All Your Questions About Nicky on This Is Us, Answered

Isaac Aptaker: Tim brought us the idea of grenade fishing, which was something he saw a lot of the guys do in his experience. So it didn’t feel like too big of a leap of the imagination to see how it could go terribly wrong.

Before we get to what happened in Vietnam, the episode starts with Kevin and Randall already having told Rebecca and Kate about Nicky. Talk about the decision not to show their immediate reaction to Nicky being alive.

IA: Oh, interesting. This has been so much Kevin’s story for the season; he’s been the one on this quest to reconnect with his father by learning about this part of his life, so it felt like he was front and center here and we could have him filling in the family as a catch up.

EB: But we’re definitely going to be delving into the reactions more, especially Rebecca’s as the season continues to play out.

Nicky had no idea that Jack died. For someone who wanted so badly to talk to his brother, why didn’t Nicky try to track him down again in the remaining six or seven years of Jack’s life?

EB: I think that interaction we see between the two of them was sort of the end of Nicky following Jack and sort of the progress of Jack’s life. I think it was obviously an extremely loaded and extremely painful interaction for the both of them, and I think there was something about learning about Jack’s life and the future that he went on to have that hurt so much that Nicky sort of let it go at that point.

IA: I don’t think Nicky was big on Facebook or anything. [Laughs] He’s not the kind of guy that is going to get that kind of news all that readily. He’d have to really seek it out, and like Elizabeth said, that was sort of the end point there of him wanting any answers.

You mean he’s not like Miguel where he’s finding people on social media?

IA: Yeah, I don’t think he has like 1,000 friends or anything. Maybe Nicky loves Instagram. [Laughs]

It makes sense that Jack didn’t want Nicky around his kids, but it’s still infuriating that he wouldn’t allow him to explain. Do you want viewers to be upset with Jack right now?

EB: I definitely think it’s OK to feel like it was a very complicated decision and to feel frustrated by him. He has a lot of really upstanding qualities, but he’s also human. He’s limited in some ways. I think we’ve seen there is a part of Jack that sees everything in black and white, and this part of his life exists in such a terrible gray area that for whatever reason it was just too painful for him to figure out how to make it work with his present day life. We tried to show that’s what’s interesting about Kevin making a different decision than his father and trying to do better as the next generation carrying on a piece of this story.

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IA: I think that Kevin moment [at the end] shows that even though Jack may not have made the right decision in the moment, he was able to raise kids who do one better than him, which I think is the ultimate goal.

Right. Because it’s like, why drive all the way out there if you’re not going to hear what your brother has to say?

IA: Right, I think that’s fair. I think it also speaks to how Jack compartmentalizes his life. He’s not able as a person to reopen that chapter, and he doesn’t want to take in any new information because it was so painful; the only way he could function in the world was to bottle up and plow ahead.

Here’s Why Ellen Pompeo Is OK With Sandra Oh Not Returning to *Grey’s Anatomy*

One of the most dynamic duos in Grey’s Anatomy history is Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). But sadly, their iconic reign ended when Oh left the series in 2013. The actress has been quite busy since then, most recently starring in the critically-acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve. (She picked up a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the show earlier this year.)

Even still, people are stuck on the idea of Oh making a return to Grey’s Anatomy some time in the future. After all, she was a pivotal part of the long-running series, which may end with season 16, so fans are hoping for some on-screen magic before time runs out.

Unfortunately, this isn’t something in Oh’s per view at the moment. “I get [the Grey’s] question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day — and today [my answer] is no,” she told TV Line last June.

And this is something Pompeo is cool with—even though she “selfishly” wants Oh to resurrect Cristina Yang. Her reasoning? She’s happy Oh is finding success and fulfillment in her current work.

“Selfishly I would love to see Sandra Oh come back to Grey’s,” Pompeo told TV Line this week. “But I also love Killing Eve so much, and I love seeing her have so many of these incredible moments. So, as much as I love Sandra, I’d rather see her shine out on her own. I enjoy that more. That‘s more gratifying to me.” Spoken like a true friend!

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According to TV Line, Oh’s affection for Killing Eve is a major reason why a return to Grey’s isn’t on her radar. “I love Eve. I really love her,” Oh told the outlet. “I also love Cristina Yang. I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from [Grey’s fans], you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”

No matter where her compass points, though, we’ll always have the 200+ episodes of Grey’s featuring Cristina to keep us warm. And good news: they’re all streaming on Netflix.

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Kate Middleton Says All Moms Have This ‘Same Struggle’—Including Her

Kate Middleton may have help from a trusted nanny, but even she has motherhood struggles. In fact, there’s one in particular she thinks all moms deal with—even ones who have all the help in the world.

She outlined it during her visit to the Family Action Charity on Tuesday, January 22. Essentially, the Duchess of Cambridge feels many mothers receive adequate help from friends and family when their children are first born, but that tapers as time goes on.

