We’ve cried happy tears and sad tears over “This Is Us,” but we’re getting close to shedding some tears of frustration over Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) mysterious death and when it’s finally going to kick us in the teeth.
Ever since the pilot episode, we’ve known that Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate’ s (Chrissy Metz) father would not appear in the current timeline, given that he’d passed away sometime in the 36-year gap between the two stories.
We had another unhappy reminder of that death in last week’s episode, when Kate revealed that she kept her dad’s ashes over her mantle and brought him out on game nights to watch football.
Now, Tuesday’s (Nov. 1) episode dealt with Kevin’s grief over his father’s death, which he still hasn’t really come to terms with. We were hoping for another little clue about when and how we could expect Jack to kick the bucket, but alas, Kevin’s only comment on his dad’s death was that it happened “a long time ago.”
Depending on your measuring stick, a long time ago could mean years or decades.
We’ve only seen Jack appear in the flashbacks to when his kids were no older than ten, and it’s beginning to get seriously worrying that we’ve gotten no indication that he makes it past that point.
Kevin destroying all the model planes they built together sounds like the tantrum of an upset child, but it could also be the act of a grief-stricken young man after losing his father. On the other hand, Kate mentioned watching the Steelers with her dad every Sunday until she moved out to Los Angeles, which seems to indicate that Jack could be alive and well until the kids are all grown. Hopefully.
Whatever the case, we’re getting seriously worried about Jack’s impending demise, mostly because it’s shaping up to be the most heartbreaking loss of an already emotional show.
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.