The episode began with a 20-something-year-old Randall experiencing anxiety two months after having a total nervous breakdown while his wife, Beth, was pregnant with their first child, whom we now know as Tess. At a hardware store, Randall decided to open up to a clerk about his fears of becoming a new father and, when the employee basically told him that once the baby comes he’ll have all the answers he needs, the tears began to stream.
Randall then rushed home when his mother, Rebecca, called with news that Beth was going into labor and, after what seemed like a super-quick and easy birth, we were then treated to a bittersweet exchange between Randall and his mother when Rebecca told him, “That was one of the happiest moments of my life. But also your dad isn’t here. And that’s just something I’m gonna have to deal with for the rest of my life. The happiest moments will also be a little sad.”
The realization that Jack is no longer alive to experience these big milestones with the rest of the Pearson family hit hard emotionally, but there were some happy moments as well. Yet even the happy This Is Us moments make us cry. How do they do it?
After a very powerful final act of the show in which flashbacks of a young Rebecca meeting baby Randall, and speaking to him for the first time in the hospital, overlapped a new-grandmother Rebecca meeting and speaking to Tess for the first time, fans totally lost it.
One fan on Twitter shared:
— Cary Pohlhammer (@CaryPohlhammer) November 1, 2017
While another tweeted:
— KayKay (@Kaymillien) November 1, 2017
Check out Jack Pearson’s major plot twist:
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