This Is Us Moonshadow – In the This Is Us season one finale, we don’t learn how Jack died, but we do learn more about his life and some of the major events that shaped it.
Review and recap This Is Us Moonshadow
We go even further into the past, seeing Jack back from the war, trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs. And we me meet his dad, an alcoholic who belittles Jack and insults him.
Jack and Darryl are saving up money, hoping to open up a body shop. When it looks like they’ll never get enough money, Jack decides to enter a local poker game at a bar to make the rest of the cash.
They win after the first hand, and then leave the game. The host of the game sends thugs after them to beat them up and take back their winnings. Frustrated and angry at continually trying to do the right thing and continually being knocked down, Jack is determined to go back to the bar next week and get his money back one way or another and he concocts a plan to have Darryl distract the bartender while he takes the money out of the cash register.
At the same time Rebecca is trying to focus on her signing which isn’t going as well as she had hoped. Her friends want to set her up, and with her career going nowhere, Rebecca reluctantly agrees. Jack also agrees to allow himself to be set up, not much happier at the idea than Rebecca is.
The blind dates though, are not with each other. Jack misses his while trying to steal his money back, and Rebecca walks out on her date, and goes to perform at open mic at the bar Jack is in. Just as Jack is about to steal the money he sees Rebecca performing and it stops him dead in his tracks.
In the not quite as distant past, Jack drives drunk to catch Rebecca’s show. Ben tries to kiss Rebecca. She is furious and tries to call Jack, but he’s in the bar waiting for her band to perform. Jack goes backstage to look for her, and when Ben lets slip that he crossed a line, Jack punches him. Rebecca walks in to find Ben bleeding and Jack drunk. She calls off the performance and drives Jack home.
Back at the house, Rebecca is furious and Jack knows he’s messed up but is angry as well. Rebecca calls into question his relapse and lashes out, arguing that she has no life, which upsets Jack, who belittles what she is trying to do with the band and questions her role in what happened with Ben. But Rebecca goes possibly the lowest of the two of them, doubting whether he even truly loves her.
The next morning they are sorry for the way they said the things they did, but Rebecca believes that they both still meant them. She asks him to go stay with Miguel for a while.
Jack tells Rebecca about the other date he was supposed to be on all those years ago, and when Rebecca wonders who the other woman was…he states flatly that he never has. And he answers her question from the night before, telling her all the things he loves about her now and then before walking out of the house he says:
You’re not just my great love story Rebecca, you were my big break. And our love story, I know it may not feel like it right now, but I promise you, it’s just getting started.
It really is heartbreaking to see their marriage fracturing against a flashback to them two meeting. But at the same time you believe Jack. Their love story isn’t over. They are not over. At the heart of their marriage is a fast and steady love that will bring them back from this.
We only see a couple of brief scenes in the present, but each one gives us a hint of where the Pearson kids will be going in the next season. Kate decides she wants to sing, Sophie supports Kevin meeting with Ron Howard to discuss the film part, and Randall decides he wants to adopt a baby.
Last episode, it seemed clear how Jack would die and why Kate would feel responsible. Now that we know he didn’t die going to visit Rebecca, there are even more questions as to what happened and how. And given all the twists and turns that This Is Us has thrown at us so far, it’s too be expected that the season finale wasn’t going to give us all the answers. What it did give us though were some incredibly painful moments for Jack and Rebecca, but also another chapter of their love story. A love story I can’t wait to see more of next season.
Other episodes of This Is Us reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Episode 17 – What Now?
Episode 16 – Memphis
Episode 15 – Jack Pearson’s Son
Episode 14 – I Call Marriage
Episode 13 – Three Sentences
Episode 12 – The Big Day
Episode 11 – The Right Thing To Do
Episode 10 – Last Christmas
Episode 9 – The Trip
Episode 8 – Pilgrim Rick
Characters and cast of This Is Us Moonshadow include:
Jack – Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, Heroes, Pathology, The Whispers, Gotham, Mob City, Gilmore Girls)
Rebecca – Mandy Moore (Tangled, Red Band Society, Grey’s Anatomy, A Walk to Remember, The Princess Diaries)
Randall – Sterling K. Brown (The People vs. OJ Simpson, Spaceman, Army Wives, Person of Interest, Supernatural)
Kate – Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story, Loveless in Los Angeles)
Kevin – Justin Hartley (Smallville, Revenge, The Challenger, Aquaman, Emily Owens M.D.)
Beth – Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie, Blackout, The Blacklist, Third Watch, The Good Wife)
Toby – Chris Sullivan (The Drop, Imperium, The Normal Heart, Stranger Things, The Knick, The Americans, Morgan)
William Hill – Ron Cephas Jones (Half Nelson, Mr. Robot, Sweet and Lowdown, He Got Game, Across the Universe)
Sophie – Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Family Guy, True Blood, She’s the Man)
Ben – Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault in Our Stars, Imperium)
Stanley Pearson – Peter Onorati (Goodfellas, Civil Wars, Murder in the First, Batman vs. Robin)
Darryl Magee – Jeremy Luke (Don Jon, Sully, Jersey Boys, Mob City, Interpretation)
Mrs. Peabody – Debra Mooney (Everwood, Tootsie, Dead Poets Society, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Originals)
Marilyn Pearson – Laura Niemi (Jobs, Trust, ShowFriends, The Young and the Restless)