Remember last week when we all just felt super sad after watching the Thanksgiving episode of This Is Us? Thankfully this week’s episode was a little lighter, now that Randall has had a day or so to process the fact that his mother lied to him about his biological father’s identity for his entire life.
Sure, he was still plenty angry (we all saw that list he was keeping), but there were lots of fun comedic moments to bring it all back down to a reasonable level of anger, at least. It all kicked off when we finally (finally!) got to see The Big Three together as adults when they took one last trip to their family cabin. Given everything that happened there, we’re now convinced everyone needs a family cabin. And here are just a few reasons why:
1. It’s a great place to invite your ironic hipster friends
Trying to impress a girl the way Kevin was trying to impress Olivia? Invite her and all her hipster friends (including her ex) to the cabin. Not only will you realize she’s totally full of herself and happy to push everyone around her away, but you’ll wind up having your very own one night stand in your old bunk bed. With your playwright, of course.
2. It’s where you can face hard truths
We love Kate. Like, seriously love her. But she did throw a lot away in order to focus on losing weight, so she’d better be absolutely serious about it, right? Enter Olivia and Kevin to raise tough questions…like whether losing the weight would honestly make Kate happy. At this point we have no idea because as we’ve seen from the flashbacks, her weight has always been a struggle. But what we do know is that the cabin would be an awesome place to zen out and actually think about the answers to such questions…
3. To go on a shroom trip and talk to your dead father
Randall was getting pretty repetitive with his “hating my mom” dialogue, so when he accidentally drank half a hipster shroom shake and started seeing his dead father Jack, it was positively delightful. Sterling K. Brown is so damned good in this role, isn’t he?
4. It’s where you can relive awesome family memories
Just because the kids are all messed up now doesn’t mean they had bad childhoods. In fact it looks like they had pretty great ones–at least for the decade or so that we’ve seen. It was fun to look in on them playing board games and having a grand old time at the cabin…so much so that we wish we could spend even more time there. Three locks and all.
5. It reminds us that a mom’s job is never done
The best part about Randall’s trip was that he saw his mom in a whole new light: as the protector of the family and as the person who tried her hardest to never let anything bad in. It might not have been enough for Randall to forgive present-day Rebecca for lying to him all these years, but it was enough to give him a start. Now here’s hoping things settle down at Christmas. Which, by our calculations could be as early as next week’s midseason finale.