Are you ready for six Thanksgivings? I sure hope so because somehow, This Is Us managed to have several timelines celebrating the holiday and each act connected with a previous one seamlessly, even if they were dozens of years apart.
Let’s kick things off with Jack and Nicky’s time in Vietnam. We finally found out the mystery behind Jack’s necklace and it wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. I assumed this woman was Jack’s profound first love, which would have been a little painful to watch given his soulmate is Rebecca, however, his encounter with her had Jack Pearson written all over it.
Jack noticed the woman’s son had an injured foot after splicing it on wire set up by the troops. After the troops were flown in a turkey to feast the holiday, he offered the woman up some leftovers and took a look at the kid. The foot injury was so infected, it was causing a massive fever, however, Nicky, the medic, was reluctant to help.
I know the series has made quite a huge ordeal out of the necklace since Jack gave it to Kevin when he was in the hospital, but the depth of Nicky’s storyline and what he’d gone through during the war completely over-shined it.
Nicky came into the war as an innocent boy and was quickly ruined by the atrocities he’d witnessed. He saw the worst in humanity from people that he and his troops tried to help and even showed kindness to.
Seeing the man who stood up for him killed after being betrayed by an elderly woman who showed pretended to be his friend explained why he was so reluctant to help the townsfolk or why he thought of them as more than just women and children. Kindness can be perceived as weakness or a threat, but at the same time, how did he know the woman wasn’t being threatened to give up the man’s location?
A promo showed Kevin meeting the little boy that Jack helped so it seems to me like Jack’s act of kindness went a lot further than he ever anticipated. I honestly don’t know how this series is able to capture so many emotions in one given moment.
Nicky is living on borrowed time and Jack’s attempts at helping him are feeble. Again, based on the promo, it seems like he tries to drown himself in the nearby body of water. If that’s the case, I’m not surprised Jack was always hesitant when it came to talking about it.
Our next timeline involves the Pearson clan celebrating the last Thanksgiving before the children go off to college, or as we know, the last Thanksgiving as a family in general. It’s bittersweet to watch them all laugh, roast each other and share inside jokes knowing that shortly after, all of this comes to a heartbreaking end.
However, the focus was more on Miguel, who was celebrating his first post-divorce Thanksgiving. It was a trying time for Miguel as he blamed himself for losing his wife and his children by being too consumed by work. Thankfully, his best friend is Jack, a man known for giving the best advice on the planet. He assures Miguel that he’s a hard worker who never stopped caring or providing for his family. As for his children being turned on him, he said it would only happen if Miguel allowed it which explained why he always made an effort to patch things up with his kids.
However, the present-day timeline as Miguel and Rebecca make their way to his daughter, Amber’s, home for the holidays explains why we’ve never met these now-adult kiddos before. They are terrible human beings who are awful to their father. This explains why Rebecca stopped being friends with Shelly, though I’m really hoping to see more of that storyline as Bec seemed very torn about hosting Miguel at her home because she was Shelly’s best friend.
Amber wasn’t all that bad, though she was pretty snooty, but Miguel’s son, Andy, needed to be put in place. Thankfully, Miguel came through and for the first time, found his voice! When Andy made a rude comment about Rebecca stealing their father from their mother, Miguel laid it out how it really happened: they separated, he made an effort, their mother remarried, he reconciled with Rebecca ten years after Jack died, and they mended each other’s broken hearts.
Miguel wasn’t just being a good husband to Rebecca, a woman who didn’t deserve to be treated that way after all she’s been through, he was also being a good friend to Jack by once again having his wife’s back. Miguel really is the best friend anyone could ever ask for.
And the way he was embraced at the Pearson household — little Annie calling him grandpa — was a stark contrast to how his own children regarded him. Miguel deserves better.
So, now we’ve caught up with the current timeline that the Pearson children are on.
Kate and Toby watch Randall’s house and prepare dinner when the rest of the family goes to help out at a homeless shelter.
