Jack Pearson was the magical man in Pearson's house, and his death left not only a huge hole in the composition of the family, but also a void as to who would be the cheerleader, the creator of special things, the one who arranges it all. . Each child Pearson has had his problems in the wake of Jack's death, but it seems that Kate will be responsible for fulfilling the role that Jack left. The first evidence? Kate's talk with Tess in We are It was the time we all enjoyed on Thanksgiving.
Randall is the only Pearson with children at this time, and because Kate and Kevin live on another coast, we often do not see any of them interacting with their nieces. But when Kate and Toby have the task of preparing the Thanksgiving dinner at Randall's house and Tess is left alone at home with them, she sets the stage to see what Kate can really do and how far she has come. Her parents, Deja and her little sister go to a homeless shelter in Philadelphia to volunteer on behalf of Randall's political campaign, but Tess feels sick and lags behind.
The reason why Tess feels sick is because she just had her first period, and boy, do you feel embarrassed when Toby accompanies you in the bathroom and looks in a box for your mother's pads and tampons? For a 12-year-old girl, that's a particular kind of horror. (We have all been there). But Kate not only rushed in, controlled Tess and made her feel better about the situation with her own menarche story, but absorbed, without surprise or judgment, a new fact about her. Older niece – so that she is gay.
Kate told Tess that she could always go to her, if not her mother, about anything, including the first kisses and the first boyfriends. Tess seemed relieved to add, hesitantly, "Or girlfriends?" Kate obviously did not expect to hear such a confession, especially since, from where this viewer is, Kate and Tess do not seem to be so close, but Kate rolled with that and simply said: "Yes, or girlfriends." This is a new development for the family, but Tess trusts Kate the secret. He has not even told his parents, and that's the magic of Jack Pearson he was talking about. Jack could offer the perfect conversation or reaction or the time to make a wart of concern feel at ease, and that's what Kate did here. Now, these two have a moment of togetherness to remember, and Tess knows she can go to Kate for whatever she needs.
It is far from the "damaged" Kate that the spectators met in season 1 of We are. By being able to put aside her complexes and the guilt surrounding the death of her father, Kate is playing the role of Jack. His death was not his fault, and the more he realizes that, the more it opens and moves from a sullen and depressed teenager to an emotionally conscious adult woman who has it all together. Maybe his relationship with Toby has changed her or maybe it's because they're about to start a family. Whatever it is, it's working for Kate.
At this moment, Kate is the one who keeps the Pearsons together. Kevin is in Vietnam with Zoe. Randall and Beth are having their own problems because of their campaign. Rebecca and Miguel are sitting through a horrible dinner with Miguel's family. Toby is trying to get out of his depression. Kate is holding them all, and it's a role she seems to enjoy.