New revelations were revealed and big changes were made on the Nov. 1 episode of ‘This Is Us.’ Jack and Rebecca learn Randall is gifted, Kevin is forced to confront his feelings, and a shocking rift in the family is revealed.
JACK & REBECCA
Jack gets up and goes to work every day, while Rebecca stays home with the kids. At first, he just has a construction job. When he starts doing the finances, he realizes he has to do something more to support his family and decides to get a desk job to make more money.
The monotony of the day-to-day at the office is mind-numbingly dull for Jack. He admits to Miguel that he’s ready to start his own business, one that will let him spend more time with his kids. The office job is suffocating, and Jack has to get out.
When Jack sees his family, his eyes light up. Rebecca shows Jack Randall’s report card and tells him that Randall’s teacher wants to see them. The teacher reveals that Randall is gifted. Rebecca and Jack have no idea what that means.
They go to the school that Randall’s teacher gave them to visit. Jack is immediately worried about how Randall would fit in at Hanes Academy. He calls the kids “little Nazi robots.” Jack also uses this little one-on-one time to tell Rebecca that he wants to leave his office job to start his own business. But with Randall needing to go to this school, Jack doesn’t think it’s the right time. Jack is so selfless. Rebecca actually thinks it’s a great idea. “I just don’t want you to be unhappy,” she tells him.
When Jack goes to pick up Randall at a friend’s house, he asks the friend’s mom what to do. Jack can’t stand the thought of Randall feeling more different than he already does. The mom offers up a new angle — that Jack’s holding Randall back. Randall shouldn’t be denied any opportunity because of the color of his skin.
Jack takes Randall to work, which Randall loves. Randall knows the answers to tough math questions almost immediately, but will fake not knowing the answer. Jack demands to know why. “I don’t want to be different from them,” Randall cries, talking about Kevin and Kate.
Sidenote: Milo Ventimiglia continues to prove how much of a powerhouse he is on this show. He carries This Is Us, and this scene between Jack and young Randall is simply breathtaking.
Jack tells Randall that he wants him to stand out and not fade into the background. Randall can’t hold himself back because of what others think. He has to feel free to be who he truly is, and Jack understands that now. With that, Jack helps Randall fix his tie and takes him to Hanes Academy to start a new journey.
William is still around, so it seems that scene of Randall mourning his father in the last episode was a flash forward. Career day is right around the corner for Randall’s oldest daughter, Tessa, and she wants Kevin or William to speak. To her, Daddy has a boring job as a weather trader, whatever that means. Randall is crushed.
Randall takes career day very seriously. He practices his speech in front of Beth. It doesn’t go very well. He starts to wonder if he was meant to be a musician or an artist. He takes everything too far at career day. He decides to perform a song about his job. He plays the piano, even though he has no idea how to play. He’s a terrible singer. It’s just a cringe-worthy situation. Tessa is mortally embarrassed. Such a dad move, Randall.
Later, he makes sure the family knows that he loves his job. Being a weather trader is challenging and exciting for him. Even though his job doesn’t seem as exciting as being a musician or on The Manny, he’s still proud to do what he does every day.
Kevin is still having a tough time with the play. There’s a certain scene where Kevin’s character is supposed to be grieving the loss of his wife that has Kevin holding back. Erin invites him to a party, but it’s actually a memorial service. The service is a test, a scene, for Kevin to act in. He has to act like someone who belongs there or risk being exposed.
Later, Kevin has a moment with the widow. They talk about what the death of someone you love means. When a loved one goes from being referred to in the present tense to solely in the past tense, it’s tough to accept. It’s funny how just a few simple words can carry so much weight. Kevin admits to the woman that when his dad died he threw his airplane models that he used to make with his dad away. He doesn’t know why he did it. But we all know why. Kevin’s really good at pushing away his feelings in fear of looking weak. The only thing Kevin’s kept of his father’s is his necklace.
Kevin meets up with Erin and comes clean about why he’s been holding back. His father died, and he’s never really dealt with it. She asks him why he pushes the pain away. Kevin doesn’t really know. The two end up kissing, and that’s the end of that conversation — for now. When they meet for rehearsal the next day, Erin swears it will never happen again. She wants Kevin to use the emotions he’s feeling to fuel his performance.
Kate finally gets a new job that doesn’t involve her brother or her boyfriend’s ex-wife. Unfortunately, she realizes her employer may have only hired her because of her weight. The daughter of Kate’s boss tells her that to her face. A furious Kate leaves the daughter on the side of the road.
After her boss comes clean about why she hired her, Kate sets down some rules. Kate does end up having a conversation with the daughter. Kate admits that she constantly compared herself to her mother, which was seen in a flashback, and she took it out on her mom. Now they barely talk. So Rebecca and Kate do not have a good relationship at the moment, which is not surprising. They have yet to share a scene in the present. But Kate does hint that she regrets where she stands with her mother. Words can be fleshed out when you’re face-to-face, but when someone’s gone, words can’t be taken back or said to fix things. Hopefully Kate and Rebecca realize this before it’s too late.
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