Pilgrim Rick has nothing on five-pound-shrimp Jack … at least not as far as Thanksgiving memories go. Yup, This Is Us (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET) dished out its latest Turkey Day episode this week and let’s just say that it was a feast…
A feast of questions, that is. Sure there were high points (Tess finally came out! Jack didn’t completely erase Nicky from his memories! There were hot dogs for everyone!), but just as we’ve come to expect from the show we know and love, there were some low points too. And those low-points led to some pretty heart-wrenching cliff-hangers. Put on some Leonard Cohen as we dig in.
The biggest question of the night had everything to do with what exactly is wrong with Rebecca, which was alluded to last week. Those trickster writers played with our minds (what else is new?!) by making us believe that her decline was supersudden, brought on by the stress of her fight with Randall within a 24-hour period. In reality they were jumping forward nine months into the future, when Rebecca went out to get some dessert on The Big Three’s birthday and completely forgot what she was doing or where she was.
The fact that Rebecca declines that much in nine months is pretty scary, because let’s face it: nine months is not a lot of time to become that incapacitated. That was quite the journey she went on at the park, and then at the grocery store, restaurant, and eventually, with the police. Mandy Moore deserves all of the awards and accolades for how beautifully she’s playing it all, too. Take note, Golden Globes voters.
Of course it helps that Moore is getting some beautiful stuff to act out. It’s not often a show goes full-on when it comes to a dementia storyline and because the writers have given us a whole life to know and love before bringing the character to this point, it’s that much harder to witness. Like, really, trulypainful. Obviously we don’t know what exactly is wrong with Rebecca at this point, but at least we have some hope now that she recognizes the need for help and has finally reached out to Randall.
Though he’s been aching for her to admit it, hearing her say the words was absolutely devastating. And while the road ahead is unknown, she has the very best family by her side. #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/6TIyFCXKdz
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) November 20, 2019
Brothers at Odds
That brings us to one of the night’s other big head-scratchers—what happens between Randall and Kevin that makes them stop talking? The obvious answer would be that it has something to do with Rebecca asking Randall not to discuss her health with anyone else. That puts Randall in a weird position because obviously Kate and Kevin deserve to know if something’s wrong with their mom, but also is it really Randall’s place to tell them?
It feels like something big and dark happened leading up to that 40th birthday party, but then again maybe we’re just getting dark vines without cause. Maybe Kevin and Randall’s breaking point has something to do with the mysterious woman Kevin knocks up (and yes, that’s another question to add to the list—who IS she?!). Maybe Kev and Zoe (Melanie Liburd) get back together and it doesn’t sit well with Randall and Beth. Perhaps Kev and Cassidy’s one-night stand led to pregnancy and Randall wasn’t impressed that Kevin broke up a family. Or, maybe Randall says some hurtful things about Kevin’s sobriety. At this point the possibilities are pretty much endless and they’re driving us a bit mad.
— Clare Fitzpatrick (@Coach_Fitz24) November 20, 2019
Speaking of mad, we’d be hopping mad to be in Kate’s situation right now. We’ve always come to Toby’s defence but now that he’s on a nut-cheese, tempeh-induced weight-loss craze he’s obsessed in all the wrong ways and we’re kind of right there with Kate in not liking him much.
We hate that he was griping about Kate to his CrossFit group, and we especially hate that he was opening up to that mysterious woman who wants to be “there” for him, because it makes us jump to all sorts of conclusions. Who is that girl and why does Toby feel comfortable confiding in her but not Kate? Damn you, LadyKryptonite5.
— This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) November 20, 2019
To be fair, Kate didn’t feel comfortable talking to Toby about her feelings either, which Beth so wisely pointed out. Unfortunately Kate didn’t take her advice to just talk to him, and judging from the previews for next winter’s series return, things aren’t about to get any better. Are Kate and Toby really going down the road to divorce? It’s worth noting Toby was also absent from that 40th birthday shindig… looks like things are deteriorating sooner rather than later.
Then again, this show has tricked us many, many times before. We have so many questions and there just aren’t enough episodes to answer them all. We suppose we’d expect nothing less from this show though. Now come on January, hurry up. We need some answers.
This Is Us returns January 14, 2020 on CTV.