- This Is Us -The Pearson Clan Has Terrible Luck With Cooking Appliances
One of the saddest parts of This Is Us is knowing that certain relationships are doomed before they actually meet their death in the present day timeline. So was the case with Jack and Rebecca: While the couple stayed very much in love, Jack died of a heart attack after inhaling smoke from a slow cooker-caused fire. Now, it seems another cooking appliance is taking down Toby and Kate's relationship. Seriously, the Pearsons may want to consider ordering in.
The third episode of Season 6 kicks off with a flash-forward, in which Toby and Kate's now adult son Jack is barbecuing on a smoker. (By the way, Jack's deck is attached to a palatial Hollywood Hills home, because this guy is rich rich.) Jack gets a far-off look in his eyes, which makes his wife ask him what's up? He says that the smell of the smoker takes him back to some mysterious day when something bad happened — and he even has the scar to prove it.
Flashforward to the present timeline, where Toby and Kate are having a failure to communicate. Toby showers Kate with gifts and attention, but he's not actually spending any time with her — a problem, given that he lives in San Francisco for most of the week. It seems he's more focused on being a great dad to his two kids than he is being the best husband he can be to Kate. However, in true Toby-and-Kate fashion, they seem to get on the same page by the end of the episode. Toby's new gift to Kate is a smoker — he frames it as a way for the two to spend time together, and Kate seems just as onboard for it as he is.
Flashforward again to Billionaire Jack, whose wife points out that he doesn't have to cook on the smoker — after all, it's a symbol for the desolation of his parents' marriage. Jack, however, loves some smoked meat, or whatever it is people in the future are cooking, so he'll just have to deal.
Now, I'm very curious as to how a smoker sunk the Toby and Kate ship, which seemed pretty strong up until Toby headed out to San Francisco. Was one of them irresponsible with the smoker, and left Jack unattended near it, leading to some sort of accident? That seems to be what the show is hinting at — and if that's the case, I have to ask...did no one learn anything from the slow cooker ordeal? A smoker is a lot more volatile than a crockpot — capable of burning down homes, and, apparently, fan favorite relationships.