What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless it's a beautifully new brotherly bond.
This Is Us returned after its Jack's Death Sad-a-Thon of Super Bowl weekend with a joyous trip to Las Vegas for Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate's (Chrissy Metz) bachelor and bachelorette parties. It was intended for the couple to spread their wings and spend time with people that weren't each other, but for Toby his mission was really to forge a genuine bond with Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Unfortunately, both of them were too wrapped up in their own personal drama to see how hard Toby was trying. Kevin almost relapsed when he heard scenes were being cut from his Ron Howard movie and Randall was so caught up in his Deja-inspired anxiousness that he caused a huge fight with Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), almost wrecking the entire trip.
Luckily, with a little nudging from Kate, the brothers were able to come together and give Toby the Las Vegas bachelor party of his dreams. A Pearson heart-to-heart, which we have to admit Toby has gotten pretty great at, brought the three amigos together and Toby was officially welcomed to the family. Now he's the strawberry middle to Randall's dark chocolate and Kevin's creamy vanilla ice cream, just as he wanted. Toby has been an MVP when it comes to the sport of making Kate happy, so it was a welcome adventure to see him brought into the fold.
Kate didn't escape Vegas without a little family bonding of her own either. After Randall and Beth's blow-up, Kate went to confess to her flawless sister-in-law that she's always been intimidated by Beth. The two were finally able to lower their defenses and see that they were more similar than they knew. It's just sad that it took a huge fight for them to see that and we didn't get to see the epicness that could have been a Beth and Kate hangout. If This Is Us producers are reading this now, please put Kate and Beth bonding moments on the Season 3 request list. Only good things can come from these two Pearson ladies teaming up.
An episode dedicated to the strength of Pearson family bonds is exactly what the doctor ordered after the trauma of Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) death. "Vegas, Baby!" allowed us to heal and finally leaned into the good of this feel-good family drama and we are thankful. It's nice to see the kids back on track.
This Is Us continues Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.