This episode/entire show is so pro-Randall it is beyond tiresome. He’s been acting like an utter jackass all season and frankly this very episode. He’s over-the-top, smug, and selfish in practically every flashback. And in the present-day scene he even has the nerve to ask when he’s steamrolled Beth. Uh, how about moving your dying biological father into the house…fostering a kid…adopting a kid…buying an apartment building…running for councilman… SERIOUSLY, RANDALL?
But then with Beth’s “anxiety attacks” remark (which, yes, was a low-blow) he gets to be the victim. GAH. NO. STOP DOING THAT, SHOW. He gets to go off and sulk and it’s poor, poor Randall all over again. It’s infuriating.
Okay episode otherwise, I guess. I wish it had focused more on the present-day scenes instead of all the ones of young Randall being such a tool. Also, how eye-rollingly predictable that Randall manages to work in his adoption drama and the horror of Being Raised by White People™ into the first five minutes of his first date with Beth.
Their drama-filled college relationship of codependence, clinginess, over-the-top “romantic” gestures, and cheesy public proposal was basically my nightmare. More red flags than a Communist parade.