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This Is Us Review – Why Kevin’s Hook Up Upset So Many Fans (4×12)

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At the start of the hour, “M. Night” Shyamalan, Kevin’s director, uttered this phrase: “this is the ending everyone wants and they still won’t see it coming.”

And he couldn’t be more right.

Most fans have been pushing for Kevin to date his longtime love, highschool sweetheart, and ex-wife, Sophie.

The episode, which focused on Kevin and dissected his trauma while also giving us plenty of Sophie and Kevin flashbacks that dated all the way back to their childhood, gave off the “true love” vibe.

It was the ending everyone wanted and yet, Kevin didn’t end up with Sophia.

Instead, the audience was thrown for a loop with a twist no one saw coming and one that angered fans mainly because creator Dan Fogelman nixed the theory seasons ago.

At the end of This Is Us Season 4 Episode 11 (an emotionally drive Randall-centric episode that opened up the dialogue around mental health and men of color), we saw Kevin in bed with someone and the hope was that it was Sophie, whom he spent the whole day with after her mother’s funeral.

But alas, it wasn’t Sophie, it was Madison, Kate’s bestie.

The actress that plays Madison, Caitlin Thompson, is Fogelman’s wife in real-life and he put it in writing that he would never, ever, ever allow her to hook up with Justin Hartley’s character.

Here it is in writing:

And then, he did just that.

Now, Fogelman never promised to keep his word, and he’s allowed to change his mind, but fans felt a little jipped and taken advantage of because it seemed like Fogelman purposefully wanted to mislead us.

Yes, that may be the fun of the show, but it’s also irritating unless Madison is the real deal and not just a one-night stand.

At this point, I’m skeptical to believe anything.

Why is Kevin’s dating life so important, you ask?

Well, it’s because the flash-forward to the Big Three’s 40th birthday reveals that Kevin has a fiancee who is pregnant and all bets are off as to who the lucky lady might be.

“It’s Been a Hell of a Week” did a stand-up job at establishing that Sophie and Kevin don’t belong together. It served as more of a tribute to their relationship than a chance for them to get back together, though, lord knows Kevin would have liked that.

Despite having so much history and a genuine connection, too much has transpired between them. They’ve missed their window.

The plot centered around Sophie’s mother’s funeral, and in a way, it was a funeral to their relationship.

As Kevin grieved Claire, his grief over his relationship with Sophie came to the surface He knew Claire supported him and loved him like a son, but he also knew that she never thought his relationship with Sophie would last, and he couldn’t prove her wrong.

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He grieved not being enough, not being able to be that man for Sophie, and he was forced to accept that he never will be; he will never be worthy of that emerald engagement ring.

Kevin has shaped up to be the guy that would have been worthy of Sophie’s love, but timing is an essential part of a relationship.

He was ready now, but she’d given him so many chances that she couldn’t anymore. Plus, she’d moved on with Grant.

The connection between Sophie and Kevin was only the memory of Claire and of the past. It’s nice to get lost up in something nostalgic for a moment, in the “what could of been,” “what should have been,” and the “what was,” but it’s not reality, and oftentimes, it isn’t the future.

Claire knew that. Kevin knew Claire so he could help her grieve her mother unlike Grant who was a new phase in her life

Kevin was also someone who lost a parent and could relate.

The story was focused on making amends, acceptance, and moving forward, but it was about Kevin and Sophie and not about Grant, which is why we never saw him or met him. It didn’t matter who he was or what he looked like or what his dynamic with Sophie was because that’s what it was. It wouldn’t have changed the storyline in any way.

Sophie and Kevin aren’t meant to be anymore, but their friendship is something they both cherish, and it was a nice wrap up to the storyline.

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And truly, I hope that’s what it was. However, that may not be the case given how Sophie looked at that emerald ring upon finding it.

Maybe she is the one, but before she could give him another chance, she needed to see Kevin’s growth and that he’s accepted a life without her in it.

Now, back to that cliffhanger.

Madison doesn’t strike me as someone that meshes well with Kevin, and the hook-up was surprising, however, plenty of relationships have flourished into healthy relationships after starting as just a casual thing.

