Here’s why we all need a Beth Pearson in our lives

I just got finished watching the 16th episode of This Is Us. I purposely missed the day it initially aired because I prefer to watch really good shows with little to no commercials.

Episode 16 named ‘Memphis’, opens up with Randall’s wife, Beth, going to bat for him after he had another anxiety attack. Randall is an extremely smart and successful stock and options trader (I think!) at a financial firm.The pressure of handling new and old accounts, having his biological (terminally ill) father come back into his life while maintaining the natural order of his life and home, the pressure has got to him yet again.

Susan Kelechi Watson’s plays Beth Pearson and I over love her character. My mom doesn’t, but I do. She thinks she’s a little stubborn. lol To me, Beth represents all of the strong women who doesn’t take no sh*t from no one – not even her mother in law.


For so long society has painted women like her as difficult and tough to deal with. Because “wifey” has to have a la, la, la attitude, be aesthetically perfect and willing to perform any and every sexual act you prefer with the hopes you’ll stick around or never think of touching another woman. Because men will be men, right? *insert the emotionless emoji here

If you’re really watching, This Is Us reveals time and time again why Beth’s immovable force of an attitude serves a HUGE purpose. Not only to Randall but to everyone.

Although we all need a friend like Beth Pearson in our corner, I’m really speaking to the men on this one. So fellas, here’s why you should want someone like Beth Pearson as a wife.

(Be warned. If you haven’t watched a lick of this show, some of what I’m saying will probably fly over your head considering that fact that I will be sharing play-by-play examples to support this specific post.)

Alright, here goes!

  • You’re protected, even when you fail to protect yourself

When Randall brought his biological father to his home, Beth didn’t waste any time to figure out if William, Randall’s father, was taking advantage of her husband. She didn’t beat around the bush either. She’s a straight shooter. No bird’s getting by her!When you have the world on your shoulders, you not going to need a partner who’ll fold when you do.

When you have the world on your shoulders, you not going to need a partner who’ll fold when you do.

  • She’ll raise some amazing women

This is a no brainer. We all know that little girls reflect their mother and little boys (when older) will seek to find a woman who reflects his mother.

While Randall deals with the gravity of his father dying, Beth understands that she doesn’t have to only be strong for her husband, but she has to get her daughters through this pivotal moment too.

When you don’t get it right, she will.


  • She’s Balanced

Although a bit abrasive (without emasculation) in order to protect Randall, Beth is also clearly funny, soft, and extremely supportive. The counsel that gives Randall is astonishingly jarring in the most intimate way. It’s sweet, sound, and aggressive – when necessary. It’s interesting to watch Randall consistently approach his wife in the most vulnerable and child-like way. Randall’s character defies the male stereotype, for sure.

(It’s interesting and very touching to watch Randall consistently approach his wife in the most vulnerable and child-like way. Randall’s character defies the male stereotype, for sure.)

Appreciate a woman who can pretty much do it all. Her power should not intimidate you but empower and excite you.

I’m writing this because I want every woman who does not budge at b*tchness and who is unapologetic at being the bad guy for the protection of their own, to be proud. Know that you are the foundation of any and every empire ever built.

Never allow yourself to accept the negative stigma given by society because your way of caring doesn’t fit the societal standards of what a woman, wife, and mother should be.

Without hesitation, continue raising hell for those you love.



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Sarah Lee

Welcome! My name is Sarah Lee and I'm a Business Strategist and social entrepreneur who loves the outdoors, a good book, and scary movies year round! Throughout this quirky, rich, and mysterious life of mine, I genuinely love to 'share' my experiences as a learning tool. I thought, what better way to track my level of growth than by sharing my experiences and the lessons learned thereof, than in my blog? A wise woman once said, "You are your own masterpiece, therefore, instead of mastering it, master you."

2 thoughts on “Here’s why we all need a Beth Pearson in our lives”

  1. YES! This woman is fantastic, and strong, and funny – and i’m only a couple of episodes in. The first thing that came to mind when I saw her in the first episode was “oh my God, that is refreshing.” and I don’t even really know why. Can’t wait how she’ll develop as a character over the next couple of episodes. I’m excited about this show in general, it’s great to finally see such a relatable show.

    Fantastic piece by the way. Would you by any chance be interested in sharing your work on Creators (and Movie Pilot)? I’d love to give you some more information. I think our ever-growing community would be very interested in something like this. Hope to hear from you!

    1. Char, oh yes! I can’t wait to see how her character develops as well. The show has some phenomenal writers. I’m sure they won’t disappoint. And thank you! Yes, I don’t mind. Go right ahead! Thank you for finding this valuable enough to share. Much appreciated! 🙂

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