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Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory – Gizmodo

October 8th, 2019

Icy roads a factor in Banff tour bus rollover that sent 24 people to hospital: RCMP – Global News

October 8th, 2019

RCMP say icy road conditions played a role in a tour bus crash in Banff on Tuesday that sent 24 people to hospital.

RCMP and EMS responded to a bus rollover at Compound Road, just off the Trans-Canada Highway east of the Mount Norquay exit, after 7:15 p.m.

Police said the bus was heading east, lost control and ended up in the south ditch.​

The bus was carrying 24 people, including the driver and guide, according to RCMP.

EMS initially said there were 10 people injured but that was later updated to 13.

Those 13 people were taken to hospital as a precaution: one to Calgary and the others to Canmore and Banff, according to EMS.

EMS said all others on the bus were taken by a private vehicle to area hospitals for assessments.

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No one sustained serious injuries.​

While police said icy road conditions were a contributing factor, the collision’s cause is still under investigation.

RCMP reminded drivers to travel with caution in the area due to “poor visibility, icy roads and blowing snow.”

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Want to live longer? Get a dog – BGR

October 8th, 2019

If prolonging your time on Earth is a big priority for you, adopting a four-legged friend could help in a big way. A new study that takes into account many decades of research on overall health and pet ownership reveals that people who own dogs enjoy a 24% reduction in overall mortality.

The study is a meta-analysis of research reaching as far back as the 1950s. Ten individual studies were included in this new round of research, with data from nearly four million participants. By lumping all of the data into a larger pile, the researchers can paint an even more accurate picture of how certain factors affect an outcome. In this case, the impact of dog ownership on lifespan was the focus.

The data shows that all-cause morality — that is, the risk of dying from literally anything — is reduced by 24% for dog owners. However, when drilling down into the data it quickly becomes clear what is driving this conclusion, and it’s all related to heart health.

Dog ownership appears closely linked with a reduction in death caused due to cardiovascular issues. This isn’t particularly shocking, and data has long suggested that dog ownership is good for the heart, but seeing how those health benefits translate to a lower risk of death is great.

Interestingly, the positive effects of dog ownership were even greater for individuals who have established cardiovascular issues, including previous instances of heart attack or stroke. For those people, having a dog lowered their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by a whopping 31%, further supporting the idea that the biggest benefit of having a dog is that your heart will be healthier.

But why is that? Studies have revealed that pet ownership, on the whole, can reduce stress, which may translate into a healthier heart, but the answer is probably even more straightforward. Owning a dog means taking it outside, and whether that translates to a spirited walk around the block or some playtime in the back yard, the physical activity that comes with owning a dog is a big plus for your body.

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Robert Downey Jr. Responds To Scorsese Slamming Marvel Movies – The Daily Wire

October 8th, 2019

In response to renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese declaring that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is “not cinema,” two of the franchise’s biggest stars – Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson – have spoken out in defense of the comic-based series.

Appearing on “The Howard Stern Show,” Robert Downey Jr. said sarcastically that Scorsese may have a point, noting that he did not expect the MCU to become the “hydra” it has become after over a decade.

“I’ll tell you the truth: I didn’t expect it to become what it became, and it is this very large, multi-headed Hydra at this point,” the former “Iron Man” star said. “I’ve always had other interests, and according to Scorsese, it’s not cinema. I gotta take a look at that, you know? I mean, it plays in theaters.”

“I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything — we need all of the different perspectives, so we can come to center and move on,” he continued.

When Stern asked if he felt offended by Scorsese’s dig, Downey Jr. responded, “It would be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio… It makes no sense to say it.”

Stern, however, believed that Scorsese felt jealous of the Marvel movies. Downey Jr. felt that he had a perspective that should be considered.

“In his view, and by the way, there’s a lot to be said for how these genre movies — and I was happy to be a part of the problem, if there is one — denigrated the art form [of] cinema,” he said. “By the way, when you come in like a stomping beast and eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it’s phenomenal.”

Last week, Scorsese stoked the ire of millions of Marvel fanboys when he said the Marvel movies were more like theme park rides than cinematic experiences.

“I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese told Empire Magazine. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Scorsese is not alone in his belief about the Marvel movies and is joined by director James Cameron — one of the highest-grossing blockbuster directors of all-time — who once said the films lack a heart.

