Wow, a lot can happen in seven weeks, at least that was the case for the Pearson clan.
That's right; the Pearsons are back and better than ever. I know what you're thinking, how can all three Pearson siblings be back and better than ever? One of them had to end the episode in a crumbling mess after screwing up majorly.
It's a tradition for the Big Three after all.
While it started that way on This Is Us Season 3 Episode 10, by the end of Election Night, all three siblings managed to make their relationships with their romantic partners even stronger.
It was a proud moment for the Pearsons. Despite limited screen time, it felt as though Jack Pearson's presence was strong on "The Last Seven Weeks."
The numerous speeches and life lessons he taught them throughout their younger years finally paid off, especially for Randall. Let's be honest, Randall's been kind of a mess lately. Beth put it best when she said Randall, "tries too hard and cares too much." That is what's led to the issues he and Beth had been having.
He was putting in a lot of effort into the campaign despite the community consistently telling him they didn't want him to be the next councilman. An ordinary man would've given up by now, but Randall isn't typical. It seemed like perhaps it was going to be too hard and too late for Randall to fix things with Beth.
That was until he reflected on these wise words from his father during their trip to Washington D.C.
All that stuff you worry about, having balance. In my experience, there's one key piece to that puzzle. I just hope the universe puts the right person in your path like your mom was for me. You know someone who brings out all the good stuff, your best stuff because by god son, what a force you will be.Jack
For Randall to honestly feel like he won, he needed Beth on his side, just like Jack had Rebecca on his side.
The talk between Jack and Teen Randall was super sweet. We don't get to see these heart-to-hearts Jack and Rebecca had with their kids nearly as much as we used to.
It's essential for the show to continue this moving forward because these simple talks between father and son are incredibly important. It reminds This Is Us Fanatics about how much the Pearson kids have grown throughout the years.
Randall did what Pearsons do best and gave Beth and his kids a grandiose speech that had them and us swooning.
You know one day I'm going to be an old man, laying in bed with a pink blanket pulled over me. Maybe the pink blanket's pale, I can't remember. Anyway, do you know what I'm going to be thinking about? It's not about this election. I'm going to be thinking about blueberry pie. I'm going to be thinking about making gingerbread trains with my four favorite girls. It's family that makes me special, you four are what makes me great. And I'm sorry if I haven't done a good job of showing you that enough lately.Randall
I've never been a huge fan of blueberry pie, but somehow Randall's convinced me to give it another chance. Damn, he's a smooth talker. It was the apology that Beth deserved, and frankly, it was long overdue.
I'll admit, Beth could've been a little more supportive of Randall, especially because she knew the man she married. He wasn't going to give up on this campaign until they told him he was officially done.
However, a promise is a promise, and Randall broke that promise. And unlike most people who deliver blanket apologies, Randall followed through with his. He spent more time with his family, and in those final few weeks of the election he figured out how to balance his two worlds.
"The Last Seven Weeks" was an episode of growth for Randall and hopefully everything he's learned about balancing his work and family life and keep priorities in check will stay with him now that he's been elected councilman.
Randall and Beth weren't the only 'ship who overcame hardships throughout the last seven weeks either. Kevin and Zoe went through the wringer, and it felt a little rushed. Everything was bliss for them when they arrived back in the United States, and they even took a big step in their relationship — moving in together!
Yet, they went from #RelationshipGoals to #DumpsterFire in a matter of seconds (technically it was weeks) after meeting up with Zoe's ex-boyfriend who was a councilman. Obviously, couples fight, but it came out of left field.
They went from happy to all of a sudden fraught with tension. Maybe it's just because I love this pairing and I didn't like seeing them mad at each other, but something about the fight felt a little off.
What seemed to trigger Kevin's anger and skepticism about their relationship was when he found out Zoe broke up with Andy through email.
I might be the only person who thinks this, but I wouldn't mind be broken up with that way, as long it was well written. I don't want to see the face of the person who is breaking my heart. Clearly, Zoe and I are on the same page here.
At first, Kevin didn't handle the situation all that well, and for just a small moment, I was worried all that growth he's done on This Is Us Season 3 would be wiped away after this fight but come election he proved that he's a changed man.
When Zoe finally admitted to him that she was afraid to move in with him because it would mean leaving her safe space, Kevin reacted perfectly, reminding us all why he's won the title of "Best Pearson."
Kevin: We don't have to live together then. You don't even have to unpack, I'll just walk over your stuff for the rest of my life. It'll be good for my calves.
Zoe: I want to live with you, I do. Because even though you might be the most pushy person I have ever met, I think I like what you're pushing for. I'm in love with you and I want John Stamos back.
John Stamos is the key to love, who would've guessed that? I'm happy the two are taking the next step forward and excited to explore more of their relationship because there still seems to be many layers to unpeel.
While the two were mainly focused on figuring out where they both are in their relationship, they also uncovered that Jack knew Nicky was alive. It was a good idea for This Is Us to hold off on revealing too much about Nicky in the present timeline.
The twist felt super soap opera-esque, so little moments in each episode that douse it in some realism will do the storyline some good. Jack knowing that Nicky was alive had to be the outcome for the story to work.
As long as this reveal is moved along at a good pace, This Is Us writers might change people's minds about this reveal, which didn't get the positive feedback when it first happened.
Kate also didn't receive a ton of positive feedback from myself or others throughout most of the first half of This Is Us Season 3, but luckily she'd managed to really turn things around for herself and Toby.
While the last seven weeks for her siblings was filled with drama, Kate's last seven weeks were a little more relatable to the average human being.
Selling someone's prized action figures is something no one should ever do, and if you happen to do it accidentally, you better pull a Kate and use the dead dad card, a fire burnt down my house card and every other card you can think of to get it back.
Action figures are that important.
The fact that Toby wasn't mourning his long lost Star Wars action figures for all seven weeks shows just how strong the dude is. Seriously, I would've been in bed sobbing if that happened to one of my figures.
While they couldn't get the figures back, Katoby once again proved that they are the Jack and Rebecca of this generation. Between Kate's speech and Toby getting her a replica toy football stadium that looked the same as the one her dad built her, there were just too many swoon-worthy Katoby moments to handle.
I don't know who was crying more in the end, Kate or me. (It was definitely me ... don't judge).
Babe, we're starting a new family, our family. And no we don't have all your favorite action figures to pass down and no we don't have my handmade football stadium. But babe, we come with us. You don't need to pass down your favorite thing to your son because I know with every part of me that you are going to be our son's favorite thing.Kate
"The Last Seven Weeks" was focused on the Pearson siblings and how much they have grown not only in their relationships but as people. If they taught us anything it's that life is a journey and there is always a chance to learn and be better no matter what stage in life you're in.
Oh and also, Dan Fogelman pretty much revealed the most mind-blowing thing of all. This Is Us is basically Full House! A dead parent, three siblings, and a lot of life lessons. Nothing has made me question everything more than this.
What did you think of "The Last Seven Weeks"?
Which couple had you swooning more?
Do you think Randall and Beth's troubles as a couple are over or just getting started?
Is Katoby too cute for this world?
This Is Us or Full House? Which one's better?
Let us know in the comments below and if you need to catch up, make sure to watch This Is Us online right here on TV Fanatic!
Brandon Viera was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He retired in May 2019..