While nearly every episode of This Is Us leaves fans crying, last night's season finale—which (finally!) featured Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby's (Chris Sullivan) wedding—might have been the most emotional one yet. Did anyone really expect anything else?
The episode opens on Kate's dream, which shows her parents, Rebecca and Jack, played by Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, renewing their vows in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary. The bride-to-be's vision of her parents (especially her late father) seems to be brought on by her wedding venue. She and Toby are tying the knot at the family cabin in the Poconos, and Kate spends a good portion of the episode reconnecting with her late dad. Ultimately, though, she knows she has to let a part of her father go in order to make room for her new husband.
To honor him, she visits a favorite tree, spreads some of his ashes, places his urn near the guestbook, and incorporates Jack's old tools into her bouquet as her "something old." (The original plan was to use one of his shirts, but the family forgot to bring it.) Her brothers, Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), walk her down the aisle when it's time, and the bride stuns in a beautiful lace V-neck wedding dress, complete with flowing sleeves.
While much of the episode was spent missing Jack, there was undeniable sweetness, too. Kevin and Randall act as Kate's very attentive wedding planners and do an impressive job, especially come speech time. Kevin talks about Jack and his death's effect on him and his siblings, stating that he, Randall, and Kate should all expel the breath they've been holding since he passed. Randall speaks about the importance of choosing the right people to love—even though we might not be able to control what happens to them.