From the moment Miguel (Jon Huertas) stepped through the door to cheers of “Grandpa!” we’ve been patiently waiting to see whether Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) left the picture before or after his death.
The true romantics would probably prefer for Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack to work through their problems and live happily ever after until the end, but the realistic way “This Is Us” deals with family issues and relationships has had even the most optimistic viewers doubting. Now, Tuesday’s (Nov. 15) episode seems to be indicating that Jack and Rebecca’s marriage might be headed for rough waters.
Despite the touching memory montage about “The Best Washing Machine in the World,” we can’t help but notice Rebecca’s fond family memories only draw attention to the lack of love and devotion between her and Jack during the kids’ teen years.
Just as she’s finally getting a life of her own again, Rebecca is met with a pretty troubling realization: Jack just doesn’t care.
It’s not a crime to be a little self-centered when you’ve got three crazy kids, a full time job, and a whole heap of crushed entrepreneurial dreams like Jack does. At some point or another, other people’s passions and anecdotes and daily to-do’s just don’t fascinate you anymore.
The caveat to this rule of thumb, however, is that your wife is most certainly not “other people.” If she’s showing that much unbridled exuberance about something in her life, you’ve got to perk up and get excited about it too. Sadly for us — and probably for his marriage — Jack just rolled over and crankily reminded her to turn off the light.
It’s looking like bad news bears for Jack and Rebecca’s marriage, and now it’s only a matter of time before Miguel comes swanning in as the guy who’s been waiting years to treat Rebecca right.
As far as the kids go, we’re glad we finally got to see Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) work through their heap of brotherly issues. Admitting why they’ve got so much tension between them and watching some TV together isn’t going to solve everything, but it’s at least a good start.
Hopefully it will keep them from getting into more fistfights in the middle of the city in front of Seth Meyers.
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.