Tonight on NBC their new honest & provocative dramedy series This Is Us airs with an all-new Tuesday, November 27, 2018, episode and we have your This Is Us recap below. On tonight’s This Is Us season 3 episode 9 Fall Finale, “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning,” as per the NBC synopsis, “Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity. Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother.”
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This Is Us begins tonight with Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) in Vietnam, pushing his brother Nick (Michael Angarano) to eat and be inclusive. He calls asking for a few extra days; he understands its hard for him without drugs in his system but wants to take him someplace. Nicky punches Jack in the face as Jack tells him they have 48-hours together before Nick is back on his own base and no idea after that; Nick goes willingly with Jack.
Kevin (Justin Hartley) is excited the rain has stopped and hopes they can get to where they need to go by tomorrow, Zoe (Melanie Liburd) suggests they just go with the flow. Kevin feels trapped like they are stuck in a Netflix documentary; Zoe reminds him the thing about documentaries is you can’t end them the way you want them to. Zoe photographs Kevin as they are brought breakfast and told the roads are clear and can go on the tour tomorrow.
Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) learn their second ultrasound is good with no chromosome abnormalities; they decide to be surprised about the sex of the baby. Kate is told that her blood pressure is higher than they would like and the doctor doesn’t want her sitting that much, so the singing Adelagrams is not a good idea, but she can’t tell her to quit her job.
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) quizzes Annie (Faithe Herman) on her spelling test for the morning when Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) confronts him about having a debate with Solomon Brown tomorrow and hasn’t gone over any of his talking points. She is gone for one week off the campaign and he is slipping but now he needs to practice, she is happy to help in an unofficial way.
Tess (Eris Baker) walks past them as they remind her grandma is picking them up for the debate tomorrow; Beth and Randall overhear Deja (Lyric Ross) on the phone, shocked to hear she is talking to her mother again. Randall wants to talk to her about it, but Beth thinks he should focus on the debate and this family is not going to be the thing that keeps him from succeeding tomorrow. She whips him into shape, telling him to study his points.
Jack and Nicky arrive at the river, where Jack says out there the war field is far away; telling Nicky that this war is going to be a distant memory. Nick has to finish this tour and get out of there alive. Nick says his mission is to kill but Jack says their mission is to get home.
Kevin and Zoe are driven as far as they can go by car; where Kevin talks about how his father and Nicky served in the village during the war, Kevin is pointed to a local historian who has agreed to speak to Kevin.
Kate walks with Madison (Caitlin Thompson) who suggests she only take close gigs and walk to them, but Kate feels she cannot be that picky. Kate knows stopping is the right thing to do, but her job was the only thing to relieve stress during pregnancy; Madison thinks about the school she volunteers at that needs a chorus teacher ASAP.
Randall is told to focus, but Tess is busy spelling words, while Deja’s phone keeps pinging; Beth asks PJ takes the girls to their seats and tells Randall to close his eyes and see himself killing it out there as he was born to do this. She reminds him he is fierce, dignified and in top form. He thanks her for the speech. Meanwhile, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) talks to Tess about middle school and how excited she is for Randall. Tess realizes that Kate told Rebecca about her liking girls only because she wanted someone to look out for her that was close by. Tess doesn’t want to talk about as Rebecca apologizes, trying to understand.
Kevin and Zoe walk through the tiny village, just as his father did decades earlier; it’s almost as Kevin felt him when he walked by. Kevin stands on the very dock, holding the necklace.
Kate talks to Principal Griffith, saying high school was pretty tough for her but the chorus was something she looked forward to every day. He thinks Kate would be great, asking about her background; he won’t bring anyone on without a college degree.
Randall messes up and calls the moderator’s name wrong and Solomon makes fun of him, saying he needs to live here to pronounce people’s names right and appears to be killing him in the debate; Beth looks frustrated.
Nicky wakes up in the middle of the night, rubbing his head and breathing very hard. He finds a bottle of medication and takes it. Jack wakes up the following morning and finds Nick’s not empty. He walks to the dock where he sees Nick pretending to be shooting everyone in sight with his fingers. Jack discovers he is high, saying it doesn’t matter where he got it from and will get it out of his system. Nick doesn’t want to get clean as he sees it all again when he is clean. He isn’t going to complete the mission, asking Jack not to follow him.