Madison has always been a take-charge kind of gal who helped get Kate out of a funk. She’s been there when many others turned their back on her. She doesn’t leave when things get hard, and she’s loyal.

Those qualities make her a promising partner for Kevin if they’re both digging this relationship. I wouldn’t want them to both settle simply out of necessity because they both realize they’re almost 40 and lonely.

If Kevin is going to settle down, it better be with someone he’s madly in love with that’s equally as in love with him. Also, let him heed Claire’s advice: “we don’t settle.”

Hartley followed up with People after the episode and his comment makes it seem like this is just a one-off moment between two broken people who needed some comfort and found it in each other.

“For now you can assume that’s what it was because they both found themselves in a very vulnerable position,” he said.

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He also explained that things get sticky because Madison is a family friend. The devil’s advocate in me, however, wants to point out that Hartley can say whatever he wants to leave the audience befuddled. It’s his job not to spoil anything.

Our whole focus on who Kevin ends up with is hinged on the idea that he is happy about his situation in the flash-forward.

Back in season 3, he told Randall that by 40 he wanted to be married with a baby, which means he’s putting the pressure on himself and maybe settling is fine by him.

It’s entirely possible that the flash-forward isn’t as “happy, go-lucky” as audiences interpreted.

We can’t forget that something happened that drove a wedge between Kevin and Randall. It could be the fact that Randall kept his mother’s memory diagnosis a secret or it could be something entirely different. The series loves to pull the rug out from under us so it’s never really certain where the storyline is headed.

Kevin’s at the point where in his life where if Madison was to get pregnant, he’d stay with her and support her. One of his honorable qualities and also his flaw is that he wants to be there for people and help them solve their problems.

This could be one of those situations.

After all, the 40th birthday is about 8 months away, which would line up with the timing of this “one-night stand.”

As for Madison being part of the family, Kate could either be jealous that she has to share both of her best friends or she could be happy.

Likely, Kate’s only concern would stem from the fact that she wouldn’t want Kevin to hurt Madison as he’s known for doing that on occasion. He even told Madison that he always leaves relationships before things get complicated.

And Madison told him that she always stays too long, which now that I think about it, could be foreshadowing. Could Kevin stay with Madison because he doesn’t want to be another guy that leaves and runs away from anything serious?

There’s a lot of possibilities here, so if you’re not happy about the mystery girl being Madison, there’s a huge chance it isn’t her.

Heck, for all we know it could be “hall pass Lizzy.”

Other This Is Us musings

  • I didn’t like how they made Rebecca to be the ‘bad guy’ for the sake of Claire’s supportive storyline. Rebecca has always been supportive of Kevin, and wouldn’t have skipped his acting debut had she known about it and not been in a tizzy trying to pick up her life after his father’s death. Claire was the motherly-figure Kev needed but that doesn’t make Rebecca any less of a good mom.
  • Kevin’s speech to Sophie about how she’ll eventually be able to go back to the coffee shop just like he went back to the forest, a spot where his “childhood ended,” was sweet. It shows how much he’s grown as a character.
  • Sophie and Kevin’s “Good Will Hunting” game was a testament to their longlasting friendship and proves that though the ending may be different than they imagined, it doesn’t mean it’s not as good. Heck, it seemed to be better than anything they came up with.
  • Sophie looking to Kevin for inspiration also showcased how important he will always be to her even if they aren’t romantically involved.
  • The episode teased the next and final installment of the “Big Three trilogy” with Kate’s emotionally abusive relationship with Marc, the greaseball no one liked. Something tells me this one is going to be hard to watch.
  • Also, in the present-day, Kate and Toby’s marriage is imploding, and it seems serious this time as they seemingly just got back from their retreat for families with blind children.
  • Flashbacks to when the kiddos were young and scared to sleep in their “big kid” beds paralleled the storyline in a great way again. Jack telling young Kevin that “you’re going to find something else to love” resonated following the loss of Sophie, Well, maybe not a “something” but a “someone.”


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13 Tear-Jerker Shows To Watch While You Wait For This Is Us Season 5

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There is no show like This Is Us on television; it’s a wholesome family show that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be angry all before the hour is up.

