Previously on This Is Us
I was just wondering if maybe we should...put a pin in your being a dance teacher.
So you get to have your dream, and I'm just supposed to quit mine?
Kevin, I know that you're in there. Will you open the door?
KEVIN: The Nicky thing?
It messed me up a little bit.
And I had a drink.
(SIGHS) I think my water just broke.
I'm only weeks. It's too soon.
Toby, it's me. Listen, I'm in the car with Kate and, uh,
I really think we should call an ambulance.
- Because I've been drinking all day.
- TOBY: Kate?
KEVIN: That shot that they gave you, it's working.
It's delayed your labor ten hours so far.
I don't need hours, Kev, I need weeks.
- (BABY CRYING)
- (DOOR OPENS)
(TV PLAYING INDISTINCTLY)
TV NARRATOR: And we can see
that they live their lives in the fast lane.
In flight, they are just a blur.
It's only when you slow down their supercharged lives...
Who's calling you at : a.m.?
It's : a.m. on the East Coast. (CLEARS THROAT)
One second stretched out to...
Kev, can I see your charger?
You can see it but you can't use it.
Uh, you're at %.
Okay, so, like, I need more percent, then.
Why do you need your phone so bad right now, Randall?
It's for work.
You're gonna work right now?
- I have mine.
Thanks. (CLEARS THROAT)
It's an Advil, okay? And I have a headache.
- I didn't say anything.
- All right.
I can't-I can't sit here anymore,
just do nothing.
This is ridiculous, right?
Her water breaks and we're just, uh, we're just waiting?
I mean, it's been hours since Toby came out with an update.
- He's probably just focused on Kate.
- I'm sure.
But I'll tell you what, if Meghan Markle were here, right, her doctor would be out here giving us updates every two minutes.
And Kate better not be back there getting anything less than Meghan Markle treatment.
Whatever that is.
Y'all know Baby Markle's gonna pop out in full hair and makeup, right?
Little crown and scepter?
KEVIN: Let me see if I can get an update.
I just checked minutes ago.
Well, you're not the only one that can get an update, Randall.
Look, I know you're worried about her.
We're all worried about her.
And I know you got a lot going on.
All right, but you just need to relax.
- How am I supposed to do that?
- Sit down.
- Shut your eyes for a minute.
- I'm not falling asleep right now.
Well, then, learn something about birds.
Birds? I know everything I want to know about birds, Randall.
Okay, look, I'm fine here, just, you know, you-you got to, you got to let me breathe, man.
In the mountains, insects are...
You okay, Mom?
Want to get up and stretch?
- Hmm? No.
Have you ever noticed that electrical outlets look like little surprised faces?
Like little faces frozen mid-scream.
- You see that?
- MIGUEL: Yeah.
- Are you Kate Pearson's family?
- REBECCA: Yes.
The good news is that Kate made it to weeks.
That's a huge milestone in fetal development.
So far, the tocolytics are working.
Labor has been delayed, and that's good.
We want to keep the baby in as long as possible to develop his brain, lungs.
But the longer we wait, the more we run the risk of infection.
So we've got Kate on antibiotics...
So, uh, what are... you're saying Kate has an infection?
No, but there is a risk.
Have you all been here since Kate was admitted?
Uh, we all arrived at different times, but yes, sir.
hours. Do we smell like it?
(CHUCKLES) There's really no need for all of you to stay.
Uh, we'll call you if we have any news.
Feel free to freshen up, get some normal food.
- I know you feel like you...
- This family stays.
MIGUEL: Dr. Monroe, um, what kind of tocolytic did you actually administer?
Because if it was, uh, ter-terbutaline, there's a whole list of...
Uh, do me a favor, for all of our sanities, let's stay off of the Internet.
I like to pretend we still live in a world where only doctors are doctors.
Do you have any more questions for me?
All right, here's the thing. Listen, um, all due respect, uh, I have the financial means to get Kate any doctor in Los Angeles, okay?
So if there's a point in time that you reach where you're like, "Well, I might not be able to administer the best possible care" for my sister...
- I can make a call.
And hey, listen, I realize how awful that sounds, but I'm way past the point of self-consciousness, so...
- I'll make that call.
- RANDALL: You'll have to excuse my brother, Doc, he's not his best self right now.
