‘This Is Us’ Teasers: Toby’s Fate, Dr. K’s Return and Why Fans Should Give Miguel a Chance

THIS IS US -- "The Right Thing to Do" Episode 111 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
Get your tissues ready! This Is Us returns tonight following the intense fall finale that left fans on the edge of their seats. But before we finally learn Toby’s fate, here are some teasers to get you even more excited for the rest of the season.
“The Right Thing to Do”
The biggest question for the mid-season premiere of This Is Us is whether or not Toby will pull through after collapsing onto the coffee table in the Pearson family’s living room. While the cast is keeping mum about his fate, what they’re saying about the episode “The Right Thing To Do” isn’t very comforting.
“There is a cold open with Milo and Mandy, and then the first thing back gives you basically an answer,” series creator Dan Fogelman told TVGuide.com at the Television Critics Association’s winter previews. “I didn’t want to drag it out and make it a miserable experience — not only being scared about Toby, but also waiting to find out. It’s answered within a couple of minutes.”
“[The episode] is intense. There’s a lot that’s been left in play. All the storylines have rotating things so you’re popping around to all these different [people],” Fogelman continued. “Mandy [Moore] and Milo [Ventimiglia] have such a touching and strong storyline in the episode. The Toby and Kate thing is a huge part of the episode.”
The actress who plays Toby’s love interest Kate, Chrissy Metz, warns reporters, “You should have some tissues ready.”
“There’s some unexpected scenes, and stuff that no one is going to be ready to see,” she said. “Kate has a lot of decisions to make and when things hang in the balance. You don’t know what’s happening to a loved one or someone in your life, someone that obviously Kate is absolutely in love with [and] it’s very scary. It causes you to really think about how life is going to be impacted if something should go wrong or right. How does this affect her and her decisions — whether she continues with the gastric bypass or she decides maybe it’s not a good idea. There’s so many questions.”
No matter what happens to Toby, Metz remains optimistic about the direction of the show. “I think that people will be very surprised [by the episode], maybe a little on edge, but also excited to see what the next step is going to be for everyone,” she explained. “All we know is that he’s potentially flatlined … If anybody loses anyone, it’s absolutely devastating. There’s going to be questions answered. You’ll have a little closure.”
Give Miguel a Chance
There’s not much love when it comes to Jack’s best friend Miguel (Jon Huertas), who was eventually revealed to be married to Rebecca. While it’s uncertain how Rebecca and Jack part ways, fans are clearly not on board with Jack’s replacement. However, Moore and Ventimiglia reveals why fans should give Miguel a chance.
“If after episode 15, you don’t love Miguel or understand him or give him a chance, you might just be an unhappy person in general,” Ventimiglia said at Television Critics Association event. “It’s sad, because I don’t believe that it’s Miguel’s fault. People fell so in love with Jack and Rebecca that they couldn’t see anyone else.”
Moore agrees with her co-star even though she doesn’t actually know how or why Rebecca ended up with Miguel. “People just assume that Miguel slithered his way in,” she said. “There’s no way. I know it’s not true, even if I don’t know [the specifics].”
“We learn in the second episode [about] the alcohol. We’re shooting episode 15 right now and there are definitely issues that come to light that are not pretty,” she added. “Frankly, they are traits that Rebecca is not attracted to and does not like at all.”
The Return of Dr. K
Dr. K (Gerald McRaney), who became an integral part of This Is Us for delivering Jack and Rebecca’s babies back in the pilot episode, will make his comeback in an upcoming stand-alone episode that flashes back to the day The Big Three were born. The episode, entitled “The Big Day,” also marks the return of Brian Oblak as the firefighter who brought baby Randall to the hospital after he was left at the firehouse. Both characters’ personal lives will be put on the spotlight.
“Mandy and I have built a shorthand this year in working together, but it doesn’t surprise me when I see her work anymore,” said Ventimiglia. “I love it — I am and continue to be a fan of Mandy. But then when I get to see Gerald come back and have this beautiful storyline about loss and living anew again. Or Brian — who would have thought he’d come back and have such a pivotal episode in a show that skyrocketed? He had a handful of lines that we shared in the pilot and then he gets this whole episode of his own several episodes later. I’m always satisfied by watching the people around me that I don’t get to work with all the time.”
To briefly take your mind off the upcoming emotional episode, here are some adorable photos of the cast getting ready for the Golden Globes.
This is Us returns Tuesday, January at 10/9c on NBC, but will air at 9/8c every Tuesday following.
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