My apologies for being so late with my recap of "Number Three" Randall's episode! I had a monster project at work that had me crazy busy! But project is done and it's time to get on with my life and last week's recap!
I am a huge fan of Randall and Beth. As a stay-at-home dad, Randall is flourishing. I love his goofiness. I love the way he cares for his girls, four of them. As he sends the little girls off to bed, he checks on Deja's, who is studying for a big exam. The assignment is something that Randall has been helping her with. It is wonderful to see the relationship that has developed between Randall and Deja. Because of Randal, this young girl now knows what it is like to have a real father in her life - that there are men who do not hurt or abuse. In the short time they've had together, he and Beth have changed Deja's life.
Teenage Randall is upstairs filling out his Harvard application. He and Jack are planning a road trip to visit the campus, and Jack is thrilled that his son may go to an ivy league school. But Randall isn't convinced that Harvard is where he wants to go. Again, as with the Kevin and Kate's episodes, this is the same day in the life of both the teenage Pearson's and the adult Pearson's. As Jack works on the blown a fuse, Randall asks him if they can visit another college. Howard University in Washington DC. Jack is surprised but willing. It means they will miss Kevin's game, but everyone understands. Jack and Randall hit the road headed for Washington DC.
Howard University is a predominately black university, and Randall has friends from high school that attend. Randall loves it from the moment they set foot on campus. As Jack takes the official college tour, Randall's friends take him on their own tour.
Present day Randall and Beth are tucking all their girls in for the night when Randall hears a commotion outside the house. He runs downstairs to find Beth and Deja's mother, Shauna in a heated argument. It turns out that the charges were dropped and Shauna is here to pick up her child. The argument outside heats up enough that Randall's neighbors are concerned. Just then Deja comes outside and diffuses the situation. Deja is truly the parent of their mother/daughter relationship, and she convinces her mom that they have to follow the rules of the court and Shauna leaves.
Randall and Beth believe that Shauna is an unfit mother and want to keep Deja with them. They meet with the social worker, who tells them that she is recommending Deja be returned to her mother. Randall and Beth vow to fight for Deja.
The next day, after Randall drops all three girls off at school, he takes a little to Shauna's neighborhood hoping to find something that will prove that it is in Deja's best interest that she stay with them. What he sees instead is Shauna showing a neighbor the clothes that she has bought for Deja's return home. He sees a mother excited to have her daughter back - not at all what he was hoping to find.
This takes Randall back to a conversation he had with William after he learns that Rebecca had been to see William when Randall was a baby. William asked Rebecca if she would let him be part of Randall's life. She says no. William tells Randall that he followed her home after that meeting and was heading up the porch to tells Jack and Rebecca that he wanted to be in his son's life. He stops when he sees three bikes parked by the porch. The bikes each have a license plate on the - Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3 and he realizes that Randall is part of a family and William feels that he doesn't have the right to disrupt his life. But William imagines what would have happened if he had knocked on that door. He sees all the important moments in Randall's life that he could have been a part of if he had just been braver.
Randall realizes that it isn't right for him and Beth to keep Deja from her mom. Now he has to tell Beth.
Randall calls Beth and she tells him that she talked to an attorney who says they have a case. Both Beth and Randall head to the school to see Deja's presentation. After the presentation, Randall pulls Beth aside and tells her that they can't take Deja from her mom. Beth agrees. Now they have to prepare themselves for Deja's departure.
Back at Brown University, Jack meets up with Randall so they can head home. Randall seems to be embarrassed to introduce Jack as his dad. Jack sees it and talks to his son about it. Randall opens up to Jack about how great it was to be around kids of his own race.
It's time for the Peterson's to say goodbye to Deja, the young girl that was a stranger when she arrived but is now family. The girls go first, then Beth. Randall is really struggling. He does not want to let her go.
As he says goodbye to Deja, she hugs him and says that just because she is excited to be reunited with her mom, it's hard for her to leave them as well. Deja and Shauna return home.
Shortly after Deja leaves, Kevin arrives. He is in the kitchen, looking for booze when the girls enter the room and are excited to see their Uncle Kevin. Kevin isn't doing well though and the girls notice that somethings not right with him.
Back to the fateful night of Kevin's football injury...as the family leaves the hospital, Randall asks Jack if Kevin will be okay. Jack tells Randall that, yes, they will all be okay. The family arrives home and Jack walks into the living room where his family sits after a very long day. Jack's face tells it all. No matter what happens, they are a family and they will get each other through anything.
Deja is gone, Kevin is in the kitchen and Randall and Beth discuss the possibility of taking in another foster child. Randall says that a boy would be cool just as a social worker is talking to a little boy who needs a home. A little boy who needs the Pearson's as much as they need him.
Randall and Beth don't know that Tess is with Kevin but as Randall and Annie return after looking everywhere for Tess, Beth is on the phone with the police. Tess is safe but Kevin has been arrested for a DUI.
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