‘THIS IS US’ BREAKS OUR HEARTS INTO LITTLE PIECES AS JACK’S DEATH IS EXPLAINED!

This Is Us punched us right in the gut on Sunday night. The “Super Bowl Sunday” episode finally answered the question about exactly how Jack met his fate.

Super Bowl Sunday has been a source of pain and remembrance for the Pearsons, as it marks the anniversary of Jack’s death. And as each family member tries to get through the day in their own way, we get flash backs about what exactly happened in that house fire.

We are greeted with flames raging outside the bedroom doors in the Pearson home, with a wide-eyed Jack jumping to action, saving his two kids Randall, Kate (Kevin is out with friends) and his wife, Rebecca, from the flames, lowering them to safety before charging back in for the family dog.

As the flames roar, a horrified Rebecca, Kate and Randall think Jack has perished in the blaze, before he emerges through plumes of black smoke…alive!

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Rebecca leaves the kids with Miguel while she shuttles Jack to the hospital to get checked out. He has some burns on his hands, but seems relatively okay. When Rebecca heads off to the vending machine to grab a few snacks, her back to everyone, a rush of doctors and nurses bound into Jack’s room.

A few minutes later, a doctor comes up to an oblivious Rebecca, who opens up a chocolate bar, ready to quench her hunger. He tells her that Jack is gone. He inhaled a lot of smoke which affects the lungs. He went into cardiac arrest. He is dead.

Rebecca takes a bite of her candy bar, insisting the doctor is mistaken as she charges towards Jack’s room, calling out his name. She is met with horror, crumbling to the floor when she sees Jack’s lifeless body on the hospital bed.

Mandy Moore gives a tour-de-force performance here, bringing a rawness and truthfulness to the scene, leaving a lump stuck in your throat. As she weeps and then signs the necessary forms, flashbacks of her and Jack’s love story fill the screen. It is painful and beautiful all at once. Gathering all the strength she can muster, Rebecca must then break the wrenching news to her young children.

Milo Ventimiglia also deserves high praise for his tender, yet strong portrayal of Jack. Despite Jack’s alcohol struggles and the fallout because of it, “Super Bowl Sunday” reminds us of his innate goodness as a husband, father and human being, displaying the kind of selflessness few would be capable of.

It was gut-punching stuff, proving why This Is Us continues to be one of the best dramas on television.

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