I can't find the post, but another poster asked if I find Beth blameless in all of this. I don't, but deep down, this is my biggest problem in all of this: Randall and Beth's fight seems MASSIVELY contrived.
What man with three children who depend on him quits an incredibly high-paying job out of nowhere? Yes, his birth father had passed, and sure, they sent something he was allergic to. Doesn't matter: Suck it up because you're about to have three college bills to pay for, along with all of the other day-to-day necessities.
What man buys a run-down building while unemployed, thinks he can fix it, then promptly forgets about it?
What man up and runs for city councilman in not just a city that he doesn't live in, but a STATE he doesn't live in, and keeps running even after his wife joins him on the unemployment line?
While it reads like I blame Randall, I mainly blame the writers for taking some HUGE swings at contrived storylines in order to set up some big fights between Randall and Beth, in what feels like bids for headlines and Emmys.
But in regards to do I blame Beth? I see a woman who went too far to try to support her man and make a living at a "real" job, who tried for a real long time to walk the path her domineering mother set her on, while they were both in grief. I saw her at least trying to rectify some of that, while still working a job at a nearby studio, and trying to open up a dialog with her husband. I saw her serve up some truths that may not have been pretty, but at least she was being honest after he forced her into having this fight on HIS schedule, of course. And I saw him reject that, and shut it all down.
So yeah, when it comes to the storyline, I'm still feelin' Beth's side, but overall, I'm wondering how much longer I'll actually care about this show when there is NO sunlight or happiness, just relapse, a premie fighting for his life, and potential divorce.