We’re getting ready to explore the early stages of Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s, which will eventually lead us to that moment in the future where the family gathered around her bedside.
Just thinking about how This Is Us tackles storylines and how they’ll handle this one makes me emotional.
Randall spent the day with his mom for a little bit of R&R (Randall and Rebecca time), but things were much different than they used to be.
Rebecca wasn’t acting like herself and she was forgetful. The fact that she’d lost her iPhone before meant that this wasn’t the first time something like this was happening.
Randall picked up on it right away, but when he confronted Rebecca, she was defensive and irritable. Refusing to get help is going to lead to Rebecca getting lost on the fall finale.
The R&R of the present-day paralleled that of Rebecca and Randall’s day together when the Big Three was already in college. Randall was still taking care of his mother than and promised to help her find a job.
When he realized she didn’t land the job interview due to lack of experience, he vouched for her to the boss who took him up on the idea and gave her a chance.
Randall has always been the son who connected so easily with his mother.
There was a brief nod to Kate’s relationship with the older record store guy that no one liked, but we’ve yet to explore the toxic nature of their relationship that was teased.
In the present day, Kate struggled with Toby’s decision to put his gym time before the family and then felt guilty about allowing Jack to eat his first solid food when Toby wasn’t around.
Their relationship has been filled with lies for a while now and though the truth eventually comes out, it would have been easier without the lie in the first place.
Will this be what drives them apart?
Or will they overcome all of this and emerge stronger than ever?
Speaking of strength, Nicky found his just in time for his court trial.
When the judge asked him if he regretted throwing the chair through the Veteran’s building, Nicky’s “not really” was classic and brutally honest.
But it was also beautiful.
Nicky wasn’t sorry because it’s the moment that not only made him become sober but also got his life on track and brought him closer to his nephew, Kevin.
In the process, he learned to forgive himself.
Is it strange that I’m really digging the Kevin, Cassidy, and Nicky trio and don’t want things to change?
I refuse to believe Cassidy is going to go back to her husband because her happy ending is with Kevin.
Hopefully, she realizes that he’s the only one to ever see her and she tags along for Thanksgiving with the Pearson clan.
If we have Nicky, Cassidy, AND Deja’s mother, Shauna, coming to Thanksgiving, there’s no telling what to expect.
And can I just say I’m so glad Beth is the kind of foster mother who encourages Deja to see her birth mother? Yes, it took Malik to make her aware that they’ve neglected that relationship, but she was so supportive once she realized the error of her ways.
It seemed like Kevin was surely going to go down a downward spiral once Nicky called him a wrecking ball for sleeping with Cassidy.
Kevin’s always been so hard on himself when he doesn’t have to be. We’re human, we make mistakes.
But Nicky and Cassidy were able to get him back on track rather quickly, which again, speaks to the power of being surrounded by people who understand you.
Cassidy has to be the person Kevin’s is with in the future, right? She has to be.
Seeing Nicky juxtaposed with Jack’s image was so powerful.
Jack passed so many years ago, but he still plays a huge role in Kevin’s life and he looks up to him and wants to impress him.
Nicky has many similarities to Jack, and I think Kevin likes knowing he’s closer to his father if even just for a minute.
What did you think about the episode?
Will Cassidy and Kevin end up together?
Will Toby and Kate split?
How will they help Rebecca?