Jack Pearson’s Son

THIS IS US: The First Season

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
Episode
Number:15
Air Date:02/14/2017

What You Need To Know:

In “Jack Pearson’s Son,” Rebecca wants to go on tour with her band. Jack initially supports her. However, when he finds out she briefly dated another band member, he retracts his support, and they fight. In the future, Kate gets kicked out of weight loss camp, returns to Toby, and they reconcile. They begin to ask each other deep questions to try to strengthen their relationship. Randall continues to buckle under the strains of work and family and eventually has a breakdown. Kevin nervously prepares for the opening night of his play, but when he realizes Randall is in distress, he abandons the play and comes to comfort Randall.

“Jack Pearson’s Son” focuses primarily on the concept of trust. Jack wants to trust Rebecca, but when he discovers her past, his trust is shaken, and he turns to alcohol. Toby trusts Kate with his hard secrets, but Kate struggles with how to be open and trusting in return. Kevin doubts his playacting abilities but is reminded that he’s Jack Pearson’s son, and that he can trust his skills. “Jack Pearson’s Son” is a dramatic episode, with some positive moral content, but it has references to some immoral behavior, so caution is advised.

Content:

(BB, LL, S, N, AA, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong moral worldview with references to respect and an emphasis on the value of family, marriage, and children;

Foul Language:
Nine obscenities and four profanities;

Violence:
No violence;

Sex:
  Girl mentions her teenage brother is fornicating with his girlfriend; 

Nudity:
  Upper male nudity when teenage boy shown in his underwear;

Alcohol Use:
  A man mentions getting drunk, people shown drinking at a bar, a man drinks bourbon at a restaurant;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking but a man mentions contemplating overdosing on painkillers; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Some anger, jealousy, divorce, deception, depression, and suicide are discussed.

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