The Real Twist on 'This Is Us' Was All About Tess and Randall
The Super Bowl episode of This Is Us was always going to be a tearjerker, what with finding out exactly how Jack died (RIP, you perfect diamond) and watching the Pearson family deal with yet another anniversary of their patriarch's passing. But of course, This Is Us would never be satisfied with just one heart-wrenching twist in a highly anticipated episode, nah, they had to let everyone know just how well they can play the emotional fiddle and revealed in a beautiful flash forward that a previously unnamed character was none other than a grown-up Tess, Randall's eldest daughter.
Before this episode, the general consensus was that Randall and Beth would eventually foster the precious little boy introduced in that fall finale, and his reappearance throughout the Super Bowl show seemed to confirm this, but the last few moments of the episode revealed that the social worker seen handling the little boy's case was doing so in the near future and was actually Tess. Eagle-eyed audiences noted that this wasn't the first time adult Tess appeared on the show since she was seen handling the boy's case several episodes earlier, which serves as a great reminder to everyone watching that it's folly to assume anything about the timeline on this show. The reveal was adorably punctuated with an appearance by an older, proud-looking Randall.
The revelation that Tess grows up to become a social worker was accompanied by the episode's last surprise when Beth answers the door to find Deja waiting on the front step, possibly to suggest that Tess's experience growing up with an adopted sister is what encourages her to go into social work. Will the introduction of secret older Tess mean that This Is Us will explore what happens to the next generation of Pearson children? It's far too early to tell, but in the meanwhile, there's still tears to dry from this episode's big moments and much more to come.
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