If you’re anything like us, you tuned into the premiere of new CTV series This Is Us expecting a show that could maybe fill your Parenthood void. Or perhaps it was just because the trailers for the series showcased Milo Ventimiglia’s naked butt.
Whatever your reason for tuning in, you were probably just as shocked as the rest of the world when it turned out that Ventimiglia’s Jack character and his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) were actually living in 1979 and that the three babies they took home were the present-day Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley).
It was a cry-fest for sure… in that feel-good, tear-facial kind of way. So we were hoping for some similar feelings in the show’s second episode, which aired Tuesday night. But holy heck we were not ready for the second twist.
In the last few minutes of the episode, just as Randall and the rest of his family were finally hanging out peacefully with William, “Grandma and Grandpa” showed up. Here’s the catch: “Grandpa” wasn’t actually Jack at all, but Jack’s best friend Miguel. You know, the one who told Jack back in 1987 that he married above him and he’d better start treating Rebecca with respect? Yeah… that Miguel.
Talk about blowing the lid off the relationship we fell in love with in the first place. We mean, sure… Jack and Rebecca obviously had their problems in 1987 with three eight-year-olds. Who wouldn’t given those circumstances? But the fact that they are no longer together in the present day… well that’s just heartbreaking.
The big question we’re facing now is why aren’t they together? Did Jack’s drinking get completely out of hand? Did they decide to split-up for some reason? Was there a sordid affair? A conscious uncoupling? Or maybe Jack’s not actually in the picture at all… maybe something happened to him between then and now.
We don’t even want to think about that last possibility, but given how many good (and bad) gut-punches this show has already given us, we wouldn’t exactly be surprised if that turned out to be the case.
All we know is that we really, really need to find out what happens next.
Until then, here’s our quick, mini round-up of all the other times This Is Us pulled at our heartstrings on Tuesday night:
- The Big Three! If Randall, Kate and Kevin singing their childhood mantra at the episode’s end didn’t make you grin, you probably also hate puppies.
- Beth may be one of our new favourite characters — not only did she tell William what’s what, but thanks to her we learned that Randall’s “vice” is his need to be perfect. Poor guy.
- Kate’s love-hate relationship with food goes all the way back to her childhood, and that makes us sad. Although Rebecca seemed to be as supportive as she could, we can’t help but wonder how much of that “fruit all day” thinking led to bigger issues down the line.
- Three words: Clooney The Cat. We really, really hope we get to meet that ironically named thing one day.