This is Us (2016) s06e14 Episode Script

The Night Before the Wedding

1 Previously on This Is Us You may now kiss the bride.
"I would never leave you lost.
" In female handwriting.
This a love letter? Look, a bra.
And it's right next to some kind of floral wrap thingy.
Who do you think he slept with last night? It could be the wedding singer.
Philip's friend.
- She was at the rehearsal last night.
- Mm-hmm.
And they were talking.
Did you see that look Sophie just gave him? - They have crazy history together.
- Mm-hmm.
But wait.
She's married.
- Oh, yeah.
That's not her MO.
- Mm.
- Then there's Cassidy, his plus-one.
- Right.
Just as a friend, though.
So, for real, bro, what happened with you last night? Oh, man, it's a long story.
Is it a good story? Wise men say ♪ What time it is.
You guys have the time? Uh, we're about to have our rehearsal dinner.
- Do you have somewhere else to be? I don't - No.
No, that's not what I was talking about at all.
She's really something, huh? Falling in love ♪ Pearson kryptonite.
Hot singers onstage singing rock classics.
- It's how Dad fell for Mom.
- Yeah.
Oh, uh, "Moonshadow," right? - Wow.
- Mm-hmm.
I had to brush up on my Pearson trivia before, you know, marrying one.
- Mm.
- Aw.
Let's go say hi to somebody else.
- All right, have fun.
- Okay.
So, take my hand ♪ - Looking good, Pearson.
- Oh, thank you very, very much.
You're not looking so bad yourself.
I'm wearing makeup.
I can't wait to wash my face.
But also, yeah, I know.
- You know.
- I do.
But I ♪ - Manny say "slut.
" - Well, hey.
Haven't heard that one before.
- Oliver.
Philip's cousin.
- Kevin.
So, I, uh, hear you and I are the only eligible blokes at this shindig.
Any thoughts on who you want to go for? I-I don't want to step on any toes or cross any swords.
U-Unless you're into that.
I You know, I was I was actually just here to celebrate with Kate and Philip, so Okay.
Yeah, you got it.
Pace yourself.
- Oliver.
- Hmm.
What? Come on, man.
We both know you've been staring at that door, willing Sophie to walk through it all day.
No, I don't even know what you're talking about.
- I have not been doing any of those things.
- Mm-hmm.
How many times have you seen her in the last few years? Just twice.
You know, I saw her once at her mother's funeral, and then I saw her again at Kate and Philip's engagement party.
She's a married woman, Kev.
Don't cause any drama at our sister's wedding.
Look, Sophie and I are cool.
All right, man? We're Nothing to worry about.
Can't help ♪ Falling in love ♪ With you.
♪ Sophie, it's so good to see you.
You must be so tired.
Oh, my gosh, I must look it.
I just had - a really, really long plane ride.
- How's college? How are you and Kevin handling the long distance? Oh.
Um It's, - uh - Yeah, I-I know it's rough, but hang in there.
Well, it's-it's really wonderful to see you again.
It's good to see you, - too.
- Yeah.
- Hey.
- Hey.
I'm just so sorry about all this, um, but I'm Arielle, and I'm gonna give you a big hug right now.
- Oh.
Yeah, okay.
- Okay.
Can you see the man behind me? Oh, yeah.
That's, uh, that's Oliver.
- Is he still there? - He is still there.
- I'm so sorry.
- Yeah.
I-I've just been meaning to tell you, I am your biggest fan! I mean, that season finale? I mean, I didn't know - a sitcom could be so heartwarming! - Well, - thank you very, very much.
Um - Yeah.
Hugh Grant's opposite has-has left.
I think - the coast is clear.
- Thank you.
Yeah, no problem.
Anything for a fan.
Actually, I've never seen your show.
- Yeah.
- I'm just more of a podcast person.
No, honestly, I couldn't be less offended, really.
That's, uh It's You know, I'm-I'm gonna go talk to an old friend real quick.
