This week on “This Is Us,” viewers learned more about Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) backstory, and Jack’s fate was revealed before the end of the hour.
In flashbacks, it was revealed that Rebecca was unsure about having kids since she loves the life that she and Jack have made. The two had an argument about it at a bar during the Super Bowl, but later, Jack found her and apologized, saying that he would choose her over children anytime. They ended up getting intimate, and that was the night that the triplets were conceived.
In the present time, Kate (Chrissy Metz) told Toby (Chris Sullivan) that she wanted to watch the Super Bowl alone, which baffled him as he wanted to watch the game with her. Toby organized a small Super Bowl party at his home, but Kate looked uncomfortable and decided to leave. Later, Toby showed up at her house and asked what went wrong. Kate said that she always watched the Super Bowl with her father, and when Toby said that he would like to meet him sometime, Kate brought out an urn containing Jack’s ashes.
Though it was revealed that Jack is dead in the present time, Ventimiglia will still appear in the series as the show continues to feature the evolution of Jack and Rebecca’s marriage and the Big Three’s growing up years. But will audiences know how and when Jack died?
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Dan Fogelman said that next week, one of the Big Three will talk about the loss of their father.
“In terms of information, you’re going to get hints over the course of the first season of when he died,” said Fogelman. “The when he died of it all will be revealed in the course of two episodes of the show.”
Next week, in the episode titled “Career Days,” Kate interviews for a new job that seems perfect, though it comes with a catch. Meanwhile, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) doubts his career choice and wonders if he followed the right path, and Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Olivia’s (Janet Montgomery) relationship moves in a new direction.
Elsewhere in the episode, Rebecca and Jack are conflicted on what to do when Randall tests as a gifted child.
In the promo for the episode, Jack asks 8-year-old Randall (Lonnie Chavis) why he’s pretending not to know anything, and Randall tearfully says that he doesn’t want to be different. The clip also sees Kate in her new job, and it appears that her boss’ daughter doesn’t like her very much. As for Kevin and Olivia, her initial coldness towards him has melted, and it looks like romance is in the cards for the two.
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.