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The slow, painful build to Jack's inevitable death reaches new heights in "That'll Be the Day" as the circumstances causing this family-defining event play out in heart-stopping fashion.
With "That'll Be the Day" as its title, we knew the Tuesday, January 23, episode of This Is Us had to be a doozy, likely related to Jack's death, and we were right.
First thing, This Is Us fans, retrieve your slow cooker from the garbage can. Your crock-pot didn't do anything wrong.
It's an insanely dramatic way to end things, not least because the rest of the episode progresses in a much lower key.
Like so many things with this show, what's actually going on isn't anything monumental, but every single scene set in the past has extra weight to it because we know what we know.
And then the episode went ahead and ended on a cliffhanger instead, leaving all that emotional buildup without anywhere to go. What a classic This Is Us twist!
[The best] thing about "That'll Be The Day" is the gnawing feeling that something really terrible is going to happen.
After all, the episode's title is "That'll Be the Day," and I spent too many long car rides as a child listening to my parents' oldies station not to know that that jauntily sung Buddy Holly lyric ends with the words, "that I die."
There's this heartbreaking montage of all the things the Pearsons are about to lose in the fire.
That final scene was just horrifying.
As we saw last week, the smoke detector is broken. At this point, probably every This Is Us fan ever is sobbing. We're still left with tons of questions though, which will all be answered in next week's episode.