Warning: This post contains plot details from the Tuesday season finale of NBC's This Is Us.
I don't know about you, but I didn't cry once.
Which is OK. A TV show that guarantees tears every week is a TV show that's become way too predictable.
So kudos to the writers of This Is Us, who, not for the first time, gave us an episode that barely touched down in the present day, trusting that the viewers who'd followed them this far would be up for nearly a full hour of Sad Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Disappointed Rebecca (Mandy Moore), in two different periods of their past.
I didn't love the finale, "Moonshadow," but I respected it.
When the twist came — you knew there had to be a twist, right? —it was a cute one, as the guy Rebecca was being fixed up with turned out not to be Jack. (Am I the only one who's disappointed that Debra Mooney did not, after all, turn out to be Rebecca's grandmother? Because I've loved her since Everwood.)
And, no, as expected, we didn't learn how Jack will/did die, though we certainly had some reason to worry as he drank and drove, and for all we know he could be run over, totally sober, while on his way to move in with Miguel.
Although I don't think so. I think we're going to be strung along for a while yet, and that next season, we'll be focusing on Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his desire to adopt a baby, and Kevin (Justin Hartley) and his messed-up love life, and Kate (Chrissy Metz) and whatever it is she's up to with Toby (Chris Sullivan).
And we'll continue to wonder about what exactly happened to their dad, but maybe we (and the writers) will remember that it's not a whodunit.
Because I figure that Jack's big speech at the end —the kind that on any other show would have had Rebecca unpacking his bag for him — was aimed at the fans as much as it was at her:
"Our love story? I know it may not feel like it right now. But I promise you, it's just getting started."