‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 4 Preview Teases an Emotional Tale About Jack and His Mom Next Week

This Is Us Season 6 just left fans on a cliffhanger, but the story continues in the next new episode on Tuesday, Jan. 25. So what’s on the horizon? The This Is UsSeason 6 Episode 4 preview teases an emotional journey for Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his relationship with his mom, Marilyn (Laura Niemi) – here’s our breakdown of the promo trailer.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers about This Is Us Season 6 Episode 4, “Don’t Let Me Keep You.”]

‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 4 preview hints Jack and Marilyn had a complicated relationship

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At the end of This Is Us Season 6 Episode 3, “Four Fathers,” Jack gets a phone call revealing his mom died. Of course, fans don’t know much about Marilyn. She was in an abusive relationship with Jack’s alcoholic father, Stanley (Peter Onorati). Jack also helped Marilyn move out, and he cut ties with his dad. 

That said, the This Is Us Season 6 Episode 4 preview suggests Jack didn’t remain close with his mother throughout the years. In the promo trailer, Jack tells Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that he’s “got a funeral to plan and a lifetime of loose ends to tie up.” Then when he drives up to his mom’s house, one of her friends points out that Jack hasn’t visited in 13 years. But despite this, another friend reveals how important Jack was to Marilyn.

“Nothing was more important to her than your Sunday calls,” the friend says to the Pearson patriarch. “You’re her hero, Jack.” 

The promo trailer for ‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 4 shows a new side to Jack

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack on the phone looking devastated in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 3
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack in ‘This Is Us’ | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

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As the trailer for This Is Us Season 6 Episode 4 continues, Jack calls Rebecca on the phone and reveals that he has to write a eulogy for the funeral. Then Rebecca asks her husband what he’s going to say. But how does he find the words to say goodbye when he still has so many loose ends to tie up? It’s clear Jack doesn’t know. 

The This Is Us promo jumps ahead to the funeral, and Jack looks at the crowd filled with his mom’s friends while giving his eulogy. But when he opens his mouth, nothing comes out. He’s speechless.

In the last episode of This Is Us, fans watched the Pearson patriarch jump right into action as Super Dad for Randall, Kevin, and Kate. But it looks like Jack’s the one who needs some saving this time around.

Jon Huertas teases what’s happens next in episode 4 of ‘This Is Us’ Season 6, ‘Don’t Let Me Keep You’

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Following the new Jan. 18 episode of This Is Us Season 6, actor and director Jon Huertas (who plays Miguel) teased what’s coming for Jack next week

“With Jack, he’s always had this really difficult relationship with his family,” Huertas said. “And I think this is one of those odd moments that Jack really doesn’t know how to deal with emotionally.”

The actor continued, “And he’s going to have to realize that [he] can’t do this himself. He’s not a superhero, he’s a human with a heart that realizes sometimes you need help. Sometimes you need to lean on others to help you through things.”

It seems Jack has a lot on his plate in This Is Us Season 6 Episode 4. But for now, we’re going to have to watch how everything unfolds on Jan. 25. Stay tuned. 

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