The Internet Is Officially Shook Over This Is Us' Season 2 Premiere

Carla Harmon
September 28, 2017

How I Met Your Mother played similar games with continuity and flashbacks, often to great effect in its earlier days, but This is Us is otherwise rather unique among network shows in recent memory. This is an episode spent primarily in the adulthood of the Big Three: Kate, Randall and Kevin.

Season 1 of This Is Us left us blearly-eyed, wet-nosed and a little bit hearbroken as we sat witness to the intensely emotional moments in the lives of the various Pearson family members.


It seems there's some trouble in Randall-and-Beth paradise, but these two managed to surprise and jerk some tears out in the process. And in a series of postmortem interviews, the show's creator revealed a few more hints that you might have missed about the circumstances surrounding the Pearson patriarch's untimely demise. And you could nearly feel the nervous energy in every cast member's performance. [Laughs] You don't know. "A few months from now, everything will be back to normal", she tells him as they get in the auto. After quipping that Randall wants to adopt a baby because he was adopted (and it would be even better if they found one at a firehouse), Beth leaves the meeting. Because otherwise it goes from intriguing to distracting, it goes from begin fulfilling and relieving to upsetting in a different kind of way. Fogelman compares him to Steve Carell, who he worked with on "Crazy Stupid Love" for the way he values what's important - his family above all else. The first big cry of the episode. "Jack's death is clearly something traumatic that happened, I feel like, you know that from episodes two and three and four of the show that this wasn't just an old man dying peacefully in his sleep, something happened and it's the hinge upon which this family swings". You've got Randall seemingly being comforted in profile by a red-headed girl we've never seen. "But it's also fair to say that we are going to be putting forth some new questions that are going to start getting asked after that - and that particularly involves Jack's fate". Did you see it coming, or were you shocked?

Plus, he jokes, he likes to tease Brown about his potential for another career: "I think he could be President", says Fogelman, "not because of his political beliefs but because he is a sponge of information". "He was so determined that you were meant to be, meant to be ours". Despite his perfectionism, Randall acknowledges his marriage is "perfectly imperfect".


Suicide - Jack seems like the ideal father, but his drinking indicates that he has a dark side. But if the show stretches it out too far, viewers may be tempted to say, "Oh, come on, already". He pushed a stranger on me, and that stranger became my child, and that child became my life. We get one of those this episode. So this was the plan we chose. This is not good. Kevin gets a call from Sophie. Rebecca sees through drunken Jack and refuses to leave without her husband. As Rebecca drove up to the Pearson house, the camera pulled back to reveal that the house was burned. She definitely seems overwhelmed with emotion when she sees the house. The yellow caution tape still surrounds the property and Rebecca is emotionally destroyed.

So what did you think of the plot twist?


- R.I.P. William, but please continue to provide voice-overs during each episode. She did a pretty good job, but compared to the woman who is the back up singer, she's out of practice and needs help to hone in on her talent - something she's ready to get started on.

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