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RIP William Hill. Angels led him in.

I don’t think anyone will argue with me that this week’s episode of This Is Us was one of the most beautiful hours on television. The two were making reminiscing, making amends most importantly memories that Randall would cherish forever.

We were warned this week to bring in the tissues, but if you watch regularly, that would have been a given, especially considering we left Randall in full blown panic mode and his father with stage 4 cancer.

We didn’t see any of the other cast members this week. Instead, the episode focused solely on Randall and his relationship with his father, one that he had been searching for his whole life. And if that wasn’t enough, his adoptive father also played a huge role in one of the hardest moment’s of his life – saying goodbye once again.

and And if that wasn’t enough, his adoptive father also played a huge role in one of the hardest moment’s of his life – saying goodbye once again.

Speaking of his adoptive father, this is the first time we saw William ask about him and Randall was more than eager to share stories of his hearty laugh and his strong personality. William asked his son to detour to Jack’s resting place saying, “I want to meet my son’s father.” A bold statement considering not many people would be willing give another man that title. But William knew the reason Randall was such a great guy was because of his upbringing and he thanked Jack for it. It’s a shame the two never met – they would have really gotten along.

We got a look at William’s backstory, one filled with agony and tragedy. When his mother was pregnant with him, his father was sent off into war and never made it home. That idea seemed to carry over to this episode, with William embarking on one last journey and never making it back to New York, something we as viewers knew from the first minute of the episode and something Randall denied till the very end.

In the backstory, his mother left Memphis when he was a young adult to care for her mother, who passed away shortly after. Instead of returning, she stayed in Pittsburgh, constantly encouraging him to play music, write poems and craft his art. There’s nothing better in this world than a mother who supports her son’s passions.

William played in his cousin’s band performing cover songs before finally writing a smash hit, which took them to sold-out status. All of that was put on pause when he got the call that his mother was ill. He left to Pittsburgh to take care of her, promising his cuz that he’d come back to continue performing.

In the present, we know he never kept his word. When he finally returns with Randall in tow, his cuz is not happy to see him. He feels betrayed and forgotten, understandably so but William knows he’s dying so he’s here to say his apologies and make amends. After he explains that he stayed behind to care for his mother, fell in love and then fell into drugs when she passed. He was too embarrassed to come back, knowing he threw away so much potential. His cuzzo forgives him and asks him to play “one last time.”

Randall is in awe of his roots, finally getting the chance to learn who he is and where he comes from. As he watches his father rock it out at his old bar, he meets several family members while getting drunk. Drunk Randall is definitely a rarity but needed, especially in these circumstances.

The next day however, William can’t get out of bed because of the tremors. Randall calls the paramedics who take him to the hospital where the doctor assures him that his father will not be leaving. He has to come to terms with the fact that they are the end of their journey now – it’s time to say goodbye. William hands him a book of poems he’d saved for the “right moment.”

If the tears weren’t rolling yet, they started when he explained that despite going through hardships he would never call his life sad because the two best things in it were the person with him in the beginning and the person with him in the end. You can mess up a lot, make so many bad choices but if at the end, the one person you’ve always cared for is by your side, you must have done something right. That’s how William feels.

He tells Randall that he’s scared of death so he comforts him the only way he knows how – the way his father comforted him when he was having panic attacks. As he holds his fathers face and helps him breathe, William sees his life flash before his eyes – his mother, the love of his life, his son, his grandchildren, his cousin. It’s all there. And then, the writers tug the final heart-string and William walks into his old home, with his beautiful young mother standing there to greet him. I don’t know if this depiction of death is at all, in any way accurate, but my god, I hope it is. Knowing there is still someone waiting for you on the other side is the most comforting of all.

Randall leaves Memphis with a heavy heart but a lot more soul. In the car, he listens to his dad’s advice one last time and rolls down the windows while blasting the music real loud.

He was in a fragile place before this but I don’t think he’ll necessarily be worse off after this. His biological father taught him a lot and showed him a side that he didn’t really get to see – how to let go and just enjoy things without stressing and always making the bed. Maybe it will give him a new perspective on life and what’s important. After all, he does deserve the best. Father’s words.