“It’s so hard,” she said. “You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of 1 it falls away. After that there isn’t a huge amount — lots of books to read. Everybody experiences the same struggle.”

Middleton was at Family Action to launch FamilyLine, a new national call service where mothers and fathers can speak to trained volunteers about parenting, relationship issues, and mental health.

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“Why she’s a great supporter of our service is that she does recognize that families have the same pressures and struggles and she’s no exception,” a volunteer said about Middleton, according to E!. “She may have slightly different circumstances to the rest of us but, you know, being a parent is being a parent.”

Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, in April 2018, so we’re sure those first-year-of-parenting jitters aren’t as prevalent for them nowadays. They’re also parents to Prince George, who’s 5 years old, and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte. Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child some time this spring. So many royal babies!

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The Inventor of the Birth Control Pill Designed It to Please the Pope—Not Women

Since the birth control pill was invented in the 1960s, doctors have known a dirty little secret: medically speaking, periods aren’t necessary. If you’re on the pill, you can safely skip your period—and the anxiety-ridden mood swings, acne and debilitating pain that can sometimes come with them—entirely. So, why have women been taking week after week of placebo pills to keep their period coming every month? You can blame the Pope.

Earlier this week, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (the official organization setting reproductive health standards for the NHS in the U.K.) made a update to their guidelines, officially stating there’s no health benefit to taking those monthly seven-day breaks from the pill. This has been typical pill protocol for decades, so why the reversal? According to John Guillebaud, a professor of family planning and reproductive health, it all goes back to John Rock, one of the gynecologists who invented the pill. A devout Catholic, Dr. Rock built in the break in order to please the Catholic Church and, he hoped, earn the endorsement of the Pope, Guillebaud told The Telegraph.

“In the Catholic Church, the Rhythm Method is an accepted form of birth control, so his thought was that if he could make women’s periods rock solid and regular, it would make this method easier to practice [and more appealing to the Pope],” says Sophia Yen, M.D., a gynecologist in California and founder of Pandia Health. Dr. Rock’s plan didn’t work—the Pope didn’t go for it and ultimately decided the Church wouldn’t support Catholics using birth control—but nevertheless, the built-in breaks to allow for a monthly period stuck.

In other words, the reason women on the pill have been having regular periods month after month, for the past 60 years, is all because a man was trying to please another man. Seriously.

This is of course much to the annoyance of many women, who, stats show, would gladly skip over that week of placebo pills (and the period that comes with them) if they could. In a 2018 survey conducted by Pandia Health, 57 percent of women ages 18 to 30 said they would “turn off” their period if they knew it was safe. But despite this, nearly two thirds of women said their doctor had never talked about this as an option with birth control. Part of the reason may be that doctors have been afraid to rock the boat, says Dr. Yen. “Doctors have only recently been more accepting of this idea. Now that we have other methods of birth control that suppress menses like the IUD, implant, and depo provera shot,” she says, doctors are able to collect more data on safely skipping your period.

And having fewer periods may actually be better for your health. Taking the pill daily without breaking for a period every month can help reduce acne, headaches (which can be triggered by a drop in estrogen levels when you take the sugar pills), and fewer painful periods, Dr. Yen says. Even bigger deal: It could lower your risk of ovarian cancer—studies have shown that the more you ovulate (aka the more periods you have over a lifetime) the higher your risk of ovarian cancer.

Armed with more and more data to face the crumbling decades-old misconceptions, “doctors are finally getting on board,” Dr. Yen says. After 60 years of following a plan meant to please the Pope, it’s about time.

The Best New Hair Products Launching This Year | January 2019

Who needs a good hair day when you can have a whole hair month? It’s bound to happen, considering all of the newcomers hitting shelves this January. And in hair care, that’s a big deal, because just one new formula can make all the difference in your strands. Our editors washed, spritzed, and scrunched our way through all the new hair products that landed on our desks—from a shampoo that’s all about scalp health to a lotion that makes your morning blowout a breeze, we’re pretty confident your hair routine is in for an upgrade. The only thing now is to try to stick to your budget. Scroll on to meet your new hair heroes, and check in as we add more favorites throughout the month.

14 Best Lip Balms for Dry, Chapped Lips

Chapped lips tend to reach next-level special-hell status this time of year. Between flaking, cracking, and a very high ick—and ouch—factor, they’re the bane of living through winter (and that’s counting the flu and trudging through slush). Luckily for all of us, there’s a solution for even the most severe situations: our favorite lip balms.

We polled Glamour editors to find out which of the best lip balms they can’t live without in the winter. Whether you’re looking for a boost of hydration, gorgeous shine, or packaging so cool, you’ll want one for every bag, we’ve got you covered from November through March and then some. Scroll through for our picks—your lips will thank you.

The Fyre Festival Caterer Who Lost Her Life Savings Has Received Over $160K in Donations

One of the most poignant moments in Netflix’s new documentary about the Fyre Festival is when Maryann Rolle, owner of the Exuma Point Resort, reveals she drained her savings to pay employees who prepared food for the now-infamous event.

