Last week during "This Is Us," we learned, after an episode of watching Kevin dig himself into a deeper and darker hole with every scene, that Kate and Toby lost their baby, setting us up for some big-time emotions this week.
As last week followed Kevin around during "Number One," this episode, "Number Two," follows Kate around during the same weekend and the same week of their teenage years. While Kevin and Randall are making decisions on colleges, Kate is hiding her dreams from her parents and watching her brothers do what they do best. In real time, we learn of Kate's miscarriage early on, which allows us to go through every emotion that Kate and Toby experience.
The pain of a miscarriage is all too real in this episode, with the storyline even focusing in on Toby's grief. We even get a scene between Rebecca and Kate where she reminds Kate that she also lost a baby once and she never even got to hold him. That was a much needed scene for the pair, as most of their interactions are a little too mother-daughter dramatic. Also, sometimes, kids forget that their parents lived whole entire lives before they came along-- it's a nice callback to that.
And of course, the Internet had a lot to say about this episode.
10 Hilariously Sad Tweets From Season 2, Episode 9 of "This Is Us":