This Is Us FINALE Recap 3/13/18: Season 2 Episode 18 "The Wedding"

  • This Is Us FINALE Recap 3/13/18: Season 2 Episode 18

This Is Us FINALE Recap 3/13/18: Season 2 Episode 18 "The Wedding"

He knows this place brings up a lot of memories. Kevin mentioned Jack a lot and allowed the four Pearsons a much-needed deep breath, while Randall reflected on how Kate and Toby have "chosen perfectly". Does this spell bad things for Kate and Toby's future? Kate panics a bit, asking Rebecca if it is abnormal that Toby isn't there. Is the Old Man Jack seen in the previews a dream as we're led to believe, or is it Rebecca reuniting with her beloved departed husband in the after life?

In a weird "what if" moment, This Is Us explores the 40th wedding anniversary of Jack and Rebecca, had he not died after the fire. The dreams are about all of them being together at the cabin as Rebecca and Jack renew their vows. The shirt was going to be her something old.

Kate is in the cabin freaking out. It's heartbreaking because as much as things happen for a reason, it's really hard to contend with someone that you really love is gone, especially when you have a relationship like Kate and Jack did. Toby has often had to be the strong and supportive one. The Kevin/Zoey dynamic will be interesting next year, it's a shame to see her exit because she was on maternity leave. They call Toby who is in the vehicle with his feuding divorced parents. Randall compliments his gameplay; the two then suffer through the notion that they didn't protect their sister, before mutually agreeing that playing the game wasn't exactly helpful for either of them. Inside she asks if they still serve banana ice cream. They fear he will get severely depressed again, like he did after his first marriage to Josie failed. 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.

But wait, it gets worse!

Kate's struggles with her weight were a major focus of the first season, but they took more of a backseat in season two. "She'll be thinking of him and having him in spirit". She hangs up and takes Jack's urn to their favorite tree stump.

As far as the rest of the episode, it sounds like we might get a break from the sad moments. Rebecca tells Kate that she doesn't want to get in the way on her special day. (Or maybe, he's been diagnosed with a severe disease.) In the revealing scene, Kate walks into the darkened bedroom to check up on Toby, who's lying on his side and looking unhealthy and unhappy, and share that they should see the doctor the next day to discuss "adjusting your meds". In a recent interview with Deadline, Justin Hartley said, "The writers have done a great job with what is kind of a daunting task of taking this wonderful season, or what I thought was a wonderful season, and finishing it..." Both are very profound speeches. Beth's cousin, Zoe, is photographing the wedding. Finally, she says that one day she woke up and forgot that she hated the people who actually loved her. The camera then cut back to the present, panning upward from a still-young Tess to Beth. "We never find Kate and we have to tell Toby that the wedding's off, and he's so shocked that he has a heart attack and dies", Randall envisions. It would also contextualize Jack's potentially telling words to Rebecca, when he says, "Where'd the time go, Bec?"

-There's a shot of Deja (Lyric Ross) smashing the windshield of Randall's Mercedes with what looks to be Jack's baseball bat. They're set to begin the adoption process but are scared about what the future holds. The closing moments of the episode offered us some tantalizing glimpses ahead in time, and in one of those timelines we saw Kevin and Zoe on a plane headed to Vietnam.

It's wedding day! Kate decides at the last minute to go to an ice cream shop she and her dad used to go to.

And in 10 years, we see Randall with Tess. But rather than rail against her mother, she now sees her as inspiration, someone to hopefully become in her own way. She tells him she's not ready, and he says he's not ready either.