The 10 Most Tear-Jerking Moments From 'This is Us'

The 10 Most Tear-Jerking Moments From 'This is Us'

A show that has moved America to tears, time and time again.

1. Rebecca learning that the third triple didn’t make it

From the very start, everyone knew This is Us was going to be a tear jerker. The first scene that every truly shattered everyone's heart nationwide was watching Rebecca find out she lost a child, before even getting to know him. No words could be said to express the sympathy all viewers had for the family, instead tears showed every emotion. At that time America knew, we were already falling in love with the family.2. Toby's heart attack

There is no doubt that Toby a total sweetheart, making Kate fall madly in love with him and everyone else just adore him. However, watching him progress on his health journey early in the season only to fall to the ground while having a heart attack not only crushed the table he landed on, but our hearts as well.

3. Williams death

William was hard to love at first but soon after we learn more about him, he is hard not to love. His deep-rooted love for Randall is the best indication that we can trust him and allow ourselves to get invested in his life. When his sickness worsened our hearts slowly started to feel heavy, knowing deep down that it was not long before he was a memory. The death of William was not only a sadness we felt for losing him, but watching Randal lose yet another father.

4. Kate falling into the bathtub

Watching Kate finally find happiness with Toby and seeing their excitement of their soon to be child filled was a joyous moment for all. The second we heard the fall, the devastation flooded in. There are no words to express the sorrow viewers felt knowing the fairytale was too good to be true.

5. Kevin's DUI

Although Kevin did not know he was recklessly driving with his nieces in the car, the fear that struck in the body of all witnesses was real. He had finally hit rock bottom, after all the heart break he had encountered. Although watching him get handcuffed was scary, it was the wakeup call he needed

6. Kevin skipping his opening night to comfort his brother

It is no secret that Kevin and Randall have never been super close. However, family is family and that should always come first. Kevin knew that something was wrong when Randall was not able to make Kevin's big night, and finally Kevin made sure he was there to help his brother. Watching Randall hit his breaking point, while crying in his brother's arm was both heartwarming but heartbreaking, not leaving a single dry eye.

7. The family therapy session

This was the first time we have ever saw the family completely turn on one another. Kevin had only negative things to say about his childhood, which shocked all the viewers who had witnessed almost nothing but joy from their early years. As the families' perfect image seems to be crumbling, the fight escalades.8. Kate breakthrough at weight loss camp

Kate and Jack held a special bond that he did not share with other siblings, making Kate seem to allow her father's death to affect her the most, even after many years. As Kate pounds the drum mallets the audience finally sees a side of her that seemed to be hidden. She thinks deeply about her father, as she flashbacks to the funeral. With her heart on her sleeve, tears streaming down her face, and her arms smashing into the drums she showers her anger, pain and fears that all came with the loss of her beloved father. 9. Jack and Rebecca's temporary split

It is hard to name a couple as in love as the Pearson's, but every marriage comes with hardships. After Jack begins drinking again, which leads him to fist fight a member of Rebecca's band, the couple decide to take a break. To see the kids try to cope while Rebecca downplays the severity of the situation forced viewers to wonder – is the couple calling it quits? After investing so much love into their marriage not only would a divorce tear their family apart, but all the viewers hearts.

10. Jacks funeral

There is no doubt that Jack's death and funeral caused every single viewer to hysterically cry. The loss of such an amazing man and father was felt deeply in all's hearts. Seeing his kids lash out and suffer from such a horrific and tragic event was brutal. The rock of the family was gone, with no warning and no goodbye. Such young kids, losing an amazing role model so young made hearts physically ache. Jack was so easy to love and feel connected to, making his death and funeral that much harder.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?


With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.

We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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