‘One Giant Leap’ is all about the life-changing moments for Nicky, Deja, Rebecca and Miguel.
Last Updated: 11.26 AM, Jan 12, 2022
Story: Miguel, Rebecca and Nicky head off on a road trip to California to meet Sally, the woman he’s been pining over for 50 years, while Deja stops by to meet Malik at Harvard University.
Review: It’s all about love and journeys on this episode of This is Us. The Big Three were the cynosure of the season premiere, so they were given a break, as the spotlight hovered over two characters – Nicky and Deja – as both set out to undertake life-altering journeys.
Rebecca and Miguel chauffeur Nicky to meet Sally, the woman he chickened out of running away with to California many years ago. He claims to have checked her up online and that she’s single, only to reveal later on that he didn’t do any of that and has not even let her know he is on the way. Although he’s willing to let it go and return home, Miguel and Rebecca are not on board and push him to finally knock on her door.
Surprise… Sally does open the door, but she doesn’t immediately recognize the man saying hello. It takes a bit of jostling her memory for her to remember their time together. Can’t blame her, because she’s been married since and wasn’t only thinking about Nicky all these years. Nevertheless, they all spend a few good hours together and say their good byes, which for Nicky brought in closure to a chapter he’s been holding on for way too long.
Thanks to this road trip, Nicky also takes off on another journey, on an aeroplane, where, he meets flight attendant Edie. Huhm! Now where have we heard that name before? Edie is Nicky’s wife in the future, glimpses of which are thrown in every now and then, especially of the family gathering for Rebecca’s final moments.
Deja, who’s been dealing with a long-distance relationship, now that Malik is in Boston, turns up to see him, only to find that he’s struggling to keep up with school stuff, daddy duties and the work hours he squeezes in to support himself. But hey, no matter how busy Malik is, there’s always time for some lovemaking. Deja thinks her trip was life-changing, guess we’ll have to wait and see how.
This episode was also a lot about Rebecca, her prognosis and her figuring out how she wants the rest of her days play out. She’s even going back to salsa lessons with Miguel.
Verdict: The writers of This is Us sure know how to turn on the waterworks of the viewing audience. It was also refreshing seeing a lot more of Rebecca (Mandy Moore), Miguel (Jon Huertas) and Nicky (Griffin Dunne) and the bond the trio now shares. It’s a shame they don’t give Huertas more time.