This is Us has always favored the flashbacks and present-day format, and the mid-season premiere was no different. They kicked off with a flash forward from the mid-season finale, and then went back to fill in the missing links. Between election results giving you flashbacks of not-so-nice times, and feel good fuzzy between couples in love, This Is Us packed a punch with the start of the second half of season 3.
A lot went down at the end of last season: Kate’s having a boy, Kevin found out his uncle did not, in fact, die in Vietnam, and Randall was in the outs with his wife for wanting to continue running a race where it seemed he was bound to lose.
Before the hiatus, Kate and Toby decided they were done letting their anxiety over possibly losing the baby stop them from getting excited. They had held out and not let them get attached to their future child for too long, and didn’t want to waste another minute, so they got a gender reveal cake to find out that they were expecting a boy.
During the episode, they wanted to get cracking on that nursery. This means cleaning up and getting rid of a bunch of stuff they have, including Toby’s toys. At this point, you already know she’s going to end up selling something that means something special or is worth a lot for not a whole lot of money. This has been done on so many shows, including Full House — which I’m guessing they have obtained rights to the spin-off, since there were shout outs to Fuller House and John Stamos throughout the episode.
By the end of the episode, they don’t have the originals, but both Kate and Toby do something extra special for each other and get a replacement of the one thing they wish they had to give to their child. It’s cheesy, it’s romantic, and you can’t help but want the best for these two knuckle heads in love.
Randall is still very much running for congressman of the 12th District. Much to Beth’s dismay, or so it seems.
She was definitely against it in the beginning. She is pissed that he’s missing so many traditions around the holidays. They aren’t spending much time together, and the couple that you thought would last is starting to fall apart. At the end of the mid-season finale, their older versions seemed like they were no longer the power couple. But chances are that was just subterfuge.
These two make nice. Randall realizes his greatness isn’t in what he’s doing in politics; his family is what makes him great. He brings home blueberry pie and a speech that would make even the most pissed off person in the room want to give him another chance. Randall’s got a way with words, but he also has Jack Pearson’s heart. He loves his family the way his father did. He would do anything for them.
He also managed to do the unthinkable and turn an “it’s never going to happen” to “you won” in a little over seven weeks. He made up with his family, he won the election, he’s got it all. Something is definitely going to give at some point.
Last, but definitely not least, Kevin is back from his Vietnam voyage and is back with more questions than he bargained for. His uncle did not die in the war. What happened to him? Is he still alive? Yes, he is, the audience is well aware of this, but Kevin is not.
But first, Kevin is dealing with his own love troubles. He wants Zoe to move in with him, she agrees, but then she doesn’t. Or she’s getting cold feet.
He also meets an ex, who suddenly slips the idea that maybe she will just leave and send an email letting him know it’s over. Kevin, stop. Let her explain before writing this off. She does eventually explain. She likes her space, it makes her feel comfortable. She’s not the live-with-someone type because she didn’t have the greatest childhood. He knows this. He knows what her father did.
Luckily, she’s head over heels for him as he is for her and decides to take the leap. They start to put away some of her things when low and behold they find a postcard that has a sentence on it but speaks volumes.
Jack knew Nicky was alive.
Did Rebecca know too? Why did he keep this a secret? Is the return address still current? So many questions surrounding this mystery uncle and their late father.
Next week, the big three are gearing up to pay good ole Uncle Nick a visit. Will it be all they dreamt it would be?
This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9/8C on NBC.