Yeah, excuse me for helping to try and make sure that Kate...
Now, we trust that you are doing your best. Thank you.
I'll update you as soon as I have more information.
Sure. Okay, yeah.
You can all relax, trust me.
The fact that you're seeing me out here means that nothing crazy is happening in there.
TV NARRATOR: has a bizarre way of impressing the female.
- Its courtship lasts...
- RANDALL: Kev.
And was unnoticed until the high-speed camera
Hey, I used to, uh, I used to play this game with my kids.
Name a food, any food, that isn't made better with either chocolate or ranch.
- What if you don't like ranch?
- Well, in order to play this game, you have to like ranch.
- That's chocolate.
- It's always better with chocolate.
Uh... how about oysters?
- I don't know if I'd put ranch on...
(KEVIN GROANS, GRUNTS)
I'm fine. I'm just a little hungover.
You know, a hangover, it's when you, uh, when you drink too much alcohol and you don't have enough,
- enough water.
Guys, I know Toby told you I was drunk, that's why we took an ambulance to the hospital.
I had an intense week, okay?
I had a few drinks, I didn't go back to the pain pills, if that's what you're wondering.
Wasn't a shining moment, but it was not out of control.
No one here is judging you.
Just, haven't been my best self recently.
Everyone, just, let's wait.
It will be fine.
She's barely moved in hours.
You can get that.
Oh, can I? Thank you.
She's just tired.
Yeah, well, we're all tired.
Oh, we are, aren't we?
- Yeah. %.
Think about it.
ZOE: It's gel.
It's supposed to last longer, but, uh, always end up peeling it off.
I got it just after you got back from seeing your uncle.
When we were supposed to go for lunch, uh, you said that you had this audition thing come up.
Were you drinking then?
- Were you drinking in Vietnam?
I wasn't drinking then.
Are we gonna talk about this?
(CHUCKLES) I got doughnuts.
It's all I could find that was open.
There was Chinese, but that seemed too saucy.
Any word from Toby?
Well, no news is good news, right?
Okay, so there is regular, blueberry, glazed and gluten free.
Very nice of you. Thanks.
MADISON: Oh, Kevin, how was Vietnam?
Was it so humid?
It looked humid on Instagram.
I mean, uh, yeah.
Well, I am dying to go.
Hey, Madison, we're, uh, we're playing a game.
Name any food, any food at all, that is not made better by either chocolate or ranch.
That's not a food. It doesn't count.
MADISON: What about gum, then?
- MIGUEL: Also not a food.
- MADISON: Huh.
Yeah, it was the studio.
They just wanted to know if I could cover a class today.
I'm sorry you're missing that.
- Thanks for being here.
Hey, are we gonna air this out?
Or are you just gonna keep on being weird to me till Kate and Toby's kid is in college?
Hey, I didn't mean that you shouldn't teach dance at all.
I just asked if it was the right time.
- We got a lot of stuff going on.
- That is why
I asked you to drop out of the race in the first place...
But I didn't, and I won. So here we are.
All right, I don't want to do this right now, okay? We're here for Kate.
I'll take a gluten one.
- RANDALL: Hey, Beth...
- Okay, you know what, Randall?
You want to talk about it, then let's just talk about it with everybody.
So, Randall thinks that I shouldn't
- be teaching dance right now.
- RANDALL: I never said that.
- What are you teaching? Oh.
Yeah, on nights and weekends.
It's just, you know, I feel like...
if your wife wants to try something new,
- you should support that.
- Hey, thanks, Kev.
I appreciate your advice in this private matter.
Hey, I just want to teach dance classes, okay?
I love Misty Copeland.
Do you follow her?
God, it must seem like I'm only on Instagram.
- (CHUCKLES) I am. I love it.
- I'm sorry, what exactly are you doing here?
Oh, I, um...
No, it's, uh, it's weird that I'm here.
This is a... family thing.
Um, I'll go. Uh... can someone text me if you, um... if you hear of anything?
I'll just, um...
- I'll just leave the doughnuts.
- I-I'm sorry.
I'm sorry, I'm being an ass, um...
I'm-I'm sorry. I'm gonna take a walk.
- Where? Where you going?
