'This Is Us' Season 5 Episode 15: Will Madison let Kevin find his true love? Newlywed game may make her rethink
Uncle Nicky tells Kevin that like 'Jerry Maguire' he's more in love with the kids than with Madison
Spoilers for 'This Is Us' Season 5 Episode 15
In the last episode of 'This Is Us', we saw that Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) was starting to develop cold feet at the thought of his upcoming marriage to Madison Simons (Caitlin Thompson). As we see in the latest episode, Kevin's confusion is not helped after a call from Kevin's first love Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge). But while Kevin struggles with whether Madison is right for him, Madison seems to be calm and sure of their decision to get married and raise their kids together.
In spite of several concerns raised by Kate (Chrissy Metz) at Madison's bachelorette party, which included a nude model whom Madison once dated, Madison seems sure of her love for Kevin. However, it's a newlywed game that throws Madison off her game as well so to speak. When Kevin is asked about his future with Madison once they are empty nesters, it becomes clear that he has no plans for their future at all. He tries to deflect the question by saying he refuses to get old so it's a trick question, but to Madison it seems that he just hasn't thought that far ahead.
It's a thought that occurs not just to Madison. Kate remembers how Kevin actually drew up a mission statement a la 'Jerry Maguire' for his marriage to Sophie, which makes her wonder, just how much Kevin is actually invested in his relationship with Madison beyond their kids. Jerry Maguire serves as quite the inspiration for this episode, it is called 'Jerry 2.0' after all and Uncle Nicky (Griffin Dunne) even compares Kevin to Jerry Maguire. He says Kevin, like Jerry, is marrying Madison more for the kids than for her as an individual. It is up to Miguel Rivas (Jon Huertas) to tell Kevin that not all love stories are written in the stars. Some love stories, like what Miguel and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) share, are written by the couples in question and he feels that will happen for Kevin and Madison as well.
This talk with Miguel seems to get through to Kevin. While it seems that Kevin has now decided to leave his past behind, as he deletes Sophie's number from his phone, we see at the end of the episode Madison rewatching the newlywed game obsessively. Will Madison choose to let Kevin go, so that he can find a love story actually written in the stars? To find out you can catch the latest episodes of 'This Is Us' at 9 pm on Tuesdays on NBC.