In the past, we see Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Nicky’s (Michael Angarano) tumultuous Thanksgivings as children then as adults. One year, they decide to ditch and hang out together at a bar. There, Nicky makes a bet and wins a huge wad of cash. They decide to treat themselves to…five pounds of shrimp?
Back in the present, Kevin stops into Uncle Nicky’s trailer to see if he’s ready to head to Randall’s for Thanksgiving. Nicky looks completely transformed (in his opinion, like he’s about to star in a Viagra commercial), but he’s nervous to spend a holiday with the Pearsons.
Meanwhile, Randall and company are preparing to host the holiday, but their box of traditions is missing, Rebecca is still mad at Randall and Beth is nervous about Deja’s mom, Shauna (Joy Brunson), letting her daughter down. Randall tries to smooth things over with Rebecca, but she’s not interested and tells him she needs some space. She says she’s going to see a movie or something and heads off to the park, where she sees (or rather, hallucinates) a young version of William (Ron Cephas Jones). While Rebecca is lost, Randall heads to their old house in New Jersey with Uncle Nicky and Annie (Faithe C. Herman) to retrieve their box of holiday traditions, Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Tess (Eris Baker) duck out to get some air and Beth and Miguel (Jon Huertas) are left alone to welcome Shauna, who is uncharacteristically early.