This Is Us continued to get rave reviews going into season 2, but some episodes were better than others according to IMDb.
The second season of NBC’s hit primetime drama, This Is Us, premiered in September of 2017 to great reviews from critics and fans and solid network ratings. In season one, it was revealed that Jack Pearson, the perfect patriarch of the Pearson Family, died when “The Big Three” were teenagers.
Fans spent the rest of season one trying to figure out just how Jack died, and in season two, all is finally revealed. As questions from season one are answered, more questions arise for fans, and that’s what keeps audiences coming back for new episodes week after week and season after season.
Number Two (8.8)
This episode focuses on Kate and her most recent good news that she and Toby are expecting. In flashbacks, we also see baby Kate learning to walk and teenage Kate taking care of her dog and fighting with her mom about college and her plans for the future.
In present day, Kate’s happy baby news takes a turn for the worst when she has a miscarriage. Kate struggles after the divesting news, shutting down from Toby and her family and doing her best to pretend everything is okay, when clearly, it isn’t.
The Wedding (8.8)
In the season two finale, it’s Kate and Toby’s wedding day, and all of their family and friends have gathered to celebrate. Fans also get to see an alternate universe where Jack didn’t die, and the episode opens with Jack and Rebecca renewing their vows on their fortieth wedding anniversary.
Kate struggles on her wedding day because her father isn’t there and spends some time with her brothers before she walks down the aisle.
The Most Disappointed Man (8.9)
In this episode, viewers see Rebecca and Jack and their struggles officially adopting Randall, and Randall’s biological father, William, struggling with losing him and a lot of other people in a short amount of time.
Rebecca and Jack face a judge who is concerned about giving them custody of Randall because they would be a mixed-race family. Another judge reaches out to help William, who has found himself in jail with drug charges. Both judges at the end of this episode wonder if they’ve done the right thing.
Number Three (8.9)
Randall is the focus of this episode. In season one, Randall finds his biological father, Randall, and loses him, shortly after they connect, to cancer. Randall is still mourning the loss of his biological father when he and Beth decide to foster a teenage girl named Deja.
Deja’s mother is in and out of prison, so Randall and Beth have taken Deja in to provide her with some stability. In flashback scenes, teenage Randall and Jack visit a college Randall is thinking of attending and bond during their road trip.
A Father’s Advice (9.0)
In the season two premiere, Rebecca and Jack struggle to get their marriage back on track after a bad fight at the end of season one where Rebecca asks Jack to stay with Miguel for a little while.
Jack and Rebecca sit their children down to explain they have chosen to separate for a few days to “catch their breath.” The children don’t react well to the news, causing more strain for the family. In present time, it’s The Big Three’s birthday, and each is celebrating in their own special way.
Number One (9.2)
Kevin is the focal point of this episode, and things aren’t going well for him. Kevin’s struggle with drugs and alcohol comes to a head over the course of this episode. In flashback scenes, we watch Kevin prep for his future by meeting with a college football coach who is looking to recruit him to his team.
Kevin and his father are having issues, and the meeting doesn’t go well due to Kevin’s bad attitude and manners during the coach’s visit. Back in the present, Kevin gets intoxicated at a high school function where he is the guest of honor and has a breakdown.
The Fifth Wheel (9.2)
In the episodes leading up to this, Kevin is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and is surprised to find Tess, Randall’s daughter, in the backseat of his car. Kevin is pulled over and arrested, then enters a treatment program. Kevin’s family visits him in rehab and attend a group counseling session.
Kevin tells his family how difficult it was growing up because he always felt like he didn’t get enough attention. Meanwhile, the spouses of the Pearson family, Toby, Beth, and Miguel aren’t invited to group therapy and spend their time bonding as the people who married into a crazy family dynamic.
The Car (9.3)
Viewers get a closer look at the Pearson family in this episode, using their car as a focal point. The episode begins happily enough with the family buying the wagoneer and the happy memories the kids have from that day.
Those memories turn a bit sour in the next scene as we see Rebecca drive the teenager Big Three in that same car to Jack’s funeral. It’s also the car Jack teaches Randall and Kevin to drive on and shares stories of his past with his sons as he makes repairs on the vehicle.
That’ll Be The Day (9.5)
In present day, Kevin has moved in with Rebecca post-rehab and is now living close by to Randall. Randall and Beth have purchased the apartment building where William used to live and are holding a meeting with their new tenants to discuss how they are going to fix the property.
In flashback scenes, the Pearson family is gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday, and The Big Three go off to do their own thing for the first time. This is also the episode where we see how the fire that got Jack killed was started: by a crockpot some friendly neighbors gifted Jack and Rebecca before The Big Three were born.
Super Bowl Sunday (9.8)
The mid-season finale of This Is Us was shown after the actual Super Bowl in 2018. This is the episode fans and critics alike had been anticipating since audiences learned Jack Pearson dies tragically.
This episode shows not only how Jack died but how his family dealt with the tragic news. It’s the best episode of the series to date, and the actors’ performances are definitely the best of the season, especially Mandy Moore, who plays Jack’s wife, Rebecca. The scene where Rebecca learns her husband is dead is one that sticks with viewers.
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