Lisa Braxton

A smoke alarm gets a close-up in a popular television series and sends a powerful message

Blog Post created by Lisa Braxton Employee on Jan 22, 2018

A photo of the cast of This Is Us

SPOILER ALERT: If you are a fan of the TV series This Is Us and are behind on episodes, you may want to stop reading now!

Every week millions of viewers tune into This Is Us, an award-winning dramatic series on NBC. The series follows the lives of siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall born in 1980. Their parents are Jack and Rebecca. Episodes weave through the past and present (2016-2018) of the characters’ lives.

Early on we learn that in the present, Jack is dead but we don’t know how he died. His wife and children grieve for him in different ways. Eventually we learn that Jack died in a house fire. Viewers (including me) have tuned in for weeks hoping to get more details. Finally, it seems that during last week’s episode a few more hints were provided. Rebecca announced that the family needed to get batteries while at the shopping mall. At the end of the episode, after they returned home, she was trying to remember what she forgot to get while there. The camera then zooms into the smoke alarm mounted on the ceiling with the batteries missing.

To say that social media is “freaking out” over this “reveal” would be an understatement. Discussion boards are filled with comments from viewers calling the upcoming episode, in anticipation of the critical question being answered, “The one we’ve all been waiting for.” Who knows if the writers plan to answer the question anytime soon of why Jack died in the house fire or whether the missing batteries had anything to do with his death. Regardless, this storyline on This Is Us sends a powerful message. It has a whole lot of people thinking about the importance of installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in the home.

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