TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: A Father’s Advice
Original Air Date: September 26, 2017
Episode Number: 2×01
The Big Three celebrate their 37th birthdays, and make changes in their lives; Jack and Rebecca pick up the pieces after their fight.
Welcome back, show! They almost got me with the opening shot of Randall holding that Asian baby and then they almost got me with Kate singing with the spotlight on her, but when it got to Kevin proposing to someone…I knew it was another fake out. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me thrice, shame on me.
This was a very good episode and I’m glad to see everyone back. Beth and Randall remain my favorite characters and couple because they are more interesting than anyone else on the show. Their storyline in this episode was also my favorite and I loved how they resolved their differences of opinion in regards to adoption.
Beth is a freaking genius. Her solution really was for the best because it took into account what Randall wanted and what she wanted. She didn’t want to have to go into all the trouble of raising a baby so she was anti-adoption. Randall wants to adopt a baby. They met in the middle and both come out with a reasonable solution that worked for both of them.
Loved Randall’s speech to Beth about them being perfect and imperfectly perfect. This was a beautiful speech and just made me fall in love with them and their relationship even more. They really are perfect for each other. Should be interesting to see how the new addition to their family is going to affect their dynamic. I’m going to guess that it’s not going to be smooth-sailing and that they’ll end up with a troubled kid at first whom they will help turn his/her life around.
I get Toby’s frustrations about Kevin and Kate’s close bond, but I also get Kevin’s view of things. It’s going to take him time to let Kate do her own thing and not always be there for her now that she has Toby. Of course Toby would want himself to be the one Kate turns to first for everything instead of Kevin, but that doesn’t happen overnight. He just has to be patient about it.
I liked the resolution to Kate’s audition and I had a feeling that the director or whoever that guy was would have that girl sing and prove herself that she’s up there because she is that good. This is good motivation for Kate to hone her craft and try again some other time. One nitpick though: can we have less storylines focusing on Kate’s weight? There’s more to her than just her weight. Let her have this journey about getting better at singing without having to bring up her weight (or at least try to limit it).
Kevin seems to be in a good place career-wise and relationship-wise so that was good to see. Having his face on that cake was creepy, lol. Loved Sophie showing up in the end to surprise him and that they’re still together and seem to be quite happy.
Jack admitting to Rebecca that he has a drinking problem was heartbreaking and I think Milo was fantastic during this scene. Rebecca insisting that he go home with her and that they need to fix this problem together was smart. She’s so right. The last thing Jack needs is to fix this problem alone with no support system.
And of course we got that last scene with their burned house. Shocking. Was that how Jack died? How many weeks/years have passed since Rebecca went to pick up Jack from Miguel’s place? How much time is left do they have with Jack?
Lastly, it was awesome to see William again even though it was only in a flashback. At first I was so confused because I was pretty sure he died last season so how was it possible that he’s back, lol. I hope he shows up throughout the season because I miss his relationship with Beth. Their one scene together was definitely one of my favorite scenes in this episode.