This Is Us: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets

  
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8. Pot Brownies

In season one’s “The Best Washing Machine in The World,” Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) share a heart-to-heart moment after getting high on pot brownies together, and despite the rumors, there were no actual drugs in the brownies for the scene. “Ron and I were nerds and got together that weekend prior and just talked about the scene. We did not eat pot brownies together! There were no pot in the brownies on-set, either!” Susan Kelechi Watson explained. She added, “I don’t even know we knew how to get high, but we faked it. and we had a good time! Ron is such a great person. I don’t know if people know, but Ron is a huge theater guy in New York. He is just phenomenal and this is his first major television series and he brings so much experience with him. When you jump into a scene with Ron, you’re in it. He’s this old-school Harlem, New York guy and I love that because I’m such a New Yorker. We just have a great time.”

Source: NBC

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7. Dr. Katowski

Without a doubt, the minor role of Dr. Katowski, played by Gerald McRaney, was one of the most endearing characters on the show, and the character’s name had a very special meaning to those involved in the show. The character was actually named after two important people in Dan Fogelman’s real life. “I’m a huge New York Mets fan, so [ballplayer] Dwight Gooden was Dr. K (because the symbol for a strikeout in baseball is a K), and I always thought, That would be a funny thing to nickname a doctor. [Also] My wife’s father’s side of the family are Katowskis — Polish — and I always like the name. So, I put that name in there for her side of the family.”

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