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The fourth season of This Is Us premiered September 24, 2019 and ended on March 24, 2020 on NBC. The season consists of eighteen episodes.


This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods.



Main Cast

Recurring Guest Stars

Recurring Co-Stars

Notes and Trivia


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
55 1 "Strangers" Ken Olin Dan Fogelman September 24, 2019
After returning from Los Angeles, Rebecca marvels at how important a stranger can become. Jack meets Miguel, a store clerk who lends him a sports coat for meeting Rebecca's parents. Rebecca's father tells Jack that he isn't good enough for Rebecca. Three new characters are introduced. Marine NCO Cassidy Sharp returns home, experiencing alcoholism and PTSD. Her husband kicks her out after she strikes their son. A drunk Nicky vandalizes the VA during Cassidy's support group, and contacts Kevin for bail money. Teenager Malik is raising a daughter, Janelle. He works in his father's auto garage, but considers illegal activity to better provide for Janelle; his father explains that taking responsibility for Malik lifted him above that lifestyle. At a barbecue, Malik meets new arrival Deja; both are smitten. A young blind musician meets a waitress, Lucy, and writes a song about a stranger becoming beloved. They get engaged and she opens a restaurant. She learns she is pregnant and fears it is too early in her career, but he reassures her and performs the song at an arena concert. He is Kate and Toby's son, Jack Damon; at three months, he is diagnosed with permanent vision loss.
56 2 "The Pool: Part Two" Chris Koch Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger October 1, 2019
Jack and Rebecca take the young Big Three to the pool at summer's end. Kevin hurts Randall by mocking him in front of his friends, leading Kevin to question if he is a good person; Jack reassures him that only a good person would care. Two popular girls convince Kate a popular boy will kiss her. When instead Stuart—an unpopular boy who actually likes Kate—arrives, she kisses him. After avoiding their parents all day, the Big Three sit quietly with them. In the present, Tess gets a new, short haircut and Beth accepts that Tess is growing up. Deja wants to travel to school via a city bus that passes Malik's garage. Randall thinks public transportation is too dangerous, but ultimately grants permission. Randall teaches the girls to play "Worst Case Scenario" and the family runs up the Rocky Steps. A consultant advises Kate on caring for Jack. Kate commits to Jack living a life without limits. Toby secretly exercises at a gym. Kate helps Kevin and Jack bond, and encourages Kevin to take a job in Chicago. He instead visits Nicky and gives him the focus he has cared for in recovery.
57 3 "Unhinged" Anne Fletcher Vera Herbert October 8, 2019
Starting junior high, Randall suffers his first panic attack upon receiving a dress code violation. Kevin forges Rebecca's signature on the slip, and convinces the family to watch Arsenio Hall together to remedy Randall's pop culture deficit. Jack makes a mistake at work; Miguel saves Jack’s job by threatening to quit; Jack pledges to support Miguel whenever needed. In the present, Nicky suffers a setback when his VA therapist is transferred, leading to his vandalism; Nicky may avoid jail time by continuing therapy. Kevin bonds with Cassidy's son Matty in the waiting room. When Kevin takes Nicky to an AA meeting, Cassidy is there; she, Nicky, then Kevin laugh at Kevin's egocentrism. Kate is stunned but ultimately supportive of Toby's fitness. Her new neighbor Gregory's seemingly unreasonable demand about where Toby parks his car is actually critical for Gregory's post-stroke recovery; Kate joins Gregory for a walk. Randall prioritizes his constituents over socializing with other officials. His experienced assistant advises him to fire Jae-won; instead, Randall fires her, embracing his and Jae-won's outsider status. Malik tells Deja about Janelle; Deja confides this to Tess, then Tess admits her unexpected lack of confidence in being “out” at her new school.
