Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Airdate: September 20, 2016
*** warning spoilers ahead for the season premiere of the show This Is Us ***
In one of the biggest twists in TV history since… well ever, we discover that the storylines of Jack and Rebecca happen 36 years prior to that of Kevin, Kate, and Randall. That’s because the triplets Rebecca delivers in the season premiere are… wait for it… Kevin, Kate, and William! It’s one big happy family, well maybe not always, and it certainly didn’t start out that way.
The “That Is Us” moment: After Rebecca (Mandy Moore) goes into labour on her husband Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) birthday to deliver their triplets Jack is determined that they will be leaving the hospital with three healthy babies. But due to delivery complications they loose one of the babies. In one of the tearjerker moments of the episode, Jack sits outside of the delivery room dealing with his grief of losing a child. When Dr. K (the amazing Gerald McRaney) joins him, and attempts to give him some words of wisdom during the most devastating time of his life. We’ve all had that in some form or another, during the most down moments of our lives, we hear something or read something that touches us in a way that makes the unbearable somehow manageable. And sometimes what is said to us stays with us forever, and we even pass it on to someone else who needs it just as much as we did.
Dr. K: “I like to think that one day you’ll be an old man like me talking a young man’s ear off explaining to him how you took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade. If you can do that, then maybe you will still be taking three babies home from this hospital, just maybe not the way you planned.”
It’s after this encounter that Jack sees a baby Randall, who has just been dropped off at the hospital after being found at a fire station, and he becomes apart of Jack and Rebecca’s family. Becoming part of “the big three.” He even imparts Dr. K’s words of wisdom to each one of his children, and they use it some 30 years later, whenever the world seems to be against them.