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During its six-season run, This Is Us painted a nuanced portrait of familial love and dysfunction that millions of people could relate to. While the dynamics between the Big Three was at the center of the story, several standout characters brought even more heart to the narrative, including Beth and Randall's adopted daughter, Deja (Lyric Ross). Here are just a few of her most moving moments on the show.
Season 2, Episode 4 ("Still There")
Deja didn't have an easy life before she was taken in by Randall and Beth. So, it totally made sense that the spirited survivor was slow to trust and open up. However, when Deja was vulnerable with Beth by letting her braid her hair, it hit audiences hard. The scene reaches an emotional fever pitch when we discover that Deja suffers from hair loss due to alopecia.
Season 2, Episode 10 ("Number Three")
After Deja's mom shows up unannounced to let the Pearsons know she's seeking custody, the story takes one sad turn after another. The tear-jerker deals one final blow when the time comes for Deja to say goodbye to Randall and Beth—and let me tell you, it was crushing.
Season 2, Episode 17 ("This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life")
After Deja's difficult goodbye earlier in Season 2, fans were relieved to have her back in the Pearson household when her biological mother permanently relinquishes her parental rights. During this episode via a beautiful monologue, Deja confides in Randall about how drained she is by all the different living situations she's had.
Season 3, Episode 1 ("Nine Bucks")
Deja finds and confronts her biological father in the Season 3 premiere. She reveals to the absent parent that she's come to terms with his decision to forfeit his role in her life and has found a new family with parents who think she's "exceptional." All she needs from her biological father is for him to grant the Pearsons the authority to be her legal guardians. Watching Deja navigate this painful, sobering, and adult interaction will definitely pull at your heartstrings.
Season 6, Episode 10 (“Every Version of You")
After Deja runs away to Boston to reunite with Malik, Randall and Rebecca make the journey to brig her back home. Deja realizes how hurtful it was when she told Randall he wasn't her "real father"—and her apology was beyond heartfelt.
Season 6, Episode 18 ("Us")
During the series finale, adult Deja (La Trice Harper) and Randall share one of the most touching moments ever. Fans found out in the penultimate episode that Deja and her boyfriend, Malik, end up going the distance as a couple. This news is only sweetened when she reveals to Randall at Rebecca's funeral that she's pregnant with a baby boy whose name will be William: in honor of Randall's late father.
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