- Of course.
- Okay? It was good talking to you.
- You, too.
- Okay, I'll see you.
All right.
- Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad! - Ah! Hey! Ah, there you are.
- What do we got? What do we got? - Can we go make s'mores - at the bonfire? - Can we? Can we, please? Uh, this is a lot of sugar.
What'd your mom say? She said it's fine as long as you get the stuff to make them.
- As long as I get the stuff to make them.
- If it's not too much trouble.
No, I don't think it's too much trouble.
S'mores it is.
- All right? Yeah? - Yeah! - You get s'mores.
Oh, we better get a jacket.
- Yeah.
- It's gonna be cold.
Are you sure this isn't yours? No, this-this is not my luggage.
Trust me, if this was my bag, I would know.
Well, if I were you, I might just pretend it's mine to see what the heck is inside this thing.
- So, are you sure? - Yes.
Ma'am? Are you sure that's not your bag? Uh, so, what-what happened? The airport lose - your luggage? - Yep.
Now I'm totally screwed 'cause, you know, I just have this emergency pair of underwear 'cause you never want - to get stuck in an ER with dirty drawers.
- Stuck at the ER.
- That's your mom's number one - That's my mom's only Yeah.
Uh, okay, so, what do we do? How do I fix this? - How do we get you clothes? - Most of the stores in town close in half an hour.
Things shut down early here.
- You and Grant rent a car? - Oh, no.
No, he, uh, he actually got stuck in New York.
It's a long, boring story.
- Just had to work.
- Um, I could drive you.
- Oh, you don't have to.
- It's okay.
I got to run into town and grab some stuff anyway.
I'll-I'll drive you.
- Really? Are you sure? - Yeah.
It's not a problem.
- Okay.
- Okay.
Can you pull the car around? - Of course, right away.
- Yeah? All right, come on.
I rented it for Kate and Philip.
So, it's either this or a golf cart.
Shall we? Uh Just, uh This is a lot, - right? - Yeah, that's probably a good call.
Here you go.
All right.
Sorry, Soph.
Looks like this was our last option.
I think I have an idea.
- Hi there.
- Hi.
- Hey.
- Just about to close.
I'm sorry, you don't happen to have a rack of unclaimed clothes, do you? Look, I-I'm in town for a wedding, and the airport lost my luggage.
I just I'm really in a bind here.
Watch your head.
On the other side with a red tag.
Thank you.
- Uh, we'll be fast, I promise.
- Thank you.
This is a little trick my mom taught me after the divorce.
Money was tight, so we used to go thrifting.
You never told me that.
Um Yeah, well, it's not exactly something - that you go around bragging about, you know.
- Mm.
Come on, start looking.
Yes, ma'am.
Yes, ma'am.
Um, how are how are your kids doing? Oh, uh, they're incredible.
They're incredible.
And I know that's something that all parents say, you know, that their kids are special.
My kids are special.
They really are, though.
They They're special.
And they're so different.
They're so different.
Franny is this, um, really precocious little girl.
She's always asking questions.
She's very curious.
And Nicky is this, uh a wild child who dives into things headfirst without even thinking.
Sometimes literally.
- Hmm.
Sounds familiar.
- Yes.
It's a five-year-old running with scissors.
Oh, this might work.
Oh, yeah.
And I think that we passed a dressing room - right there.
- Oh, great.
Um, can you, uh, hold this up 'cause it's? Oh, yeah, sure.
- No problem.
- Thank you.
You got it.
Oh, hey, I, uh I recently saw a picture of you in some magazine looking like one of the Village People.
Oh, yeah, that, um That was the GQ profile.
I was trying to get press for the nonprofit, and they insisted that I wear a hard hat, so that's, uh, what that was.
Well, it made me smile.
At least it was for a good cause.
Okay, you can let down the curtain.
- Yeah? - Mm-hmm.
All right.
Yeah, this'll do.
