On the This Is Us episode “A Manny-Splendored Thing,” the entire Pearson family travels to Los Angeles to visit Kevin (Justin Hartley) on the set of Manny. Before the taping, Kevin is caught by his wife Sophie (Alexandra Breckinridge) poking at his abs in the mirror of his trailer. She reminds him that he’s been eating six-ounces of plain chicken breast for every meal for the past two weeks. every day. “Your ab game is strong, I promise.”
Her teasing doesn’t set Kevin at ease. In his mind, The Manny made him, then ruined him. Why he’s returned to do this special is like “returning to the scene of the crime.” Kevin wants to be the bigger man, “But the funnier bigger man.” He wants to be like George Clooney when he came back to do that last scene on ER. “That’s what I need. That’s what I’m going for,” Kevin says. The writers of this scene should win an award. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.