Tess stays behind because she isn’t feeling well and pretty soon, it’s revealed that her ailment is actually the dreaded time of the month.
Her first, in fact, which Toby learns the hard way when he bumps into Tess leaving the bathroom with pads and tampons.
Seeing Kate and Toby get hands-on training as parents is really awesome. They’ve got this whole parenting thing down.
Kate offers to chat with Tess which leads to a major revelation that I presume has something to do with the flashforward scenes and the “her” Randall is referring to. When Kate mentions Tess is going to have a boyfriend sometime soon, Tess admits it’s probably going to be a girlfriend.
Kate quickly embraces the suggestion and assures Tess that she’ll keep her secret but that her parents would be understanding.
I truly hope Kate didn’t betray Tess’ trust and Beth didn’t rush home from the soup kitchen because she found out via text.
It was the first time we’ve ever seen Kate and Tess interact one-on-one and let me say, the writers can forge emotional relationships with just about any of these characters.
Over at the soup kitchen, Beth, Randall and Jae-Won weren’t seeing eye-to-eye about how to run Randall’s Mayoral campaign.
Unfortunately, when you need all the votes you can get, Jae-Won’s tactics of setting up a more public volunteering event and getting a photo-op were probably more sound.
However, Randall is a good husband who wanted his recently-fired wife to feel important so he let her call the shots even if they weren’t in his campaigns best interest.
Eventually, Beth figured it out and it was soul-crushing. While Randall thought he was doing her a favor, it was more upsetting to Beth that he couldn’t just be real with her.
Hopefully, none of this diminishes their chances of winning the race because as we all know, Randall actually cares about bettering the community.
And on the brightest of notes, we reconnected with William and saw him meeting Jesse for the first time. The two cool cats bonded over their addictions and some breakfast food which is where Jesse shared that his vice was crack cocaine.
It wasn’t one of the most pressing storylines, obviously, but I don’t think anyone will ever complain about seeing more of William or unraveling the layers of his backstory.
The episode concluded with Randall’s college entrance application in which he discredited their question and said that every single person you meet whether it be a stranger or a family member leaves some kind of impact on you, shaping you into the person you are at this very moment.
It was profound, as everything Randall says is.
- Deja is proof that things can and will change for you. She used to be on the other side of the food line with her mother but now, she’s volunteering and giving out more cookies than she’s allowed because she gets what it’s like.
- Kevin and Zoe are still in Vietnam but Facetime’d with the family at the dinner table which just goes to show you that this trio’s bond is unbreakable. I wonder what Rebecca thinks about his trip to learn more about his father?
- Toby ordering Popeye’s because he burnt the turkey and ruined the cranberries is really so Jack Pearson of him. Kate found a good one. I’m also glad his meds are kicking back in and he’s managing his depression more again.
- Okay, how RIPPED is Randall? Beth, you lucky lady!
There were so many reveals this week! What was the most shocking/ your favorite?
Who Is Nicky Pearson Married to on ‘This Is Us’?
The season 5 finale of This Is Us stunned audiences with a major cliffhanger, but that wasn’t the only surprising revelation during the hour!
In the final moments as Kate gears up for her wedding to — well, it seems like Phillip, but that could be a red herring — it’s revealed that Nicky has a wife!
Yes, Nicky, Jack’s cynical and “weird” brother, is a married man in the five-year flash forward! But who is his wife?
The obvious answer would be Sally Brooks, his first and only love.
In flashback episodes, Nicky and Sally met at a vet clinic in 1969 and their relationship flourished. They had the kind of summer romance you see in rom-coms, but when she asked Nicky to head out to California with her, he never showed up because he decided to stick around and be there for his mother, who was still living with his abusive, drunk of a father.
Nicky hasn’t seen or heard from Sally since, but after seeing Kevin and Madison’s love story, he was inspired to seek her out online. Now, there are likely a ton of women with the name Sally Brooks, so he might have to get pretty specific with his search, but it’s not impossible.
