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* In the Season 3 finale, Rebecca insists on taking comprehensive notes about baby Jack’s care. What at first seems like annoying helicopter parenting is revealed at the episode’s end to actually be because she’s begun to suffer from dementia, and in the flash-forwards set around fifteen years in the future is bed-ridden and needs to be reminded who her children are.

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* In the Season 3 finale, Rebecca insists on taking comprehensive notes about baby Jack’s care. What at first seems like annoying helicopter parenting is revealed at the episode’s end to actually be because she’s begun to suffer from dementia, and in the flash-forwards set around fifteen years in the future is bed-ridden and needs to be reminded who her children are.are.

!!!Season Four
* Kate manages to keep it together about her son Jack being incurably blind for days, but finally breaks down when she unthinkingly brings up how she looks forward to him "watching" the Steelers with her, realizing right there how he won't be able to fully participate in something that's been so central to the family.


* Randall learning that [[spoiler: his mom knew his birth father all along and deliberately hid it from it. During his MushroomSamba, he yells at a vision of his mother about robbing him of years with William before realizing that she was just scared and trying to protect their family]].

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* Randall learning that [[spoiler: his mom knew his birth father all along and deliberately hid it from it. During his MushroomSamba, he yells at a vision of his mother about robbing him of years with William before realizing that she was just scared and trying to protect their family]].family.



* [[spoiler:Rebecca]]'s second visit to William. [[spoiler:At that point he had been clean for over five years and had gotten his life back on track. When Rebecca tells him that Randall wants to meet his biological father, William just lights up with joy...until Rebecca walks out while he's not looking. All she left him was Randall's picture]]. And her reason for this? [[spoiler: She was afraid William would take Randell away from her. Just to twist the knife in a little deeper, in the same episode Randall says: "If I knew the man who abandoned me regretted it... that he wanted me back, that would have made all the difference in the world"]].
* The flashback to William crying as he reads her letter and puts the picture [[spoiler: in a book he had written entitled, "Poems for my son."]]
* "The Big Day" returns to the day the triples were born and shows Jack having to tell Rebecca that they lost the third baby. She just keeps denying it.

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* [[spoiler:Rebecca]]'s Rebecca's second visit to William. [[spoiler:At At that point he had been clean for over five years and had gotten his life back on track. When Rebecca tells him that Randall wants to meet his biological father, William just lights up with joy...until Rebecca walks out while he's not looking. All she left him was Randall's picture]]. And her reason for this? [[spoiler: She was afraid William would take Randell Randall away from her. Just to twist the knife in a little deeper, in the same episode Randall says: "If I knew the man who abandoned me regretted it... that he wanted me back, that would have made all the difference in the world"]].
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* The flashback to William crying as he reads her letter and puts the picture [[spoiler: in a book he had written entitled, "Poems for my son."]]
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* "The Big Day" returns to the day the triples triplets were born and shows Jack having to tell Rebecca that they lost the third baby. She just keeps denying it.



* Kevin [[spoiler: leaving the premiere of his show to comfort Randall after he realized his brother, who just called him and spoke nonsense, was having a nervous breakdown]] in "Jack Pearson's Son."

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* Kevin [[spoiler: leaving the premiere of his show to comfort Randall after he realized his brother, who just called him and spoke nonsense, was having a nervous breakdown]] breakdown in "Jack Pearson's Son."



* The flash-forward to the night of Jack's death: [[spoiler: Randall and Kate breaking down at Miguel's house, Kate saying she needs to get in touch with Kevin (who is on a date with Sophie, seemingly unaware of the situation) and, worst of all, Rebecca driving home with Jack's things, until she gets to the house and sees it burned down, at which point she just ''screams'']].

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* The flash-forward to the night of Jack's death: [[spoiler: Randall and Kate breaking down at Miguel's house, Kate saying she needs to get in touch with Kevin (who is on a date with Sophie, seemingly unaware of the situation) and, worst of all, Rebecca driving home with Jack's things, until she gets to the house and sees it burned down, at which point she just ''screams'']].''screams''.



** Some moments have to be highlighted, especially his breakdown outside Charlotte's house after [[spoiler: leaving his father's necklace on her bedroom floor,]] when he begs her to be let back in, calling it the only thing he has of Jack. He then collapses into BrokenTears in her front yard, finally admitting, "I just need somebody to help me," over and over again. Then, when he finally gets the courage to go to Randall for help, he finds out that [[spoiler: Kate lost her baby.]] Once again, he is overshadowed by his siblings.

