This Is Us puts the focus on brothers this week, also revealing yet another Pearson that we weren’t aware of.
Here are our 5 Best Moments from the episode:
- Nicky Pearson – We always assumed that Jack was an only child, simply by the way he was portrayed. Now we come to find out that he’s actually an older brother. The episode focused on a father’s relationship with his children and thus, the relationship between brothers. In the present day, there was Kevin and Randall, two tykes who simply didn’t get along. Jack was adamant about fixing the relationship, mainly figuring out why Kevin had so much hate towards Randall. Aside from the focus being on the boys’ relationship, I was more concerned about Jack’s motives. Most parents just scold their child and let them grow out of it. That’s when we found out that he actually had a younger brother who he swore he would always take care of. Unfortunately, it seems like that was a promise he never kept because Nicky, who was in Vietnam with him, seems to have died in battle. That would explain why Jack never talked about him and he wasn’t around when Jack got married to Rebecca. And also why Jack thinks it’s important for Kevin and Randall to be the two people in the world that can always count on and protect each other.
- Stanley Pearson – While Jack was away on the camping trip with the boys, Rebecca received a call from the nursing home that Jack’s estranged pops was about to pass from cirrhosis. I mention it because I find it odd that Bec mentioned it and since it is a disease of the liver, passed on genetically, oftentimes associated with alcohol, I wonder if this is maybe the cause of Jack’s death also.With no access to cell phones just yet, Rebecca tried her best to relay the message to Jack through the campground’s landline, eventually getting a hold of him through the park ranger. But before that, she took it upon herself to visit him. Jack chose not to come back stating that his father has been dead for years; Rebecca never met him and neither did the kids. I’m sure he has a few regrets on his deathbed but his relationship with Jack was just too far gone. And despite turning out stronger because of it, Jack still resented him for all the hell he put him through when he was a kid and the addiction when he was an adult.
- Kate’s Pregnancy – More and more Pearson’s just keep popping up. Of course, this Pearson is still the size of a lentil bean and Kate, who is in a “geriatric” pregnancy, is understandable on edge. She finally breaks the news to Toby and of course, he’s ecstatic. She quickly shuts that down though because at the age of 37 and at her weight, she simply cannot get her hopes up. When she gets into a fender bender after class though, she blurts out the news in a panic to Madison and finds that it actually feels good. She encourages Toby to tell one person in the coffee shop and he literally dances around the place, unable to contain his excitement. Is that foreshadowing that Kate might never become a mom?
- Kevin’s Got a Problem – Ugh. I wished that the writers wouldn’t go down this path, but unfortunately, they are. Kevin said he wouldn’t let anything from getting in the way of his acting dream this time, referencing his fallen football career at the hands of his knee. His knee won’t be the problem this time but his pill addiction coupled with an alcohol addiction will do the trick. When he runs out of Vicodin, he spends most of the gala, which he attended on behalf of Sophie, calling up doctors to request a refill. He’s lying about the calls he’s making, he’s lying to docs about the pain and well, he’s lying to himself about not having a problem. That obviously means he has a huge problem and I hope someone gets him help before it spirals.
- Deja Goes to a Gala – It’s been a month since Deja has been living with the Pearson’s and they haven’t made much progress aside from Beth getting permission to braid her hair and then Deja subsequently chopping it off after realizing she told Randall everything they’d talked about. Deja finally breaks the ice by asking Randall to attend the gala with him. Even though she only shows interest because she’s crushing hard on Kevin, Randall jumps at the opportunity. Everything seems to be going smoothly and she’s even enjoying the shrimp when suddenly, Randall tries to pull the un-edible part away from her and she flinches. Being the overbearing and caring person that he is, Randall rushes into the bathroom after her and she finally opens up about a previous foster home where the boyfriend beat them with glamour magazines. As they drive home that night, Randall is heartbroken but pleased that he finally found a window of connection that will hopefully lead to a positive relationship going forward. Baby steps!
‘This Is Us’ to End After Season 6 at NBC
It’s time to say goodbye to the Pearson clan!
NBC’s groundbreaking family drama This Is Us will end with a sixth and final season, per The Hollywood Reporter
The series was renewed for three seasons — up until season 6 — back in 2019.
NBC has not officially commented on the news. The network is expected to make the announcement on Friday when it unveils the upcoming 2021-22 fall schedule.
This Is Us Season 5 will air its finale on Tuesday, May 25 at 10/9c.
Are you ready to say goodbye to the series and TV’s best family?
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This Is Us Review – Follow Your Passion (5×14)
After yet another brief hiatus, This Is Us returned to deliver some grounded, emotional storylines.
As the coronavirus raged on, Beth was forced to close her dance studio as membership dwindled even through Zoom class.
Watching her dream go down the drain for the second time was heartbreaking, but it’s hard to feel for her completely when we’ve seen the future and we know she eventually opens up a prestigious dance school.
As they say, after the rain, there’s always a rainbow. Plus, Beth has overcome failure in the dance world before as we saw her dreams of becoming a dancer and getting cast in the production of Swan Lake dashed in flashbacks to when she was in college.
In both the past and the present, Randall was there for Beth in the way she needed him to be. As Deja pointed out, he tends to be quite a lot, but there’s a beauty in just supporting someone and not always being the hero.
Beth and Randall have always been couple goals (next to Rebecca and Jack), and they continued to give us relationship aspirations as they shared a romantic dance to “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo. I know I wasn’t the only one singing my heart out during that scene!
Madison, Rebecca, and Kate went wedding dress shopping for the upcoming big day.
Madison found her dream dress, but found herself feeling slightly disappointed when her father informed her that he wouldn’t be making it to the wedding due to a “work emergency.”
What a lame excuse.
Thanks to Rebecca’s speech (that would make Jack Pearson proud), Madison felt like she was part of a family for the first time ever.
