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If you look at some of the headlines coming from our neighbours down south these days, it can sometimes feel a little depressing to be a woman. But everything about Rebecca’s storyline on this week’s episode of This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) reminded us that there is hope out there, thanks to women who pushed to do more than just sit around waiting for a man to come home all day, and thanks, in Rebecca’s case, to one man in particular who decided to go ahead and do the dishes.

Three episodes into the third season and the writers continue to dive deeper into Jack and Rebecca’s history, mostly by exploring how Rebecca’s life almost went in an opposite direction when her high school sweetheart returned from London to woo and push her to switch gears from Los Angeles to New York. While it all seemed like some grander, romantic journey in which the two of them would potentially globetrot while singing and (in his case) writing, Rebecca had “a feeling” about Jack—the guy whose biggest dreams involved settling down with a wife, kids, and a house that was nothing like the one he grew up in.

And so she ditched the sure thing for the question mark, tracking him down in a pre-social-media world by seeking out his car on the street she knew he would show up on, and then showing up on the doorstep like a stalker. It went against everything Rebecca was taught growing up, to simply show up empty-handed and unannounced, but it also proved to be her moment of truth when Jack rolled up his sleeves, took off his watch, and started doing the dishes while his mother and her friend were out for a walk.

In that moment, Rebecca realized that with Jack she would be a true equal and not someone who was expected to put dinner on the table every night, keep a clean house and bear children. She realized that maybe this was a man who would follow her on her dream path, while letting her be herself and pursue a career. Because this a guy who knew how to roll up his sleeves and help out with the simplest of tasks: cleaning up after a meal.

Of course as we know, one of the biggest sources of strife in Jack and Rebecca’s marriage over the years was her feeling that she had lost herself; that being a mother and wife eventually defined everything she was. It’s why she inadvertently lived through Kate when Kate showed interest in a singing career, and why she wanted to venture out years later on tour with a guy she must have known was interested in her as more than a bandmate.

None of that mattered in that particular flashback moment though, because Rebecca—not to mention at least half of This Is Us viewers—fell for the man who did the dishes. The man who did the dishes until his last, forget-to-unplug-the-Crockpot, dying days.

How can you not be a little bit obsessed with that?

 

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.