I-I think you'll get by just fine.
So, yeah, at first we weren't sure there'd be any interest, but there's actually a There's a big demand for it.
These vets, they want they want connection, you know? They want community.
Actually, this guy Hank, at a foundation pour last week, he tells me that working outside with vets just like him gave him these little get this pockets of peace.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
Peace that he said he didn't think he'd ever be able to find.
- Aw.
Pockets of peace.
- Mm-hmm.
- I love that.
- Me, too.
So, how's saving lives in the big city? - How's that going? - Um, you know what? I'm actually saving lives outside a little town in Berlin at the moment.
Is that the-the German Berlin? Because I know there's, uh, there's a Paris, Texas.
- Uh, yeah, no.
No, it's the German one.
- Okay.
I'm-I'm working as a traveling nurse now.
- I didn't know that was a thing.
- Yeah.
Um, after my mom died, - I found this list that she wrote.
- Uh-huh.
Um, it was all these places that she wanted to visit.
So I made my own list.
And we went - to Italy for our honeymoon.
- Mm-hmm.
And then Paris.
- You know, the French one.
- Wait, hold on a second.
Did you say that there's a French one? - There's a French one.
- Oh.
And then my friend told me about this traveling nurse gig, - so I just jumped on the opportunity.
- Sounds like fun.
It's got to be tough, though, all that long distance with you and Grant, right? I mean, that can't be Oh, yeah, it is, but, um, you know, I can work for a chunk and then, you know, take a stretch off and - Yeah.
- Yeah.
I will admit, the, uh, the red-eyes are killing me.
- Yeah? - Yeah.
I'm getting old.
- You're getting old? I'm getting old.
- Oh, please.
Kevin Pearson doesn't age.
Kevin Pearson ages.
My beard's coming in gray.
- No, it's not.
- It is, it is.
I'm thinking about dyeing it.
- Right here on the corner.
Check it out.
Look at - I don't believe you.
- Get in there.
Take a look.
- Let me see.
Let me see.
Oh, my God.
- Yeah.
- You have gray hair.
You are not allowed to dye that.
I said I was thinking about dyeing it.
No, I forbid it.
Last year, Nicky fell off the jungle gym and cut his chin pretty bad.
It was deep, and I thought maybe he was gonna need stitches.
And the first thought that came to my mind was that I should call you.
I thought, "Call Sophie and send her a picture.
She'll tell you what to do.
" You could have called.
You know, y-you're probably exhausted from traveling.
We should probably get back, right? No, I think I just got a second wind.
- Check out that view.
- Yep.
You seem really happy, Soph.
I'm I'm glad you found someone.
I am really happy, Kev.
I'm also divorced.
- Hey, are you okay? - Uh I told you she was gonna be here with her husband.
Yeah, I'm-I'm okay.
That's fine.
Because, you know, it was like All right, I'm just gonna go say hi.
No big deal.
Just be super cool.
Totally, yeah.
Oh, thank you very much - Oh! Oh, my God.
- Oh, shoot.
- Okay.
No, it's okay.
- That's a lot.
Let me No, no.
- I'll get a napkin.
No, no, I'll be right back.
- It's fine.
No, I'm fine.
Oh, good, this isn't awkward at all.
Well, at least it was, um, white wine.
All right, here you go.
Get some club soda on that.
- Oh.
- It's supposed to take out the I can help you.
- No, I got it.
I'm good.
- Probably shouldn't - Uh, Grant.
- Hey.
- It's nice to finally meet you.
- Kevin.
Oh, I know.
Yeah, I've, uh, I've actually seen your nipple on every subway car in Brooklyn.
Yeah, a few in Queens, too.
Yeah, my Des Resistance ad.
It's, uh, I've been their nipple guy for the last half decade now.
It's absolutely ridiculous, but the money goes towards my twins' college, so Wow, twins, that has got to be a handful.
Can be, can be, but, you know, they blow my mind every day, so - I know the feeling.
