This Is Us: Number Three

Welcome to my weekly review of This Is Us. Today: Season 2, Episode 10, Number Three. (The reviews will include spoilers, so don’t read if you haven’t watched and don’t want to know what happens!) My reviews are based on a single viewing. If I were to watch several times, as I can obsess over my favorite shows (I’m looking at you, True Detective, Season 1), I might be even more insightful (or over-Randall-ing it all). But I’d rather write my initial impressions than take time dissecting after many views. So….


This week’s episode is the third of three about The Big Three, so it’s mostly all about Randall. I pegged this as a 4 star out of 4 episode even before it aired, and I wasn’t wrong.

What we learned:

  • Randall has felt out of “balance” for most of his life.
  • Young Randall thinks of going to historically-black Howard University instead of Harvard (which Jack supports).
  • Jack took Randall to the Vietnam Memorial on the way home from Howard. It’s sad knowing that Jack was opening up to people, even his kids, and he’s not going to be around in Young Big Threes lives much longer. (Jack took him there to tell him that life is full of ups and downs, times you’re in balance and times you’re not).
  • Randall has a Pac-Man addiction.
  • Randall learned a lot from Jack and William, even though both men were in his life for such a short time.
  • William used his last $20 to follow Rebecca home after she came to see him, but decided against knocking on the Pearson front door after seeing all the kids’ bikes — Who am I to interfere, he said.
  • The scenes as William talks about how he could have been at birthdays and other events in Randall’s life… so well shot, like moving photographs, one after the other — a book of memories that never happened. Heartbreaking.
  • Deja went back to live with her mom, and Randall and Beth lovingly let go. And they will foster another child in the future.
  • Randall and Beth are amaze-balls.
  • Randall always chooses well, so says Jack.

I love Randall so much.

Since the Randall part was over with 10 minutes to spare, I was curious as to how it would end. The last three episodes were tied together, then Kevin, after having some early morning vodka, left Randall’s house. He was swerving his car all over the road. I said, “OMG, it’s gonna be Toby falling into the glass table all over again!” in terms of a cliffhanger and drama. Then, no one can find Tess.  I think, “He’s going to run her over!” Then she pops up in the back seat, wanting to spend time with her favorite uncle. Luckily, Kevin gets stopped and arrested for DUI.

The Pearsons return on January 2 (my reviews, January 3). I need to catch my breath, so thanks for the break!

4 stars out of 4 for a episode focusing solely on Randall. A nice holiday gift to send me off to wait the 35 days until the show returns (not that I’m counting)…

Tune in here after the next episode for another This Is Us: Review for You. Read all of my reviews for season 2 here.

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