This is Us (2016) s04e16 Episode Script

New York, New York, New York

Previously on This Is Us The brain MRI revealed shrinkage in the memory centers of the brain.
Likely due to Alzheimer's.
My mother depends on me.
I'm the only one who can take care of her.
It's been that way a long time.
If I'm not the one who's taking care of her, who will? It's funny.
Somehow all of this bad news has sort of freed me up.
Carpe diem, and all that.
Sweetheart, please don't start treating me any differently.
I need the fun, I need the laughs.
I need that part of you.
And I also really want to go to your movie premiere in New York.
Did Randall say what he wanted to talk to you guys about? I have no idea.
No idea.
I told him I'd see him tomorrow in New York at my premiere, I'd talk to him then, and then he said it was a "code red".
Last time he called a code red, he wanted to discuss whether or not he could pull off an earring.
That was a short conversation.
- Ooh.
- Okay.
Hey, hey.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Listen, I know this is a, uh, a Big Three-only thing.
I just wanted to show you this casual Friday outfit that Beth sent.
Aw, that's what I'm talking about.
You know I'm always here for some Jack-rassic Park.
No, no, he looks really cute.
All right, I'm gonna go put him down.
All right, thanks, babe.
Sorry, it was right there.
That's good.
Uh, so, Randall, what's up? Okay, Kev, um, the reason I'm coming to New York for your premiere is because I need to talk to Mom about something in person.
And because you want to support me, right? - Kevin, come on.
- Yeah let him talk.
All right, all right, all right.
Now, allow me to preface this by telling you that I've done a great deal of research and I've given this a tremendous amount of thought.
Uh, I'm sorry, are you reading from a script? He's definitely reading from a script.
I found a clinical trial for Mom.
She meets all the criteria.
It starts next month, and I would like your help getting her on board.
And you don't think all this is a little premature? Uh she just got a diagnosis.
Yeah, and-and research shows that early intervention is crucial.
Well, I mean, what would she have to do? Because I can take her to all of the appointments.
Uh it's in St.
- St.
Louis? - Yeah.
For how long? Nine months.
It's at an excellent research hospital, one of the best in the country.
She'd get monthly intravenous infusions and regular memory tests and labs.
She can leave on the occasional weekend, and we're You want to take Mom to St.
Louis for an experimental trial for nine months? All the evidence shows that people living with Alzheimer's who are involved in clinical trials do better than those who aren't.
They receive excellent medical care - and attention.
- Okay, ho This is insane.
This is crazy, right? This is nuts.
I mean I mean, it really is up to Mom.
It is absolutely up to Mom.
But Mom's gonna want to know what we think.
And I think we should be united in the position that this is good for her.
Kate, do I have your support? Yeah, I guess so.
Kev? You on board? Uh, you know, I-I don't Well, it's a Pull her off to someplace We don't even know if this thing will work.
And she's in a good place here, Randall.
You know? She's having fun with the baby, she's having fun with us.
Hey, Kev, I'm so glad that you guys are connecting and having a good time, but I've done hours and hours of research.
I swear I'm halfway to medical school at this point.
This is what's best for her.
I need you to trust me on this one.
Okay? Okay.
I got to go grab Mom and head to the airport.
Yeah, I'm getting into the city late morning.
I can make a lunch reservation for the three of us before your premiere.
Somewhere quiet where we can talk.
I'll see you in New York.
- See you in New York.
- Bye.
New York ho! Okay, my little Pearson spawns.
"Spawns"? Yeah, spawns.
We have exactly one day in New York City before we head upstate for Randall's debate tournament.
So, have each of you picked the one activity you would like to do? Everything Kevin McCallister does in Home Alone 2.
Why is it even called Home Alone if he's not home alone? Because City Alone would sound stupid, buttmunch.
Don't call your brother a buttmunch.
And I said you could pick one thing, not an entire movie's worth.
A huge toy store.
Like the one Kevin McCallister goes to, - obviously.
- All right.
Randall? The Natural History Museum, for dioramas.
- My God.
- Okay.
Katie girl? I want to go to a fancy hotel and drink tea like Eloise.
I used to do that when I was a little girl.
