tradition.
JACK & REBECCA
Rebecca grew up knowing that she did not want to be like her mother. Her mother had waited on her father hand and foot her entire life. She did not want to be that girl. Well, she grows up and finds herself in an eerily similar situation when she’s with Jack. If there’s one thing she isn’t going to be, it’s clueless about football. She becomes obsessed with football just as much as Jack. She’s totally preoccupied with living in the now, not thinking about kids whatsoever. But Jack is.
Everything comes to a head between Jack and Rebecca as the Steelers play in the Super Bowl. Miguel and his wife join them. They’re complaining constantly about their kid, and Rebecca continues her anti-kid dialogue. Jack is not happy about it. He’s distracted the entire game. He brings the issue up and she tries to blow it off. He won’t let it go. She plays it off as innocent jokes, but he doesn’t buy it.
He talks about their future and wanting more than just them. That’s when Rebecca flips. She is adamant about not being one of those women whose sole purpose is to be a mom. She wants to be more than that.
Jack and Rebecca finally talk — really talk — as the Steelers lock in a Super Bowl win. Rebecca admits she’s upset that she hasn’t made more of herself, but she does envision kids in their future. Jack, being the best husband ever, apologizes to Rebecca for pressuring her. “I just want you,” he tells her. Swoon.
KEVIN & RANDALL
Kevin has completely taken over Randall’s house. All of the attention is on him. Beth and Randall, quite frankly, have already had enough of it. They ask him when he’s leaving. Kevin relents that he doesn’t want to go back to his hotel. The hotel is great and all, but he’s lonely there. Randall offers to take room with Beth for the night. They deserve a night out.
Kevin thinks he’s going to be able to work on the play, but the girls come in wanting him to be a celebrity judge in their Barbie fashion show. Instead of play time, Kevn has the girls and William help him rehearse his play. How very Kevin of him. The practicing doesn’t go as planned. He ends up telling the girls that their parents will eventually die. As kids who don’t understand what death truly means, this is a major fail on Kevin’s part.
Meanwhile, Randall is all kinds of excited about his hotel stay with Beth. He think they’re going to have sex, order room service and watch Florence Foster Jenkins. Beth ruins his mood by telling him she’s late. She can’t bring herself to buy a pregnancy test. Randall thinks the future he had planned for them after the girls went off the college is over. He had been planning an early retirement in Charleston, but never ran that by Beth. As they wait for the results, Randall admits that having a son wouldn’t be the worst thing. They eventually find out Beth’s not pregnant.
After the girls went to their room, Kevin dives deep into a scene. He quickly gets frustrated with himself. “You do that a lot — doubt yourself,” William tells Kevin. William goes on and on about how much he loved Kevin on The Manny. Kevin may not have thought highly of the show, but many others did.
“I never should have left that show,” Kevin confesses. “I’m not cut out for theater.” Andddd he’s back to square one. Doubt is a vicious cycle.
KATE & TOBY
Kate and Toby are in a good place. They’ve been spending a lot of time together, but Toby has no idea about Kate’s Sunday night football tradition. When he asks if he can join her to watch the game, she says it’s something she has to do alone.
At one of their weight meeting, Toby passes her a sweet note asking her to come to his Steelers party. Boy, he does not give up. Kate simply can’t resist. Unfortunately, he invites a friend and the night is a disaster. She ends up leaving Toby’s place after Toby paused the game in the middle of a crucial place. Wrong move, Toby.
Later, Kate finally explains why she watches the Steelers alone. She used to watch the games with her dad. When she moved to LA, she got out of the habit of watching until 2006, when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Toby is glad Kate’s being honest and open with him and wants to meet Jack.
That’s when Kate grabs the urn on her mantle. She introduces Toby to her father, whose ashes are sitting in the urn. Football is and always will be a big deal for Kate. That’s how she stays close to her father. Just because someone is not physically alive anymore doesn’t mean they’re not there. Kate and Toby and Jack watch the Steelers game together. I love how accepting Toby is of Kate. No matter what she throws at him, he’s always game to catch it.
Get Ready To Cry
Kevin goes to the girls’ room and apologizes for upsetting them. He gives them the painting he made when he read the play for the first time. He doesn’t like to tell a lot of people that he paints, I think to not let people know how sensitive he is. He explains that life is like a painting, full of wonder and possibility. Once something has been painted, it’s there forever. It never goes away. As Kevin unleashes his thoughts about the painting and life in a beautiful speech, the audience begins to realize that Kevin is way more complex than we originally thought.
“People will die in our lives,” he says. “People that we love. In the future, maybe tomorrow, maybe years from now. I mean it’s kind of beautiful, right? if you think about it. The fact that just because someone dies just because you can’t see or talk to them anymore. It doesn’t mean they’re not still in the painting. I think maybe that’s the point of the whole thing. There’s no dying. There’s no you or me or them. It’s just us. And this sloppy, wild, colorful, magical thing that has no beginning and no end, is right here. I think it’s us.”
As Kevin’s speech continues, we see Randall packing up William’s things. We all knew it was coming. Randall sits on the bed mourning the loss of his father, the man he desperately needed more time with. That’s the really awful thing about life. There’s never enough time. Thankfully, William was able to meet his son and unburden himself of the guilt he’s kept for leaving him at a fire station 36 years ago.
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