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We’ve followed enough celebrity love stories to know that they aren’t always a fairy tale. Even the ones that seem solid (Brad and Angelina… Jen and Ben) don’t exactly end up happily ever after, now do they? That’s why we rely so hard on the power of onscreen relationships and their storybook romances.

Well we’ve found a new onscreen relationship to root for, and of course it just so happens to be on our new favourite show, This Is Us.

There was a lot going on in Tuesday night’s episode, “Three Sentences,” but the biggest reveal of all came when we learned that Kate’s childhood best friend Sophie was also actually Kevin’s first crush… and his first wife. That’s right, the womanizer Manny was married to the girl of his dreams, and he let her go. So now we know what all the subsequent ladies were about.

From what we can tell the pair met when they were nine years old, and they were inseparable ever since. And so they married young, grew apart, and now Kevin — in the middle of his 36-year-old crisis — has decided he wants her back. Like a lost limb he’s been missing ever since she left.

Luckily Kevin had Toby to help him out a little with a grand gesture. As in, Toby encouraged Kevin to show up on Sophie’s doorstep asking for a second chance. And from the looks of things he’s going to get it — or at least a chance to talk about it over coffee. Sorry Sloane. We were rooting for you, but this just adds so much more to Kevin’s history and we now need to see where it goes next.

Meanwhile, Kate pretty much broke our hearts during her own journey this week when she went to an adult “fat camp.” Rather than crazy exercise bikes and Jillian Michaels wannabes, it was a pretty zen atmosphere with drumstick workouts, horses, and a horse trainer who had better not mess up Toby and Kate’s new engagement. That wasn’t what caused our tears this week though — rather it was the moment when Kate finally found the release she needed to let go and begin working through some of her own history. Things like the note she got at the swimming pool. All of her friends ditching her at her tenth birthday party to hang out with her brother. And her dad’s eventual memorial service.

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We don’t know exactly when or how Jack died, but we now know that the kids weren’t that old… they were teenagers, maybe? And that means his death probably had an ever greater impact on them than we previously thought. More to come on that, we guess… let’s just hope we remember not to wear any makeup that day.

Other great moments from Tuesday’s episode:

  • Kiddo Randall being so matter-of-fact about the fact that none of the kids in his class showed up for his birthday. “I have three really good friends and they all came. That’s a lot.” Did we mention that we love him?
  • Rebecca and Jack throwing around the idea of having another kid… um, what? Because triplets weren’t enough you guys? Just play another round of Pin the Tail on the Donkey and you should be good.
  • William’s newfound energy gives us life. Seriously, we love that guy and how he makes Randall remember his own zen. Let’s be honest: teaching your dad how to drive before his final days on the planet is a much, much better way to spend the afternoon than competing for some pointless account at work.
  • We should all take a hot minute for some yogurt. Let it be known.

 

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CTV.