This Is Us S2 Episode 7 Recap: 8 Can’t Miss Moments From ‘The Most Disappointed Man’
NBC’s This Is Us never ceases to surprise fans with just how much they can pack into a one hour episode, and season two’s seventh episode “The Most Disappointed Man” did not disappoint. While it wasn’t full of any surprising twists, it had some very important plot details when it comes to the stories of all the characters past and present and even included a new time in the Big Three’s life — being one-year-old! The episode was heavy and emotional, and had a lot for fans take in, so follow along as we break it down with these 8 can’t miss moments from the fantastic episode:
8. Judge Bradley
A lot of the episode took fans back to the time when Rebecca and Jack were trying to legally adopt Randall with the Big Three at one-year-old. Having already raised him as their son for a year, the pair didn’t expect there to be any problems, but that was until they faced Judge Bradley, an African-American judge who made it clear to them he didn’t think a black child should be raised in a white family. Following the lecture given to them, they were told they had to come back in three weeks, but with Bradley on the case it seemed unlikely he would approve the adoption which devastated Jack and Rebecca.
7. William’s Change
Much of the focus of “The Most Disappointed Man” was on courthouses, jails and lawyers, and another paralleled flashback to that of Randall’s adoption had to do with his birth father, William. Unknowingly to the Pearsons or Williamat the very same time they were going through the same courthouse, but for William it was after he got busted for drugs. In another parallel, he was up against a white judge who told him he had to put him in jail and William responded emotionally explaining that drugs were the only thing the outside world had left to offer him after he lost his mother, girlfriend and son and told the judge he was “the most disappointed man” in the world. William’s speech greatly impacted the judge however, and in a heavy moment he asked to speak with William one-on-one before his sentencing where he explained to him that every day that he put people away for 5, 10, 15 years he knew that the ending of their story wasn’t a good one and if William was “the most disappointed man in the world” then he was a “close second.” The judge then told William he was going to let him go if William could promise him he would remember his face every time he went down the path towards a bad ending, and William made that promise meaning he was walking away from drugs.