“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon,” Cameron told IndieWire in 2018. “It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hypergonadal males (men who produce too much testosterone) without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

Scorsese’s declaration prompted equal parts ridicule and equal parts support on social media, with some Marvel directors even joining in on the conversation to defend their product.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” said “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn.

On Monday, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the character Nick Fury, said that not everybody appreciates Scorsese’s movies either.

“Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either. We happen to. Everybody doesn’t,” he said. “You know, there are a lot of Italian Americans who don’t think he should be making films about them like that. Everybody’s got an opinion, so, I mean, it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

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Local physics students, teachers inspired by Manitoba-born Nobel Prize winner – CBC.ca

October 8th, 2019

Physics students in Winnipeg gathered at the University of Manitoba on Tuesday afternoon, celebrating the news that one of the recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was once a student at that very campus.

Many were inspired by James Peebles’ work in the field of physical cosmology, and some said they hoped to one day stand where the Nobel Prize laureate does today.

Isabel Sander, a second-year physics and astronomy student at the University of Manitoba, said knowing she attends the same school a Nobel Prize winner once did is inspiring.

“He was in the physics hallways, walking around, learning similar things to what I’m learning right now,” she said. “It’s just so exciting to me that someone who was in my place a long time ago was able to get to this point.”

Sander said she’s interested in possibly pursuing cosmology as a field of study because she sees it as a way to help make the world better.

Isabel Sander, a second-year physics and astronomy student at the University of Manitoba, said it’s inspiring to know that a Nobel Prize winner once walked the same halls she does today. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

“This is what I want to do in the future, is [to] make discoveries that help us basically move forward as a society — and that’s exactly what [Peebles] did,” she said. “I could make a difference with what I’m doing the way that he’s made a difference in all of our lives.”

Nobel winner owes ‘a lot’ to U of M

Alan Nguyen, another second-year physics student at the university, said he thinks it’s exciting to see science evolve and change as he’s studying it, and to imagine his own place within the field.

“Now I’m learning about things that [Peebles] discovered, things the generations of scientists before me have discovered,” he said. “And now I’m here, standing on the shoulders of giants, and I hope to try and help advance science just like they did.”

Second-year University of Manitoba physics student Alan Nguyen said he hopes to one day make the kind of significant contributions to physics that Peebles has. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

During a news conference on Tuesday, Peebles said he has not forgotten his roots in the Prairies. When asked how he will spend his half of the $1.2 million prize, Peebles gave a shout-out to his alma mater.

“I must say, I owe a lot to the University of Manitoba,” he said. “A chunk will go to it.”

As a child growing up in St. Boniface, Norwood and St. Vital, Peebles said he had an early fascination with the way things work.

“One of my early memories is throwing a tantrum because I wasn’t allowed to put together the coffee percolator… I loved building things, [but] I was never very good at it,” he said. “I love things, the way things work. We’re all built in different ways, and that’s my build.”

‘Contribution is phenomenal’

University of Manitoba professor Roger Dube, who got to know Peebles when the Nobel Prize-winning researcher was on his thesis committee, said he can’t imagine someone more deserving of the accolades Peebles has received.

“Jim is a super pleasant, approachable guy. He’s unflappable. He always takes the extra step to get out here and see people, his former grad students,” said Dube. “He’s just a wonderful man.”

As for the award Peebles received for his work in physical cosmology, Dube said he isn’t surprised.

“The cosmology community has always expected Jim to eventually get a Nobel Prize because his work is so seminal to the field. It’s generated all sorts of significant branches of research, all of which have been validated over time,” he said. “His contribution is phenomenal.”

Canadian-American scientist James Peebles, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics Oct. 8, 2019, speaks at the 43rd annual Donald R. Hamilton Lecture at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. April 12, 2018. (Princeton University/Reuters)

Dube said many people don’t realize how far-reaching some of Peebles’ ideas and theories have been in the scientific community, and how significant they’ve been in helping form our understanding of the universe.

“He’s taught us things like what the universe looked like 100 seconds after the Big Bang. We’ve learned about dark matter and dark energy,” he said. “All of these are results of the fruits of the ideas that he’s had, that he’s been able to put into theory, and that we’ve been able to go out and confirm with observations.”

