This Is Us The Car Recap Season 2 Episode 15 – Following up after last week’s heartbreaker, this week’s episode stays exclusively in the past. It’s a smaller episode, dwelling on smaller moments, but it is no less emotionally powerful.
This Is Us The Car Recap Season 2 Episode 15
Getting the Car
As Rebecca gets her kids together to head to the funeral, determined to get there an hour early so she can be there as soon as Jack’s urn arrives, she remembers the day they bought the car.
We see, when the kids are young, Jack and Rebecca heading to the dealership. They plan to get a used car, but Jack sees how much the kids like the fancy new one, and Jack has a few private words with the dealer and buys it.
Then we jump back and forth between the family driving to the memorial service and the family driving off the lot with their brand new car.
In the past, the family is off to a concert together. They come up to a bridge, with Rebecca scared of driving over it. When construction leaves them temporarily stuck on it, the whole family pull together to help her stay calm until they’re cross.
Later, Jack finds a teenage Kate playing hooky from school so she can go get an autograph from one of her favorite singer who is in town. Jack plays some Bruce Springsteen music for her, and she talks about what the artists have in common. It’s interesting to see Kate talk about music and really show how deep her interest in it goes, and the actress for teenage Kate always does a great job.
Jack drops Kate off at the store to get the autograph and encourages her to pursue her dream.
At the wake, Kevin gets in a fight with Randall after he sees him wearing Jack’s watch. He accuses Randall of trying to be the man of the family and for not stopping Jack from going back into the house, while Randall gets mad at him for not having been there.
We see Jack trying to teach Randall to drive, while Kevin is in the backseat. After an argument between the two brothers nearly causes a crash, Jack makes them walk home. Later, Jack talks about his brother Nicky and how he died in the war. He tells the brothers that they have to decide whether to fix what’s broken between them or not.
A Familiar Face
The doctor who delivered the twins comes to the wake and comforts Rebecca. She breaks down to him, saying that Jack was the fearless one and she can’t do this alone. But the doctor assures her that Jack wasn’t fearless, that Jack was always coming to him for advice. He tells her that she’s as tough as they come. And they sit there for a little while together, him with his arm around her shoulders.
Jack’s Favorite Tree
We flashback to a moment when Rebecca had a cancer scare and was worried she had a tumor. While they were waiting for the doctor to call, Jack took Rebecca to sit at what he called his favorite tree (though later he admits it was just the closest one to a payphone) and promises her that she’s going to be okay. Later, they call the hospital and are told that the tests are clear.
At the wake, Rebecca gathers her children and takes them back to that tree. She tells the boys that neither has to be the man of the house and she just wants them to be teenagers. And she tells Kate, who has been feeling guilty, that it’s not her fault that Jack went back into the house: Jack was a grown man who made his own choice.
They spread some of his ashes at the tree. Rebecca then tells the kids that Jack had bought them all tickets to go see a Bruce Springsteen concert that night and they all agree that they should go.
Taking one moment alone at the tree, Rebecca promises Jack that they’re going to be okay.
We flashback once more to when the car was bought. Jack tells the salesman that the one thing he wants for his kids and his family, are for them to be okay, and that somehow he sees them being okay in that car.
As Rebecca and the kids drive to the concert, Kevin takes Randall’s arm and the two share a smile, the car crosses the bridge that earlier Rebecca was so scared on. And you know that they really are going to be okay, just as Jack foresaw.
Other episodes of This Is Us reviewed on TV Eskimo:
s2e14 – Super Bowl Sunday
s2e13 – That’ll Be the Day
s2e12 – Clooney
s2e11 – The Fifth Wheel
s2e10 – Number Three
s2e9 – Number Two
s2e8 – Number One
s2e7 – The Most Disappointed Man
s2e6 – The 20’s
s2e5 – Brothers
s2e4 – Still There
s2e3 – Deja Vu
s2e2 – A Manny-Splendored Thing
s2e1 – A Father’s Advice
This Is Us – Season 1
This Is Us Super Bowl Sunday Recap Season 2 Episode 14 characters and cast include:
Jack – Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, Heroes, Pathology, The Whispers, Gotham, Mob City, Gilmore Girls)
Rebecca – Mandy Moore (Tangled, Red Band Society, Grey’s Anatomy, A Walk to Remember, The Princess Diaries)
Randall – Sterling K. Brown (The People vs. OJ Simpson, Spaceman, Army Wives, Person of Interest, Supernatural)
Kate – Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story, Loveless in Los Angeles)
Kevin – Justin Hartley (Smallville, Revenge, The Challenger, Aquaman, Emily Owens M.D.)
Beth – Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie, Blackout, The Blacklist, Third Watch, The Good Wife)
Toby – Chris Sullivan (The Drop, Imperium, The Normal Heart, Stranger Things, The Knick, The Americans, Morgan)
William Hill – Ron Cephas Jones (Half Nelson, Mr. Robot, Sweet and Lowdown, He Got Game, Across the Universe)
Sophie – Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Family Guy, True Blood, She’s the Man)
Tess Pearson – Eris Baker (Drunk History, K. C. Undercover)
Annie Pearson – Faithe Herman (Doe, Bodied, Criminal Minds)
Miguel – Jon Huertas (Castle, Generation Kill, Elementary, Miss Dial, The Shield, Undressed)
10 Year Old Kate – Mackenzie Hancsicsak
10 Year Old Kevin – Parker Bates
10 Year Old Randall – Lonnie Chavis (White Famous, Bella and the Bulldogs, The 5th Quartet)
16 Year Old Randall – Niles Fitch
16 Year Old Kevin – Logan Shroyer
16 Year Old Kate – Hannah Zelle
Shelly – Wynn Everett (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Newsroom, Agent Carter, The Maiden Heist)
16 Year Old Sophie – Amanda Leighton (The Fosters, The Powerpuff Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Make It or Break It)
Janet Malone – Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds, Sharp Objects, 28 Days, GLOW)
Mel Buchanan – Mark Proksch (Decker, Better Call Saul, The Office, Portlandia)
Allison – Isabel Oliver Marcus
Anne – Susan Blakely (Southland, The Towering Inferno, Over the Top)
Dr. Nathan Katowski – Gerald McRaney (House of Cards, Longmire, Southland, Deadwood, Manhattan, Justified)