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Watching NBC’s hit drama This Is Us is an emotional experience for viewers and, as Jimmy Fallon joked on Tuesday’s Tonight Show, perhaps even the show’s crew members can’t get through those intense scenes without choking up.
In a sketch, Fallon played This Is Us sound guy Dale who keeps crying as Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz try to do a scene in character as Randall and Kate. The siblings are having an emotional conversation in which Kate blames herself for the death of their beloved father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia).
During the scene, the actors become distracted by the sound of crying off camera. The director, played by Saturday Night Live‘s Mikey Day, discovers that the crying is coming from Dale. After the crying interrupts the first two takes, the actors try to talk Dale through the emotional moment. Brown first tries to give Dale a pep talk by saying, “I know that this is an emotional scene and whatnot, but I really need you to pull it together.” Dale responds, “Let’s get professional in here. OK, you can do this. Show me you can do it!”
Following a third attempt to film the scene, Metz asks if Dale can get his crying under control. Dale then states that the microphone is picking up noise and “it kind of sounds like someone’s crying.” In denial of the fact that he’s disrupting the shoot, Dale accuses Metz of crying. He points at the actress and shouts, “You’re the one who’s crying!”
After being yelled at by Dale, Metz begins to walk away from the set. Dale then says, “Someone’s a diva” and blames Metz for Jack’s death. In a later take, Dale interrupts filming to assure Metz that she isn’t responsible for the patriarch’s death. “Don’t you do that to yourself,” he says while attempting to hold back tears.
Throughout the first 21 or so takes, Dale finds himself hitting Metz with the boom mic, crying on the floor and swallowing his own vomit.
When Dale believes the scene has been shot to its best potential, he announces that the crew is done working for the day. The director explodes and says, “No, we’re not. You’ve been ruining the shoot all day!” He continues, “I’ve lost control over the whole set, so no, Dale. We’re not good. I’m not good. I’m not good enough.” The director then breaks down in tears and embraces in a hug with Dale.
Overcome with emotion, Brown joins in on the hug. Metz then states, “There’s no shame in it. OK, look, we all cry. This is who we are. This is us,” before joining in on the group hug.
The sketch comes to an end when Ventimiglia witnesses the emotional cast and crew members. While at first the actor is annoyed by the constant emotion he witnesses on set, he then softens and begins to cry. “I get emotional, too,” he says as he embraces his co-workers.
Watch the full sketch below.
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