Peebles was born in Winnipeg in 1935 and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba. In 1962, he earned a PhD from Princeton University in New Jersey, where he is now the Albert Einstein Professor of Science.

Peebles was awarded the Nobel Prize for his theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology. Swiss colleagues Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were also recipients of this year’s physics prize for their discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.

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October 8th, 2019

Toronto Syrian restaurant shuts down due to threats, assault following altercation at Maxime Bernier fundraiser – The Globe and Mail

October 8th, 2019

People stop to read a note taped to the front window of Syrian restaurant Soufis on Oct 8.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

A Toronto restaurant run by Syrian refugees has closed after an altercation between the owner’s son and supporters of the People’s Party of Canada at a party fundraiser led to the assault of the restaurant owner’s son and death threats directed at him and his family.

Soufi’s, a Syrian restaurant opened in 2017 and lauded in media as a refugee success story, announced on Tuesday it had closed permanently because “the magnitude of hate we are facing is overwhelming.” After the owner’s son was outed as one of the protesters at the PPC event, the restaurant received harassing messages and death threats, and the family said in a statement released by its lawyer that the owner’s son was physically assaulted on Sunday. The family gave no further details of the assault.

The incident highlights the real-world consequences of the increasingly polarizing positions and hostile conversations between the right and left that have characterized the campaign for the Oct. 21 federal election.

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The altercation occurred at the end of September at a People’s Party fundraiser at Mohawk College in Hamilton, at which leader Maxime Bernier and U.S. political commentator David Rubin spoke.

About 100 protesters, many wearing masks, stood outside holding signs that said things like “hate speech ≠ free speech” and shouting down those who entered. Since its formation, the People’s Party has been criticized over its platform, which would radically reduce immigration, scrap the government’s multiculturalism policy and screen potential immigrants to ensure they “align with Canadian values and societal norms.”

Dorothy Marston, an 81-year-old woman with a walker, approached the building to attend the fundraiser with her husband and was blocked by a group of masked protesters, some of whom shouted, “Nazi scum off our streets.” Police escorted Ms. Marston and her husband inside. They arrested and released four people.

A video of the confrontation has logged more than seven million views on Twitter.

Many initial reactions focused on Ms. Marston. “This makes [me] sick to my stomach! That poor lady!” one user wrote.

Mr. Bernier reteweeted a story about the incident and a video interview with Ms. Marston, calling her “brave” and the protesters “thugs.”

But later, users identified the son of Soufi’s owner as one of the protesters and doxxed him: posted his name, the restaurant’s address and phone number online, encouraging others to contact the restaurant, police and immigration officials.

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The restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page (which has since been deleted), confirming that one of the individuals in the video was indeed Alaa Al Soufi, the son of Soufi’s owner Husam Al Soufi. In the video, he is silent, but stands in front of Ms. Marston’s husband, blocking his path.

“Alaa regrets that he did not step aside and/or stand up against the act of verbal abuse that occurred against [Ms. Marston], and would love the opportunity to personally extend his apologies to her. That said, we affirm that he did not in any way verbally or physically assault the elderly woman or any other person,” the statement said.

“Our family and business do not condone acts of hate, violence or harassment in any shape or form and advocate for peace, equality and free speech for all human beings.”

The statement proved ineffective.

Posts about the younger Mr. Al Soufi spread on alt-right and anti-immigrant Facebook groups such as Yellow Vests Canada and Rise Canada, where many called for violence against the Al Soufis, according to Anti-Racist Canada, a group that tracks bigotry.

On Tuesday, Soufi’s windows displayed printouts that announced the restaurant was permanently closed owing to the hateful and threatening messages received in the past week: “Our decision is made with a heavy heart in effort to maintain our family and staff’s safety.”

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Two women and a man were inside putting t-shirts emblazoned with “From Syria with Love” on the windows. Attempts to reach staff were unsuccessful.

A September report about polarization in the Canadian federal election campaign, for which researchers at the Digital Democracy Project (run by the Public Policy Forum and Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University) surveyed 1,271 Canadians, found little evidence to suggest social-media polarization translates to offline impact. But they said individuals tended to dislike ”parties or their supporters on the other end of the political spectrum simply because they belong to an opposing group.”