- Oh, thank you.
- I'll take those bags for you, Ms.
My dad used to take my mom and I into the city every year.
He just, he had this thing about him.
He made everything in the city feel magical.
Like, he knew where to get the best steak frites, or he knew who was playing at the Carlyle Hotel.
And he used to get us these little wax bags of hot sugary nuts.
Yeah, we used to call New York City "Dad's city".
Well, it's gonna be our city for 24 hours.
So, the kids have all decided on one thing they'd like to do thank you very much.
What would you like to do? I, I want to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There's a, there's a painting there that I used to love.
- Okay.
- Seriously? Two museums in one day? Bad luck for you.
This is supposed to be a vacation.
- Uh-huh.
- Oh What's your pick, Dad? Uh I don't know.
Haven't figured it out yet.
- Hmm.
- Got the drive to decide.
- Yeah, we do.
Come on.
Load up, kids.
- Come on, guys.
- I call the middle.
- Nobody calls the middle.
- I call the middle.
- Shut itt, buttmunch.
- Kevin, move.
- No, go around.
- Go around.
- All right.
Come in.
Are you sure you don't want to come with us to New York? Yep.
Molly's gonna come over and we're gonna hang out and make fun of Dawson's Creek.
I'm okay.
I just don't love the idea of you being here alone.
Mom, I'm not gonna be here alone.
Molly's coming.
And I'll call and check in.
You have asked me if I'm okay every day on the hour for, like, a month.
I promise you: I'm okay.
Have fun.
And tell Kevin I said congrats.
All right.
- Love you.
- Love you.
Bye, sweetheart.
Oh, no.
I got it.
You know, I haven't been to New York since we went as a family, back when you guys were in middle school.
- Wow.
- Hi, sweetheart.
- Hi.
- Hey, hey, hey.
How's Kate? That breakup with Marc sounded awful.
It was.
Marc is just awful.
She's okay, but she wasn't up for coming this weekend.
So, uh, what is an acting showcase, exactly? The students in Kevin's acting class are gonna be performing monologues.
He should be good at that.
He's been monologuing his whole life.
Randall, be nice.
Your brother needs our support.
Keys, I'm driving.
Thank you.
I see the Entire State Building.
That's the Empire State Building, genius.
- Hey.
I know what it is.
- What? Hey, hey, hey, hey, no.
No fighting.
Come on, now.
Thank you, I got it.
Oh, thank you, sweetheart.
- You're welcome.
- I mean, I cannot believe - you flew me first class.
- Yeah.
You're spoiling me.
And now the Plaza Hotel? Well, only the best for you.
You're like Cinderella, you know, and I'm one of those, uh, those mice that helps you.
I'm, like, the-the the handsomest mouse, whatever that mouse is, that's me.
What do you think? I really want this weekend to be special for you, Mom.
There's so many people.
- Yeah.
- Mm-hmm.
3 million and counting.
I know.
I'm a dork for knowing that.
- You said it, not me.
- Kev, no.
Look at that guy.
People are just giving him money for no reason.
It's not no reason.
He has talent.
Hey, I've got talent.
Kev, stop.
- Stop.
Kevin, stop! - Kevin.
- Sorry.
Kev, come on.
- Sit down.
- Kevin, don't.
- Please.
- What? - You're embarrassing.
I was just dancing.
I didn't do anything.
Yeah, you did.
You're being annoying.
Hey, boys, hey, both of you, cool it.
All right, look, here's the game plan, all right? Natural History Museum, 10:00 to noon for Randall.
Then lunch.
FAO Schwarz 1:00 to 2:00 for Kev.
Then we're gonna go get tea at a fancy hotel for Kate, 3:00.
Followed up by 4:30 at the Met for Mom.
All right, and we got to remember, it closes early on Sundays.
Arriving, Lexington Avenue-63rd Street.
- Okay, guys.
I think this is our stop.
- Oh, no, no.
- Not yet.
Not yet.
- I'm sure we have to get out here.
- We transfer to the - No, I checked the map.
No, the map, the map has an orange line that goes up to 81st Street.
- No, it's-it's a couple more stops.
- Oh Babe, look, I got it.
