We don’t talk enough about what We areThe early years Rebecca went through.
Let’s think about the series premiere for a minute. After having three babies for many months, Rebecca went through immensely traumatic labor and an emergency C-section. And when he woke up later, he had to find out that one of his children had not survived the ordeal.
Yes, the decision on the Pearsons’ departure to adopt Randall was comforting (if not trouble-free for life). And yes, babies are cute and they can have a great ability to make you feel better when you are depressed. But this week’s episode begins to understand how the loss of little Kyle is not something that is easily overlooked, especially in the state of physical pain and lack of sleep that Rebecca finds herself in on the way home from the hospital. . And while I focus on the new mom, it’s not that Jack relaxes much more easily here – as we see in Tuesday hour, he’s sad too. And his demons are so close they are practically mounted like a shotgun the entire way back to the house.
That journey between hospital and home is the focus of all the stories this week. So let’s see how Madison and Kevin fare; Toby, Kate and Ellie; Randall and Beth; and the Pearson parents mentioned above. Oh, and did someone say FLASH FORWARD? Read on for the highlights of “The Ride.” (And then be sure to dive into our detailed guide to the Rebecca-centric flash-forward and hear what series star Jon Huertas had to say about the direction of this week’s episode.)
‘WE HAVE A FAMILY’ | Jack and Rebecca prepare to drive Kevin, Kate, and Randall home from the hospital. Jack is trying his best to inject some joviality into the day, but Rebecca seems overwhelmed and sad … probably because she’s overwhelmed and sad. Jack’s bravado dies down the moment he realizes that a) he has to install three car seats and has no idea how, and b) he might look more like his father than he thought.
This latest revelation unfolds while they are in transit. Rebecca is an anxious mess from not being able to see the babies in the back seat. The children begin to cry. And an impatient and reckless driver honks his horn at Jack to get him to go faster, then speeds up and cuts him off just as both vehicles enter a gas station. Jack has to stop short to avoid an accident, and that’s it.
He gets out of the car and starts yelling at the other driver, who has no regrets about what just happened. Jack even reaches through the open window to grab the boy’s shirt, but Rebecca’s angry screams prevent him from doing anything more violent / stupid. Inside, when Jack pays for gas, he also buys, and quickly drinks, a shot of whiskey. He then asks Rebecca to drive home, saying that she can more easily turn in her seat to keep an eye on the children.
When they arrive, all three babies are asleep. So Jack and Rebecca decide to sit in the car until that changes. She mentions that her mother had a miscarriage when Rebecca was a child, and her sadness lasted for a while. “What if I can’t be a great mother because I’m too sad for too long?” worries aloud. Jack assures him that it will not be the case, he confesses about his sip in the middle of the trip. “I was feeling really overwhelmed by everything that had happened, and I was just trying to stay calm,” he says. Then he remembers how terrible his father was and how drunk he was; every night when he came home from work, “all the air was coming out of the room.” Jack worries about ending up the same way. “You don’t breathe in the air in the room. Your are the air, ”says Rebecca, encouraging him. He kisses her hand, Bread’s “Everything I Own” radio plays and the atmosphere lightens. “We have a family,” he says smiling.
FIRST MEETING OF PAPARAZZI BABIES | Similarly, Kevin is having a lot of thoughts and feelings as he and Madison prepare to take Nicky and Franny home. And all these seething emotions overflow when he realizes that there is a paparazzo following them. He stops and goes out to yell at the guy, who is not so moved by Kevin’s threats as by Madison’s attempts to relate to him on a human level. So Mads, who runs things like a boss throughout this episode, I should add, quietly negotiates a deal: If you leave them alone, she will let you know when Kevin goes for a run on Tuesdays, and he can grab a few shots then. Sure, she has to accept that Kev is “shirtless” and “in tight shorts, so he can see his package,” but it all ends well. Back in the car, she slides into the driver’s seat and lovingly tells Kevin that she would like him to nap the rest of the way home. “I’m going to need you at your best,” he notes, “and aggro, the Liam Neeson Kevin movie isn’t the best.”
While sleeping, Kevin dreams that Jack is holding Franny and Nicky. “Do them a favor: stop measuring up to me. I was terrified of being like my dad, and you’re terrified of not being like yours, ”says Grandpa Jack. “Close your eyes, decide what you want and then go get it, son.” Kevin wakes up alone in the car, gets in and does what he does best: make a grand gesture based solely on emotion without thinking about its ramifications. He finds Madison at the house and says that even though they have been engaged for a while, he really wants to do it. “I really want you to be my wife. I want to be a family, ”she says, slipping her hospital bracelet onto her wrist instead of a ring. She seems touched and says yes, then they kiss.
ELLIE IS OUT | Toby greets Kate and her new daughter outside the hospital with a huge sign that reads, “Hi Hailey, I’m your dad!” They then take Ellie home, with Kate chatting about future reunions and things like that. But Ellie barely gets involved, until suddenly and through tears she announces that she believes she no longer wants to participate in an open adoption. Yes, Hailey is still Kate and Toby’s. But Ellie doesn’t feel emotionally good about being a part of the girl’s life. Kate presses a bit, confused, but Toby gently tells her to back off.
Later, at home, Kate is upset: Randall’s adoption was very secretive, he says, and caused a lot of pain for him and the family. “I promised myself it wouldn’t be like this for Hailey,” she says. Toby says they will always make sure their daughter knows exactly where she came from. And once the crisis is over, Toby throws another onto the court – he was fired that morning. Kate doesn’t freak out, saying they’ll figure things out from work the next day. “Let’s be a family today.”
TWO BLIZZARDS AND A WARNING | When Beth and Randall leave the hospital after Annie’s birth, they feel pretty good about how well everything is going. Annie is a calm and smiling baby angel. They have packed in a way that is prepared for any little need that arises on the way home. And Beth is going to get the Dairy Queen that Blizzard Randall promised her while she was in labor. Everything is going well until Randall keeps raising the idea of having a third child so they can “go get a boy.”
Beth, much nicer than I would be, if I were the one who was probably sitting on a donut pillow for the ride home, says no … and then hell not when her husband doesn’t get the hint. As she burns some anger ordering the ice cream, Randall tells his new daughter that he’s so happy that she looks like him, because she grew up not looking like anyone else in his family. She then reflects a bit on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Beth returns with two Blizzards. She is no longer irritated, and the couple jokes and smiles. But Randall, I Really I wouldn’t bring up all that again.
RETURN TO THE FUTURE | Especially since, as we know, and as illustrated in the flash-forward of the episode, Randall finally make have the three children I wanted.
But let’s go back a second. Throughout the episode, we watch as a medical intern (I think, if we’re actually seeing residents, someone yells) gets an orientation about a hospital’s labor and delivery department. But she doesn’t like it, and asks one of her colleagues to cover for her while she runs away.
Outside the hospital, another young woman picks her up. There’s a big screen in his car near the driver’s console, which was my first hint that we were in the future. The driver gives the doctor Sophie’s giraffe – it turns out that the intern is pregnant, though she hasn’t told anyone yet.
They drive and finally arrive at Kevin’s cabin. Tess goes out to meet them, and that’s when we realize that the driver is Annie and the doctor is Deja. When Old Man Randall joins them outside, they ask him how he’s doing. He responds that he is doing better now that they are there. They all start to enter, but Randall and Deja stop when they notice the arrival of another car. (We don’t see who is inside). He asks her how the trip was and she replies: “It always happens faster than you think.” (And to dig into this trailer, be sure to check out our ongoing research.)
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