I love how the layers of these characters unfold in every episode.
Kate is doing all the right things as far as exercising, eating right, calorie counting for better health and weight loss. I completely felt her disappointment at the weigh-in. When you’re on a diet, losing any weight is something to be proud of. Kate learns she only lost a “pound and a quarter”. Obviously she expected to hear she had lost more than that and it didn’t help that Toby lost eight pounds. Not that she wasn’t happy for him, but that glaring disparity only magnified her disappointment. Losing weight is truly a “crawl before you walk” kind of thing and for some, patience is a hard kind of virtue.Who thought Toby had a woman in his apartment when Kate showed up? I know I did.
It was nice to see Beth and William spend some time together. William started to recite a poem that Beth was familiar with. He asked her how she knew that poem. It came from a book Randall had. Unfortunately, William let the cat out of the bag by revealing that he gave Rebecca that book of poems years before. Beth is shocked and knows Randall will be upset once he finds out. William asks her not to tell but Beth can’t hide this from her husband.I’d like to know where Beth got that special ingredient for those grown-up brownies.I hate that this secret will come out as it will be a blow to Randall. We’ve seen him struggle with his identity as a child and maybe knowing he could have connected with his biological dad will make him resent Rebecca. I also understand why she kept this to herself. She, in her own way was protecting Randall. She couldn’t possibly know the struggles he would have later on but she wasn’t about to let William be a problem.
We see those layers pulled back as more is revealed about the relationship between Kevin and Randall. Even though Rebecca had to cancel dinner plans with them, they decide to go ahead anyway. A friend of Kevin’s spots him in the restaurant with Randall and Randall doesn’t recognize the guy. After some needling, Kevin realizes that Randall never watched his show The Manny, otherwise he’d know that the guy was his costar for 4 years. He gets pissed and takes off, Randall follows and offers Kevin $1000 if he
can tell him
what he does for a living.
In the flashbacks, we see (now in their teens) Kevin and Randall’s relationship hasn’t gotten better. Kevin moves out of their room and into the basement after an argument. They both join the football team at their schools and things come to a head when Randall stops Kevin from scoring for his team. They end up in a physical altercation and Jack is pissed. Did anyone else see the cracks starting to show between Jack and Rebecca?
Back in present time, Kevin and Randall are still arguing on the street when they both spot a billboard with the new Manny on it. It’s a black man. Kevin remarks that he has been “replaced by another black man” and Randall takes him to task, wanting to know exactly why Kevin resents him.
Kevin resents that Randall got “special” treatment and constantly showed him up. They start shoving each other and end up on the ground as onlookers pull out their cellphones. After being offered some help, Kevin tells the onlookers that everything is okay and that Randall is his brother.
Back in the car, as Randall chokes up, he tells Kevin that for the first time in 36 years, he claimed him as his brother.
Another great episode that left me in tears.