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“It’s overwhelming if you think about it,” Kevin says near the end of this week’s This Is Us. “The power of these little decisions.” It nicely sums up an episode in which characters make quiet but impactful choices that change trajectories — whether of a day, a mood, or indeed, a life. Let’s break down the roads each Pearson travels in “Flip a Coin.”

REBECCA

“Flip a Coin” returns to the period immediately following Jack’s death for the first time this season, with Randall off to college and Kate stuck at home with Rebecca. But it’s parents’ weekend, which means Rebecca is off to see Randall, leaving Kate all alone. As Rebecca arrives for lunch with Randall in the cafeteria, she notices her son’s attention cannot be kept. He’s distracted. He’s looking out into the distance — at another table, specifically, where his new crush Beth is hanging out with her mother, Carol (guest star Phylicia Rashad).

Rebecca catches on; she remembers her son had mentioned dating a girl named Beth. And so she walks right over and introduces herself, Randall lagging behind. She asks if she can sit as Carol looks on a little bewildered. Randall admits, perhaps mistakenly, that he and Beth went on a date. Eventually, the two kids skirt away from the awkwardness — we’ll get more into that later — leaving Rebecca with Carol. They bond over shared widowhood; but while Carol considers herself together, she sees Rebecca struggling. She describes starting a new chapter in life — a sentiment Rebecca takes to heart.

When Rebecca returns to her apartment and reunites with Kate — who, while Rebecca was gone, landed a job at a record store (run by a cute boy) — she realizes she herself needs to turn the page. She listens to the Carole King record Kate bought and tells her it’s time for them to find a home. It’s time for them to turn the page.

KATE

Not much in the world of Kate this week, at least as far as the present timeline goes. She and Toby are gearing up to take Baby Jack to his first baby music class, way out in the Valley. Toby is unsure if he’s ready, but Kate believes it’s a great idea — something Jack can do without judgment or limitation. Toby forces them to run late, however, leading the family to walk into the class mid-session. It’s too much stimulus for Jack to handle. He sobs through it all, Kate and Toby struggling to get through it. On the ride home, they fight — over going at all, over leaving late, over the struggles of raising a blind son — but they make their way back to each other as they keep driving (the only thing that calms Baby Jack down). Toby suggests they take it “one step at a time.”

RANDALL

We’ll stick to the present-day action for this particular story. It’s the day of Beth’s dance-class opening, which has Randall anxious for one particular reason: Carol is coming to town, and she and Randall don’t get along very well. Or at least Randall thinks so. Things are immediately tense if sustainable between husband and mother-in-law, at least until they enter the studio space — which smells ungodly.

They bring in an exterminator and it becomes clear there’s a dead rat carcass in the walls of the studio. But while Beth tries to work through this problem, Randall has bigger fish to fry. Deja brings Malik to the studio to meet the family, per Beth’s wishes. He and Randall get on well enough, but when Malik drops that he has a child — something he, perhaps naively, assumed Deja told her parents — Randall is thrown for a loop. And when the exterminator reveals the horrid smell will last for at least a week, Carol says they’ll have to reschedule the grand opening. But Randall stands up for his wife. He says they won’t move the date. And he gets to work moving everything outside. The event is ultimately a success, and Carol admits to him that while she thought he was wrong for her daughter when they first met all those years ago, she sees his strength now, and his love for Beth.

BETH

Going back to the past timeline, as we see Beth when Randall and Rebecca join her and her mother, she’s fairly inscrutable. Let’s not forget, she was a bit conflicted about her feelings for Randall after their first date, and her mother is very clearly unapproving of a relationship between them moving forward. Later, when she’s with her mother alone, Beth asks how she and Rebecca got along. Carol says fine but that the family is far too broken for Beth. She says she deserves better than that.

But Beth remembers a tiny moment from their lunch with their parents — when Randall discretely handed her a lemon wedge. Why? She goes to his dorm suddenly to ask him. And he tells her: When they went on a date, she ordered a coke with lemon, and here, she had a coke without one. She’s deeply moved — stunned, maybe — by the consideration. She walks right toward him and kisses him. It’s a small decision, but a life-changing one.

KEVIN

The other big storyline in this episode concerns Kevin, who is enmeshing himself more and more into Nicky’s life.