58 4 "Flip a Coin" Chris Koch Julia Brownell October 15, 2019
After Randall and Beth's first date, Rebecca and Carol visit campus and discuss widowhood. Carol believes Randall is too "broken" in grief to support Beth. But, recognizing Randall pays meaningful attention to her, Beth kisses him. A flirtatious record store employee hires Kate. Rebecca decides to find a permanent home. Via answering machine, Kevin reveals he has married Sophie. In the present, the noise of a baby music class frightens and upsets Jack. Kate and Toby bicker but make up and take Jack to the beach to learn new sounds. A stinking possum corpse inside Beth's dance studio building threatens her grand opening. Carol suggests postponing, but Randall restages the event outside. Carol tells Randall she failed to predict the strong family man he would become. Randall and Beth disapprove of Malik because he has a daughter. The Manny is cancelled. While filming the pilot, Kevin considered quitting acting, but saved the show by soothing his baby scene partner. When an AA meeting is rescheduled, Kevin and Nicky spend the day with Cassidy. Kevin gets Cassidy to acknowledge she wants to save her marriage. Nicky declines Kevin's offer of a new trailer, but Kevin buys one and becomes Nicky's neighbor.
59 5 "Storybook Love" Milo Ventimiglia Casey Johnson & David Windsor October 22, 2019
Randall, Beth, and Miguel join newlyweds Kevin and Sophie for dinner at Rebecca and Kate's new house. Kate's coworker, Marc, arrives and introduces himself as her boyfriend; her brothers dislike him. Rebecca cooks an inedible dinner and frets over her children's bickering. Miguel suggests that, like a vintner, she wait out the bad years. Rebecca relates the story of her and Jack's similarly disastrous first dinner in their house, then orders pizza and plays the piano as the family takes Polaroids. In the present, Tess has a panic attack; she and Randall are both upset to have this in common, until Beth shares that William also struggled with anxiety. Cassidy is among local veterans honored at a hockey game. Ryan attends, but ignores the ceremony and leaves early; he tells Kevin that the military "broke" his wife, and to stay away from her. The crowd triggers Nicky, who leaves, but remains sober. Nicky and Kevin share ice cream in a Pearson family ritual. Randall and Kevin send the old piano to Kate as a baby gift. She finds the photos and the sight of Marc gives her pause; she and Rebecca allude to an unspecified issue involving him.
60 6 "The Club" Jessica Yu Kevin Falls October 29, 2019
Rebecca's father Dave takes Jack golfing at his country club. Blue-collar Jack feels uncomfortable and drinks heavily. Dave and Jack share competing visions for Rebecca's future. Young Randall idolizes his black teacher, Mr. Lawrence. After Randall expresses interest in Tiger Woods, Jack takes Randall golfing and relates his experience. Randall notes he would not have been allowed at Dave's club. Jack impresses upon Randall the social importance of golf, and Randall plays regularly. Jack invites Lawrence and his wife to dinner, and asks Lawrence to appraise him of Randall's concerns. In the present, Randall invites Wilkins and two other council members to golf at an exclusive club. Feigning ineptitude, Randall puts Wilkins at ease and builds rapport with the others, gaining consideration for his ideas. Toby experiences impotence. Kate asks if he still finds her attractive; he does, but has anxiety over her reservations towards his weight loss. She expresses wholehearted support, reigniting their passion. Kevin and Cassidy work out together. Kevin has an enjoyable date with a gym employee, but cuts it short to comfort Cassidy, who has fought with Ryan. She kisses him; he reciprocates and they have sex.
61 7 "The Dinner and the Date" Ken Olin Kay Oyegun November 5, 2019
Jack, Rebecca, and the young Big Three host Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence for dinner. The interactions between Jack and Lawrence are awkward, but both men are guided by their wives; Rebecca tells Jack that Randall would never choose anyone over him and that Lawrence's mentorship could help Randall, while Lawrence's wife restrains him from overstepping with his enthusiasm for spending time with Randall. Lawrence had planned to gift Randall a copy of Langston Hughes's Weary Blues, but instead gives it to Jack. In the present, Deja accepts Malik's invitation to skip school for a personalized tour of Philadelphia. Deja is scared and confused by her feelings for Malik, and worries about his past. He tells her that he values long-term relationships and will be honest with her, and they share their first kiss. Deja is grounded: in an attempt to divide the two, Randall and Beth invite Malik's family to dinner. Tess enjoys caring for Janelle. The adults clash, especially Beth and Kelly. Darnell asks Randall to see beyond Malik's mistakes. Deja apologizes for skipping school, but says she had the best day of her life with Malik and that he makes her "feel like [her]self." Randall and Beth relax Deja's punishment and allow Deja to see Malik with parental supervision.
