In last week’s episode, Kevin showed up at Uncle Nicky’s door after being worried about not hearing from him. In this week’s episode, we get a glimpse at what Nicky has been up to. Feeling depressed, he finally went out on a limb and saw a therapist at the Veteran’s Affairs office. He received a picture of baby Jack from Kevin and started tidying up his house, trimming his yard and getting rid of his booze. Just when he was really starting to get somewhere, his therapist told him she was being transferred. That’s when he picked up the bottle again and threw a chair through the VA window (which we saw in the season premiere). We cut to Kevin showing up at his door with his beloved plant.
The next day, Kevin and Nicky go to the VA so Kevin can try and get his uncle off the hook for throwing the chair. (There are massive fees and potential jail time at stake.) The administrator agrees that if Nicky will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, then he can continue treatment there.
Later, Kevin waits for Nicky and befriends Cassidy’s (Jennifer Morrison) 9-year-old son after the little guy tells him the vending machine is broken. They bond over Mario Kart and Cassidy is weirded out to see her son hanging out with a grown man when she finishes her therapy session. She throws him shade, until she realizes he’s with the guy who threw a chair at her. Nicky comes out just at that moment and tells her not to flatter herself.
Kevin asks him how the session went and Nicky answers sarcastically. So, he checks with the VA administrator, who says Nicky is welcome to start treatment, but he doesn’t foresee it being very successful because Nicky doesn’t seem to want help. This proves to be true when Kevin watches Nicky walk into a bar immediately after. He confronts Nicky and tells him that he’s going to go to jail unless he starts taking his recovery seriously. He insists that they go to a meeting immediately.
When they arrive at the meeting, Kevin is surprised to see Cassidy. While he’s a bit excited, she’s visibly less enthused. He shares at the meeting that he’s been having a really hard time not drinking. At his core, he’s upset that he doesn’t have more purpose and he’s questioning if he’s making too many mistakes with his life. Cassidy starts cracking up at how different their problems are and he and Nicky join in.