- Okay.
- Mm-hmm.
Hey, you never said what activity you wanted to do.
That's because I haven't decided yet, Katie girl.
57th and Lexington is closed.
- Wait, what? - Next stop, Roosevelt Island.
We're going to another island? No.
Yeah, the B train goes to Queens on the weekend, so we're going to Queens.
I don't know what the hell I'm working for.
Sometimes I sit in my apartment all alone.
And I think of the rent I'm paying.
And it's crazy.
But then, it's what I always wanted.
My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women.
And still, goddamn it, I'm lonely.
- You ran scenes with him? - Yes.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
- There he is.
- Hey.
Oh, sweetheart, you were so good.
I really believed that you were Willy Loman's son.
And it broke my heart.
Wait, you weren't really smoking up there, though, were you? - No, of course not.
- 'Cause Okay, good.
- So good.
So good.
- Hey.
Randall, what'd you think? It was cool.
I-I liked it.
You were awesome.
Uh - Oh, thank you so much.
Thank you.
- It was, it was so real.
Yeah, it's, um, all my acting teacher.
Seriously, he's incredible.
He's teaching me to be present.
It's the Meisner Technique.
- It's awesome.
Hey, Kirby.
- Oh.
Hey, so this is my family.
This is my mother Rebecca.
- Hi.
Nice to meet you.
- Hi, Rebecca.
- This is my brother Randall.
- Hi, Randall.
- Nice to meet you.
- His girlfriend Beth.
- Hi.
- Hi, Beth.
- And you know Sophie.
- Of course.
I'm so glad you got to see the show.
Your son is very talented.
Thank you.
Thank you so much.
Well, thank you for all the work you're doing with him.
Uh, and you're visiting from Pittsburgh, right? - Yeah.
- New York is a bit different, I assume? Yes, it's very different.
You guys have tall buildings, we put fries on our sandwiches.
- Mm.
That's one point for Pittsburgh.
- Mm-hmm.
Hey, Kirby, are you coming out? Everybody's going.
Uh, yeah.
I think I'm gonna try and stop by.
- Great.
- It was nice to meet you all.
Nice to meet you.
Oh, Kev, this dress is just beautiful.
- It's not too much, though? - No.
No, no, no.
I think it's just right.
- Yeah? - It's perfect.
Watch out, Helen Mirren.
Ah, stop it.
You know she's my spirit animal.
She's everybody's spirit animal.
- Hmm.
Hey, Kev? - Mm-hmm? - I have a silly question for you.
- Yeah.
I'm embarrassed to ask.
What? No, come on, Mom, ask.
Can I walk the red carpet with you tonight? I know I tell you I never want to do that sort of stuff, but I just feel like it would be a shame to waste this dress.
- Well, yes, yes, of course.
- Yeah? - Yes, of course.
That'd be great.
- Ah! Thank you.
I'm-I'm so excited.
I never get to do this sort of thing.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, of course.
- I'll get that.
Grab that.
- Okay.
- Hey.
- Hey, brother.
- Congratulations.
- Ah, thank you.
Mom's in here.
- Right in front.
- Right here? Mom.
- You look stunning.
- You think so? Thank you.
Like a younger Helen Mirren.
- Oh, a younger Helen Mirren.
- Oh.
That's even better.
- You're good.
- Wow.
You guys almost ready for lunch? I made reservations for us at Sarabeth's.
Um, I'm gonna go change real quick.
All right.
I don't think we should talk to her about this today.
No, don't do this to me, man.
We agreed.
All right? The trial only has so many slots.
- We don't want to waste time with indecision.
- It's the weekend.
Today, tomorrow, Randall, it's not gonna matter, okay? Spend the night.
We'll have breakfast, we'll talk to her about this first thing tomorrow, okay? She's so happy right now.
You know, let her have one great day.
- Okay.
- Thank you.
Thank you.
Hey, Mom, you know, we didn't talk about clutches.
I'm thinking silver ooh, how about this one? This is a I can't believe we're actually lost in New York.
I just need to meet a weird pigeon lady and I'll practically be Macaulay Culkin.
Kev, we're not lost in New York.
