‘This Is Us’ 3×17 Review: ‘R & B’

Picking up right where we left off in the last episode, R&B takes us on a journey of Beth and Randall’s love. We get to see the good, the bad and the ugly. I guess not every marriage is perfect. Is there even such a thing? I don’t know but I doubt it. What I do know is that if these two don’t make it, my faith in love is taking a major hit this season.

Beth and Randall are in a fight and it really hurts

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Watching these two fight is not new. But this time, it feels like this might be it. This is the fight to end all fights. Starting with Randall’s belittling voicemail and ending with Beth throwing his panic attacks in his face, I don’t know what I am feeling right now. The vitriol coming out of both of them feels like it was a long time coming, especially when you see them throughout the years. I still have hope that they can work this out. If not now, then maybe at some point in the future. But oh my god, this hurts a lot right now. And if the season ends on this note, I’m going to be really upset.

R&B: The Wonder Years

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Despite all his best efforts, Randall and Beth’s first date was kind of terrible. He took her to the fanciest restaurant ever, wore a suit and stared at her with hearts in his eyes the entire time. I know you’re reading this asking yourself what’s so terrible about that and honestly on the surface, nothing.

Except for the fact that they barely knew each other and the part where the racist waiter and owner of the restaurant asked them to pay in advance. Randall pulled out his checkbook quickly but Beth refused to let him pay the guy. And honestly, I can see a lot of similarities to their dynamic in the future. Beth eventually just left and asked him not to call her again. Randall went back to his dorm with a grin on his face and told his roommate that he was going to marry that girl.

Here’s the thing, Randall never asked Beth what she liked. That’s what made their first date kind of terrible. If he’d asked her what she liked, he would have found out that her perfect date would have been somewhere she can have nachos and ginger beer. However, I do give credit where it’s due and his heart was definitely in the right place. He just wanted the best for her because he thought it’s what she deserved. This is why it’s hard to stay mad at Randall Pearson. Underneath all that aloofness, he actually has a very good heart.

The Proposal and the Wedding

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Okay, so there were multiple proposals. We didn’t see them all but we did hear about them. Regardless, the only one that matters is the one where the answer was yes. Once again, Randall tried to woo Beth with all these grand gestures and you’d think after seven years of dating, he’d know better. But he doesn’t.

And Beth keeps saying no until a day where they’re playing mini golf with Rebecca. Randall and Beth get into a fight about all the proposals in front of her and it’s not until Beth talks to Rebecca alone that she realizes what she actually has.

Randall is the type of person that feels deeply. He’s really emotional. And sometimes that is a lot. It’s overwhelming. I can totally understand why Beth feels suffocated at times. But he loves her so much and Beth finally realizes that no one will ever love her as much as this man does. So what does she do? Make him drive to a nearby diner, order her favorite nachos and ginger beer and after a few bites tells him to ask her.

And he does. Randall gets on bended knee in front of the whole diner and asks her to marry him.

Then, there’s the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, Randall realizes that his “epic vows” are actually a dissertation on marriage. It’s literally an essay that’s at least six or seven pages long. It finally dawns on him that he should probably rewrite those but Beth overhears Kevin and Kate talking about it and she barges into the bathroom where he’s hiding to write.

Now I know what you’re thinking. This sounds like a terrible way to start a marriage and yet, it was my favorite moment in the entire episode. Randall and Beth wrote their vows together with their eyes closed so they couldn’t look at each other. And those really were the most epic vows since Jack and Rebecca’s. Papa Pearson would be so proud.

So what happens now?

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I honestly have no idea. There’s only one episode left and none of this feels like it’s going to get resolved by the time the credits roll on Tuesday. In the present, Randall decided to leave the house because he didn’t want to be there with Beth so he ended up on his couch in his office.

Beth later cried herself to sleep on the couch in their bedroom.

The love is still there. There’s no denying that. But from what we saw throughout all the flashbacks and even throughout the series is that Beth really has been the one to bend every time someone needed to in their marriage. And I think it’s Randall’s turn to bend a little. Hopefully, he realizes this quickly before he loses the love of his life.

For once, I don’t know what the future holds for one of my favorite TV couples and that terrifies me. They’ve always been so solid. I’ve never had to worry about them. But I’m officially worried! I’m so freaking worried.


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  • The Proposal: I don’t care how chill it was. I thought it was perfect. Beth was eating her favorite meal with her favorite person. What more could a girl want?
  • Sterling and Susan’s acting in this episode slayed. I know Sterling gets nominated all the time but where the hell is Susan’s nomination? She’s more than earned it by now.
  • Randall’s sexy dance proposal was actually cute. Not gonna lie. I still would’ve said no to it though.
  • Beth’s relationship with Randall’s family is so awesome. I realize she tolerates Kevin but even that is hilariously great. I need to see more scenes of Beth just hanging out with Randall’s siblings and mom without him.
  • WILLIAM!!!!! It’s always a pleasure seeing Ron Cephas Jones on this show! I miss him so much. *cying forever*
  • Kevin’s goatee in the flashback to Beth and Randall’s wedding killed me. Was that an homage to Oliver Queen?! Was it?!?!?! I need answers!!!

Check out the trailer for next week’s episode:

This is Us season finale airs Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC.

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