“I had 10 persons working directly with me just preparing food all day and all night, 24 hours,” Rolle says toward the end of the documentary. “I had to literally pay all those people. I am here as a Bahamian, and they stand in my face every day. I went through about $50,000 of my savings that I could have had for a rainy day. They just wiped it out and never looked back. Personally, I don’t even like to talk about the Fyre Festival. Just take it away and let me start a new beginning, cause they really hurt me. I am really hurt from that.”

Rolle is just one of many people hurt from the Fyre Festival, which was founded by Billy McFarland and promised attendees a luxurious weekend in the Bahamas filled with music. Of course, this didn’t happen: Nothing originally advertised about the Fyre Festival came to fruition. There were no fancy accommodations or delicious food or Instagram models running around. It was all, essentially, a scam—and, according to Netflix’s doc, many of the local Bahamians who worked on the festival were never compensated. This included Rolle.

But it looks like she’s finally receiving some justice. Rolle started a GoFundMe on January 14 seeking $123,000 to dig herself out of the hole caused by Fyre Fest—and people are stepping up to help. So far, Rolle has raised over $166,000 from more than 5,000 donors.

“As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole,” Rolle wrote in her GoFundMe post. “My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest. My only resource today is to appeal for help.”

Netflix’s documentary clearly had an effect on people. “Just watched the Fyre Festival doc and I’ve also been to Exuma. As soon as I heard your story of spending $50k of your own money, I knew I wanted to donate somewhere,” one person wrote on the GoFundMe page. “My heart goes out to Maryann. I hope she can rebuild and put the horrible things behind her,” posted another.

If this doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, what will?

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The Best Books of 2019

The news is relentless. No one human can keep track of all the memes on the internet. You’ve sworn off prestige TV until Game of Thrones is back. Allow us to make a suggestion: Read a book. We’ve compiled a list of 2019 new releases that’ll please even the choosiest readers. Unpredictable, addictive thrillers. Romance novels to savor over a luxurious weekend. Memoirs that the whole book club will love. Plus dozens more whose plots are as good as their ‘grammable covers. Here’s a guide to the best books of 2019.

So About the Rumor That Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt Are Dating…

A rumor popped up last week that Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt, two of the hottest people on Earth, are dating. According to The Sun, the A-list actors were set up by Theron’s ex-fiancé Sean Penn and have been hanging out since December. Their potential union, though, is like staring into the literal sun. Seriously, Theron and Pitt’s combined beauty is just too much for us mere mortals to handle! Imagine walking down the street and seeing them hold hands. I’d lose control of my limbs! How would our minds even process such hotness joining forces?

Well, it looks like we don’t have to worry about this now. Both People magazine and Entertainment Tonight report the dating rumors between Theron and Pitt are false.

Per People, the two stars met while filming an ad for Breitling watches but they’ve never been romantically involved. “They did a shoot together six months ago,” a source tells the magazine. “They have not been out together recently, and were never dating. Reports of them being involved romantically are false.” This source also added The Sun‘s claim that Penn set up Theron and Pitt “couldn’t be more false.”

ET doubled down on this, too, with a source telling the outlet, “They are both very single at the moment so it’s no surprise people are talking romance. They truly would make a Hollywood power couple, but at this point, they’re friends.”

“Brad and Charlize have known each other for years and recently became even better friends after working together,” ET‘s source added, referring to the Breitling campaign. “They enjoy each other’s company and connect on many levels. Brad and Charlize have a lot of mutual friends and share their love of acting, but neither of them are ready for a serious relationship right now.”

Well, that settles things, I guess. Here’s the Breitling commercial both People and ET reference:

Theron and Penn split in June 2015. Meanwhile, the Internet broke in September 2016 when Pitt and Angelina Jolie confirmed they were divorcing after their decade-plus relationship. For now, at least, it appears Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt are both just single, hot friends.

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Dry Skin Makeup That Won’t Flake or Cake

Each season comes with its own uniquely annoying beauty challenges. In the summer, it’s finding a way to keep foundation and eyeliner on our face through sweat and oil. Impossible as that might be, putting on makeup with dry skin in the winter is somehow even worse. Between the dry air sucking moisture out of your hands, hair, lips and face, the idea of putting makeup on top of that is just unappealing. But rather than throw in the towel and skip makeup until spring gets here, we wanted a better way.

So we went to one of the best celebrity makeup artists in the game, Katie Jane Hughes, for her tips on how to apply makeup when your skin is dry and flaky. True to excellent form, Hughes let us in on exactly how she pulls off the incredible looks she demonstrates on Instagram, no matter what winter skin issues the season serves up. All that winter brings, from chapped lips to the weird flaky dry patch that shows up next to your mouth around midday—consider them resolved. Welcome to a better world. Meet back here in spring, and we’ll get to allergies.