The ‘This Is Us’ Pilot Twist Everyone Is Talking (and Bawling) About
If you're anywhere near a water cooler today, chances are your coworkers are talking about the series premiere of This Is Us — namely the twist at the end that threads its storylines together.
In the beginning, the main characters seem to have little in common save for they're all celebrating their birthdays. But as the hour concluded, viewers learn there's a much stronger bond connecting them.
At the top of the hour, Jack — played by Milo Ventimiglia — has his birthday celebration interrupted when his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), goes into premature labor with their triplets.
We're later introduced to Chrissy Metz as Kate, an overweight woman struggling with food addiction, and her twin brother, Kevin (Justin Hartley), who is the star of a dumb sitcom he despises.
The ensemble is rounded out with Randall, played by 2016 Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown, who has tracked down his biological father 36 years after he abandoned him at a fire station.
Jack and Rebecca lose one of the triplets due to delivery complications, and at the episode's conclusion we see the two surviving babies in the nursery of the hospital, where a fireman has just brought in an abandoned newborn.
Talk about a "WHOA!" moment! We did not see this coming at all: the new parents' story isn't happening in the present but rather 36 years in the past. Kate and Kevin are their surviving triplets, and Randall is the sone they adopted at the hospital.
"Milo and Mandy's storyline jumps around in time," he explained. "There's going to be different looks we play with.
“And the only way I can describe it is I sometimes think about the fact that I have a great-great-grandfather out there somewhere who I never met nor do I know his name.
“But in his own way, he's kind of affected my life because he raised my grandparents who raised my parents who have raised me."
The twist makes This is Us definitely one of the more promising shows of the fall season so far. We're excited to see this family's story unfold over multiple decades and locations.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET (until moving to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on October 11) on NBC.