We first met the TV heartthrob during what would turn out to be the end of his run as a sitcom king. Then we were around (even if most of his family wasn’t) for his triumphant return to the show. But we’re dying to see what Kev’s first days on The Manny set looked like. Tank-top fittings? Infant screen tests? The first utterance of “Manny says whaaaa?” The possibilities are endless.
JACK VISTING THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
The emotionally powerful monument was completed in 1982, and the Pearsons lived just a few states away at the time. We can imagine a family pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. might provide the catharsis that Jack — who we already know was deeply affected by his (and his brother’s) experiences in the military — could certainly use. Because his visit with Randall during their trip to Howard University couldn’t have been the first one… could it? (In the meantime, we’d settle for seeing how and where Jack got the necklace he gave Kevin in the hospital.)
REBECCA’S POST-JACK LOVE LIFE
Starting over after any relationship ends is tough. Starting over after your soulmate dies after complications from a fire that destroyed your home and upended your life? Damn near impossible. We can’t imagine it was easy for Rebecca to get back out there with three kids and a broken heart… but knowing how Mandy Moore regularly slays the most emotional of material, we’d sure like to see what it was like.
THE YEAR OF KATE AND RANDALL
The 12 months following Jack’s death weren’t all bad, if Kate’s reminiscing about watching Sex and the City and nibbling on Hot Pockets with her brother are any indication. We’d love to see how these two leaned on each other during the bleakest time in their young lives.
RANDALL AND BETH AS NEW PARENTS
All of that wisdom and excellent teamwork didn’t spring, fully formed, from a dog-eared copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting: We’re sure Beth and Randall had their share of spit-up, mishaps and self-doubt, starting with Tess’ unceremonious arrival on the living room floor. We’d love to see the young couple navigate those sleepless nights, 2 a.m. feedings and diaper changes gone horribly wrong (and the baby snuggles and good stuff too, of course).
MIGUEL AND REBECCA CONFESSING THEIR FEELINGS
How tough was it for Jack’s widow and his best friend to say out loud that they were falling for each other? We don’t know… but we’d sure like to find out.
BETH AND RANDALL’S FIRST DATE
Who wouldn’t want to see what happened after Beth “fell for The Manny’s game” — remember how Kevin was “Cyrano-ing the whole thing” when his brother called his future wife to ask her out on a date? — and agreed to hit the town with 19-year-old Randall?
KATE AS A MOM
After her sad miscarriage last season, we’d love to see Jack and Rebecca’s daughter holding a kiddo of her own. (Hey, if this show can flash-forward unexpectedly, we can, too!)