This Is Us (2016– )
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The Pool 

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Jack and Rebecca take their kids to the community pool; Kevin experiences his first NYC audition; Kate stalks Toby's ex; William's past sends Randall spinning.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore ... Rebecca Pearson
Sterling K. Brown ... Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz ... Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley ... Kevin Pearson
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Beth Pearson
Chris Sullivan ... Toby Damon
Ron Cephas Jones ... William Hill
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Yvette
Janet Montgomery ... Olivia Maine
Natalia Cigliuti ... Josie Woods
Milana Vayntrub ... Sloane Sandburg
Mackenzie Hancsicsak ... 8 Year Old Kate
Parker Bates ... 8 Year Old Kevin
Lonnie Chavis ... 8 Year Old Randall


Jack and Rebecca's kids are now eight. A heatwave is sweeping through the region, so Jack, to take refuge from the heat, suggests the family spend the day at the public pool. At the overcrowded pool, Jack and Rebecca not only display the continuing problems they feel they are having parenting three diverse kids the same age, but the three kids deal with their own issues with Kevin, whose problems may be the least obvious, shows partly why he has always felt some animosity toward Randall. In present day, a growing rift of sorts forms between Randall and William with Randall dealing with life as a black man having been raised in a middle class white household in a middle class white neighborhood, while William, still attired in his somewhat shabby clothes, is now living in an upscale neighborhood having long fought for the rights of the underprivileged black population. Randall may get a feeling of his childhood as the family attends Tess' school production. Kevin goes for his first ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

18 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kate says that Toby's ex-wife has been to Argentina. On the first episode the kids playing soccer are wearing Argentina's National Football Team jerseys. See more »


William Hill: [meeting Randall's adopted brother Kevin] Was that the Man-ny?
RandallBeth: Yeah.
William Hill: I love that show. I'm gonna go get my autograph book.
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References Care Bears (1985) See more »


Keep on Loving You
Written by Kevin Cronin
Performed by REO Speedwagon
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Touching and fascinating
14 November 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Again, so much is happening under what is shown in this episode of "This Is Us", that the episode stays with you after you have finished watching it. "This Is Us" has started in a great way, and four episodes in, if you have been following the lives of this family, you will probably want to know more about them. And it is curious, because it could be said that not much happens in this episode, as it could be said about previous ones. It is all about relationships.

In the past, the family goes to the pool, where you can see the whole family's dynamics. You can see many of the traits of the adults in their younger's selves, and what brought them to be the way they are nowadays. All actors do a great job, and even if in some aspects is a little bit clumsy or in-your-face, in general it is touching and subtle.

In the future, Randall continues to develop his relationship with his biological father, and the reaction's of the neighborhood to this new presence. We also get Kevin trying to find a job in the theater and working on his insecurities, and Kate on hers, when Toby meets his ex-wife.

Again, not a lot happens. But the character development is top notch, the situations quite thought of, and offering different characters' perspectives. We get the chance to see what is behind the exterior of these humans, and the show is doing a great job in developing their personalities and relationships. The writing is great, the direction, the camera work and music too, and the acting is amazing. All actors are doing a great job in bringing these characters to life and making the viewer empathize with them.

"The Pool" is another superb episode in this young show.

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