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This Is Us was one of the biggest shows of the 2016-2017 TV season. The trailer was reducing viewers to tears before the series even began. The very first episode featured the stillbirth of one of Jack and Rebecca's triplets, but something good did come out of that devastating twist. Jack and Rebecca adopted baby Randall, who had been abandoned by his biological parents. Season 1 ended with Randall coming to the conclusion that he wanted to adopt a child of his own. Now, This Is Us has released a first look at Season 2 that reveals Randall learning the true story of his own adoption. Take a look!
If you hadn't already ordered some tissues in bulk ahead of Season 2, you may want to do so now. This first look at Season 2 indicates that we're in for just as much of a rough emotional ride in the next batch of episodes as we got in the first. We see that Randall's wife Beth isn't quite as on board with the adoption plan as he thought, and he has come to question how Jack and Rebecca came to the conclusion that they needed to adopt him all those years ago. Rebecca's claim that she knew as soon as she saw him wasn't going to cut it anymore.
The truth wasn't pretty, but it was also very human. Rebecca revealed that she originally didn't feel any connection to this baby in front of her, and it was thanks to Jack's insistence that she finally agreed to adopt Randall, and he came to mean everything to her, just as much as one of her biological children. Even as she was exhausted and drained by the death of one of her triplets, Jack could see that they needed to take this baby that had been abandoned.
Luckily, Randall seems to appreciate his mom's candor in this sneak peek. Even if the truth isn't quite as pretty as the story of maternal love at first sight, it seems to give Randall a new perspective on his struggles with his wife over adoption. Jack's certainty anchored Rebecca; perhaps Randall needs to do the same for Beth on the adoption issue. Then again, maybe Beth has reasons of her own for hesitating on the issue. The sneak peek doesn't give us anything from her point-of-view. We'll undoubtedly have to wait for the season to begin in earnest to hear what Beth has to say.
Fortunately, we don't have to wait too much longer. You can catch the Season 2 premiere of This Is Us on Tuesday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The show scored a whole bunch of Emmy nominations (although one nom was revoked), and you can watch the Emmys on September 17 on CBS to see if the NBC drama takes home any trophies. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule for everything else you'll be able to watch in the not-too-distant future.