NBC's 'This Is Us' Season 2 Finale: When And Where To Watch

Lawrence Kim
March 14, 2018

Sure, we can probably count on Kate imagining Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) walking her down the aisle and Toby's never-before-seen family to cause some sort of rukcus. Let's break them down. Madison unsurprisingly makes an entrance, pronouncing herself the maid of honor - Kate indicated she didn't have one - and inserting herself into the bridal search.

Two emotional toasts and several nail-biting moments later, This Is Us fans can finally start throwing some rice in the air; Kate and Toby are officially married. Toby waves off his parents' concerns, exclaiming, "Kate is not like Josie (his first wife)..." Jack isn't coming back from the dead for good. She's still in it for Toby, of course - even gifting him the bow tie Leslie Nielsen wore in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult the day before the wedding - but when it becomes clear that Toby forgot to bring Jack's shirt across the country, she's thrown for a loop.

Perhaps foremost, the season finale reinforced that the series is ready to move on, having spent enough time building up toward - and eventually revealing - the mystery surrounding Jack's death. I've been holding onto that feeling for a really long time now. There's definitely a shift happening and a change with Kate and within the relationship. For answers on why old Jack was seen in the finale, read our recap. Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) were in charge of delivering Kate her ideal day because it was what Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) would have given her.

Which of the revelations was the most shocking for you? Or do you think this is what she wants, this partnership? While it will be hard what comes up, she also knows that she wants to be there for her husband. Part of her challenge is balancing being there for Toby but also for herself, and that's something that we all have to deal with. It's something that we're all working on. Why are you going to Vietnam, Kevin? We now have a long, long hiatus in which to speculate. Then we started with the hair, and then the headpiece. He explains that his father (Dan Lauria, Kevin's dad on The Wonder Years) is always pressuring his mom (Wendie Malick, former model Nina Van Horn on Just Shoot Me!) to marry her boyfriend. I just thought that it would be a nice little touch, and something that would be for me that Kate would do, and keep him close to her heart. They assumed he was just sad about the divorce, but it looks like there might be a more clinical explanation for Toby's moods. "I think there's a lot of interesting things that they have cooking up".

This Is Us will return this fall on NBC. In other words, it's one thing to be the parents of the groom, but when you're the parents of the bride, it's even more special. This Is Us co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker says, "We love all three of them, so I certainly hope [we'll see them again]". Though the show made its name partially on the Modern Family-esque twist at the end of its pilot episode, at this point, we don't need a vague flash-forward to a catatonic Toby to know that his and Kate's happiness is fragile. And Randall and Kevin rush to Artisanal Scoops, where they've just missed Kate, and stay on her tail. While "The Wedding" doesn't put an end to their grieving (it's hardly so simple) it does guide them into a new phase of mourning, one where each family member has a chance to let go and take a breath.

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 lovely 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. Yikes, they have to be referring to Beth...or maybe Deja?

Series creator Dan Fogelman has played with time on the show from the get-go, but the foreshadowing regarding the future has nearly felt like a "Lost"-like wrinkle, bringing additional dimension to the characters and what's happening in the present".

Kate's struggles with her weight were a major focus of the first season, but they took more of a backseat in season two. Do you feel that season two showed more of Kate's inner-life?

Either way, there are so many ways this episode could go tonight and we are very much looking forward to it.

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