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This Is Us: Who Are Randall and Tess Going to Visit?

This Is Us: Who Are Randall and Tess Going to Visit?

"There will be a bit of an exploration of marriage with regards to Randall and Beth going through times that aren't all sunshine and rainbows", Sterling K. Brown told People.

In an equally wrenching scene, Rebecca recalls the first day she ever met Jack - remember back in the season one finale when she was singing in that bar? - and then pays tribute to that moment with a handsome rendition of "Moonshadow", the same song she was singing on the day Jack first set eyes on her. Jack tears up, and so do I, and so does everybody. What happened from the time Kate and Toby said their "I do's" to when Toby found himself in life low?

"This Is Us" took a page out of the "Lost" playbook by introducing the flash forward to the show's storytelling toolkit earlier this season. Toby worries that being at the cabin will be too emotional for her, but she's excited to be able to have Jack there in spirit, and she tries to incorporate him in any way she can, including having his ashes by the guestbook and wearing his Daytona T-shirt as her "something old".

During Randall's toast, we see glimpses of where the Pearsons will be in the future. While Kate and Toby say their vows and exchange rings, the episode flashes back to a young Kate as she innocently asks her dad, Jack, if she can marry him when she grows up. Maybe she committed a disgusting crime that they haven't been able to come to grips with.

While Kate goes missing, Kevin and Randall go searching for her. They say some pretty out-there things and then hone in on their feelings about Kate. 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. During Randall's toast, "The Wedding" teases next season with a time jump focusing on a year later. The bad news? It looks like the Pearson family's future is headed into some dark places. Zoey explains to Deja how her own mother left her when she was 8 years old, and she lived with Beth and her family.

Beth: She'll make Tess resent us and end up on the pole.




- On the presumed upside, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is flying to Vietnam with his new girlfriend, Beth's cousin Zoe (Melanie Liburd). Did waiting months to find out that Jack went into a burning house to save Kate's dog really make that fact any more meaningful than if we had simply learned it sometime in Season 1, as Kate gazed forlornly at his urn? Cut to Future Randall and Tess and he says it's time to go see her and Tess says she's not ready. She even took a baseball bat to Randall's Lexus to show how much she disapproved of being considered part of their flawless family.

"We have big cliffhanger moments", Aptaker continued.

But if it isn't Deja whom Randall and Tess are referring to, could it be Beth or Annie? Whatever it is, it seems pretty safe to bet that Season 3 will keep poking at this question and building suspense-but it's worth asking whether This Is Us really needs to indulge in another prolonged game of "what really happened to that beloved character?"

Though there's no indication who the "her" is that a salt-and-peppered Randall and adult Tess are referring to in their cryptic father-daughter conversation, it could be assumed that it's Deja that they're alluding to.

We never even fully realized it, but Kate has been living in Rebecca's shadow in even more ways that we realized.

The This Is Us season 2 finale is looking like it's going to be another source of waterworks for fans.


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