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!
‘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 – Manny Put a Ring On It (5×12)
There were plenty of great heart-to-heart’s on This Is Us Season 5 Episode 12.
The series brilliantly touches on all those feelings and emotions buried deep within us while simultaneously having everything come full circle in all the various timelines.
An episode where character and plot development is achieved solely through words is difficult, but “Both Things Can Be True” did a magnificent job. There weren’t any jaw-dropping moments or cliffhangers — everything was fueled by a basic human experience.
As Kevin and Madison were planning their wedding in the present-day timeline, Jack was planning on proposing to Rebecca in the past.
Miguel was involved in the planning of both events as Jack’s best friend and currently, Kevin’s step-dad aka Rebecca’s husband.
While we’ve all accepted Miguel’s role in the Pearsons’ life, it wasn’t an easy pill for Nicky to swallow. As they teamed up for rehearsal dinner planning, Nicky made a few tasteless and backhanded comments towards Miguel that were just plain ugly.
Now, we know Nicky’s a tough cookie and can be quite cynical, but it was still uncalled for and awkward. Most importantly, Miguel didn’t deserve it. He’s been treated like the show’s villain for far too long when he’s only ever sacrificed everything for this family!
Eventually, Miguel stood up for himself and explained that the only person that he owes an explanation is the one man he can’t give it to. And while we won’t ever know what Jack would have said about Miguel marrying Rebecca, I think it’s safe to say that he would’ve been grateful that someone stepped in to take care of his wife and kids upon his death.
Miguel was there to help Rebecca through her grief and now, he’s there as she deals with new struggles surrounding the early stages of Alzheimer’s. In a way, he’s kept Jack alive for Rebecca, and, in turn, Rebecca has kept Jack alive for Miguel.
Miguel has been there through everything as we saw him help Jack plan the perfect proposal for Rebecca. The same energy he had towards Nicky he also had towards Rebecca’s father in the past, who finally returned Jack’s calls and told him he’d “tolerate” the union.
We all need a friend like Miguel, who vouched for Jack’s character and made sure Rebecca’s dad knew that she was lucky to find a guy like Jack Pearson. Jack puts all the other men to shame, so tell ’em, Miguel.
Nicky’s actions were a result of his jealousy as he felt that Miguel replaced him in Jack’s life, but Miguel always knew that Jack wanted his brother around for the big day. While that never happened, it’s heartwarming that they are able to be there for Jack’s son.
Another unexpected heart-to-heart happened between Toby and Madison. Toby may be struggling with this whole “stay-at-home” dad thing, but I’m digging his new role, especially if it means we get more screentime bonding between these two.
Toby and Madison were both bottling up things from their partners. Madison didn’t want to get married at some luxurious venue that Kevin and his publicist dreamt up, while Toby wasn’t loving staying home with the kids and not having a full-time job.
Madison came around and told Kevin the truth, and I love how receptive he was to her concerns. Kevin really just wants to make Madison happy, and if that means they get married at a garden that reminds her of her trip to Japan, so be it.
In fact, seeing all of Kevin’s exes see the big engagement news in the tabloids and smile shows that he’s made a positive impact on all of them despite making a few missteps here and there. You can’t help but be happy that Kevin found “the one” and settled down!
Toby, on the other hand, didn’t confront his feelings head-on or tell Kate the truth likely because he saw how happy she was after her first day helping blind children discover their love of music. It says a lot about Toby as he’s willing to put his happiness on hold for Kate, but I hope it doesn’t lead to any resentment.
Both of them deserve to pursue their dreams, and he should be able to talk to her about it without thinking he’s going to strip her of her happiness.
However, it’s nice to see Kate finally have something for herself. We’ve seen her struggle with finding a fulfilling career path for so long, so this is a welcome change of pace.
Her anxieties about leaving behind two young children and her husband were also warranted and showcase the struggle many working moms encounter upon returning to the workforce.
Philip was difficult to deal with and didn’t show any grace towards Kate’s situation, which is also all too common in the workplace, but in a way, I’m glad that Kate was held to a higher standard and proved that she was the right fit for the job despite all of her internal battles.
Once Philip finally accepts that Kate is his new co-worker and good at her job, I think they’ll get along fairly well!
It’s just as important to show Kate’s struggle of going back to work as it is to show Toby’s struggle of staying at home. Stay-at-home dads and working moms are much more commonplace these days, and the feelings they have are valid.
Randall attended a transracial therapy group, and though he didn’t share his story, he connected with other people’s experiences.
He seemed to particularly connect with the woman who revealed that she wished that she was never adopted, and that pains me.
With those feelings surfacing for Randall, I’m concerned about his big talk with Kevin that’s supposed to clear the air between them.
It’s one thing for Randall to share his experiences about being adopted into a white family and sharing his experiences of finding his birth parents, but I don’t think Kevin would take it lightly if he heard that Randall wished he was never a Pearson in the first place.
I truly hope it doesn’t take that route because things may get messy.
However, it’s also illuminating to explore all emotions and feelings adopted children have faced and the guilt they’ve felt for wanting to know where they come from without hurting those who have been there for them.
It’s a tricky line to walk, but again, it’s important that these stories get told! The series has done an incredible job with Randall’s adoption storyline as it’s so layered and filled with opportunities to dig deeper and explore the character.
And lastly, Beth was trying her best to be there and accepting of Tess when she invited Alex over.
Using the proper pronouns was the least of her worries, though.
Beth didn’t realize just how affected she was by Tess’s relationship until she was called out on it.
It wasn’t right of Tess to call her mom a psycho, so I’m glad Beth nipped that behavior immediately, but she also realized that she needed to adjust to the new reality instead of the one she has envisioned for her daughter.
It’s an important step for both of them, and though Tess may have felt hurt and alienated, Beth is doing her best to be there for her and support her in every way that she can.
We know Beth’s heart, and we know that it had nothing to do with Tess.
But the open-door policy should apply just as much to Tess and Alex as it does to Deja and Malik. It’s only fair.
Beth’s exploration of her subconscious feelings also led to an important conversation with her own mother.
Their situation may be different, but Beth is realizing that her mother also struggled with letting go and adjusting to her daughter’s chosen lifestyle, which is what caused a rift between them in the first place.
It’s nice to see these mothers and daughters be vulnerable and honest as they make up for lost time and right the wrongs of the past.
Being a mom is hard, and you don’t realize just how difficult the task is until you become a mother yourself.
What did you think of the episode?
What was your favorite moment? Let us know in the comments below!
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