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THIS IS US -- "The Big Day" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

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The prequel to the very first episode of This Is Us aired yesterday and that meant, a whole 45 minutes of non-stop ugly crying. Thanks a lot guys.

The writers took us back to the very beginning showing that miracles exist and everything happens for a reason.

We know what happened when Rebecca went into labor but now we got a deeper look at how the day played out and all the key players involved that made the Big 3 come to be.

Rebecca was nearing the end of her pregnancy and with three kids inside her, she was not in the best mood. She was hot, her shoes didn’t fit and her hormones were all over the place, going from one extreme to the next. She eventually kicked Jack out of the house vowing to clean up the mess and make room for the babies.

But sometimes… things don’t go as planned. She quickly realized that she was a “monster” because he’s the best guy and she’d forgotten all about his birthday. To try to make things right, she set her mind on baking a cake… until she realized she had absolutely no ingredients. Now my first thought was “just go to the store and pick some up… or order on Amazon Prime” however I quickly realized that we were in the 70s and things were a lot harder back then… definitely not as convenient as they are now.

So 9 months pregnant with 3, she trudged along to the nearest liquor store where she picked up a banana muffin cupcake, frosting and a Terrible towel. IT was all pretty terrible, but the love and literal sweat she put into it was enough to make it the most memorable birthday to date. 

Jack, who needed something to do while kicked out, caught up with Miguel, who tried to introduce him to the most hated game on Earth – golf. We know Jack isn’t just “one of the guys” but dang, he really set the bar high for men out there when he told the guys who complained and “needed to get away from their families” that that was exactly where he wanted to be… no matter how pregnant or how moody she was, he wanted to spend time with his wife. In fact, he even wanted to freeze time just to have amore because you just never know… A key lesson on this show and definitely a pinch of foreshadowing.

The rest is what we saw – Jack got home, requested the sexy Marilyn Monroe dance and as thing were “heating up” Rebecca’s water broke.

Dr. Nate Katowski woke up that morning and went about things just like every other day – talking to his wife, who we know passed a year ago from cancer. He’d been so affected by her passing, he couldn’t even bring himself to throw out any of her things.

But today wasn’t just any ordinary day, it was the day his nephews came to visit and he vowed to his wife that he would never be the boring grandpa, so he made his way to the store to buy some junk cereal. As he walked down the aisles, he ran into a widowed female friend who saw that he was still hurting from the loss of his wife. She invited him over for dinner but he politely declined since working an on-call 60 hour shift is a pretty legit excuse.

Turns out, others wanted him to “get out there” again too. His son and his wife were visibly worried about him, trying to encourage him to move on. But after 53 years of marriage, that’s a hard thing to do. Instead, Nate visited her grave and broke down crying, explaining that he didn’t want to continue living like this. That’s when his miracle came – he got called in to cover for a doctor and helped the Pearson’s deliver their 3 beautiful children, one of whom passed away during birth.

Then we have Joe – we first meet him at a confessional in church asking the priest and god for a miracle. His relationship with his wife has been strained for some time and he’s not sure if it will ever get back to normal. Miracle’s work in mysterious ways though and a few hours later, he opens the door at the fire station and finds a baby on the doorstep. Since his wife couldn’t have kids, he takes this as a sign and brings the baby home to her. “This baby won’t fix us,” she tells him as he leaves to take the baby to the hospital.

That’s where he meets a distraught Jack, who just found out he lost a baby. When he sees the child Joe brought in, he takes Nate’s advice to heart. “I feel like we were meant to have three,” she says to him through tears. “What if we still are,” he tells her.

The baby, who we later come to know as Randall, was definitely a miracle for Joe, whose wife realized that his intentions and his heart were in the right place and that they needed to save their marriage.

However baby Randall wasn’t just a miracle for Joe, he was a miracle for everyone looking for a bit of hope during a bleak time. In fact, Randall’s parents didn’t want him and he himself needed a miracle, which he found in several different people, all of whom were there to care for him when he needed it. It’s a gentle reminder that life is often times unpredictable – it can bring you joy or pain but you have to persevere and you have to take the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turn it into something resembling lemonade. In a way, everyone on that show is making lemonade.


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13 Tear-Jerker Shows To Watch While You Wait For This Is Us Season 5

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There is no show like This Is Us on television; it’s a wholesome family show that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be angry all before the hour is up.