We are lost in Queens.
Hey, guys, I think we have to head - a couple blocks down that way.
- No.
That's not right.
We-we got to keep going down to 23rd, and then hop on the F train.
That's gonna take us right back into Manhattan.
Can I talk to you for one second, Jack? Hey, guys, stay where I can see you.
What's going on with them? I think Mom's upset because we're lost.
It'll be fine.
Dad can fix it.
- Yeah.
- So, you realize that we are walking away from the East River, we keep heading east.
And the E train is about two blocks south that way.
It'll take us all the way to 50th Street.
And then once we get there, we can transfer to the C train.
It'll be a lot faster.
- Yeah, okay.
- It's, it's okay.
It's a big city.
It's a city that I happen to have been to before, so, I don't know, maybe you could act like I maybe know - what I'm talking about? - Sorry.
What's going on with you? Look, you you kept talking about going into the city with your dad when you were a kid, and, uh, he-he sounded so fancy and cosmopolitan.
And I-I'm a grown man and this is the first time I'm-I'm actually in New York City, you know, and I'm not the guy who knows where the best steaks are or knows what the hell the Carlyle is.
I I Jack, yeah, my dad definitely knew his way around the city.
That's-that's true.
But do you know what he also knew how to do? He knew how to throw a screaming fit when he couldn't find a parking spot.
He also knew how to stress my mom out so much that she had a four-martini lunch and then got us kicked out of Anything Goes for pushing an usher.
Wow, that actually happened? Babe, I don't, I don't want those trips.
I want our trip, with my lost husband and all.
Yeah, your lost husband that cost us, what? - Two hours? - That's okay.
No, no, no, we're fine.
We can still hit up everybody's, uh, must-see spots.
But we do need to get them fed 'cause they're gonna - start melting down.
- Hey.
Do pretzels? Yeah.
Okay Hey, guys, change of plans.
Who wants a pretzel? - Me.
- Yes.
See? I told you he'd fix it.
Um Gonna get five pretzels.
And, hey, don't even think about not having mustard.
No kids of mine are gonna have a pretzels without mustard.
Can we get the, uh, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, buffalo wings, and mozzarella sticks? And that should be good for everyone? Mom-Mom doesn't like that stuff.
Maybe we should go with some salad - and some other healthy stuff.
- No, no.
I'm fine, Randall.
We're on vacation.
Come on.
We're good.
Thank you.
So, tell us about life in New York.
Oh, NYU is so much fun.
And I'm so happy that Kevin has found the right place to study his craft.
Hey, Kirby! - Hey, everyone.
- We got a seat for you.
Oh, thank you.
God, this place makes me feel so old.
Oh, tell me about it.
Kirby used to play here back in the day.
- He was a pretty famous musician.
- Really? No.
No, no, no.
Your son is being very generous.
I, I was in an REO Speedwagon cover band, and we had a small but loyal following.
- Oh.
- So, you can laugh.
I would never.
Sometimes you just "can't fight" the "feeling".
I had to.
That's great.
You know, my mom used to be a singer.
- Mm-hmm.
- She's really good.
When she was young, she went to L.
to make it Uh, I mean younger.
She's still young.
Thank you.
- Still young.
- Okay.
No, he's right.
I did.
I did go out to L.
I wanted to be Joni Mitchell.
I get that.
I kind of wanted to be Joni Mitchell, also, but I think you probably had more of a, a shot.
You got that-that thing, I can tell.
Uh, you know what? This is gonna sound really strange, but I have been wanting to go the Met - and I think I'm gonna go right now.
- Really? - Right now? - Yeah.
Uh, they're open late on Saturdays, so, um Uh, Beth and I could come with.
No, no, no, no, no.
Sweetheart, it's absolutely fine.
You guys stay and have fun.
I'll be back at 6:15 or 6:30.
I am paying for dinner.
- Kirby, it was nice to meet you.
- Nice to meet you.
Well, I'm gonna go say hi to, uh, Mike and Charlotte.
Great job today.
- Oh.
- Nice to meet you guys.
Were you trying to set Mom up with that guy? Maybe.
I hope she's okay by herself.
Maybe I should I go after her.
