This Is Us S2 Episode 9 Recap: 8 Can’t Miss Moments From ‘Number Two’
6. Toby’s Effort
While Kate went off to her gig at the cafe, Toby took it upon himself to not make things worse for Kate after he got the notification that their baby bath was going to be delivered that day. Toby, being the man that he is, raced down to the parcel distribution center where he was intent on making sure the baby bath never made it to their door. Toby was so resolute about stopping the package, he even threatened the poor worker Carl who informed him it wasn’t a customer service center, and despite being the sweetest, kindest man, Toby said, “I am a large and powerful man, Carl, and I don’t know how much longer I can stay this calm.” Eventually Carl found the package and Toby gave it to him after Carl said his sister was expecting her third baby any day now and Carl said he was sorry for whatever happened. While Toby was desperately trying to stop the package, Kate’s gig fell apart as a little girl came up and danced to her song, causing Kate to become overwhelmed by emotion and walked away from the stage. As Kate sought solace at a buffet, she realized after piling her plate with food, that it wasn’t the answer and left.
5. Kate’s Music
In flashbacks to Kate as a teen that were mirrored with the previous episode which centered around Kevin and his visit from a college coach and his football game, Kate is seen as having a strained relationship with her mom, Rebecca. Rebecca pleads with Kate to make a list of her top five colleges, and Rebecca tells her it is fine she doesn’t have her college or future planned out like her brothers Kevin and Randall do, and suggests she go to a Liberal Arts college and study many things to find her passion. After Kate leaves for school suggesting Rebecca meant that she was “passionless,” Rebecca finds Kate’s filled out application for the Berklee School of Music along with her audition tape in which Kate sang “Summertime.” At Kevin’s football game later that day, Rebecca slipped Kate a $50 check for her application, revealing she had found it along with the tape which only angered Kate more. No matter how hard Rebecca tried to be supportive or compliment Kate, it seemed Kate always resisted, which of course plays into their relationship in the present which fans had seen as still being tense.