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13 Tear-Jerker Shows To Watch While You Wait For This Is Us Season 5

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There is no show like This Is Us on television; it’s a wholesome family show that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be angry all before the hour is up.

However, there are many shows that come close to giving you those same fuzzy feelings and will have you falling in love with the cast as quickly as you fell in love with Pearsons.

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While we’re waiting for This Is Us Season 5 to boot back up (and it’ll be awhile due to the coronavirus postponing productions), you can binge-watch these shows instead. 

They’ll help fill the void and guarantee an ugly-cry or two. Sometimes, a good cry is just necessary! 

1. Parenthood

Parenthood
Before there was This Is Us, there was Parenthood. If you love This Is Us because of how much the Pearson family loves each other and enjoy a good cry then I suggest you meet the Bravermans. This family will leave you teary-eyed within five minutes of watching. You’ll immediately start connecting with the characters and seeing parts of your own family in them. And if you need more convincing, it stars Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai Gilmore on the hit, Gilmore Girls.
 

2. Chasing Life

Chasing Life
Just the premise of the show makes us want to cry: a 20-something-year-old aspiring journalist finds her world is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. And while cancer in itself is always depressing, the beauty of the series is in how April Carver handles the diagnosis, battles the illness with determination and grace, and finds the will to live when it would be understandable for her to give up. Not to mention she has a good group of gals by her side!
 

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
What started as a story about two small-town step-brothers fighting over a spot on the high-school basketball team grew into a tearjerking drama filled with life lessons, suspenseful twists, betrayals, lifelong friendships and an emphasis on the importance of family. As longtime fans know, there is only one tree hill and it’s your home.

4. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls
Since we’re on the topic, we have to include Gilmore Girls on this list. If by some chance you haven’t gotten sucked in by the mother-daughter dynamic between Lorelai and Rory or by the small town charm, you need to run to Stars Hollow ASAP. Their swift dialogue and close relationship makes us want to be friends with them. It’s actually the reason Netflix revived the show years later. Plus, this is the birthplace of our love for Milo Ventimiglia, who played bad boy Jess, and our coffee addiction.
 

5. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Even if football isn’t your thing, you’ll still be captivated by the high school football team at the heart of the show. There’s definitely a camaraderie around sports, especially in a small town that obsesses over the local team. You’ll get glossy-eyed as these characters deal with family hardships, failure, first love, grief and the realization that the glory of being a high school jock isn’t forever.

6. The Fosters

The Fosters
Freeform shows are good at two things — uniting people and making them cry. Two moms, Stef and Lena, raise a non-traditional family; some biological children, some adoptive and some fosters who have been damaged by the system. With such a mix, the painful storylines are aplenty and emotional struggles and societal issues are at the forefront.
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Grab Your Tissues – ‘This Is Us’ Likely Won’t Resume Production Until 2021

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This isn’t the news This Is Us fans were hoping for. 

Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel on the NBC drama, revealed that production on the series may be delayed until January 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I was just on the phone with [creator] Dan Fogelman, and we were talking about, you know, we may not go into production until January, depending on whether or not there’s a second wave,” he said in a conversation with Gov. Gavin Newsom and other industry leaders, per The Wrap.

The video-streamed call occurred as officials brainstorm plans to release guidelines for filming in a post-coronavirus world. Guidelines will be revealed next Monday and will likely adopt the protocols implemented in South Korea, Sweden, and Iceland, according to Variety.

“When we talk about the protocols and the guidelines that we may be following when we go back into production, it’s really kind of daunting to all of us. The actors, we talk all the time. We have a crew of 200-300 people who work in close proximity. We consider ourselves a family. As much as we would like to get back online, we are very much concerned about our crew,” Huertas revealed.

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Of course, if production is pushed to the beginning of 2021, it means that the tearjerking family drama won’t return as part of the fall 2020-2021 TV lineup, and is likely to premiere either in the spring of 2021 or even be pushed to the fall of 2021. 

FOX and The CW have both released fall 2020 lineup’s that have bypassed most of their scripted dramas, which are all set to return in 2021. 

CBS is the only network that released a schedule with most of its scripted dramas in-tact leading many to believe that they’re feeling confident that they’ll resume production in time. 

The good news is that This Is Us was renewed through season 6, so the show isn’t going anywhere, it just might not return as quickly as we expected. 

