We’ve given This Is Us (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV) a lot of credit over the years. It has us re-examining familial relationships. It makes us want to be the best parents, children, siblings and partners possible. It helps facial tissues stay in business.
What we’ve never really connected the show with, though? Sex. We mean yes, there have been some hot bedroom scenes between the characters over the years. And we get the general feeling that these relationships we root for all feature healthy sex lives. But everyone—and we mean everyone—was getting it on Tuesday night.
Rebecca and Jack were “insatiable” in bed before Rebecca’s father dragged Jack out to the golf club with his snooty friends (more on that in a minute). Kate and Toby had a tough time reigniting their passion for each other while swimming in a sea of baby vomit and three-hour feeding rotations but they tried. And even Kevin and Cassidy finally got it on in a moment of awkward trailer rocking, much to our shipping-hearts’ delight.
Lots of fore-play
The only ones not getting it on were Randall and Beth, but that’s because Randall was doing a mating ritual of another kind: romancing his fellow councilmen on the links. And if you ask us it was about time. (Time that he tried to get to know them, that is.)
We’ve seen Randall struggle to connect with his fellow politicians all season long, putting them on the backburner for other things. But with a grocery store proposal hanging in the balance, he needed to finally win them over and hit a hole-in-one.
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) October 29, 2019
That looked impossible, but when Randall mentioned he had an in at the prestigious golf club the other guys really wanted to get into, they jumped at the chance. And when they—like us—figured he was terrible at the sport, they couldn’t wait to play him for money. What none of us banked on was that Randall was wise to one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s cardinal rules in Failure to Launch: to get guy interested in you and win over his heart you need to let him teach you something. Well Randall let the councilmen “teach” him golf while schooling us all.
In what turned out to be another classic This Is Us twist that eventually unfolded through parallel storylines, Randall was actually pretty damned good at golf and the whole thing was an act. The councilmen were none the wiser, but we saw that after the terrible outing at the club with Rebecca’s father, a gin-and-tonic infused Jack realized he was never going to fit in but his son sure as heck would. After all—golf courses are (or used to be?) where so many business deals are made.
Like father like son
— 🌹 (@tvgoldtweets) October 30, 2019
So naturally, when a young Randall’s interest in the sport piqued thanks to one Tiger Woods, Jack set about teaching him while also opening the door to some tough conversations about race. It all culminated in a tear-inducing montage in which an aging Randall kept driving that ball over and over again, proving he’s been on the greens more than once. He played those councilmen and got into their hearts the way Jack probably always hoped he would, and it felt like a victory for all of us. By the time the montage ended and Randall said, “This one’s for you” to his dead father before purposefully driving a ball into the water, we were all puddles of confused-sexy golf emotions.
Only This Is Us could pair sex with something like golf and give us that many feels. (And here we thought football movies with their whip cream bikinis were our weakness.) It just goes to show you that when you have a strong story and a thought-out premise anything is possible, and that even after four seasons this show can continue to surprise us in small but thoughtful ways.
At only six episodes into the new season, this year is off to a rollicking start indeed.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.