Fans of This Is Us have a new trigger word: crock-pot. Viewers of the NBC hit took to Twitter to react to the slow cooker that started the fire that seemingly killed beloved TV dad, Jack Pearson (played by Milo Ventimiglia). It’s safe to say they won’t be using recipes that require a crock-pot anytime soon.
During the Tuesday, January 23, episode of This Is Us, there was a flashback to Jack and Rebecca’s neighbor, George, giving the young couple a crock-pot because he and his wife were cleaning out their house, getting ready to sell.
Then, after Super Bowl Sunday in the ‘90s, Jack went downstairs to clean up the kitchen. When he was done, he turned off the crockpot — which George previously revealed has a faulty switch — and laid a dishtowel down beside it. Jack went back upstairs and the switch shorted, causing the towel and the rest of the home to catch on fire.
Many This Is Us fans were angry at the cooking appliance, and some even vowed to throw them out:
“I just threw my crock-pot out the window….#ThisIsUs,” a fan tweeted.
“I will never accept a crockpot as a gift now #ThisIsUs,” a user wrote.
— Mackenzie Nikolay (@mjnikolay) January 24, 2018
Another fan tweeted, “I get married in less than 2 months and suddenly I feel the need to remove the crockpot from the registry. WE. DONT. NEED. IT. #ThisIsUs.”
“Me looking at our crockpot #ThisIsUs,” a user captioned a gif.
— Reese (@NY2Pgh) January 24, 2018
Other fans joked about the future sales of the cooking appliance:
“The makers of #Crockpot typing a press release for tomorrow **Dear America Calm Down #ThisIsUs is Fake News** @NBCThisisUs @SterlingKBrown @TheMandyMoore @MiloVentimiglia,” one user tweeted.
— Keyon🍯 (@redjuly7) January 24, 2018
“Good luck to all the PR people working in the crockpot industry as they walk into the office tomorrow morning.#ThisIsUs,” a fan wrote.
One fan even made a Twitter account for the now infamous crock-pot. “Sorry Jack #ThisIsUs,” George’s crock-pot tweeted after the episode aired.
Sorry Jack🙁 #ThisIsUs
— George’s Crockpot (@georgescrockpot) January 24, 2018
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman tweeted about the fan’s outrage on Tuesday: “Taking a moment to remind everyone that it was a 20 year old fictional crockpot with an already funky switch? Let’s not just lump all those lovely hardworking crockpots together. #ThisIsUs.”
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker also addressed the episode after fans expressed concerns via Facebook. “We’re heartbroken over last night’s episode too! Ruthie, we’re innocent until proven guilty. Since the 1970s, we have been providing families with quality and safe products, ask your parents if you don’t believe us. DM us with any questions, and we’d be happy to tell you more about our safety standards!”
Scroll through for other reactions to the fire starting crock-pot:
Derek Shepard: My death was the saddest in tv history!
Jack Pearson: Hold my crockpot!#ThisIsUs
— Lauren Tielbur (@LaurenTielbur) January 24, 2018
— Torii (@ToriiiGirrl) January 24, 2018
Miguel: I’m the most hated character on #ThisIsUs.
George: Hold my crockpot.
— Rich Spada (@Chef_Spada) January 24, 2018
— Chelsea Stevens (@ChelseaMS731) January 24, 2018
— Claire (@vbjc4life) January 24, 2018
— curt (@CurtIDontPanick) January 24, 2018
— Gigi (@TheGinaP) January 24, 2018
— Kate (@katebranagan) January 24, 2018
This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. However, the next episode will air after the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. Watch the promo for that episode here.