The show everyone loves to love This Is Us is back on our televisions screens tonight — and fans can put away the tissues for the new episode. Following back-to-back traumatic episodes that revolved around Jack Pearson’s death and funeral, viewers are getting a much-deserved break.
According to Mandy Moore, who plays matriarch Rebecca Pearson on the hit NBC drama, the Feb. 27 episode titled “Vegas Baby” will feature Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) bachelor and bachelorette party and flashback to one of Rebecca and Jack’s wedding anniversary. “We’re going to go back in time a little bit and we’re going to stay more present-day,” she told Entertainment Weekly, “but we’re not going to revisit the immediate aftermath of this funeral in season 2.”
Instead, the series will focus on Jack, Rebecca, and the Big Three in happier times. “We come to the point where we don’t necessarily want to go through all of the hoopla and maybe just have a quiet night in — and the kids have another idea together,” Mandy added. “It definitely is a lighter episode, and I think it will definitely be bittersweet, knowing what we’ve just gone through with these characters.”
Still a few episodes behind before tonight’s episode? Don’t worry, we have a quick recap for you. (WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!)
You already know Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) death is linked to a fire caused by a malfunctioning slower cooker on the biggest night in football — but his cause of death was actually revealed to be cardiac arrest due to smoke inhalation. “One of the complications of smoke inhalation is that it puts terrible stress on the lungs and the heart. Your husband went into cardiac arrest,” the doctor told Rebecca in the episode as she was getting a chocolate bar from the vending machine. “I’m afraid we lost him.” Cue tears.
Following his death, the show chronicles the family at Jack’s funeral, as they kids each deal with their own guilt, and ultimately at the Bruce Springsteen concert their dad had bought tickets for before his death. “We’re gonna be OK, babe,” Rebecca whispers to Jack at his favorite tree after sprinkling his ashes. “I promise you we’re gonna be OK.” TBH, we’re not OK.
As for the fan theory that Randall will be the next casualty on This Is Us, show creator Dan Fogelman has taken it off the table for this season. “I can assure everybody that we’re not killing Randall [Sterling K. Brown] this season, so everybody can relax,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I think they would burn my house down.” You can say that again. This conspiracy started when Randall made a comment about not being able to picture himself as an old man and was reassured by his brother Kevin (Justin Hartley) that he was not going anywhere. Even if this new episode is “bittersweet,” we’re still bringing tissues just in case.