As they’re headed to another AA meeting, they run into — who else! — Jennifer Morrison’s Cassidy, who is chewing out someone for not notifying her that the meeting had been rescheduled. Kevin listens, and finally talks to her; Cassidy says that her husband said he wanted to proceed with their divorce and that, well, she really needs a meeting right now. Kevin figures they have five hours to kill. “I’m an actor, I’m great at filling up free time,” he says. So they go trailer shopping — Nicky’s place is gross and leaky, and Kevin wants to buy him a new one, even if Nicky will never go for it. Cassidy goes along.

As they browse, Kevin keeps getting stopped by fans of The Manny. And as he’s at this transitional point in his life, he’s meditating on that show’s impact on his life — how it launched his career, how its cancellation threw him for a loop — and thinking back to filming the pilot, where Kate was by his side. Cassidy can only laugh recalling his pain at these memories; she’s a military vet suffering from PTSD, after all. But as she watches more and more people go up to him, she realizes he’s lived a strange life. She says she was being a “dick.” He smiles, in friendly acknowledgment that she was and understands why.

Kevin is reevaluating what he wants. He remembers one moment filming The Manny pilot where he admitted to Kate he’d rather it not get picked up, that he’d been in L.A. for so long and was ready to hunt for meaning and solace. Of course, life didn’t work out that way. But here with Cassidy and Nicky, he sees a new opening. And so he buys a trailer — for himself, parked right next to Nicky’s. And he tells Cassidy he’s going to help her win her husband back.

But of course, Kevin’s always been a man of action. As the ending of this episode reminds, he’d been engaged before, too. We flashback to Rebecca and Kate at home, listening to a voicemail by Kevin, also away. He runs through the motions of how things are going. Then he says he’s engaged as if he’s talking about the weather. He knows a thing or two about dramatic life shakeups.

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The ‘This Is Us’ Season 4, Episode 13 Promo Gives Kate The Worst Week of All

So far, the first two parts of This Is Us latest Big Three trilogy have given both Randall and Kevin “A Hell of a Week.” Randall survived a break-in at his house and wound up having a nervous breakdown by the end of the hour. Kevin started his with a trip home for Sophie’s mother’s funeral, and then ended up in bed with his sister’s BFF, Madison. Now in Part 3, it will be Kate’s turn. The This Is Us Season 4, Episode 13 promo promises her “A Hell of a Week” may be the hardest of all. Warning: Spoilers for This Is Us Season 4 follow.

But first, a programming note. The trailer for the next episode begins with the announcement: “In two weeks….” That’s because there is no installment of This Is Us on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. As happens every year at this time, the series will be preempted for the State of the Union. This means fans will be left wondering about Kate’s story, and the conclusion of this trilogy, for an extra week.

But the good news is the wait looks like it will be worth it. Check out the synopsis for “A Hell of a Week: Part 3.”

Kate finds strength in unexpected places.

And here’s the trailer.

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The last time viewers checked in with Kate, at the mid-season premiere, Toby had just admitted a marriage-ending level confession. Not of cheating, or of emotional unfaithfulness, but his internalized ableism against his son, Baby Jack. Kate is heartbroken, especially since her gift to Toby for his birthday was or the three of them to go on a retreat where they can connect and learn from other parents of blind children, and learn how to help their son.

The episode ended on a note of hope, as Toby connected with Jack when his son finally distinguished light and shadow for the first time. But the series has already hinted this was a short-lived respite. When Kevin gets back from the funeral at the end of “A Hell of a Week” Part 2,” Madison is over at Kate’s house, dogsitting the family pooch while everyone is gone.

But when Kevin asks where everyone is, she offhandedly says Kate and Jack are at the retreat. Toby is “at work.” Perhaps something unavoidable came up? But even so, his non-attendance at something so important for his son’s future well-being suggests Kate isn’t kidding when she tells her brothers this marriage is hanging by a thread.

This Is Us next airs on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

This Is Us season 4 episode 13 return date: Kate’s big episode

  • Do you find yourselves interested in checking out the This Is Us season 4 episode 13 return date following tonight’s new episode? Within this article, we’ll look towards the future and at an extremely important episode for Kate. It’s one that could help define her future, and also one that focuses on a chunk of her past.

    Want some other This Is Us video coverage? Then check out the latest all about the NBC series at the bottom of this article! After you do that, be sure to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for some other updates. Also, be sure to check out our full This Is Us playlist.