Kate shares her disappointment with Toby about not getting the job. He tries to be supportive but feels she needs to take this time to relax; she admits she can’t allow herself to believe this baby is really coming and feels he might think the same thing as he didn’t want to know the sex of the baby. She reminds him that they both hate surprises and they don’t want to know or talk about it because they are terrified.
The debate continues as Randall and Solomon argue. Solomon repeatedly throws it in his face that he lives in Alpine, not there. Randall finally talks about how he was adopted into a white family in Pittsburgh and cuts Brother Brown off, asking him to say his peace. He knows what it’s like for people to look at him like he doesn’t belong or overlooked because he doesn’t fit in. Randall makes his point, saying the 12th District is overlooked just like he was by this Councilman.
Randall chooses not to say what he wants about Solomon Brown, says he reviewed the minutes from the minutes from the last 4 city meetings and is able to recite all the problems. He reminds the crowd about how Brown keeps saying “I’ll look into it” and he knows he is new at this, but he will fight side by side with them for everything, including showing up and shoveling the snow with them if the city doesn’t show up. Everyone chants “Take a chance!” with Randall; cheering.
Kevin shows the historian the photo, who is able to tell Kevin their parents fought each other. He doesn’t recognize Jack and the woman doesn’t live there either. He recognizes Kevin from American television and making people laugh. He reveals his father was an actor of sorts, never explaining he was a soldier fighting an awful war, only that he was off traveling distant lands of magical places. He was a good actor, like Kevin. He says their fathers were enemies, but not so different by pretending to be okay for their children; and now here they sit, talking and enjoying a meal together. It may not be the answer Kevin is looking for, but it could be the answer to something bigger. Kevin agrees.
Rebecca and Tess are done handing out all their flyers and return to their seats. Rebecca talks about pain all over her body since her early 20s, believing its from her keeping all her emotions bottled up that it started to affect her body. She talks about the secrets she hid but isn’t proud of them. She doesn’t want the same ache for Tess, but suggests she talks to her parents when the time is right.
Toby brings Kate to community college, saying now is the time she finishes school. He admits they are terrified but not buying into their pregnancy is not going to make it any less scary or hurt less. They have 6 months before their life is full of poop and naps. He wants her to get the degree, closing a loop that has been open too long; she smiles and says he loves that smile and wants their kid to inherit it from her, the child that is coming soon and in good health. Kate asks him where the office is.
Beth feels Randall slew it, but they got the results from the most recent poll and Brown is too far ahead and they don’t have the time to win this one as the numbers aren’t there.
Randall and Beth are in the kitchen when Deja comes in, saying she wants to go to Delaware and go see her mom. Randall and Beth tell her they will figure it out and one of them will take her, she is surprised but happy.
Tess comes down the stairs apologizing for being weird lately revealing she feels uncomfortable around them and has a stomach ache all the time. She doesn’t want to keep secrets, talking about crushes and girls have boyfriends. She doesn’t want one; Randall feels okay with that until she tearfully tells them she thinks she might like girls. She wanted to tell them because she didn’t want it to become a thing. Randall reminds her they are there to help her in a very cool laid back kind of way. Beth tells her to look at her and see them both, they love her no matter what. Tess feels relief, not wanting to talk about it anymore, but Randall says if she wants to talk about it they are there.
Beth’s eyes fill up with tears and pour them some wine as neither one of them saw that coming. Beth is sorry about the campaign and feels it is over but Randall isn’t so sure. She wanted this for him but things are getting really complicated and she can’t afford to have him off chasing some impossible dream. He made promises but she is no longer on board with him running. He understands, loves her and his family will always be his priority but he needs to see this through. She says he may not have won this campaign but he sure learned how to talk like a politician.
Kevin is sorry for dragging Zoe to Vietnam for nothing. She says they walked the same places his father did during a war and that counts for something. She believes they could just be in the middle. Meanwhile, Jack cannot find Nicky, asking everyone if they have seen him. Suddenly, a gunshot goes off and Jack runs. Apparently, a boat exploded in the river, Jack dives into the river, swiftly swimming out to it.
Beth brings out pillows and blankets to the couch for Randall, not even letting him touch her. A much older Randall has Tess inform Beth they are on their way. They are all going to see Rebecca. Toby and Kate have a reveal cake and are ready to cut it open… it reveals they are having a boy!
As Kevin and Zoe are leaving, they learn that at the Vietnam War memorial there is no Nicholas Pearson, so he might be dead, but he didn’t die in Nam. Nicholas Pearson receives mail at a trailer he is living in.