"This Is Us" Season 4 "A Hell of a Week: Part One": Randall's Tough Run [PREVIEW]

Series creator Dan Fogelman promised viewers a season of NBC's This Is Us unlike any they've seen before, and Bleeding Cool's resident show expert Tiffany Tchobanian has been your tour guide through a good chunk of the fourth season universe – one that's now been blown wide open with new faces and possibilities. Which brings us to this week's episode "A Hell of a Week: Part One" – which already does not start things off on a good note.

Combine Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) past issues with anxiety with having to deal with Miguel's (Jon Huertas) insecurities and news of Rebecca's (Mandy Moore) diagnosis, and it becomes pretty clear that we have the makings for some bad stuff ahead – and did we mention the stranger in Randall's home?

We're not sure the following preview package eases our concerns…

"This Is Us" season 4, episode 11 "A Hell of a Week: Part One": Randall grapples with anxiety.

THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth, Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
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THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
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THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
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THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Niles Fitch as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
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THIS IS US — "A Hell of a Week: Part One" Episode 411 — Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Leighton as Sophie, Logan Shroyer as Kevin — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

In addition, it was announced during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event that Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, Chicago P.D.) and Pamela Adlon (Better Things) will guest star later this season. Fogelman was hesitant to offer too much about either character – though he did have this to regarding Adlon's role in an upcoming Randall (Sterling K. Brown) storyline: "Sterling has an unbelievable arc in the back half of the season, and she plays an important role in the story."

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. "This Is Us" chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day.

This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death. From the writer and directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." comes a smart, modern show that will welcome you into a family you feel you've known for years. Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson also star.

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This Is Us is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, with Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak, and Jess Rosenthal serving as executive producers.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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