My God, Randall, she's a grown woman.
You're gonna spend the rest of your life worrying about Mom? Kevin, hey.
This is my mother.
- I don't know how to do this.
- It's your world, Mom.
My husband and I watch you all the time It's nice to meet you.
Aah! Come on.
Come on, guys, hey.
Let's keep moving, all right? We've got a lot of stops to make.
Got a lot of stuff to see.
Hey, how many more of these tiny sandwiches are they gonna bring? I, I thought tea time was supposed to just be tea? Shh.
Come on.
Look at how much fun they're having.
Is it me, or is Kevin weirdly comfortable at a fancy hotel? Hey, guys, why don't you finish up, okay? It's getting late.
I want to get over to Mom's museum.
- No, I am tired.
- But my feet hurt.
I've learned too much today already.
Jack, Jack, it's okay.
It's okay, guys.
It's fine.
We had a fun day, right? We can, uh, skip the Met.
See? Mom doesn't even care.
Well, you know what? I care.
Okay? How about, you get to the museum, I'm gonna finish up with these maniacs, get 'em back to the hotel, then you just meet us over there.
Are you sure? Yeah.
Hundred percent.
I'll see you guys back at the hotel.
You guys stay here, okay? I'm gonna hail your mom a cab.
Taxi? Taxi! Tax wha ? You know, you, uh, you double your chances if you walk to the corner.
And I, I swear I'm not stalking you.
I've been trying to get a cab for 20 minutes.
I Is there some sort of secret that I don't know? Or do I just scream "tourist", or ? No-no-no.
No fanny pack, no camera.
No, you're good.
It's just this is a weird dead zone.
Okay, am I crazy, or was, was my son maybe, I don't know, trying to set us up back there? You're not crazy.
He, he mentioned that his "pretty for a mom" mom was coming to the showcase about a thousand times.
Kevin God Well, I'm sorry if I came across uncomfortable.
I, um, I'm sure Kevin's probably told you, but, uh my husband died a little over a year ago, and I, um my kids were right there, and I, I don't know, does this thing ever start to feel more comfortable? I don't know, and it doesn't compare, uh, but a year after my divorce, I-I took my daughters out to lunch to let them know that I might start dating again.
And how did they react? Uh not great.
The little one literally covered her ears with the two halves of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and the older one looked at me very seriously and said, "Dad, is this necessary at your age?" But, see, I-I can understand where your daughter is coming from, in a way.
I I had love, you know? And now I have my kids.
And maybe from now on maybe that's enough.
- Well, this is your spot, so - Oh.
And, uh, you should check out the Burchfield exhibit.
You won't want to miss that.
Do you want to come with me? I'd love to.
Uh, but let's, let's not take a cab, let's walk through the park.
It's much prettier.
Yeah, that sounds fun.
This way? - Yes, this way.
- Okay.
Ooh, it's cold.
I can't believe you thought Mom would like that guy.
Why wouldn't she? Kirby's a great guy.
It doesn't matter what Kirby's like.
Dad died a year ago.
Mom definitely isn't ready to date.
Who made you the decider of whether or not she's ready? Because I actually see her.
I didn't abandon her to traipse around New York studying my "craft".
When's the last time you ever called her, Kevin? And I'm not talking about when you call her to ask for money for your ridiculous acting class.
Mom can't spend the rest of her life being sad about Dad.
She deserves to have some fun.
Dad would want Mom to be happy.
- This is my New York agent Cameron.
- Hi.
- Cameron, this is my mother Rebecca.
- Nice to meet you.
- My brother Randall.
- It's true, I am the proud mom.
It's nice to meet you.
- Wasn't he amazing? - Oh That scene at the end? I never cry, because hello, Prozac.
But I was bawling.
You must be so proud.
- Very proud.
- Very.
I'm getting so many texts and e-mails.
Patty Jenkins wants to meet you.
She's shooting that new movie in Morocco, and Chris Hemsworth dropped out.
I get the scraps of all the Chrises.
Uh, I-I don't know.
I'll think about it.
Kevin! - Hey! - Sasha! Hey.
I'm gonna That's my, that's my co-star.