“Um, I cannot confirm or deny either of those things, but I think it would be very exciting if it did happen. And I definitely was talking with the actor on set, Genevieve, about who she thinks could be the present-day Sally. So hopefully we will see that — my hopes as a fan and as a writer is that we do because I love Sally, and I want to see more of her,” she explained.
This doesn’t automatically mean that sparks will fly again as Sally could be married or simply not interested in reconnecting.
But regardless, it could give Nicky the closure he never received and allow him to move on and find love again.
If Sally isn’t his wife, who is?
The second option is Rebecca Pearson. It would be pretty crazy if Rebecca got married to her late husband’s brother, but she also married his best friend, Miguel, so I guess it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch.
In the 10-12 year flash-forward, Rebecca is on her death bed with her family gathered around her. Nicky is seen by her side, which fans found strange. Furthermore, her husband, Miguel, her husband, is not around. The camera also makes it a point to pan to a wedding band on Nicky’s finger, which could possibly suggest that he and Rebecca tied the knot.
However, I’m not too keen on this storyline. Marrying Miguel made some sense as they both loved Jack and connected after over their shared grief. They were each other’s support system. As for Nicky, it’s just a little too close to home.
Plus, I’m a fan of the theory that Nicky is only by her side because Rebecca’s dementia has led her to believe that Nicky is Jack. This could also explain why Miguel isn’t pictured.
The final option is that Nicky married Cassidy (guest star Jennifer Morrison). While there’s a significant age difference between the two, aside from Kevin, Cassidy is the only other person that Nicky is close to. Plus, people of different ages fall in love all the time.
The series likely wouldn’t introduce Morrison’s character only to have her be a blimp in Kevin’s life, right? Unless, of course, Kevin, who ended up not getting married to Madison in the This Is Us Season 5 finale, marries Cassidy in the flash-forward. Either way, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Cassidy just yet!
If Rebecca thinks Nicky is Jack, and if Kevin is married to Cassidy, then it seems like Nicky either wed Sally or the series will introduce a new love interest for him in the final season.
Regardless of who the wife is, we just hope Nicky, who has only known solitude for the latter half of his life, is happy.
He deserves a companion that will make him feel happy and alive again!
Who do you think he marries?
This Is Us Season 6 will premiere midseason in 2022. No premiere date has been announced.
This Is Us Season Finale Review – The Wedding Twist No One Saw Coming (5×16)
After five seasons, This Is Us continues to sweep us off our feet.
And yes, that’s a terrible phrase to use for an episode that did not include the highly-anticipated Kevin and Madison wedding. Is anyone really surprised by that?
I think I was more surprised by how much the teasers were hyping up a wedding that both the bride and groom were so uncertain about. We knew in our hearts that it wasn’t going to happen.
While Kevin and Madison didn’t walk down the aisle towards their happily ever after, there was a silver lining for both of them.
For starters, they both avoided a marriage that was doomed from the beginning. Madison would never have Kevin’s full heart, and that’s unfair to everyone. Meanwhile, he wouldn’t have to force himself to fall in love with a woman after saying “I do.” They were both settling simply because they had children together, which was made obvious when Kevin couldn’t bring himself to tell Madison that he was in love with her.
Kevin was so determined to make it work because he so badly wanted to have the kind of love story his parents did. But this wasn’t it… at least not now. I say that because based on the flash-forward, I definitely think there’s a chance that Kevin and Madison fell in love with each other sometime in the future. Otherwise, they’re nailing this modern family/parenting thing, and that’s great too. They both deserve to find their person.
The other silver lining was that through this experience, Madison finally found her worth. In the same way that Kevin was searching for the fairytale romance and perfect family because of his parents, Madison spent her life accepting any sliver of affection that anyone would give her. After being with Kevin, she realized that she owed it to herself to find someone who was just as in love with her as she was with him.
