This Is Us is aware of the way to save the finest for final. Throughout the season 4 finale on Tuesday, there have been fairly a few surprises, twists, and after all, emotional moments. Whereas Dr. Ok’s rendition of “Blue Skies” made us sob buckets, one other tune appears to foreshadow a large plot level on the present.
Throughout Jack Jr.’s first celebration, Billy Joel’s “Summer, Highland Falls” performs in the background. As Jack Jr. eats his three-layer cake (to signify the Massive Three), we additionally see flashbacks of Kate, Kevin, and Randall celebrating their first birthday in the scene.
Though the melody of the tune is mostly uplifting, the lyrics are far more profound. In truth, in an interview with Howard Stern in 2010, Joel said, “The lyric is about manic depression. And I wanted music to reflect that. Generally, I’m up, I’m down. I don’t think I’m manic depressive. I just know a mood won’t last the rest of my life.” The lyrics additionally replicate on a relationship that’s on the rocks as Joel sings, “So we’ll argue and we’ll compromise and realize that nothing’s ever changed. For all our mutual experience, our separate conclusions are the same.”
Not solely does the tune completely seize the highs and lows of life featured all through the episode, however it could possibly be a metaphor for Kate and Toby’s relationship. As the couple ponder adopting a youngster in the episode, Kate reminds Toby that their marriage virtually fell aside when Jack Jr. was born and she is unsure if they may deal with having one other youngster. Seeing that the flash-forward reveals that Jack Jr. has a sister, it is potential that what Kate mentioned may come true. Perhaps Toby is not carrying a wedding ceremony ring in the flash-forward as a result of they’re now not married.