- Uh, the elevator, I don't know.
- Want some company?
- No. I'm...
I'm just gonna get some air.
I'll be okay.
Did you know he was drinking again?
TV NARRATOR: Other birds found a different way
in the high mountains...
The circles on the chairs look like bacteria.
Right? Isn't that what bacteria looks like?
What a strange choice for a hospital.
(RANDALL SIGHS HEAVILY)
So we're just not gonna talk about his relapse?
I feel like we should be trying to get ahead of it this time.
One thing at a time, Randall.
Did Miguel just "dad voice" me?
WOMAN: (LAUGHING) Yeah, you know what they say about the second.
Yep, it just slid right out.
Yeah, she pushed for, like, ten minutes. Yeah.
No, they're stitching her back up now.
(LAUGHS) I know. I'm a double grandma.
I know. Oh... yeah, okay.
- Oh, thanks.
I was hoping for a boy, but all girls in my family.
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This woman's about to get drop-kicked.
You're not gonna drop-kick a grandma.
- Watch me. Drop-kick...
- (MUNCHING CONTINUES)
Baby... it's not that I don't want you to do what you love.
I just have some practical questions.
City council isn't volunteer work, but it's a fraction of what I used to make.
- And without your salary...
- I know.
So I'm just saying, if we're gonna get childcare, is the cost of that childcare greater than or equal to what we'd be bringing in?
You mean what I'd be bringing in.
I didn't say... oh...
What about pumpkin?
Or ranch, actually, depending on whether it's a savory or sweet pumpkin dish.
Jack's least favorite pie was pumpkin.
Hey, Rebecca, you want me to get you something to eat?
- Oh, she's... she's got water, and she had a bar...
Miguel, please, you don't have to answer for her.
I did. I had a bar. I'm okay.
(MIGUEL CLEARS THROAT)
If you want to teach, I'm on board.
I just want you to be happy.
If you're not happy, I'm not happy.
Which is a very selfish thing to say.
Uh, why are you twisting around everything that I say?
Because I want you to see it the way I'm hearing it.
Want me to...?
- Oh, hey.
- I-I'm okay. I'm just... I'm...
(TAKES DEEP BREATH) a little lightheaded.
When did you have that bar?
(SIGHS) I don't remember, but I'm not hungry.
- You look hungry.
- I'm fine, Beth.
- How about a doughnut?
- No, I...
I really don't want a doughnut.
You know what, Rebecca?
There was one year where Annie refused to eat anything that wasn't orange.
So I got mad skills.
Don't make me airplane a doughnut into your mouth.
REBECCA: (LAUGHS) I'm not a kid.
Okay, here we go.
- Here comes the doughnut.
- Still here. (CHUCKLES)
- I see.
- Uh, yeah.
- Are you all right?
She had a really clear birth plan.
They tell you not to make a plan but, I mean... come on.
Well, people make plans.
And Kate makes plans.
She had a playlist to push to, I was supposed to take the first public pictures because I have portrait mode...
And she needs Ruth.
We were out after group a few months ago and we passed this baby store.
She didn't want to go in.
And I was like, "Kate, you need to show the universe you believe this is going to happen."
So she got this Ruth Bader Ginsburg doll to give him as soon as he was born.
Because she wanted him to be immediately surrounded by strong female influences.
The baby's coming too early.
The doll's locked in her apartment.
Her plan is falling apart, but I was supposed to be here the whole time.
At least I can give her that.
But I should go.
Kevin's right, I... it's weird that I'm here.
I'm not family.
Look, it's... it's tough.
Feeling on the outside of this family.
When Rebecca and I first, um...
I've tried...to find my place in the family, you know?
Without... sitting in s-somebody else's seat.
And the thing is...
I don't mind standing.
When you stand, you... you can just listen.
You can, you can lighten up the conversation... if it's getting too intense.
Oh, and you're closest to the kitchen when somebody else needs some iced tea.
Look, Madison... if you really want to help Kate through this...
I'm sure you can find a way.
- Thank you.
- (ELEVATOR BELL DINGS)
No, not really.
There's a great new restaurant nearby.
- Oh, yeah?
Has a Michelin star.
I can get us a table.
It's called "Vending Machine."
Just stand in front of it.
So when did it start?
