Who Are Toby's Divorced Parents on 'This Is Us'?

Who Are Toby's Divorced Parents on 'This Is Us'?

He knows this place brings up a lot of memories. Perhaps most excitedly, we've been given the promise that the future we glimpsed of an adult Tessa spending time with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) wasn't just a one-off moment; there's a story to be told in that time. After Toby's parents mistake Deja for one of the Pearsons' biological kids, she goes outside and smashes the windshield of Randall's Mercedes-Benz with a bat. So Rebecca, could be having many different emotions and wishing Jack was there to experience the moment with her. Rebecca is and has been an amazingly strong and powerful woman, and that's been something Kate has felt inadequate against.

Kevin and Randall go to find Kate. And somehow, Jack - who died in 1998 - makes an appearance at the wedding ceremony looking much older than we're used to. In his speech, Jack says that throughout his years at his old job, "my wife put a folded note packed into my briefcase every day". ET scoured the Internet to highlight the five most intriguing theories that may explain why Jack is an old man, and if we should be anxious about the fates of other beloved members of the family. The dreams are about all of them being together at the cabin as Rebecca and Jack renew their vows. Rebecca keeps calling her daughter but it's going straight to voicemail. Kate freaks out when she worries that he should have been in them. She has one more chat and tells him that she knows Toby is ideal for her and that he'd probably agree.

"This Is Us" took a page out of the "Lost" playbook by introducing the flash forward to the show's storytelling toolkit earlier this season. She wants to get some for her wedding. They call Toby who is in the auto with his feuding divorced parents. They both agree that they have concerns about Kate. "I have my dream idea", she said at the time. They talk about how he was severely depressed after his first marriage broke down. What happened from the time Kate and Toby said their "I do's" to when Toby found himself in life low?

After last week's episode devoted to telling Deja's backstory, which was a series-best episode, Deja can't quite seem to adapt to the mounting uphill battles of her life.


But wait, it gets worse! Clearly, the game didn't work, since they are now upset as they continue the search for Kate.

While the finale preview seems to show Jack speaking to Rebecca, what if the whole moment is a figment of Kate's imagination? Rebecca tells Kate that she doesn't want to get in the way on her special day. He dishes one up that involves Kate running off and Toby dying. The wedding goes off without a hitch, including toasts by both Kevin and Randall. At one point, she breaks away from the family and all the pre-wedding activities and retreats to a spot in the woods she frequented with Jack with an urn of his ashes under her arm. Beth's cousin, Zoe, is photographing the wedding.

The answer is still hazy-but in Tuesday's finale, it became clear that while Beth might not be dead in the future, she's nearly certainly not well. Because this is probably not a one-off (nothing on this show is) and because the series devoted an entire episode to Deja (Lyric Ross), some clever fans are wondering if the table is being set for a new "Big Three" with Tess, her sister Annie (Faithe Herman) and Deja. The camera then cut back to the present, panning upward from a still-young Tess to Beth. She can't find her dad's Daytona T-shirt. It goes without saying that spoilers are in this post, so beware of reading!

Beth's cousin, the wedding planner, sees Deja on the bridge. He toasts about not knowing what the future holds or being able to control it but being able to control who you spend it with. That includes Deja, who seemingly moved in with Randall and Beth at the end of last week's episode. Apparently, in a year, Kevin will be dating Zoey and they'll be headed to Vietnam. Viewers briefly saw an older Randall and grown-up Tess (Eris Baker). The shop owner tells her no, but he does have banana coconut. This should promise a lighter and brighter future for her, as she fully commits herself to the new love of her life, the man her father said would be better than him. My guess is they are talking about Deja.

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