Randall takes center stage in the This Is Us fall finale. Here’s everything you need to know about the episode Number Three in our This Is Us recap.
After Kevin had his homecoming episode two weeks ago that saw him hit rock bottom with his addiction and abuse of painkillers and after Kate had her emotional episode that saw her and Toby go through the emotions after suffering a miscarriage, the time is now for Randall to have his own episode to wrap up the first half of This Is Us season 2.
Deja’s mom had her charges dropped in exchange for her cooperation with another case so she is released from prison and shows up on Beth and Randall’s doorsteps ready to bring Deja back home with her. It causes a bit of a scene with some nosy neighbors wondering if everything was okay, but Deja defused the situation and said the Linda, the social worker, will handle everything and get her back home, the right way.
Linda recommends Deja return to her biological mother and Beth and Randall are vehemently against her judgment and they want to fight it, even if it means getting their lawyer involved. All Randall and Beth want what’s best for Deja, and they’re not convinced going to her birth mom is what’s best. Deja may be a little unsure about that too. If you thought last year’s Thanksgiving was a wild one when Randall found out that Rebecca knew about William after all these years and the fight and animosity that stemmed from that. This year could be even wilder.
But who is Randall to say Deja can’t go home to her mother?
We flashback to a memory Randall has of talking with his birth father William when he asks him how many times he met his mother. Randall listens intently as William recounts the two times he met Rebecca. The first was after he was born when she wanted to make sure he wouldn’t come for him and the next when he was nine and Rebecca was unsure if she should tell him where he comes from. This is when Rebecca ran out of the room when she was worried William wanted to be a part of Randall’s life.
A fantasy sequence with William present for big moments in Randall’s life like Christmas, his birthday and high school graduation followed. But it was all a dream of moments that could have been but never were. William could have inserted himself into Randall’s life, but what gave him the right to take him away from his parents when he hadn’t been there before?
After this conversation, Randall tells Beth that they can’t keep Deja from her mother. Life feels like Pac-man. It’s the same game over and over again. Sometimes you get a bunch of cherries, but those ghosts catch up to you. Randall with the bleakest analogy ever, but one that he could use to relate to Beth about why it’s the right thing to do to have Deja reunite with her mom.
Deja tells Randall that she wants to be home with her mom but it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t like living with them. She hugs him as tears stream down Randall’s house and tells her to work hard for the big house and the fancy cars that can be hers someday.
Randall and Beth are willing to try this again. There’s a child out there, maybe a boy, who needs a home to take him in and love him. After Deja leaves, Kevin arrives to learn about Kate losing the baby, but he doesn’t tell Randall what he set out to tell him that he’s got a problem and he’s spiraling out of control. Randall suspects something may be off when Kevin pours half a glass of vodka into his orange juice. When Randall goes to call Kate, Kevin tells his two nieces that he has to go. Kevin is drunk and speeding in and out of traffic when Tess surprisingly pops up in the backseat and Kevin is pulled over and arrested for a DUI.
Randall says he’s going to kill him. Beth says not if she kills him first.