However, there are many shows that come close to giving you those same fuzzy feelings and will have you falling in love with the cast as quickly as you fell in love with Pearsons.

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While we’re waiting for This Is Us Season 5 to boot back up (and it’ll be awhile due to the coronavirus postponing productions), you can binge-watch these shows instead. 

They’ll help fill the void and guarantee an ugly-cry or two. Sometimes, a good cry is just necessary! 

1. Parenthood

Parenthood
Before there was This Is Us, there was Parenthood. If you love This Is Us because of how much the Pearson family loves each other and enjoy a good cry then I suggest you meet the Bravermans. This family will leave you teary-eyed within five minutes of watching. You’ll immediately start connecting with the characters and seeing parts of your own family in them. And if you need more convincing, it stars Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai Gilmore on the hit, Gilmore Girls.
 

2. Chasing Life

Chasing Life
Just the premise of the show makes us want to cry: a 20-something-year-old aspiring journalist finds her world is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. And while cancer in itself is always depressing, the beauty of the series is in how April Carver handles the diagnosis, battles the illness with determination and grace, and finds the will to live when it would be understandable for her to give up. Not to mention she has a good group of gals by her side!
 

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
What started as a story about two small-town step-brothers fighting over a spot on the high-school basketball team grew into a tearjerking drama filled with life lessons, suspenseful twists, betrayals, lifelong friendships and an emphasis on the importance of family. As longtime fans know, there is only one tree hill and it’s your home.

4. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls
Since we’re on the topic, we have to include Gilmore Girls on this list. If by some chance you haven’t gotten sucked in by the mother-daughter dynamic between Lorelai and Rory or by the small town charm, you need to run to Stars Hollow ASAP. Their swift dialogue and close relationship makes us want to be friends with them. It’s actually the reason Netflix revived the show years later. Plus, this is the birthplace of our love for Milo Ventimiglia, who played bad boy Jess, and our coffee addiction.
 

5. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Even if football isn’t your thing, you’ll still be captivated by the high school football team at the heart of the show. There’s definitely a camaraderie around sports, especially in a small town that obsesses over the local team. You’ll get glossy-eyed as these characters deal with family hardships, failure, first love, grief and the realization that the glory of being a high school jock isn’t forever.

6. The Fosters

The Fosters
Freeform shows are good at two things — uniting people and making them cry. Two moms, Stef and Lena, raise a non-traditional family; some biological children, some adoptive and some fosters who have been damaged by the system. With such a mix, the painful storylines are aplenty and emotional struggles and societal issues are at the forefront.
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Grab Your Tissues – ‘This Is Us’ Likely Won’t Resume Production Until 2021

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This isn’t the news This Is Us fans were hoping for. 

Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel on the NBC drama, revealed that production on the series may be delayed until January 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I was just on the phone with [creator] Dan Fogelman, and we were talking about, you know, we may not go into production until January, depending on whether or not there’s a second wave,” he said in a conversation with Gov. Gavin Newsom and other industry leaders, per The Wrap.

The video-streamed call occurred as officials brainstorm plans to release guidelines for filming in a post-coronavirus world. Guidelines will be revealed next Monday and will likely adopt the protocols implemented in South Korea, Sweden, and Iceland, according to Variety.

“When we talk about the protocols and the guidelines that we may be following when we go back into production, it’s really kind of daunting to all of us. The actors, we talk all the time. We have a crew of 200-300 people who work in close proximity. We consider ourselves a family. As much as we would like to get back online, we are very much concerned about our crew,” Huertas revealed.

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Of course, if production is pushed to the beginning of 2021, it means that the tearjerking family drama won’t return as part of the fall 2020-2021 TV lineup, and is likely to premiere either in the spring of 2021 or even be pushed to the fall of 2021. 

FOX and The CW have both released fall 2020 lineup’s that have bypassed most of their scripted dramas, which are all set to return in 2021. 

CBS is the only network that released a schedule with most of its scripted dramas in-tact leading many to believe that they’re feeling confident that they’ll resume production in time. 

The good news is that This Is Us was renewed through season 6, so the show isn’t going anywhere, it just might not return as quickly as we expected. 

