Thanks to The Voice, NBC‘s hit freshman series This Is Us is not on tonight. In fact, the show starts its winter break and will not be back until Tuesday, January 10 at 9 p.m. ET. This gives us nearly a month to fret about the fate of Toby (Chris Sullivan) after his collapse at the end of “Last Christmas.”
The previous episode of the series, “Last Christmas,” ended with Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) boyfriend making a surprise appearance at the Pearsons’ Christmas party at Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) house in New Jersey. During a montage of the family celebrating the holiday, we saw Toby collapse. In the final scene, we see Toby on an operating table and hear the heart monitor beep. The show cut to the credits before we hear if the beeps continue or if Toby flatlined.
Hopefully, Toby survived because he is the show’s comic relief and provides Kate with a character outside her family who truly loves her. So many of us hope that he survived that the #SaveToby movement began.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sullivan refused to give up a spoiler. Even he was surprised by the episode, though.
“It’s definitely going to keep people on their toes for a few weeks while we take a break. It was shocking. It’s a difficult thing to have to watch your character — who I’ve come to love and enjoy playing — have to go through something like that,” he told ET when asked what his reaction to the script was.
“I think whenever any kind of hardship or tragedy comes along, it usually pulls a family closer together, or at least hopefully,” Hartley told TV Guide. “These two are already so insanely close that I think he feels a lot of her pain and he wants to be there for her, and so it will probably keep them as close as they ever were. He’ll try to be there for her as much as he can.”
This Is Us has become the only breakout freshman show from the fall 2016 season. It earned three Golden Globe nominations on December 12, becoming the first NBC series in a decade to earn a nomination for Best Drama Series. Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore will both compete for the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Made-For-TV Movie category.
For the recap of the most recent episode, click below: