We went on an emotional ride tonight on This Is Us Season 1, as William and Randall took an emotional ride to Memphis. We relived William’s life and what got him to this point. It was a touching father-son road trip on This Is Us on NBC 2017, so get ready for the Kleenex! Check out all the details from “Memphis” below in our This Is Us Season 1 Recap!
Last week on This Is Us on NBC 2017, we saw Kevin’s play was opening and he was losing his cool and had no one to talk to about it, as his family was all busy. He finally got some wise words from Miguel in a very touching moment, as Miguel said he reminds him so much of his father. Kate did not cheat on Toby with Duke, but instead called him a douche for the way he acts. Turns out, he is the son of the owners of the camp and he got Kate kicked out! Back in NYC, Kate and Toby had a day of getting to know more about each other and Toby asked about Jack dying, but Kate said she could not talk about it yet. Rebecca is heading out on tour with the band, which Jack went and saw a show and found out her ex is in the band and Rebecca never told him! This started a fight and Jack went to a restaurant alone and ordered an alcoholic beverage! Randall was stressed with work and William and the anxiety attack was coming over him, where he blacks out and gets the shakes. Kevin did what Jack would do and skipped the opening of his play and ran to comfort Randall, which made me cry like a big baby!
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We kick things off with a look at William’s parents. His mother is pregnant and his father is singing to her belly. Then he goes off to war and she gets the knock on the door, as his father died in the war. His mother says they will be fine, as William is a baby.
Now we have Randall and Beth in the doctor’s office, as Randall has been out of the hospital for five days since his attack. He wants to take a road trip with William, but Beth said it is not a good idea for either of them. Randall fights for it and the doctor agrees, as Beth is not happy and Randall bumps fists with William out in the waiting room!
Back at home, we see William and Randall packing to head to Memphis. William says goodbye to the girls and tells the oldest one to keep up on her chess while he is gone. Beth says goodbye to them and tells them to be safe and drive slow, as Randall speeds out of the driveway! On the road, he tells William he is the navigator and he has mapped it all out, as William enjoys the breeze with the window down. William asks for the maps and then throws them out the window! Yeah, he said we’ll get there, so just drive on This Is Us Season 1!
We flash back and see William with his mother, as she is heading off to Memphis and he is staying there? She said that he is the best thing that ever happened to him.
Back to the car, William mentions a restaurant and he hopes they are open so Randall can get something. Then Randall said they have a whole produce section with them thanks to Beth, who left them instructions too. They talk about Randall’s breakdown and Randall talks about his dad being the only who could slow him down during them. We find out that Kate has some of his ashes, but they spread some by a tree in a park he loved. William wants to go there, but Randall said it is out of the way. William demands it and they go, so bring out the tears! William thanks him for doing what he couldn’t do and raising such a strong man on This Is Us Season 1!
Back to a younger William, as he gets letters from his mother and she is staying where she is at and got a job. She hopes William is doing well with the band, as we see them drinking it up and women slapping the band members! William said he has been writing and his cousin thinks it is great. They play it and said William officially ended their days as a cover band. They show the band playing the song and his cousin singing it, as I feel like he is going to screw William over in the end!
After the performance on This Is Us Season 1, we see his cousin with some women and he wants William to come out and celebrate with them and have some fun. William says no thanks, but then gets a call from his mother! It looks like bad news, but we won’t find out right now!
It’s the next day and Randall and William stayed in a motel. Randall is making the bed, which William questions. William tries to get up for the day, but he is struggling and breathing heavy. Time to head to Memphis though, as they get back on the road.
The first stop is his old house where he used to live with his mother. William notices that one of the doors is bricked up and he can’t get past it. Randall tells a story of having an afro for a while but then got rid of it because he made partner. Beth was weird with it, but he said it is the same once you look past the bricks. So, they go in for William to see if his treasure is there. The new owners let them in and William moves a brick and his dollar and change is still there!
We then see them hit up the town on This Is Us Season 1. They get some food, hit up the barbershop and visit a drinking fountain that was segregated, so one for whites and one for blacks. They both take a drink from the white-only fountain!
As they arrive at Melvin’s Place, we go back to William and his mother is not doing well, so he has to go visit her. His cousin said it is fine and William said he will come back with a bunch of songs written. We then come to the present and they head into the club and his cousin is there and tells them to get the hell out!
William tells his cousin that he is dying, but he said that he was dead to him years ago. It looks like his cousin was waiting for him to come back, but he never did. He asked what happened, so we flash back to William arriving to see his mother. She said she told him not to come! She said it won’t be long and he needs to be back in Memphis working the clubs. She told him she was napping, so go out and explore the city and get some chicken and she’ll cook for him. We see William on that bus a lot, as he met Randall’s mother on it!
We see them hanging out more and more and partying and she is doing drugs with friends. Then we see William taking care of his mother and his girl comes stumbling in. We see things get worse with his mother. Then we go to the present and William gives him the money his cousin gave him back in the day. His cousin asked if he is healthy enough to play and William said yes!
So, now he is up on the stage playing and Randall is a little tipsy. Randall is loving the fact he has all this family down there, as he is meeting all these cousins. Beth calls and she can’t believe William is up playing and knows Randall is drunk. Randall is just so happy, it is nice to see. He even gets up there and sings!
The next morning comes and Randall made his bed on This Is Us Season 1 and calling for William, as he said they had a fun night and he let him sleep in. He goes to his bed and William is breathing heavy and out of it! He said he’ll get him to the hospital, as the ambulance arrives and this is not looking good!
At the hospital, Randall is talking to the doctor and he doesn’t understand because William was smiling the night before. Randall wants to get him home to be comfortable, but the doctor said he has hours, a day tops. He is not leaving this hospital, as his organs are shutting down.
We then see Randall talking to William and he said he has something for Randall, as he gives him a book of poems he wrote for him! Randall said he will have the girls and Beth there in hours, but William said he said goodbye to them before he left. He tells Randall to roll down the windows, grow out that afro, let someone else make his bed. Enjoy life, as he deserves it.
William talks about having a rough life and not-so-good life, but he had the two best people in life be the first person in his life and the last. William said he is scared and Randall puts his hands on his head, like Jack used to do to him and they breathe. We then see flashbacks of William during his life and with his mother and cousin.
We then see Randall driving back alone, as he stops on the highway and lets the ducks pass, which he never got to see with William. He then rolls down the windows and I am all cried out for tonight!
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
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