Cast & Crew
Teenage Kate Pearson
17 Year Old Randall
17 Year Old Kevin
10 Year Old Kate
10 Year Old Kevin
10 Year Old Randall
17 Year Old Sophie
Number One Photos
This Is Us delved into Kevin's unrelenting battle with addiction and the first major obstacle he ever faced ... but the hour wasn't without its shocking revelations about another member of The Big Three.
Uncurl yourselves from the fetal position, This Is Us fam. "Number One" is a doozy of an episode.
"Confident quarterback sees his dreams dashed by an injury" is high school drama cliché 101. Yet in practice, This Is Us manages to imbue that familiar story with beautifully observed details that make it come alive.
Tuesday's This Is Us focused entirely on Kevin's downward spiral, but the biggest revelation was about his sister, Kate.
The show has been unsparing in its depiction of [Kevin's] descent - and at times, it's been downright unpleasant to watch.
[It] uproots all the demons Kevin's worked tirelessly to keep at bay since childhood-and forces us to take another look at a character who never wants to expose who he truly is, because this is what we would see. It's not pretty, but it is necessary.
Number One is a fantastic episode for Kevin and the two older actors who play him, and will definitely go down as one of the show's finest work.
There are some Friday nights under the lights that even Coach Taylor wouldn't be able to save.
Was this our "very special episode" of This Is Us? I'm going to warn you right off the top: Your humble recapper came away from this episode with a slightly different take on things than it seems most of y'all did.