We had a road trip on This Is Us on NBC tonight and Kate, Randall and Kevin had some issues to work out. Randall accidentally drinks shrooms and then hallucinates, as he is still bitter with his mother. Who helps him through it on This Is Us Season 1? That would be Jack, his father! Check out all the details from “The Trip” below in our This Is Us on NBC Recap!
Last week on This Is Us Season 1, it was Thanksgiving time and it was kind of cool to see how the Pearsons started all of their family traditions for the holiday and kept them going to this day. We saw Kate end things with Toby and focus more on her weight loss, as she has decided to have gastric bypass surgery. We saw the relationship between Kevin and Olivia grow stronger. And the big bombshell of the episode was Randall finding a letter from Rebecca to William from a long time ago. So, his mother knew his birth father all along and never told him!
Warning: This post contains spoilers from This Is Us tonight on NBC, so stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happened!!!
We start with Randall pacing in his bedroom and writing a note, which turns out to be a list of reasons why he is mad at his mother. Beth and William are outside the door talking, so he tells them to come in. William tells him he met his mother the day they left the hospital. He wanted to make sure Randall was going to a good home. He never said anything when Randall met him because he wanted to respect his mother’s wishes. Randall said his mother betrayed him and she will find out about it all.
Back in the day, we see them all grocery shopping. Randall is asking an African American couple if they can roll their tongue, like he can. He tells Rebecca and Jack that it runs in the family, so if he can find people that can roll their tongue, then they could be his birth parents! At home, Jack and Rebecca talk about Randall and what they should tell him. Jack said he doesn’t want him sticking his tongue out at strangers at 80 years old. Rebecca said they are his parents. Jack said he doesn’t want Randall to resent them about this all. Rebecca said she can roll her tongue!
In the present day, Kate said she can’t believe their mother never told Randall about his birth father. Kevin asks what’s up with her having surgery and Kate said she just wants to live today. Kevin then mentions that their mother is selling their cabin, so Kate wants to go right now! Randall comes in and it looks like it is road trip time, as they are now at their family’s cabin, which they have not been to in years. Randall said he is clearing out his stuff and done with it all.
On the way into the cabin, Kate texts a photo of the cabin to Toby, but he reads it and never replies! Randall is very bitter about not knowing and saying his childhood was never real. Kate said what their mother did was wrong, but it doesn’t erase their childhood and they are real. They look at old photos and more bitterness from Randall. A car pulls up and it is Olivia, her playwright and her assistant! Kate is not happy, as it was just supposed to be them.
Back in the day, we see Jack and Rebecca talking to the African American mother that Randall plays with their children. Apparently Randall has been telling her boys about who his father is and it seems that Randall is just picking black guys that he sees and the jobs they do. She suggests finding some black male role models for Randall to be around on This Is Us on NBC.
At the cabin, they start playing a game and the playwright gets a question of who his favorite kiss was and he said Olivia! Turns out, Olivia dated this guy and Kevin is feeling awkward, but said it is fine. Kate, not having any of it and calls her out for bringing her ex to their family cabin! Kevin tells her to settle down, as the playwright comes in with his smoothie and someone drank half of it. Turns out it was Randall that drank it and that smoothie has shrooms in it, so now he is hallucinating and is outside talking with Jack!
Kate, Kevin and the playwright go outside and find Randall and he is totally out of it and tells Kevin that he does not want to go inside and calls him dad! They leave Randall outside and he starts talking with Jack about Rebecca knowing all along who his biological father was. Jack said there is no way and they sacrificed a lot for him. Randall said it is true and then he keeps hearing some pounding noise.
Back in the day, we see Jack taking Randall to a karate class, which has a black man teaching the class. At home, Jack talks to Rebecca about hiring some people to help them find Randall’s birth parents. Rebecca is totally against it, as she already knows who it is! Jack questions why she is against trying. We then see Rebecca show up at William’s apartment!
At the cabin, Kate confronts Olivia about her dating Kevin and not to change him. Olivia said Kate is scared because Kevin is changing and Kate is afraid she will lose all the weight and still be the same person she always has been on the inside and that scares her. Now Kate talks to Kevin about it and he takes Olivia’s side and Kate is not happy.
We see Randall and Jack talking again and Jack said they did everything to give him a good upbringing and provide him black role models. Randall said he spent his entire life striving for perfection because he was always a replacement. They did not want him and he was a replacement for the third baby they lost. Jack said he was never a replacement and the moment he saw him, he was his son and that is a fact and wants to know what he can do to help. Randall said he wants his mother to hurt as much as he does right now, as they look in the cabin and see them as kids with Rebecca and Jack.
Rebecca and William talk back in the day. William has been clean for five years now. He said he has been wondering how Randall was. Rebecca said Randall has been asking about him and William gets all excited and wants Randall to come visit and bring him to the store and is all giddy. This is why Rebecca is so against Randall finding his birth father, as she tells Jack about it. She doesn’t want Randall to meet them and they regret abandoning Randall. At the apartment, William went to grab something in his excitement and Rebecca snuck out!
Kevin talks to Olivia’s assistant and apparently her sister went into labor last night and she rented a car, but then Olivia demanded she drive her to the cabin. Kate then calls Toby and he actually answers. She vents to him about the cabin and what’s going on. Toby asked if they are still broken up, which Kate said yes. Toby said if they are, then he can’t be this person for her anymore and hangs up.
Inside the cabin, they are watching old movies and Asher (the playwright) keeps saying aww when Kate is on the screen. Then Asher and Olivia are cuddling on the couch and Kevin has had enough! He stops the video and calls them out on what they are doing. Kevin said Olivia has been searching for something real and the kiss they shared was real. This cabin is real and they can’t take it. So, Olivia and Asher leave and leave her assistant there, as she comes out and said her sister had the baby!
Kevin goes out into the woods and finds Kate and asks how made they are. He apologizes for Olivia and how terrible she was. Kate said Olivia was right and wonder if nothing changes after having the surgery. Kate said she can’t do this alone and needs her brothers! They then see a tree with their names carved in it!
We go to Randall and he goes into the cabin and tries yelling at the younger Rebecca, but she can’t hear him. Outside, Jack asks Randall if he feels better. Randall said no, since she doesn’t care. Jack said it’s because Randall is not looking at it the right way. Jack explains that Rebecca had three kids with three different issues and she tried to keep them all safe and everything out. Their marriage wasn’t perfect, but they tried. Randall can finally see that she was trying to protect him and wants her to know they are all there.
The next morning comes and Randall is out fixing gutters. Kate goes to wake up Kevin and he just happened to sleep with the assistant during the night! They go outside and see Randall and ask if he is not mad at their mother anymore, but Randall said he is doing this for their father, not their mother.
We then go to the karate class and see Randall is graduating and they have Jack come up. The teacher said this is Randall’s community and they will never let Randall down. He then has Jack do pushups with Randall on his back and it is such a touching moment. I am in tears, as we have Rebecca talking over it and she sent the letter to William saying he can’t meet Randall ever because he has an incredible father already.
We then go to the present and Randall is at Rebecca’s house. He tells her that he made a list for her and she kept his father from him for 36 years. He said that must have been incredibly lonely and Rebecca starts crying. She tries to hug him, but he said not yet. He would see her at Christmas. He gets why she did it, but needs time to let that sink in.
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