‘THIS IS US’: KATE CONNECTS WITH HER FATHER AS SHE CHASES MOTHERHOOD IN “KATIE’S GIRLS”!

This Is Us continues to be a first-rate tear jerker, but Tuesday night’s episode, “Katie’s Girls,” failed to shine enough of a spotlight on the woman in question – Kate (Chrissy Metz).

After being belittled by Randall (Sterling K. Brown) at Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) big movie premiere, for going through in-vitro fertilization as opposed to considering adoption, Kate is at a low point, questioning herself and the prospect of becoming a mother. But she forges ahead with the egg retrieval operation.

The anesthesia causes Kate to have visions, not only of her younger self, but of her father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In a key moment of transition for Kate, it is interesting that her father comes through. Randall also comes through to support his sister and mend fences. Lost in the shuffle is the impressive fact that Kate has lost 40 lbs. While we root for Kate to get that baby she and Toby (Chris Sullivan) are fighting for, Tuesday night’s show could have devoted more quality time to her.

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Speaking of Randall, big changes are afoot following a mugging. When one of his tenants is accosted and the local councilman takes no action, Randall begins to consider a run for political office. But his timing could prove problematic as Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) deals with losing her job. With all the sacrifices she has made over the years, must she take a back seat to Randall one more time?

We are also transported back to the 1960s and given a look at Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) childhood and her beginnings with Jack. Both are plagued with difficult home lives and their union doesn’t come without obstacles. Alan (Hunter Parrish), Rebecca’s high school love wants her to come and be with him in London, which would be a logical choice for her – a life of comfort. But a man she crosses paths with once again – Jack – captures her heart and changes the course of both their lives.

For Kevin, life could not be sweeter. He has a big movie out, he has risen from the ashes of crippling addiction and he has Zoe (Melanie Liburd) by his side. But when the subject of Vietnam comes up, questions flood Kevin’s mind about his father’s war years and his resistance to opening up about his service. Kevin begins to piece together his father’s past, pinning time-worn photographs and other clues to a wall. A venn diagram of leads begins to emerge which will propel Kevin on his search for answers.

What happened in Vietnam? What happened to Jack during the war? These are questions we will begin to get answers to as the season rolls on.

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