NBC’s This Is Us led viewers through the tender bond shared between mother and son, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), in the series’ latest installment, “Every Version of You.” Randall and Rebecca solidified their special relationship during a trip to pick up his daughter Deja (Lyric Ross) from her boyfriend Malik’s (Asante Blackk) Boston apartment. Fans reacted on social media to the episode. Many said they were “in tears” over just how necessary Randall and Rebecca were to each other.
Randall was always there for Rebecca
The unexpected trip, taken on the heels of the Pearson family Thanksgiving, allowed mother and son to reminisce and process the emotions related to Rebecca’s advice to her children Randall, Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin (Justin Hartley), as well as her advancing Alzheimer’s Disease.
During Pearson pool day, Randall aced his swim test. However, his accomplishments were overshadowed by his brother and sister’s struggles. Realizing Rebecca wanted the family to swim together that summer at the pool, Randall coerced his siblings into the pool and gave his mother what she wanted.
Later Randall talked to a police officer and managed to get the siblings out of trouble when the officer caught them trespassing at the same pool in their early 20s. He told the officer that the family had lost their patriarch, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and that he was unsure of how Rebecca would react if she had to bail her three children out of jail.
Finally, Randall protected Rebecca upon learning of her disease and taking the steps necessary to get a correct diagnosis and treatment to try and prolong her quality of life as much as possible.
This Is Us subsequently looked back on how Rebecca was always there for Randall. She helped him achieve his goal of summer reading. Together they would sit on a sofa and read while his siblings and father watched television. They would spend a day at the library, with a treat of smiley face cookies at the end of the day. Rebecca also shared her pride in Randall’s current political achievements, drinking his favorite wine and reading his favorite book, as noted in an interview he did in a magazine.
‘This Is Us’ fans were ‘in tears’ over the episode
Viewers shared their responses to the episode in the comments section of an Instagram post.
“Wow, this episode is so good. I am in tears. Their bond is so strong. Especially when she calls him ‘my hero,'” wrote one This Is Us viewer.
“I couldn’t stop crying! Happy tears are watching Rebecca and Randall together. There was always a special connection between the two of them especially. Both are sensitive old souls that are empathetic and feel a responsibility to help others,” penned a second fan.
“Excellent episode. Out of the three, you feel the bond and love with Randall. They give you all the feels,” explained a third Instagram user.
“Loved every minute! I sobbed because it reminded me of my relationship with my son,” wrote a fourth fan.
‘This Is Us’ takes its final bow on May 24
After six seasons, the family drama will take its final bow on the peacock network on May 24.
Randall’s episode is the 10th of This Is Us‘ final season. It was directed by co-star Justin Hartley (Kevin). Eight installments are remaining.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.