The Fifth Wheel
This Is Us Season 2



Critic Ratings: 9
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Episode Info

The Pearsons come together under unexpected circumstances. Meanwhile, Jack surprises the family with a summer vacation.


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Critic Reviews for The Fifth Wheel

Who knew therapy could be so dang entertaining?

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The midseason finale foreshadowed a kind of family reckoning, and "The Fifth Wheel" provides just that.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What fresh, incredibly well-acted hell is this, This Is Us? Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I wish the entire episode had stayed right in that cozy-looking group-therapy room at Kevin's swanky, court-ordered rehab facility.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Writer Vera Herbert pens a great sequence that both challenges what we know about the Pearsons and opens up a whole bunch of new storytelling avenues for the show. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode around it isn't quite as strong.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A big part of The Fifth Wheel is about the complexity of memory and shared memory.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Well, at least now we have confirmation on which son is Rebecca's favorite.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This was an intensely "real" episode - probably the most internal conflict we've seen among the Pearsons ever - so I don't want my eye-rolling at Kevin's perceived victimhood to be misinterpreted.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode really wrapped up a lot, but opened a lot of new cans of worms for the Pearsons as well.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

They didn't have an perfect relationship, but as she admits to Kevin, they had their moments.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…