Finding love at his sister’s wedding is such a Kevin Pearson thing to do. The Tuesday April 26 episode of This is Us was aptly titled “The Night Before The Wedding” and gave viewers an inside look at what happened to Kevin (Justin Hartley) the night before his sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz), walked down the aisle.
The show’s previous installment focused, in part, on Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Madison’s (Caitilin Thompson) detective work to find out who Kevin had slept with following the rehearsal dinner. The duo discovered a bra, shawl, and love letter in Kevin’s room. They wondered who it was between Cassidy and him.Jennifer Morrison), Sophie (Alexandra Brekenridge) or newly introduced wedding singer Arielle (Katie LowesHe loved ) and he loved him.
As it turned out, Kevin didn’t sleep with any of the women the night before the wedding.
This week’s episode opened with the wedding weekend from Kevin’s point of view starting with him making eyes at the wedding singer, whom Kate referred to as the “Pearson kryptonite.” Randall (Sterling K. Brown), however, knew that Kevin was “willing” Sophie to walk through the door. She did, and she was rewarded.
“She’s a married woman Kev, don’t cause any drama at our sister’s wedding,” Randall begged his brother.
Following Sophie’s arrival, she realized that her luggage had been lost during her travels. Kevin, already in town, took Sophie with him so that she could shop. They were reunited, and Sophie dropped an important bombshell.
“I am really happy Kev, I’m also divorced,” she said, noting that her marriage was over for “a while” before she and her ex-husband split.
After discussing her failed marriage, Kevin confided in Sophie about Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) worsening illness.
Kevin and Sophie returned to the hotel and went to his room where they began to kiss. After he mentioned how her hair still smells the exact same after all these years, Sophie stopped them from going further and stated that she did not intend to go backwards.
“I can’t do this,” Sophie told him. “I’m never going to be able to fast-forward through you. That’s the kind of hold you have on me Kevin. That’s how much I have carried you with me. … It’s too much.”
Once Sophie went to her own room — leaving her bra in Kevin’s — he went to the hotel bar and chatted briefly with Arielle. They never had a romantic moment. She did however give Kevin song lyrics she had written about Kevin on a napkin. This was Beth’s love letter to Madison.
Kevin told Uncle Nicky as he was returning to his bedroom.Griffin Dunne) that he’s “done with love.” At that moment, Cassidy interrupted them as she needed help getting her dress unzipped, which was how her shawl got left in his room. Kevin suggested the possibility of them becoming romantically involved, but she resisted.
“You’re not my person and I’m not yours and you know that,” Cassidy said. He agreed.
Kevin and Sophie looked exhausted from the previous evening’s events on the wedding day. After a conversation Randall had with him, he went to meet Sophie. Sophie stopped Kevin’s dramatic speech and instead gave her own.
“You’re finally the man that I always knew you possibly could be,” she said, noting that they were finally “in the right place at the right time.”
Sophie made it clear that she needed Kevin to “love me for the woman that I am now, not the woman that I was.” She added, “I want to fall in love with the man you’ve become.”
A flashback scene revealed that a young Kevin wrote Sophie a Valentine’s Day card on her first day at his elementary school. Kevin found the card in his wallet and returned it to Sophie.
“I’ve always carried you with me Soph,” he said before they shared a kiss.
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