NBC’s hit television show This Is Us, has kicked off their fifth season with a bang dealing with topics that mirror what is going on in society and more. It has also been a major turning point for one character in particular, Randall Pearson, portrayed by Sterling K. Brown, like never before.
If you haven’t seen the first episodes of this season, stop here and head over to On Demand immediately to catch up. If you don’t mind spoilers, read on.
With the countless killings of Black people at the hands of the police this year in particular, Randall has found himself having to stand up to his white siblings, refusing to continue to be be used as a personification for their white guilt.
Randall, tired of tipping around the minefield of his mental wellbeing, reaches out to find a therapist to embark upon his true mental health healing journey. Although his current therapist, Dr. Leigh had been doing a good job with him thus far, Randall realizes that he needs someone different. He has realized that he needs a Black therapist for this particular journey.
“I think I found my guy to replace Dr. Leigh,” Randall reveals to his wife Beth, portrayed by Susan Kelechi Watson in the episode.
“We talked about trans racial identity,” Randall continues, following Beth’s enthusiasm. “I’m having a longer Zoom session with him today, but he checks all the boxes, Beth. He’s cool, smart, funny, Black, young father…we got a lot in common.”
Take a look at this first look clip and make sure to tune into the upcoming “Changes” This Is Us episode airing on NBC Tuesday night at 9/8 central. And of course, make sure to bring a long plenty of popcorn and tissues, because this is, This Is Us and there isn’t an episode where someone watching doesn’t shed at least one tear.