This Is Us Finally Confronts Rebecca’s Death, And Solves a Lingering Mystery

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The last episode of This is us will always belong to Rebecca Pearson. If the first few seasons of the NBC drama kept viewers preoccupied with how Jack Pearson died (it’s possible that Crock-Pot will live on in a minor scandal), the endings – sometimes quite lousy – for Rebecca’s final death. The second to last episode of the show, titled “The Train” and written by the series creator Dan Fogelman, get there — but not before one last mistake.

It all started with a group of strangers in an unknown amount of time. West Wing‘S Dulé Hill is the patriarch of a family of three, all of whom are involved in a major car accident that leaves their son, Marcus Brooks, severely injured in his leg. Back at the Pearsons’ palatial mansion, the family prepares to bid farewell to Rebecca, whose dementia has progressed to the end.

One by one, family members say goodbye customerof the matrilineal system. Beth (a person who always stands out Susan Kelechi Watson) told Rebecca that she was trying to imitate her motherhood style. “Thank you for helping me with the amazing, complex, beautiful boy you raised,” she said of Randall (Sterling K. Brown). “But I’ve got him now.” Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) thanks to Rebecca for welcoming them into the family as Kate’s respective mates (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley). Kate was on a flight back from a business trip in London, desperate to get home in time to her mother’s hospital bed.

Rebecca subconsciously experiences these partings through the metaphor of a train—a season 6 premiere callback—each car representing one’s final message. Randall’s biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones) acted as her guide, taking her all the way through the train despite Rebecca’s insistence that she was “waiting for someone”. Serving vespers in the car bar is Dr. K (Gerald McRaney), who tells Rebecca that he initially thought she wouldn’t be able to bear the birth of his triplets. “You survived only to lose a child and then a husband, and still there, all of these things you have created,” he said. “What a huge, messy, gigantic, spectacular thing.” While delivering the poignant speech, he was surrounded by relics of the show—Jack’s Terrible Scarf from the pilot, growth charts from Pearson’s kitchen, VHS tapes viewed on Thanksgiving .

Amid tearful speeches with Rebecca past and present, a subplot unfolds. Deja (La Trice Harper) tells Randall she’s pregnant, news of which she worries about being granted her new medical residency, especially since she’s not married to the baby’s father. The show then moves to Marcus in a medical lab, which happens to be working on a cancer cure. When his boss asked him if he had anyone to go home, we were quick to show Déjà. But all this closeness turned out to be a red herring: it was the first love of Déjà Malik, the father of her children. “I’ve loved you since I was 16,” he told her after an impromptu appearance at the Pearson mansion. “I want to marry you. I want to have this baby with you.” That was another happy ending ticked off the list.

So, how is Marcus connected to the Pearsons?

All roads lead back to Jack and that faulty slow cooker. At one point, Hill is seen talking to Milo VentimigliaJack is at the hospital. As was revealed, the home fire in Pearson and Brooks’ car crash happened the same night. Jack comforts Marcus’s restless father, offering advice in Dr. K’s pilot episode on how to take “the most soulful lemon life has to offer and turn it into something like lemonade.” He returned to his room, expecting a routine checkup, while Marcus’ father awaited his son’s fate in an OR. Marcus narrowly survived. But within minutes of saving Marcus, Jack dies of cardiac arrest from smoke inhalation. Their doctors were stunned by the sudden reversal of the results. Meanwhile, now, Marcus helps develop drugs that help Alzehimer’s patients like Rebecca. At one point, Randall noted the dichotomy between death and new life — a trademark theme This is us couldn’t resist a final swing at.

Finally, Pearson’s emotional multiverse culminates with an eleventh hour goodbye from Kate. When Rebecca told William how sad the “end” was, he suggested it was just sadness because “it must have been pretty amazing when it happened.” She receives one last visit from her deceased second husband Miguel (Jon Huertas), who naturally gets a second bill for Jack. When Rebecca finally made it to the train’s “caboose,” one word she struggled to remember during the season’s premiere, was that Jack was waiting for her. “Hey,” she tells him, giving viewers an emotional reunion for the six seasons the show is in the making. “Hey,” he replied. Considering even the most seasoned, skeptic This is us onlookers reduced to the value of a train of tears.

For next week’s tissue-tested finale, aptly titled “We,” the episode will combine recent footage with footage taken early in the show’s run against the backdrop of a funeral. by Rebecca, Fogelman told Deadline. “Although it will make you cry, it will make you sad, the finale part got me going in a different way,” he said. “I think the cast and crew captured something about the human condition and the status of being a family member that I’m really proud of.”

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