- Aw.
I actually liked the guy.
I did, I thought he was a really solid dude, honestly.
I-I thought he was I mean, yeah, he-he was.
- Is.
He is.
- Mm.
That's why I was drawn to him in the first place, but I just wasn't We don't have to talk about it.
Oh, no, it's I'm-I'm fine.
It had been over for a while.
We were just going through the motions.
You know, but the whole thing, it just kind of, you know, it forced me to grow up.
- Yeah.
- It only took me 45 years.
45 years? - Only took me 44.
- Oh, okay.
You know, the old Kevin would be bugging me to explain why I hadn't told him sooner.
No, come on, I've grown up since then.
Different person now.
Why didn't you tell me sooner? Oh, I don't know, I just You know, I needed to make peace with it myself - before I could talk about it with anybody else.
- Mm.
Your mom still thinks we're married.
The doctor calls it a "family disease," and, boy, it is.
And we're all on this emotional roller coaster.
A-And one minute, she knows where she is and who I am and in the next minute she's lost out at sea in another time entirely and I'm-I'm someone else to her.
Kevin, I'm so sorry.
That sounds impossible.
So, are you, you know, dating or - Am I dating? - Have you been dating? Well, uh, you know, little bit, I guess.
I was in a relationship last year that I thought maybe had potential, but, uh, it fizzled out.
It's sort of my pattern these days, you know? All my days, actually.
I-I focus on my kids.
You know? I focus on my kids and the nonprofit because You know, I think I have this series of failing at-at dating.
I'm I just, I-I can't find the right, um - my-my sh - I know.
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
You cold? Mm.
Here you go.
Dad, I want mine double-stuffed.
- Me, too.
- Yeah? Doubled-stuffed it is.
My little sugar fiends, how did I know? You're not gonna sleep tonight, are you? - Not a wink.
- Get up early Don't worry about it, Mom, we're good.
That's, uh Sophie, um Mmm, your hair smells the same.
- It's not the same.
- What do you mean? It's Herbal Essence.
I could pick it out of a lineup.
No, it's not the same shampoo, Kevin.
What? I should go.
What-What's-what's happening? I just, I can't, I can't do this.
What Hold on, I-I Why not, because I-I liked the smell of your shampoo? No, because you should like how my hair smells now, not how it smelled in the past.
- Sophie, come on.
- I'm sorry.
What I-I'm so confused.
I don't understand what's going on.
You know, Grant and I used to have this inside joke that whenever you were on TV, he would pretend to fast-forward.
You know, and he would make the sound, like the old TiVo used to make.
Well, some random Tuesday night, there you were again, on TV, and, you know, he did the thing like he always did, and I I tried to play along with it, I-I did, but I don't know, I just, I couldn't do it anymore.
I don't know what it was about that moment, but I just realized that I'm never gonna be able to fast-forward through you.
That's the kind of hold you've had over me, Kevin.
That's how much I have carried you with me.
And I And I have carried you with me, Soph.
I have.
Look It's too much.
Kevin, it's too much.
We have decades of history between us.
Yeah, why is that a bad thing? Because I c I can't go backwards.
I don't want to go backwards.
- I can't.
I can't I can't do this.
- I don't - I can't, I'm sorry, I'm just I'm sorry.
- I Hey, he'll have a ginger ale.
Yeah, and just a little ice.
- That's your drink, right? - Yeah.
That's my drink.
I like to watch people.
It's one of my favorite things to do.
Especially at hotel bars.
You watch people and you take notes and then you-you use it - as blackmail later? - Uh No, I make observations and write song lyrics about them.
- Mm.
- Or at least, I try to.
So what's your best observation about this evening? "You shift unsteady in your seat, "your sight line at the door.
"You sip your drink, deepen your breath.
"Who are you waiting for? "No, I would never leave you "lost on this unchartered ground.
"With just one glance, "I'd take my chance and let us both be found.
" It's yours.
