This is Us – Season 2 – Episode 5 - “Brothers”
Kate tells Toby that she’s pregnant and he’s extremely happy about it. He proves it later on in the episode by doing some ridiculous dance and leaping over the counter of a coffee shop. It’s actually his moment to release his excitement because Kate was concerned that this pregnancy, possibly, not being carried to full term because of her age, her weight and bad luck. She cautioned Toby that they shouldn’t get too excited. She didn’t want to tell anyone about the pregnancy until she was further along.
But she blurted it out after she ran the back end of her car into Madison’s car. Madison is a petite sized woman from Kate’s group who Kate (again)
finds annoying and accuses her of only joining the group of obese people to make herself look good. But after the minor car accident, Madison checks to see if Kate is okay, Kate is emotional and says she’s pregnant. Madison congratulates her and hugs her through the window. I doubt these two will be besties after this, or rather I’d be surprised. Maybe now Kate will see that even though Madison is thin, she has her own issues with body image and weight.
While Jack is away with the boys (young Randall & Kevin)
camping, Rebecca receives a call from the nursing home her father-in-law (Stanley)
is in. They’re trying to contact Jack to let him know that Stanley is extremely ill. Rebecca calls the campgrounds with no luck in contacting Jack. She and (young)
Kate, who were supposed to have a “girls weekend”, head to the nursing home instead. Once there, we learn that this is the first time that Rebecca is meeting Jack’s father.
After Randall puts their tent up successfully, Kevin pulls it down, with Randall in it. This upsets Randall and Jack, who chastises Kevin for it. Jack reminds him that he shouldn’t be mean to Randall and as brothers, they should be able to rely on one another more than anyone else in the world.
While Kevin is serving out his punishment in the tent, Jack and Randall are roasting hotdogs. Randall is concerned that Kevin may be hungry too and Jack tells him not to worry about it.
Finally, Rebecca is able to tell Jack about his father when a Park Ranger finds Jack, who then tells Rebecca that he’s going to stay with the boys instead of going to see his father.
When Jack steps away to talk to Rebecca, young Kevin takes a break from playing his Gameboy and he finds Randall’s notepad on his sleeping bag. Kevin reads Randall’s notes on what not to do to make Kevin mad or annoy him. One of those things is “do not to ask Kevin to play with is game boy”.
Rebecca returns to Stanley’s room, informing him that Jack isn’t coming. Before she leaves, she tells Stanley that Jack is a good man and father.
When Jack gets back to camp, Kevin and Randall are sitting together, roasting marshmallows. This is a happy sight for Jack.I’m a bit sad that Randall kept notes so that he could avoid doing anything wrong to Kevin. This seems in line with him needing to be liked.
Sophie (Kevin’s ex-wife and now girlfriend)
and Kevin are attending a gala for charity. While at Randall’s house, Kevin has run out of his painkillers and becomes desperate. He tells Randall that he is up for auction as a celebrity guest date and suggests that Randall may be jealous about it. Randall assures Kevin that not only is he not
jealous, but also that there isn’t a black man who’d ever be jealous of being auctioned.
Because of babysitting issues, Beth and Randall decline the invitation to the gala only to have Deja express that she’d like to go. She is a fan of the Manny. So Randall decides to take her. At the gala, Kevin is leaving numerous messages for his doctor to refill his prescription. Deja and Randall are eating shrimp cocktail and when Deja is about to eat the shelled-tail, Randall quickly grabs her in an attempt to prevent her from eating and then choking. Deja is obviously startled and takes off to the bathroom. Randall follows.
Randall is standing outside of the woman’s bathroom when Kevin walks up after failing to reach his doctor. Kevin asks why he’s standing there and Randall explains the situation and how he’s tempted to barge into the bathroom. He knows it’s a bad idea, but he needs to fix this. After some back and forth Randall eventually goes into the bathroom. Deja is hiding away in a stall. She asks Randall if he's going to stand there forever and he replies “yep”. She finally opens up to him, telling him that at her last foster home (which was the worst)
she and other kids were hit with rolled up magazines. She cautions him about grabbing her like that.
Sophie is completely humiliated when she announces Kevin as the celebrity date for the auction and he is nowhere to be found. Kevin later finds her sitting alone and angry. He tells her he
shouldn’t have come in the first place and that he is tired. I don’t think he’s off the hook with her but nothing more could be done at that moment. I’m hoping that, since Sophie is a nurse or works in the medical field, she is picking up on Kevin’s behavior, drinking and profuse sweating.
Throughout the episode, we flashback to Jack as a kid, with his father Stanley. They’re going on their own fishing trip and Jack is excited. Things don’t go as planned when Stanley stops off at a bar, leaving Jack in the car waiting. Jack’s hoping his dad is coming back so they can get on to that fishing trip but all hopes are dashed with each drink his father takes.
Suddenly a little boy wearing glasses appears from the back seat asking where “dad” is. Okay??? So, Jack has a little brother named Nicky.
Adult Jack finds an old photo of him in the military, with Nicky, wearing glasses. Another reveal I didn’t see coming and more questions than answers.
What happened to Nicky? Is he alive? Did he die while in the military? If alive, did he and Jack have a falling out? Did Rebecca know that Jack has a brother?
I'll tune in next week.