Number One

THIS IS US: Season Two

Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
Air Date:11/04/2017

What You Need To Know:

In “Number One,” Kevin’s substance abuse continues to spiral out of control. He attends an alumni ceremony at his old high school where he receives an award. He tries to explain he’s unworthy of such an award, but everyone continues to idolize him. Kevin leaves the ceremony, wandering to the football field where he talks his way through flashback memories, starting with his initial knee injury and continuing through his failures as an adult. Drunk and miserable, he has sexual relations with another honored alumnus, a doctor named Charlotte, before stealing a page from her prescription pad to try to get more pain meds. While at the pharmacy, he realizes he forgot his Buddhist pendant, a meaningful gift his father gave him as a teenager. When he tries to retrieve it, Charlotte shuts him out, and Kevin collapses. Kevin goes to Randall, seeking help, only to discover their sister, Kate, has had a miscarriage. 

“Number One” delves deeply into Kevin’s character, unveiling his emotions and personality in a way that enables viewers to connect with him in a new light. However, this episode deals heavily with Kevin’s sinful behavior and substance abuse. It also contains a reference to Buddhism and foul language. So, extreme caution is advised.


(BB, C, Pa, FR, LL, S, N, AA, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements promotes the value of the family, has references to love and repentance, and includes a man gets on his knees and prays the Serenity Prayer, but a pagan pendant from man’s father has the Buddhist symbol of “purpose” on it;

Foul Language:
  Four obscenities and eight light profanities; 

  No violence;

  Implied fornication, man mentions he cheated on his wife, and a man makes a sexual reference to women’s anatomy, plus a married couple kiss;

  Upper male nudity and a woman is implied to be shirtless under a sheet;

Alcohol Use:
  Man gets drunk at a party, people drink wine at the party, and man drinks alcohol many times in episode, but Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps of AA are referenced;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking, light drug content with a man shown abusing prescription pain medication, and Vicodin is mentioned; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Some anger, lying, disrespect, stealing.


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