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    OMG! So that just happened. I’m gonna need a minute…

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    OMG wtf that was a plot twist I was bot expecting. I was expecting Sophie in a wedding dress or Madison and out comes the bride and then I’m like I’m cool vow renewal then came the dude in the hall and now I’m just like down for the count. A+ episode. I don’t like the new guy….so naturally he is sticking around

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    I was also expecting Sophie in a wedding dress.  I never expected it to be Kate.  And Toby is still alive in the future so they end up divorcing.

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    The writers never really made a strong enough case for Kevin and Madison, so I’m not that surprised that the marriage didn’t happen. There would either be shenanigans involved, or it would go through without a hitch. I did wonder why Madison’s reservations didn’t arrive sooner, or at least in a more forceful way before the penultimate. The shocker is with Kate and Toby! Like, wow. They have most certainly made the case for this couple, but I remember that flash-forward from seasons ago where they’re all gathering for Rebecca’s deathbed, and Toby is shown alone in his bed. Some thought that Kate didn’t make it, or that his depression did them in. But now, it looks like the long-distance job in San Francisco is the culprit, with that Brit teacher guy swooping in for the kill lol. I was looking for any hints I could find. Toby’s still alive, of course, and Kevin and Madison are apparently close friends. Maybe it just took them longer to get together? I’ll always say that Sophie is end-game, but Fogelman’s quote is telling in that Kevin’s great loves will be his kids. He might never marry anyone after all of the women and bed-hopping. So many questions! Other than that, a strong finale. Randall and Rebecca’s scenes were stunning. Welcome back, Mandy Moore! You did that shit tonight! As for the Emmys, whatever. They probably won’t return to it, even though they pulled off an awardsworthy season during a global pandemic. It’s fully earned a return to Drama Series, first bids in writing/directing, and multiple acting nominations. I’d personally place both Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore in supporting, but that would probably destroy any chances Chris Sullivan and Chrissy Metz might have there. Sterling K. Brown is in until the show ends. I hope Justin Hartley lands a nomination this season or next, but it’s doubtful in lead actor. Griffin Dunne is win-worthy in “One Small Step…,” but he might have too many episodes for guest actor now. Michael Angarano would be great too, and I guess Phylicia Rashad again. I don’t think Ron Cephas Jones will get in this season. I’d at least campaign for the women in “Birth Mother”: Lisa Gay Hamilton, Angela Elayne Gibbs, and Jennifer Holmes. It’ll be a difficult wait until 2022!

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    First of all.. the entire cast of this show is super talented and they blow me away every week.

    A gag ha! Nobody could have predicted that final scene. I mean wtf was that?? It’s gong to be an excruciating wait to 2022. The only weak parts of the finale were the flashbacks to the early 80’s… however Mandy Moore is hilarious when she gets all crazy and hysterical (during the confrontation  with Jack about taping sports over her favorite show)… that reminded me of the ‘yellow onion’ scene in season 2 (2×09)… it cracked me up.

    And speaking of Moore, she closes the season on a high, should bode well for her Emmy chances. What an incredible episode for her. Both her scenes with Sterling K. Brown were breathtaking.

    Another outstanding scene was Kevin and Madison’s break-up. Hartley and Thompson were great in it and the dialogue was superb. This really was Justin Hartley’s biggest and possibly best season yet. He remains Emmy worthy.

    Sterling K. Brown… ahhh what can we say about him that hasn’t been said? He remains the best performer in the show. A pretty strong season for him as well, in a similar way as season 4 was. Milo Ventimiglia will probably miss again, but I must say I enjoyed him more this season compared to the last one. “Forty: Part Two” would be an incredible submission for him IN SUPPORTING.

