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Nine Bucks is the first episode of the third season and the 37th overall episode of This Is Us.

Short Summary

Randall, Kate, and Kevin find themselves on new paths as they each celebrate their 38th birthday.

Full Summary

Toby and Kate try to have a baby on their wedding night, but it does not work. They go to visit an IVF specialist, and Kate is told that she has PCOS and Toby has a low sperm count due to his antidepressants. The doctor tells them that she won't take Kate on as a patient because of her weight, and says they're going to have a hard time finding a doctor who will help them. Kate attends her birthday party, but has a hard time participating because of what the doctor said. Toby tells her to screw IVF, and that he didn't like the risks for her anyway. However, the doctor calls them back and asks them to come back in; she has changed her mind and agrees to take them on as patients. Later, Toby flushes his antidepressants down the toilet in order to boost his sperm count.

Kevin is secretly seeing Beth's cousin Zoe; they slept together after the wedding. Zoe calls Kevin and warns him not to come to his and Randall's birthday party because Beth will find out that they're sleeping together. Beth ends up confronting the two of them about it. She doesn't like this arrangement and privately warns Kevin that Zoe eats men up and spits them out.

Deja has gone to therapy over the summer and is having a hard time dealing with everything. Randall takes her to William's apartment building, where he tells her that he didn't have any say in his own adoption, and wants to ask if she does actually want to be adopted. Deja tells him that she's grateful for what Randall and his family have done for her, but she's mad because she doesn't think they are the same; she believes that she doesn't have a choice in anything. Later, Deja sneaks out of her room and goes to see her real father. She tells him that she's going to do something really great with her life and that he's going to miss it. She also asks him to buy her a pair of sneakers to give to Randall for his birthday. When she returns to the house, she gives Randall the present and later tells them that she's ready to be adopted.

In the past, Jack and Rebecca have their first date, but Jack only has nine dollars. He takes Rebecca to the carnival, but the date starts to go downhill as Jack gets closer and closer to running out of money. He drives Rebecca home and tells her about his money troubles and how he's had a hard time since he got back from Vietnam. They share a kiss and Rebecca intentionally leaves her jacket in his car so that he has to come back and return it the next day. Jack returns the next day with the jacket and bouquet of flowers, but when he arrives he sees Rebecca reluctantly kissing another guy. Hurt, he continues on his way.

Randall and future Tess are on their way to see someone, despite Tess being not ready. Randall calls Toby and asks him to come down and says that the mystery woman would want him to be there. Toby agrees and says he'll see them soon.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • Caitlin Thompson as Madison Simons
  • Iantha Richardson as Adult Tess
  • Sumalee Montano as Dr. Gail Jasper
  • Peter Onorati as Stanley Pearson
  • Joy Brunson as Shauna
  • Jeremy Luke as Darryl Magee
  • Natalie Morales as Herself
  • Mo McRae as Don Robinson
  • Darryl Wesley as Deja's Father
  • Arianna Ortiz as Dr. Sara Arroyo
  • Hunter Parrish as Alan Philips
  • Rafael Cabrera as Franco Harris
  • Makenzie Lee-Foster as Young Deja
  • Jill Lynne Johnson as Laurie
  • Angela Fornero as Gretch
  • Stephanie Ray as Liz
  • Nansi Aluka as Italian Mom
  • Tacey Adams as Judge
  • Matt Kelly as Therapist
  • Brandon Morales as Co-Worker
  • Alfred Woodley as Man
  • Cooper Mothersbaugh as Ticket Seller
  • Denell Johnson as Vendor
  • Brianna Bryan as Teen Girl
  • Chuck Ramage as Man #1
  • Paige Smith as Man #2


Song Performer Scene

Notes and Trivia

  • This episode scored 10.54 million viewers.


Episode Stills


See Also

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.