Calling off a wedding mere moments before it’s set to happen to a man who has given you everything (except his heart) is difficult, but kudos to Madison for finally putting herself first.
The series is always trying its best to trick us and the sweet Kate and Toby conversation about making sacrifices for the other person was a red herring.
For a full season, we’ve all wondered when the other foot would drop on Kate and Toby’s relationship as the flash-forward to Rebecca on her death bed seems to reveal that the two of them are no longer together.
However, this was not the moment I thought we’d get the big reveal.
As Kevin practiced his speech, it was assumed that he was putting together his vows for his wedding with Madison. When it became obvious that this scene was from a flash-forward, I immediately thought that Kevin was finally going to lock down the love of his life and was convinced we’d see Sophie standing on the other side of the door.
All of that ended up being absolutely inaccurate as Kevin was actually gearing up for his best man speech for… Kate’s wedding.
Kate was getting married to her co-teacher, Phillip. Yes, the very Phillip that thought she wasn’t qualified for the job and gave her flack on her first day.
I’m a huge fan of season finale twists but not when they involve the breakup of one of TV’s sweetest couples.
Were Kate and Toby tired of making sacrifices for each other? Were they just being delusional when they both said they’d make things work between juggling a family and a career?
Or is this yet another red herring? Kevin calls Phillip brother-in-law, but maybe Phillip is Madison’s long-lost brother and Kate is renewing her vows with Toby?
It’s a stretch, especially since Kate says “this is the last time I’m doing this.”
We know Toby is still around in the flash-forward, and this could explain the “she” he’s referring to when Randall assures him that “she would want you to be here, Tobe.” Initially, we all thought it referred to Rebecca wanting Toby there or that it might have meant Kate was no longer alive, but now that we know Toby and Kate divorced, it would make sense that he’d feel a little apprehensive about being there for a huge Pearson moment.
Though, I’m glad he is. Toby is family regardless of whether he’s married to Kate or not.
The 5-year flash-forward also revealed something quite shocking… Nicky is married! Yes, the cynical Nicky has found a lifelong partner.
But who is it? Is it his teenage love Sally Brooks? Did he finally find her? Or is it Rebecca? Because in the other flash-forward (so many timelines, so little time!), Nicky is by Rebecca’s bedside. Did she split from Miguel and get married to Nicky? I can’t see that happening, but I’m also not putting anything past this series anymore.
The episode was filled with great moments about putting yourself and your own happiness first.
Tess confessed that she didn’t feel like herself in the bridesmaid dress, and while no one ever does, hers was a different story as it was tied to her identity. Beth took matters into her own hands and helped Tess alter the dress to make it more her style, and it turned out awesome.
Deja found out that Malik got accepted to Harvard, and while she’s obviously concerned about the future of their relationship, can we just get a round of applause for his five for five? Get it!
And Randall finally opened up to Rebecca about his time in New Orleans learning about his birth mother. He’d been avoiding the conversation for quite some time, but it allowed them to heal from all the pain of the past as Rebecca finally apologized for keeping him away from his birth parents and not giving him a platform to talk about it.
Rebecca and Randall are the best mother-daughter duo on television, so I’m glad they’re back on track.
The episode was filled with the same magic that made This Is Us such an unexpected hit back in 2016!
We even got a present-day Pearson family moment, and while Jack was obviously missing, his presence was felt as everyone suggested how he would handle the given situation. There’s something so special about the family still having each other’s backs after everything they’ve been through. It was one of the most powerful scenes of the season.
What are your thoughts after the finale? Have you picked your jaw up off the floor?
What do you think led to the Kate and Toby split? Are they still on good terms? Are Kevin and Madison together in the future?
Who is Nicky married to? Sound off in the comments below to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
And we’ll see you back here for the sixth and final season in the fall!
This Is Us Review – Kevin’s Strange Bachelor Party (5×15)
Kevin and Madison celebrated their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties on This Is Us Season 5 Episode 15.
