While that may have been one of the most awkward epsiodes of This Is Us, it was also the most pure.
And for a show that delivers stellar episodes on a weekly basis that are infused with raw emotion and connection, that’s saying a lot.
The Big Three stepped aside and made way for — admittedly — a stronger Big Three: Miguel, Rebecca, and Nicky.
The trio embarked on a road trip to find Nicky’s long-lost love, Sally.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when Nicky knocked on Sally’s door 50 years later, but I sure wasn’t expecting such a beautifully honest dinner where everyone kind of just let their fears and insecurities fly free.
It was one of the most enjoyable hours of television, even if everyone at that dinner table felt slightly uncomfortable.
Sally didn’t seem to remember Nicky all that much — she even asked him how they met — and it was a stark difference from the candle that he’s held for her all these years.
The woman that Nicky pined for had a vague recollection of their summer together, which is the polar opposite of Nicky’s memory of her. They always say you remember your first.
However, I don’t think Sally was being all that honest with herself or with Nicky. She clearly pinned a photo of him on her photo board, so she had to have a soft spot for him in some way. You don’t just forget the man who stood you up ahead of Woodstock.
At first glance, it seemed as though Sally created a great life for herself. She was a married pharmaceutical rep with a great house.
But looks can be deceiving. When everyone started getting brutally honest at dinner about sweating the small stuff, Sally kind of called out her husband for their loveless marriage. It was weird, and, quite frankly, something I wish the writer’s didn’t do.
It didn’t feel right to have her air out this random personal drama, even while everyone was sharing their fears — Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Miguel’s bathed breath over losing his hair, and Sally’s husband about the deck he built without a permit.
Sally’s quip about being nothing more than a line cook just felt misplaced in a setting of mostly strangers.
But it did lead to a pretty great interaction between Sally and Rebecca that almost outshined Nicky finally coming face-to-face with his lost love.
Rebecca has been struggling to come to terms with the Alzheimers, unsurprisingly. It’s not a diagnosis anyone wants to recieve, especially after living a life worth remembering.
But by confiding in Sally about trying to outrun old age and the eventual disease, she was finally able to accept it and remind herself that there was still plenty that she wanted to do.
Salsa dancing? Screw that little girl who was pointing at her!
It was a liberating moment for Rebecca that reminded her to live. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile that much.
And, of course, Miguel was right there by her side as he told her he was fully equipped to embark on this journey with her. The fact that he promised to be by her side worries me slightly as we haven’t seen him in the future scenes, but hopefully, that’s just me bracing for the worst.
Miguel and Rebecca’s relationship is the absolute sweetest. Miguel hasn’t been cut any slack simply he married his late best friend’s wife but despite it all, he is an incredible husband who loves her dearly.
We haven’t seen nearly enough of their sweet moments, so it’s a nice change of pace to see them kissing and dancing.
And with Rebecca’s story about her wedding to Miguel, I was reminded that we never got to see their romance blossom.
When did they reconnect and fall in love? How? Will we ever get to see their wedding?
The focus has been on Jack for so long, but I need Miguel to get his moment.
As for Nicky, confronting Sally was the scariest thing he ever did, but it was also freeing.
He clung to this romanticized version of a woman he didn’t even know, and while he admitted he didn’t regret it because it gave him hope, it was also keeping him from moving on and finding love.
The moment he let go of Sally, he made room for someone far greater.
Fans have been dying to know who Nicky’s soulmate is, and now we know that it’s a flight attendant that asked him to adjust his seat on a flight back East.
Nicky took his life back and reaped the rewards.
I don’t know who I was expecting Nicky’s future wife to be, but I’m not mad at this turn of events. They had an immediate connection, and from the little we saw of her, she seems like a genuinely sweet woman.
In the future flash-forward, we see Randall and Annie greet her when she pulls up to the house, and it’s clear that she fits in great with the family.
The other focal point of the episode was Deja and Malik’s relationship.
Miguel and Rebecca might be the show’s cutest couple, but Deja and Malik are giving them a run for their money.
Deja decided to visit Malik at Harvard and immediately realized that he’s overtired and overworked. Between school work, home work, and raising Janelle, the boy has his work cut out for him.
It’s not a surprise that his dorm room is covered in coffee cups.
Malik isn’t just a hard worker, he’s also a good dad, even when his ex, Jennifer, chooses to make things even more difficult for him.
This was the first time Deja and Jennifer met, and it was intense, but it didn’t really serve a greater purpose. There’s no comparing Jennifer and Deja — the former is in the past and the latter seems to be his future.
Malik is serious about Deja, he only has eyes for her because he knows exactly how lucky he is to have her, and most importantly, he respects her.
He even waited until she was ready, and when she informed him that she was ready ready, Malik couldn’t get home faster.
Young love really is precious and life changing.
Of course, Deja went about the whole weekend all wrong because she wasn’t honest with Randall about where she was going. Instead of telling him the truth, she told him she was spending the night at Tiffany’s, which was risky.
As the promo for next week reveals, Randall finds out the truth, and he’s not pleased.
I feel like Randall and Beth’s number one rule is to be honest, and once you break that cardinal rule, it’s over.
I don’t really see why Deja chose to lie either. Randall and Malik get along. He trusts him, so odd are that Randall and Beth would’ve been fine with Deja visiting him if she promised to be smart about it.
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the sixth and final season? Do you think Deja and Malik are the real deal and will go length?
Will we see more of Rebecca and Miguel’s relationship this season? And are you happy Nicky finally found happiness?
Because one thing is for sure — Jack would’ve loved seeing them all together and having each other’s back. And he definitely would’ve loved that Nicky found someone to love.
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?
Prior to season 6, 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 hadn’t seen or heard from Sally since, but after seeing Kevin and Madison’s love story, he was inspired to seek her out online.
And on This Is Us Season 6 Episode 2, he took a road trip with Miguel and Rebecca in tow to knock on Sally’s door all these years later and say hello.
Sally vaguely remembered Nicky, but it was clear he didn’t make the same impression on her as she did on him. And not only did she live a pretty great life working at a pharmaceutical company, but she was also married.
Seeing Sally after nearly 50 years finally gave Nicky the closure he needed. After they parted ways again, he was ready to move on; he made space for his next big love.
And once you make space, the universe has a funny way of putting the right people in your path.
As Nicky hopped on a flight to help Kevin with the cabin build, he chatted up a sweet flight attendant named Edie.
Sparks flew, and well, the rest is history.
In the future flash-forward scene when the family gathers to say goodbye to Rebecca, Edie pulls up and reunites with her hubby Nicky.
Nicky finally found his soulmate proving that even after a life of solitude, it’s absolutely never too late to fall in love.
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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