People have started tossing out their slow cookers, and the logic behind why might surprise you.
This kitchen appliance has been the unsung hero for busy homes and families for over 50 years. But with the progression of the favorite NBC show, this is Us, viewers have responded to the current happenings with concern and fear. And they’ve taken it out on the crockpot.
This is Us is one of the most beloved and popular series on television. Since the very beginning, we’ve known Jack Pearson, Rebecca’s first husband dies. How Jack loses his life has kept everyone on the edge of their seats. The tragic secret is being slowly revealed.
Spoiler alert ahead.
In the most recent episode of TIU, we’re given a possible glimpse into how the fun-loving father dies. It’s Super Bowl Sunday of 1998. Jack and Rebecca are watching the game and eating chili cooked in a crockpot given to them by their neighbor. The slow cooker has a “finicky” switch, but works just fine.
Jack and rebecca go to bed; the slow cooker is turned off but remains plugged in. We see the camera pan to the empty crock pot. It begins to spark, starting a fire in their kitchen. The blaze spreads throughout the home. We don’t see anymore, but it’s clear what’s probably going to happen. We’ll finally learn how Jack dies.
The internet responded to the episode by throwing out their slow cookers for fear they’d spark and set their kitchens on fire. I find this to be a bit extreme. We’ve left our slow cookers on all day several times without mishap. Should we be concerned now because of what’s going on in a fictional TV series? Are we so gullible to allow fiction to influence our lives?
The Crock-Pot company replied immediately with this statement: “No, you do not need to be deathly afraid of your quiet kitchen hero. In an official statement, the company said that:
“For nearly 50 years, with over 100 million Crock-Pots sold, we have never received any consumer complaints similar to the fictional events portrayed in last night’s episode. In fact, the safety and design of our product renders this type of activity nearly impossible.
“That’s because Crock-Pots are low-voltage devices, with self-regulating heating elements. If there’s ever a problem with yours, it’s more likely that the appliance would just shut off than spark or start a fire .”
The company even created a Twitter account, (@CrockPotCares), to help address peoples concerns. They assured everyone their crock pots are tested numerous times to ensure they’re safe. And despite people throwing away its product, crock Pot added a little humor by creating a hashtag to show their love for TIU #CrockPotIsInnocent. It even tweeted an offer to send a crock pot to the writer and producer of the show, Dan Fogelman.
No word on whether he accepted the gift.