The Kevin Pearson saga continues. Hot off last week’s group therapy session that left us all in tears came this week’s edition of This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), in which Kev finally left rehab and decided to move back in with Rebecca to reconnect. The only problem? Kevin’s long-standing animosity towards “outsider” Miguel, and his inability to recognize his step-dad as a bonafide Pearson member.
But Kevin was determined to rise above it all, George Clooney style, the way he did during his return to The Manny. (Appropriately, that’s why the episode itself was named “Clooney.”) But it didn’t take long for Kevin and Miguel to face off in the grocery store, with Miguel revealing just how upset Rebecca had been ever since the therapy session. He was there to make sure she’d be okay, proving once again that even though we’ve all taken a while to warm up to it, his relationship with Rebecca is the real deal.
To be honest, it’s about time the writers gave us some answers to what’s actually going on there. Ever since an aged Miguel showed up at Randall’s house beside his second wife we’ve wondered how Rebecca and Miguel wound up together and whether Miguel has always carried a torch for his bestie’s gal. Earlier on this season we learned there was quite a large gap in time between Jack’s death and his reconnecting with Rebecca, which makes their coupling a little easier to swallow. Now, thanks to Kevin’s blatant questioning we also learned that any feelings for Rebecca on Miguel’s part would have been “impossible” back in the day because of her connection to Jack, which means we can all exhale a small sigh of relief. It’s the little reveals like that that keep us coming back to the show, and make us forgive–or fall in love with–the characters, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, we also got a glimpse into Kevin and Miguel’s relationship through the flashbacks, when Rebecca took Kate to the mall to find a dress for the dance and Kevin and Jack were bumming around the food court. Kevin was still depressed over losing out on his football career, and rather than let him wallow Jack went right to his standby Jack pep speech. He tried to do the same for Miguel when Miguel revealed that his own ex, Shelly, is now engaged, but son and best friend both called him out for his cheery disposition instead.
Who knew they’d miss those pep talks in just a few short weeks? On a related side note, let’s all please make sure our smoke detectors are stocked with fresh batteries, can we? Because that end scene with Jack and Rebecca wondering if they’d forgotten anything at the mall was way too much to handle. And frankly it makes us dread the Jack-death reveals in the weeks to come.
Not too much to handle? Kate’s newfound relationship with Madison. It’s about time Kate got a girlfriend of sorts; she can’t just hang out with Toby all of the time. And while it would have been cool to meet some of Kate’s real friends (she has to have some, right?), we’re also digging this newfound take on Madison and her “fat wrists.” The term “bulimic” wasn’t ever actually used, but following the scene in the bridal shop it was pretty clear that we had all been judging Madison without really actually knowing her deal. And her real deal is a lot more serious than we ever thought. That alone will allow Kate to bond with the girl on a whole new level, and give her a sounding board when Toby’s grand gestures begin to be too much. Given that Kevin is back on the opposite coast with Rebecca and Randall, she’s going to need all of the support she can get.
Speaking of Randall, this was probably the least we’ve seen of him all season long, with the exception of the Big Three-centric episodes in November. As Beth pointed out, his head is still in the clouds as he continues trying to reconnect with William and avoiding his familial responsibilities, and given what’s already happened with Tess we’re seriously worried about the consequences of him begging off during that job interview. Don’t get us wrong; we love a good William back-story and it’s been far too long since we’ve had one, given that he’s a series regular this season, but we also fear what’s ahead for Randall and co.
In the meantime, let’s just all think good thoughts for that ugly old cat, can we?