What the heck happened?!
Kevin has gone through his fair share of ups and downs in his career and personal life over the past two seasons, and in brief glimpses of the near future, the former Man-ny star seems to have it all together. Even Rebecca (Mandy Moore) was anxious that her presence would bring up memories of her deceased husband, but in the end Kate was able to finally stop holding on to Jack in order to fully make room for Toby in her heart. In his defense, he admitted that his reception salute to sister Kate and new husband Toby was, indeed, weird.
Even after Kate finally poured out her dad's ashes and felt ready to tie the knot, her wedding was still haunted by the ghost of Jack, to the point where we didn't even get to hear Toby and Kate speak their vows because the sound of Jack speaking to his Katie Girl in the 1990s drowned them out.
This Is Us wrapped its second season Tuesday with Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) exchanging "I dos" at the Pearson family cabin with the whole family present - including patriarch Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), despite the fact that he died two decades ago.
Randall and Kevin are helping with the wedding planning, and Kevin is in full control mode. That's partly because Kevin spent most of the non-exhaling portion of it talking about his recovery from addiction, but also because the moment seemed created to serve a larger objective: to signal to the This Is Us audience that this period of the series, which has been so focused on continuing to grapple with the impact of Jack Pearson's death, is about to embark on a new chapter. Zoe is curled up at Kevin's side as their plane starts to descend and he sweetly kisses the top of her head as she wakes up. Randall, meanwhile, is trying to do patchwork.
Rebecca is stressing over what to wear to the wedding.
While some viewers anxious that Kate wouldn't make it all the way down the aisle, Metz says she didn't. A lot of that, of course, is written into the script, but the something blue, I thought about having my nails done with a very light blue, so it wasn't distracting, and then I put a J and a P on both of my pinkies, obviously for Jack Pearson. "Me neither", Randall concedes, before Tess gets up from her chair. Miguel is sweet and reminds her that at least she's not him.
As for Season 3, Zeile says the writers are already hard at work brainstorming new ideas to get viewers emptying their tear ducts and keeping Kleenex in business - especially now that the elephant in the room (or, how Jack dies) has finally been addressed.
The poor girl has been through so much in her life, and all we know is that at some point Toby is going to have to adjust his meds. 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. Zoe reveals that she was dumped by her mom when she was 7 or 8 years old. Could it be that Beth will someday perish of the same cancer that took her father? "I think [she'll want] an intimate [wedding] with people she really cares about and loves". But it's the fact that Zoe went through nearly exactly what Deja is dealing with that makes her instrumental in Deja's recovery from being abandoned by her mother.
Though the details of Tuesday night's finale under strict lock-and-key, fans know that the hour will focus on grown-up Kate's wedding to her fiancé Toby. She wants to get the banana pudding flavor, Jack's favorite, to serve at the wedding. And Randall and Kevin rush to Artisanal Scoops, where they've just missed Kate, and stay on her tail.
We never even fully realized it, but Kate has been living in Rebecca's shadow in even more ways that we realized.
Kate and Toby's impending marriage has been shadowed all year long by Jack Pearson's death; the show has prioritized it narratively and emotionally. They call her "unstable".