‘This Is Us’: Who Plays Eric, Sally’s Husband, on Season 6?

Many This Is Us fans were blown away by Sally (Dey Young) and Nicky’s (Griffin Dunne) reunion in season 6 episode 2. But another character had some viewers doing a double take. The Jan. 11 episode introduced Sally’s husband, Eric, and many individuals thought the actor looked familiar. So who plays Eric on This Is Us? Here’s everything you need to know about Jeffrey Nordling and whether we’ll see Eric and Sally return to the NBC series in the future.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers about This Is Us Season 6 Episode 2.]

Jeffrey Nordling plays Eric, Sally’s husband, in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6 

Actor Jeffrey Nordling attends the Los Angeles Premiere of the new HBO Series "Avenue 5" at Avalon Hollywood on January 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Actor Jeffrey Nordling | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

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There’s a chance you’ve seen Nordling before he joined the This Is Us cast to play Eric in season 6 episode 2. The actor has taken on a number of roles throughout the years, including Once & Again, Providence, 24, Desperate Housewives, and Nashville

Meanwhile, Nordling popped up in hit shows like Arrow, Hawaii Five-0, and Suites. It’s also likely that you recognize Nordling as Gordon Klein from Big Little Lies and Stan Morrison from Walker.

What happened to Sally and Eric in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 2?

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Nordling had quite the introduction as Eric in This Is Us Season 6 Episode 2, “One Big Leap.” Uncle Nicky finally found the courage to meet his long-lost love, Sally, with a little help from Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Miguel (Jon Huertas). But when Nicky reunited with Sally, he found out she married a man named Eric.

The moment Nicky discovered that Sally had a husband, he tried to bolt. But in a turn of events, Sally and Eric invited Nicky, Rebecca, and Miguel to the most awkward dinner of all time. Then when everyone sat down for the meal, things started heating up. 

Rebecca told everyone about her Alzheimer’s disease. Then she revealed she was still worried about the “small stuff.” In response, Eric shared that he was constantly scared about the deck he built without permits. He also watched as Nicky admitted that he’s pined over Sally for 50 years. But when Sally spoke up, everything started to unravel.

Sally said she regretted buying their satellite dish because it caused her husband to hide away in his den. They also stopped communicating because he was so busy watching TV. She also said Eric treated her like a line cook. But despite this blowup, it seemed like Sally and Eric were still destined to continue living their lives together. Nicky moved on and ended up with Edie (Vanessa Bell Calloway).

Will Eric and Sally return by the end of ‘This Is Us’?

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Now, This Is Us has officially closed the door on Sally – and Eric. In an interview with Glamour, director Kay Oyegun and writer Kevin Falls confirmed that episode 2 is the last fans will see from the two new characters. Falls also revealed a deleted scene that showed what happened to Sally and Eric in the end.

“There was a scene that didn’t make it in because we just didn’t have that time, which is where we see Eric make a gesture and suggests that he and Sally watch TV together or something like that,” Falls said. 

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