‘This kind of will be Us’ Wrecks Us All With the Soul-Crushing Aftermath of Jack’s Death

Warning: Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Tuesday’s episode of This kind of will be Us, do not proceed. If you have, read what Mandy Moore had to say, then come on back…

Get your tissues ready, because you’re going to need them. Just two days after revealing how Jack died, This kind of will be Us showed the aftermath inside days following his heartbreaking death.

On Tuesday’s episode, titled “the automobile,” reality began to set in for Rebecca along with her kids, Randall, Kevin along with Kate, as they mourned the sudden loss of Jack at an emotional service, where Randall along with Jack’s best friend, Miguel, spoke. however for most of the funeral, Rebecca remained numb. The lead-up to the service was equally heart-wrenching, with Kevin fussing over his tie, Kate declaring that will she was giving up her dog, Louie, along with Randall getting rejected when he offered to help Kevin with his tie.

however one of the episode’s most heartbreaking moments came at the end of the episode, when Rebecca took the kids to Jack’s “favorite tree” (more on This kind of later) after the funeral along with wake to spread his ashes like he wished. Rebecca eulogized her late husband the only way she knew how, with a memory of one of Jack’s most endearing weaknesses: his penchant for predicting what would likely happen at the start of a movie. “Somehow, he was always right. that will’s like he could see things before they happened. He could see you three before you happened. Thank God he did.”

Then the mood turned somber along with that will’s when the tears began to flow, as Rebecca told her kids what she hoped for them post-Jack. First, Rebecca addressed Kevin along with Randall, telling them to be Great to each some other, something Jack wished for before he passed: “Your only job will be to go on dates, hang out with your friends along with your sister. I wouldn’t protest if you wanted to do your laundry every at This kind of point along with then. however that will’s that will, OK?” Even more poignant of a moment considering how fraught Kevin along with Randall’s relationship was until just recently. 

Then, Rebecca spoke to Kate, who blamed herself for prompting Jack to go back to the house to save Louie. “I know no matter what I say, no matter what anybody else says, you’re going to blame yourself for your father going back into the house to get Louie,” Rebecca said, stopping her daughter when Kate shook her head, adamant that will she was the cause. “Listen to me. Because that will was not your fault, do you hear me? He was a grown man, Kate, who made a choice, along with if I have to spend the rest of my life generating sure that will you know that will, then I will, OK?”

Afterward, Rebecca, Randall, Kevin along with Kate spread Jack’s ashes by his favorite tree. however Rebecca wanted one final moment with Jack at their spot, dismissing the kids to the automobile. “We’re going to be OK, babe,” Rebecca said, looking up at the sky as if speaking to Jack’s spirit. “I promise you, we’re going to be OK.”

that will all back to the day Jack purchased the family’s Wagoneer years prior, when he explained to the automobile salesman why he wanted that will car specifically along with not one through the used car lot. He wanted a family car that will would likely retain all “the battle scars,” to ensure at the end of the day, every mark, scratch along with dent marked a pivotal family memory. however mostly, Jack envisioned the station wagon as being a car that will would likely keep his family safe — no matter if he was with them or not. “I want my kids to be OK. I want my family to be OK. Can you help me take care of my family? Because I see that will so clearly. I see my family OK in that will car.”

Excuse us while we cry ourselves a million rivers.

Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson inside episode titled “the automobile.”


One of the saddest developments? Jack had surprised the family with tickets to see Bruce Springsteen in Red Bank, completely new Jersey, on Jan. 31, 1998, which turned out to be the day of his funeral. (inside recent past, Jack educates Kate, who skips school to go to an Alanis Morissette signing at a record store, on Springsteen inside car.) along with Rebecca along with the kids decide that will Jack would likely’ve wanted them to go to the show. 

however there were so many important Jack-related revelations through Tuesday’s episode that will we had to discuss them all. Below are the most crucial developments that will will definitely leave you wanting more.

The Story Behind Jack’s Favorite Tree: The tree was first introduced inside season one episode “Memphis,” when Randall told a dying William that will the spot was Jack’s “favorite park.” that will reappeared in Sunday’s Super Bowl episode, when Kevin had a heart-to-heart with Jack at that will exact spot. We finally got the origins of why that will particular tree meant so much to him. Not surprisingly, the reason had nothing to do with him along with everything to do with Rebecca.

Rebecca had a cancer scare one year along with she was nervously awaiting the results of something she found in her ear that will caused her doctor enough alarm that will she had to undergo tests. Jack, noticing his wife’s restlessness, takes her to the spot — even though he had never been there before that will moment. “Why will be This kind of your favorite tree?” Rebecca asks Jack as they sit on the bench, counting the minutes away. “Cause that will’s where you find out you’re OK,” Jack answers. At that will exact moment, Jack’s beeper goes off along with they run to the nearest pay phone along with sure enough, he was right. Rebecca was fine. When Rebecca asks Jack why he chose This kind of particular tree, he had the sweetest answer: “Closest one to the pay phone.”