Yeah, I got that.
You You are observant.
Oh, gosh, I'm That - Now I made it awkward.
- No, I asked you to read it.
Thank you.
That's, uh It's ac It's very flattering, actually.
Thank you.
I should call it a night.
Keep it.
You sure? Good night.
Hey, kid.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Whoa, you look about 50 shades of hangdog.
- What the hell happened? - I don't know.
You know, it's like, I spent half the night talking to Sophie, right, and then the other half of the night I-I'm getting hit on through napkin poetry.
- What? - Yeah.
It's just, the whole thing, I-I just, I don't God, I hate weddings.
- You know? - Yeah.
What are you doing up so late? I got to get some ice.
Edie and I are gonna try this thing where - No, you don't.
No, you do not do that to me.
- What? - Don't want to know.
No one wants to hear that.
- What? Huh? Okay.
Yeah, I don't Maybe this is a good thing.
You know? I think I I think I'm just done with love.
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
It's probably for the best.
Love is a tricky game.
It's like that damn Dipsy Doodle.
- Hmm? - What is it? What's a Dipsy Doodle? It's a pinball game I used to play.
Friggin' game sucked me in.
It was a shifty bastard, 'cause You know, I always kept track of the balls it let me have - Mm-hmm.
- but it always changed.
Just when I thought I was done for, I'd get another shot.
Hmm? You got to keep your eye on all the balls.
- Stop talking about balls.
- Balls.
- Hey.
Um - Hey.
Can I talk to you for a minute in private? - Sure.
- Okay.
Uh, I have to get some ice.
Edie and I are gonna - Oh, no, no, please.
- That's the end of the story.
No one wants to know anything - about what you're gonna do with that.
- I don't want to hear that.
- She - Nobody wants to know.
Just okay.
- Okay.
- That's okay.
- I know it's really late, but, um - No, it's all right.
- I do really need your help.
- Okay.
I've been trying to get this dress unzipped - for, like, a half an hour.
- Ah.
And I think it's stuck on the fabric.
Um, do you think you could get it for me? Yeah.
- I can try.
- Okay.
- Ah.
- See? - There we go.
- Oh, there we go.
Thank you.
And do you mind if I change in your bathroom? I just don't really want to wear this, like, a second longer.
- No, I don't mind.
- All right.
- I'll be right back.
- Yeah.
Thank you.
I really do need to find someone, though.
I can't keep bothering you every time I need a dress unzipped.
But then I'd have to share the details of my life with someone else every night, share a Netflix account.
Forget it, I'll just bother you.
Cass, you're never a bother.
You know that.
You know, um So, Uncle Nicky was saying something to me about, um Well, he-he said he thinks you're my ball.
- Your what? - It's a stupid old man metaphor thing, but he basically, he was saying that maybe you and I should, um - We should be - Come on, Kev.
I mean, when I met you, I didn't want to be with you 'cause I was a train wreck and you were a vapid, - idiotic mess.
- Thank you.
You know, and we have our act together now, but even still you're not my person and I'm not yours, and you know that.
Yeah, I know that.
I do.
But you're pretty much my best friend.
And my boss.
Well, you're pretty much my best friend, too.
And you know what? You're my best employee, so I feel like you like Hank better than me.
I mean, I Maybe I like Hank a little bit better than you.
You're definitely in my top two.
Oh, thank God.
Um, you were kind of away for a while tonight.
Is everything okay? I'm all good.
I'm good.
- Good night.
- Good night.
Come on, Kev, pull it together.
Marriage is what brings us together today Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for gathering today.
We've come together to celebrate Kate and Philip.
But the older we get, the faster time just seems to come at us.
That doesn't mean there aren't still summer vacations to be enjoyed.
There's still love to be shared.
It just all happens much faster.
Well, my friends, the time has come ♪ To raise the roof and have some fun ♪ - Yo.
- Hey.
So, for real, bro.
What happened with you last night? Oh, last night It was a long story.
