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Recap: 'This Is Us' Finale Explained (Briefly)

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 3, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 3, 2019 |


This is what we learned about the Pearsons in the last three or four minutes of This Is Us, and to be honest, most of the rest of the episode was just filler leading up to the final five minutes (and the flash forward), so it is all that matters.

— Randall and Beth do not get a divorce. They almost Gift of the Magi each other with Randall almost resigning from his city council position for Beth, while Beth did quit her ballet instruction for Randall. But, Beth finds a better way forward before Randall officially resigns: She opens up a ballet studio in Philadelphia, where he can be city councilor and everyone can work in the same city. See! They can have it all (in a smaller house). I honestly do not know why this obvious solution did not present itself a long time ago. For instance, when Randall decided to run for city councilor in a city three hours away. (Seriously, there is no marriage that can sustain a six-hour round-trip commute every day, and it was bloody naive for either of them to even entertain the notion that theirs could).

— Randall and Beth don’t divorce so hard that they’re still together several years from now when they are visiting Kevin’s huge house in the flash forward. And who are they visiting? Rebecca, who looks on death’s door, having lived what looks like a long and healthy life (though, dementia has clearly set in at the end, because Randall has to explain to her that he’s her son).

— But surprise! Uncle Nicky is sitting beside her deathbed, and Miguel is nowhere in sight. We can speculate about this, but I feel 90 percent certain that either Miguel has passed away or he’s gone to pick something up, because even if Miguel and Rebecca divorced, Miguel would still be at there because that’s the kind of saint Miguel is (and seriously, this show doesn’t spend enough time with Miguel and Rebecca).

— In the future, Kevin has a kid. We don’t know who he is married to, but we can safely assume it’s probably not Zoe, because Kevin and Zoe break up at the end of the episode because she doesn’t want kids. She’s also super adamant about that.

— Finally, Toby arrives at future Kevin’s alone, although he does say that he spoke on the phone with his son Jack and Kate, who will be along shortly. I’m assuming this means that Kate and Toby are separated/divorced, though this being This Is Us, the death of Rebecca is just the sort of thing to get them back together. Toby seems to be experiencing depression, which may be why he and Kate are not together at the moment.

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