62 8 "Sorry" Rebecca Asher Elan Mastai November 12, 2019
After Jack's death, Rebecca decides to enter the workforce. She is hired after Randall advocates for her with an interviewer. Randall admits that doing his laundry at home is an excuse to spend time with Rebecca. In the present, the day before Thanksgiving, Randall is troubled by Rebecca's fixation on her phone and a series of "senior moments." When he suggests she see a doctor, she is defensive and they exchange unkind words; Randall indirectly criticizes Rebecca's parenting. Malik tells Beth that Deja wants to see Shauna, and calls out Beth's equivocation; Beth agrees to Deja's request to invite Shauna for Thanksgiving. Toby hopes to feed Jack his first solid food; Kate doesn't tell Toby that Gregory has fed Jack an avocado. Kevin and Cassidy avoid each other, but attend Nicky's hearing together after Nicky seeks Cassidy's help with an erratic but sober Kevin; Nicky expresses gratitude for receiving treatment and having Kevin in his life, and the pretrial diversion is approved. With Kevin's encouragement, Cassidy joins her husband and son at a restaurant and does not deliver her signed divorce papers. Throughout the day, Nicky engages Kevin in honest discussions about Kevin's choices, and Kevin perceives Nicky as Jack.
63 9 "So Long, Marianne" Ken Olin K.J. Steinberg November 19, 2019
On Thanksgiving, 1969, Jack and Nicky ditch their bickering parents 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.
64 10 "Light and Shadows" Yasu Tanida Eboni Freeman January 14, 2020
Reacting to Dave's disapproval, Jack breaks up with Rebecca, saying he can't provide for her. Accepting that Rebecca loves Jack, Janet explains Dave's interference; Janet tells Rebecca that if she chooses Jack, she must make sure their love story is great. Rebecca goes to Jack's auto shop and tells him she loves him, which he reciprocates. In the present, Kate throws a birthday party for Toby and learns he secretly changed gyms after a female workout buddy tried to kiss him. Toby admits he is withdrawing from the family, not because his feelings for Kate have changed, but because Jack's blindness makes him sad. Realizing that Jack is reacting to light and shadow, Toby begins to bond with Jack. After unsuccessful matchmaking attempts, Kevin spends a romantic day with a woman, Lizzy, but they part after she admits she is married and he is her celebrity "hall pass." Filming reshoots, Kevin misses a call from Sophie. Miguel bristles at Randall's involvement in Rebecca's medical appointment. After Rebecca is diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, Miguel admits to Randall that he has been in denial about Rebecca's mental state. Returning home to his family, Randall finds a man trespassing inside his home.
65 11 "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Kevin Hooks Jon Dorsey January 21, 2020
As toddlers, the Big Three sleep in beds for the first time and Randall is scared of monsters; Jack sleeps beside him and asks him to be his typical stable self. Randall goes to sleep, only for Kevin to get up and complain to Jack that he can't sleep. In college, Randall has high-stress nightmares that frighten him. Beth comforts him and suggests he attend a grief group; Randall agrees to go before Rebecca's birthday dinner, but cancels when Kevin informs him of an emergency involving Kate. In the present, Randall offers the intruder money; he takes it and flees. Randall and Beth later realize the man had already been in their bedroom while Beth slept. The nightmares return and Randall obsesses over his new home security system, but he still manages to defend his support for Wilkins' housing bill at a town hall. Darnell suggests Randall see a therapist, but he declines. Randall saves a woman from a man assaulting her and is hailed as a hero, but he has a breakdown, calling Kevin in tears to admit he needs help. Kevin, with a woman in bed next to him after attending Sophie's mother's funeral, promises to support Randall.
