*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
In This Is Us season four, episode 15, the Pearsons take positive steps toward getting their lives back. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) starts therapy, Kate (Chrissy Metz) sets boundaries and expectations with Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) returns to Los Angeles to spend time with his beloved mom, Rebecca (Mandy Moore). But, it wouldn’t be This Is Us without some bumps along the way, would it?
First off, Randall and his therapist (played by Pamela Adlon) do not immediately hit it off. When she questions how pivotal his role is in his family and admits that she knows his family history because she’s seen his speeches, he feels exposed and defensive. He storms off after she asks him what would happen if he stopped trying to be the Superman of his family (and rudely criticizes her coffee maker). Ultimately, with a little help from Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), he realizes that therapy might take some getting used to and he really needs to give it another shot.
Meanwhile, Toby tries to prove to Kate that he can be present with her and baby Jack by refurbishing their garage as a music studio. While she appreciates the gesture, she needs time and space before she can forgive him for checking out of family life since Jack’s birth. Eventually, however, she tells him she’s sick of feeling pitted against him and is ready to move forward. Speaking of rocky roads, Kate also has brunch with Madison (Caitlin Thompson), who’s eager to patch things up after sleeping with Kevin. Afterward, Kate tells Toby it was just a fling…but was it?