However, there are many shows that come close to giving you those same fuzzy feelings and will have you falling in love with the cast as quickly as you fell in love with Pearsons.

5 Possible Theories About Who Madison’s Doctor and His Daughter Sadie Could Be on ‘This Is Us’

While we’re waiting for This Is Us Season 5 to boot back up (and it’ll be awhile due to the coronavirus postponing productions), you can binge-watch these shows instead. 

They’ll help fill the void and guarantee an ugly-cry or two. Sometimes, a good cry is just necessary! 

1. Parenthood

Parenthood
Before there was This Is Us, there was Parenthood. If you love This Is Us because of how much the Pearson family loves each other and enjoy a good cry then I suggest you meet the Bravermans. This family will leave you teary-eyed within five minutes of watching. You’ll immediately start connecting with the characters and seeing parts of your own family in them. And if you need more convincing, it stars Lauren Graham who plays Lorelai Gilmore on the hit, Gilmore Girls.
 

2. Chasing Life

Chasing Life
Just the premise of the show makes us want to cry: a 20-something-year-old aspiring journalist finds her world is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. And while cancer in itself is always depressing, the beauty of the series is in how April Carver handles the diagnosis, battles the illness with determination and grace, and finds the will to live when it would be understandable for her to give up. Not to mention she has a good group of gals by her side!
 

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
What started as a story about two small-town step-brothers fighting over a spot on the high-school basketball team grew into a tearjerking drama filled with life lessons, suspenseful twists, betrayals, lifelong friendships and an emphasis on the importance of family. As longtime fans know, there is only one tree hill and it’s your home.

4. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls
Since we’re on the topic, we have to include Gilmore Girls on this list. If by some chance you haven’t gotten sucked in by the mother-daughter dynamic between Lorelai and Rory or by the small town charm, you need to run to Stars Hollow ASAP. Their swift dialogue and close relationship makes us want to be friends with them. It’s actually the reason Netflix revived the show years later. Plus, this is the birthplace of our love for Milo Ventimiglia, who played bad boy Jess, and our coffee addiction.
 

5. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Even if football isn’t your thing, you’ll still be captivated by the high school football team at the heart of the show. There’s definitely a camaraderie around sports, especially in a small town that obsesses over the local team. You’ll get glossy-eyed as these characters deal with family hardships, failure, first love, grief and the realization that the glory of being a high school jock isn’t forever.

6. The Fosters

The Fosters
Freeform shows are good at two things — uniting people and making them cry. Two moms, Stef and Lena, raise a non-traditional family; some biological children, some adoptive and some fosters who have been damaged by the system. With such a mix, the painful storylines are aplenty and emotional struggles and societal issues are at the forefront.
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Grab Your Tissues – ‘This Is Us’ Likely Won’t Resume Production Until 2021

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This isn’t the news This Is Us fans were hoping for. 

Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel on the NBC drama, revealed that production on the series may be delayed until January 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I was just on the phone with [creator] Dan Fogelman, and we were talking about, you know, we may not go into production until January, depending on whether or not there’s a second wave,” he said in a conversation with Gov. Gavin Newsom and other industry leaders, per The Wrap.

The video-streamed call occurred as officials brainstorm plans to release guidelines for filming in a post-coronavirus world. Guidelines will be revealed next Monday and will likely adopt the protocols implemented in South Korea, Sweden, and Iceland, according to Variety.

“When we talk about the protocols and the guidelines that we may be following when we go back into production, it’s really kind of daunting to all of us. The actors, we talk all the time. We have a crew of 200-300 people who work in close proximity. We consider ourselves a family. As much as we would like to get back online, we are very much concerned about our crew,” Huertas revealed.

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Of course, if production is pushed to the beginning of 2021, it means that the tearjerking family drama won’t return as part of the fall 2020-2021 TV lineup, and is likely to premiere either in the spring of 2021 or even be pushed to the fall of 2021. 

FOX and The CW have both released fall 2020 lineup’s that have bypassed most of their scripted dramas, which are all set to return in 2021. 

CBS is the only network that released a schedule with most of its scripted dramas in-tact leading many to believe that they’re feeling confident that they’ll resume production in time. 

The good news is that This Is Us was renewed through season 6, so the show isn’t going anywhere, it just might not return as quickly as we expected. 

