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Nine Bucks 

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The Big Three find themselves on new paths as they celebrate their 38th birthdays; Jack and Rebecca go on their first date; Deja turns a corner.


Ken Olin


Dan Fogelman (created by), Dan Fogelman | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore ... Rebecca Pearson
Sterling K. Brown ... Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz ... Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley ... Kevin Pearson
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Beth Pearson
Chris Sullivan ... Toby Damon
Jon Huertas ... Miguel Rivas (credit only)
Melanie Liburd ... Zoe Baker
Niles Fitch ... 17 Year Old Randall (credit only)
Logan Shroyer ... 17 Year Old Kevin (credit only)
Hannah Zeile ... 17 Year Old Kate (credit only)
Mackenzie Hancsicsak ... 10 Year Old Kate (credit only)
Parker Bates ... 10 Year Old Kevin (credit only)
Lonnie Chavis ... 10 Year Old Randall (credit only)


It's December 23, 1972. While most of the talk in Pittsburgh today is what the sports media is calling Franco Harris' final play "immaculate reception" to win the playoff game against the Raiders, all Jack can think about is his first date with who he considers his dream girl, Rebecca, after spotting her singing at an open mic at *the* bar, especially as seeing her changed the course of his night and possibly of his life. The problem for Jack this night is that between him and Darryl, he can only come up with $9 for the date, something he doesn't want to tell Rebecca and which becomes more and more problematic as the date progresses. In present day, the Big 3 are celebrating their thirty-eighth birthdays. Kate and Toby will be attending a brunch hosted by Madison for the occasion, their mood at the brunch which will be dictated by an appointment they have that morning concerning their diminishing options to have a baby. Kevin will be joining Randall and his family to celebrate. What ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Bucks See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Immaculate Reception, which served as a backdrop, occurred on December 23, just two days before Christmas. However when Jack and Rebecca first meet at the bar, and in the subsequent date at the carnival, there are no indications of being during the Christmas season (decorations, music, etc). In addition, it is unlikely such a carnival would occur during the Christmas season, and the thunder accompanying the rain storm is inconsistent with winter weather in the Pittsburgh area. See more »


References Requiem for a Dream (2000) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Excellent setup premiere for the season...even if it lacks some depth
26 September 2018 | by royalewithcheese2020See all my reviews

This episode almost felt like a recap of the first two seasons to me. I am not saying this is a bad thing. It just lacked some depth that other episodes in the series have, because it tried to pack too much into one single episode. However, I think this is saying a lot in terms of the potential in which the emotional range of this show can reach and is definitely a great setup for this season. The acting seemed the most natural it has been up until this point from the main cast. You can tell the actors and the characters they play have really matured a lot up to this point and are developing more into their characters.

Besides that, this episode brings up a lot of questions, which this show does a great job of doing I must say. Especially with the question of Jack's death, which we were all so stooped over for in anticipation last season. Now with this episode, we just get more questions. Who are Randall and Tess going to visit? What happens in Vietnam with Jack and his brother? How does Jack eventually win Rebecca over? What is going on with Toby? What is the backstory with Deja?

Overall, a solid episode with excellent and promising performances by the main cast. Like I said, it lacks a bit emotional depth, but it is hilarious as usual and no doubt does it have me anxious for next week's episode. The only reason I thought it lacked emotional depth is because I believe the best aspect of this show is how much it draws you into these character's lives with such a broad perspective of their issues and relationships that span over generations. This episode kind of avoids getting into the depths of these characters too much, though it tries. However, there is no doubt this episode will keep a regular fan of this show drawn in, we just need to wait until next week!

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