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'This Is Us' Season 2 finale recap: Not quite happily ever after

'This Is Us' Season 2 finale recap: Not quite happily ever after

"This is Us" has gained a reputation as a certified tearjerker, and Tuesday night's Season 2 finale will be no exception - only this time, expect to cry sobs of joy. This series has done a handsome job of laying that foundation already-and unlike Randall's foray into construction, this work is reliable.

It's these visions that are compelling Kate to keep her father's memory alive for her wedding day. I trust the writers and Dan completely so wherever she's headed I know that it's going to be exciting and interesting and unconventional.

But all of that is yet to come. Specifically: Future Beth seems to be in danger, and the issue of what, exactly, will happen to her might replace "how did Jack die?" as the central question driving the series. Instead, when This Is Us centers itself on mysteries, it feels overly engineered-and it's hard to ignore those machinations in order to focus on the show's gooey center. It kind of sucks.

The season finale of "This Is Us" airs locally on WKYC Channel 3 at 9 p.m. "We're going to dive into that year, where there's so many stories to tell about the decisions they make, and the way they react to their father's death shaped their trajectory for the next 20 years of their lives", he told Glamour. The guy has been the patient spouse of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) for years now, living in the shadow of his own best friend. Break out your box of tissues and prepare for the waterworks to start flowing because this was an emotional episode, even by This Is Us standards. They were family to him long before they literally became family. Cousin Zoe tries to ease Deja's anger; like her, she was a teen angry at the world, no thanks to a mother who dumped her at her aunt's house when she was a child.




Randall's speech cut between footage of his future self and adult-Tess saying, "It's time to go see her". Earlier in the episode Toby's parents pleaded with him not to marry Kate since she was a hot mess; that his first wife drove him to a dark depression when she left.

Well Kate, you definitely scared us. They're an unlikely pair, but have more in common than anybody would think, which is, of course, the layers of the friendship. She's always wanted to be a mother like Rebecca. Within the latter half of this season alone, This Is Us gave us a heartbreaking miscarriage; an almost devastating auto accident that resulted in a DUI; a fire that nearly killed Jack Pearson, then didn't, but sort of did because he died of a heart attack afterward, all on Super Bowl Sunday; an eviction; and a wedding day that should have been focused on celebrating Toby and Kate but instead was dominated by the heavy grief and guilt Kate has been carrying for two decades with regard to her father's death. She put the blame on Toby for not packing it, but come on Kate, that should be your responsibility. And the promo revealed that fans will get a special treat. "Jack" will appear at the wedding as an old man, as if he had never died in the Super Bowl Sunday fire. Way to go, Toby!

There were small clues over the course of the episode that all of the moments shared between Jack and Rebecca were figments of someone's imagination, and it made the most sense that it would be Kate, as she likely still harbors lingering guilt over playing a small role in Jack's death. Kate and Toby's nuptials are taking place at the family cabin. It was beautifully acted and emotionally satisfying, but it also deliberately (and frustratingly) kept things from the audience in order to up the melodrama and create new mysteries. Like the characters, we've found ourselves struggling to reconcile with a present that he's not a part of.

Time flies when you're watching and sobbing to This Is Us, and tonight we've finally reached the second season finale of the NBC/Fox series with the episode,"The Wedding".


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