‘This Is Us’ came back this week with an episode that was even stronger than the pilot. On the Sept. 27 episode, Jack and Rebecca fight for their marriage, Kevin struggles to face the consequences of what he’s done, and the show drops a shocking twist that will leave you speechless.
JACK & REBECCA
The last time we saw Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), they were just babies. Now they’re kids, and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) is being pulled every which way that’s expected when juggling 3 children. Kate’s struggle with her weight begins at an early age. While Kevin and Randall are given cereal, Rebecca has a cantaloupe and cottage cheese ready for Kate. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) comes in and pours cereal all over her cantaloupe and Rebecca’s parenting.
It’s obvious that things aren’t great between Jack and Rebecca. There’s a lot that’s being left unsaid between them. It’s not easy raising 3 kids. Someone’s got to be the hero, the other the villain. And in this case, Jack is the hero and Rebecca’s the villain.
Instead of going to work and going home, Jack opts to spend parts of his day drinking. His co-worker Miguel harps on Jack about how good he’s got it with Rebecca. Miguel tells Jack that he married up, and he shouldn’t give Rebecca a reason to realize that.
Rebecca’s waiting for Jack when he gets home. He’s brought home a peace offering so they can get back on track. For Rebecca, it’s going to take more than a piece of jewelry to solve their problems. Rebecca feels like she’s the only one giving her all to raising their 3 kids. She’s there, he’s not. “When you’re home and you’re you, you’re way better than I am,” she confesses.
He keeps getting home later and later, and she notices. He’s disappearing. She tells him that the drinking has to stop. She doesn’t just tell him. She demands he fix his problem now. If he doesn’t, she will leave him and take their kids. But those are the words she leaves unsaid.
Jack sleeps outside their bedroom door that night. He refuses to sleep on the couch because he doesn’t want to be far from Rebecca. He vows to stop drinking. “I can,” he says. “For you. I will.” He admits that when he first met her, he knew he “wanted to be the man to make you happy.” He agrees to be the best father he can be, and an even better husband. All she’s ever wanted is for him to be the man she knows he can be.
He gives her a crescent moon necklace, and she promises she’ll never take it off. After a brief hiccup, their marriage is back on track. After a brief moment of silence, their kids come running out of their rooms.
William’s only been around a few days, and Beth wants to know how long this is going to last. You can tell Randall doesn’t want to give up on William just yet. However, when William talks openly about his former drug issues with Randall and Beth’s two young daughters, there’s some cause for concern.
William stresses that he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome. He asks for money, and Randall gives it to him without even thinking. Later that night, William comes home late, and Beth thinks he’s doing drugs again.
Beth can’t take it any more. She has to talk to William. She asks him if he’s really sick. William had talked to the girls about vices, and she wants William to know that Randall’s not free of them. He has a compulsive drive to do good and believe in the good in people. She comes right out and says he’s overstaying, but Randall interrupts Beth before she can go any further. William spills on why he’s out of the house all day. He has a cat that he needs to feed. Even though he’s got everything he could ever want with Randall and his family, he can’t abandon the cat. Not like he abandoned Randall.
KEVIN & KATE
Kevin goes to meet with his team to find out what’s next for him after he quit The Manny. Katey Sagal guest stars as Laney, one of his agents. She rips him a new one about quitting. He’s contractually bound to the show for another 2 years, and there’s really no way out. She wants Kevin to go to an exclusive party and basically beg for his job back. He goes to Kate for advice. She pumps him up and he tells her, “What did I ever do those first 2 minutes without you?”
Kate’s serious about losing the weight. Very serious. Toby is staying by her side, but he’s only half-assing it. Unfortunately, it’s paying off for Toby and not Kate. “How are you losing weight and I’m not?” she asks Toby. Toby’s able to crack a joke and move on, but getting Kate to forget about her weight is not something that’s going to happen, no matter how hard he tries.
Kate and Toby go to the party with Kevin. At first, Kate is a little hesitant about the whole thing. When she first hits the dance floor with Toby, she sees other guests laughing at her. Toby could care less what other people think. After more than a few tequila shots, neither does Kate.
Meanwhile, Kevin does exactly what Laney tells him NOT to do. He begs the network president (Brad Garrett) to let him out of his contract. The network president ultimately doesn’t care one iota about Kevin or his career. He’s just coasting until he can retire. But the exit of a major sitcom star would raise eyebrows, and he doesn’t want that. He tells Kevin he will “Nagasaki his life” if he tries to make the situation worse. With that said, Kevin walks away.
Kevin calls Randall, the logical one, when he’s unable to decide what to do next. Kevin and Randall haven’t always had the best relationship. They grew up in a time when having an adopted brother that was African American wasn’t accepted. Since Kevin is obsessed with image, this really got under his skin.
He wants Randall to tell him what to do. Kevin is muddled with the thoughts of what other people are telling him to do, so he can’t even make a decision of his own. He admits he’s been a bad brother. Randall calms Kevin down with “The Big Three” saying that their dad taught them years ago.
Where In The World Is Jack?
Once the tequila has worn off, Kate’s back to thinking about her weight. She confesses to Toby that it’s always going to be about the weight for her. It invades every aspect of her life, and she just can’t change what she feels in her core. Her confession is an honest one. Not many people have the guts to talk about what really troubles them deep down in inside so openly.
Meanwhile, Kevin tells the execs to screw themselves. He announces that he wants to do theater and reveals he’s moving to NYC.
Everything’s settled in Randall’s house, but everything’s about to change. Grandma and grandpa arrive, but they’re not who you’re expecting. There’s Rebecca, and she’s still wearing the necklace that Jack gave her, but she’s married to MIGUEL! What has happened? How can this be? I already hate Miguel, and I don’t even have a reason why. What happened to Jack?! Is he dead?!
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