Rebecca is in the car at the hotel. She blows the horn. No one comes out. She finds an envelope with tickets to a game. Flashback to when they first bought the car. They planned to get something cheap and affordable but Jack sees how much the kids like the Wagoneer.
The kids come out of the hotel. Kevin is off his crutches. They don’t understand why they have to go so early but Rebecca just tells them that she wants to. Jack buys the Wagoneer. He tells Rebecca that they can do it and the kids are thrilled.
It’s time for the kids to go to their first concert. Rebecca and Jack are taking them to see Weird Al and they are happy. Rebecca has a bit of an issue on the way though because they end up in construction traffic on the bridge she is afraid of. The kids and Jack sing and distract her.
On the ride to the service, Kevin doesn’t understand why they have to go so early. Kate doesn’t either but she also mentions that she doesn’t want to keep her dog anymore. Jack and Rebecca leave a doctors visit. She’s been dizzy but it’ll take a bit to get the results so she is freaking out. She thinks it is a brain tumor.
He takes her to see his favorite tree and tries to reassure her. She asks why it’s his favorite tree and he tells her because that’s where she finds out she’s okay. His pager goes off. Her results are in. She’s okay. They keep talking and he tells her he doesn’t want to go in the ground when he dies.
They get to funeral. A few people talk including Miguel and Randall but Rebecca zones out until the end. Then she grabs the urn and heads to the reception. Jack is teaching the boys how to drive and they start to argue. He makes them both walk the five miles home and then tells them that he hopes they figure out how to be friends like he and his brother were.
Randall is surprised to hear him talk about his past at all and Jack tells them that someday they will only have each other and Kate to remember things as they were and they should care about that. At the reception Kevin notices that Randall has on Jack’s watch. He confronts him and Randall tells him that Rebecca said he could so Kevin goes to see her about it.
She doesn’t say much before Kevin turns back to Randall and yells at him for not being a real man and stopping Jack like he would’ve and Randall goes right back at him, pointing out that he wasn’t around. He’s never around.
Jack is driving on a Thursday morning when he sees Kate sitting at the bus stop. He stops and she explains that she is going to see her favoritist person ever Alanis Morissette. He tells her to get in the car. She thinks he’s taking her back to school but he takes her to the record store instead. They compare Alanis to Bruce Springsteen along the way and he tells her to consider music as a path. They get to the record store and she hops out.
It’s the night of the fire. Kate can’t sleep. Rebecca finds her awake and they talk about how Jack died. Kate keeps saying that it’s because he went back inside but Rebecca won’t say that it is. Rebecca is outside the reception getting air when Dr. K walks up. They talk about Jack and then she admits she’s been chasing his urn around all day because she wasn’t with him when he died. She can’t do it without him but Dr. K assures her she’ll be able to.
The family is headed home with groceries for the Super Bowl. Jack announces that no one can make plans for the following Saturday. He has a surprise for them. He won’t tell what it is. Rebecca is done with the reception. She rounds up the kids and they leave. They head to the favorite tree and Rebecca starts to talk about Jack.
She tells the boys that neither of them have to be the man of the house. She tells Kate to not blame herself. They spread the ashes there but not all of them because Kate wants some. Then Rebecca tells them that she knows the surprise. Jack got them Bruce tickets and asks if they want to go. The kids say yes.
Jack tells the car salesman that he can’t afford the car but he needs it. It’s sturdy and will survive the family and tell their story. He wants to do right by them and he wants them to be okay. He sees them okay in that car. And they are. Rebecca drives over the bridge as Kevin and Randall bond in the backseat. They will be okay.
It’s called a repass not a reception for a funeral. That drove me nuts. Otherwise this was a great episode. I loved that the car told the story of the family. It’ll get beaten but it will not fall. I feel bad for Rebecca but the talk from Dr. K was great. I like him.