What did all the storylines have in common on This Is Us Season 4 Episode 6?
Golf and sex.
Yeah, you read that right.
When an episode starts with Kate asking Toby to “promise her they’ll always be hot for each other,” there are valid reasons for concerns especially with break-up rumors constantly circulating around the couple.
The snippiness was a direct result of not making love to each other for precisely 9 months and 23 days. Tobe’s been counting.
Here’s the thing about getting in the mood — you cannot force it.
No matter how much Toby wanted to make love to his wife, a little incident with his much-too-big pants threw him off his game.
And until he confronted Kate about why she asked him to hang onto the pants (was it because she thought he’d gain the weight back or because she wanted him to gain the weight back), he couldn’t get in the mood.
Of course, this led to Kate asking if she was the problem, which Toby was already trying to avoid.
As much as I understand Kate’s insecurities, she’s her own worst enemy. Toby’s weight loss had nothing to do with her body and didn’t somehow translate into disgust for her body all of a sudden.
They eventually found their groove just before the grandparents brought baby Jack home.
There wasn’t any mention of the new mystery of This Is Us surrounding a possible abusive relationship in Kate’s past.
It’s unclear how they’re going to bring the storyline back up, but know it’s coming eventually.
One of my pet peeves with this show is how they introduce something and then leave us hanging for weeks on end. It’s frustrating.
During the last episode, Milo Ventimiglia got behind the camera in his biggest role yet as a director of the episode.
And despite comments that we may start seeing less of Jack, there was plenty of story development around his character.
Even in the past, Jack’s an intricate character that has layers upon layers to peel back.
The lessons he learned while playing golf with Rebecca’s dad came up while he was teaching Randall to play golf and then again in the present when Randall was wooing the councilman on the turf.
The best twist of the episode was the revelation that Randall was a damn good golf player thanks to his dad.
After listening to his concerns about being a young black man, Jack taught young Randall to play so that he’d always be able to find himself in any situation.
And Randall utilized that to his advantage by pretending not to know how to play so that the councilman would take pity on him, feel responsible for teaching him something, and then agree to talk about his plans for a grocery store.
Honestly, Randall’s too smart for his own good. Jack knew that he was going to become somebody important one day.
Seeing Jack struggle with Randall’s identity is giving us a whole new storyline for the patriarch and deepens his connection with his adoptive son.
While Jack may not see color when looking at Randall, it’s a fact that cannot be overlooked.
Randall’s response telling Jack that he “doesn’t see him” was powerful and may have just changed the course of Randall’s relationship with his parents.
Randall is forcing them to confront his race head-on alongside his teacher, Mr. Lawrence, who Randall has sort of adopted as a role model.
You can’t blame him. Since he was a young boy, Randall wanted to find people who looked like him. He’s always wanted to deepen this part of himself.
All of Jack’s past storylines with Rebecca’s father fill me with anger while simultaneously making me so damn proud of our boy.
Jack was obviously intimidated, which is why he took down all of those G&T’s, but he also had the backbone to fight for himself and for Rebecca.
Jack’s comments about marrying his daughter, having a good job, a nice house, and a yard full of kids were almost prophetic, but the cherry on top was his redirected question: “do you see yourself there?”
In the modern-day, we’d call that a sick burn.
As we know, the wedding Rebecca’s father had in mind for her wasn’t the wedding she and Jack had at all.
Her father was a pompous ass who pitied Jack but played it off as trying to “help him.”
And then, the moment we’ve been waiting for between Kevin and Cassidy finally happened, and it was a huge turning point in Kevin’s storyline.
Right after having the kids talk, Kevin and Cassidy hooked up adding fuel to the theory that she’s the woman he has a family with in the future when Rebecca is lying on her deathbed.
It would also explain why Nicky is there holding Rebecca’s hand in her final moments.
Nicky played a huge role in Kevin and Cassidy’s meeting, and he’s developed a very important relationship with Kevin.
As much as he wants to deny it, he needs Kevin and enjoys having him just a trailer away.
I’ll also say that I’m so glad Cassidy swung by Kevin’s trailer when she did because having him hook up with Donna would have been a grave mistake.
Everything that Kevin has gone through — trying to make amends with his uncle, meeting Cassidy, dealing with his addiction head-on — has given him purpose and made him a better man.
The advice he dished out to Cassidy about “seeing things in the war” and “being human” was impressive. He’s noticed something in Cassidy that her husband, who was there for her struggles, failed to see.
He’s hands down the best character on the series right now and living up to his full potential.
What did you think of the episode?