This Is Us has always played around with multiple timelines and dabbled in flashbacks and flashforwards on a regular basis.
The latest episode of Season 6, The traincontinues that trend as viewers are introduced to a new family of characters while the Pearsons bid farewell to Rebecca.
The episode cuts scenes with a new character named Marcus Brooks, but who is this mysterious newcomer?
*WARNING: Spoilers follow for This Is Us Season 6 Episode 17*
This Is Us Season 6 Episode 17 Summary
Episode 17 of This Is Us Season 6 aired on NBC on May 17, 2022 at 9/8c.
Titled The trainthe episode explored Rebecca’s final moments on the show.
The Pearson family gathered at Rebecca’s bedside while an unconscious Rebecca dreamed about her final moments on a train and reunited with some key figures from her life.
Elsewhere, the episode is also punctuated by scenes involving a new family, the Brooks, who were involved in a bad car accident in the opening scene, while later scenes follow their youngest son Marcus growing up to be an aspiring scientist.
The episode ends with Rebecca reuniting with Jack in her mystical train as she dies. keyword waterworks.
Who is Marcus Brooks in This Is Us?
Marcus Brooks is the little boy who was climbing around his family’s car when they got into a bad car accident.
In later scenes we see an adult Marcus working as a scientist walking with a cane, having broken his leg in the car accident mentioned above.
The episode also reveals that Deji Pearson is pregnant and hints that Marcus could be Deji’s boyfriend and later the father of her child – although this proves to be a red herring.
However, it becomes clear that Marcus and his family were in fact hospitalized the same night as the Pearson family after their home fire.
Marcus required emergency surgery on his broken leg and while his father was downstairs getting coffee, he bumped into Jack Pearson – just before Jack’s fatal heart attack.
In other words, if the trauma surgeon didn’t have to attend to Marcus, they might have been available to operate on Jack after he collapsed and died in the hospital waiting room.
The painful revelation takes another level, however, when it emerges that adult Marcus is developing a drug that is key to fighting Alzheimer’s and would keep other families from going through the same pain the Pearsons suffered after Rebecca’s diagnosis.
Fans discuss Marcus’ arrival
While Episode 17 may have offered twists and turns in Marcus’ story, the latest reveal about the character has gotten quite a reaction from This Is Us fans.
A fan on Twitter wrote: “The doctor felt horrible when Jack died because he left him to help the child (Marcus). But if he hadn’t gone to Marcus, Marcus would have died and not grown up to cure Alzheimer’s. God this show.”
While another added: “Marcus Brooks is working to cure Alzheimer’s. I absolutely cannot. Only these writers could bring us to tears over a character we’ve known for 5 minutes.”
“Marcus worked on Alzheimer’s research?? Yeah, I’m not fine,” this fan commented.
This Twitter user commented: “What an amazing story from Marcus and his family. Another big three with himself and his siblings. And to know that he was successful in Alzheimer’s research. Perfection.”
This fan noted the heartbreaking nature of the scene where Jack died but Marcus survived: “The juxtaposition of Jack dying and Marcus surviving at the same time broke me.”
Finally, this Twitter user said: “Essentially, Jack died so that Marcus could be saved so he could eventually help fight Alzheimer’s, which was largely due to his family’s motto, passed down by Jack the night of his death became.”
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