For several seasons, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) has struggled navigating life as a Black man raised in a white family.
Tensions really escalated when he found out that his adoptive mother, Rebecca Pearson, had known his biological father, William, his entire life and kept him a secret despite knowing how much he wanted information on his biological family.
After years of dealing with identity and anxiety issues, Randall eventually went to therapy to deal with the stress brought on by his mother’s illness, his run for City Council, and the burglarization of his home.
There’s a stigma that follows seeking out therapy, especially when it comes to Black men, so Randall’s decision was bold and important.
It wasn’t easy at first to open up, but eventually, the therapist was able to break through his tough exterior. When This Is Us Season 5 premiered, Randall seemed in a much better place mentally — the tremors were gone! — as he continued virtual therapy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He also dealt with racial relations brought on by yet another heinous murder of a Black man in America prompting protests known as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Important and difficult conversations were had with his family, specifically Kate, which led him to realize that he needed to change therapists.
While he initially made the conscious decision to pursue a therapist that was a white woman, just like adoptive mother, as he grew more secure in his identity, he realized he needed someone that he could fully open up with and not hide the “Black parts” from.
He needed a Black therapist.
Randall’s realization happens at the same time as the shocking twist that his biological mother, Laurel, (who audiences thought died shortly after birth due to an overdose) was actually resuscitated and likely survived.
This Is Us is such a meticulously planned show that the writers managed to weave in COVID and BLM into an episode so organically that it was impossible for the audience to tell when or how it was altered. It just fit.
So, there’s reason to believe that the timing of Randall’s decision and the reveal that his mother may be alive isn’t an accident.
What if his new therapist is his biological mother? It’s a popular theory and one that the This Is Us writers already debunked, but should we believe them?
She is not going to end up as Randall’s therapist. #ThisIsUs
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) October 28, 2020
It’s possible that she’s either too old to still be practicing or no longer alive.
However, that doesn’t mean Randall’s new therapist isn’t a long-lost brother or sister that he didn’t know about?
There has to be some connection.
Randall has always sought out answers about his biological family, who he is, and where he comes from. Even after meeting William and mending things with him, Randall continues to have a void because he never knew his biological mother. His “mommy issues” stem from the abandonment (which we now know wasn’t intentional as he was wanted) by his biological mom and the deception by his adoptive mother.
For a show centered around family and the importance of family, it would only make sense for them to pursue this avenue and allow Randall to further explore his background on a deeper level.
What do you think, Cravers? If Randall’s mom isn’t the therapist, how does this storyline play into Randall’s overall arc?
‘Friends’ Reunion Finally Gets Premiere Date – See the Promo
Friends will always be there for you… even a year or so delayed.
The highly-anticipated reunion of the 90s sitcom has finally gotten a premiere date at HBO Max, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry will officially reunite on Thursday, May 27, the streaming service announced.
The reunion will be an unscripted special that will look back at the immense success of the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004. It also marks the first time all of the cast members have been on-screen together since the show’s finale.
The reunion was originally slated to air in May 2020 with the launch of the HBO Max app, but it was postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A year later, the excitement is just as real!
— HBO Max (@hbomax) May 13, 2021
There will also be a handful of celebrity cameos including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai, per TV Line.
Check out the sentimental teaser for the reunion below:
2021-2022 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed
We’re entering the season of refreshing the page to see if your favorite shows have been renewed for the upcoming 2021-2022 TV season.
Since COVID-19 affected production on many shows and delayed their premieres, the criteria for what gets the green light and what ends up on the chopping block has become more stringent this go-around.
As usual, The CW gave an early renewal for most of their shows including Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Walker, Batwoman, and more.
In a shocking twist, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18 along with sibling series Station 19.
Unfortunately, not every show shared the same fate as Prodigal Son on FOX was given the ax after two seasons.
Check out the list below to see which shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW have been renewed, canceled, or on the bubble. (TBD means that a show has not yet gotten news about its upcoming season, so check back soon!)
Law & Order: SVU
This Is Us
This Is Us
Law & Order Organized Crime
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
The Good Doctor
United We Fall
A Million Little Things
Call Your Mother
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
In the Dark
Roswell, New Mexico
Superman & Lois
Two Sentence Horror Stories
Burden of Truth
Call Me Kat
The Great North
Bless the Harts
Last Man Standing
9-1-1: Lone Star
Blood & Treasure
Bob Hearts Abishola
FBI: Most Wanted
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
United States of Al
What to Watch May 2021 Guide: Dynasty, The Bold Type, Cruella and MORE!
April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!
Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!
Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4
The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame.
Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)
Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.
The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)
In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.
Dynasty – The CW (May 7)
The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding!
High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)
It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!
The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)
All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out.
M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)
The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.
Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)
Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!
Monster – Netflix (May 7)
The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.
The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)
Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.
Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)
The most exciting release in May? Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain. The film will premiere in theaters and on the streaming platform simultaneously. It will be available on the platform for an additional $30 fee.
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