    Without waiting any longer, let’s go ahead and put out the following — there is no new episode next week. Instead, This Is Us will be waiting until February 11 to air more episodes. This move is likely being done to accommodate a State of the Union, though there could be some fluctuations there. One of the things to remember in general is that there could be some fluctuations when it comes to the show’s return date. Last week, it was made apparent that This Is Us would be off this week … but that changed a little bit later in the week.

    If you want more details about episode 13, know that this is a chance to learn more about what Kate went through in her past relationship with Marc. This was a toxic part of her life, and it’s a part that her family had a hard time recognizing in the moment. They were all still mourning, after all, and struggling to see what was in front of them. Kate’s life in the present with Toby may not be as destructive, but there are clear issues that the two have to take on.

    There is a This Is Us season 4 episode 13 synopsis out there, but there aren’t a whole lot of details buried within beyond what we’ve said:

    02/11/2020 (09:00PM – 10:01PM) (Tuesday) : Kate finds strength in unexpected places.

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    This Is Us Boss Sheds Light on the Latest Pearson Family Rift

    As to be expected, the Pearson family Thanksgiving in Season 4 of This Is Us was full of drama. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) fight from the previous episode escalated in the fall finale before Rebecca finally admitted that she might need to see a doctor, though an ominous flash-forward revealed that things are going to get worse for the beloved matriarch.

    The real jaw-dropping moment in the finale, though, came in the final sequence, when it was revealed that most of Rebecca’s exploits in the episode — getting lost on a playground, getting confused at a grocery store, and at a Chinese restaurant — actually take place nine months in the future, on the Big Three’s 40th birthday. The police bring her back to the family cabin where Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz), along with Miguel (Jon Huertas), are waiting for her. Once Rebecca arrives, the audience finds out that at least part of the family isn’t speaking to Randall and Kevin is not only engaged, but his fiancée is also pregnant.

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    It should also be noted that baby Jack and Toby (Chris Sullivan) are also missing from the birthday celebrations. That doesn’t bode well for them considering Kate and Toby left Thanksgiving in a very precarious place after Avocadogate and Kate discovering that Toby has been venting about her to his crossfit group text.

    TV Guide hopped on the phone with This Is Us executive producer Isaac Aptaker to talk about these big revelations and what they mean for the Pearsons in the second half of the season.

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    Is the whole family not talking to Randall or is it just Kevin?
    Isaac Aptaker: That’s just a rift between the brothers, between Kevin and Randall.

    Do you think that fans will be more Team Kevin or Team Randall in whatever this argument is?
    Aptaker: We always try to come at things from everyone’s point of view. This show is at its best when we live in that grey area and people are really split, when you can see from everyone’s side. When Beth and Randall were having their marital issues last year, we really tried to get inside both of the characters’ heads where no one was completely right and no one was completely wrong. It is always my hope that when we have two characters in conflict that we have everyone divided on who is right and who is wrong.

    We also find out that Kevin is not only engaged, but that his fiancée is pregnant. Is the engagement a by-product of that engagement?
    Aptaker: People get engaged or pregnant in all orders, for all sorts of reasons. So who knows?

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    Eight months is a quick timeframe to meet someone and get engaged. How safe is it to say that we’ve met this woman before?
    Aptaker: Perhaps — or not. we meet new wonderful people all the time!

    Have we seen the last of Jennifer Morrison this season?
    Aptaker: I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t want to ruin anything.

    How much of that love story are we going to get to see in the back half of the season? Or is it something we’ll have to wait longer to see develop?
    Aptaker: We have started every season so far with the Big Three’s birthday in the present day. That cabin sequence that Rebecca arrives into is their 40th birthday, so that would suggest that’s where we’re going to start Season 5. People won’t have to wait too long for answers in the flash-forwards. That’s coming up right away at the top of next season.

    How much should we read into the fact that Jack and Toby are not seen at the 40th birthday party?
    Aptaker: Everything that we do with these flash-forwards is intentional and a choice. We are revealing exactly what we are ready to reveal. I think that people should think whatever they want to think about that, but we left Kate and Toby in our midseason finale in a bit of a precarious place. She’s found this text message on his phone where he’s been complaining about her and their marriage and a female has sort of responded… That’s an upsetting thing for Kate to find and an upsetting thing for our audience to see. People should draw their own conclusions there.

    What are Kate’s immediate next steps after she sees that text message?
    Aptaker: That’s a scary moment for anyone in a marriage, to find out that your husband has been venting about you behind your back to his group of friends. Not only that, but the person who is weighing in there, her name is “Lady Kryptonite.”…I think that is not a good feeling for Kate. She’s going to have to figure out what to do with that and how to confront Toby about those texts.