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** Some moments have to be highlighted, especially his breakdown outside Charlotte's house after [[spoiler: leaving his father's necklace on her bedroom floor,]] floor, when he begs her to be let back in, calling it the only thing he has of Jack. He then collapses into BrokenTears in her front yard, finally admitting, "I just need somebody to help me," over and over again. Then, when he finally gets the courage to go to Randall for help, he finds out that [[spoiler: Kate lost her baby.]] Once again, he is overshadowed by his siblings.



* The therapy scene in “The Fifth Wheel” where the family finally bring up thier issues:
** When Rebecca talks of how Jack won't be there for Kate's wedding or Randall's children being born, Kevin bows his head. It takes the therapist pointing it out for Rebeca to realize that she automatically thought of Kate and Randall first and Kevin has always been the odd one out.

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* The therapy scene in “The Fifth Wheel” where the family finally bring up thier their issues:
** When Rebecca talks of how Jack won't be there for Kate's wedding or Randall's children being born, Kevin bows his head. It takes the therapist pointing it out for Rebeca Rebecca to realize that she automatically thought of Kate and Randall first and Kevin has always been the odd one out.



** Almost making it worse, the audience knows that Jack left a note for Kevin. It read, [[spoiler: "Kevin, in case I don't see you before work tomorrow, I love you. You owe us an apology. Dad.]] Kevin doesn't know, though, because [[spoiler: it burnt in the fire.]]
** Then, at the end of the episode, after Kevin has apologized to everyone on his list, he flips it over to reveal one more name, unchecked: [[spoiler: Dad.]]
* "Super Bowl Sunday" is a rather poignant episode in that [[spoiler:it shows the final day of Jack's life. The audience never gets to see the moment he dies, but the [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent nurses running around in the background]] as Rebecca checks in on her loved ones and the glimpse of his corpse in the window of his room were all that were needed.]]
*** Mandy Moore didn't know that Milo Ventimiglia was going to be lying in the hospital bed so her reaction was real.

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** Almost making it worse, the audience knows that Jack left a note for Kevin. It read, [[spoiler: "Kevin, in case I don't see you before work tomorrow, I love you. You owe us an apology. Dad.]] " Kevin doesn't know, though, because [[spoiler: it burnt in the fire.]]
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** Then, at the end of the episode, after Kevin has apologized to everyone on his list, he flips it over to reveal one more name, unchecked: [[spoiler: Dad.]]
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* "Super Bowl Sunday" is a rather poignant episode in that [[spoiler:it it shows the final day of Jack's life. The audience never gets to see the moment he dies, but the [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent nurses running around in the background]] as Rebecca checks in on her loved ones and the glimpse of his corpse in the window of his room were all that were needed.]]
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Mandy Moore didn't know that Milo Ventimiglia was going to be lying in the hospital bed so her reaction was real.



** Randall in the present day is the only one of the Pearson children who chooses to gleefully and fully celebrates Jack's life on the anniversary of his death, but after having a [[spoiler: brief funeral for his daughter's dead lizard,]] Randall starts to flashback and almost ends up in tears.
** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] and Kevin basically avoids it altogether until he finally goes to his father's tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.

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** Randall in the present day is the only one of the Pearson children who chooses to gleefully and fully celebrates Jack's life on the anniversary of his death, but after having a [[spoiler: brief funeral for his daughter's dead lizard,]] lizard, Randall starts to flashback and almost ends up in tears.
** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] dog and Kevin basically avoids it altogether until he finally goes to his father's tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.



* The reveal that Nicky was born just two minutes before midnight, which would have saved him from being called to Vietnam where he was killed. And then the point is driven home when we see all the other babies born on the same day who'll be named in the draft 21 years later.

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* The reveal that Nicky was born just two minutes before midnight, which would have saved him from being called to Vietnam where he was seemingly killed. And then the point is driven home when we see all the other babies born on the same day who'll be named in the draft 21 years later.


-->'''Zoe''': [[TheAlcoholic His water bottle was full of Vodka.]]

