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Who knew a waiting room could make for such a compelling and emotionally driven scene.

The writers behind This Is Us are talented at taking regular moments and turning them into something that makes you laugh, cry, and scream at the TV all in one take.

The Pearson clan has a lot going on at all times.

There’s never a dull moment, especially when they are all cooped up in a waiting room with tensions running high as they wait with bated breath for news about Kate’s early labor.

Kate’s pregnancy may have brought them all together but their unresolved issues took center stage.

We didn’t really learn anything new from the episode, but having everyone in an intimate setting for the full 45-minutes pushed them into a space where they had to address all the elephants in the room.

Kevin had to address his alcoholism in front of the family; everyone picked up on Beth’s shrewdness towards Randall; and Kevin and Randall went at each other with the same rehashed allegations — Kevin made Randall feel guilty for being so perfect while Randall was worried about Kevin’s freakouts.

And, per usual, Miguel, the most kind-heart member of the family who tries so hard to fit in while remaining neutral and easing tensions, got treated like he didn’t belong.

Can we just get some justice for Miguel?

Distracting them with the ranch or chocolate game was brilliant, and he’s kept the promise he made to Jack about taking care of his family.

Surprisingly, Madison took the “you don’t belong here” torch from Miguel, and frankly, I’m disappointed that no one stood up for Kate’s best friend.

She was supposed to be there, she made a promise to her friend, and she was treated like absolute crap.

When is the family going to stop letting Kevin get away with these antics?

Acting better than everyone else and flaunting his wealth around isn’t a good look.

Kevin is dealing with plenty of unresolved issues dating back to his relationship with his father that came to the surface when he found Nicky.

That paired with the realization that he’s relapsed, the fact that he doesn’t want to lose Zoey, and Kate’s early labor have become too much for him and so he copes with even more alcohol.

At this point, Kevin is a classic alcoholic. He’s done such a good job at hiding it, he’s convinced himself that he has it under control.

And he’s trying to convince everyone else around him that it isn’t a problem.

Except we all saw Zoey take a swig, and I immediately knew that there wasn’t water in the water bottle.

Kevin’s deceiving his loved ones while getting drunk right in front of them.

Zoey’s been understanding but at what point does she put her foot down? When do they get him into treatment?

Kevin’s relapse is frustrating to viewers because he was on such a good path. He seemed happy, his movie was a success and finally, things were looking up for him.

Beth and Randall bickered about their dreams interfering with childcare. Beth understandably held a grudge after Randall asked her to set aside her dreams for now, but as I mentioned in last week’s episode review, he made the commitment first.

Randall also underlined the fact that he isn’t asking Beth to give up teaching completely, their budget simply doesn’t allow it on a full-time basis.

The way Randall and Beth assured each other that “they would figure it out” makes me think that they absolutely don’t figure it out and this eventually leads to the demise of their relationship.

The most powerful moment of “Waiting Room” came on the heels of Rebecca reliving her final moments with Jack.

Her behavior — pointing out the shocked expressions on electrical sockets, noticing the waiting room chair designs, and counting the odd number of chairs — may have been odd at first, but the moment Zoey mentioned the Michelin starred “Vending Machine,” it dawned on me that Waiting Room’s are a trigger for Rebecca.

She didn’t want to eat because that’s what she did when Jack passed away; she was grabbing something out of the vending machine.

Sitting there in that airless room reminded Rebecca of how terribly wrong things can go.

She didn’t care about Beth and Randall’s marital woes or Kevin’s drinking or Miguel’s spat with her son’s because all that mattered was Kate, the person they were there for.

Thankfully, Kate’s emergency C-section went off without a hitch. Baby Jack — of course, they’d name him after the beloved Pearson patriarch — was born premature but if he’s anything like the man he’s named after, he’s a fighter.

This baby honors Jack’s legacy in such a beautiful way.

I always get overcome with emotions at just how easily Jack is woven into storylines even though he hasn’t been around for years.

He was still a major part of the baby’s birth and Kate had a little chat with dad to keep baby Jack safe.

We know This Is Us tends loves to hit Kate and Kevin with the tough storylines, but I do believe little Jack is going to survive.

She went through way too much to get to this point only to suffer yet another loss.

What did you think about yet another heavy This Is Us?

Will Kate’s baby survive? Will Kevin finally get the help he needs to overcome his addiction? Will Beth and Randall find a way to make their schedule work?


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

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This Is Us Season 4 Premiere Review

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.

This Is Us Review The Music and the Mirror Season 5 Episode 14

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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