The Reason Why Jack Was Cremated: Jack along with Rebecca had one of the most difficult conversations anyone could have with their loved ones, much less their significant some other: what to do when they die. As the couple sit inside car one evening, Jack begins what will be one of the toughest chats they must have shared. “You’re going to live forever,” Jack tells Rebecca, almost as if he was foreshadowing his own death. “that will means I’m going to go first.” When Rebecca tries to stop him through going further, Jack continues on. “We don’t have to talk about that will,” he says, generating sure to tell Rebecca not to bury him if he dies. “Don’t put me inside ground, OK? Let me be outside.” 

The Story of What Happened to Jack’s Brother Nicky: that will was a surprise when, inside season two episode “Brothers,” we discovered that will Kevin along with Randall weren’t the only Pearson brothers — that will Jack had a previously unknown younger brother named Nicky. So, what happened to Jack’s brother? While speculation ran rampant that will Nicky may have died while serving inside Vietnam War, his fate wasn’t confirmed until Tuesday’s episode. After another vicious Kevin along with Randall fight, Jack aimed to give his teenage sons a reason for his disappointment. “My brother along with me? Inseparable when we were your age.”

The fact that will Jack brought up his family, much less his brother, was a surprise to Kevin along with Randall. “Our dad was a drunk. Mom was depressed. Nicky was my best friend. We went to war, along with he died — not exactly fun to reminisce,” Jack said, revealing his brother’s fate. “My brother along with I, we had to look out for each some other. No one was going to do that will for us. You two, you’re lucky. No one’s forced you to have each some other’s backs. So, you’re either gonna to fix This kind of stuff that will’s broken between you or you’re not, along with that will’s up to you, along with I expect you do because your mom along with I, we’re not going to be around forever. When we’re gone, the two of you along with your sister are the only people on This kind of planet who will be able to look back along with remember all the stuff that will’s happened to you. that will might not seem like a big deal at This kind of point, however trust me when I say that will, that will will be.” Brutal stuff, however necessary for a father to say to his bickering sons.

The Return of Dr. K along with His Words of Wisdom: Thank God for dear Dr. K! The doctor — at This kind of point remarried! — who helped deliver Kevin along with Kate returned to pay his respects to Jack, along with he shared an endearing secret to Rebecca about the superhero facade Jack often wore. “The man I knew, the one who used to drop by my office through time to time, he had a whole lot of fears,” Dr. K shared with Rebecca. “A completely new father will be the most fearful creature alive, along with he was no exception. He fears about his wife, about his children, about being able to keep them happy along with healthy along with safe. however he did a pretty Great job taking care of his family, didn’t he? along with so will you.” that will took Dr. K’s famous lemonade speech through the pilot for Rebecca to start to come around on the idea that will maybe things would likely be OK.

After the post-Super Bowl episode, Milo Ventimiglia opened up about filming the heartbreaking death scene inside hospital, when Rebecca saw her husband’s lifeless body in bed after succumbing to a heart attack due to complications through smoke inhalation. Mandy Moore revealed during the This kind of will be Us after-show that will she was unaware that will Ventimiglia would likely be present for the scene.

“I know how I am in regards to moments of experience, especially in moments of experience between Jack along with Rebecca, along with I wanted to… not throw a curveball for Mandy, however I wanted to be there,” Ventimiglia told ET during a call on Monday. “that will’s one thing to have to act alone, that will’s another thing to take the history that will she along with I have worked on For 2 years along with be a still, lifeless body there in front of her. I was ultimately hearing her break along with fall into a million pieces. that will might have been the hardest thing to film, because I had to lay still, however because I was listening to my friend crumbling.”

Ventimiglia also revealed why he “wasn’t present” the day Jack’s funeral was being filmed. Brief snippets through the funeral had been teased in a handful of episodes over the show’s two seasons. 

“I definitely wanted my presence to be felt along with I didn’t want to distract or make anyone second-guess their decision because I was there just as me, Milo, because I wanted to watch the performance. however my heart breaks for the family, for Rebecca, for Kevin, for Kate, for Randall,” he said. “Here will be a family who have lost such a large part of who they all are as a group, along with the idea of moving forward along with moving on will be something that will’s hard to bear. They are a strong family, along with that will’s one thing that will Jack’s given them will be strength, so my heart breaks, however at the same time, I don’t worry about the Pearsons at all.”

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This kind of will be Us returns on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.


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