One of our new fall favorites, This is Us returned this week bigger than ever and delivered one of its most important episodes thus far as we learned some much needed information about our favorite big three! We learned more about their relationships, their work life, and their parents. The Pittsburgh Steelers-centric episode, “The Game Plan,” took place in the present, and as we later learn, the night the big three were conceived. Let’s take a look at what we saw as the Top 5 moments from Tuesday night’s episode!
1. Rebecca & Jack’s Obsession With the Steelers
Things got started this week with some insight into Rebecca’s upbringing and how she saw her mother cater to her father during Steelers’ games, vowing later to Jack that she would never do the same. So he offered to teach her football and she grew to LOVE it! A whole episode surrounding one family’s relationship with football could’ve went downhill really fast, but here it worked. This family is a team and showing their relationship with football and how it shaped Rebecca and Jack’s upbringing, subsequently affecting how they raised their kids to also cherish the pastime, was a beautiful touch.
2. Kevin’s A Painter? He Gives Great Advice? What?!
This was a huge episode for Kevin. It showed us that he isn’t just some self centered actor but in fact plays an imperative role in this family. During this episode he babysat his nieces and bonded with them as he rehearsed for his new play. After talking about death a little too literally in front of the kids, he scared and deeply upset them. This didn’t surprise me at all, as Kevin tends to run his mouth and say what he’s feeling without really thinking of others or the repercussions that could follow (ie: quitting the Manny).
However, the most heartfelt moment was when he went into his nieces’ bedroom and presented them with a painting he made. He explained how the painting is like life, how all of the colors and different corners reflect the different people that come into your life and how somehow, they all fit perfectly–connected together and part of a larger picture. Who knew Kevin was capable of such a heartfelt and wonderful analogy? It proved that in many ways we really don’t know Kevin as well as we thought we did. We may have this set idea of his attitude based upon his previous actions, but in reality he’s a lot more emotional and caring than we mabye gave him credit for. If “The Game Plan” showed us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t be quick to judge a character.
3. Kate’s Reveal About her father
After Toby (Chris Sullivan) threw Kate an awkward but cute football party, he went to her house where she expressed why she likes to watch the games alone. This was something she and her father liked to do. Toby then expressed that he’d love to meet her father one day and she walked over to the fireplace and grabbed an urn, explaining that this is her father, Jack.
We all knew the reveal that Jack was dead was coming, or at least we all knew something horrible was coming. When they revealed a few weeks back that Rebecca was now with Miguel it was crushing, but now that we know Jack is dead it kind of healed one wound but opened another. Knowing that Jack (basically the glue of the family) is not around in the present is impossible to believe. He was such an important part of their lives and to think that he doesn’t get to know his grandchildren in the present is horrible. This also furthered our understanding why Kate has issues with letting people into her life as she could be afraid that the ones she loves most are going to leave. Phew! This episode really had a lot of things that need to be weighed over and thank you for the immense amount of tears this week, Dan Fogelman, you MONSTER!
4. Randall and Beth’s Pregnancy Scare
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) finally got the alone time they deserved. After weeks of William (Ron Cephas Jones) crashing at their house and now Kevin, the two needed some much needed time together, with no interruptions. Too bad Beth had an interruption of her own when broke the news to Randall that she thinks she might be pregnant. The two share an intimate moment in the bathroom after Beth takes the pregnancy test.
The test later revealed she wasn’t pregnant, but it’s clear these two have the most “adult” relationship on the show. It may be the most underrated too as their chemistry is so natural and the two are so strong together. It would have been a decent storyline to see them tackle the challenges of a new baby and what that would mean for their family, while William is still staying with them, but I’m glad the writers opted to not continue down that road. It could have taken away from the other family issues going on at the moment and there is already so much we don’t know that we need to learn about first.
5. The Big Three’s Immaculate Conception!
After Kate reveals her dad is dead, she then tells Toby that they were all conceived during the Steelers Super Bowl win. During that night we saw Rebecca reveal to Jack that she didn’t know if she ever wanted kids. They fight on the issue and I’m assuming that the kids being conceived that night was an accident and completely unplanned (but still kind of fate!). Knowing that the big three were unplanned was a really cute added bit to their story, especially since they were conceived on such an important night for their family. Who knew football could be THAT important?
Did we hit all of this week’s top moments? Are you loving This is Us so far? What did you think of “The Game Plan” and that reveal? Let us know in the comments!
This is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC and CTV.
Victoria loves all things TV! Whether it's binging Grey's Anatomy (for the 4th time) or talking Orphan Black plot lines with her Professors, she's fully in love with the medium. Victoria loves television so much that she is studying it at Monmouth University. If you love hearing long rants about why Luke and Lorelai are meant for each other you should follow Victoria on twitter @VictoriaNelli.