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'This Is Us' episode Tuesday is a five-star tearjerker

It is Kate's turn. Bring plenty of tissues.

NBC's "This Is Us" airs the second part of its trilogy (9 tonight, Channel 2) about a momentous day in the life of all three Pearson siblings.

If you missed last week's episode of the most popular drama in Western New York, you better stop reading now.

It's been a very dark year for "This Is Us" and the sadness continues tonight.

A week ago, viewers witnessed the continuation of the self-destruction of Kevin (Justin Hartley), the athlete-turned actor who felt unworthy of being honored by the high school where he was a football star.

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At episode's end, Kevin appeared finally ready to share his drug-addiction problems with his brother Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Unfortunately, Randall interrupted Kevin and thought he came to discuss the news about Kate's miscarriage that Kevin was unaware of until that moment.

Once again, tonight's episode is about the difficulty of the Pearson siblings sharing their feelings and unburdening themselves of the reasons behind their pain.

It picks up where last week's ended with Kate (Chrissy Metz) and her lovable, future husband Toby (Chris Sullivan) dealing -- and not dealing -- with the pain of the miscarriage..

As always, the episode flashes back to scenes of the Pearsons' childhood, when Kevin was a handsome star, Randall was the brilliant child and Kate had a much better relationship with her father Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) than her seemingly perfect mother.

Tonight's episode deals with Kate's difficulty sharing things with her mother as a teenager and through adulthood, largely because of her fear of disappointing her.

Any mother and daughter who have found themselves in a similar situation will likely relate and may even be more moved two days before families gather at Thanksgiving.

My advice: Keep some tissues handy when Rebecca and Kate sit on a couch to discuss the past and its impact on the future.

The final episode of the trilogy will focus on Randall, who on the same day as Kevin's high school football injury went for a college interview that would likely change his life.

It will have to be an incredible episode to top tonight's five-star tearjerker.

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