However, after Kevin ran into Zoey, she mentioned that he was a people pleaser, which made him think about whether or not he was getting married to Madison because he wanted to or because he convinced himself he wanted to.
Zoe wasn’t wrong — Kevin is a bit of a “yes, man,” but in this case, it’s been a decision that has been great for his personal life.
Madison is an awesome woman, a great mother, and she brings out the best in Kevin. This is the most put-together and levelheaded he’s been in quite some time, and it’s been some positive character development for him.
Making Kevin question his whole future with his family based on something an ex-girlfriend said jeopardizes all the progress he’s made. I don’t want to see his storyline take a turn for the worse, again.
From the upcoming promos, it looks like Kevin will start to fall into old habits and pine for Sophie, which is also annoying. We’ve been there, done that several times. Sophie was his one true love, but the timing never worked out. They had their shot, and it didn’t work. Let’s not try to go back to that over and over again.
Madison deserves so much better; she deserves a man that’s going to fight for her and choose her, not someone who is going to question every decision in his life.
After seeing how great Rebecca was with Madison, Kate thanked her for being such a good and supportive mom, even though she didn’t always deserve it.
And there’s no denying that Kate was a difficult teenager. But she had her reasons, too.
When Jack died, so did her passion for art school. It may have taken her a few decades to find something she was passionate about again, but I’m so glad she did and that she shared it with Rebecca.
Toby continues to struggle with being a stay-at-home dad. He’s embarrassed by the fact that he lost his job and even more embarrassed by the fact that he can’t help but feel jealous about Kate’s new gig.
Instead of opening up about it, he’s bottled it all up inside. And you know that means he’s going to burst — just like the water pipe — eventually.
Hopefully, hearing his dad acknowledge that he comes from a family that opens up about their problems will encourage Toby to speak up and share his troubles with Kate. It’s the only way to ensure a healthy relationship.
And I hope that they find a way for Kate to continue working because, as I mentioned, she’s finally doing something she enjoys. You can see it based on how her face lights up. I just wish she could be able to share it with Toby.
What did you think of the episode?
Are you glad This Is Us is back? Will Toby confide in Kate or will this tension hurt their marriage? Will Kevin go through with the wedding? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
This Is Us Review – Kevin and Randall Tackle the Ugly Stuff (5×13)
Kevin and Randall finally found “brotherly love” after all these years, but it didn’t come easily.
The duo tackled the elephant in the room — their explosive fight during which plenty of hurtful words were exchanged — on This Is Us Season 5 Episode 13.
As the two worked towards making amends, they aired out all the “ugly stuff” and it got pretty heated in certain moments.
The episode allowed audiences to see their different perspectives on the same situation with the key takeaway being: You just don’t see it the way I do.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean either of their experiences was wrong, they’re just different.
Kevin kicked things off with a bit of a half-assed, scripted apology, which Randall compared to a “rehearsed monologue.” Throughout it, he barely took any of the blame for his role in how “othered” he made Randall feel throughout the years when all he wanted to do was blend in.
While it was great that Kevin acknowledged that he should have done more to combat the racism Randall faced from people like his prom date’s father, he didn’t actually own up to his actions.
Throughout a series of flashbacks, which also included new actors playing the boys in the past (or at least I believe they’re new since I don’t recall seeing them before), we see Randall and Kevin’s relationship unfold through the years.
As toddlers, Jack takes them on a “boys weekend” to a live-taping of Mr. Rogers where Kevin becomes jealous of Randall’s “special treatment.” During their teenage years, Kevin gives Randall a fake I.D. of a “Black man” and tells him it’ll work cause he’s Black.
During the present, Randall recalls all of these moments, most of which were subconscious on Kevin’s part, to inform his brother that he always felt singled out because of his Blackness. Kevin would make fun of him for not knowing rap songs, call him Carlton, and make other racially charged comments that he thought were innocent and funny.
As Randall put it, Kevin’s black blindspots showed how wilfully in the dark he was, which hurt more than someone doing it purposefully and with malice.
Kevin doesn’t admit his fault initially, but eventually, he realizes that his jealousy of Randall was directly associated with his Blackness.
Kevin also called out Randall for being ungrateful about being adopted into a caring and loving family, but again, Randall didn’t harbor any resentment towards the Pearsons.
Instead, he opened up about his internal struggle of always wanting to find his birth parents, making up his Ghost Kingdom where the Black weatherman was his dad and the mail carrier was his mom, and also appreciating the life he was handed thanks to Rebecca and Jack.
It was a condensed glimpse of Randall’s journey that fans have been seeing unfold throughout the season.
There’s nothing wrong with Randall dreaming about what could have been if the events of his birth were slightly altered, while still being grateful for what could’ve been.
It’s an inner turmoil Randall has dealt with his whole life. He even admitted to feeling so guilty about his Ghost Kingdoms because of how great his real family was, so it’s not surprising that he’s tired of people telling him how he should feel about it.
Randall also apologized for always making Kevin feel “less than,” which included an apology for the cheap shot comment of Jack being ashamed of him.
While both of the guys will continue to see things through their own lenses, they’ve at least dipped their toes into each other’s perspectives for a moment.
With everything laid out on the table, a once-fractured brotherly bond is starting to rebuild.
There was nothing groundbreaking about the episode, but the breakthrough for Kevin and Randall was nice to see.
They’re finally starting to hold each other accountable for their actions that have spanned decades instead of bottling it up inside and resenting each other.
It takes true love and respect to have conversations this real and raw. Despite their flaws and quibbles, Randall and Kevin have always had each other’s backs, so I’m glad they’re back on track!
Plus, it might be the most honest and transparent conversation Randall has ever had with anyone in the Pearson family! That’s progress.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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