Oh, to be back in March 2020.
This Is Us returns for season five this week, and before the show can catch up to the Big Three’s tense 40th birthday in August, it’s got to do a little backtracking to explain how the world completely flipped on its head in the time since the season four finale. E! News has an exclusive first look at a scene in which Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) family is beginning to grapple with just how serious the coronavirus pandemic is. Deja (Lyric Ross) seems to be the one who’s most on top of it, even if the facts were a little iffy back then.
“My friend Daphne says if you touch your face you automatically get it,” Annie (Faithe C. Herman) tells her family.
“You might,” Deja says. “This thing is serious. People need to wake the hell up!”
Randall, meanwhile, is on the phone with his mother. The clinical trial, which spurred that massive fight between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall and may have torn the family apart, is officially postponed, but Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) has bigger news.
“Holy crap,” she says. “Tom Hanks got it.”