‘This Is Us’ Season 2, Episode 16 Recap: The Pearsons Take Vegas
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
This week on season two, episode 16 of This Is Us, titled “Vegas, Baby,” Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) head to Las Vegas for their bachelor and bachelorette parties, while in the past, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) celebrate their wedding anniversary.
We see a few flashbacks featuring Jack and Rebecca celebrating their anniversary throughout the years. This year Jack promises he doesn’t have any major plans, but young Kate (Mackenzie Hancsicsak), Kevin (Parker Bates) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) aren’t having it and tell their parents that they have dinner covered.
Later on, Kevin attempts to make a spectacular dinner but is disappointed when he learns Jack never turned on the oven. When Rebecca asks why he’s so upset, Kevin admits that he doesn’t want his parents to get a divorce like Sophie’s. After they reassure him that they are nowhere near a divorce, he and the other kids excuse themselves to give them some privacy.
Cut to Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) opening the door to find Deja (Lyric Ross) on their doorstep. Deja explains that she went behind her mom Shauna’s (Joy Brunson) back because they need money to pay the gas bill. If they don’t have heat when the social worker, Linda (Debra Jo Rupp), returns, her mom will be in trouble.
Randall gives Deja enough cash to cover the bill and makes her promise to call if she runs into any other problems.
The next day, Beth and Randall are heading to Vegas for Kate and Toby’s bachelorette and bachelor parties. Beth scolds her husband for wanting to call Deja, and Randall defends himself by saying that he can’t emotionally detach himself like she can.
The Bachelor Party
At the hotel, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is chatting with a woman from housekeeping and raving about all the untouched bottles of alcohol in the minibar.
Later on, Toby thanks Kevin for coming even though it’s an alcohol-driven trip, and Kevin brushes it off like it’s no big deal. But when he runs into Emma, a costar from the Ron Howard movie he filmed, she mentions that all of her scenes were cut, which means many, if not all, of Kevin’s scenes have been edited out as well. Kevin tells one of Toby’s friends that he’s not feeling well and heads back up to the room to do sit-ups and stare at the minibar.
Randall receives a concerning call from Deja, which prompts him to excuse himself from the bachelor party to go find Beth. He finds the bachelorette party at the Magic Mike show, natch, and tells Beth about the phone call. But she isn’t about to let Deja ruin her fun and blows up at Randall, saying he is ruining her one chance to have a good time, and then has words with Kate when she tries to intervene.
Kate is sitting at a slot machine when Randall approaches her. Kate dives into a story about how much she loved spending time with him as a kid, considering he wasn’t ashamed to watch Sex and the City with her. She admits that she always knew she would lose him to someone amazing, and that person is Beth.
Randall assures her that she will never lose him before admitting that he and Kevin ditched the bachelor party. Kate says Toby is going to be disappointed because he only invited the other guys as fillers and was really looking forward to spending time with his future brothers.
Cut to Randall and Kevin standing at Toby’s door, asking to go on a walk. Toby apologizes for dragging them to Vegas and reveals that he has a brother who is ten years younger. They aren’t very close, so he is looking forward to having two new brothers in his life.
Meanwhile, Kate knocks on Beth’s door and opens up about her struggle to make friends with her. Beth comforts the bride-to-be and says she’s also struggling because she cares for a child who is no longer in her custody.
In a flashback, Rebecca and Jack are in the kitchen discussing their anniversary plans (or lack thereof). When they head upstairs, they discover a path of twinkle lights leading to the roof and a note from the Big Three.
Earlier that day, Kevin and Jack are driving in the car when Kevin asks if the Cornish hens he bought for the anniversary dinner are big enough. Jack tells him that a big grand gesture isn’t about the actual thing you do or say. Instead, it’s about intent and letting the other person know you see them and hear them, and are taking the time to give them what they need in that moment.
Before heading home, Randall and Beth decide to stop by Shauna’s house only to discover she and Deja are no longer living there. As they’re walking out, they find Deja and her mom sleeping in the back of a parked car.
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