- Is it a good story? - Uh I don't know yet.
Um Sophie's no longer married.
She's a single woman.
- Manny say what? - I knew it.
I knew it.
This cracks the case wide open.
I got to go find Madison.
- All night long ♪ - All night ♪ - All night ♪ - All night ♪ - All night long ♪ - All night ♪ Oh, Rebecca.
All night long ♪ Your song was so beautiful.
Thank you, sweetheart.
Are you okay? It's Kevin, isn't it? I love my son, but he is an idiot.
He is.
I mean, he is 20 years old, he's supposed to be, but The timing is just off right now.
He isn't ready for you.
He will be, but it's gonna take a while.
And I don't know if you can wait around for that.
I mean, personally, I don't know if I could.
But when the timing is right he's gonna be so great.
Wow, that's a lot, man.
- Really is.
- Yeah.
So, let me get this straight.
Um the woman you've pined after for years is finally single, and you're depressed about it? Just I don't want to I don't want to mess it up again.
That's not gonna happen, Captain.
S Every time we see each other, we blow up each other's lives, it's-it's I don't want to do that, I don't don't want to hurt her again.
What are you doing? What are you thinking? I'm thinking about the right thing to say here.
I feel like you're at a moment in life where you need really smart, really sound advice.
- Yes.
Yes, please.
- Yeah.
Okay, so this is - This is what I got.
- Okay.
Buffalo Bills lost the Super Bowl four years in a row when we were kids.
- You remember that? Yeah.
- I do.
- I'm not the Buffalo Bills.
- That's not what I'm saying.
- Okay.
- Anyway, before every Super Bowl, they make Super Bowl champion merch with both teams on it so they have stuff ready to go no matter who wins, right? - Mm-hmm.
- But once a team loses, they don't want the stuff with the losing team on it.
They don't want "Super Bowl champion - Buffalo Bills" sweatshirts.
- Hmm.
So, do you know where that stuff used to go? I bet you're gonna tell me.
- Other continents.
- Yeah? Africa.
- Any and every nation in need.
- Huh.
So, for four consecutive years in the early '90s, there were world champion Buffalo Bills merch flooding other continents.
I-I don't know where you're going Kev, there are tens of thousands of people who grew up thinking that the Buffalo Bills were the greatest team of all time.
The world is friggin' insane, man.
It makes no sense.
But you and Sophie together, now, that makes more sense than most things.
You're not gonna screw it up this time.
I know it.
Thank you.
- Hey.
- Hi.
- Talk to you? - Yeah.
- Yeah? Okay.
- Yes, sure.
- Yes.
Um - Uh - Listen - I was actually gonna come over and I-I don't, I don't want you to be a ball that I just bounce off of to get to another ball.
- What? Wait, just stop.
I - I Listen, y-you don't get to give a speech this time.
Okay? It-It's my turn.
Look, I-I have spent years of my life praying that you would you would grow up.
But Now here you are, 20 years later and you're finally the man that I always knew you possibly could be.
At first, I honestly, I didn't believe it, that we could finally be in the right place at the right time.
You know? And that I would finally be the best version of myself.
But I am.
And you are.
And I don't know, I freaked out.
I freaked out last night because I just don't, I don't want us to fall back into the old versions of ourselves.
- You know? - Mm.
I need you to love me for the woman that I am now, not the woman that I was.
'Cause you're not the man that you were.
And I want to fall in love with the man that you've become.
That was a ram that was a ramble.
- I rambled.
- No.
What were you gonna say? Well, I-I think in lieu of you not wanting to repeat the patterns of the past, I think it's-it's better if I No, just say it.
- Okay, again, I think, in lieu of you - Stop saying "in lieu of," you're not even using the word correctly.
- Really? - Yeah.
Wha-What were you gonna say? Okay, class, we have a new student.
Everyone, this is Sophie Inman.
I've always carried you with me, Soph.
There you go.
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