Chrissy Metz teases him right: The secret from Kate’s past that we learn about this week This is us is difficult and definitely helps us understand why Jack and Rebecca’s daughter may have turned to food as a coping mechanism.
In addition, Kevin has a difficult week trying to impress a new director (who I THINK of, but we’ll get to that in a minute) and Randall inadvertently gets fined fiiiiine viral sensation thanks to Malik … which ultimately brings us a little closer to solving the first mystery of the season: is Laurel still alive?
Read about the highlights of “Honestly.”
GO FOR A CHECK Spa | Let’s start with the flashback, which chronicles the era in which Rebecca and Jack have to sleep, to train little Kevin to sleep at night. As often happens, the process is difficult and filled with sobs on all sides. But Jack insists that their boy needs to learn how to survive on his own, even though Rebecca protests that she needs them. Eventually, just as she is about to enter his room and stop screaming, Kevin calms down. Good luck in your sleep training!
GOALS OF GRIDIRON | Now we’re skipping ahead when the Big Three are in high school, and Kevin’s coach thinks it can be a great thing if he just buckles up and gets involved – including learning the game book. This time, Rebecca pulls Jack aside and worries that all the weight training, workouts, and football are exhausting their son, and Jack agrees … but says it’s worth it if the exhaustion is for something Kevin loves. Still, Rebecca is about to let Kevin leave – prompting Jack to tell her she made it a little “soft” – when she notices that Kev is working with Randall on a training system that will help him learn the plays.
ATTA BATTLE | At the moment, Kevin arrives on the sound stage to meet his family Glass eye co-star Ava (played by Lovecraft Countrythe fox woman (Jamie Chung) and project director Jordan Martin Foster, who instantly became my enemy when he instructed Kevin to refer to their endeavor as “a movie, not” a movie. As they review the script, Foster falls in love with Eva, but is extremely cold to Kevin. Then Kevin pulls the director aside and wonders what he can do to make things right. “I didn’t realize you were the kind of guy who needed Ata-boy,” Jordan tells him, adding a lot of patronage about how Kevin is a good actor, but can be great.
And instead of being “anything”, Kevin and his story of soft softness take the comment to heart. So tonight he uses Randall’s color-coded map system to learn the script for the film. And Foster sends him an Atta-Boy gift basket, so … right?
KATE’S DISEASE | Kate accompanies Ellie on her ultrasound and accidentally refers to the baby as Chloe, also known as the name she would like to give the child if the adoption is over. When Ellie stiffens, it becomes clear that this is a painful place for her. So Kate apologizes outside, and Ellie tells her that a high school classmate who tried to prevent her then-devastated husband from dating her is named Chloe. She then admits that she was really devastated by the pregnancy and almost terminated it earlier in the year. “It wasn’t the right choice for me,” she said, adding that she had thought about it all her life – except for Toby and Kate.
Later that night, Ellie’s revelation prompts Kate to tell Toby about something she had previously kept secret: When she was a teenager, after she and Mark broke up, she realized she was pregnant.
EVERYTHING HALF | As part of a civic mission, Malik overshadows Randall at work. His big task: Run a live broadcast of Randall’s regular online newsletter with voters. Everything is going well until Malik’s mother calls at the end of the show and the teenager is distracted by her questions about General’s dental problems. So Malik ignores his live stop after Randall stops talking – although Randall is unaware of this fact. GULP. The councilor performs his next task, also known as changing clothes to run, so everyone who watches takes his shirt, a crazy dance around, as he takes off his shirt and folds it.
At home, Deja and Tess watch and go crazy. Eventually, Deja reaches Malik and he immediately stops the flow. He apologizes a lot and makes Randall realize how focused he is on Janelle and how he has big plans that will allow her to have a great life of her own. Randall was so impressed that he stopped hiring Malik as an intern at City Hall.
Jaewon called later: The newsletter he had chosen went viral. And when the grandfather living in the boat we met at the premiere of the season clicks on him, he’s less focused on Randall’s pecks and more concerned about Randall’s mention of his birth father. The name William Hill sounds clear to him, which brings us a little closer to understanding Laurel’s whereabouts.
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