And while it may be upsetting, at least we know NBC is prioritizing the safety of the actors and crew! 


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5 Possible Theories About Who Madison’s Doctor and His Daughter Sadie Could Be on ‘This Is Us’

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Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

Okay, so you watched the season 4 finale of This Is Us and found yourself thinking, “who is the doctor and his daughter, Sadie.”

Honestly, same.

The episode spent so much time and attention on the doctor’s backstory, before we even knew that he was Madison’s obstetrician, and introduced his daughter.

Related: Why Is Nicky By Rebecca’s Side on the ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Finale? This Theory Might Explain It

Some may say that there’s nothing to it, it was just a way to introduce a character, but avid watchers of This Is Us know that’s absolutely false.

There has to be some bigger meaning and connection that simply hasn’t been revealed yet. Plus, they wouldn’t give us so much insight into Sadie being a horse-whisperer unless it was relevant.

Check them some of favorite theories about who Dr. Mason might be below and let us know if you have any ideas:

Theory #1: It’s Dr. Katowsky’s Son/Grandchild/ Relative

It cannot be a coincidence that Dr. K was heavily featured in this episode talking about his own loss of a child, right?

There’s a huge probability that Madison’s OB-GYN, Dr. Mason, is Dr. K’s son aka the child that he and his wife had after the first miscarriage. *a fan pointed out that child was a daughter, but Dr. K had other children. Someone pointed out that those children would be older and that he once mentioned having grandchildren, so it’s possible Dr. Mason is related in some way. 

The doc seemed to have a knack for giving some really great advice just like Dr. K. He told Madison not to write off Kevin before she even talked to him and told him about the pregnancy, which led to Kevin being “all in” with the twins. There may be proof of this Dr. K and Mason are related because in the very first scene he tells Sadie that her horse is “is just a lemon.” And we know Dr. K loved his lemon metaphor.

Theory #2: Someone Like Dr. K

Considering Dr. Mason gave great advice just like Dr. K, many fans believe he’s going to be a huge part of Kevin and Madison’s pregnancy journey. He might be the one that they turn to for advice, guidance, and assurance just like Kevin’s parents did with Dr. K after he delivered Kevin and Kate. It would be a sweet way of bringing things full-circle. And hey, this still allows the Dr. Mason to be Dr. K’s son. Dr. Mason might be Kevin and Madison’s person.

Who Are Dr. Mason and Sadie on This Is Us

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Theory #3: Dr. Mason is Kyle

Okay, this theory is kind of wild and if This Is Us was a thriller drama/ telenovela rather than an inspirational, heartwarming family drama, we might consider it to be true, but sadly, we don’t think it is. That being said, we’re including it because it’s fun to imagine “what if.”

What if Dr. K was so desperate for a son that he stole one of Rebecca and Jack’s children instead. Imagine if Kyle never died but was taken and raised to be Dr. Mason, who reunites with his biological family, the Pearsons, years later by sheer coincidence when Madison walks into his office pregnant with Kevin’s twins. Again, if This Is Us was that kind of show, which it isn’t, this would be an incredible plot twist.

However, Dr. Mason seems older than Kevin, Randall, and Kate, plus, I wouldn’t want anything to tarnish the sweet, innocent Dr. K, who is a gem in this world.

Theory 4: Sadie Needed to Give the Doc Advice

Maybe Sadie and Dr. Mason were only necessary so she could give her dad that he then gave Madison about Kevin: “Little early to give up on him, don’t you think? You haven’t even give him a chance to be himself yet.” Sadie is a horse and Kevin whisperer.

Theory #5: He’s Madison Future Husband 

Madison knows she’s not Kevin’s great love story, and she’s fine with it. Maybe through all of this, she falls in love with the doc and Sadie becomes her step-daughter. There’s no confirmation that Madison becomes Kevin’s wife simply because she’s carrying his children, so it’s entirely possible they both move on while being connected by their twins.

 

Showrunner Dave Fogel told Deadline that Dr. Mason will 100% become instrumental next season: “The doctor becomes an important character next season to Kevin – he’s having twins with a virtual stranger, not a normal birth experience. It’s no coincidence he was introduced in the same episode that Dr. K returned.”

That has to confirm Theory #1, right?

Read the This Is Us Season 4 finale review right here!

What are your favorite working theories?


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