In the third episode, Beth and Randall learn that one of their teenage daughters is planning to graduate early and move to Massachusetts so she can live with her college student boyfriend. And while their reaction – especially on Randall’s part – was NOT immediate and vehement, that didn’t change the minds of both lovers at the end of the hour.
Meanwhile, in another part of Pennsylvania, Nicky’s got the game and Kevin showed up. And in a flashback, Rebecca starts her first date after Jack, and Miguel notices. Continue reading “Heart and Soul” highlights.
slap | Around the time Kate was the only Big Three member left living at home, she taunted Rebecca for spending so much time hanging out and watching. Who wants to be a millionaire? With Miguel. So when Miguel gently points out that it’s time for Rebecca to get back there, she agrees to a speed-dating event with him.
It sucks (and props for both Mandy Moore’s reading of the dialogue and the editing here) because Rebecca can’t stop talking about Jack’s death. (“I wasn’t even in my room. I was eating a candy bar,” she told a prospective suitor. Ha!) When she and Miguel became a couple, they agreed to bail if their dates continued. Their follower failed. But when the bell rang, she found herself sitting across from Matt, the PTA’s father, who asked her out for coffee shortly after Jack’s death. He was kind, and the conversation was free; he asks her to grab a cup of joe with him after the event, and she agrees. (Miguel, in case you’re wondering, follow all of this from the next table.)
The date went well, and Matt hugged Rebecca and kissed her on the cheek as he drove her home. Kate saw her mother get out of a strange car and gave her a third degree as soon as she walked in the door. Kate gently informed her daughter that it was time for her to start dating again and that she knew Jack would want her to be happy. Kate disagrees and she calls her mother a slut. Enraged, Rebecca slapped her, then cried as Kate walked into her room. Later, Rebecca cried when she called Miguel to tell him what had happened; Kate cried when she heard her mother talk about how failure she felt.
NOTES SOURCE | In the meantime, Rebecca is helping Kate out with the kids when Toby calls and says he won’t be coming home as planned because his boss has invited him to hang out on his yacht. Ugh, I’m very pleased with you, man. Anyway, ladies making plans to have Rebecca and Kate drop the kids off at Kate’s school – because this is obviously a completely normal thing? – and it turned out to be a great day when Rebecca played the piano for Kate’s choir as they sang Lorde’s “Royals.”
But Kate has something difficult to tell her mother, and she does so when they return home: With recent brain scans of Rebecca, Kate and Toby think it’s not right for Rebecca to take care of Hailey and Jack alone a good idea. Rebecca gets very angry and leaves. Later that day, however, Kate arrives at her mother’s house with an apology – and Rebecca in turn apologizes – and makes plans for Rebecca to spend quality time with her grandchildren by teaching Jack to play the piano. The episode ends with little Rebecca and Kate, Rebecca and the sulky older kids Kate and grown-up Rebecca and Kate (with little Jack) playing “Heart and Soul” together.
‘WAIT HERE IS A SEXUAL THING?’ | Kevin went to Pennsylvania to see how construction was going on the cabin he was building for Rebecca. He calls Cassidy to see if she wants to see him, and Nicky and Nicky’s new girlfriend are there; Cassidy is upset that her divorce has been finalized and her baby is staying with her dad for a few days, so she says why not? But then, “Wait, is this a sex thing?” she asked. They hash out that it maybe is a sexual thing; After all, they are single and lonely. “Am I open to it? Yes,” Kevin said. “Am I looking forward to it? No.” She agreed to come.In a later call with Randall, Kevin explained everything that was going on.“Try not to propose, okay?” his brother teased him. “You know how you get it.”
At the cabin, Edie and Nicky are cute and cuddly. We know that she has been married three times and has two children; Nicky brushed Kevin aside to worry that he might not be enough for a mundane woman like her. “Are you done yet?” Kevin asked, and I CALL HOOEY here. First, “finished”? Second, does KEVIN say “done”? Is not. No no no. Anyway, the answer is that Edie hasn’t let Nicky fly in her friendly skies yet, but she did carry a bag overnight, so he’s hopeful.
While his uncle and Edie were rowing on the couch, Kevin took Cassidy out for ice cream. It was all chilling until he tried to hold her hand, and she faltered. “There is no reality for a working relationship with us,” she told him. “Your inner darkness is not the same as mine.” She added that he was “chaseling the wrong blonde in the wrong city,” and I think she means Sophie, but even Kevin admits he’s not sure who she’s referring to. Cassidy is so kind in all of this, but it still makes me sad when she says, “I’m so messed up. Leave me alone “.
COPY | Malik is back in Philadelphia for the weekend, and he wants to make dinner for Déja and her family; Beth and Randall were immediately suspicious. In the game Worst Case Scenario, they envision pregnancy, runaways, and other parental horrors. But what opens up – hilariously, thanks in large part to Susan Kelechi Watson’s timing – is that Déja and Malik announce that she has earned enough credits to complete her degree program and that she is moving to the neighborhood greater Boston area.
Randall immediately opposed the idea, saying that Déja was too young to make such a life-changing decision. But she was ready for him. “I’ve lived so much more in my 17 years than so many people twice my age,” she said softly, “and you, of anyone in this world, know that best.” But Randall wouldn’t be moved, and he rose from the table in a fit of rage.
He retreated to the stooped forward, where Malik found him as he headed out. Randall convinces Malik of his love for Déja and asks him to end the relationship for her sake, so that she can “find her own path.” Malik just said that he won’t tell Déja about their conversation, out of respect for her relationship with Randall, because “I can promise you she won’t feel good about this.” .” (Side note: He’s right!)
Inside, Randall finds Beth eating blueberry pie from the tin. He thinks they need to take a firm stance, not moving. But she warns him that they are in dangerous territory. “Imagine that you were that age and someone told you you couldn’t date me,” she reasoned, her face serious. “You’re making a mistake, Randall, and we’re going to lose our daughter.”
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https://tvline.com/2022/02/01/this-is-us-recap-season-6-episode-5-heart-and-soul/ ‘This Is Us’ synopsis: Season 6, Episode 5 – ‘Heart and Soul’