Uh, I'm gonna go say hi to her real quick if you don't mind.
Uh, I'll be right back.
Are you okay here for a bit? - We're fine.
- Yeah? - Yes, yes.
- Okay.
Be right back.
- Bye, Kev.
- Bye.
Talk to you imminently.
Yes, of course.
So, where are you staying while you're in New York? We are staying, um We're st uh oh, God.
It's the hotel in Midtown with, uh, uh, marble, and Eloise lived there.
Where ? - The Plaza.
- The Plaza.
Excuse me, I'm gonna go make sure the execs are happy.
So nice meeting you guys.
- Very nice to meet you.
- You, too, Cameron.
You know, I have such good stretches that I-I sometimes believe I'm completely fine.
And then I go and forget a stupid word at the most embarrassing moment.
It's okay, Mom.
It's okay.
- No, it's not okay.
- It's okay.
Hey, I wasn't gonna bring this up tonight, but, um, there's this very promising clinical trial in St.
Louis that starts in a couple of weeks.
I think we should really consider enrolling you in it.
- A-a clinical trial? - Yes, ma'am.
Kevin, can I steal you for a second? Oh, sorry, sorry, ma'am.
Museum is closed.
Thank you.
In Home Alone 2, he also orders $967 worth of room service.
- Can we order room service? - No.
Hello, hello.
How was, uh, how was the painting? - Ah.
I didn't make it in time.
- What? It's okay.
It's not a big deal, babe.
Randall's sorry.
It's his fault.
Why is it his fault? He made us look at dead animals for two hours.
You guys I had a perfect day.
It was no one's fault.
Hey, I know what I want for my New York thing.
I do.
Hey, guys, come on.
Put your shoes on.
Put your coat back on.
Get your coats.
Yeah, now.
Let's go.
Come on.
The biggest thing is that it would take nine months.
But I figured one of us could visit you every week, if you like.
You just couldn't help yourself, huh? He promised me he wasn't gonna bring this up to you - until tomorrow.
- Oh.
Well, I-I think that he I-I got a little confused, and Randall just wanted to try to make me feel better, - that's all.
- Or he was trying to find an excuse to push forward his agenda.
Well, maybe if you hadn't abandoned us to go schmooze with your Hollywood friends, you would've been part of the conversation, too.
Abandoned you? I was gone for two minutes at my premiere, Randall.
- That's your mom, man.
- Oh b-boys? I'm gonna go get some air.
I'm gonna get my coat and go outside.
Okay? Come on, man.
You promised me you wouldn't say anything until tomorrow.
She was upset.
I was just trying to give her some hope.
And I'm trying to give her one evening that's not about her losing her mind.
You know, this whole thing is about you not being able to wrap your brain around the fact that maybe, just maybe, I actually know what's good for our mother.
And how's that, Kev? Because of all the time you've been spending with her for the past few weeks? Because you took her to one doctor's appointment? I've been taking care of Mom for 20 years.
Because you won't let anyone help you, Randall.
Even when we want to, you have this whole, uh, holier-than-thou attitude - toward me and Kate, you always have.
- "Holier-than-thou".
Come on, Kev, we both know that at any minute, you could take off for Morocco to go do a movie.
Or go live in a trailer.
Or hook up with Susan Lucci.
It was her daughter, but whatever.
Well, I'm just stating facts, okay? It's been this way for 39 years.
Well, since we're stating facts, Randall, this whole acting career that I have, the one that you've never really taken seriously, this is what's paying for Mom to get the best professional care.
Unless you want to pay for it with your city councilman's salary.
Screw you, Kevin.
- Where's Mom? - I don't know.
She said she'd be right out here.
Well, clearly she's not.
She texted us.
- Why would she be at the ? - Come on, let's go.
This is awesome.
Oh, here are some warm, sugar-coated nuts in honor of your mom's childhood trips to New York.
It is so beautiful.
- Yeah.
- How did you think of this? - Honestly? - Yeah.
Home Alone 2.
- Really? - Yeah.
Kevin's made me watch it about a thousand times.
Macaulay Culkin, he's, um, hiding out from Joe Pesci and that other guy in a carriage, and I'm watching it and I'm thinking to myself, "Do people actually still do that? Because it kind of seems cheesy as hell.
