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The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning 

Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in; Kate pursues a new opportunity; Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown; Jack struggles to get through to his brother.


Ken Olin


Dan Fogelman (created by), Shukree Tilghman (as Shukree Hassan Tilghman) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore ... Rebecca Pearson
Sterling K. Brown ... Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz ... Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley ... Kevin Pearson
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Beth Pearson
Chris Sullivan ... Toby Damon
Jon Huertas ... Miguel Rivas (credit only)
Melanie Liburd ... Zoe
Niles Fitch ... 17 Year Old Randall (credit only)
Logan Shroyer ... 17 Year Old Kevin (credit only)
Hannah Zeile ... 17 Year Old Kate (credit only)
Mackenzie Hancsicsak ... 12 Year Old Kate (credit only)
Parker Bates ... 12 Year Old Kevin (credit only)
Lonnie Chavis ... 12 Year Old Randall (credit only)


With Jack and Nick's joint tour of duty in Vietnam, Jack has to work fast to get Nick out of his funk until Nick is scheduled to return to his own platoon. Jack tries to reinforce that their joint mission is to make it back home alive. Nick has his own thoughts of what he wants for his time in the war. In present day, Kevin and Zoe are close to making it to the Ville where both Jack and Nick served. In likening their situation to a documentary movie, Kevin has to come to grips with Zoe's assertion that their journey is a fluid one without a preconceived ending of Kevin's own making. Kate and Toby discover that the news thus far on the baby front is positive. There is one suggestion that Dr. Jasper makes for Kate's own good, which sends her on a journey of discovery of her own with Toby by her side. They also have to discover why they don't want to learn the sex of the baby among other things they don't talk about the baby. Randall has an upcoming debate with Councilman Brown, while he... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Marks the first time the 9th episode is the Fall finale. See more »


Randall is running for City Council and it is suggested in this episode, (which takes place shortly after Thanksgiving), that the election is just a few weeks away. Indeed, an important plot point involves the results of a recent poll, which is supposedly the last one that will be conducted so close to the election. However, the primaries for City Council take place in May, and the actual election is on election day in November. It is unclear if Randall is running in a primary or the general election, but either way, the election is either 6 months or 11 and a half months away. The candidates would not be holding a debate so far in advance of such an election. See more »


Toby Damon: Human beings are not supposed to BE in baked goods!
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One of the best episodes!!
7 December 2018 | by tsamaniego-11581See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this episode!! Excellent writing and cast!

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