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This Is Us Shows Us Jack's Last Day Alive

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us | Photo Credits: NBC, Ron Batzdorff/NBC

This Is Us has finally reached the point of no return. Tuesday's episode flashed back to show fans Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) last day alive before a fire consumed the Pearson family home.

Fittingly, Jack's last day was Super Bowl Sunday which he and Rebecca dubbed "The Worst Pearson Super Bowl Ever." It started with Jack getting into a fight with Kate (Hannah Zelle) over sending in a video tape audition for the last round of her college conservatory application. It escalated to a blow up with Kevin (Logan Shroyer) where the eldest Pearson son lamented having to go to community college and not getting the life he imagined to be so much greater than his parents'. The final salt in the wound was Randall (Niles Fitch) ditching the game to go on his first date, leaving Jack and Rebecca to watch the last Super Bowl the family would spend together alone.

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The final moments of the episode broke down exactly how the fire started. It was an old crockpot, used to make Super Bowl chili, that set the kitchen ablaze when an errant spark landed on a dry dish towel situated nearby. Since Jack and Rebecca forgot to pick up batteries at the mall for the smoke detector, the entire downstairs was in flames before any of the Pearsons realized what was going on.

So now we can confirm that Jack at least died from side effects of the fire, but all of our questions won't be answered until the Super Bowl episode that airs on Sunday, Feb. 4. The full hour will be centered on how each of the Pearsons (minus Kevin, who decided to stay the night at his girlfriend's house instead of coming home to apologize to his father) made it out of the house and it will reveal exactly what happened to Jack in his final moments.

Jack's last day wasn't perfect, but in a lot of ways it mirrored the man fans have grown to love over the course of two seasons. He is flawed and occasionally overzealous, but he loves his family above all else and all of them knew that before he passed. The tragedy of Jack Pearson is that he never got to see his full potential or fulfill all of his own aspirations.

There are still many questions to be answered in the next episode, but one thing is for sure: stock up on tissues.

This Is Us returns Sunday, Feb. 4 after Super Bowl LII.



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Criminal Minds Exclusive: Is Linda Barnes Trying to Split Up the BAU?

AJ Cook, Criminal Minds | Photo Credits: Sonja Flemming, CBS

Uh oh, trouble is brewing at the FBI and it looks like J.J. (A.J. Cook) is going to get the first taste of it on Criminal Minds.

In our exclusive clip of this week's episode, J.J. is tapped for a meeting with Assistant Director Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes) to discuss a covert operation J.J. was part of a few years ago. Why the trip down memory lane? J.J. suspects it's part of Barnes' campaign to become director of the bureau.

If the name Linda Barnes raises the hairs on the back of your neck, they should. As J.J. finds out while she's stressing about the meeting, Barnes was instrumental in disbanding the Beyond Bordersteam, so she's a destructive force to be reckoned with. Simmons (Daniel Henney) definitely doesn't think anything good can come from this meeting, so how much should J.J. be worried?

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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Black Lightning: Damon Gupton on That "Uncle Tom" Call-Out

Damon Gupton, Black Lightning | Photo Credits: Guy D\'Alema, Guy D\'Alema/The CW

Tonight's episode of Black Lightning keyed into the struggles within the community of Freeland, and not just the one between the citizens and the gangs; there's another struggle happening between the black citizens of Freeland and the black police force trying to keep and enforce the law.

LaWanda (Tracey Bonner) may have been a one-off character (thanks to her untimely, but totally planned demise), but she was a great example of why the community on Black Lightning is so divided. Most people want The 100 off their streets and out of their city, but that doesn't mean they're happy to team up with law enforcement to do it.

We've already seen in the premiere that the white members of the police force are a source of trouble for the black members of the Freeland community, but what about the black police officers like Detective Henderson (Damon Gupton)?

LaWanda wasn't just calling him an Uncle Tom to be funny -- Henderson really is dealing with a community that doesn't believe he's on their side.

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"That's interesting and a common struggle true to real life," Gupton tells TV Guide. "That's how it is right now. If you're a member of black law enforcement, you walk a very fine line because you see so many times the police are vilified."

According to Gupton, that's an issue Henderson and the rest of the police force will be struggling with even more now that Black Lightning has appeared and seems to be getting the results the police can't or won't deliver.

"Here's this man who is the law," Gupton says of his character, "Who's really doing a good thing, and he's doing his job, but people see him as part of the problem. I think that that's the case with a lot of black law enforcement. They are trying to do their jobs, often doing their jobs well, but they're seen as the problem because the community doesn't see the results. That's an interesting conflict that he has because he's between a rock and a hard place."

Whether or not Black Lightning retains the good will of the Freeland community remains to be seen. People can be fickle when it comes to vigilantes, no matter how many gang leaders they put away.

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.



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