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What did all the storylines have in common on This Is Us Season 4 Episode 6?

Golf and sex.

Yeah, you read that right.

When an episode starts with Kate asking Toby to “promise her they’ll always be hot for each other,” there are valid reasons for concerns especially with break-up rumors constantly circulating around the couple.

The snippiness was a direct result of not making love to each other for precisely 9 months and 23 days. Tobe’s been counting.

Here’s the thing about getting in the mood — you cannot force it.

No matter how much Toby wanted to make love to his wife, a little incident with his much-too-big pants threw him off his game.

And until he confronted Kate about why she asked him to hang onto the pants (was it because she thought he’d gain the weight back or because she wanted him to gain the weight back), he couldn’t get in the mood.

Of course, this led to Kate asking if she was the problem, which Toby was already trying to avoid.

As much as I understand Kate’s insecurities, she’s her own worst enemy. Toby’s weight loss had nothing to do with her body and didn’t somehow translate into disgust for her body all of a sudden.

They eventually found their groove just before the grandparents brought baby Jack home.

There wasn’t any mention of the new mystery of This Is Us surrounding a possible abusive relationship in Kate’s past.

It’s unclear how they’re going to bring the storyline back up, but know it’s coming eventually.

One of my pet peeves with this show is how they introduce something and then leave us hanging for weeks on end. It’s frustrating.

During the last episode, Milo Ventimiglia got behind the camera in his biggest role yet as a director of the episode.

And despite comments that we may start seeing less of Jack, there was plenty of story development around his character.

Even in the past, Jack’s an intricate character that has layers upon layers to peel back.

The lessons he learned while playing golf with Rebecca’s dad came up while he was teaching Randall to play golf and then again in the present when Randall was wooing the councilman on the turf.

The best twist of the episode was the revelation that Randall was a damn good golf player thanks to his dad.

After listening to his concerns about being a young black man, Jack taught young Randall to play so that he’d always be able to find himself in any situation.

And Randall utilized that to his advantage by pretending not to know how to play so that the councilman would take pity on him, feel responsible for teaching him something, and then agree to talk about his plans for a grocery store.

Honestly, Randall’s too smart for his own good. Jack knew that he was going to become somebody important one day.

Seeing Jack struggle with Randall’s identity is giving us a whole new storyline for the patriarch and deepens his connection with his adoptive son.

While Jack may not see color when looking at Randall, it’s a fact that cannot be overlooked.

Randall’s response telling Jack that he “doesn’t see him” was powerful and may have just changed the course of Randall’s relationship with his parents.

Randall is forcing them to confront his race head-on alongside his teacher, Mr. Lawrence, who Randall has sort of adopted as a role model.

You can’t blame him. Since he was a young boy, Randall wanted to find people who looked like him. He’s always wanted to deepen this part of himself.

All of Jack’s past storylines with Rebecca’s father fill me with anger while simultaneously making me so damn proud of our boy.

Jack was obviously intimidated, which is why he took down all of those G&T’s, but he also had the backbone to fight for himself and for Rebecca.

Jack’s comments about marrying his daughter, having a good job, a nice house, and a yard full of kids were almost prophetic,  but the cherry on top was his redirected question: “do you see yourself there?”

In the modern-day, we’d call that a sick burn.

As we know, the wedding Rebecca’s father had in mind for her wasn’t the wedding she and Jack had at all.

Thank god.

Her father was a pompous ass who pitied Jack but played it off as trying to “help him.”

And then, the moment we’ve been waiting for between Kevin and Cassidy finally happened, and it was a huge turning point in Kevin’s storyline.

Right after having the kids talk, Kevin and Cassidy hooked up adding fuel to the theory that she’s the woman he has a family with in the future when Rebecca is lying on her deathbed.

It would also explain why Nicky is there holding Rebecca’s hand in her final moments.

Nicky played a huge role in Kevin and Cassidy’s meeting, and he’s developed a very important relationship with Kevin.

As much as he wants to deny it, he needs Kevin and enjoys having him just a trailer away.

I’ll also say that I’m so glad Cassidy swung by Kevin’s trailer when she did because having him hook up with Donna would have been a grave mistake.

Everything that Kevin has gone through — trying to make amends with his uncle, meeting Cassidy, dealing with his addiction head-on — has given him purpose and made him a better man.

The advice he dished out to Cassidy about “seeing things in the war” and “being human” was impressive. He’s noticed something in Cassidy that her husband, who was there for her struggles, failed to see.

He’s hands down the best character on the series right now and living up to his full potential.

What did you think of the episode?

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‘This Is Us’ to End After Season 6 at NBC



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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. 

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This Is Us Review – Follow Your Passion (5×14)



This Is Us Review The Music and the Mirror Season 5 Episode 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.

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THIS IS US — “The Music and the Mirror” Episode 514 — Pictured in this screengrab: Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth — (Photo by: NBC)

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.

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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! 

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This Is Us Review – Kevin and Randall Tackle the Ugly Stuff (5×13)



This Is Us Brotherly Love Review Season 5 Episode 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. 

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THIS IS US — “Brotherly Love” Episode 513 — Pictured in this screengrab: (l-r) Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Justin Hartley as Kevin — (Photo by: NBC)

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. 

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