This Is Us (2016– )
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The Right Thing to Do 

Jack and Rebecca receive surprising news, Kate tries to help Toby, Randall feels conflicted about William and Jessie, while Kevin must make a choice.


Timothy Busfield


Dan Fogelman (created by), Aurin Squire | 2 more credits »

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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
Denis O'Hare ... Jessie
Janet Montgomery ... Olivia Maine
Milana Vayntrub ... Sloane Sandburg
Elizabeth Perkins ... Janet Malone
John Rubinstein ... Ron Schiller
Peter Onorati ... Stanley Pearson
Gerald McRaney ... Dr. Nathan Katowski


Jack and Rebecca's first instincts upon learning of Rebecca's pregnancy are for Rebecca not to turn out like her judgmental passive/aggressive mother who still drives her crazy, or for Jack not to turn out like his physically and emotionally abusive father. Jack is estranged from his widowed father, who knows nothing about Jack's current life. By the end of Rebecca's first trimester by which time they've prepared somewhat for their new life as parents including renting a two bedroom sixth floor walk-up apartment they can ill afford, they learn that Rebecca is carrying triplets. Knowing that the apartment is impractical for three babies and not having the financial means for three children at this time, each of Jack and Rebecca make decisions about their life as parents for which they may not be emotionally prepared, but which they know they have to do to make it under the circumstances. In present day, things with the play seem to be going well with Kevin and Sloane now co-financing ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In This is Us, Season 1, Episode 11 ("The Right Thing To Do"), Kate's mother changes Kate's order from "A Coke" to "Make that a Diet Coke". The episode takes place in 1980, but Diet Coke was introduced in 1982. See more »


When Jack is driving to his dad's house, it is supposed to be around 1981-82, however all the cars on the street are modern cars. See more »


Randall Pearson: Am I homophobic?
Beth Pearson: You are not homophobic.
Randall Pearson: Well, how do you know?
Beth Pearson: Because you're good, and you're open-minded, that's why. Plus, your favorite coworker is gay.
Randall Pearson: Keith's not gay.
Beth Pearson: Really?
Randall Pearson: No, he's French Canadian. It's confusing.
Beth Pearson: Damn.
Randall Pearson: All right, if I'm not homophobic, then why does it make me feel so weird every time William talks about Jessie?
Beth Pearson: Because you thought you were getting to know him. And this, admittedly, is a curveball.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


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