This Is Us
Series 3 has started, and already we’re going further back than we ever have before. Jack and Rebecca had their first 4 hour ‘date’ and Jack picked up the ‘hint’ to bring Rebecca’s coat back to her place the next day. But when he got there, another man was standing at her door, and when those two kissed, Jack drove away.
Episode 3 brought their starting point to a peaceful conclusion [spoiler alert], but before we got there, two separate, but connected, storylines needed to be shown.
The first one involved Rebecca’s memory of growing up in her ‘normal’ household. Her father worked outside the home, and her mother was a homemaker from the last 50’s, early 60’s era. This made Rebecca question if that was the life she wanted.
Jack’s ‘event’ was current to their meeting. He came home after seeing Rebecca kiss the other guy. His mother was as usual waiting on his father, by serving him a ‘pickle picnic’ of a sandwich, which his father tossed on the floor. After some abusive words from his father directed at his mother, Jack gave her an ultimatum: either come with him to stay at a friend’s place, or remain at the family home and Jack would kill his father. She went with him, reluctantly.
Later, Rebecca comes round to that friend’s place, but only Jack is there, his mother having gone out for a walk with the friend. Jack invites her in, but then apologizes for the mess still on the dining room table from the earlier meal.
Jack starts to clear away the dishes and then begins washing them in the sink. The look on Rebecca’s face told the viewer that she recognized that Jack would be the kind of man that would take care of her, not the other way around. It was an eye-opening moment.