This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman on episode 2's gut-punch ending

September 28, 2016 3:42 AM

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This Is Us proved on Tuesday night that not only does it have life beyond a magical pilot, but that it isn’t running low on shock power either, delivering another emotional jolt in the final scene of episode 2. One week after learning that this collection of thirtysomethings are more connected than we initially thought — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are the parents of the Big Three, a.k.a. Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) — we discovered that William (Ron Cephas Jones) was secretly feeding a cat! Nope, that’s not it. That Kevin was kissing off Hollywood and moving to New York to do theater! Also interesting, but not what we’re talking about. That we opened the episode with a flashback not immediately after the birth of the Big Three but eight years later, scattering our bearings all over the place? That was a disorienting delight, but that’s not it either. What was it? Oh, right: Our patriarch and matriarch — the loving foundation of this family — are no longer together.

When Jack was struggling with his parental responsibilities and nursing a few too many bourbons at the local bar, his best friend, Miguel (Castle alum Jon Huertas) was right there to tell Jack to take stock of his many blessings at home, especially his attractive wife (whose derriere he complimented...

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