After returning from Los Angeles, Rebecca marvels at how important a stranger can become. Jack meets Miguel, a store clerk who lends him a sports coat for meeting Rebecca's parents. Rebecca's father tells Jack that he isn't good enough for Rebecca. Three new characters are introduced.
Marine NCO Cassidy Sharp returns home, experiencing alcoholism and PTSD. Her husband kicks her out after she strikes their son. A drunk Nicky vandalizes the VA during Cassidy's support group, and contacts Kevin for bail money.
Teenager Malik Hodges is raising a daughter, Janelle. He works in his father's auto garage, but considers illegal activity to better provide for Janelle; his father explains that taking responsibility for Malik lifted him above that lifestyle. At a barbecue, Malik meets new arrival Deja; both are smitten.
A young blind musician meets a waitress, Lucy, and writes a song about a stranger becoming beloved. They get engaged and she opens a restaurant. She learns she is pregnant and fears it is too early in her career, but he reassures her and performs the song at an arena concert. He is Kate and Toby's son, Jack Damon; at three months, he is diagnosed with permanent vision loss.
- Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson
- Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson
- Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson
- Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson
- Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson
- Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson
- Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon
- Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas
- Eris Baker as Tess Pearson
- Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson
- Lyric Ross as Deja Pearson
- Asante Blackk as Malik Hodges
- Griffin Dunne as Nicky Pearson
- Jennifer Morrison as Cassidy Sharp
- Omar Epps as Darnell Hodges
- Nick Wechsler as Ryan Sharp
- Noah Salsbury Lipson as Matty Sharp
- Jaxson DeFilippo as Young Matty
- Marsha Stephanie Blake as Kelly Hodges
- Blake Stadnik as Jack Damon
- Maximiliano Hernández as Castillo
- Auden Thornton as Lucy Damon
- Elizabeth Perkins as Janet Malone
- Tim Matheson as Dave Malone
- Drew Olivia Tillman as Sky
- Michael Douglas Goodman as Andre
- Julian Silva as Jonny
- James LaPorta as Marine #1
- Robert Riechel Jr. as Gerry
- Rich Paul as Sgt. Lasher
- Bryan Dodds as Gunny
- Anthony Corrales as Ortiz
- Samira Izadi as Waters
- Tripp Pickell as Civil Affairs Marine
- Alex Hyde-White as Mr. Flaherty
- René Ashton as Mrs. Flaherty
- Baadja-Lyne Odums as Ms. Adams
- Bahara Golestani as Dr. Asmaan
- Benmio McCrea as Dr. Dorsey
Notes and Trivia
- This episode scored 7.88 million viewers.
- First appearance of Asante Blackk as Malik Hodges.
- First appearance of Blake Stadnik as Jack Damon.
- First appearance of Auden Thornton as Lucy Damon.
- First appearance of Jennifer Morrison as Cassidy Sharp.
- First appearance of Tim Matheson as Dave Malone.
A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.
|This Is Us Season 4|
|#01||"Strangers"||#07||"The Dinner and the Date"||#13||"A Hell of a Week: Part Three"|
|#02||"The Pool: Part Two"||#08||"Sorry"||#14||"The Cabin"|
|#03||"Unhinged"||#09||"So Long, Marianne"||#15||"Clouds"|
|#04||"Flip a Coin"||#10||"Light and Shadows"||#16||"New York, New York, New York"|
|#05||"Storybook Love"||#11||"A Hell of a Week: Part One"||#17||"After the Fire"|
|#06||"The Club"||#12||"A Hell of a Week: Part Two"||#18||"Strangers: Part Two"|