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The third season of the American television series This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods. The season is produced by Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, and 20th Century Fox Television, with Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger serving as showrunners. A third season was ordered, alongside a second season, in January 2017, with production for season three beginning in July 2018. The season stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas, Melanie Liburd, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, Lonnie Chavis, and Lyric Ross.
|This Is Us (season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25) –|
|List of This Is Us episodes|
The third season of the American television series This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods. The season is produced by Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, and 20th Century Fox Television, with Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger serving as showrunners.
A third season was ordered, alongside a second season, in January 2017, with production for season three beginning in July 2018. The season stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas, Melanie Liburd, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, Lonnie Chavis, and Lyric Ross.
The third season premiered on September 25, 2018, and is set to run for 18 episodes on NBC.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|37||1||"Nine Bucks"||Ken Olin||Dan Fogelman & Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger||September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)||3AZC01||10.54|
|The night Jack meets Rebecca, he has only nine dollars. As Franco Harris completes the Immaculate Reception, Jack takes Rebecca to a carnival. After it rains, he admits he could not afford an umbrella, and that his life has been unstable since coming home from serving in Vietnam. Rebecca recounts their incompatibilities and the date's shortcomings; but because of "the way he looks at her", she kisses him and agrees to another date. Jack later sees another man giving her flowers and kissing her. In the present, Deja rebukes Randall for trying too hard to equate their experiences. She confronts her biological father and allows Randall and Beth to begin the adoption process. Kevin and Zoe are sleeping together; Beth believes Zoe uses men and will hurt Kevin, but fails to dissuade his interest. Dr. Jasper, a fertility specialist, declines Kate as a patient because of her risk factors, but is moved by her case and reconsiders; Kate and Toby pursue treatment, despite 90% chance of failure. Toby throws away his antidepressants because they decrease his sperm count. In the future, Randall and Tess prepare to "go see her". Randall calls Toby, who uncertainly agrees to join them.|
|38||2||"A Philadelphia Story"||Chris Koch||Kay Oyegun||October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)||3AZC02||8.87|
|After Jack's death, the Pearsons look for a new home. Kevin is frequently drunk; Kate gains weight and never completed her Berklee application; Randall criticizes Rebecca for not stepping up. She admits she barely has energy to get out of bed, and wonders what would have happened if she had agreed to buy a house Jack showed her months before the fire. Randall is accepted to Howard, but turns it down because his family needs him. In the present, Randall tries to effect repairs on a recreation center near his Philadelphia building; William's friend ChiChi tells Randall that focusing on the community's problems, does not make him part of the community. Kevin's film premieres; Zoe skips it to work on her documentary in Chicago, but asks him to pick her up when she returns. Rebecca criticizes Kate and Toby's decision to try IVF; Toby rages at Rebecca, then leaves for hours. Rebecca administers Kate's hormone shot; after losing Jack, Rebecca cannot bear the thought of her children suffering harm; Rebecca believes Kate will have children. Kate questions Toby's mood swings. Randall is hurt to learn Kate called herself the only sibling able to "carry on a piece of Jack".|
|39||3||"Katie Girls"||Rebecca Asher||Julia Brownell||October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)||3AZC03||8.91|
|As a child, Rebecca disdains the role of housewife. The day she and Jack have planned their second date, her high-school boyfriend Alan arrives, three years after she declined his invitation to move to London. Jack returns home; he and his mother leave Jack's emotionally abusive father. Rebecca agrees to relocate to New York City with Alan, but confides in his mother that she has feelings for someone else. Rebecca goes to see Jack; as he washes dishes, she helps him and suggests they drive to Los Angeles together. In the present, the Pearsons love Kevin's film. Randall and Kate argue over her comment; he flies to LA to apologize and support her. Kate's egg extraction is an eightfold success; while under anesthesia, she envisions a conversation with her teenage and child selves and Jack, affirming her confidence in her future. Beth is laid off. After ChiChi's daughter Skye is injured in a mugging, Randall decides to run for city council. During an interview about his movie, Kevin realizes he knows nothing about Jack's military service; with Zoe's support, he reaches out to a man who served with Jack.|
