This is Us Season 1 – Review of episode 18 ‘Moonshadow’

Written by M.

The unthinkable has happened. The creators of This Is Us let me down.
All season long it’s been one plot twist after another, every episode had the power to bring me to tears. And yes I easily cry watching TV, but I’ve never had a series that made me cry every episode, but This Is Us was on a roll. That is, until last night.

They promised us an “Impactful and upsetting” episode, but was it?
Sure, they threw in another twist and Jack lives to see another season, but my eyes stayed dry the entire episode. Yes, Jack and Rebecca had a huge fight, one that will impact the lives of their children as Jack will stay at Miguel´s for a while. But it was pretty much the same fight they had last week. Only new thing about this was Jack and alcohol, and even that wasn’t new.

Last week´s episode left us with questions. Will Kevin go back to LA and leave Sophie behind? Why does Kate think that she is responsible for Jack’s death? What will Randall do now that William is dead and he quit his job? Why doesn’t Sophie want to face Kate? It kept us longing for more. But this week? Not only did we hardly get any answers, there wasn’t really anything new. Yes, the fight was bigger that any they had before, as far as we know, and Jack will go to Miguel’s, but that wasn’t really a big shock. There were big, bright neon signs telling us that. So what was the “impactful and upsetting part”? I didn’t see it. I actually checked the duration of the episode to see if there was a part of the episode missing. I was still waiting for the bomb to drop to make this episode emotional, especially since it was set out to be emotional AF. Or at least according to Jon Huertas (Miguel), who said that tissues won’t do.

So wasn’t there anything good about this season finale? Sure, there were good moments. It was nice to see how Jack and Rebecca’s love story started. And it was interesting to see that Jack was about to head down the criminal path, but that meeting Rebecca changed everything. But the best part of the episode was Jack telling Rebecca all the reasons of why he loves her now.

“I love the mother that you are.
I love that you are still the most beautiful woman in any room and that you laugh with your entire face.
I love that you dance funny and not sexy, which makes it even sexier.
But most of all, I love that you are still the same woman who, all those years ago, ran out of a blind date because she simply had to sing.
You’re not just my great love story, Rebecca.
You, You were my big break.
Our love story, I know it may not feel like it right now, but baby
I promise, it’s just getting started.”

Was it enough to safe the episode? No, at least not to me. For me, this episode will go down as the worst episode of This Is Us of this season and the first episode that didn’t bring me to tears. Hopefully they will pick up full force next season.


  • Kevin is going to LA to meet the director, but it’s not if he gets the part or even will take the part.
  • Kate and Toby are back in LA and it is as if the entire “It’s my reason my father is dead” conversation hadn’t even taken place.
  • Randall wants to adopt a baby. Because of course. It’s always wise to make this big life changing decisions after a loved one dies, because we are so mentally stable at those moments.

That’s a wrap for this season of This is Us.
See you in the fall!

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