Ms. Marston’s son, David Turkoski, said he respects anyone’s right to protest, but was angry about what happened to his mother because of the aggressive nature of the protesters. Still, he described the blow-back the Al Soufis have faced as “a disgrace to Canada.”

“We live in a just society. We don’t need vigilantes,” he said. “As I told my mother, ‘We don’t know who they are and that’s something that police look after.’ ”

Mr. Turkoski reposted one of Mr. Bernier’s tweets praising his mother for her bravery and said protesters’ characterization of Mr. Bernier’s platform as xenophobic and racist is “unfair.” But he said he does not plan to vote for the People’s Party. His lasting concern is for “the name-calling and mud-slinging” that has marked the campaign.

“I’m really worried for Canada and this polarization effect on both sides,” he said.

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Toronto Syrian restaurant shuts down due to threats, assault following altercation at Maxime Bernier fundraiser – The Globe and Mail

October 8th, 2019

People stop to read a note taped to the front window of Syrian restaurant Soufis on Oct 8.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

A Toronto restaurant run by Syrian refugees has closed after an altercation between the owner’s son and supporters of the People’s Party of Canada at a party fundraiser led to the assault of the restaurant owner’s son and death threats directed at him and his family.

Soufi’s, a Syrian restaurant opened in 2017 and lauded in media as a refugee success story, announced on Tuesday it had closed permanently because “the magnitude of hate we are facing is overwhelming.” After the owner’s son was outed as one of the protesters at the PPC event, the restaurant received harassing messages and death threats, and the family said in a statement released by its lawyer that the owner’s son was physically assaulted on Sunday. The family gave no further details of the assault.

The incident highlights the real-world consequences of the increasingly polarizing positions and hostile conversations between the right and left that have characterized the campaign for the Oct. 21 federal election.

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The altercation occurred at the end of September at a People’s Party fundraiser at Mohawk College in Hamilton, at which leader Maxime Bernier and U.S. political commentator David Rubin spoke.

About 100 protesters, many wearing masks, stood outside holding signs that said things like “hate speech ≠ free speech” and shouting down those who entered. Since its formation, the People’s Party has been criticized over its platform, which would radically reduce immigration, scrap the government’s multiculturalism policy and screen potential immigrants to ensure they “align with Canadian values and societal norms.”

Dorothy Marston, an 81-year-old woman with a walker, approached the building to attend the fundraiser with her husband and was blocked by a group of masked protesters, some of whom shouted, “Nazi scum off our streets.” Police escorted Ms. Marston and her husband inside. They arrested and released four people.

A video of the confrontation has logged more than seven million views on Twitter.

Many initial reactions focused on Ms. Marston. “This makes [me] sick to my stomach! That poor lady!” one user wrote.

Mr. Bernier reteweeted a story about the incident and a video interview with Ms. Marston, calling her “brave” and the protesters “thugs.”

But later, users identified the son of Soufi’s owner as one of the protesters and doxxed him: posted his name, the restaurant’s address and phone number online, encouraging others to contact the restaurant, police and immigration officials.

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The restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page (which has since been deleted), confirming that one of the individuals in the video was indeed Alaa Al Soufi, the son of Soufi’s owner Husam Al Soufi. In the video, he is silent, but stands in front of Ms. Marston’s husband, blocking his path.

“Alaa regrets that he did not step aside and/or stand up against the act of verbal abuse that occurred against [Ms. Marston], and would love the opportunity to personally extend his apologies to her. That said, we affirm that he did not in any way verbally or physically assault the elderly woman or any other person,” the statement said.

“Our family and business do not condone acts of hate, violence or harassment in any shape or form and advocate for peace, equality and free speech for all human beings.”

The statement proved ineffective.

Posts about the younger Mr. Al Soufi spread on alt-right and anti-immigrant Facebook groups such as Yellow Vests Canada and Rise Canada, where many called for violence against the Al Soufis, according to Anti-Racist Canada, a group that tracks bigotry.

On Tuesday, Soufi’s windows displayed printouts that announced the restaurant was permanently closed owing to the hateful and threatening messages received in the past week: “Our decision is made with a heavy heart in effort to maintain our family and staff’s safety.”

