Live in the moment, because you never know which moment will be your last. That’s the biggest takeaway from the latest episode of This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), “That’ll Be The Day,” which can only be described as anxiety viewing at its finest.
The episode started innocently enough, with the Pearsons gearing up for their last Super Bowl Sunday with the kids in the past storyline, and with Randall and Beth meeting their new tenants and Toby and Kate toying with the idea of dog adoption in the current storyline. But we all knew what was coming by episode’s end, which meant that not even closeups of Kevin and Randall’s biceps or cute puppies named Audio were enough to distract us.
That’s right, this episode, which was basically the first of a two-parter, began the tumultuous tale of Jack Pearson’s death-by-fire. And even though we knew what was coming it was probably the most painful installment to air so far — one that left us in a glass cage of sobbing emotions.
So what did Jack’s last day on earth look like? Well it started out great. Rebecca brought him an orange juice shot in bed to celebrate the big game, and there was plenty of Super Bowl food to feast on. Jack had just completed the new wall unit, asked his wife to be his business partner in his upcoming Big Three ventures and he had meaningful heart-to-hearts with Randall and Kate, despite smaller arguments with them earlier in the day.
Genuinely asking. Are you okay??? #ThisIsUs
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) January 24, 2018
But things with Kevin were definitely not squared away, and sadly they never would be again. Although Kev called and apologized to his mom for his bad behaviour over Sophie getting into NYU, he opted not to speak with his father and to stay the night at his girlfriend’s. How was he supposed to know that the faulty crockpot, which NO ONE UNPLUGGED BEFORE BED, was going to set the entire house on fire? Or that everyone forgot to pick up new batteries for the smoke detector the week before? Or that… well you get the picture.
— halle (@hallecaroline98) January 24, 2018
The point is, you never know which moments will be your last, which is why they say to never go to bed angry. Or, apparently, without unplugging all of your appliances. Because that old crock pot that the neighbour gifted you while he was cleaning out his garage could very well catch fire, and a musical montage with flashbacks of all the amazing memories you created in your house could go up in smoke along with the actual structure.
— Bre (@breeezybre) January 24, 2018
To do list:
Cancel all super bowl plans, today and forevermore
Unplug all outlets
Buy Kleenex in bulk
Throw away crock pot
— Alexandra Fernandez (@FERNalicious) January 24, 2018
And you’ll never get the chance to square things away with your loved ones again.
Heartbreaking, isn’t it?
Thankfully, we did have Audio and his sweet, sweet face to lift our spirits, not to mention guest star appearances from former SNL star Garrett Morris and Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe. And even more importantly, the episode stopped before the family realized the fire had actually begun, which means we have plenty of time to gear up for the huge post-Super Bowl episode this weekend… in which Jack Pearson dies.
It’s our fault really. We’ve been wanting to know how this story unfolds since the pilot, and now we’re finally here. It went by in a flash, didn’t it? Old man Randall would be proud.
I know. It’s a lot (but you wanted to know!).
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) January 24, 2018
See? Even the show creator agrees. Now excuse us while we go invest in plenty of paper bags to hyperventilate into, because Sunday will be here before we know it.
*watches promo for the Super Bowl episode of #ThisIsUs*
Nevermind, I don’t want to know how Jack dies. I can’t do this. pic.twitter.com/fRdUNOfRFV
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) January 24, 2018
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV; watch a special post-Super Bowl episode on Sunday, Feb. 4.