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Two episodes of This Is Us in one week? How is that possible? Why are the Powers That Be over at NBC killing us slowly?
We start off the episode with Rebecca waiting in the car, outside the hotel for the kids to come out to go to their father's funeral. Every fiber in my being wants to scream because it's just too sad to comprehend.
Then, we flash back to the past and see the family buying the family car, a Jeep Wagoner, and Jack is just the best person in the world. In everything he does, you see how much he loves his wife, how much he loves his childern, and how good of a person he is.
Why do they do this to us?
I can tell this episode is going to involve the car a lot and not only because the episode info told me so. The Pearsons are on in the car, on their way to a Weird Al concert when they get stuck on a bridge and Rebecca freaks out.
Once again, Jack saves the day as does the Big 3. I just can't with this show. Goddamit.
Then, we flash to Rebecca and Jack waiting for the results of an MRI she had; Jack takes her to his favorite tree, the tree Kevin sat by last episode. After her results come back fine, Jack tells her that she is going to live forever and he is going to go first. He says that he doesn't want to be put in the ground, he wants to be outside.
That's when we get to the funeral and it's just heart wrenching. Jack's urn arrives at the service, and it's all a blur of hugs, tears, and speeches given by Miguel & Randall. Rebecca takes the urn afterwards and I can't help but think something tragic is going to happen, like the ashes spilling or something but then I remember that Kate now has the urn.
Way to be a buzzkill, This Is Us. Why are you so sad? I will continue to ask these questions until the end of time.
Ok, commercial break is over; we see young, hot, annoying Kevin and young Randall with Jack and he's teaching them how to drive. Of course they start fighting and it results in Jack making them get out and walk home. He doesn't understand why they hate each other so much... um, because they're teenage boys and Randall is adopted and Kevin is threatened.
The fighting continues at the funeral reception when Kevin finds out Randall gets Jack's watch and they start fighting and Kevin says 'a real man wouldn't have let dad go back in the house" and accuses Randall of acting like he's taking Jack's place.
How did this family go so long without therapy?
There is more car nonsense; Jack picks Kate up and they listen to music, comparing their generations and favorite genres. She tells him that she's been writing her own music. We then follow her after the funeral, and see her first admission of guilt. I can't imagine thinking that it was your fault your dad died.
Ok, now I'm starting to shed real tears because the doctor who delivered the triplets showed up at the funeral. Goddamit This Is Us! I am very emotional right now. The doctor gives her some emotional speech about being strong and getting through this. To be honest, I can't hear much because my sister is blow drying her hair but I'm kind of glad because I don't want to cry.
After the commercial, we see the Pearsons coming home from food shopping for the Superbowl and Jack says he has a surprise for them next Saturday, but he'll already be gone :/ I figured we'd find about it after but instead, Rebecca pulls everyone out of the funeral service and brings them to the tree. She gives them a huge speech and it's breaking every part of my heart. It's not Kate's fault, Randall & Kevin aren't the new men of the house, and they're going to be ok.
Then, they sprinkle some of Jack's ashes at the tree.
She brought them here because it's where you find out you're going to be ok. That's what Jack told her.
The surprise is Bruce Springsteen tickets and they decide to go, which I think is the best idea Rebecca ever had. *I am choking up and I'm so thankful that This Is Us is gone for 2 weeks until after the Olympics.
One of my favorite parts of This Is Us is how they link everything together. Every word, every movement, every scene is linked together and it blows my mind at how smart the producers and writers are.
We end the episode with Jack telling the car salesman why they need the wagoner and they they proceed to show us a montage of all the memories the Pearsons had in the car. We see Rebecca driving over the bridge, her eyes wide open and we see Kevin place his hand on Randall's.
We see the Pearsons being ok.
God bless Milo Ventimiglia.
*When it does come back after the Olympics we get more of an inside look at Jack's life before the family and I need all the Milo I can get.
Until next time....