Rebecca goes into an early labor; Randall finds his biological father; Kevin faces a personal and professional crisis; Kate finds herself at a low point.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore ... Rebecca Pearson
Sterling K. Brown ... Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz ... Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley ... Kevin Pearson
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Beth Pearson
Chris Sullivan ... Toby Damon
Ron Cephas Jones ... William Hill
Alan Thicke ... Alan Thicke
Andrew Santino ... Casey
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Tanya
Gerald McRaney ... Dr. Nathan Katowski
Richard Tanner ... Director John
Lisa Schurga ... Stage Manager
Mark Cohen ... Warm Up Guy


Those that are celebrating their 36th birthday today include: Jack, whose wife Rebecca is expecting triplets, which will be their first children; Randall, who has made a financial success of his life despite being abandoned by his unknown father at a firehall when he was a newborn; and twins Kevin and Kate, whose lives have taken divergent paths based solely on appearance, with "model good looks" actor Kevin having a lucrative lead role in a mindless sitcom called "Man-ny", the role which often requires him to be shirtless, and obese Kate wallowing in the difficulties in her life, those difficulties because of her weight. On this specific day, Rebecca goes into labor, six weeks premature, meaning that the children will have the same birthday as Jack. The stress from what is already considered a difficult pregnancy is ratcheted up a notch when Rebecca's regular doctor becomes incapacitated, leaving her in the care of a doctor she's never met, Dr. Katowski - "Dr. K" - he a ... Written by Huggo

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The pilot makes clear almost exactly when the kids were born: Sometime after the American embassy takeover on 11/4/79 (final clips in the hospital show Walter Cronkite on television covering it). The year of the pilot (which airs in 2016) is 2015, meaning the kids were born sometime November 1979. Pittsburgh has an educational cut off of December 1st. If the triplets were not held back, they would have been in 1st grade (not 2nd) when the Challenger crashes on January 28, 1986. They wouldn't have been in pre-K or Kindergarten, as they would have started kindergarten the year they were turning 5, i.e. 1984; they would have started 2nd grade in 1986, but after the Challenger tragedy. See more »


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Dr. Nathan Katowski: Go see your babies. I think they got a good one.
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22 January 2018 | by lixeixSee all my reviews

Good acting (so, so good), good presentation, awesome music, good screenwriting. EVERYTHING is good in this pilot.

It's a MUST-WATCH even if you don't feel like following up with the rest (you should thought, at least through season 1).

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20 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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