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This Is Us Season 3 Episode 15: The Waiting Room Review

For our review of the last episode of This Is Us, click here.

Synopsis: Tensions run high as the Pearsons await news about Kate’s pregnancy. (TVGuide)

Writer: Bekah Brunstetter

Director: Kevin Hooks

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 45mins

Airs: Tuesdays at 9pm on CTV (Canada)/NBC (United States)

This week’s episode of This Is Us was certainly nerve-inducing ahead of its air date, but by the end of the house, you can’t help but take a semi-sigh of relief. We’re not exactly out of the woods yet, but we’re doing okay, and by we, Kate, Toby, and their adorable baby boy. “The Waiting Room” was essentially just that, the entire Pearson family waiting to hear about Kate and whether or not she is okay and if the baby survived. It was an extremely tense episode that was holding a lot of emotions, anger, and frustration within the confines of a small tiny room.

The episode picks up about 26 hours in of waiting as the doctor comes bearing no new updates. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it isn’t enough to appease the Pearson family. In fact, the waiting around is bringing out the worst in each and every one of them. Beth and Randall are still at odds after Randall asked her to reconsider teaching, Kevin is clearly reeling from his relapse while Zoe is trying to process it, and Rebecca is in a very quiet state of mind while Miguel speaks on her behalf.

Everyone is on edge, and everyone is cranky. With barely any updates or news for hours, the family can’t seem to sit still long enough without fighting, arguing, or getting in each other’s faces. Kevin seems to be doing the worst of the bunch as he is hungover and embarrassed over his relapse, but it doesn’t stop him from continuing to lie and chugging down vodka in his water bottle. Just when Zoe thinks that maybe he will stop lying, she catches him in a lie again, which doesn’t bode well for their future. Does anyone else see a breakup in their future?

Understandably so, Beth is pissed off at Randall for suggesting that she give up her dreams so he can pursue his. I have to say I’m still annoyed at him for it too, but I do understand the practical aspect of all of this, but then again, why wasn’t that a thought before he ran for office? By the end of the episode, it seems like they are going to try and make it work, but there’s just one slight problem. They were hoping Miguel and Rebecca could watch the girls sometimes, but they are making plans to move to California. But hey, they’ll make it work, right? …Right?

After hours of waiting, harassing the staff, and having mini family feuds, Toby finally comes out to tell the family that the baby is here, and Kate is doing awesome. Phew, as much as we love the drama, we are so happy everyone is okay. However, the baby is super premature and super, super tiny.

The final moments of the episode focus on Kate, Toby, and their new baby boy–Jack. Yes, that’s right, JACK! Asking Toby if it’s okay to name him that, Kate decides to do something unexpected. With her tiny family by her side, she looks up to speak to her father, Jack and asks him to look over baby Jack and to make sure he’ll be alright. I’m not crying, you’re all crying. Oh, the feels of this scene will not soon be forgotten.

Are the creators of This Is Us absolutely positive this show has to end after three more seasons?

Score: 9/10

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