There’s been a lot of talk about This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) recently, and why not? Between all of the show’s Emmy nominations (and wins!), the tear-jerking storylines and our overall introduction to one of the coolest TV clans, The Pearsons, there’s been a lot to discuss and dissect.
But while we’re always up for another conversation about how Jack was the world’s best dad, or how Randall is one of the funniest characters on the show, there’s one player who doesn’t seem to get as many accolades, interviews and overall recognition as the rest: Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson).
If you ask us, that’s a darned shame.
Tuesday night’s episode, “A Manny-Splendored Thing” featured all of the Beth moments we love best about the character. She stood up for her husband even when he was being ridiculous (even making his name “a thing”), she had a heart-to-heart with Kevin that made us like him even more, and she proved that above all else she’s one of the show’s strongest female characters — someone who can keep up with, and fit into, all of the Pearson craziness, but still maintain an objective eye. And did we mention she can rock dreadlocks? At least, we’re imaging she can, now that Kevin revealed she was sporting the look back in college when she first met Randall.
Sure, the episode featured plenty of other good stuff (more back story on Jack’s struggles with the bottle, Kevin going back to The Manny “to be George Clooney,” a really heartfelt storyline between Kate and Rebecca), but it was Beth who caught our eye with her crazy calm approach to Randall “Randalling” over the adoption.
So, we figured it was about time we saluted her. Here are just a few reasons why Beth is the unsung hero of This Is Us.
She’s the most supportive wife of all time
Let’s just stop and think about all of the things Randall has thrown at Beth in the last year, shall we? He brought his virtually unknown father home to live with them without even discussing things with her first. Then he also let his brother move into the basement and essentially become a troll, while Kevin went through a very early midlife crisis. Oh, and did we mention that by the end of the season Randall insisting on adopting a child and quit his job, two more impulsive things that would throw anyone for a loop? Beth handled it all with amazing grace.
She’s willing to stand up for herself when it matters
All of this doesn’t make Beth a doormat, mind you. She has struggled plenty with Randall’s newfound impulsiveness throughout, but remained strong for her family. And when it looked as though some of Randall’s decisions were going to affect things for their own clan, well that’s when she stood up and let herself be heard. Trust us—there’s no mamma bear scarier than Beth when she decides enough is enough.
Her reaction to the pregnancy scare
Let’s backtrack to the first season of the show for a second, to when Beth and Randall checked into a hotel room and she revealed that her period was late. A romantic evening quickly catapulted into a stressful pregnancy scare that Randall was willing to accept, but that Beth was more than uneasy about. What we loved about that storyline, and Beth’s particular reaction to it, was that we don’t always see mothers expound on the scary parts of motherhood. Everything is supposed to be all hunky dory and a blessing, but having a child means giving up a huge part of yourself. Women do it willingly (and yes, children are a blessing), but Beth was just getting her career back on track and readying to reenter the workforce. For her to be able to admit that a pregnancy was not what she wanted, especially given Randall’s enthusiasm over the situation, was a rare moment that we totally embraced. Of course in the end it was all just that: a scare.
The way she can let loose
Most moms who work full-time and manage a household tend to be a little tightly strung. Sure, Beth has her flaws (we think?) but at the end of the day she can party with the best of them. Need more proof? Let’s just take a moment to remember the time she sourced some weed for William when he was in too much pain to do much else. Not only did that mamma put her kiddies to bed and sneak some green in with her father-in-law, but the entire scene resulted in another one of the show’s signature heartfelt moments that made us misty-eyed.
William and Beth’s special relationship
It takes a strong person to welcome a stranger into their home, especially if that stranger happens to be a former addict and your perfectionist husband’s birth father (that he only met for the first time after 36 years). Beth didn’t warm up to him right away with cookies and warm meals; in fact she basically told him to get lost at first. But then slowly and surely those two developed a special bond. Beth became his caretaker in a way; someone who oversaw William’s pain management and pills, who went to the park with him during the day and who listened to his stories of yesterday. It’s no wonder she was upset that she didn’t get to say goodbye to him. And that’s what made that postcard she received posthumously from Memphis so touching.
She keeps her emotions in check
As we saw Tuesday night, Beth can reach her own breaking points. But one of the things we love most about her is that we don’t really ever see her yell or kick and scream about it. She manages to take a walk or find the right time to choose her words, a feat that can be hard at times, given the heavy life stuff going on around her. That’s exemplary and also kind of rare for a female TV character. It’s nice not to have a neurotic, wine-guzzling TV mom and wife for a change (not that we can’t relate to that).
She and Randall are #couplegoals
There’s a reason Sterling K. Brown thanked his screen partner during his Emmys acceptance speech (or what we heard of it, anyway); Beth and Randall may just be our favourite TV couple. Nothing against Jack and Rebecca, whom we love dearly, but when it comes to marriages we strive to have in our own lives, it’s Beth and Randall we think of. They may have their ups and downs, but at the end of the day they love each other, they know how to communicate, and they obviously are just as hot for each other as they were when they first met. Now who doesn’t want that?!
Beth FTW, y’all.