And while it may be upsetting, at least we know NBC is prioritizing the safety of the actors and crew! 


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5 Possible Theories About Who Madison’s Doctor and His Daughter Sadie Could Be on ‘This Is Us’

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Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

Okay, so you watched the season 4 finale of This Is Us and found yourself thinking, “who is the doctor and his daughter, Sadie.”

Honestly, same.

The episode spent so much time and attention on the doctor’s backstory, before we even knew that he was Madison’s obstetrician, and introduced his daughter.

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Some may say that there’s nothing to it, it was just a way to introduce a character, but avid watchers of This Is Us know that’s absolutely false.

There has to be some bigger meaning and connection that simply hasn’t been revealed yet. Plus, they wouldn’t give us so much insight into Sadie being a horse-whisperer unless it was relevant.

Check them some of favorite theories about who Dr. Mason might be below and let us know if you have any ideas:

Theory #1: It’s Dr. Katowsky’s Son/Grandchild/ Relative

It cannot be a coincidence that Dr. K was heavily featured in this episode talking about his own loss of a child, right?

There’s a huge probability that Madison’s OB-GYN, Dr. Mason, is Dr. K’s son aka the child that he and his wife had after the first miscarriage. *a fan pointed out that child was a daughter, but Dr. K had other children. Someone pointed out that those children would be older and that he once mentioned having grandchildren, so it’s possible Dr. Mason is related in some way. 

The doc seemed to have a knack for giving some really great advice just like Dr. K. He told Madison not to write off Kevin before she even talked to him and told him about the pregnancy, which led to Kevin being “all in” with the twins. There may be proof of this Dr. K and Mason are related because in the very first scene he tells Sadie that her horse is “is just a lemon.” And we know Dr. K loved his lemon metaphor.

Theory #2: Someone Like Dr. K

Considering Dr. Mason gave great advice just like Dr. K, many fans believe he’s going to be a huge part of Kevin and Madison’s pregnancy journey. He might be the one that they turn to for advice, guidance, and assurance just like Kevin’s parents did with Dr. K after he delivered Kevin and Kate. It would be a sweet way of bringing things full-circle. And hey, this still allows the Dr. Mason to be Dr. K’s son. Dr. Mason might be Kevin and Madison’s person.

Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

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Theory #3: Dr. Mason is Kyle

Okay, this theory is kind of wild and if This Is Us was a thriller drama/ telenovela rather than an inspirational, heartwarming family drama, we might consider it to be true, but sadly, we don’t think it is. That being said, we’re including it because it’s fun to imagine “what if.”

What if Dr. K was so desperate for a son that he stole one of Rebecca and Jack’s children instead. Imagine if Kyle never died but was taken and raised to be Dr. Mason, who reunites with his biological family, the Pearsons, years later by sheer coincidence when Madison walks into his office pregnant with Kevin’s twins. Again, if This Is Us was that kind of show, which it isn’t, this would be an incredible plot twist.

However, Dr. Mason seems older than Kevin, Randall, and Kate, plus, I wouldn’t want anything to tarnish the sweet, innocent Dr. K, who is a gem in this world.

Theory 4: Sadie Needed to Give the Doc Advice

Maybe Sadie and Dr. Mason were only necessary so she could give her dad that he then gave Madison about Kevin: “Little early to give up on him, don’t you think? You haven’t even give him a chance to be himself yet.” Sadie is a horse and Kevin whisperer.

Theory #5: He’s Madison Future Husband 

Madison knows she’s not Kevin’s great love story, and she’s fine with it. Maybe through all of this, she falls in love with the doc and Sadie becomes her step-daughter. There’s no confirmation that Madison becomes Kevin’s wife simply because she’s carrying his children, so it’s entirely possible they both move on while being connected by their twins.

 

Showrunner Dave Fogel told Deadline that Dr. Mason will 100% become instrumental next season: “The doctor becomes an important character next season to Kevin – he’s having twins with a virtual stranger, not a normal birth experience. It’s no coincidence he was introduced in the same episode that Dr. K returned.”

That has to confirm Theory #1, right?

Read the This Is Us Season 4 finale review right here!

What are your favorite working theories?


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