I'd like to say that This Is Us Season 2 Episode 10 saved the best for last.
Going along with the trend, the fall finale focused solely on the "third-born" Randall, who, unsurprisingly, was the first of the triplets to talk.
It was a dead giveaway that he was going to be gifted, but as we learned this week, Ivy league wasn't his goal. He wanted to be somewhere where he felt like he finally belonged.
We saw Randall on the same timeline as his siblings. In the past, he's deciding on a college. In the present, he's dealing with the foster agency and Deja's mother, which was a bit predictable. Deja was finally coming around to the idea of being a part of their family, so of course she would need to be ripped away from them.
At first, I agreed with Randall and Beth about contacting a lawyer and fighting for Deja. Her mother's behavior didn't exactly scream "I'm ready to have my child back."
Storming the house and causing a scene showed her to be irrational. She'll probably continue to have outbursts and do things that could potentially put her daughter at risk.
Life feels like Pac-Man sometimes, I guess. It's the same game all over again. Same board. Same ghosts. Sometimes, you get a bunch of cherries but eventually and inevitably, those ghosts catch up with you.Randall
Randall has only ever known to fight for himself and his family, and now he considers Deja a part of that. But realistically, if they continued down that legal path, trying to keep Deja from her mother, they would ruin the relationship with her they've worked so hard to establish.
The relationship they have with Deja includes excelling in class because her strong points are math and science, calling Randall her "foster father" in front of the whole class, and embracing her natural hair. All of that would be for nothing.
Randall knows that he cannot take away someone's mother like his adopted mother took away his father. I've mentioned before that by fostering Deja, he now knows the heavy decision Rebecca was tasked with when she met William.
On one hand, you don't want to keep a child from their biological parents but on the other hand, you know what's better for them.
Randall's ultimate decision to send Deja back "home" was the right one, I just hope this isn't the end of their story as a family.
He was open to helping Deja study and having playtime for the girls, which would have benefited her. I feel like that should be part of the foster program; make it a requirement to keep in touch with your temporary family.
It would be nice to have someone in her corner, even if it is intimidating for her mother to have a rich family that can provide better for her daughter.
That seems to be why her mother was so hostile in the first place — she felt threatened by the Pearsons. Even though, as Randall pointed out, they could provide financially, but they would never "know her" like her mother did.
Even though Randall and Kate are in different places in life, they both lost a child and have made the decision to give it another go.
I'm glad that just because things didn't work out with Deja, Randall and Beth (couple goals!) haven't been deterred from fostering again. Sure, there might be heartache involved with it considering these kids come from broken homes, and trouble often follows them around, but the reward is much greater.
Randall and Beth have so much to offer a child in need, and the adorable little boy we saw at the end definitely seems promising. I would say since he's younger, he might be a better fit for the family.
However, the fact that Kevin just got arrested with their daughter in the backseat might put a pump on their plans. Technically, it looks like they weren't responsible, since Tess snuck into his car without their knowledge.
Kevin has messed up a lot this season, but this takes the cake. He may not have been aware that there was anyone in the car with him, but he should know better than to drink and drive in the first place.
He didn't have it in him to flat out ask anyone for help even though he really needed it, so this will finally be the wake-up call that will force him to rethink his life and seek treatment. Unfortunately, he won't be able to keep it hush-hush, as I'm sure this will be splashed all over the cover of every gossip magazine.
The series continues finding beautiful ways to bring back William, for which I am so grateful. There is still so much story left as it pertains to his relationship with both Rebecca and Randall. Who knew you could make a bicycle an analogy for not really knowing your son or being part of his life?
And it's even more rewarding knowing that eventually, he still ended up being a major part.
The only thing better than scenes between William and Randall are scenes with Jack and Randall. Jack was also a fantastic father to all the children, so he didn't think twice when Randall asked him to go to Howard University, a historically black college.
Even before Randall pointed it out, you could tell that the way Jack felt being the only white man on campus is how Randall had felt all of his life. I loved seeing the roles reversed and seeing Randall absolutely light up with people of his own, even if he did grow up "white."
The best part was seeing Randall embarrassed of his father not because of his skin color but because he's his dad. It's so human! Especially because now that he's a father, he's way cornier than Jack ever was and totally embraces it.
Oh, how the roles have reversed!
This was also the first time that Jack was vocal about his time in Vietnam. I was hoping he would bring up his brother, but it was still nice to see him acknowledge that part of his life and use it to tell Randall that there would always be ups and downs.
There were many tearjerker moments but that last scene hit hard.
We know Jack passes soon after so seeing him beam down at his family and acknowledge that they are okay, despite any obstacles, was heartbreaking. It was like the "go-ahead" for him to pass on, knowing his family would be okay.
We definitely have to prepare for the waterworks when the second half of This Is Us Season 2 returns in 2018.
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