Contains spoilers for “This Is Us” Episode 10 Season 3.
It’s been seven long weeks, Randall Pearson said about his campaign during Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us.” But it’s also how we’ve felt about the status of his relationship.
Before the NBC drama took a midseason break seven weeks ago, the show hinted that things between Randall and Beth could be beyond repair. Back then, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) had a big fight over his political ambitions, with Beth no longer supporting his run for city council. Add to that an ominous future scene, and many viewers worried about a breakup.
Well, rest easy (at least for now). Randall and Beth finally made up. During Tuesday’s episode, he apologized for not being more present in his family’s life. Then Beth issued quite the mea culpa, saying she should have had his back: “You are a man who cares too much and tries too hard. It’s who you’ve always been. It’s who I married. A great man. I will not let you forget who you are.” Make Randall Pearson great again, indeed.
And then, against all odds, Randall won the election. Yay! ... Yay? Now we gotta spend Lord knows how long and how many seasons watching him be a councilman.
Are we the only ones who’ve been over this story line? Who’s at home watching this show, thinking, “Just what I wanted to see: politicians injected into my escapist TV time!”? If that’s you, remember: It’s Day 25 of the government shutdown, and now you have to see the perfect TV dad/husband navigate the perilous waters of local politics while maintaining his integrity.
Anyway, we also received more relief as another relationship gained stronger footing. Zoe (Melanie Liburd) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) are in love and will be moving in together. Progress!
Here are the other things we learned from Tuesday’s episode:
- Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) knew that his brother didn’t die during the war in Vietnam. Why did Jack hide that fact for all those years? The teaser for next week’s episode promises to delve into that.
- Zoe thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to dump your partner of two-plus years via email. She (understandably) has trust issues, but we’re now discovering how they’ve manifested in ways that led to Beth’s warning to Kevin that her cousin “breaks” men.
- Speaking of emails: A congressman representing a district in New York City apparently has enough time to meet up with his ex and her new boyfriend at a diner to field a request that could have been made via email.
- Kate doesn’t know the value of collector’s-edition action figures, which means she’s never seen “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
- Beth’s past is incredibly mysterious, and we want to know everything. She cried when recalling how, as a college student, the smell of eucalyptus oil on a shoe clerk’s hand sent her into hysterics. “My dad used to use it on his hands,” she said. “I get it,” Randall tells her. “I know you do,” she responds. You know who doesn’t get it? Us. Hopefully that’ll end soon. We’re getting a Beth-focused episode this season, with Phylicia Rashad playing her mother. It can’t come soon enough.