|40||4||"Vietnam"||Ken Olin||Dan Fogelman & Tim O'Brien||October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)||3AZC05||8.92|
|Jack and Nick's youth is shown in reverse-chronological order. When Nick is born, Jack's father is a supportive non-drinker whose own father is emotionally distant. Nick is born at 11:58 pm on October 18; Jack's father exhorts him to protect Nick. Jack believes seven-year-old Nick can be heroic. Nick stands up to their abusive father; Jack supports Nick and experiences tachycardia. When Nick is twenty-one, October 18 receives the fifth position in the first Vietnam War draft lottery. Jack plans to smuggle Nick into Canada, but Nick decides to prove himself by complying with the law. The next year, Marilyn suffers physical abuse; in Vietnam, Nick is disciplined via Article 15 and believes he will die in the war. Receiving Nick's letter, Jack enlists, hoping to find him; the family doctor advises Jack how to conceal his heart condition. The following year, Jack's platoon is ambushed; his friend Donnie Robinson survives the severing of his foot as Jack comforts him. They are given lighter duty, guarding a village near Nick's post. A supply helicopter takes Jack to reunite with a war-hardened Nick.|
|41||5||"Toby"||Chris Koch||K.J. Steinberg||October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)||3AZC04||8.53|
|In 1998, Randall skips prom after Allison's father rejects him because of his race. Sophie brings a drunk Kevin to Miguel's. Miguel buys Rebecca a piano and handles home maintenance; he told Jack he would look out for the Pearsons if Jack died. Rebecca suggests Kate use music as an emotional release, but Kate is not ready. Young Toby suffers anxiety and depression; his humor helps his mother's depression. His mother and a therapist help him regain functionality after Josie leaves him. In the present, Kate and Toby wait to hear if she is pregnant. Kate tells her impressed Adele-impersonation client that she abandons music when sad, derailing any singing career. Upon learning Kate is pregnant, Toby breaks down crying; Kate arranges for him to restart his medication. Randall's campaign event goes badly and he rethinks his goal. Beth tells Randall a job interview went well, but actually lost her composure. In Baltimore, Donald Robinson tells Kevin that Jack was not a mechanic but a combat sergeant who saved Donald's life. Zoe decides that Kevin is worth the stigma of an interracial relationship. Donald gives Kevin correspondence from Jack that includes a photograph of a Vietnamese woman wearing Jack's necklace.|
|42||6||"Kamsahamnida"||John Fortenberry||Vera Herbert||October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)||3AZC06||8.88|
|When the Big Three are young, Jack is injured boxing; Rebecca asks him to stop, but later supports it as a needed emotional outlet. To get closer to his father, Randall pretends he has been bullied, so Jack will teach him to box. In the present, Beth has an outburst, struggling with unemployment and her daughters' Girl Scout cookie sales. Randall fails to win over his rival's constituency at a black church, partially because he lives all the way in Alpine, New Jersey. Kevin leverages his South Korean fanbase to help Randall campaign in Koreatown. A Korean-American man named Jae-won becomes Randall's campaign manager after previous skepticism. Deja encourages Beth to talk to Randall; Beth joins Randall's campaign. Rebecca reassures Kate that she will be able to figure out motherhood, and that uncertainty is normal. Kate tells her family she is pregnant, but her announcement looms over Toby's depression. Toby begins to pick himself up; Kate promises Toby that her life has made her strong enough to support him. Zoe agrees to travel to Vietnam with Kevin, who believes Jack loved the woman in the photograph.|
|43||7||"Sometimes"||Ken Olin||Bekah Brunstetter||November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)||3AZC07||8.47|
|Serving in Vietnam, Jack wants a struggling Nick transferred to his unit, but commanding officer Major Dawson refuses because brothers are not normally assigned to serve together. A man named Bao transports Jack back to his base; Bao apparently participates in the manufacture of land mines, and admits to "sometimes" being Viet Cong. At night, Jack sees the woman wearing the necklace; she runs away. Dawson gives Jack two weeks with Nick. Rebecca and Jack drive to Los Angeles for her singing audition. They are intimate, but Jack will not speak of his nightmares. In LA, record executives call Rebecca "Pittsburgh good". In Reseda, Jack tells the Wattersons that he considers himself responsible for the death of their son, Roger aka "Squirrel". They absolve him of blame. Jack starts calling Rebecca, "Bec". Her singing brings him to tears, after he previously admitted he never cries. They agree to return home to Pittsburgh. In present-day Vietnam, Kevin tells a reserved Zoe he loves her and wants them to be open with each other, unlike his father's secrecy. Zoe admits her father sexually abused her, but decides not to let her father ruin her relationship with Kevin. Kevin learns the necklace is now mass produced.|
