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In less than a month, This Is Us finally will return to your living rooms/bedrooms/phones with the unveiling of the season 3 premiere. That episode — which will be the NBC family dramedy’s first in six months — will start to put viewers on the path to enlightenment in regard to those questions that were introduced in the season 2 finale’s trio of flash-forwards. The welcome-back installment also will whisk you back to the ’70s to witness the first date of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore). It seemed like the two were destined for something big after a magical connection in the bar where almost-bandit Jack spotted Rebecca singing “Moonshadow,” and now you will learn exactly what happened later that night on their first official date.
As you can see in this first-look image from the episode, Jack and Rebecca will head to a carnival-type setting, and Rebecca will enjoy at least two-fifths of a candy apple. But is their first date as sweet as you might imagine? “People expect it to be a straight line to finding one another and living happily ever after — and that may not be the case,” Moore hints to EW.
In any case, witnessing their first date after having seen Jack’s tragic death last season might give you a new poignant perspective. “It’s extremely good television to watch these two have their origin story,” series creator Dan Fogelman tells EW. “It’s always interesting after you lose somebody — which we kind of feel like we did with Jack this past season — to almost go in and put in those old video tapes and watch them at a much earlier stage of life. And I think that’s what this feels like.”
When it comes to Jack, what themes emerge in the new season? “Discovery of the past,” Ventimiglia tells EW. “New, burgeoning love.”
Meanwhile, back in the present day, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) have a lot (too much?) on their shared plate, including helping troubled foster child Deja (Lyric Ross), who was last seen mangling Randall’s Mercedes, and overseeing the rehabilitation of William’s building. Here, they seem to be waiting — Beth perhaps a bit more patiently than Randall — for an appointment at an office that specializes in children. Which means that this could be a matter concerning Deja, daughter Tess (Eris Baker), or other daughter Annie (Faithe Herman). Or maybe there’s fourth child that they have decided to adopt? Just kidding. Probably.
“Something is going to transpire with Tess, and how does Deja fit in to the family?” Brown hints to EW. “After the end of last season, she’s not what one would call a happy camper. How do Randall and Beth deal with trying to make her feel as welcomed as possible — and growing and expanding their family?”
The season 3 premiere of This Is Us airs on Sept. 25. For more intel from creator Dan Fogelman, head over here.