The third season of NBC’s hit primetime drama, This Is Us, premiered in September of 2018. Here are its best episodes, according to IMDb.
The third season of NBC’s hit primetime drama, This Is Us, premiered in September of 2018. This season dives deeper into the history and relationships of the Pearson family and gives viewers the chance to meet a few new faces through some big plot point reveals.
One of the biggest new storylines for this season is Jack’s time in Vietnam and his relationship with his brother, Nicky, whom everyone believed to be dead, but in reality, is still very much alive and was one of Jack’s best-kept secrets from his family. This season pulls back even more layers for both the characters and their fans.
The Last Seven Weeks (8.5)
The episode opens on the evening of election night, where Randall anxiously awaits the results with his family after the polls close. The room where Randall sits with Rebecca, Miguel, Beth, his daughters, Kevin, and Zoe is tense enough due to the impending results, but the relationships between these characters are also clearly strained, which is not helping matters. The episode flashes back to the seven weeks leading up to election night and explains why everyone on the big day seems to be so stressed out and unhappy.
Songbird Road: Part 2
Kevin, Kate, and Randall continue to cope with and absorb the fact that their father lied to his family about his brother, Nicky’s, death. Jack maintained that his brother died in Vietnam, but The Big Three learn that is not the case and initiate a very awkward family reunion.
Kevin calls his mother, Rebecca to deliver the news and Rebecca immediately drives to meet her children and her deceased husband’s brother. When Rebecca meets Nicky, she remembers a time Jack came home seeming distraught but wouldn’t tell her why. Nicky tells Rebecca that was the day Jack came to see him and told him about his family.
The Graduates (8.6)
In flashback scenes, The Big Three are graduating high school, while at the same time, mourning the loss of their father. Rebecca is having a particularly hard time in these scenes as she comes to terms with the fact that Jack will never be able to witness big life moments for his children ever again and she now has to do all of that alone. In the present day, Kate is graduating from community college and Toby insists on throwing her a party. Kate agrees, but at the party, Kevin reveals that he’s had a relapse. In an effort to help her brother, Kate takes Kevin to a meeting, but on the way there, goes into early labor.
Katie Girls (8.7)
This episode dives deeper into Jack and Rebecca’s origin story and the early months of their relationship. It picks up where the season premiere left off, with Jack driving to Rebecca’s house, only to find another suitor at her door with flowers. Viewers learn that this suitor, Alan, is someone Rebecca dated for three years.
Though Alan seems to check all of the boxes on Rebecca’s list for a lifelong partner, she can’t seem to stop thinking about Jack. Rebecca tracks Jack down and realizes he’s the one. The new couple decides to take a road trip to Los Angeles together to get to know each other better.
Nine Bucks (8.8)
In the season three premiere, viewers finally get to see Jack and Rebecca’s first date. Jack takes Rebecca to a carnival after meeting her in a bar. Things for Jack haven’t been going very well lately, and he only has nine dollars to spend on this date, which goes a lot quicker than he thinks. At the end of the date, Rebecca senses something isn’t right, and Jack tells her about his financial situation, but he also tells her that he likes her and still had a great time. It’s obvious Rebecca feels the same way when she purposely leaves her jacket in Jack’s car so he’ll have a reason to see her the following day.
Our Little Island Girl (8.8)
Beth is the focus of this season three episode. In the present day, Beth’s mother, Carol, played by Phylicia Rashad, has had an accident at work and hurt her hip, so Beth and her cousin, Zoe, make a trip to see Carol and try to convince her to retire from her job as a high school principal. In flashbacks, a young Beth gets accepted into a ballet program.
Beth’s father, Abe, who seems to be more easy-going than her mother, is ecstatic for his daughter, but Carol has reservations. This episode reveals not only where Beth came from, but also how she fell in love with dance and it also answers some questions left behind by previous episodes’ flash-forwards to Beth at a dance studio.
R & B (8.8)
Fans get to see Randall and Beth’s origin story in this episode. The episode starts with present-day Beth and Randall arguing. Beth tells Randall, “We’ve been having the same fight since the day we met.” In flashback scenes, that day is played out. Beth and Randall meet in college and Randall are instantly head over heels. Randall asks Kevin for help asking his dream girl out, which Kevin agrees to do. On their first date, nothing seems to go according to Randall’s plans and Beth ends up leaving the date and telling Randall that he’s “a lot”. Randall isn’t swayed by the bad first date and tells his roommates when he gets back to his dorm that he’s going to marry Beth.
The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning
In the mid-season finale episode, there are two big reveals. This is the episode where viewers learn that Nicky is indeed still alive. Kevin uncovers this information while visiting Vietnam in an attempt to get to know his deceased father better. Kevin uncovers this big family secret and now has to decide what to do with it.
In flash-forward scenes, audiences meet an older Beth and see her interacting with a grown-up Tess as they prepare to visit “her”. Who the “her” is has been a question on everyone’s minds this season and at the end of the episode, fans learn that the “her” is Rebecca, who is now dying.
Songbird Road: Part 1
This episode reveals what really happened to Nicky in Vietnam. He didn’t go out on a boat with explosives to end his own life, but accidentally takes the life of a young boy instead. Nicky is riddled with grief and Jack is overcome with guilt, and that’s what drives these two brothers apart, despite the fact that they were inseparable growing up. Viewers see Jack go to Nicky when they are adults and ask him to stop contacting him. This day is what Rebecca will recall in future episodes because Jack arrives home late looking very uneasy.
Before the season three finale, viewers were shocked to learn that the “her” everyone is going to visit in flash-forward scenes is a dying Rebecca. Part of the shock is that this fact was revealed early, before the season finale. That’s because there was an even bigger reveal lined up for fans in this episode. The man by Rebecca’s side as she is dying is not Miguel, as most would assume. It’s Nicky, this season’s focal point and now apparently, a close friend to Rebecca and the rest of the Pearson family.