Just when the plot starts to move forward with huge life steps for Kevin, Randall and Kate, we take ONE SMALL STEP backwards with an episode focusing on Jack’s brother. The infamous uncle, Nicky (Griffin Dunne) arrived last week unannounced on Kevin’s doorstep to greet his new niece and nephew.
We pick up right where things left off with a minor flashback story subbing for the main plot about Nicky and his struggles with leaving home for 50 years. The Vietnam theme is simple - keep it away from the people you love and the life you are building. A lot of people who fought in the war returned home, but their minds were still over there. This is true for Nicky, who was struggling even before he fought in the war.
You know you have a bad episode of THIS IS US when there’s no Randall. He’s the glue that holds the Piersons together. Even though Griffin Dunne turns in a masterful performance as he discovers that the new family members are his “moon,” it’s not enough.
Instead of watching it on NBC / Peacock, save time and watch the “previously on” next week to get all the plot you’ll need.