‘This Is Us’: Did Randall’s Therapist Purposely Try to Trigger a Panic Attack During Their First Therapy Session?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Randall (Sterling Ok. Brown) lastly went to remedy on This Is Us, however he virtually didn’t return for session two. So many issues had been fallacious with the therapist’s workplace that Randall couldn’t take it. Viewers started to marvel if Dr. Leigh (Pam Adlon) set the councilman up for a panic assault proper off the bat.

[Warning: This Is Us Season four spoilers forward]

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Randall goes to remedy, however he claims ‘It’s not that huge a deal’

Dr. Leigh is aware of who Randall is. She watches his speeches and tells him earlier than they go very far into their session that she has heard the spiel about his two fathers earlier than. Randall is visibly upset about this reality and tries — unsuccessfully — to cover it.

Even earlier than that, the very first thing Randall notices when he walks within the workplace is the shortage of cups subsequent to the water cooler. Then the espresso maker retains scorching each jiffy. The therapist asks about his mom, and that units him off, too.

“It’s good,” Randall says about his relationship with Rebecca (Mandy Moore). “I love my mother. We are very close. If you notice me tense up, it’s because I’m worried about her. I’m here because I have control issues.”

Then he freaks out as a result of Kevin (Justin Hartley) may be taking Rebecca to her follow-up MRI appointment. He admits that he’s the one one who can adequately maintain her.

“If it wasn’t for me, this whole family would have fallen apart,” Randall concludes on the finish of his spiral. 

“Would they?” Dr. Leigh asks.

“You don’t get it, and I don’t have time to explain it,” after which Randall storms out of the workplace. 

He additionally observed that she stored magazines from 2017 as an alternative of throwing them out. All of those elements drove Randall loopy. Was that the therapist’s intent?

Fans really feel that Dr. Leigh arrange Randall for a panic assault in her workplace

“The therapist might be intentionally trying to get a rise out of Randall to break down the desensitized facade that he presents with,” surmised one Reddit person. “Just throwing that out there.”

Many followers marvel if she left the espresso maker on with no pot on goal. Did she take away these cups earlier than he arrived? Was she making an attempt to set off him?

“The point of therapy is to push you,” wrote one other fan. “He just couldn’t handle it.”

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Other viewers assume that he couldn’t take the pushing about his mom, however that Dr. Leigh didn’t set him up.

‘This Is Us’ producer Elizabeth Berger admits Dr. Leigh was not entrapping Randall

“I don’t think she left her coffee machine on purpose or did anything before he sat down to kind of entrap him,” Berger informed Entertainment Weekly. “But I do think that once she realized that it was such a trigger for him, it definitely piqued her interest.”

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So, the producers didn’t intend to set Randall up for a downward spiral throughout remedy. That is attention-grabbing to notice as a result of it reveals viewers how simply he could possibly be thrown into that nervous-break-down scenario.

“And she’ll continue to probe into the parts of his personality that are bothered by that and get the bottom of as to why it bothers him so much,” continued Berger.

The producers additionally remark that we are going to see extra of Randall’s remedy periods within the coming weeks on This Is Us

Read extra: ‘This Is Us’: The Series Ending Fans Predict Comes So Full Circle It Will Break You

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