66 12 "A Hell of a Week: Part Two" Kevin Hooks Danielle Bauman January 28, 2020
Toddler Kevin misses a mobile Rebecca donated to Goodwill. Jack tells Kevin that, after losing something he loves, he can find something else to love. As a teenager, Kevin is close with Sophie's loving, supportive, somewhat manic mother Claire. The night of the house fire, a projector malfunction prevents Kevin and Sophie from seeing the end of Good Will Hunting. Leaving it unwatched, they entertain each other with invented endings. After they marry, Kevin asks Claire for her mother's ring, but Claire tells him they have not yet earned it. Rebecca cancels her birthday dinner to help Kate, who calls from the cabin after leaving with Marc. In the present, Kevin attends Claire's funeral; she died of multiple sclerosis. Kevin supports Sophie, sharing the loss of a parent; her fiancé Grant has two living parents. Kevin reassures Sophie that memories of Claire will eventually feel normal. They finally watch how Good Will Hunting ends. Back in LA, Kevin finds that Kate and her family are out, and a recently dumped Madison is house-sitting to walk Audio. Kevin praises Madison for fighting for relationships. They sleep together. When Randall calls, Kevin suggests they and Kate visit the cabin. Kate reports that her marriage is "imploding".
67 13 "A Hell of a Week: Part Three" Justin Hartley Laura Kenar February 11, 2020
Toddler Kate wants a "Mommy story." With Rebecca asleep, Jack suggests Kate tell the story, in which she searches for her mother. Teenage Kate struggles to accommodate Marc's moodiness. Rebecca asks to get to know Marc better, which Kate perceives as disapproval of the relationship. Kate decides to skip Rebecca's birthday dinner to write music with Marc at the cabin. Marc quits the record store and expects Kate to quit in solidarity; when she declines, he drives recklessly and kicks Kate out of the car amid insults. Kate calls Rebecca, but says everything is fine after Marc approaches with an apology. Rebecca, convinced there is a problem, heads for the cabin with her sons. In the present, Kate has arranged to attend a retreat for blind children and their families. Toby is reluctant to participate, so Rebecca joins Kate and Jack instead. Kate tells Rebecca about Toby's misgivings, and Rebecca confides her diagnosis. They sing karaoke together and embrace the fact they are becoming friends. On Rebecca's advice, Kate demands to know if Toby can be the father their family needs. After Kate is invited to the cabin, Toby offers to care for Jack.
68 14 "The Cabin" Catherine Hardwicke Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger February 18, 2020
Jack asks the young Big Three to participate in burying a time capsule at the cabin. Randall panics over what to contribute, and Kevin gives him one piece of a family photo jigsaw puzzle to include. Jack sketches a larger house he wants to build on the property. Marc locks teenage Kate out of the cabin in a snowstorm after verbally and emotionally abusing her. Kept away until the next morning by the storm, Rebecca arrives with Kevin and Randall; they quickly find out that Kate broke back into the cabin through a window. Rebecca banishes Marc from the cabin and from Kate's life. In the present, the siblings meet at the cabin. Tensions rise when Kate learns Kevin and Madison slept together, and Kevin learns of Rebecca's diagnosis. They dig up the time capsule. Rebecca included Jack's sketch, which she retrieved after Jack discarded it, while Jack included an audio cassette expressing his love for the family. Kevin advises Randall to consider Beth's suggestion that he see a therapist. In LA, Toby saves Jack from choking and begins sharing the sound design and dialogue of Star Wars with him. Older Kevin's house actualizes Jack's sketch, built overlooking the cabin.
69 15 "Clouds" Sarah Boyd Kevin Falls & Jonny Gomez February 25, 2020
Young Randall obsesses over an A-minus until Jack takes him running. Jack consoles Kate over Stuart ending their relationship, advising that one's first boyfriend is unimportant. Kevin receives two A's in nonacademic electives, nevertheless earning a promised $10 reward from Rebecca. He buys baseball cards, hoping for a '91 John Candelaria, finding one after Rebecca indulges his ritual. In the present, Kevin and Rebecca openly discuss her diagnosis. They spend the day together, sneaking onto the grounds of Joni Mitchell's old house after Rebecca recounts being unable to find the site with Jack years earlier. Rebecca wants to continue their fun day rather than learn her MRI results, but Kevin promises that they have tomorrow. The results suggest Alzheimer's. Kevin buys a Candelaria card for $2. Kate resists Toby's gesture of converting the garage into a music studio, until Madison advises she accept Toby's feelings. Toby reveals the studio is intended for Jack, too; Jack grows up creating music in the space. Randall attends therapy but leaves abruptly. Beth tells him that right now he isn't strong enough for her to rely on, but she needs him to be. He returns to the therapist and apologizes.