At my uncle's.
Well, you could've talked to me about it.
I've... I mean, I've shared so much with you.
I-I didn't want to drag you into it.
It's too late. I'm in it.
I had a rough couple of weeks, you know, and we'll-we'll talk about it, um...
I know I owe you that.
I just, I need to know you're not lying to me.
I know. It's over.
Okay, I promise.
Feel like I just... I...
I feel like I just got some eye contact there.
- I'm gonna see if I can get some Intel.
- I'm going to Vending Machine.
Pick me up some steak frites, will you?
You want to get out of here?
I don't know. I was thinking, like, Kauai or Bali or anywhere with a bunch of vowels where these crazy-ass brothers
- can't find us.
- Man, what about the girls?
- Oh, I'll send for them.
You know, you and Randall, you always figure it out.
How you doing?
I... I mean, now it all makes sense.
Right? I thought he just needed space after everything with his uncle, and I get that.
I invented needing space.
What gets me is that he lied.
I know you're in there like, "I got to bounce. I got to go."
I wouldn't judge you if you did.
would you judge me if I stayed?
I feel like I need something.
I don't know if it's coffee or breakfast or a cocktail at this point.
- I get it.
(TV PLAYING INDISTINCTLY)
Yeah, p-pumpkin is technically a squash. We did pumpkin.
- We already did pumpkin.
- BETH: You know what?
- Screw this game.
- RANDALL: Mm-hmm.
So does anyone know if they've picked out a name yet?
Uh, well, it's a boy, right? So I just...
Yeah, we kind of assumed that it would...
REBECCA: No, they want to meet him first...
- And then decide on his name because it's hard to name a person you haven't met before.
Kate used to name her stuffed animals the craziest things.
There was "Tuesday." Uh... "Marvelous."
There was, um... "Evelyn."
- Which one was Evelyn?
- That monkey, remember?
That's right, the monkey. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
And, um... she would say good night to each of them before she went to bed.
She wanted each one to hear its name before she fell asleep.
It took forever.
She was destined to be a mom.
There's chairs in here.
You would think there would be an even number.
Mom, you sure you don't want to...
We gonna figure this out.
Maybe Mom and Miguel can help us out.
- What can Miguel do?
Beth and I are just starting to figure out what our schedule looks like once I get sworn in.
Apparently, being a city councilman requires a lot of hours, which comes as a real shock to Randall.
Sorry, sorry. I forgot we changed tones.
So I was thinking maybe you guys could help us out with the girls.
You know, you're always asking to spend more time with them, so...
Or happy Easter. What day is today? I don't know.
MIGUEL: Well, um...
(STAMMERS) We've actually... It's okay.
We've been thinking about, uh, about relocating, out to California.
Just... (CLEARS THROAT)
You know, to be there for Kate, to help out with the baby.
Were you gonna tell us?
- KEVIN: Randall... I'm sorry, listen.
- Of course.
I know you called dibs on Mom for the past years, but I'm pretty sure it's not a binding contract.
- Will you shut the hell up, please?
- MIGUEL: This is just something
- that we are considering.
There are retirement communities, very nice retirement communities, just outside of the city, and your mom loves succulents.
- Since when?
- REBECCA: It's just an idea that we're considering, Randall, that's all.
Okay. I can't do this.
What are you doing?
Oh, I'm gonna turn off these damn birds.
Kev, leave the TV alone, man.
Hey, hey. It's not our...
- Kevin! Leave the...
There you go, no more birds.
I can't watch those things anymore.
I don't care how they store their food.
Look, man, I know we're all a little stressed out, okay?
Stressed out? Well, that's a casual word.
Do I look stressed to you, huh?
I'm not stressed, Randall, I'm losing my mind.
None of us know what's going on back there.
All right? (STAMMERS)
There-there-there's a whole host of-of potential horrible problems that could be going on right now. And, yes, I googled it.
Okay? And-and I know the half-assed doctor told me not to Google it, but I googled it.
There's a plethora of problems that could happen if a baby's born that early, all right?
(STAMMERS) A brain hemorrhage, for one.
Could have trouble breathing for the rest of its life.
- I could go on and on and on.
- Please stop it. Stop it. Okay?
I'm just saying, we don't know anything.