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    One thing we didn’t really get to see in this episode was Nicky and Rebecca getting closer, even though we know he’s at her bedside 12 years in the future. Will the back half of the season start to show that relationship develop?
    Aptaker: That is something that is a bigger picture story for the show. They obviously do form a relationship because he’s at her bedside, but that is more big picture. We are starting to see the seeds of this sort of new and improved Nicky. Presumably at Thanksgiving when Rebecca gets home, obviously it’s off camera and it’s not in the show, but you can imagine that those two have a more positive interaction now that he’s in a better place over the course of this Thanksgiving. He’s beginning to cement himself in the family in this more positive way.

    This latest flash-forward introduces yet another timeline. Can you break down how the time is going to be split between those stories in the back half of the season?
    Aptaker: We always try to pop in to all of our timelines because we love all of our actors and we want to give them all a chance to tell stories. We are going to be spending a lot of time with the 13-year-olds. Those actors are just so exciting this year. It’s such an interesting time of life to watch people begin to make that transition from kid into teenager. That’s been a really fun one for us as writers and we’re going to be there a bunch.

    When the first episode airs in 2020, how much time will have passed for the Pearsons since Thanksgiving?
    Aptaker: It’s pretty much in line with the calendar, so it’s roughly January when we come back.

    Is anyone happy in the back half of the season?
    Aptaker: Is anyone happy? That should be the tagline of this show. Kevin is kind of leaving the middle of the season in an OK place. He’s put the pieces of his uncle back together. He’s left Cassidy and his work in Bradford is done and he left everyone in a better place than when he got there. Now he’s telling Randall that he’s ready to start figuring out his own romantic family life and is excited to do that. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom for Kevin right now.

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    A lot of people have really fallen for Deja and Malik this season. We didn’t get anything of them together in the Thanksgiving episode, so can you tease what’s next for them in 2020?
    Aptaker: They’re going to continue to have this teen, high school love story. They’ve gotten through the immediate hurdle of getting their parents on board with each other. Now they’ll continue on trying to have this first love. We have Omar Epps back for an episode where he has a storyline with Randall coming up that we’re very excited about. It’s early in the back half of the season. Those two men get to interact again about something that isn’t necessarily related to their kids’ romance.

    How would you describe the back half of the season in three words?
    Aptaker: I would call it sweeping, emotional, and exciting.

    This Is Us returns Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9/8c on NBC.

    SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s This Is Us season 2 finale “The Wedding” on NBC.

    Time flies when you’re watching and sobbing to This Is Us, and tonight we’ve finally reached the second season finale of the NBC/Fox series with the episode,“The Wedding”.

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    After last season’s heart-wrenching cliffhanger where young Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) has an epic fight with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) over her singing career, familial duties, his alcoholism and his jealousy, season 2 largely stayed in a happier space, centering around Toby and Kate’s wedding (Chris Sullivan and Chrissy Metz), and the latter’s dream about her father growing old and renewing his wedding vows at a 40th anniversary ceremony with the family in attendance.

    But this being This Is Us, the final minutes of tonight’s episode revealed some serious stuff in quick flash forwards about what we might expect in season 3. During Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) toast to Kate and Toby, he says there’s “zero point in trying to control the future, because nobody knows where we’ll be even a year from now,” we get glimpses of the following, both positive and negative:

    — On the presumed upside, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is flying to Vietnam with his new girlfriend, Beth’s cousin Zoe (Melanie Liburd). Earlier in the episode, there was a beat when we thought he could potentially hook up with Kate’s maid of honor Madison (Caitlin Thompson). On the plane, Kevin holds a picture of Jack during his Vietnam War days. Why are you going to Vietnam, Kevin? During the final shot of the episode we see Zoe meeting Kevin at the punch bowl, complimenting him and saying she’s “a sucker for a good toast”.

    –We see Toby in bed, depressed. Kate comes to his bedside and says, “I just spoke to the doctor, he wants you to come in tomorrow about adjusting your meds.” Oy. Earlier in the episode Toby’s parents pleaded with him not to marry Kate since she was a hot mess; that his first wife drove him to a dark depression when she left. Toby waves off his parents’ concerns, exclaiming, “Kate is not like Josie (his first wife)…She would never hurt me!” Famous last words? There’s also some gloomy foreshadowing when Kate tells her mom that Toby isn’t in her dreams about Jack and Rebecca’s 40th anniversary. God only knows what’s in store for the newlyweds.

