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So Long, Marianne is the ninth episode of the fourth season and the 63rd overall episode of This Is Us.

Short Summary

The Pearson family gathers for their first Thanksgiving at Randall's Philadelphia townhouse.

Full Summary

On Thanksgiving, 1969, Jack and Nicky ditch their bickering parents in order to spend the day together. Nicky buys a five-pound shrimp tower and analyzes the song So Long, Marianne. They agree to spend every Thanksgiving this way, but Nicky is drafted a week later.

In the present, Shauna is thriving, but Deja is upset that Shauna wasn't like that for her. Beth reminds Deja that she had "perfect" moments with Shauna.

Kevin helps Tess gain the confidence to come out on Instagram.

Nicky cries when Randall plays So Long, Marianne and Randall relates Jack's interpretation--Nicky's own, verbatim. Nicky serves the family five pounds of shrimp, a tradition adult Jack Damon preserves in the future. Nicky suggests Kevin not return to Bradford with him, but affirms his gratitude.

Upset with Randall, Rebecca leaves to see a movie before dinner. She mistakes a stranger for William, and loses track of time and her objectives. Police escort her home. However, this takes place on August 31, 2020, when Kevin has an unseen, pregnant fiancée, and Kevin and Randall are estranged. In 2019, Rebecca returns and admits to Randall she forgot what movie she was about to see. She agrees to see a doctor.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • Joy Brunson as Shauna
  • Blake Stadnik as Adult Jack Damon
  • Auden Thornton as Lucy Damon
  • Jermel Nakia as Young William
  • A.J. Carr as Terrance
  • Cara Jade Myers as Officer Jorgenson
  • Kevin Symons as Officer Duffy
  • Sergio Harford as Not-William
  • Joaquin Obradors as Young Jack Pearson
  • Donnie Masihi as Young Nicky
  • Makenzie Lee-Foster as Young Deja
  • Charles Kim as New Owner
  • Kim D'Armond as Cashier
  • Todd Aaron Brotze as Waiter
  • Grace Shen as Waitress
  • Bruce Merkle as Worker


Song Performer Scene

Notes and Trivia

  • This episode scored 7.30 million viewers.


Episode Stills


See Also

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.