‘This Is Us’: 1 Director Says This Episode Is the Most Challenging of Season 5

This Is Us is one of the most thought-provoking and beautifully produced series on TV. The TV show follows Pearson patriarch and matriarch Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and their three children Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin (Justin Hartley) over the course of their lives as they navigate everything from death to successes, heartbreak, and triumphs.

Season 5 has already unveiled its own set of revelations. However, Jon Huertas who plays Miguel, Jack’s best friend and Rebecca’s present-day husband on the series, says one particular episode was the most challenging to film.

Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson sitting in a car on 'This Is Us'
Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson in ‘This Is Us’ | NBC

‘This Is Us’ timeline can make the show very difficult to film

In the pilot episode of This Is Us, fans were startled when they realized they were watching the Pearsons’ lives play out across various timelines. This non -linear timeline has made the series revolutionary in many aspects. However, it has also been challenging for the cast, crew, and viewers.

The series is also known to throw in brand-new timelines without warning which has had its own set of challenges. However, if you pay attention everything makes sense in the grand scheme of things.

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Jon Huertas says this episode of ‘This Is Us’ was the most challenging of Season 5

With a major span of time that stretches at times to the 1950s during Jack’s childhood and into the future in 2034, This Is Us is always facing a series of challenges. However, Huertas who plays Miguel and who directed episode 509 “The Ride,” says this particular episode had its own set of challenges that the cast and crew had never faced before.

In the episode, we watch various members of the Pearson family drive home from the hospital with their newborns for the first time. “The episode was super challenging, but I think that’s going to make it better for me in the long run, because once COVID is gone and we’re back to having normal sets and operations, it will feel a lot easier. But I like being challenged,” Huertas told The Wrap.

It wasn’t simply COVID-19 restrictions and protocols as well as the sliding timelines that made “The Ride” a dozy.

“We had Mandy, who was 37 weeks pregnant,” the actor/director explained. “We had eight babies. Like, the youngest of babies. Not like a 1-year-old or a 2-year-old, like 1- to 3-month-olds is what we were working with. It was crazy. Then a lot of car work, shooting in and around cars. So it was super challenging, but the episode is so good.”

When will ‘This Is Us’ air a brand new episode?

Typically, This Is Us would be airing its final episodes of the season. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the drama series’ shooting schedule has shifted tremendously. Amid lockdown, the start date for filming Season 5 began at a much later date than anticipated.

Also, following a major surge in cases in LA where This Is Us is filmed at the end of 2020, production of the series was put on hold again, which means fans have had to deal with a strange hiatus in the middle of the season. Thankfully, NBC has assured fans that This Is Us will return with a brand new episode on March 16, 2021.

The episode which is titled, “I’ve Got This” will see the return of fan-favorite, legendary actress, Phylicia Rashad as Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mom Carol. The rest of the episode will center on Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) as they try to bring their two families and brand new babies together for dinner.