Story continues below advertisement

Two women and a man were inside putting t-shirts emblazoned with “From Syria with Love” on the windows. Attempts to reach staff were unsuccessful.

A September report about polarization in the Canadian federal election campaign, for which researchers at the Digital Democracy Project (run by the Public Policy Forum and Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University) surveyed 1,271 Canadians, found little evidence to suggest social-media polarization translates to offline impact. But they said individuals tended to dislike ”parties or their supporters on the other end of the political spectrum simply because they belong to an opposing group.”

Ms. Marston’s son, David Turkoski, said he respects anyone’s right to protest, but was angry about what happened to his mother because of the aggressive nature of the protesters. Still, he described the blow-back the Al Soufis have faced as “a disgrace to Canada.”

“We live in a just society. We don’t need vigilantes,” he said. “As I told my mother, ‘We don’t know who they are and that’s something that police look after.’ ”

Mr. Turkoski reposted one of Mr. Bernier’s tweets praising his mother for her bravery and said protesters’ characterization of Mr. Bernier’s platform as xenophobic and racist is “unfair.” But he said he does not plan to vote for the People’s Party. His lasting concern is for “the name-calling and mud-slinging” that has marked the campaign.

“I’m really worried for Canada and this polarization effect on both sides,” he said.

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Owning a Dog Lowers Your Risk of Death if You’ve Had Heart Problems, Study Shows – ScienceAlert

October 8th, 2019

A recent study conducted in Sweden found the risk of death for dog owners returning home from hospital after a stroke or heart attack was significantly lower than those who didn’t come home to a face-licking ball of happiness.

Uppsala University researchers used a major national health register to come up with a list of nearly 182,000 patients aged 40 to 85 who’d suffered an acute heart attack between 2001 and 2012.

Similarly, they collected information on just over 150,000 patients the same age who’d had a stroke during that period.

Even following the best medical care, patient health can take a turn for the worse after returning home. In the year following their heart attack, roughly 30,000 of the patients had passed away.

Several years ago, the same Uppsala researchers found those who owned dogs generally had better cardiovascular health. Now it was time to see if that translated into improved odds of survival in the wake of a hospital stay.

Across the two groups of patient records they gathered for this new study, roughly one in twenty people had current records of dog ownership – as Sweden instated mandatory dog registration in 2001, the researchers used this measure as a proxy for identifying the dog owners in their sample.

By comparing the mortality rates between the dog owners and the rest of the patient sample, the team found not only were our canine companions correlated with better health, that improvement was a real life saver.

For those who lived alone with their pup, the risk of dying in the wake of a heart attack was a full third lower. Even if there was a partner or a child waiting at home, adding a dog to the mix improved odds by around 15 percent.

The results were similar for those who’d had a stroke; those living alone with a dog saw a 27 percent drop, while those with a dog in addition to a partner or child were 12 percent better off.

In addition to looking at the risk of death in the years following a heart attack, the team looked at the chances of a return to hospital for a repeat episode at least a month later. For dog owners, those measures dropped as well, by just under 10 percent.

We do need to put all this into context, however: the worst time for those who have survived a heart attack is the following month, with just over 1 percent of all patients having a repeat attack. This drops to just 0.3 percent after those first 30 days.

So, in absolute terms, the slightly improved odds for dog owners might not be all that huge.

The research stops short of an explanation of the results, but in light of previous studies on pet ownership our love of dogs could be doing wonders for our health in a variety of ways.

It’s fair to say that, based on other studies, those who come home to an empty house are already at a bit of a health disadvantage. Whether it’s a spouse or simply a caring circle of friends, good company is the secret to living a longer life.

“We know that social isolation is a strong risk factor for worse health outcomes and premature death. Previous studies have indicated that dog owners experience less social isolation and have more interaction with other people,” says Uppsala University epidemiologist Tove Fall.

“Furthermore, keeping a dog is a good motivation for physical activity, which is an important factor in rehabilitation and mental health.”

Having slightly better odds of avoiding a return to hospital (or worse!) after a cardiac event might be good reason for some to purchase a pup.

But the researchers make it clear that this should only be one factor when it comes making the decision on whether to become a responsible pet owner.