70 16 "New York, New York, New York" Ken Olin Julia Brownell March 10, 2020
Jack and Rebecca take the young Big Three to New York City, where Rebecca has fond childhood memories. Jack gets them lost and feels unable to match Dave's leadership, but Rebecca reassures him. After Rebecca fails to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art before it closes, Jack takes the family for a hansom cab ride. After Kate and Marc's breakup, Rebecca attends Kevin's acting showcase in the city. Kevin introduces Rebecca to his teacher, Kirby; Rebecca allows Kirby to escort her to the Met, but instead returns alone to her hotel after Kirby ridicules hansom cabs. In the present, Rebecca walks the red carpet at Kevin's movie premiere. Kevin and Randall argue after Randall presents Rebecca with information about a clinical trial in St. Louis, despite agreeing to Kevin's request that he wait until the next day. They find Rebecca at the Met, examining a painting that, to her fascination in childhood, captivated a woman patron for hours. Rebecca decides not to enter the trial, instead wishing to fill her remaining time with new experiences. Randall blames Kevin for ruining Rebecca's chance at treatment, and admits he has always wondered if he could have saved Jack from the fire.
71 17 "After the Fire" Roxann Dawson Vera Herbert & Kay Oyegun March 17, 2020
In therapy, Randall imagines saving Jack from the fire by demanding he not go back inside for Louie. This brush with mortality leads Rebecca to confess to Jack about knowing William, who becomes part of their lives; Randall attends Carnegie Mellon to stay closer to him, meeting and marrying Beth. With familial support, William's cancer and Rebecca's dementia are caught early. Dr. Leigh challenges Randall's suggestion that he could solve everyone's problems while somehow having the same wife and children, and instructs him to imagine a worst-case scenario. William rejects contact with Randall, who leaves for Howard early and later becomes a professor there. He indifferently disposes of William's belongings after his death. He is estranged from his parents and siblings and casually dates a series of women, only reconciling with Rebecca upon learning of her illness. Dr. Leigh notes that Rebecca's confession leads off both scenarios, and suggests he has not truly processed her deception. Randall calls Rebecca and, citing his life as a "good son" who has already lost three parents, implores her to enter the clinical trial; she agrees.
72 18 "Strangers: Part Two" Ken Olin Dan Fogelman March 24, 2020
In the past, Jack and Rebecca Pearson are celebrating the Big 3's first birthday. However, Rebecca tells Jack that she feels sad over losing baby Kyle and how he won't be able to have any milestones. So, they go to visit Dr. K. for words of wisdom. In the present, the Pearson clan gather to celebrate Jack's first birthday. While at the party, Rebecca makes an announcement to the family that she "changed" her mind and is going to do the clinical trial in Missouri for 9 months. Two new characters are introduced to the show: First we meet a man named George who is having trouble taming a horse but is soon joined by his daughter who helps him. As soon as they're done taming the horse, George has to head to work. He works as an OB/GYN where one of his patients is Madison. Madison tells her doctor that she is unsure if the father wants to be involved or not, but her doctor assures her to give him a chance. After the appointment, Madison heads over to Jack's birthday where she is unexpectedly in the middle of Kevin and Randall's argument after Kevin soon figures out that Randall convinced Rebecca to do the trial. Randall storms off, and Madison tells Kevin that she is pregnant with his children. Shocked, Kevin leaves the room, where the brothers are at it again over which they exchange words that neither of them can take back, nor forget. Meanwhile, Toby and Kate consider making a life-changing decision. In the future, we meet the other stranger whose name is Hailey. She works at an art gallery where she gets a call about needing to go to the hospital. There, she meets her adoptive brother Jack and his wife Lucy who has just given birth to a baby girl named Hope.