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"The Car" pumps the brakes on intensity with a flourish of creative storytelling that honors Jack in the most impactful way possible.
[It] took us inside the day of Jack's funeral and showed us many of the milestones that occurred in the Pearson family car.
"The Car" utilizes a more fluid storytelling structure than the show generally does, but that's a fitting way to memorialize a man whose power lay in the accumulation of small but powerful moments.
"The Car" may not be as intense or dramatic as "Super Bowl Sunday," but it is just as emotional - maybe even more so. It is quiet and bittersweet, which, to be honest, is how I prefer my This Is Us.
The Car" also takes on the sheen of a car commercial, and it's hard to know just how intentional that is...This Is Us is usually better than this at balancing the saccharine with the resonant.
In the most touching scene, a distraught Rebecca, sitting outside the funeral reception, gets comfort and strength when she sees a friendly face, Dr. Katowski (Gerald McRaney), who delivered her children.
Rebecca's strength has never been more evident than in this episode.
This indirect spotlight on the Pearsons' mode of transportation definitely needed to come loaded with a trunk full of Kleenex.
I'm so proud of how strong Rebecca is!! It made me very emotional to watch.
This episode employs a new structure: zero "present day" scenes, with the entire show centered on the day of Jack's funeral with a series of flashbacks.
Raise your crumpled-tear-stained-Kleenex-holding hand if you feared watching Jack's funeral on Tuesday's This Is Us might be even harder to bear than witnessing his death!
What's more harrowing than watching Jack die? Watching his funeral for nearly an entire episode.