The Beginning is the End is the Beginning



Critic Consensus: The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" delivers shocking twists and big reveals to create a heart-felt and heartbreaking mid-season finale.

Episode Info

Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity. Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother.


Mandy Moore
as Rebecca Pearson
Milo Ventimiglia
as Jack Pearson
Sterling K. Brown
as Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz
as Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley
as Kevin Pearson
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Critic Reviews for The Beginning is the End is the Beginning

The Thanksgiving episode highlighted where the show shines, leaning into family dynamics.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Much of "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning," is spent dragging out what little information we have about all the current storylines, so the big reveals can swoop in at the end and wow us.

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

In the episode's best storyline, Randall basically crushes councilman Brown in their debate.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has delivered shocking twists before, but the soap opera-esque one completely caught me by surprise.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show seems unable to live with a new dynamic or plot turn for more than an episode or two. But one thing's for sure: This show knows how to reel you back in.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

One of the things This is Us has always done so well is show how natural fractures occur among family members.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Never let it be said that This Is Us doesn't know how to do the big episodes, though there is a caveat to that. But The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning" started off firing on all cylinders.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's well paced, well directed, supremely well acted, and-at its best-filled with the kind of low-key but emotionally felt scenes that have elevated the best episodes of the season.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It was wonderful and heartbreaking and mystifying in the best This Is Us way possible.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There are two gigantic revelations at the end of This Is Us' fall finale, both with rather large ramifications for the storyline as it moves forward.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…