Randall is stoked for Thanksgiving. He sends the little ones to bed and then checks in on Deja. She’s getting ready for a big presentation at school. She thinks the other kids are going to mock her but Randall tells her that he’s proud of her. They hear a ruckus outside. Beth is out there fighting with Deja’s mom. She’s out because they dropped the charges. Deja comes out and calms her down. They need to wait for the social worker though.
It’s the night of the Pitt coach’s visit. Randall is filling out college applications. He wants to check out Howard too and asks Jack if they can. Jack says that he will check with Rebecca but Randall is stoked.
Social worker Linda is over explaining the ins and outs. She is going to recommend that Deja go back to her mother. Randall says that they will fight it and that they’ve already contacted a lawyer. Young Randall is ready to go. He’s nervous but excited.
On the drive to school, the little ones ask about what’s what with Deja. Randall says he doesn’t know. Jack and Randall get to Howard and Randall meets up with a friend. They look around while Jack takes the official tour. Randall seems to enjoy himself.
As Randall drops Deja off at school, he tells her that he and Beth will be by to watch her presentation. Then he calls Beth and she tells him that they can see the lawyer that evening. And they thought last year would be the crazy Thanksgiving. Randall flashes back to his Thanksgiving conversation with William the year prior.
William explains the visits he had from Rebecca and why he never tried to meet him when he was younger. Who was he to go against Rebecca’s wishes? It’s time to leave Howard. Randall is bummed to head out. On the ride back Jack and Randall talk about how out-of-place Randall often feels in his life because of color of his skin.
Jack decides to make a stop. They go to DC and Jack talks about being drafted to Nam and finding balance. Jack wants Randall to know that he will find himself through his choices and that he is spectacular.
Randall checks out Deja’s mom before going to the school. He tells Beth that they can’t keep Deja from her mom. Then he makes a very bleak Pac-man metaphor but Beth gets it. They go in and watch Deja give her presentation.
It’s time for Deja to go home. Randall gets a phone call. It’s Kevin. He’s on his way to the house. Randall says its fine but he’s distracted. He tries to offer his help to Deja’s mom but she’s got it from here. Deja says her emotional goodbyes. Inside the house, Randall does dishes and Beth cleans up Deja’s room.
Kevin is freaking out in the teacher’s yard. Rebecca gets to Kate’s house. She calls Randall and tells him about the baby. Kevin gets to Randall’s house. They head into the kitchen and Kevin starts drinking. Randall mentions that Rebecca and Kate are staying in LA for the holiday. Then he decides to call Kate.
He asks if Kevin wants to try with him but Kevin declines. While Randall is on the phone, Kevin takes off. Randall talks to Beth about fostering again. Maybe a boy this time. Kevin drives recklessly.
Jack and Randall talk about how things will be different for Kevin post-knee injury but he’ll be okay. Adult Randall can’t find his daughter. She pops up in the back of Kevin’s car just as he gets pulled over.
Beth gets a call. Kevin is getting arrested for a DUI and their daughter is with him. Kevin is ready to kill him and Beth is game for it. Jack tells Randall that when one of them falls, another helps them up.
I thought Kevin was going to wreck the car. I actually was so worried about that. He’s a mess and I’m glad he got caught. Randall is the best part of this show. And Beth. She’s the real MVP. I loved that they knew they couldn’t keep Deja. I guess they are going to take in that little boy next.