    –There’s a shot of Deja (Lyric Ross) smashing the windshield of Randall’s Mercedes with what looks to be Jack’s baseball bat. After Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall worried at the start of the episode about Deja going down the wrong path, it looks like that’s exactly where she’s headed. “I feel like the moment she heard her mom say to the judge that she wanted to terminate all parental rights, something switched in her,” Beth tells Randall earlier tonight regarding Deja’s massive mood swing. They fear the worst. 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, for the short term, seems to make some sort of impression on Deja, as the teen actually gets dressed for the wedding (but then later goes missing at the end).

    –Ten years from now, we see an older Tess and Randall, the latter who cryptically tells his daughter, “It’s time to go see her, Tess,” to which she responds, “I’m not ready.” “Me neither,” responds Randall. Yikes, they have to be referring to Beth…or maybe Deja?

    Overall, tonight was a moment of catharsis for Kate. As adults, Jack’s children are still rocked by their father’s death, and it’s squarely haunting Kate prior to her nuptials. At one point, she breaks away from the family and all the pre-wedding activities and retreats to a spot in the woods she frequented with Jack with an urn of his ashes under her arm.

    Older Kate tells the urn, “You remember when the carnival would come to town every summer with those old roller coasters? I loved riding those with you, feeling so scared, but so safe both at the same time. I’ve been holding onto that feeling for a really long time now. That feeling of you next to me. But, Dad, I’m getting married today. And I’ve got to make room for Toby, so I’ve got to let go a little now.” And we see her getting up and preparing what looks to be like she is about to dump some of his ashes out near the tree.

    Another takeaway for fans tonight is that it’s the first time we see Milo Ventimiglia act opposite Chrissy Metz as older Jack and older Kate in a scene. Thanks to fantasy sequences, such rare interactions can occur.

    And with that, the third season of This Is Us is over. We finally know who “her” is, whether Randall and Beth break up and the state of Kate and Toby’s relationship. Still, fans are left with questions that only This Is Us season 4 theories can answer. The This Is Us season 3 finale revealed many details about the Pearson family’s future. For one, Kevin has a son. (Who is the mom? We don’t know.) Rebecca has some sort of dementia, which is why Randall needs to remind her that she’s his son when he talks to her. Randall and Beth are still together, but Kate and Toby are not. Like always, with every This Is Us answer comes three more questions to take its place.

    There’s so much mystery around the next season, and though This Is Us season 4 is months away, the internet has already started brainstorming the answers to the series’ most pressing questions: Where is Miguel? Who is Kevin’s son’s mom? And where the hell is Kate? Here, Redditors and other internet theorists try to predict what will happen to the Pearsons in This Is Us season 4. Season 3 just ended, but the This Is Us fandom is already looking forward to season 4.

    Nicky Reconnects with the Big Three Because of Baby Jack

    One of the big surprises in the season 3 finale was the return of Nicky, Jack’s younger brother, who the family thought died in the Vietnam war—only to find out years later that he was still alive. Nicky and Jack’s relationship became estranged after Nicky accidentally killed a Vietnamese boy while playing with grenades on a boat. A lot of his modern-day storyline dealt with his guilt over this and how he never told Jack it was accident before he died.

    This brings us to the flash forward where Nicky is the only Pearson family member with Rebecca in her room. But how did he reconnect with the Pearsons after they went their separate ways? Well, Reddit user Marty5151 has a theory that Nicky reconnects with the Pearsons because of baby Jack, Kate and Toby’s son named after Kate’s late father. Because he was never to make amends with his older brother, Nicky may see baby Jack as a way to “redeem” himself and rid of some of that guilt. Another user suggested that Nicky may serve as a donor match for baby Jack later life because of the health complications revealed in his birth.

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    This Is Us Will End on the Big Three’s Birthday

    This isn’t specifically a theory for season 4 but for the series as a whole. Creator Dan Fogelman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the season 3 finale was the midway point for the entire series, meaning that the series will likely end after season 6. What this means is that the writers have likely thought of how to end the series, and many Redditors think that it will end the way it began: on the Big Three’s birthday. In the flash forward, Beth makes sure to bring Pin the Tail on the Donkey (the game the Big Three used to play on their birthday as kids) to the nursing home where Rebecca is. Reddit user Straw27 believes that this is a clue that Rebecca will die on the Big Three’s birthday and that the rest of the series will flash and back and forth between this flash forward, which will be the final scene of the series.