|44||8||"Six Thanksgivings"||Catherine Hardwicke||Kevin Falls||November 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)||3AZC08||7.91|
|During the Vietnam War, Jack's unit celebrates Thanksgiving. Jack treats an injured boy whose mother gives Jack the necklace, but Nick refuses to assist; a villager betrayed Nick's first commander to his death. In 1997, Miguel spends Thanksgiving with the Pearsons and worries that his ex-wife is distancing their children from him. Randall writes a college essay about how loved ones and strangers can affect one's life. William and Jesse meet at a recovery group meeting. Jesse opens up to William, then joins him and other musicians for Thanksgiving. Jesse makes it clear to William that he is single. In the present, Beth and Jae-won clash during a campaign event; Randall admits he has been siding with Beth, regardless of the merits of her ideas, to boost her morale. At Randall's house, Kate and Toby prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Kate supports Tess, who is having her first period; Tess also comes out as LGBT, but is not ready to tell her parents. Toby orders prepared food; Kate commends him for creating "magic" like Jack would have. Rebecca and Miguel visit Miguel's children, Amber and Andy; they have not been close to him, but they acknowledge his request that they respect Rebecca.|
|45||9||"The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning"||Ken Olin||Shukree Hassan Tilghman||November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)||3AZC09||8.98|
|In the past, in Vietnam, Jack and Nicky come to blows and Nick abuses drugs. Nicky is obsessed with their "mission" to "kill". He disappears from camp and a boat explodes, apparently with an American aboard. In the present, Kevin and Zoe visit the village but learn nothing about Jack or the woman. Their guide tells Kevin that Nicholas Pearson did not die in the Vietnam War; unbeknownst to them, Nicky is alive in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Kate applies for a job as a chorus teacher; she is a good fit, but cannot be hired without a college degree. At Toby's instigation, she enrolls in community college. Overcoming their fears for the future, they learn the baby is a boy. Randall gives a charismatic debate performance, but Jae-won determines their polling shortfall is insurmountable. Tess tells her parents she may be gay. Deja wants to visit Shauna in Delaware. Beth retracts her support for Randall's campaign, but he reneges on his promise to grant her veto power; she forces him to sleep on the couch. In the future, Beth is a dance instructor. She and the other Pearsons are going to visit Rebecca.|
|46||10||"The Last Seven Weeks"||Roxann Dawson||Laura Kenar||January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)||3AZC10||7.74|
|On election night, the Pearsons wait for the results. The preceding seven weeks are depicted. Randall realizes his mistake; he spends time with his family and Beth decides the family should follow through on a Philadelphia church visit. Kevin asks Zoe to move in with him, which she does but does not unpack. While researching his uncle, Kevin learns Zoe dumped an ex via email; he fears she will leave him, and they break up. Late on election night, Zoe discloses how difficult it is for her to leave her comfort zone; they get back together. Zoe finally unpacks, and finds a letter Nicky sent Jack. Kate and Toby sell some possessions to make room for a nursery, but Kate mistakenly sells Toby's original Star Wars action figures which he intended to pass on to his child. They go after the buyer but in vain; Kate buys replacements for Toby online and Toby gives Kate a handmade stadium like one Jack built for her, which was lost in the fire. Randall gets a call that he won the election.|
|47||11||"Songbird Road: Part One"||Chris Koch||Kevin Falls & Tim O'Brien||January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)||3AZC11||8.22|
|Young Nicky hopes to become a doctor and own a house and a boat. In Vietnam, a drug-intoxicated Nicky takes Lanh, the boy whose foot Jack treated, to go "fishing" with grenades; the boat explodes, killing Lanh. For years, Jack ignores postcards Nicky sends to his office. In 1992, Jack receives a postcard at home; after telling Kevin to correct, rather than repeat, Jack's mistakes, Jack visits Nicky at his trailer in Bradford. Jack tells Nicky to stop contacting him; Jack wants to forget the war. Nicky is haunted by the sight of Lanh's grieving mother. Nicky gives Jack the old war photos; Jack shows Nicky a photograph of his family and leaves. In the present, Kevin tells Randall, Kate, and Rebecca about Nicky. Rebecca questions her decision to let Jack keep his secrets. The siblings drive to Bradford and meet Nicky. They tell him of Jack's death; Nicky tells them his story and sends them away. On the way out of town, Kevin decides they should not abandon Nicky like Jack did. Returning to the trailer, they find Nicky sitting with a gun, lamenting he never told Jack that the incident was an accident.|
