Warning: This Is Us season 3 episode 6 spoilers ahead!
Another new episode of This Is Us, another mad dash to the tissue box. After last week's revelatory episode where Kevin discovers the woman wearing Jack's necklace and Kate finds out her IVF treatment worked, fans were forced to shift gears yet again. In episode six, it's revealed that Toby is back on his anti-depressants but is having a hard time adjusting to them. Meanwhile, Randall is trying to find a new path forward in his political campaign, and Kevin's desire to find out about his dad's time in Vietnam is growing stronger.
With so much going on, it's easy to forget key details here and there. Scroll through, and you'll probably find at least one major thing that you didn't notice from the latest episode:
The name of the episode is "Kamsahamnida."
The title appears to be named after two key moments from the episode. One is when a waiter walks up to Kevin and Randall eating lunch at a Korean restaurant and gives them free food. Kevin smiles at the man and says, "Kamsahamnida." He then tells Randall that The Nanny (which he starred in) is the number one show in South Korea. The second moment comes when Randall is asking the Korean neighborhood in Philadelphia to tell him what they need from him. He says he "only knows one Korean word" and attempts to say "Kamsahamnida." In Korean, the word means "thank you."
Solomon Brown appears to bring up Alpine, New Jersey for a specific reason.
When Randall attends church among a predominantly black congregation, Solomon Brown, whom he's running against for city council, pulled a subtle political move. Before giving a reading, Solomon welcomed Randall and pointed out that he was a "first-time visitor" and declared that he's visiting "all the way from Alpine, New Jersey."
As it turns out, Alpine — located just under nine miles from New York City — is one of the country's most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods. In 2011, declared it "the most prestigious zip code in America" after the area topped of the "most expensive zip codes." Therefore, Solomon "welcoming Randall all the way from Alpine" is a sneaky way of not only making it clear to the congregation that he isn't from Philadelphia, but also that Randall is very wealthy and can't possibly relate to the city's struggling communities.
Rebecca channels Jack when talking to Kate.
Over the series, Jack's go-to move of helping Randall calm down during his panic attacks has been telling them to "just breathe," which fans learned in episode four came from Jack's friend and fellow Vietnam soldier Don. In the newest episode, a stressed-out Kate calls her mom asking for advice about their dog, Audio. To help Kate out, Rebecca echoes her late husband's advice.
"There's going to be a million things, a million decisions you're going to have to make for them [Audio, Toby, and their future baby]. And you will, you'll do exactly as I did," Rebecca explained to her daughter. "You're going to take a deep breath and make a choice, and just hope you didn't screw things up too badly."
Beth brings up the forest animals from her talk with Déjà.
After Beth blows up at Tess while trying to sell Girl Scout cookies, Déjà tries her best to comfort her and encourages her to tell Randall how she's feeling. She says to Beth that Randall "loves you, like he's in a Disney movie or something" and hears "forest animals singing and playing kazoos."
Her conversation with Déjà seems to inspire Beth to confront Randall about her emotions. Randall then offers her a position on his political campaign and begins to list off all the amazing things the two have been able to accomplish together. Beth proceeds to mumble softly to herself "you really do see forest animals and hear kazoos when you see me, don’t you?” Randall doesn't hear her (which makes sense because it's difficult to catch unless you re-watch the exchange), but instead of repeating herself, she simply replies that she's in.
Bo was a huge motif throughout the episode.
In episode three, series creator Dan Fogelman and the rest of the writers utilized dishes as a symbol throughout the show. This week, the sport of bo was used. It wasn't until Jack talked to young Randall in a flashback scene that viewers really understood why bo meant so much to the dad of three.
"There’s this thing that some fighters do, that if their opponent hits them really hard, they just plaster on a big ole smile," Jack explains to little Randall. Jack goes on to tell Randall that a fighter will do this because he doesn't want the opponent to know that they're hurt. The fighter, fans can conclude, is Jack, who insists on keeping the pain and tragedy that the Vietnam War brought him away from his family. Like the boxer, he "plasters on a big smile" so others don't know that he's hurting on the inside.
As one fan pointed out, the bo parallel also works for grown-up Randall, who is trying to be strong for his family despite feeling lost in his identity and uncertain about his political campaign. The bo theme also connects to how Kate and Toby are doing their best to be brave and strong for one another.
The end of the episode paid tribute to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
If you turned the TV off right after Beth and Randall kissed, you probably didn't notice the touching tribute to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims while the credits played. Later on, Dan posted the end card to his Twitter account.
The message read, "Our hearts are broken. We stand with our television hometown of Pittsburgh." Also enclosed was a message prompting viewers to visit to learn more about ending gun violence. Both Mandy Moore (Rebecca), Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth) retweeted the photo to their own accounts.