Last night’s episode of This Is Us not only gave us insight into Jack’s relationship with his brother, Nick, but it also showed us where Randall’s “Breathe” technique originated.
Here’s what you need to know: Season three, episode four focused on Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) experience during the Vietnam War. When his friend Don Robinson (Mo McRae) loses his foot in an explosion, he teaches Jack the “Breathe” technique that was eventually passed on to Randall.
“We’re scared sometimes that we forget to do the thing that keeps us alive,” Robinson said as he cupped Jack’s face and told him to breathe.
We first saw the technique in season one when Jack taught young Randall (Lonnie Chavis) to breathe when he was suffering from panic attacks. Adult Randall (Sterling K. Brown) also used it with his biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), on his death bed.
It’s all in the family. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.