‘This Is Us’: Who Is Sally and How Does She Fit Into Nicky’s Story?

This Is Us loves to unravel storylines and reveal hidden secrets. In episode 511, “One Small Step…” fans got to learn a lot more about Uncle Nicky (portrayed by Michael Angarano and Griffin Dunne) and the life he led before the Vietnam War and before the Big Three, Kevin(Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) showed up on his doorstep.

When we first met Nicky, he was dealing with his alcohol addiction, and he was isolated and angry. However, there is much more to his life than a cranky older man living out his days in his trailer. As he grew closer to Kevin, we learned more about the soft-hearted man who never got the opportunity to reconnect with his older brother Jack (Milo Ventimiglia).

Now, fans have learned about Sally (Genevieve Angelson), the love of Nicky’s life.

THIS IS US -- "Strangers: Part Two" Episode 418 -- Pictured: Griffin Dunne as Nicky
THIS IS US — “Strangers: Part Two” Episode 418 — Pictured: Griffin Dunne as Nicky | Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

‘This Is Us’ just revealed a lot more of Nicky’s backstory

In episode 511, “One Small Step…” Nicky travels across the country after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to meet Kevin and Madison’s (Caitlin Thompson) newborn twins. “I cannot believe that you flew across the country to meet our kids,” a shocked Kevin says after opening the door.

This Is Us producer Casey Johnson hinted that we would be seeing a lot more of Uncle Nicky’s backstory in this episode, and she did not disappoint. “We’re going to see Nicky in the weeks leading up to the trip,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re also going to go back into the past and perhaps find out what happened to him and how he ended up at his trailer.”

What we didn’t expect was to learn more about Sally.

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Who Is Sally on ‘This Is Us’?

If you recall, Nicky first mentioned Sally in Season 4, Episode 4, “Flip A Coin” when he was speaking with Kevin and Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison). He says that he and Sally were together through the war, and he purchased his RV so they could travel the country together when he returned.

Nicky says that when he returned home, Sally wasn’t home so he gave up on their romance assuming she wanted nothing to do with him. Now we know that the pair met before Nicky was drafted when they were working together at an animal shelter.

This Is Us fans also learned that Sally was a hippie flower child who lived in a van named Pearl. However, Nicky wasn’t so free, and he failed to show up when Sally invited him to go to California.

But if Sally left Pittsburg for California, why would Nicky be searching for her in the city when he returned home from Vietnam?

Fans are convinced Nicky is married to Sally in the future

Fans have not forgotten that in the year 2034, Nicky is sitting by Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) bedside wearing a wedding ring. Now that he’s finally in California with Kevin and his family, could he have found Sally between the present day and in the future?