Warning: “This Is Us” season 1 and season 2 spoilers ahead.
Imagine a love story, heartbreak, happiness and family feud all combined into one show. If this is what you want, then you’re in luck: the well-rounded show, “This is Us,” is back! What better way is there to honor the start of the third season, which premiered Sept. 25, than to talk about the best moments in “This is Us” history?
5. “The Wedding,” Season 2 Episode 18
Kate and Toby’s wedding took place in the very last episode of season 2, and it had the audience captivated watching the love they share for each other. Kate finally got to have her beautiful moment after all of the tragedy, heartbreak and uncertainty she has endured. The hardest part for both Kate and the audience is knowing that her father Jack promised her he would walk her down the aisle. “Your mom and I, we’ll both be there … I’ll get to walk you down the aisle. I may even cry a little,” Jack told Kate when she was younger.
4.“Memphis,” Season 1 Episode 16
William was a huge part of season one, and his death was no exception. It was the event everyone knew was going to happen but didn’t want to come. William’s terminal diagnosis was something that didn’t define him, and neither was his previous drug addiction. What defined William was his strength and his passion for writing, music and Memphis. His passing came right after Randall and William’s road trip which gave them just enough time to know each other, but it still did not mean that Randall or Beth would be able to handle it.
3. “Pilot,” Season 1 Episode 1
The audience was in for a heart-wrenching story from the very first episode. When Rebecca delivers her triplets and one is stillborn, Jack is the first person to hear of the news. Dr. K breaks it to him in the hallway and tries to comfort Jack. Dr. K then says one of the most important quotes of the entire series: “I like to think that maybe one day you’ll be an old man like me, talking a younger 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.”
2.“The Car,” Season 2 Episode 15
This episode has so many moments that cause tears to fall. Rebecca is left with the mess that is caused by Jack’s death. The episode takes us through the purchase of the family car and all it has been through during Jack’s life and after. The scenes were emotional and the audience grieved with the family. The final scene involves Rebecca talking to the kids, telling Kevin and Randall they don’t need to become the “dad” and reassuring Kate that it is not her fault. Rebecca then talks to Jack, saying, “We’re going to be okay babe … I promise you we are going to be okay.”
1. “Super Bowl Sunday,” Season 2 Episode 14
This is the episode no one wanted to come — the one where Jack dies. The audience knew that Jack had died, but no one knew exactly how. A spark from a faulty crockpot had caught a towel, which set the Pearson’s house in flames. The whole family had gotten out safely, but Jack wanted to be a hero and go back inside for the dog and some family keepsakes. Jack was then taken to the hospital for some routine check-ups after the fire, and while Rebecca was getting a candy bar and calling the kids, Jack suffered from a “widowmaker” heart attack from all of the smoke he had inhaled. When the doctor sat Rebecca down to tell her, her disbelief was the hardest part to watch. She bit into her candy bar and asked, “Are you out of your mind?” She then got up and proceeded to Jack’s hospital bed to see that he was, in fact, dead. You can see the heartbreak and grief in Rebecca’s whole face which just truly makes the scene that much more heartbreaking.
“This is Us” has its fair share of tear-jerking moments, and season three will not disappoint as the story continues. Make sure to tune into NBC on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.!