    “The entire series started on their birthday and in the flash forward they have the game with them as adults. I think it is possible everyone gathering to say goodbye to Rebecca may not just be a random point in the future, but maybe the last scene of the whole series. If it happens to be on the birthday of the Big Three, then we’ll have come full circle,” the user wrote. Another added, “I definitely think tonight we saw scenes from the finale.”

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    This Is Us Is the Big Three Describing Events to Rebecca

    If this theory was true, it would be very meta. Reddit user Hannahbanana27 proposed the idea that the series is actually the Big Three describing key events from their lives to Rebecca, who has dementia and can no longer remember the moments she spent with her family throughout their lives. The user also suggests that this is how the title of the show, This Is Us, is mentioned in the story: “People have mentioned theories of the entire show being the adult kids describing events from Rebecca’s life to her. If that was the case, then I could see the final scenes being the big three holding a scrapbook saying “this is us”.

    Though out-there, the theory makes sense. As another Reddit user explained, people with dementia often use photos and artifacts to remind themselves of memories. “This could be it. In the therapy world, memory books are common for when people start going through the stages of dementia. They often contain documents, photos and other artifacts from people’s lives to help cement their memories,” the user wrote.

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    Kevin Moving to California Is the Reason for Kate and Toby’s Breakup

    In an interview with the New York Post, Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby, confirmed that Kate and Toby are broken up, which is hinted at when we see Toby without Kate and his wedding ring. “At that point Kate and Toby are no longer married,” he said. “Who knows why that could be? Clearly is still in communication with Kate and Jack. There are a lot of reasons why marriages don’t continue. The writing staff hasn’t told us exactly what that situation will be but I think, either way, there are a lot of lessons to be learned.”

    What happened to their marriage? Well, there’s a theory that their breakup has to do with Kevin moving to California to spend more time with Kate and baby Jack. As seen in previous seasons, Kate and Kevin’s close relationship has caused a riff in Kate’s relationship with Toby, who has felt left out when Kate seeks comfort from Kevin instead of him. This feeling was hinted at in the season 3 finale where Toby looks less-than-happy when Kevin tells him that he’s moving to California and asks him to fetch him a Perrier. “I bet Toby ends up feeling like he comes in third place in Kate’s life (behind Jack and Kevin), and that’s what leads to problems,” Reddit user Eur0phile wrote.

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    Toby Will Suffer from Postpartum Depression

    Male postpartum depression hasn’t been seen in TV and film as much as much as female postpartum depression, but with This Is Us‘s promise to cover new ground in the future, it could make its way to Toby’s storyline. Reddit user Aleetex introduced this theory after the show revealed a depressed Toby in the flash forward. The user also speculates that Toby’s depression could be one of the reasons for his breakup with Kate.

    “Now that would be an unexpected twist if Toby suffers from Male Postpartum Depression,” the user wrote. “This is something I don’t believe has been done on TV. And it will tie into Toby’s previous depression/anxiety and the flash forward scene where he isn’t wearing his ring and looks depressed. Toby would definitely be at risk and up to 1 out of 4 new fathers experience PPND. And like postpartum depression with new mother it can definitely be life altering if not treated.”

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    Rebecca Believes Nicky Is Jack

    One of the biggest questions in the season 3 finale is why Nicky—out of the entire Pearson family—is in the room with Rebecca. The show revealed that Rebecca has dementia when Randall walks into the room and has to remind his mom that she’s his son. Reddit user Imnotcleverenuff4this introduced this theory. “After seeing Nicki in the room with Rebecca, I immediately thought that Rebecca believes he is Jack and that’s why he’s there,” the user wrote. “I could be wrong, but I know in my grandmother’s case, she was living in the past and could only remember people from that time of her life. My brother lived with her for years after my grandfather died (before the dementia set in) and at the end, she couldn’t recognize him because she couldn’t associate a person from her past to him.”

    Perhaps Rebecca can only remember Jack, and because Nicky and Jack are brothers, she sees some resemblance in him, which gives her comfort in her dementia.

