'This Is Us' fans are surprisingly not down with episode in which Jack Pearson lives

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On Tuesday’s This Is Us, Randall Pearson imagined during a therapy session what life would be like if the beloved Pearson family patriarch, Jack Pearson, never died in the fire.

When the episode was teased last week, fans were already sobbing. So, it was a total surprise that, after this week's episode played out, viewers were actually not down with Jack surviving.

In two different versions of Jack surviving the house fire, Randall imagined that his mother, Rebecca, immediately told Randall about his birth father, William Hill. However, in the not-so-perfect version, Rebecca withholding knowledge of William ultimately makes Randall resent his mother all the way into adulthood, leading him down a way different path and lifestyle that was more like a present-day Kevin Pearson.

Instead of giving a speech at Randall and Beth's engagement party, Jack is giving a speech at Kevin and Sophie's party, while Randall is sitting in the back with a woman who is definitely not Beth and — wait for it — he's wearing an earring. Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their distaste for playboy Randall:

However, as quickly as we realized we were not fans of the alternate-universe Randall, we were brought back to present-day, sans Jack, Randall, who, following his therapy breakthrough, realized there was nothing he could have done to save his father.

Meanwhile, viewers also were reminded of a positive message as well.

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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