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-->'''Zoe''': [[TheAlcoholic His water bottle was full of Vodka.]]]]
* In the Season 3 finale, Rebecca insists on taking comprehensive notes about baby Jack’s care. What at first seems like annoying helicopter parenting is revealed at the episode’s end to actually be because she’s begun to suffer from dementia, and in the flash-forwards set around fifteen years in the future is bed-ridden and needs to be reminded who her children are.

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* Rebecca cuts through a family fight at the hospital with a powerful speech on remembering every single detail of the waiting room the night Jack died.


* A few months after Jack's death, Rebecca runs into a widower father of one of the kids' classmates, and after some nice conversation he asks her to have coffee, causing her to realize for the first time that people are now going to be seeing her as on the market again. Made all the more powerful by the show not feeling the need to spell it out with dialogue and letting Mandy Moore's facial acting do all the work.

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* A few months after Jack's death, Rebecca runs into a widower father of one of the kids' classmates, and after some nice conversation he asks her to have coffee, causing her to realize for the first time that people are now going to be seeing her as on the market again. Made all the more powerful by the show not feeling the need to spell it out with dialogue and letting Mandy Moore's facial acting do all the work.work.
* The WhamLine by Zoe to Beth near the end of "The Waiting Room" about Kevin
-->'''Zoe''': [[TheAlcoholic His water bottle was full of Vodka.]]


* The full story of Nicky: while high on his own medical supplies, he made a horrible mistake that killed the young son of the woman whose necklace Jack later gave to Kevin. Because of some racist comments he’d made earlier about hating all Vietnamese, Jack assumed he’d deliberately murdered the boy and refused to consider anything else, and cut Nicky out of his life completely after getting home by telling everyone he was dead.

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* The full story of Nicky: while high on his own medical supplies, he made a horrible mistake that killed the young son of the woman whose necklace Jack later gave to Kevin. Because of some racist comments he’d made earlier about hating all Vietnamese, Jack assumed he’d deliberately murdered the boy and refused to consider anything else, and cut Nicky out of his life completely after getting home by telling everyone he was dead.dead.
* A few months after Jack's death, Rebecca runs into a widower father of one of the kids' classmates, and after some nice conversation he asks her to have coffee, causing her to realize for the first time that people are now going to be seeing her as on the market again. Made all the more powerful by the show not feeling the need to spell it out with dialogue and letting Mandy Moore's facial acting do all the work.


* Early in their relationship, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip so Rebecca can see a record label. Along the way, Jack has PTSD-influenced nightmares but can't bring himself to discuss them with Rebecca, and it turns out he's using the trip to visit the parents of one of the soldiers under his command, who was killed when he stepped on a mine while playing catch. They tell Jack it wasn't his fault, and soon afterward he breaks down in tears while hearing Rebecca's song about dealing with guilt.

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* Early in their relationship, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip so Rebecca can see a record label. Along the way, Jack has PTSD-influenced nightmares but can't bring himself to discuss them with Rebecca, and it turns out he's using the trip to visit the parents of one of the soldiers under his command, who was killed when he stepped on a mine while playing catch. They tell Jack it wasn't his fault, and soon afterward he breaks down in tears while hearing Rebecca's song about dealing with guilt.guilt.
* The full story of Nicky: while high on his own medical supplies, he made a horrible mistake that killed the young son of the woman whose necklace Jack later gave to Kevin. Because of some racist comments he’d made earlier about hating all Vietnamese, Jack assumed he’d deliberately murdered the boy and refused to consider anything else, and cut Nicky out of his life completely after getting home by telling everyone he was dead.


* Toby fighting and trying to hide his depression from Kate. After she announces the news to him that she is able to become pregnant, Toby, still trying to hide his depression from her, just breaks down sobbing. To see someone who is always usually so positive and happy become a sad emotional mess like that can bring tears to anyone’s eye.

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* Toby fighting and trying to hide his depression from Kate. After she announces the news to him that she is able to become pregnant, Toby, still trying to hide his depression from her, just breaks down sobbing. To see someone who is always usually so positive and happy become a sad emotional mess like that can bring tears to anyone’s eye.eye.
* Early in their relationship, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip so Rebecca can see a record label. Along the way, Jack has PTSD-influenced nightmares but can't bring himself to discuss them with Rebecca, and it turns out he's using the trip to visit the parents of one of the soldiers under his command, who was killed when he stepped on a mine while playing catch. They tell Jack it wasn't his fault, and soon afterward he breaks down in tears while hearing Rebecca's song about dealing with guilt.