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    Kevin Is a Single Dad

    The season 3 finale revealed that Kevin has a son when a 12-year-old-ish blonde boy walked past Randall and told him that his dad was out grabbing food. The episode doesn’t reveal who the boy’s mom is, but fans believe Kevin could be a single dad. This is based of Randall’s question to the boy: “Where is your dad?” Because the entire Pearson family was together to see Rebecca, one would assume that Randall would ask “Where are your parents?” instead of specifying Kevin. “why did Randall only ask the little boy ‘where is your dad?’ and nothing about his mom?! And why was Kevin’s wife/baby mama not only not at the house, but not even mentioned by anybody?!” Reddit user RhythmNation97 wrote. Though there are arguments that the child could be adopted, many assume that because of the child’s age (he’s around 12 years old and the flash forward is about 15 years in the future, so Kevin would be in his mid to late-30s when he had him) and his physical resemblance to Kevin that he’s his biological child. Many point to young Kevin in the flashbacks, who looks a lot like the son and shares a lot of his personality traits.

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    Sophie or Madison Is Kevin’s Son’s Mom

    On the flip side, there’s also the theory that Sophie or Madison is Kevin’s son’s mom. The boy in the flash forward couldn’t be Zoe as she revealed in a past episode that she has no interest in having children, which is the reason for her and Kevin’s breakup, as Zoe knows in her heart of hearts that Kevin wants a family someday and doesn’t want to hold him back. Further, the actress who plays her, Melanie Liburd, confirmed that she will not be returning for season 4. (Though, as Zoe is Beth’s cousin, there could be a chance for her return.)

    That leaves us with Sophie and Madison. Sophie was Kevin’s first big love interest. They were childhood sweethearts and were even married. But since Kevin’s relationship with Zoe, we haven’t seen much of Sophie, aside from an episode toward the end of season 3 where the two catch up and Kevin learns that Sophie is engaged. Was this to have closure for fans or is the show setting up a reunion? Another possible candidate for Kevin’s son’s mom is Madison, Kate’s friend, who joins the Pearsons for Kate’s birth and has a moment of chemistry with Kevin as she’s about to leave.

    The short-lived moment led to theories that the two will date. But here’s why creator Fogelman won’t make it happen. “Just FYI: Madison is my wife in real life @CaitwithaC And if you thought I was letting her sleep with @justinhartley on national television you’re nuts. #ThisIsUs,” he tweeted. So we guess we’re back at square one. (Or Kevin’s baby mama could be a whole new character!)

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    Kate Isn’t Dead—But Looks Different

    The biggest question in the This Is Us season 3 finale was: Where is Kate? We know that Kate and Toby broke up, but we don’t know the circumstances around it. Is she dead? Is she alive? Where is she? There are a lot of theories out there that Kate dies because of complications with her heart, like her dad. But we don’t necessarily believe that. In the season 3 finale, Toby references a “they” that’s bringing baby Jack to see Rebecca. The easy assumption is that baby Jack (now teen Jack) is with his mom. But why hasn’t the show shown her? Well, Reddit user2ManyMans reminded fans of an interview Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, did when the show started, where she revealed that her contract for the show included a clause that required weight loss for Kate’s storyline. This may be why we haven’t seen Kate yet because the show is saving her appearance for a surprise. “I’m betting that Kate wasn’t in the flash forward because she has lost a lot of weight in the future. I remember the actress saying that serious weight loss was part of the character arc. So the show needed to give her time to make it happen,” the use wrote.

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    Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/NBC Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca

    Season 4 of This Is Us premieres tonight, on September 24, 2019, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. CT, on the NBC network. Star Milo Ventimiglia recently told Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet at the 2019 Emmys that the season will open up with a “beautiful” episode. For those who want to watch the show but do not have a cable subscription, there are still options for you.

    If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of NBC on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:

    FuboTV

    NBC (live in most markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.

    You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of NBC on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

    If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.

    Hulu With Live TV

    In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, which includes NBC (live in most markets).

    You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of NBC on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.

    If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most new episodes available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

    Sling TV

    NBC (live in select markets) is one of 40-plus live TV channels included in the “Sling Blue” channel package.

    You can start a free 7-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch NBC live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

    If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

    Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/NBCPictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson, and Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson

    For those who would like more information on what to expect this season, read on below for cast news, episode descriptions, and other show info.

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 CAST: The season 4 cast members consist of Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas, Melanie Liburd, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Logan Shroyer, Faithe Herman, Hannah Zeile, Eris Baker, Lonnie Chavis, and Lyric Ross. Jennifer Morrison and Tim Matheson will have recurring roles this season. Guest stars include Asante Blackk, Marsha Stephanie Blake, M. Night Shyamalan, Bahara Golestani, Griffin Dunne, Timothy Omundson, Julian Silva, Ron Cephas Jones, Auden Thornton, Nick Wechsler, and Omar Epps.

