TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: Déjà Vu
Original Air Date: October 10, 2017
Episode Number: 2×03
Kate visits Kevin on the set of his movie. Randall and Beth get exciting news. Rebecca tries to reconnect with Jack.
Really good episode with two emotional scenes with Randall (adult and teen) and with Kevin. I started to tear up just as Randall was starting his speech to Deja. I don’t know why, but Sterling K. Brown has such an effect and he just pulls at my heartstrings every time he has an emotional scene coming up. It broke my heart when Deja stormed out like that and dropped the picture frame of Randall and his parents. I thought it was going to be hunky-dory from there and then he dropped the bombshell about Deja’s mom. It’s going to be tough, but I think the Pearsons will make for a good influence on Deja’s life, no matter how long or short she’ll end up staying with them.
Absolutely loved Annie’s flashback to William’s first night at their house. That was a great scene as was her reaction when Deja echoed what William said: “This house is crazy.” I can’t wait to see how the sisters’ relationship with Deja will be like. Annie offering Deja to sleep in the reading chair in their room was very sweet.
Not much of Beth, but the little of what we got, was still excellent. Her teasing Randall not to get excited when the landline rang was very cute. Her reaction to Randall calling her “my super fine wife” was adorable. Loved her saying “thank you” when Deja apologized to her for calling her a bitch. I love Beth. Yes, I have to say it on all of my comments.
Poor Kevin. He’s obviously still traumatized and deeply affected by Jack’s death and has buried all his feelings underneath because he doesn’t want to admit that he’s affected by it and that he doesn’t want to deal with them. I got pretty teary when Sly was talking to him about Jack. In fact, both of Sly’s scenes with Kevin and Kate were very good. I take back what I thought earlier about this being stunt casting. I do want to know, though, if Sly is a big fan of the show and wanted to be on it or if someone is a big fan and wanted him to be on it.
The Kevin/Kate twin fight was ugly and I cringed when Kevin said “I don’t need to walk around and be sad and damaged just because you are” to Kate. Ouch. Harsh, man. But they made up and it’s okay for now. Kevin just has to talk to someone, preferably Kate, about Jack. Dreading the foreshadowed addiction storyline with Kevin with Kate looking at the urn where Jack’s ashes are kept and saying “He’s just like you” and cutting to Kevin taking pain medication for his bum knee.
Really liked the scenes with the three teen siblings and how Kate and Kevin accompanied Randall when he met up with the woman who said she was his biological mom. I knew right away the letter was a scam so it wasn’t a surprise to see that she’s white and was only there to extort Randall for money. It was also nice to see the twins come to Randall’s room and ask him how he’s doing.
Not much to say about the Jack and Rebecca scenes except that it was nice and realistic. I don’t remember there being a dog in season one, but apparently it was there and this is how they got a dog. I was so annoyed when Rebecca threw away the burgers (even though I’m vegetarian) because who the hell throws away perfectly good burgers?! And on top of that, she was littering! Granted, it’s her lawn, but still.