'This Is Us' Fans Have a Ominous Theory About Randall and Jae-won After Last Night's Episode

Kayla Keegan
'This Is Us' Fans Have a Ominous Theory About Randall and Jae-won After Last Night's Episode
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From Good Housekeeping

  • This Is Us episode 3 of season 4 aired on NBC Tuesday night.
  • In the episode entitled "Unhinged," Randall is faced with a dilemma when one of his employees, Bernice, advises him to fire Jae-won, his chief of staff.
  • Randall ends up keeping Jaewon on his staff and firing Bernice.
  • Now, This Is Us fans are worried that Randall made the wrong decision.

At the end of last night's episode of This Is Us season 4, fans saw Randall fire Bernice, an employee in his office. The decision came after she told Randall that he needed to fire his chief of staff, Jae-won, because of his lack of experience. Even though it looked like Randall was considering Bernice's advice, he ended up letting her go in the last few minutes of the episode.

While the moment was an important win for Randall and Jae-won's friendship (and seemed to mirror how Miguel stuck up for Jack earlier on in the episode), many This Is Us fans aren't so sure he made the right call. After all, Bernice's behavior aside, she is right that Randall and Jae-won are new to the world of politics.

Realizing this, many are now predicting that things are going to be difficult for Randall down the road. One Reddit user wrote a theory last night that says "trouble" awaits Randall:

"I think Bernice was right. Jae-won should have been fired or demoted. Don't get me wrong. I like Jae-won but he's too nice. Dealing with someone like Randall who is just so idealistic, Randall needs someone who can be firm and REAL with him. I think Jae-won is going to enable Randall which is going to spell trouble down the road."

Several others on Reddit agreed, saying, "I also believe this move will end up biting Randall in the a-- near the end of the season," and "the last thing you need is a yes men [sic]. Jae-won is a yes man."

What does Tim Jo, the actor who plays Jae-won, feel about his character? Earlier this year, he told GoodHousekeeping.com that he was excited to see Jae-won and Randall's relationship front and center in season 4.

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"There’s a trust and a friendship forming between Randall and Jae-won during very a tumultuous time in both of our lives," Tim said. "I’m really interested to see that evolution of that relationship between these two men, who have been given the duty to lead their community. Will it deepen our friendship? Will it make things harder? We’ve got a really big time ahead of us."

We hope the "really big time" that Tim is referencing is a positive one and not in line with what folks on Reddit are saying. But then again, when has anything ever not been emotionally tormenting on This Is Us?

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