“Moreover, from an animal welfare perspective, dogs should only be acquired by people who feel they have the capacity and knowledge to give the pet a good life,” says Fall.

This research was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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‘This Is Us’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 3 — ‘Unhinged’ – TVLine

October 8th, 2019

Kevin and (his maybe potential wife?) Cassidy finally come face-to-face in this week’s This Is Us and… what’s the opposite of a meet-cute? Because that’s how their first interaction unfolds. In fact, Cassidy even labels the whole interaction “creepy.” So order those save-the-dates now!

In other Pearson news, Toby’s slim-down secret is out, and Deja now knows about Malik’s daughter. Read on as we review what happens in “Unhinged.”

WHAT’S NICKY UP TO? | In a montage, we watch Nicky in his daily life after Kevin, Randall, Rebecca and Kate left him last time. He drinks in his trailer. He starts therapy at the Veterans’ Center. He hangs a photo of Baby Jack, sent by Kevin, on his refrigerator. He starts to talk more with his doctor. He puts away the booze, and he cleans up his place. Things are looking better!

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Then one day, the doctor he’s started to trust tells him she’s being transferred to Arizona. She assures him he’ll get a new therapist, but in his anger, Nicky barely hears her. He goes home and drinks, then returns to the center and throws a chair through a window — AKA the incident we saw in the season premiere, with Cassidy in the group session disrupted by the shattering glass.

He’s soon loaded into the back of a cop car, but he’s not too far gone to toss off a West Side Story reference (“You watch your head, Officer Krupke!) or to tell Kevin “I didn’t need you to come” when he shows up at the trailer with his houseplant.

This Is Us Recap SEason 4 EPisode 3 unhingedA LAUGHING MATTER | Through Kevin’s intervention, Nicky is allowed to stay at the center — though he’s on probation, and his new therapist warns Kevin that “None of us can help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.”

While Nicky is seeing the doctor, Kevin strikes up a conversation with a kid who’s also sitting in the waiting room. They wind up playing video games together and eating junk food from the vending machine, and that’s the scene that Cassidy walks in on when her own session is done. The vet is immediately wary about why a grown man would be so into hanging out with a kid, and though she recognizes Kevin from TV, she insults him greatly when she thinks he was a cast member on Who’s the Boss? instead of The Manny. And when Nicky joins them in the waiting room, she recognizes him, too. “You’re the guy who threw a chair at me!” she says, moments before he storms out and heads straight to the bar across the street.

Kevin angrily follows his uncle and announces that he needs an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting — and that Nicky is coming with him whether he likes it or not — and that’s how they find themselves sitting in an AA circle that also happens to include Cassidy. Kevin tells the group that when he’s tempted to drink (something that has happened frequently since his arrival in Pennsylvania) he repeats words that remind him of his nephew, who is his main reason for not wanting to lose his sobriety. The monologue starts earnestly but then devolves into Kevin-with-his-head-up-his-tush, and it ends when Cassidy and Nicky can’t take it anymore and dissolve into a fit of giggles that Kevin eventually joins.

This Is Us Recap Season 4 EPisode 3 UnhingedTHE NEW GUYS | In Philadelphia, Randall and Jae-won are basically best buds and co-workers who go running together and celebrate Randall being called “unhinged” in the local paper. (It’s a play on the fact that he’s literally taken his office door off its hinges and pledged to be available to his constituents whenever they need to talk.) Jae-won keeps asking Randall for a few minutes to talk about his proposal, but Randall keeps getting busy with other things — like spending all damn day listening to citizens’ complaints or rebuffing some serious attitude dished out by his assistant, who’s been around the council for years.

But when the assistant offers up one too many eyerolls and annoyed sighs, Randall finally confronts her about her attitude. She tells him he needs to focus more on buddying up with his fellow council members and less on listening to the populace, and that she doesn’t approve of Jae-won, who is naïve and not fit for the role of chief of staff. What’s more, she has the maintenance guy put Randall’s door back on its hinges. For a minute, it seems like Randall agrees with her. But then he thanks her for her service and fires her. When he meets up with Jae-won at the end of the episode, the younger man notes how they are naïve and they aren’t career politicians — and that’s the whole point. They’re not using city council as a stepping stone to a bigger gig, “This is the gig,” Jae-won notes, and Randall agrees. Then the two starry-eyed idealists finally discus Jae-won’s proposal… which turns out to be the marriage proposal he’s planning.

