This Is Us Recap: Randall and Beth's Malik-Related Freakout Begins

TVLine | 10/15/2019 | Kimberly Roots
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Kate and Toby have a fight about a toy, but it’s really about CrossFit. Kevin wants to buy Nicky a new RV, but Jack’s bro wants nothing to do with his nephew’s “Hollywood douchebag” money. And on the day Beth opens her dance studio, a stinky possum carcass — as well as Randall’s realization that Deja’s crush has a kid of his own — threatens to derail the whole shebang.

Read on for the highlights of “Flip a Coin.”

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BABY STEPS | Let’s start in the past. Post-housefire, long-haired, sad-cardigan Rebecca is heading to Parents’ Weekend at Randall’s school, but Kate would rather watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and snack on the couch. (Side note: Who can blame her? Those are two of my favorite activities, EVER.) Rebecca allows her to stay home and even gives her some money to buy some CDs to replace albums they lost in the blaze.

At the shop, a clerk (hi, Euphoria‘s Austin Abrams!) strikes up a snarkily friendly conversation with Kate, and she dishes it right back to him. Their music-flirting includes discussion of Nirvana and Death Cab for Cutie, then he offers her a job.

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Meanwhile, at Carnegie Mellon, Randall doesn’t pay any attention at all to what Rebecca’s saying at lunch — might that have something to do with the fact that Beth and her mom, Carol, are sitting across the cafeteria? When Mama Pearson realizes what’s up, she embarrasses him to no end by taking her tray and asking if they can sit with the Clarke women. It’s all a little awkward, but then the kids take off for class, and Carol and Rebecca bond over being recent widows.

Still, Carol later tells her daughter, she doesn’t think Randall is a good fit for her. “Randall and his family are still very broken,” she observes....
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