    This was also Jon Huertas’  strongest season yet. They still haven’t topped Beth’s season 3 arc but when the material was there, Susan Kelechi Watson ate it up… she was yearning for it. Chris Sullivan has one good episode that I remember (5×10). The guests were all fantastic, as is the usual case with my personal favorites being Rachel Hilson, Jermel Nakia, Michael Angarano and Jennifer C. Holmes. All incredibly deserving of Emmy recognition. Add in the amazing work of Phylicia Rashad and Griffin Dunne…  I think it’s the guest categories that could make the nomination count for the show look good.

    Anyways… all in all… a beautiful season, a strong start and end to the season. Great writing, marvelous acting. I simply can not wait for season 6.

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    This show delivered 5 consecutive strong seasons. It’s impressive.

    It’s impossibile I know but winning for their final season would be amazing.

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    The season ended on a strong note and the episode delivered a jaw dropping final twist for viewers. Kate and Toby’s relationship has been complex and their reveal was not as surprising if you had paid attention to their differing perspectives throughout the season. I’m a little disappointed that Moore was sidelined for most of the season but she really delivered when she was given the material. The scene between the big three and their ailing mother after the canceled wedding was an episode highlight for me. Moore really managed to shine throughout, from the more superficial flashbacks to the heartbreaking conversations with Brown. Brown and Dunne are both worthy winners IMO. I’m hoping that both Moore and Ventimiglia drop down to supporting for this season. The creator has indicated that season 6 will give Moore ample material to return to the best Actress category next year.

    Best Drama Series
    Best Drama Actor – Sterling K. Brown “Birth Mother”
    Justin Hartley
    Best Drama Supporting Actor – Ventimiglia/
    Sullivan
    Best Drama Supporting Actress – Moore/Metz
    Best Guest Actor – Griffin Dunne “One Small Step …”, Angarano is also worthy in the same episode
    Best Guest Actress – Rashad, It’s hard to choose an actress from “Birth Mother”

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    The season ended on a strong note and the episode delivered a jaw dropping final twist for viewers. Kate and Toby’s relationship has been complex and their reveal was not as surprising if you had paid attention to their differing perspectives throughout the season. I’m a little disappointed that Moore was sidelined for most of the season but she really delivered when she was given the material. The scene between the big three and their ailing mother after the canceled wedding was an episode highlight for me. Moore really managed to shine throughout, from the more superficial flashbacks to the heartbreaking conversations with Brown. Brown and Dunne are both worthy winners IMO. I’m hoping that both Moore and Ventimiglia drop down to supporting for this season. The creator has indicated that season 6 will give Moore ample material to return to the best Actress category next year. Best Drama Series Best Drama Actor – Sterling K. Brown “Birth Mother” Justin Hartley Best Drama Supporting Actor – Ventimiglia/ Sullivan Best Drama Supporting Actress – Moore/Metz Best Guest Actor – Griffin Dunne “One Small Step …”, Angarano is also worthy in the same episode Best Guest Actress – Rashad, It’s hard to choose an actress from “Birth Mother”

    Oh yes that’s my favorite scene too!

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    I’m way to emotionally invested in this show because I am always bereft when I finish each season…and this one is no exception.

    For me it’s worthy of acting nominations for:
    Sterling K Brown – Best Leading Actor
    Justin Hartley – Best Leading Actor
    Mandy Moore – Best Leading Actress
    Chris Sullivan – Best Supporting Actor
    Milo Ventimiglia – Best Supporting Actor
    Chrissy Metz – Best Supporting Actress
    Caitlin Thompson – Best Supporting Actress
    Susan Kelechi Watson – Best Supporting Actress
    Michael Angarano – Best Guest Actor
    Ron Cephas Jones – Best Guest Actor
    Griffin Dunne – Best Guest Actor
    Rachel Hilson – Best Guest Actress
    Jennifer C Holmes – Best Guest Actress
    Phylicia Rashad – Best Guest Actress

    Plus Series, Directing, Writing and a tonne of craft nods.

    So…yeah I kinda liked it, I suppose. It should so be sweeping everywhere. The sustained quality over 16-18 episodes a season, for five seasons now is just exquisite.