In related news: Malik swings by the Pearson place to tell Deja he has a daughter; he didn’t want her to hear about it in school first. He adds that he’s raising the baby because her mother and her parents wanted to put her up for adoption, but he and his parents didn’t. Deja confides in Tess about it; in turn, Tess admits that she kinda led one of her new classmates to believe she was straight, and now she feels bad.

This Is Us Recap Season 4 EPisode 3 UnhingedTOBY REVEALS HIS WOD BOD | When Kate arrives at a lunch where Toby is wooing prospective clients, she’s momentarily taken aback by how svelte he looks in his new suit. But she shakes it off and warmly greets his guests. Everything goes well until the hostess tries to seat their party in a booth, and she’s not willing to budge when Toby subtly asks to move to a table. It gets awkward, and then Kate just comes out and tells everyone that she won’t fit in the booth. The chagrined hostess quickly moves them all to a different area of the restaurant, but the damage is done.

At home, Toby is happy with how everything went, but Kate is focused on something else: She orders him to take off his shirt, and not in the sexytimes way. “Uh, holy crap,” she says when he’s topless, his “Popeye arms” on full display. He admits he’s secretly been doing CrossFit and didn’t tell her because he didn’t want her to feel bad about the weight she’s gained since Jack was born. He references his heart attack and how he doesn’t want to add to Jack’s burden by being a dad who could drop dead one day from weight complications. “Oh, like his mom might,” Kate says, clearly upset.

She goes outside to cry, catching the attention of their cranky new neighbor (hi, Psych‘s Timothy Omundson!), who’d previously grouched at her for the fact that Toby’s car often blocks the sidewalk. (A storage pod from the move is taking up most of their driveway, and it’s a whole thing.) Kate tearily explains that she’s got some stuff going on right now, and starts to go into detail when he stops her. “Sorry you’re having a bad day. I had a massive stroke two years ago,” he deadpans, adding that he had to re-learn basically every bodily movement, and he’s unemployed. “My only goal right now is to be able to walk one pathetic mile,” he says, and Toby’s car is impeding his daily walk around the block. After he vows to key the car if it’s in the same spot tomorrow, he turns and slowly limps back to his house. “This is me, storming away!” he snarks. “Don’t blink, you’ll miss it!” Heh.

Kate calms down and later tells Toby that she’s happy he’s getting healthier, but they can’t have any more secrets. He agrees. And the next morning, with the care well out of the way, she, Audio the dog and Baby Jack set out for a walk at the same time as their neighbor. They all end up strolling together.

This Is Us Recap Season 4 EPisode 3 UnhingedMIGUEL + JACK 4 EVA | In the past, 7th-grade Randall tries to impress a new teacher at his school, who hails from Chicago and is black, by wearing Air Jordans to class. But when his plan backfires and he gets written up for breaking dress code, he has a panic attack and calls home. Kevin — who, like Kate, is home because their school isn’t back in session yet — answers and bikes over to help his brother. He fakes Rebecca’s signature on the punishment slip and later, after learning that Randall has no idea who Arsenio Hall is, gets Jack and Rebecca to allow the kids to stay up and watch Hall’s late-night show.

At Jack’s work, the office is abuzz with news that an expensive new construction project didn’t have all of its permits lined up, so the foundation that’s already been poured will have to be ripped up — costing the firm a lot of money. Miguel gleefully remarks that whoever signed off on the project will probably get fired… and then he notices the sick look on Jack’s face.

Yep, Papa Pearson is the one responsible for the costly error. He goes straight to their boss to confess, and promptly is fired. When Miguel finds out, he marches back into the boss’ office and proclaims that if Jack is going, so is he — and as the top upper account manager, that will hurt the company, big-time. So the boss backs down, and Jack later calls his friend to thank him. “If you ever need anything big or small and I hear that you went to anyone other than me, I’m going to kick your sorry ass,” Jack tells him. Then they get as close to saying they love each other as two straight guys in the 1980s can (Miguel jokingly says it, Jack will not engage), and all is well.

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