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This Is Us – The Last Seven Weeks (3×10)

THIS IS US -- "The Last Seven Weeks" Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tim Jo as Jae-won Yoo, Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

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It’s election night on This Is Us!

Unlike the Pearson clan, we weren’t necessarily waiting around to see if Randall Pearson would win the election. With so much focus — both the series’ and his families — being given towards the race, it was almost a given that he would win.

Beth wasn’t doubting him, and he wasn’t hustling harder than ever just to have his efforts be for naught.

Fans grew concerned about the state of Beth and Randall’s relationship after she told him to drop the race because “the numbers weren’t there,” combined with a glimpse into the future that didn’t seem too rosy for TV’s favorite couple.

I said it then and I’ll repeat it now, Beth was acting a little bit unreasonable. It gave me a slight satisfaction to find out that come election time, Randall was only trailing by four points and did the unthinkable: beat the odds. He’s a man of the people, for the people. What’s not to like about him?

Beth eventually came around and apologized for not having his back, but only after Randall made the first step on New Year’s Eve and temporarily sidelined his campaign.

This Is Us has perfected every flashback to tie in perfectly to the present storyline thus keeping Jack’s memory alive.

The Big Three are all going through major life changes, but they’re always brought back to their father and wondering how he would have reacted to what was going on.

The beauty of it is that Jack has already reacted to it. Sitting in DC, he told Randall he was going to be a great man who would hopefully have a wife he could count on and a beautiful family. As he struggled to find the balance, he already had all the tools to make him that good, and that great man, his father saw in him way back when.

Randall may be the “adopted” son, but he’s most like his father. His pride and joy don’t come from his career-success’, although they are an added bonus, they come from his wife and children just like Jack’s did.

Without Beth, Annie, Tess and Deja there, winning wouldn’t mean anything.

Kevin returned from Vietnam with mindnumbing news that hopefully, we’ve all had time to process: Nicky Pearson is alive.

Or, at least, he was alive when he left the war.

His first course of action was to dig up any information on his uncle, which required Zoe to reconnect with a scorner ex-Congressman.

Beth warned us that Zoe breaks hearts, but breaking up with a man by email? That was and still is cold-hearted to the core.

The congressman came through with the files, but they barely revealed much of anything, and on top of that, Kevin couldn’t shake the idea that Zoe was going to break his heart by not being serious about moving in with him.

Words were exchanged that I’m sure were regretted the moment they were spoken, but I can’t blame Kevin for being protective of his heart. He’s put himself out there, but he’s also had his fair share of heartbreak and people not taking him seriously.

At first, it seemed like Zoe was just afraid of commitment, but when she finally told Kevin that her past — her father’s sexual abuse — took away her peace of mind and made her protective over her space, her hesitancy to jump into something serious was understandable.

There’s something about Zoe that brings out the best in Kevin, and in turn, he pushes her to break out of her shell a bit. They are good for each other, so I’m glad she took back the John Stamos. This is Kevin’s shot at happiness — don’t take that away from him, writers.

As they were unpacking Zoe’s boxes, they found a postcard from “C.K” which stood for Clark Kent, Nicky’s alter-ego. All signs point to Jack knowing that his brother was alive so why did he hide it from his family? I could see Nicky wanting to just get away from his parents after surviving a war, but his own brother? It seems as if Jack’s perfectionistic nature took a toll on Nicky. He couldn’t live up to Jack and constantly felt as though he was a disappointment.

Lastly, we have Kate who messed up royally when she sold Toby’s 1977 Star Wars collection to some dude in college for $10. It really stung when he told her the “toys” were “priceless.” This is why you never mess with a man’s man-cave. Honestly, Toby was super chill about it, all things considered.

Kate’s efforts were noticed but no amount of eBay bidding could make up for the sentimental value. When she couldn’t stop sobbing at the end, I couldn’t blame her; she’s constantly making mistakes while she has this really great guy who found a picture of the stadium her father built her when she was a little girl and had someone make her a replica.

Toby is a gem. And he’s going to be such a wonderful father.

And so, we’ve arrived at election night which kickstarts a brand new chapter for the Pearson’s. Don’t worry, Jack will still go along for the ride in spirit.

What were your thoughts?

Will Randall’s marriage crumble under the pressures of being a government official? When is Kate set to give birth? Will Zoe and Kevin find their groove?

And how will the family react to finding out that Nicky is actually alive? Did Rebecca know?

Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below and we’ll see you next week for more This Is Us!

 


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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)

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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.

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! 


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

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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. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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