From the moment Randall’s kids exclaimed that Grandma and Grandpa were at the door on This Is Us, and we learned that “Grandpa” was Miguel, not Jack, our minds have been racing. What happened to the Milo Ventimiglia-Mandy Moore marriage that we fell in love with during the show’s pilot? Was Jack unable to change his drinking ways? Did Rebecca find solace with his BFF Miguel? We needed to know.
Well now we do, thanks to yet another heartbreaking twist on Tuesday night’s episode.
It all went down when Kate insisted that she wanted to watch the Steelers game solo, much to Toby’s disappointment. He wanted Kate to come over for the game, have some healthy veggie snacks and meet one of his besties. Turns out ambushing Kate with a little football party was a recipe for disaster – football was a big tradition in her household growing up, and now she just really wants to watch the game in private, with her dad.
But here’s the big catch: her dad is in an urn. And that’s why Kate was being so private about it.
That’s right, in the present-day storyline Jack is dead, but we have no idea how he died. Or when he died for that matter. And while we’re thinking about it, we have no idea if he was still married when he died or if the marriage fell apart. We have to think it survived, since Rebecca still wears that moon necklace, but maybe that’s a trinket she put back on after he left this world?
Also, when you have a character played by Milo Ventimiglia, why on earth would you kill him off? We were kind of jazzed to see how he would age with those makeup effects the way we saw Mandy age during her visit with Randall. Man this show really messes with our heads and hearts.
No wonder Kevin wasn’t really able to explain death to his nieces with any sort of tact; he lost his own father and is probably slightly numb to the impact such things could have on two little girls.
We suppose Randall’s strong need to save William makes even more sense now; he’s already lost his adoptive father, so he desperately needs to know his biological one before the stomach cancer takes him away. That is, if it hasn’t claimed his life already. Thanks to the sad episode-ending monologue Kevin delivered, and the ambiguous flash forward to Randall packing up William’s clothes and crying, we have no idea if William is dead as well now, or if his old clothes just need to be packed up because he’s got new threads.
Sure, sure. We know these are questions that are going to be addressed in the coming weeks, but one thing is for sure: football will never be the same.
Other smile- and tear-inducing moments of the episode:
- When you cast Mandy Moore on your show, why wouldn’t you let her sing? We loved hearing her voice for even a brief bit as her group opened up for the Super Bowl in 1980.
- Interesting that Rebecca never really wanted kids but Jack did, and then Jack was something of an absent father. No wonder there was so much tension between those two in the 1988 flashbacks.
- We secretly hope that one day we get to see the painting Kevin did after he read ‘The Manny’ manuscript
- Toby must really like Kate to put up with so much from her. We love the girl, but he’s always making grand gestures and talking her off the ledge. She’s going to have to open up her eyes to that fact pretty soon.
- Miguel was married before too, with kids… we wonder what happened to them?