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Although Nikki’s meeting with Sally and Deja is the first The sexual experience with Malik – not to mention the front flash scene – made headlines on Tuesday this is us She also told the story of how Rebecca began dealing with the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. (Read the full recap.)
“Sometimes I think of what my last memory will be before the candle goes out,” Rebecca said to Miguel, Nikki, Sally and Sally’s husband (!) Eric, as they pondered how illness should make it easier to deal with life’s simple annoyances… But that hasn’t been proven so far.
TVLine spoke with Executive Producer Kai Uejun, who directed the episode, and Co-Executive Producer Kevin Folls, who wrote it, about Rebecca’s path as a this is us It’s getting closer to the end of the mother (and the special show).
TVLINE | We’re in this weird slack, as Rebecca learns things are starting to go downhill a bit, and she’s all too aware of what lies ahead. How do you deal with this exact placement of the character? How much debate about how far to go into its decline and when?
Kai Oegon | Kevin, I’ll let you speak to the writing, but for us in the [writers’] The room, we had several experts coming in to talk to us. We have had doctors guide us through the process and schedule. We know what the end game is, in terms of age and timeframe that Rebecca is finally going through, and so we knew there was going to be a long period of that kind of decline. We just wanted to calibrate it properly and adjust it.
and mandy [Moore]God bless her, she’s done an incredible amount of homework on how to do this character and this process. For me, from a guiding standpoint, it’s really just kind of patient with it. It’s really just allowing a great actress to embody a character you know so well. Honestly, it’s kind of weird to say, but let the camera sit there, and let it take its time.
I think you’ll see the season is a very patient season, especially when it comes to Mandy’s performance, just because we always play honest. But yes, research was a big part of it. Doctors read all of our scripts, and I’ll let Kevin, who wrote such a beautifully mature episode, take the lead on this.
Kevin Falls | Yes, Kai nailed it. All experts who come, Dan [Fogelman, series creator/executive producer] It always impresses us that we have to do it right, whether it’s in Vietnam or Alzheimer’s disease. We also realize that during the season we wanted to see her from the beginning, through the middle, in a confused state in which she is. It’s interesting, Kay, now that we’re in the room, and we really go in and see scripts where we’re starting to see the deterioration, and she struggles with memory, which is important: that we can’t have a TV version where it’s temporary, and she’s aware of that, and she doesn’t really feel the consequences. …
So, we want to make that real as well, and how it’s not just affecting her, how it’s affecting the family… We’ve tried to make it real, and we still have ways to make it happen, but it’s hard. It’s rough, isn’t it, Kay? This is not fun stuff.
Uygon | It’s a difficult thing. I think that’s why we want to–it’s strange to say, but–we walk ourselves. As an opportunity to really keep these memories and look back, we wanted to be able to play with those memories a lot. This episode is about love, second chances, second romance, and nostalgia for first love. We definitely wanted this to be where her memory space lived. She still had those, and we wanted to explore them.
TVLINE | I know people have been asking to know more about Rebecca and Miguel’s courtship, and we definitely got some of that in this episode. Is there more of that on the way this season?
the fall | question at the right time. Go Kay.
Uigun | Million percent, more on the way… There’s more to come.
the fall | In fact, we’re working on it today.
Uigun | literally.
TVLINE | I was touched by the moment Rebecca said an ordeal awaited Miguel, and said it would be “fabulous” for her – a great feeling, I’m sure he means, but the actual practice of that is much more difficult. Can you talk to me a little bit about the struggle that awaits Miguel, who is one of the most understated characters on the show to date?
the fall | Yes, and this simple Miguel, [the one for whom] Things seem to roll in from him, whether Kevin breaks his pieces and thinks he might be a snake to steal Jack’s wife, and all those things he let roll for the greater good, which is Rebecca’s happiness, and her family, that’s what we’ll explore as well. But we’ll also face the losses it takes, and heroic gestures to support a loved one, whether it’s your mother, father, wife, or significant other.
So, we’ll see, and he has to deal with it, and then slowly he will not grudgingly earn much respect, but the long-awaited respect of the Big Three. He’s kind of a silent hero. I wouldn’t say he’s suffering. Don’t let anyone see it. But there is depth to Miguel that we bring into this, and it also affects how he has supported his wife during this difficult time.
TVLINE | During that dinner scene, who was his idea for Nikki and Miguel to exchange complementary hair on the table? loved it. Was it written?
the fall | [Laughs] It was in writing. Dan passes every script, and we’re always grateful for that, because it’s so cool. The topic of poetry, put that out there, and I thought it was really funny, and I stayed at it. I made the mistake of actually saying we could lift it, because we’ve been running for a long time, and it didn’t do well. [Laughs] You stayed inside, so I’m glad you liked it.