This Is Us Number Three Recap Season 2 Episode 10 – Before the show goes on break, we get Randall’s episode, the final one of three that each featured a different one of the Pearson children.
This Is Us Number Three Recap Season 2 Episode 10
Thanksgiving break is coming round the corner and Randall is excited for the holiday when Shauna shows up outside the house. The charges have been dropped and she wants her daughter back and now. Deja talks her down; pointing out that she has to go through the official system to reclaim her.
The social worker comes over the next day and tells Randall that she’ll be recommending Deja be returned to her mom. Randall informs her that they’re going to fight to keep Deja and plans to consult a lawyer.
Who Has The Right?
Later, Randall remembers asking William about meeting Rebecca. William tells him about following Rebecca home after she visited him a second time when the kids were nine. On the front lawn, he imagined being there throughout Randall’s life, watching his son grow up, before realizing that there were nine years of life he knew nothing about. Nine years where Rebecca was his mother. She had made a decision to keep him out of Randall’s life, and who was William to insert himself into it against Rebecca’s wishes?
Randall drives to Shauna’s neighborhood, sees where she lives and her world, sees her with new clothes she’s bought for Deja. He talks to Beth and tells her they can’t keep Deja. Shauna is her mother and who are they to say she can’t have her daughter back when both she and her daughter want each other.
In the past, teenage Randall asks Jack if they can visit Howard University, the same school where a friend is going. It’s a school with a predominately African American student body.
At the school, Randall spends time with his friend. Later, as they’re driving home, he tries to explain to his father how comfortable it was, for the first time, being in a in a community where the majority of the people looked like him. He says that throughout his life he has always felt off balanced, and as if things will always be just a little harder for him.
Jack takes him to the Vietnam War Memorial and talks about feeling off balanced himself after coming back from the war. He promises Randall that he will find his balance, lose it again, and find it again. That’s the way it is. But that he knows Randall will always make the right choices.
Shauna picks up Deja and makes it clear she doesn’t want any further help from Randall and his family. They have to say goodbye. No one finds it easy but Deja is so happy to see her mom again.
Randall and Beth talk, and they both decide that they want to continue being a part of the foster care system, no matter how hard the goodbyes are. They wonder what child is out there, waiting to come into their lives, and we see a little boy in the foster system, who can’t find a home.
Later that day, Randall gets the call about Kate and Kevin shows up at his door. Kevin finds himself unable to talk about his own problems in the face of Kate’s loss. He pours himself a drink and then heads out.
Unbeknownst to Kevin, Tess sneaks into the back of his car. She’s unhappy and wants to spend time with him. Drunk, he drives erratically, and just when he realizes that his niece is in the car, the cops pull him over and arrest him for drunk driving.
These past three episodes have all been fantastic. In some ways Randall’s episode did not feel as huge as Kate’s or Kevin’s. Deja was a great character and it was sad to see her go, but it felt inevitable and more hopeful. She was going home to the mother her loved her. It was hard but it was positive. But the scenes with Jack and Randall were poignant, heartwarming, and touching.
The episode ends in the past, after Kevin is brought home from the hospital. The entire family is together in the living room. It’s a happy moment but there’s a hint of what’s in store for the family and how soon they will lose Jack.