This Is Us: Jack Pearson's 10 most romantic moments
From grand gestures to swoon-worthy speeches
It's been well established that Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) is TV's reigning "super-dad" — but he's also an incredible husband to Rebecca (Mandy Moore). For every adorable moment with one of the Big Three, Jack has just as many swoon-worthy romantic gestures up his sleeve. Whether it's his Kleenex-worthy wedding vows, his movie-worthy speeches about their love, or his grand surprises, Jack knows how to woo his wife and keep proving his love again and again. (And then again some more.) Here are the Pearson patriarch's most romantic moments from the first two seasons.
Jack gives Rebecca the moon necklace ("The Big Three," Season 1)
After sleeping outside her door all night "like a Labrador," Jack promised to stop drinking, and apologized with another signature Pearson speech and a beautiful piece of jewelry. He told Rebecca that he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up until he met her and wanted to "be the man that made you happy." He pledged to be an 11, no, a 12 for her from here on out, and then gave her the moon necklace she would continue to wear in the present day. It became a beautiful token of affection between them (and beyond his death), representing their song "Moonshadow," by Cat Stevens, which she was singing the night they met. This is how you apologize.
Jack chooses Rebecca over kids ("The Game Plan," Season 1)
It seemed unthinkable to This Is Us viewers that there was ever a time when Jack and Rebecca didn't want kids, but, one fateful Super Bowl Sunday, it appeared that subject might tear our favorite couple apart. After hearing Miguel (Jon Huertas) and Shelly's (Wynn Everett) parenting woes, Rebecca vehemently stated she didn't want children, and the argument set off a full-on bar fight. But when Rebecca left the bar in a huff, Jack went after her with a romantic pronouncement. He wanted kids desperately, but assured Rebecca, "If it's between you and having kids, you win. Every time. No question." It went over so well that the two quickly reconciled and conceived triplets in the bar bathroom.
Pilgrim Rick saves Thanksgiving ("Pilgrim Rick," Season 1)
One of the most romantic things Jack did was consistently provide for his family emotionally. He bent over backward to prevent any suffering or stress for his wife and children, and never was that more on display than Thanksgiving. When family drama and car trouble led the Pearsons to spend the holiday at the rundown Pinewood Lodge, Jack created new family traditions with Police Academy 3, hot dogs with cheese and crackers, and Kate's unraveling sweater. Oh, and the frightening specter of Pilgrim Rick. From the first episode, Jack made lemonade out of lemons for his family, but it had the most lasting impact and meant the most to Rebecca on what could have been a fraught and depressing holiday.
Jack buys the Pearson home ("The Right Thing to Do," Season 1)
Sometimes, romance is about sacrifice, and Jack made quite a few for Rebecca and his forthcoming triplets when he bought the family a home. He sold his beloved car and even made a visit to his abusive father to ask for a loan to be able to afford the fixer-upper his construction company had been working on. But the most romantic part was when he showed it to Rebecca, having envisioned the loving family inhabiting every room, despite its rough-around-the-edges exterior.
The wedding ("The Big Day," Season 1)
Jack and Rebecca rarely had trouble expressing their love, so their wedding vows were, unsurprisingly, one of their most romantic moments. Even if you're not the type to cry at weddings, Jack's self-written vows will have you reaching for the Kleenex. "Saying 'I do' means saying 'I will,'" he began. "I will love you today and every day for the rest of my life. I've been trying to focus on all the little moments that I don't want to forget, but the moment that is burned into my brain and heart is the first time I saw you. Rebecca, you have changed the way I think about love. I know things may not always be easy, but our love has always been worth it. I will encourage you, trust, and respect you. I will create a home with you full of love, laughter, and compassion. I will raise a family with you and grow old with you. I will share my dreams with you. So, today, in front of everyone here, I pledge myself to you." Swoon!
Jack surprises Rebecca with a night in their old apartment ("I Call Marriage," Season 1)
After Miguel and Shelly announced they were getting a divorce, Jack and Rebecca fretted that they might face the same fate. To prove they were truly soulmates and he would never take Rebecca for granted, Jack opted for a huge romantic gesture: He surprised her by taking her to their first apartment and decking it out in twinkly lights and candles. They shared a bath and champagne, and then he topped it off by bringing out their wedding vows. Now that's a romantic way to renew your bond.
Jack's goodbye-hello speech to Rebecca ("Moonshadow," Season 1)
Even when he was literally on his way out the door and facing a very rough patch in his marriage, Jack summoned the ability to be the most romantic man alive. He didn't leave Rebecca in anger or resignation. No, instead, he gave her a lengthy speech about all the things he loves about her, concluding, "Most of all I love that you're still the woman who, all those years ago, ran out of a blind date because she simply had to sing. You're not just my great love story, Rebecca, you are my big break. And our love story, I know it may not feel like it right now, but, baby, I promise you, it's just getting started."
A criminal meet-cute ("Moonshadow," Season 1)
Every great romance has a great meet-cute, and the one that joined Rebecca and Jack is no exception. Down on his luck, Jack was late for a blind date because of his plans to rob a local bar. But Rebecca, in a way, saved him, because when he went to steal the cash, the sight of her singing "Moonshadow" stopped him in his tracks. He stared at her and she returned his gaze, later coming over to say hello. Jack's decision not to (a) go on the blind date and (b) rob the bar because he's so struck by Rebecca's voice and beauty is pretty darn romantic, and an auspicious beginning to their love story.
The dish towel/jewelry fake-out ("That'll Be the Day," Season 2)
Sure, we kind of hate the dish towel in retrospect for being the indirect cause of Jack's death, but it was originally a very sentimental item for Rebecca. Jack gave it to her for Christmas, which, by itself, is sort of a sexist Christmas present. But this is Jack Pearson, after all, so, of course, it's not just any dish towel, but the wrapping for her actual present: a diamond bracelet.
Jack's favorite tree ("The Car," Season 2)
When Rebecca was worried she might have a brain tumor, Jack took her to his "favorite tree" — a place we learned in a prior episode had special meaning, and was where some of his ashes would be spread. But the thing is, this tree meant nothing to Jack. He only took Rebecca there to distract her and make her feel better while they awaited test results. This tree caught his eye because it was the closest to a phone booth. And this is the essence of romantic Jack — reassuring Rebecca and making heartfelt gestures (even if they're revealed to have no meaning beyond what he created in the moment) to make sure the woman he loves is okay.