This Is Us Review: Career Days (Season 1 Episode 6)

Jack Pearson once again proves to be the best father on television, and well, ever, while Randall goes through a little mid-life crisis involving his own career.

This Is Us Season 1 Episode 6 continued to fulfill our lives with the heartwarming and heartbreaking moments in the Pearson family’s story. In the past, Jack struggled with his hope to start his own business, “Big Three Homes,” yet faced the fact that, in order to pave the way for his kids, he’d have to stay at the desk job he hated so much.

Randall: My dad wore a tie every day because he had to. I wear one because I want to.

Even though Jack may be dead in the present, his presence has stayed with his children, and that’s all we need. Okay, I lied. We need to know when he died, how he died, and what his relationship was like with his family when he died.

Surprisingly, though her story was minimal, Kate had the best story. Having a story without Toby involved was actually refreshing, and it’s nice to know that Kate is an interesting character on her own with her own personality fighting within her, rather than hers fighting against Toby’s overbearing one.

Learning that Kate has become estranged from her mother is one of the moments that broke my heart. It makes sense though; little Kate admired her mother so much growing up, and she didn’t have issues with her body and weight, and was always the picture of perfection in Kate’s mind.

Rebecca and Jack inadvertently created the idea that perfect exists, and that she’d only find love if she was beautiful like her mother, which made Kate’s childhood and never-ending weight struggles even harder. Imagine having your 8-year-old tell you she hates you, and you have no idea why. Only 8! Kate started taking out her anger and attitude on her mother so early, so if we see the teenage years, it’s scary to think of what Rebecca and Kate’s relationship had become.

Regardless, Kate stayed close to Jack, so we won’t be losing the family ties with anyone but Kevin anytime soon.

Who else started crying when Kevin talked about his dad with the grieving widow that he didn’t know?

It’s so sad that he, in fits of rage, destroyed every material thing he created with his dad. Kevin lost all his physical memories of the good times, and has to live with that regret for the rest of his life. Who knows what his relationship is like with Rebecca, either. Rebecca and Kate don’t speak, yet she’s close with Randall in the present, but that present day connection hasn’t been explored or touched upon yet.

Kevin was always the child left out in the cold as he could be perceived as the only normal one of the group, which probably means their relationship is about as good as Kate and Rebecca’s. She spent so much time focusing on the other two, and Jack was the one that paid Kevin the most attention, so it’s understandable if he doesn’t want to speak to her. Sad, but understandable.

One of the great things about this show is the exploration of family. Blood doesn’t necessarily make a family; Randall created his own family, while Kate and Kevin became a little family of their own, more than likely after Jack died and/or after Rebecca remarried. If the Pearson family doesn’t end up coming together, all we would need to see is The Big Three happy with a family of their choosing, blood or not.

This Is Us continues Tuesday November 15 at 9/8c on NBC.

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