And, also, like something I would really love to do with my beautiful wife".
- Jack.
- Yeah.
Oh, no.
You guys just eat your nuts and just give us a minute, okay? - Come on.
- Oh, God.
See? You made it your city.
No, it's your city.
I'm just along for the ride.
Next time, we're gonna go to the Met first, though.
Yeah, next time.
- Next time.
- Yeah.
So, I get out to L.
for my big record company audition.
I go in the room, I sing my little heart out.
And, they tell me that I'm "Pittsburgh good".
Oh Yeah.
Well, if it's any consolation, um, I'm pretty sure my band was only Cleveland good, which is way worse.
But you stuck with it.
- I did, yeah.
- Yeah.
- For a number of years.
- Yeah.
But I realized pretty quickly I was - never gonna be Mick Jagger, so - Hmm.
I don't know, I just loved music, you know? I get it.
Have you ever ridden in one of those? Uh, no, those things are terrible for the horses.
Oh, really? - I didn't know that.
- Yeah.
Plus, it's, like pretty much just a cheesy tourist thing.
I never understood why people would come up here and do something so lame, you know? Um, you know what, I, um I actually, I'm-I'm not feeling very well.
And I think that I'm gonna, um, head back to the kids.
So I'll, um have to take a rain check on the Met.
I thought, uh, I thought you wanted to go see the painting.
Yeah, well, I'll have to do it next time.
I'm sorry, Kirby.
It was nice to meet you.
Hey, Mom.
You okay? I used to come here all the time when I was a little girl.
Same painting, same room.
One year, when I was, um, eight or nine, there was this woman in here who was just staring at the painting.
I mean, she must have been here for hours.
'Cause I left and I walked around with my family, and I came back and she was still here.
And I was fascinated by her.
The idea that you could stare at a painting for that long it felt so sophisticated.
So adult.
And I remember thinking that I couldn't wait to grow up, so I could come back here and be just like her.
So I could see what she saw in the painting.
So I could take as much time as I wanted, trying to figure out what I was seeing.
It seemed so simple that I would have come back to the Met as an adult, but I never did.
I mean, we came to New York once when you guys were kids and once when Kevin lived here.
And Miguel and I would come into the city every now and then, but it was always just to go see a show or go out to dinner or something and we were always in a rush.
And I would think to myself, "Next time.
Next time I'm gonna go to the Met.
Next time".
My life has been full of "next times".
Things I always assumed I would get to eventually.
But now I realize that I am running out of time to do them.
I mean, let's face it, guys.
I'm-I'm losing my memory.
- No, Mom, it doesn't have to - No, no, hold on.
Let me finish, please.
And I I want to spend however many good years I have left, I want to spend it with my family.
I want to try new things, like walking on red carpets.
I want to make up for all of my "next times".
I'm not gonna do that trial, Randall.
And I really don't want to hear what either of you has to say about it, because I have made the decision for myself.
Well, Mom, whatever you want to do, that's what we'll do.
Well, right now I want to be here with the two of you.
And for as long as they'll let us, I want to try and be like that woman.
That woman who had all the time in the world to just stare at a painting.
You sure you don't want a ride to the train station? I don't mind the walk.
This could've saved her life.
You got to let it go, Randall, she doesn't want it.
She doesn't know what she wants, man.
She's scared.
I spent every day for the last 20 years wondering if I could've saved Dad.
And now I had a chance to save Mom, and you blew it.
Well, I'm sorry you feel that way.
And you couldn't have saved Dad.
You know that.
Don't you ever wonder what it would've been like if Dad hadn't died? If he hadn't gone back in for that dog? If our lives would've turned out differently? No.
I don't, Randall, do you? Yeah, man.
Every single day.
Louie! Come on, boy I think I hear him! I think I can get to him! Jack, get down here! - Jack, get down here now! - Dad, no! Randall, you take your mom and your sister, you go in the street right now, son! Jack, get down here! - Dad, no! - Louie! Dad, if you go back in that house, so help me God, I'll go through that front door and get you myself! Thank you.

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