For a Hollywood hunk, Kevin’s bachelor party was pretty lame, but it was fitting for the family-focused series.
The boys went up to the family cabin with the hopes of fly fishing, but due to the weather, they found themselves watching Jerry Maguire, talking about their feelings, and reminiscing about the past.
And that’s kind of what bothered me about the episode. There was too much emphasis on the past and not enough on the future, namely, Madison and Kevin’s future.
Their relationship may be unconventional, and yes, it’s highly likely that if they didn’t accidentally get pregnant, they wouldn’t be together, but they did find each other, which has to mean something.
Their love isn’t a grand love like Rebecca and Jack’s, but not every relationship is.
However, as Miguel rightfully pointed out, that doesn’t make it any less important. What Madison and Kevin have is unique and special in their own way, and I wish the series acknowledged that instead of trying to tear them apart through every means possible.
Kevin was right to call out Nicky for his rude behavior. I know he doesn’t have a filter, but some things just don’t need to be said out loud.
Nicky’s comments coupled with the call from Sophie made Kevin doubt and question his decision to get married to Madison, but I’m glad Miguel brought him back to reality.
Miguel definitely knows that there are different types of love and they’re all valid. He will never be Rebecca’s Jack, but they have something real that they’ve made work.
Similarly, Madison will never be Kevin’s Sophie, but that’s a good thing. Kevin and Sophie tried to make it work numerous times, and despite the love they had for each other, it just didn’t fit.
Randall managed to keep everyone in check, but Miguel’s advice saved the day.
Honestly, Miguel continues to be so underrated, but I’m glad they’re incorporating him into the storylines more and more.
I was happy that Kevin didn’t call Sophie back and decided to delete her number. It was a little irritating that she decided to call Kevin in the first place and insert herself back into his life.
A congratulations text would’ve worked just as well, but it seemed like she was hoping something else might come of it and that isn’t fair to Kevin. He tried to win her back so many times and she turned him down. Her call seemed to be fueled by the “you want what you can’t have.”
Madison’s bachelorette party didn’t fare any better. While it had a more bachelorette vibe to it, it was still pretty depressing.
First off, none of Madison’s friends came to the party. Then, the model that they were painting turned out to be Madison’s ex, and finally, she also began to question her relationship with Kevin when watching the video about their future.
The whole ex thing didn’t seem to serve any purpose, but it was funny watching them call him out for ghosting her!
What did become evident is that both Kevin and Madison both have the same fears and insecurities about the relationship. Instead of pretending they’re this happy couple, they should probably talk about it before the wedding.
I definitely think they both love each other, but they have to be honest about their feelings if they want to make this work. Slapping a bandaid over it isn’t going to cut it.
With both of them questioning the relationship, it’s definitely hard to get excited about the wedding in the upcoming season finale.
Will they make it down the aisle? Will Sophie be a wedding crasher? Or will they live happily ever after?
Other Major Moments
- Toby realized that he couldn’t continue on as a stay-at-home dad and put himself in the running for a position in San Francisco. What does that mean for him and Kate considering she just found a job she loves in LA?
- Beth was also looking for a job and couldn’t bring herself to work at just another dance academy as she considered the traditional ones to be broken and joyless. Rebecca suggested that she start her own (and we know that she runs with that advice in the future), and I just love how positive of a force she is in everyone’s lives. She was supportive of Madison, and she’s always been #TeamBeth.
- In turn, I love that Beth was the only person who treated Rebecca like a human instead of a broken doll. Their relationship is so sweet.
- Fisherman Randall is a whole vibe.
- Nicky wanting to bring a jigsaw puzzle to the bachelor party was so on-brand.
- Rebecca’s reaction to learning about ghosting was everything. People who ghost other people are jerks!
- Nicky is trying to find his one true love, Sally Brooks. It’s definitely a generic name, so he might have so trouble with the Google results, but I’m excited about this storyline. Maybe it’ll make him less cynical!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
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