This Is Us rewind recap: 5 things you might have missed in season 1, episode 15

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Have you forgotten the smaller moments of This Is Us? Let’s rewind to Season 1, Episode 15 and recap five things you might have missed.

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Not to alarm you or bring up the elephant in the room, but Episode 15 of This Is Us sets up “Memphis” (you know what that means) in a big way. But before we get to that doozy of an episode, we must relive the building blocks that come crumbling down in “Jack Pearson’s Son,” an episode about deep-seated trauma and the yearning to let it go to be your best self.

Unfortunately, our beloved Pearsons can’t achieve harmony as Kevin faces the nerves of his debut performance as a “serious actor” and Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her past. Meanwhile, Jack and Rebecca’s marriage rams headfirst into the concrete barricade that is Rebecca’s aspirations. They’re unwavering, as they should be, but Jack can’t relinquish supposed control. To top it all off, the mounting stressors topple Randall to his lowest point yet. Do you remember the sacrifice Kevin makes for his brother? How about the famous figure that appears to Kevin in a dream? Let’s rewind and revisit five things you might have missed in Season 1, Episode 15.

1. Katie Couric appears in Kevin’s stress dream.

Don’t we all have fever dreams where Katie Couric gives us the third degree and makes us feel like nothing? According to Sophie, this is a recurring dream for Kevin, in which the legendary news anchor forces Kevin to come to terms with his decisions, mistakes, and everything in between. Speaking of Sophie, the pair keep their relationship under wraps from his family. Red flag? Maybe. But when Kevin needs a helping hand to get over his nerves, he begrudgingly turns to Miguel for a pep talk, and look at that — it works!

2. Jack doesn’t support Rebecca’s tour.

Listen, Jack Pearson rocks. He’s the bomb-dot-com. But when he learns that Rebecca once dated Ben, he rescinds his support of her tour, and that’s the furthest thing from the bomb-dot-com. Jack, come on. Yes, the Pearsons’ home life kind of crumbles just as Rebecca’s set to leave, but there will never be perfect time to duck out to follow your dreams. Also? Rebecca was justified in withholding the complete truth about Ben. She knew it’d be a Ross-Rachel-Mark situation, and she was right. Something here makes Jack insecure, and it puts a drink in his hand.

3. Kate still can’t talk about Jack’s death.

Because she tells Duke (the creep at the weight loss retreat) who’s boss, Kate gets kicked out and returns home to Toby with her tail between her legs. The engaged-to-be-married couple realize that they have had their relationship on fast forward and have glazed over the process of really getting to know each other. Like, yeah, you should definitely know if the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with is a dog or cat person. But the one thing Kate still can’t open up about? How her father died. And now we wait…

4. Randall can’t keep his head above water.

William’s condition worsens. Beth leaves home to tend to her mother’s broken hip in D.C. Work continues to come at Randall from all angles with ridiculousness. Tess and Annie argue over a sweater. Clearly, Randall could use a vacation or a moment to simply catch his breath. But he keeps pushing himself past his limit, just as he did as a teenager when writing a term paper. This Is Us represents those who suffer from anxiety as Randall fails to heed his body’s warnings.

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5. Kevin skips opening night to be with Randall.

In flashbacks, teenage Kevin ignores Randall’s anxiety. Kevin struggles with the “normal” adolescent things, like having his parents find out he’s having sex. But Randall hyperventilates in front of his computer, overwhelmed by grades and the fear of imperfection. Does Kevin take a minute to talk to his brother? No. In present day, Kevin takes note of Randall’s anxiety, and during a particularly heartbreaking phone call, Kevin decides to skip his big opening night to hold Randall through his panic attack. Just chills and tears, chills and tears.

What were your favorite moments from “Jack Pearson’s Son”? Let us know in the comments, and keep the conversation going on Twitter!

This Is Us returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on NBC. Season 1 is currently available to stream online.