And we haven't seen that doctor, right, in-in God knows how long.
- That can't be good.
- Look, if you're gonna spiral, why don't you go do it somewhere else, huh?
You know what? Excuse me. Hi. Hi.
How are you? Listen, uh,
I really need an update on my sister.
- NURSE: Sir, I...
- KEVIN: I need you to go back there, please, and get an update on my sister.
Now, we have been sitting out here, relatively patiently...
- NURSE: Sir, I can't...
- KEVIN: No, no,
I think it's fair, just walk back there, please,
- and get an update on my sister.
- One minute.
Yes, I have the Pearson family wanting an update from Dr. Monroe.
He's in emergency surgery.
(QUIETLY): Sir, I can't give you an update yet.
Dr. Monroe just went into emergency surgery.
What? What kind of surgery?
- Is it Kate?
- I don't know.
- She wouldn't tell me.
- Let me try.
I just did, Randall.
How you doing? My sister, Kate Pearson, is she in surgery right now?
Hi, again. I know I'm all up in your business.
I was just wondering if Dr. Monroe
is in with my sister, Kate Pearson.
The doctor will come and talk to you once he's out of surgery.
Cool. Cool, cool, cool.
I'm sorry, what does that mean?
Does the doctor have something to say?
The doctor will come and update you with any news.
I'm just getting some clarity. Sorry.
If the doctor has an update, he will share it with you.
You realize you just said the same thing three times, but with different words.
Just as you've been asking me the same question.
- Any new info?
- That's interesting.
- How so, Kev?
Well, I just think it's obvious that she wouldn't tell me anything, right?
I mean, I'm just a fallen drunk, but you, I mean, I figured they'd trust you.
- You know, I'm not gonna do this...
- I mean, one look at you and it's like, that's the guy we want in charge.
- I'm not gonna do this...
Basically all fruit is chocolate.
Miguel, I swear before God...
You know what, maybe if you hadn't left me with Nicky...
- He had to get home, Kevin.
- That's our dad's brother.
You didn't even care, though, right?
You just, you just left me with him.
Because you were the best equipped to deal with him.
Why am I the most...
Because we're both, uh, we're both messes?
- We're both weak, disorganized messes?
- Hey, guys...
Hey, not now, Miguel.
I don't appreciate being talked to that way.
Honestly, man, this doesn't concern you.
And it never does, does it? I never get a seat at the table.
- What table?
- Why don't you just, uh, relax and understand that Randall gets the final say in our family, okay?
He's the moral center over here.
- Right, he's the, uh, de facto hero dad.
- I'm just saying...
In fact, I'm-I'm surprised he's not back there delivering Kate's baby with his bare hands right now.
Oh, man. There you go again, Kev.
- Turn it around on me.
- MIGUEL: I'm just saying, I shouldn't have
- to stand. I shouldn't have to stand.
- God forbid you take any responsibility for your damn life.
What're you talking about? You think I feel good about myself right now?
I don't know, Kev. You always somehow manage
- to come out on top. Yeah.
- How... What am I on top of?
- Anything you want to do...
- Stop it!
Everyone, stop it.
None of this matters.
Do you know that I remember every single detail of the waiting room the night that I took your father in to see about his burn?
Six other people waiting, two of them asleep.
Only one electrical outlet.
A big fake potted plant. (SCOFFS)
Chairs pushed so close together that when he leaned on me, my fingers got pinched between the arms.
The arms of the chair were covered in something sticky, like... kid's candy fingers or someone else's sweat.
Bright green cushions... covered in plastic so they could be wiped easily.
(CHUCKLES) Your father said that they looked like
"key lime pie you could sit on."
And then he said, "At least we still have pie," and I said, "We'll always have pie."
And then we sat there, waiting for the doctor, ranking pies from our favorite to our least favorite.
And I realized I hadn't eaten anything since chili for lunch, and that the house was gone, but it didn't matter.
Nothing mattered, because you were safe.
We were safe, we were alive... sitting, waiting, in bright green chairs.
I'm sorry, but anything that's bothering you right now that doesn't have to do with Kate or my grandson, it doesn't belong here.
It doesn't matter.
And I need you to put it away, right now.
You're right, Mom.
TOBY: Hey, everybody.
