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The final chapter of the fifth season had been built towards the wedding of Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Madison (Caitlin Thompson), in a somewhat awkward union that has followed the birth of their twins. Still, Kevin’s response to a last-minute marriage questionnaire reinforced Madison’s fears that her heart might not be there, prompting a confrontation that seemed inevitable as the hour passed.

“I can’t marry someone who isn’t in love with me,” Madison finally announced, after Kevin was unable to utter those three little words.

“I couldn’t tell him,” he admitted to his family after the entire call was canceled. “I couldn’t lie to her.”

As is often the case with this Emmy-nominated NBC drama, but wait, there’s more. The story jumped several years before, to another wedding, this time involving Kevin’s sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz), who has gone through her own real-time crisis regarding her current husband Toby (Chris Sullivan).

Unfortunately, these two plots, which have occupied a central place during some parts of the season, are ranked among the least interesting that the show has evoked in this difficult year, which saw the creator of the series Dan Fogelman and his equipment to Incorporate the Coronavirus Pandemic | in their stories. They reflect the program’s efforts to evoke twists and turns as it jumps back and forth in time, a trick that has perhaps inevitably begun to produce declining returns.

The real strengths of the ending were on a smaller scale, but in the dense narrative of the show, no less significant. Rebecca (Mandy Moore) apologized tearfully to her son Randall (Sterling K. Brown) for hiding information about his native parents, after the last stage of his personal journey brought him information about his biological mother.

“I’ve let you out too often,” he said.

Elsewhere, Randall’s wife, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), had a sweet exchange with her daughter Tess (Eris Baker), following the strain of their relationship since Tess became a lesbian and began to go out with a non-binary classmate.

These sequences represent the beautifully reproduced and tear-evocative exchanges for which the show is famous, and which tend to be overshadowed by more swing-for-the-late blooms, as if Kevin were staying at the altar.

Some stunts never go out of style and it’s worth noting the video recorder’s argument between Rebecca and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) probably wouldn’t have been a problem now, as that lost episode of “Dynasty” would have been aired somewhere l the next day.

With its various links to the past, present and future, “This Is Us” still has plenty of room to navigate in its sixth and final season. While the Pearsons haven’t run out of issues, the season finale has only underscored why some viewers, including this one, embrace the idea that the show will end before they run out of patience.

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