This Is Us (2016– )
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Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where Randall learns about William's past.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore ... Rebecca Pearson (credit only)
Sterling K. Brown ... Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz ... Kate Pearson (credit only)
Justin Hartley ... Kevin Pearson (credit only)
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Beth Pearson
Chris Sullivan ... Toby Damon (credit only)
Ron Cephas Jones ... William Hill
Jermel Nakia ... Young William
Amanda Warren ... Dorothy Hill
Brian Tyree Henry ... Ricky
Eris Baker ... Tess Pearson
Faithe Herman ... Annie Pearson
Lonnie Chavis ... 10 Year Old Randall
Jennifer C. Holmes ... Laurel


Beth is wary of Randall's plan to drive to Memphis with William, his hometown where many of his, and thus by association Randall's surviving biological relatives still live. Beth's concern is solely because of Randall's nervous breakdown happening one week ago and he only having been out of the hospital for five days. But the trip is a go on the okay by Randall's psychiatrist. With biological father and son alone on the drive, their differences - William being carefree whereas Randall is regimented - may be highlighted. Beyond Randall meeting the family he never knew, he will find that William has some very specific things he needs to do on this trip, Memphis where he has not been in approximately forty years. Due to the reasons behind some of the things he needs to do, William may find that his homecoming is not all heartwarming, mostly around not why he left Memphis for Pittsburgh, but rather he having abandoned his responsibilities in Memphis. Randall will also discover that ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


In the motel that Randall and William stay at, Randall makes the bed. When William questions this, Randall replies with "Well I guess thats one less thing for someone else to do." But in reality, the sheets in any motel would have to be stripped and washed after each guest, so his task is pointless. See more »


In one of the earlier episodes, William said that his father taught him to play the piano. In this episode, however, William's father dies when William is just a baby. See more »


William Hill: This is where I used to live with my mother.
Randall: Just the two of you?
William Hill: Always just the two of us, yeah. Looks different.
Randall: Well, forty plus years will do that.
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Spoofs The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


We Can Always Come Back to This
Performed by Hannah Miller
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An excellent episode
23 February 2017 | by avagaysmithSee all my reviews

In general, 'This is Us' is brilliant. The way the stories are woven with the present and the past generally has me awed, glued, connected. This though...this episode moved me deep in my spirit. I bawled! Ugly, hurt but accepting tears. That's not even the right expression but I am just so overcome with emotion. So poignant. There are not a lot of episodes and shows like this on television. Simply exquisite.

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21 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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