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Tuesday night’s This Is Us episode, “That’ll Be The Day,” came tantalizing close to explaining how best patriarch ever Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) will finally perish. In a flashback, we learn that Jack and Rebecca had inherited a faulty Crock-Pot from their neighbor George, which then ignites a kitchen towel years later, leading to full-fledged flames that soon overtake the kitchen curtains. Unfortunately, we won’t find out what actually happens until the post-Superbowl This Is Us episode on February 4. But many people are all mad at Crock-Pots nonetheless.


Crock-Pots have their defenders, of course: If I had my druthers I would keep mine on a throne on my counter with a little crown. But I was afraid to use one for many years, just because of what happens in the This Is Us kitchen. Show creator Dan Fogelman even took to Twitter to defend the beloved appliance. But no matter what eventually happens to the Pearson family, at least we now have a new catchphrase, “hold my crockpot”:


Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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