This Is Us S2 Episode 10 Recap: 8 Can’t Miss Moments From ‘Number Three’
4. The Pac-Man Speech
Back in the present, Randall’s flashback to William revealing how he almost came into his life, makes Randall realize he cannot do that to Deja. He meets Beth at Deja’s school where she is set to give a science presentation which Randall helped her with, and tells Beth he went to Deja’s mother neighborhood and saw her showing a friend new clothes she bought for the return of her daughter which made him realize “she had this whole world spinning before us.” He told Beth, they had no right to take that away from her and just insert themselves as the new constant in her life, which almost happened to him as a child if William had chosen to. Randall then gave Beth a rambling speech about how his favorite game as a kid was Pac-Man and despite its age he got their daughters interested in it too, and said that Pac-Man was like life you go around in circles, and no matter how many cherries you get eventually the ghosts come back to haunt you. While Beth laughed it off telling him “that’s bleak as hell, baby” his speech had a huge significance for the show. For one and a half seasons, This Is Us has been intertwining the lives of the Pearsons and how the past effects the present, and especially the past three episodes really drove this point home as Jack and Rebecca’s ghosts are now haunting Kevin, Kate and Randall. Kate is struggling with losing a baby like her mom did, Kevin struggles with addiction like Jack did, and Randall struggles with helping kids find their place in the world when it seems there is no one for them like Rebecca and Jack did.
3. Saying Goodbye to Deja
With the realization they had no right to fight for Deja, the time came they had to say goodbye. Randall tells Shauna that he is always willing to help out with watching Deja or even helping her with her math and science homework and while Shauna is defensive, she adds she appreciates them taking good care of her daughter. After Deja says goodbye to Tess, Annie and Beth, she says goodbye to Randall who she had the most complicated relationship with, but in the end the most important. She asks Randall if he remembers telling her about his childhood and feeling “split inside” when they first met, and adds“I don’t want you to think that — just because I want to go home doesn’t mean I don’t like living with you,” she says, fighting tears. “I know my mother does some stupid stuff sometimes, but mostly she’s cool.” Then, in a huge moment Randall says “I know you don’t like me touching you,” and she says, “Only when I don’t see it coming,” and the pair embrace. The connection and compassion between the two makes it hard to believe this is the end of Deja’s story, but even though saying goodbye was painful, Beth and Randall agree they want to foster again and Randall jokes, “maybe a little boy this time.” As he says that, a young black boy is shown speaking to a social worker who tells him although it is taking awhile, they are working hard to find him the right foster home…which undoubtedly will be with Randall and Beth.