When the episode was teased last week, fans were already sobbing. So, it was a total surprise that, after this week's episode played out, viewers were actually not down with Jack surviving.
In two different versions of Jack surviving the house fire, Randall imagined that his mother, Rebecca, immediately told Randall about his birth father, William Hill. However, in the not-so-perfect version, Rebecca withholding knowledge of William ultimately makes Randall resent his mother all the way into adulthood, leading him down a way different path and lifestyle that was more like a present-day Kevin Pearson.
Instead of giving a speech at Randall and Beth's engagement party, Jack is giving a speech at Kevin and Sophie's party, while Randall is sitting in the back with a woman who is definitely not Beth and — wait for it — he's wearing an earring. Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their distaste for playboy Randall:
This is like some crazy alternate universe and I'm very uneasy about it. Randall ended up like kevin but way worse— Maria Ann (@MARIADEEF96) March 18, 2020
This version of Randall is giving me anxiety make it stop! pic.twitter.com/hzEJMYka0R— Somebody's Mamma (@VivaciousLaugh) March 18, 2020
However, as quickly as we realized we were not fans of the alternate-universe Randall, we were brought back to present-day, sans Jack, Randall, who, following his therapy breakthrough, realized there was nothing he could have done to save his father.
Meanwhile, viewers also were reminded of a positive message as well.
Sometimes we get the urge to “what if” our life and then realize things happened exactly the way it was supposed to #ThisIsUs— Hersheyy (@chocbrownie21) March 18, 2020
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