This Is Us: Season One’s 12 Biggest Moments And Shocking Twists
10. The Big Three
Through each episode, a little more from previous episodes is revealed and explained on This Is Us, and since the beginning fans wanted nothing more than Randall’s whole story. Over the course of the first eleven episodes, fans knew that Randall had been adopted after being left at the hospital, the same day that Kevin and Kate were born and the third triplet was lost. Episode 12 “The Big Day” finally tells Randall’s story of going from being dropped off at the firehouse, to be taken home by the firefighter in an attempt to save his marriage, to finally being taken to the hospital where the firefighter offers Jack a cigarette and explaining he brought a baby in. Getting to know the Big Three as adults only made their full story of becoming The Big Three on their birthday one of the biggest and most significant moments of season one.
9. Randall’s Breakdown
Through flashbacks into adulthood Randall Pearson was characterized as a stable, smart, responsible and loving person who takes everything seriously. His work ethic and empathy made him extremely successful both professionally and personally, but the show again tugged at heartstrings while revealing there is no such thing as “the perfect life” when it cracked Randall’s calm, cool exterior. Episode 15 “Jack Pearson’s Son” gave a better insight to Randall, including he had suffered nervous breakdowns as a teenager due to self-inflicted pressure, and had reached the same breaking point in his career in present day. Randall’s breakdown was simultaneously paired with Kevin realizing the brother he had been, and the brother he wanted to be, causing him to rush to Randall’s side. The episode not only gave fans one of the best Randall and Kevin brother moments, but also revealed the development from in the pair from episode seven where they brawled on the street.