Uh, he's here.
It's a boy, and he's very premature.
- REBECCA: What happened?
So his-his heart rate dropped, and they had to do an emergency C-section.
And e-everything happened so fast that I-I didn't have time to-to...
RANDALL: It's okay.
He's really, really small.
Y-You know? And-and so-so they put him, they, they put him on a machine because he can't breathe on his own yet, and-and he's in this plastic box to keep him warm and they took him back to, uh, to...
But he's here.
How is Kate?
Um, through the whole thing.
When can we go see her?
Uh, I-I don't know.
Um, as soon as possible, hopefully, but, uh...
She asked to see Miguel first.
No, not really.
She... I'm sorry, that was my poor attempt at some humor.
I'm really tired.
I'm sorry, I should-I should probably head back.
Go, man, go.
Tell her we love her.
Uh, yeah, I will-I will, and... will somebody call my parents?
- MIGUEL: I'm on it.
- I'll send you their numbers.
No, I have them. I-I saved them, just for this, uh,
- this kind of occasion.
- Thanks, Migs.
Uh, Toby. Yeah...
Would you tell her I'm here?
Want to know the end of the game?
You can't put chocolate on ranch.
- Well done.
- Thank you.
Thank you for putting up with us.
It's my pleasure.
- Your pleasure? Really?
NURSE: I'm gonna send you guys
- up to the NICU.
- Fourth floor.
- RANDALL: Thank you.
And thank you for putting up with us.
- You've been fine.
- No, really.
Do you have some kind of employee of the month program?
Because your face belongs on a bulletin board.
- Starting to sound like pandering.
- Uh, yes, dear. I just...
Thank you for your service.
We'll head right up.
- REBECCA: Thanks.
- I suggest you get some food and change your clothes first.
This could be a long road.
Okay. Thank you.
So I waited outside their building until I saw the maintenance guy and I told a very elaborate lie and he let me into their apartment.
Can you give this to Kate?
Oh, and tell her if she ever gets a call from Sven,
- just to agree with everything.
- (CHUCKLES): Okay, I will.
Uh, wow... well done.
Thanks for putting up with us.
RANDALL: Is this the right one?
BETH: Yeah. Yeah.
I think it'll be good for you guys, to be so close to Kate.
- She's gonna need you.
Yeah. Kate and little Tobe deserve some local Grandpa and Grandma time, too.
Are you sure you guys are gonna be okay with everything?
Of course. We always are.
We got this.
We got this, right?
There's got to be a, like, a term or a word for when your twin has a baby.
There's got to be a word for that, right?
- (LAUGHS): Twuncle, that's it.
It was right in front of me, I didn't see it.
I thought I had it under control, but, uh, I don't know, it all feels so fragile right now.
I don't think I can do this without you, Zoe.
Any of it.
I feel like I need some caffeine. Do you want anything?
- Are you sure?
I'm proud of you, cuz.
I know how hard it is, to step out of old patterns.
His, uh, water bottle was full of vodka.
(WHISPERING): Hey, little man.
You came early.
You're impatient, too, huh?
I think you get that from me.
Oh, my God, I already love him so much... this is, this is insane.
I think I would murder somebody for him, Toby.
- Full-on dragon.
Is his-is his chest supposed to be jerking like that when he breathes?
Yeah, I think he's just figuring it out.
He's just, he's just... (CHUCKLES)
I just cannot... Can't believe how small he is.
He just, he doesn't look like a regular...
Well, because he's not.
Toby, I've been hesitant...but I want to name him Jack.
Okay? Is that okay?
(EXHALES): I can't...
Take my hand.
Look at our son.
I'm gonna do something weird, but just go with it, please?
I don't know where you are, but I know that you're there.
I don't know why I'm looking up, 'cause I know you're not up.
Ugh, I promised myself I would never talk to you like this, never ask for something like this... but I need you to do something for me and I swear,
I swear that I will never ask for anything again.
This is Jack.
This is your grandson.
And I need him to be okay.
And I don't know why, but I, I know...
I know that you... you can do that.
- Oh, I need...
- I got you, I got you.
She's tough, you're tough.
Oh, my goodness.
He's gonna be okay.
He's gonna be okay.
He's gonna be okay.