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‘This Is Us’ Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: Halloween à la Pearson
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*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

Season two, episode six of This Is Us, titled “The 20’s,” begins with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) finishing off the Big Three’s Halloween costumes: Michael Jackson for Randall, a veterinarian for Kate and a bum for Kevin. As young Randall (Lonnie Chavis) attempts to strategize the Big Three’s trick-or-treating plan of attack in order to maximize candy intake, Kevin (Parker Bates)—to no surprise—makes it very obvious he couldn’t care less.

Rebecca gets upset with Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) for telling Kate (Mackenzie Hancsicsak) she doesn’t have to wear the veterinarian costume Rebecca just finished making. She confronts him for always saying yes to Kate, but he’s quick to point out that she favors Randall.

Flash-forward to 2008, and we see the first glimpse of the adult This Is Us crew portraying twenty-something versions of themselves. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) is attempting (and failing) to install a ceiling fan in his soon-to-be-born first child’s bedroom. Despite the fact that the baby is due, like, the next day, he throws a fit over his very pregnant wife Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) fun-size-instead-of-full-size candy bar selection for Halloween. Meanwhile, Kate (Chrissy Metz) is working at a diner and Kevin (Justin Hartley) is washing a customer’s hair at a salon. Go figure.

In a flashback, Rebecca and Jack debut their impeccable Sonny and Cher costumes, and even though the Big Three have no idea who they’re dressed as, they get a ten out of ten in our book. While Kate insists they hit up the haunted house first (natch), Kevin continues to poke fun at Randall’s trick-or-treating map, which prompts Randall to freak out and demand they collect candy before the haunted house.

The Pearson parents decide to part ways to satisfy all their children, and Jack ends up taking Kevin and Kate to the haunted house. Kevin pulls a total sibling move and tells Jack that Kate only wants to go in so that her crush Billy can make a move on her.

Back in 2008, Rebecca arrives at Randall and Beth’s house. As Randall excuses himself to resume his fan duties and heads to the hardware store, Rebecca tells Beth that she doesn’t need to walk on eggshells around Randall. Beth admits she’s worried about him cracking under pressure, but Rebecca reassures her that Randall knows how to handle himself. 

Suddenly...BETH IS IN LABOR.

But guess what? The streets are closed due to the Halloween festivities and the ambulance is slow to arrive, which means the living room floor will have to do. After Randall races home and helps to deliver the baby on a very nice-looking rug, Beth and the baby girl eventually make it to the hospital. Back at the house, Rebecca breaks down after witnessing the birth of her first grandchild and admits she’s thrilled but saddened at the same time because Jack isn’t there to share it with her.

Later that night, Rebecca decides to create a Facebook account so she can post adorable pictures of her new grandchild and—drumroll, please—receives a message from Miguel (Jon Huertas).

The episode concludes with Beth and Randall naming their precious cherub Tess. After what, you may ask? Tess is derived from Tessana, the name of the ceiling fan Randall so desperately tried to install.

Only seven more days until episode seven. We can do this.

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