When two people you love have a fight, the reasonable thing to do is to stay the heck out of it. That’s why we’ve been navigating this whole Beth and Randall awkwardness with an open heart over the past few weeks on This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV). But seriously, after that latest episode, “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away,” we really think it’s time to unpack Randall’s selfish behaviour once and for all.
Because enough is enough, man.
We love Randall, we really do. From his goofy speeches and his big heart, to his love for his family and his penchant for chasing his dreams, he is a good guy. There is a reason Sterling K. Brown was the standout nominee for the show when it started three years ago. Randall is a popular, lovable character. Or at least he was until lately. Now? Well, now Randall is turning into kind of a jerk.
That jerkiness was on full display on Tuesday as he and Beth tackled their shared calendar, trying to make their new jobs work while balancing a tight budget and three daughters. The characters were each burning the candle on both ends, so you knew something was going to give sooner rather than later. Stress always wins out in those situations.
The dreadful moment came when Randall jumped to the conclusion that Beth had stood him up for an important political dinner, and left her a really demeaning message that both belittled her new career and her overall choices. In reality Beth was stuck for hours in traffic (because of course Randall’s new gig is hours away from home), and her phone died. Randall immediately felt awful when he realized what had happened, but Beth heard the message before he could warn her.
Listen, the fact that Beth still stuck out the dinner and acted like Randall’s better half is impressive AF. We would have been hightailing it home instead of forcing weird purple cheesecake down our throats, or maybe even causing a scene then and there. As it was, we were raging from our couches as we saw it all go down, and we were completely behind Beth when she told Randall to sleep in his office.
But for some reason, Randall can only see Randall right now. He doesn’t see Beth sacrificing everything for the family, which now includes the adoptive daughter he wanted in the first place. (Not that Beth doesn’t love her too, but still. She did it for him.) He doesn’t realize that pushing his biological father on everyone without even consulting Beth–although it turned out okay in the end–was a really shoddy thing to do. And we’re still really not okay with the fact that even though he promised Beth he’d quit the campaign if it got to be too much, he pressed on when she said it was, in fact, too much.
Randall has been putting himself before his family for three seasons now, and frankly it’s getting old. Obviously he needs to prove something to himself by making William’s old neighbourhood a better place, but how are you supposed to change the world if you can’t even nurture your own garden? Beth was in a really funky place, for a very long time. She needs this dance gig to her core, for a variety of good reasons. Shouldn’t it finally be time for Randall to step the heck up?
The whole thing reminds us of Jack basically chasing Rebecca down on her tour, telling her she was selfish for trying to pursue singing instead of being there for her kids. We saw how that epic fight turned out, so we really don’t have a lot of faith that Randall choosing to go home and confront Beth rather than sleeping at work as she suggested is going to turn out okay.
They say never to go to bed angry, but then again sometimes you just can’t fight fair when you’re angry as hell. Knowing that next week’s episode is titled “R & B” we have a really bad feeling in the pit of our stomachs, but here’s hoping that Randall realizes the level of a-hole behaviour he’s been displaying lately, and finally turns things around.
Seriously. Before it’s too late. Because as much as we’ve always loved Randall, we’re now Team Beth all the way.