This Is Us S2 Episode 10 Recap: 8 Can’t Miss Moments From ‘Number Three’
On the drive back home from Howard, Jack asks Randall why he hestitated to introduce him as his dad to his college friends and Randall jokes, “I hesitated not because you’re white, but because you’re old!” but then adds he hopes it help Jack understand how he feels. Randall explained he didn’t feel it from his parents but from everyone else, never like he quite belonged. “I just feel like I’m always going to feel this way,” Randall explains. “Just off balance — like everything’s just going to be a little bit more complicated for me.” Jack then decides to make an impromptu pit-stop where he takes Randall to the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where he seemingly showed Randall the name of his lost brother, Nicky. While Jack didn’t talk about his brother, he did talk about how he rarely opens up about his time in the war and the things he did and saw. He told Randall that the day he was drafted he found out on TV and since returning home, he has always felt “off balance” too. It was a huge bonding moment between Randall and Jack as Jack added he learned to find his way because life always throws you off balance and he knew Randall could find his way too.
5. William’s Reveal
In the present, Randall dropped Deja off at her high school and following the confrontation with her mother Shauna, he was reminded of last year’s dramatic Thanksgiving and flashed back to him reading the letter where he found out his mom knew about his biological dad William all along. Randall then flashes back to the moments after the dinner table confrontation where William recounts what happened after Rebecca abruptly left his apartment after finding out he was clean and eager to meet his 9-year-old son at the time. William reveals he actually followed Rebecca home in a cab that day, saying, “All I had to do was walk up to that door and knock,” as a fantasy sequence that never happened plays out of a young William being greeted by Jack and Rebecca and then meeting his son. The fantasy shows William present at all the “big stuff” like birthdays and Christmas, but then William says, “I saw something on the front lawn — I didn’t know what bike belonged to you, I didn’t know whether yours was ‘Number 1,’ ‘Number 2,’ or ‘Number 3.'” “Who was I to insert myself into your life against your mother’s wishes?” This was, per William, “a life I had nothing to do with” — so he left the family alone, realizing how complicated and intrusive entering their lives really would be, and realizing Randall had this whole other life on the go that would be completely and forever altered if William were to all of a sudden appear after nine years.