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The Dinner and the Date is the seventh episode of the fourth season and the 61st overall episode of This Is Us.

Short Summary

Deja pushes the boundaries of Randall and Beth's trust. Jack and Rebecca invite Randall's new teacher over for dinner.

Full Summary

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.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • 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


Song Performer Scene

Notes and Trivia

  • This episode scored 6.72 million viewers.


Episode Stills


See Also

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