Was there ever any doubt that Jack and Rebecca were the ultimate romantic couple? Well, besides the whole drinking storyline. Okay, and besides Miguel swooping in to marry Rebecca in the present-day storyline. Aside from those little hiccups, we swear Jack and Rebecca are the cutest couple in TV history.
And Tuesday night’s episode of This Is Us solidified that even further.
“I Call Marriage” delved even further into the couple’s past when it brought us all the way back to their wedding day. It was a small affair at city hall (Miguel not only got to witness his bestie getting married, but he also got to “pay off some parking tickets”) in front of a few friends and family members.
Of course it wasn’t all newlywed bliss, mind you. Sure, we saw the token steamy hot shower sex scene, and the cutesy way they brushed their teeth. But then the show transitioned to about a decade-and-a-half later, during a time when brushing teeth became another routine thing to do before bed. While your teenage daughter (Kate) asks for a tampon. Talk about a romance buzzkill.
That’s when things really started to get deep, not just with Jack and Rebecca but with all of the show’s relationships. Because at the crux of the episode the show posed the oh-so-tough question, how do you keep to your vows when things get hard?
For Miguel and Shelly that was an impossible task; as they told Jack and Rebecca about their upcoming divorce, it made the Pearsons rethink their own marriage. With Jack working 12-hour days, Rebecca singing until late hours in the evening and three teenagers in the house, things hadn’t exactly been going so swell lately. So Jack did what Super Dad does best and he planned a romantic evening for his wife by taking her back to their first apartment together — complete with some mood lighting, champagne and a re-reading of their vows. And then just when we thought things were back to normal, Rebecca dropped the bomb: she wants to go on tour with her band. Oh, hey there gut-punch.
Meanwhile in the present-day storyline Beth called in a marriage chip of her own when she insisted that Randall stay back and go to their daughter’s chess match rather than land some important clients during dinner. We all know that things aren’t going the greatest at Randall’s firm lately and with fresh competition it was important for him to be at work. But it was also important for him to spend time with his family before William passed away. And we all know that’s coming in the very near future. (We can’t think about that too much just yet because it completely makes us tear up.)
So Randall went to the match and wound up losing half his accounts at work. In the end we don’t think that’s a bad thing — we’ve all seen his need to be perfect and right now his family needs him more. But it’s also going to add to Randall’s stress, in fact it already is. In the show’s closing moments we also saw Randall’s hand getting all shaky while trying to hold a glass of water… was that just stress, or one of Randall’s hinted-at anxiety attacks?
Then there were the twins. As Kate contemplated marriage and what that could mean for her and Toby, Kevin tried his best to get Sophie back – fries and all. On one hand we discovered that Kevin cheated on his wife and ruined everything, but we also realized how sorry he was and that he’d do anything to make it right. That sort of makes them our present-day equivalent of Jack and Rebecca.
But Kate? Well it looked as though Kate could potentially be self-sabotaging in a way that’s a whole lot worse than food: she could be throwing Toby away by cheating on him with that jerk Duke, from fat camp.
Yeah, that’s a sentence we never thought we’d hear either.
Here’s hoping Kate just happened to be outside the cottage, and that she doesn’t actually go in.
Why can’t all marriage vows be as sweet (or as everlasting) as Jack and Rebecca’s anyhow? And why must the show leave us with not one, not two, but three big cliffhangers heading into next week? We swear someone should buy stock in Kleenex right about now the way this show keeps playing with our emotions.
On the plus side, our facial skin has never been softer from all of these tear-facials. So there’s that.