** Rebecca is eating a candy bar when the doctor tells her and is in utter denial which leads to heartbreak when she realizes the truth.

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** Rebecca is eating a candy bar when the doctor tells her and is in utter denial which leads to heartbreak when she realizes the truth. Millions of women will now forever cry when they see a [[ProductPlacement Mars bar]].






* Toby fighting and trying to hide his depression from Kate. After she announces the news to him that she is able to become pregnant Toby still trying to hide his depression from her just breaks down sobbing. To see someone who is always usually so positive and happy become a sad emotional mess like that can bring tears to anyone’s eye.

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* Toby fighting and trying to hide his depression from Kate. After she announces the news to him that she is able to become pregnant Toby pregnant, Toby, still trying to hide his depression from her her, just breaks down sobbing. To see someone who is always usually so positive and happy become a sad emotional mess like that can bring tears to anyone’s eye.


* The reveal that Nicky was born just two minutes before midnight, which would have saved him from being called to Vietnam where he was killed. And then the point is driven home when we see all the other babies born on the same day who'll be named in the draft 21 years later.

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* The reveal that Nicky was born just two minutes before midnight, which would have saved him from being called to Vietnam where he was killed. And then the point is driven home when we see all the other babies born on the same day who'll be named in the draft 21 years later.later.
* Toby fighting and trying to hide his depression from Kate. After she announces the news to him that she is able to become pregnant Toby still trying to hide his depression from her just breaks down sobbing. To see someone who is always usually so positive and happy become a sad emotional mess like that can bring tears to anyone’s eye.


* Just seeing Rebecca fall into depression after the loss of Jack is definitely saddening. Very good make up along with Mandy Moore’s performance shows just how much Rebecca is still reeling from losing her husband. She even tells Randall that getting out of bed in the morning requires incredible effort and after that she has nothing in her emotionally to deal with problems such as Kevin’s drinking and Kates excessive eating.

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* Just seeing Rebecca fall into depression after the loss of Jack is definitely saddening. Very good make up along with Mandy Moore’s performance shows just how much Rebecca is still reeling from losing her husband. She even tells Randall that getting out of bed in the morning requires incredible effort and after that she has nothing in her emotionally to deal with problems such as Kevin’s drinking and Kates Kate's excessive eating.eating.
* The reveal that Nicky was born just two minutes before midnight, which would have saved him from being called to Vietnam where he was killed. And then the point is driven home when we see all the other babies born on the same day who'll be named in the draft 21 years later.


** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] and Kevin basically avoids it altogether until he finally goes to his father's tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.

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** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] and Kevin basically avoids it altogether until he finally goes to his father's tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.fallen.
!!!Season Three
* Just seeing Rebecca fall into depression after the loss of Jack is definitely saddening. Very good make up along with Mandy Moore’s performance shows just how much Rebecca is still reeling from losing her husband. She even tells Randall that getting out of bed in the morning requires incredible effort and after that she has nothing in her emotionally to deal with problems such as Kevin’s drinking and Kates excessive eating.

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*** Mandy Moore didn't know that Milo Ventimiglia was going to be lying in the hospital bed so her reaction was real.


* The scene of Jack and Randall at karate won the "Tearjerker" award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for this reason.

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* The scene of Jack and doing pushups with Randall at karate on his back won the "Tearjerker" award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for this reason.



** Randall in the present day is the only one of the Pearson children who chooses to gleefully and fully celebrates Jacks life on the anniversary of his death but after having a [[spoiler: A brief funeral for his daughters dead lizard]] Randall starts to flashback and almost ends up in tears
** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] and Kevin basically avoids it’s altogether until he finally goes to his fathers tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.

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** Randall in the present day is the only one of the Pearson children who chooses to gleefully and fully celebrates Jacks Jack's life on the anniversary of his death death, but after having a [[spoiler: A brief funeral for his daughters daughter's dead lizard]] lizard,]] Randall starts to flashback and almost ends up in tears
tears.
** Kevin and Kate don’t do much better with Kate watching the video of Jack recording her singing and blaming herself for his death because [[spoiler: Jack went back to save her dog]] and Kevin basically avoids it’s it altogether until he finally goes to his fathers father's tree and admits to how far he’s fallen.

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** Rebecca is eating a candy bar when the doctor tells her and is in utter denial which leads to heartbreak when she realizes the truth.

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