Jack, Rebecca, and the young Big Three host Randall's new teacher, Mr. Lawrence, and his wife for dinner. The interactions between Jack and Mr. Lawrence are awkward, but both men are guided by their wives; Rebecca tells Jack that Randall would never choose anyone over him and that Mr. Lawrence's mentorship could help Randall, while Mrs. Lawrence restrains her husband from overstepping with his enthusiasm to spend time with Randall. Mr. Lawrence had planned to gift Randall a copy of Langston Hughes's "Weary Blues", but instead gives it to Jack.
In the present, Deja accepts Malik's invitation to skip school for a personalized tour of Philadelphia. Deja is scared and confused by her feelings for Malik, and worries about his past. He tells her that he values long-term relationships and will be honest with her, and they share their first kiss.
Deja is grounded: in an attempt to divide the two, Randall and Beth invite Malik's family to dinner. Tess enjoys caring for Janelle. The adults clash, especially Beth and Kelly. Darnell asks Randall to see beyond Malik's mistakes. Deja apologizes for skipping school, but says she had the best day of her life with Malik and that Malik makes her "feel like [her]self." Randall and Beth relax Deja's punishment and allow Deja to see Malik with parental supervision.
- Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson
- Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson
- Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson
- Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson (credit only)
- Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson (credit only)
- Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson
- Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon (credit only)
- Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas (credit only)
- 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 (credit only)
- Omar Epps as Darnell Hodges
- Marsha Stephanie Blake as Kelly Hodges
- Joy Brunson as Shauna
- Brandon Scott as Cory Lawrence
- Skye P. Marshall as Trish Lawrence
- Pam Grier as Grandma
- Makenzie Lee-Foster as Young Deja
- Johnathan Davis as Jamar
Notes and Trivia
- This episode scored 6.72 million viewers.
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"|