|48||12||"Songbird Road: Part Two"||Ken Olin||Julia Brownell||February 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)||3AZC12||7.40|
|In 1992, an emotionally drained Jack returns from seeing Nicky. Rebecca takes Jack's place to bring Kevin to a signing by Pirates player John Smiley, and is touched when Smiley tells her that Kevin researched his future professional home of Minneapolis for him. At the house, Kate and Randall make a mess constructing Valentine's cards; Jack loses his temper and destroys a plate, but apologizes and starts a sequin fight. In the present, the siblings bring Nicky to a hotel. Rebecca arrives, and recalls the weekend Jack saw Nicky. Before Kate flies out, she and Randall visit the house rebuilt where they lived. Kate realizes she doesn't remember Jack's anger, only the fun; Randall says that shows Jack was a good father and she will be a good mother, even though all parents have missteps. Nicky shares a childhood memory with Rebecca, and agrees to try a local veteran center's programs at least once. Rebecca commends Kevin for his effort, unaware he drank Nicky's alcohol while cleaning the trailer.|
|49||13||"Our Little Island Girl"||Anne Fletcher||Eboni Freeman||February 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)||3AZC13||7.55|
|In the present, Beth and Zoe visit Carol after she bruises her hip at work as a high-school principal. They cannot convince her to retire. In the past, a young Beth gets accepted into a prestigious ballet academy, and hopes to become a pioneering African-American principal dancer. Her parents, Abe and Carol Clarke, work longer hours to pay her tuition. Four years later, Beth is dedicated but struggles to keep up. Abe dies of lung cancer, shortly after retelling Beth the story of how she danced before she walked. Beth confronts Carol over taking away her dream, and accuses her of being emotionally disconnected. The next day, Carol tells Beth that after Abe died, she did lose that part of herself. Beth thanks Carol for helping her have a good life, and Carol apologizes for taking away Beth's dream too quickly. When Beth didn't get a critical showcase solo, Carol stopped paying for her dancing and convinced Beth to attend college. Beth momentarily encounters a teenage Randall at a Carnegie Mellon University freshman mixer. Carol returns to work. Randall takes Beth to a dance studio, where she performs passionately and asks about becoming a teacher.|
|50||14||"The Graduates"||TBA||TBA||March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)||TBA||TBD|
|51||15||"The Waiting Room"||TBA||TBA||March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)||TBA||TBD|
On January 18, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a second and third season of 18 episodes each, for a total of 36 additional episodes.
Main cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas and Ron Cephas Jones return from the second season as Jack Pearson, Rebecca Pearson, Randall Pearson, Kate Pearson, Kevin Pearson, Beth Pearson, Toby Damon, Miguel Rivas, and William H. Hill, respectively. Lyric Ross, who recurred as Deja throughout the second season, was subsequently promoted to the principal cast in the third season. In August 2018, Michael Angarano was cast to recur as Nick Pearson, Jack Pearson's brother; the character was first mentioned in the second season, and previously was depicted only briefly as a child. Melanie Liburd was promoted to series regular after guest starring in the second season as Zoe, Beth Pearson's cousin and Kevin Pearson's new love interest.
Production on the season officially began on July 10, 2018, in Los Angeles.
|1||"Nine Bucks"||September 25, 2018||3.0/12||10.54||1.9||5.76||4.9||16.30|
|2||"A Philadelphia Story"||October 2, 2018||2.4/9||8.87||1.9||5.68||4.3||14.55|
|3||"Katie Girls"||October 9, 2018||2.3/9||8.91||1.9||5.68||4.2||14.59|
|4||"Vietnam"||October 16, 2018||2.2/9||8.92||1.8||5.50||4.0||14.43|
|5||"Toby"||October 23, 2018||2.1/8||8.53||1.8||5.50||3.9||14.03|
|6||"Kamsahamnida"||October 30, 2018||2.1/9||8.88||1.7||5.15||3.8||14.03|
|7||"Sometimes"||November 13, 2018||2.0/8||8.47||1.8||5.33||3.8||13.81|
|8||"Six Thanksgivings"||November 20, 2018||1.8/8||7.91||2.0||6.10||3.8||14.01|
|9||"The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning"||November 27, 2018||2.1/9||8.98||1.7||5.16||3.8||14.14|
|10||"The Last Seven Weeks"||January 15, 2019||2.0/8||7.74||1.8||5.50||3.8||13.24|
|11||"Songbird Road: Part One"||January 22, 2019||1.9/8||8.22||1.8||5.50||3.7||13.72|
|12||"Songbird Road: Part Two"||February 12, 2019||1.7/7||7.40||1.7||5.42||3.5||12.82|
|13||"Our Little Island Girl"||February 19, 2019||1.8/8||7.55||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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