And while it may be upsetting, at least we know NBC is prioritizing the safety of the actors and crew! 


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5 Possible Theories About Who Madison’s Doctor and His Daughter Sadie Could Be on ‘This Is Us’

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Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

Okay, so you watched the season 4 finale of This Is Us and found yourself thinking, “who is the doctor and his daughter, Sadie.”

Honestly, same.

The episode spent so much time and attention on the doctor’s backstory, before we even knew that he was Madison’s obstetrician, and introduced his daughter.

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Some may say that there’s nothing to it, it was just a way to introduce a character, but avid watchers of This Is Us know that’s absolutely false.

There has to be some bigger meaning and connection that simply hasn’t been revealed yet. Plus, they wouldn’t give us so much insight into Sadie being a horse-whisperer unless it was relevant.

Check them some of favorite theories about who Dr. Mason might be below and let us know if you have any ideas:

Theory #1: It’s Dr. Katowsky’s Son/Grandchild/ Relative

It cannot be a coincidence that Dr. K was heavily featured in this episode talking about his own loss of a child, right?

There’s a huge probability that Madison’s OB-GYN, Dr. Mason, is Dr. K’s son aka the child that he and his wife had after the first miscarriage. *a fan pointed out that child was a daughter, but Dr. K had other children. Someone pointed out that those children would be older and that he once mentioned having grandchildren, so it’s possible Dr. Mason is related in some way. 

The doc seemed to have a knack for giving some really great advice just like Dr. K. He told Madison not to write off Kevin before she even talked to him and told him about the pregnancy, which led to Kevin being “all in” with the twins. There may be proof of this Dr. K and Mason are related because in the very first scene he tells Sadie that her horse is “is just a lemon.” And we know Dr. K loved his lemon metaphor.

Theory #2: Someone Like Dr. K

Considering Dr. Mason gave great advice just like Dr. K, many fans believe he’s going to be a huge part of Kevin and Madison’s pregnancy journey. He might be the one that they turn to for advice, guidance, and assurance just like Kevin’s parents did with Dr. K after he delivered Kevin and Kate. It would be a sweet way of bringing things full-circle. And hey, this still allows the Dr. Mason to be Dr. K’s son. Dr. Mason might be Kevin and Madison’s person.

Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

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Theory #3: Dr. Mason is Kyle

Okay, this theory is kind of wild and if This Is Us was a thriller drama/ telenovela rather than an inspirational, heartwarming family drama, we might consider it to be true, but sadly, we don’t think it is. That being said, we’re including it because it’s fun to imagine “what if.”

What if Dr. K was so desperate for a son that he stole one of Rebecca and Jack’s children instead. Imagine if Kyle never died but was taken and raised to be Dr. Mason, who reunites with his biological family, the Pearsons, years later by sheer coincidence when Madison walks into his office pregnant with Kevin’s twins. Again, if This Is Us was that kind of show, which it isn’t, this would be an incredible plot twist.

However, Dr. Mason seems older than Kevin, Randall, and Kate, plus, I wouldn’t want anything to tarnish the sweet, innocent Dr. K, who is a gem in this world.

Theory 4: Sadie Needed to Give the Doc Advice

Maybe Sadie and Dr. Mason were only necessary so she could give her dad that he then gave Madison about Kevin: “Little early to give up on him, don’t you think? You haven’t even give him a chance to be himself yet.” Sadie is a horse and Kevin whisperer.

Theory #5: He’s Madison Future Husband 

Madison knows she’s not Kevin’s great love story, and she’s fine with it. Maybe through all of this, she falls in love with the doc and Sadie becomes her step-daughter. There’s no confirmation that Madison becomes Kevin’s wife simply because she’s carrying his children, so it’s entirely possible they both move on while being connected by their twins.

 

Showrunner Dave Fogel told Deadline that Dr. Mason will 100% become instrumental next season: “The doctor becomes an important character next season to Kevin – he’s having twins with a virtual stranger, not a normal birth experience. It’s no coincidence he was introduced in the same episode that Dr. K returned.”

That has to confirm Theory #1, right?

Read the This Is Us Season 4 finale review right here!

What are your favorite working theories?


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