    I am not emotionally prepared for that final season. I’m not prepared to see [redacted] [redacted] in the final scene as she’s [reunited] with [redacted].

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    Some thought that Kate didn’t make it.

    [Kevin] might never marry.

    We don’t know if Kate does live, as she’s the only person we’ve not seen in the flashforwards at the cabin (though chances are it’s on purpose to hide the shock twist at the end of S5).

    Also Kevin IS married in the future. When he puts his hand on Rebecca’s hands he’s wearing a wedding ring.

    Nicky too is married so could be to Sally (or someone else) or somewhat controversially to Rebecca seeing as he’s at her bedside in the flash forwards (though I’m assuming that’s mainly as a ‘I’m doing this for Jack type thing).

    I can see the final season being wall to wall Rebecca. With flashbacks across her life in most episodes, which we’ve not really had outside of season one.

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    We don’t know if Kate does live, as she’s the only person we’ve not seen in the flashforwards at the cabin (though chances are it’s on purpose to hide the shock twist at the end of S5).

    Also Kevin IS married in the future. When he puts his hand on Rebecca’s hands he’s wearing a wedding ring.

    Nicky too is married so could be to Sally (or someone else) or somewhat controversially to Rebecca seeing as he’s at her bedside in the flash forwards (though I’m assuming that’s mainly as a ‘I’m doing this for Jack type thing).

    I can see the final season being wall to wall Rebecca. With flashbacks across her life in most episodes, which we’ve not really had outside of season one.

    I don’t recall Kevin having a wedding ring on in the flash-forwards, but sure, if you say so. I know that Nicky referenced his wife in the season finale. Let’s hope it isn’t Rebecca. That would be gross and too much to set up in the final season, unless something tragic happens with Miguel. Nicky’s search for Sally might end up being fruitful, as unlikely as that might sound. I’m anticipating that Kate makes it to the end, but wouldn’t be totally surprised if she didn’t. They had to maintain the shock value of her new marriage. And I’m all for a season-long showcase for Mandy Moore. It’ll make up for most of her maternity absences this season.

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    Aaaand… we’re back! Congratulations to this beautiful show for their fourth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. It truly is an outstanding drama series and I commend all the hard work it took to make this riveting season in the middle of a global pandemic. Congratulations to Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan, Siddhartha Khosla and the prosthetic make-up department.

    We all know This Is Us deserves more than it got but I graciously acknowledge the recognition it has received. I’m once again disappointed at Justin Hartley’s snub. I do hope the final season receives a nice goodbye next year and Hartley’s and Kelechi Watson’s names are finally uttered (along with Moore, Metz and Ventimiglia once more). Big three?

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    They “slapped the stud” hard this time with Justin Hartley. Sad when he deserved the nomination far more than Chris Sullivan. Griffin Dunne going over the guest limit was pretty horrible. “One Small Step” was a winning submission in guest actor. Michael Angarano was also robbed. I’ll refrain from commenting about Phylicia Rashad at present. But yay for the return in Drama Series! They did that shit during a global pandemic, which should never be forgotten! This paves the way for needed forward momentum going into the final season. I’m not ruling out a second win for Emmy fav Sterling K. Brown next year either. All that really stands in his way are the “Succession” guys.

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    I’m not sure anyone noticed this trend before but every year This Is Us receives a new below-the-line nomination.

    2018: Music Supervision
    2019: Music Composition
    2020: Hairstyling/Music and Lyrics
    And this year’s: Prosthetic Make-Up

    Chris Sullivan getting in over Justin Hartley is just pure laziness. And the worst thing is that Hartley was always more acclaimed than Sullivan so we can’t not even blame the Academy for being a few seasons behind or something.

    I love that the show returned to the Music Composition category, which I predicted! The episode that they submitted was the incredibly touching “Birth Mother”.

    The return to the Drama Series was also earned since this season was the best one since the 2nd installment.

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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