This Is Us: Season 1, Episode 14 “I Call Marriage” (B-)
This show is nothing if not consistent. We’ve seen all of this happen before, with Toby trying to break into one of Kate’s solo traditions and not having enough sense to realize that she needs to do it the way she wants, Jack and Rebecca affirm their love for each other, and Randall insists on being hyper-competitive even though he’s just not delivering on the absurd work ethic that he’s created for himself. Toby showing up to surprise Kate was a nice gesture, but of course it didn’t pan out that well since Kate really needed him not to be there. He brought up a good point that he flew out from California to be with her, but at least he met Duke and realized just how terrible a person he is. If something happens between Duke and Kate in the end, I’ll be really mad simply because it’s so totally unbelievable. Flashing back to Miguel announcing his divorce was far from encouraging, but good for Rebecca for not giving in to her flirtatious colleague and standing up for Jack, who proved his worth with a big romantic gesture. I don’t have much to say about Randall other than it’s a relief that he made the right choice and he’s going to have to adjust to doing work the way a normal person does. Kevin’s pursuit of Sophie was very sweet, but you have to wonder whether this is just a phase or if he can actually return to being a really good guy.