    HOW LONG IS “THIS IS US” SEASON 4?: This season will last for 18 episodes.

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 EPISODE 1: The premiere episode is titled “Strangers” and the description states, “Jack meets Rebecca’s parents; new characters are introduced.”

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 EPISODE 2: Episode 2 is called “The Pool: Part Two” and it is set to air on October 1, 2019. The plot synopsis of the episode reads, “Beth and Randall adjust to life in Philadelphia; Jack and Rebecca take the big three to the pool.”

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 EPISODE 3: “Jolts” is the title of episode 3 and it is scheduled to air on October 8, 2019.

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 EPISODE 4: The fourth episode of the season is “Flip a Coin” and it will broadcast on October 15, 2019.

    “THIS IS US” SEASON 4 SPOILERS & INFORMATION: According to Oprah Mag, in addition to introducing some new characters, Rebecca will most likely still be dealing with the death of Jack and will be exploring her relationship with Miguel. Showrunner Elizabeth Berger spoke with The Wrap about Nicky’s story this season and revealed, “I think it’s safe to say that obviously Nicky’s story wasn’t over and we’re sort of going to be filling in the blanks of what happened in order to catch up to that point as we move forward … He definitely looks like he’s doing better.”

    Show creator Isaac Aptaker also confirmed to The Wrap that This Is Us is at its midpoint in its story. That doesn’t mean there will be a certain amount of seasons planned. It’s just the place in the storyline that the show is at right now.

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    • This Is Us season 4 aired on NBC last night. The episode entitled “Strangers” introduced fans to a lot of new characters and cast members.
    • In reaction to the new storylines, a lot of This Is Us fans were very confused and upset.
    • This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman took to Twitter last night to thank fans for sticking with the show.

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    The This Is Us season 4 premiere aired last night on NBC, and the episode caused a lot of chaos and confusion among fans.

    The premiere episode was aptly entitled “Strangers” and featured a whole new group of characters that This Is Us fans had never seen before. Within minutes, viewers were introduced to Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison), a military veteran who ends up going to a support group after lashing out at her child. Then, there’s Malik (Asante Blackk), a teen in Philadelphia who is raising a baby girl while still under his parents’ (Omar Epps and Marsha Stephanie Blake) roof. Finally, there’s Jack (Blake Stadnik), the grown-up version of Toby and Kate’s baby. As we come to find out, Jack, who was born blind, becomes a singer in the future and falls in love with a waitress named Lucy (Auden Thornton), who is an aspiring chef.

    Got all of that? In retrospect it may seem simpler now, but while watching the season 4 premiere, all these new plot lines and characters were causing major drama on #ThisIsUs Twitter. Some fans were angry that the episode didn’t focus on the Pearsons we all know and love, while others were just straight-up overwhelmed with all the new info coming their way:

    Um….I’d like to see the Pearsons….. #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/MIeAMjRbeP

    — shana (@shh8y) September 25, 2019

    WHERE ARE THE BIG THREE. #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/9kUIO4gwbD

    — shana (@shh8y) September 25, 2019

    me trying to figure out these connections on #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/WTXQzZpLP2

    — gabes hensch (@queenofplants17) September 25, 2019

    40 mins in and I’m still as confused as the first 5 mins #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/RJVyXVr5SP

    — Lindz (@Lindzeee15) September 25, 2019

    Of course, this was all part of show creator Dan Fogelman’s master plan. After all, he did warn GoodHousekeeping.com back in February that season 4 would include “more characters.”

    “We have a big plan of expansion. The show is intended to be the expansive ways our lives evolve and connect us with our people,” he said.

    Dan also clarified at the time that while “it’s fair to say that Jack remains at the center of the orbit … some of the more mysterious or dramatic pulls of the series might start falling into the hands of some of our other characters in the back half of our series.”

    At the end of the night, the Twitter dust had settled as fans started figuring how everyone was connected. It was then that Dan hopped on Twitter to address the show’s fans, who he proudly calls “the best.”

    Our fans are the best. Thank you for going with us. Thank you for trusting us. This may be my favorite season yet. #ThisIsUs

    — Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) September 25, 2019

    “Thank you for going with us. Thank you for trusting us. This may be my favorite season yet,” he tweeted.

    The big question is, will it be the fans’ favorite?

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