'This Is Us' Season 6 Episode 9: Kate, Toby argue about life choices and none wins
After last week’s emotional episode focusing on Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) life, ‘This Is Us’ returned to NBC with the second part of the Big Three trilogy and viewers got to know all about Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) life that viewers didn’t get a chance to see in the previous editions. Just like Kevin’s episode, Kate’s part also started with the entire Pearson family going to the pool and learning to swim. But Kate is scared to go inside even though Rebecca tells her that she’ll hold her all the time.
We jump back into the present scenario and the couple is getting ready to leave the cabin. As they say goodbye to Kevin and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate tells Toby that they can’t “sustain” living in different cities. So, she wants to spend the weekend with him in San Francisco. Toby (Chris Sullivan) is excited to hear that and says yes. However, while sitting with Sophie, she reveals that she misses the old Toby. She misses who Toby was before losing the weight because he was always there for her. However, she decides to leave that in the past and enjoy the weekend with him.
Kate arrives at the house in San Francisco and the couple enjoys some alone time. However, after a love-making session, Toby starts doing his work and Kate starts missing him. The old Toby returns and starts to make her laugh, but he goes too far away. Kate stops seeing him and starts to enjoy her present. The next day, Toby comes to Kate with coffee and tells her what they will be doing today. So, Toby has planned a fun day with her that includes a fancy dinner, a tour of the museum, and a party. However, he takes her to a house and surprises her by telling her that he is planning to buy the house for them. It has separate rooms for children, it’s quite spacious and it has a trampoline for the kids as well.
Kate gets overwhelmed with the situation and tells Toby if they will be able to afford it. Toby says that they will be able to because he got a pre-approved loan. Kate is still skeptical about all this, but Toby tells her to support him on this.
A few moments later, we see Toby and Kate going to the office party at his boss’s house. His boss, Amir, instantly loves Kate and gives them a tour of the house. Toby told Kate to never ask anyone “what they really do” because they’ll start talking about something she’ll never understand. But Kate asks one person the aforementioned question and it was impossible for Kate to bear all that. Kate was really proud to hear all the good things about Kate from his boss, but things get worse when he tells Kate that Toby “turned down” the job in LA and decided to stay here with them.
The couple gets into an argument and Kate tells him how much he got to stay here. Toby also gets annoyed at that and asks if she is happy for him or not? Kate finally tells him that she was so much in love with him when he didn’t lose weight, but Toby was not having it. He said that she fell in love with “coping mechanism” and he hated himself when he was fat. He also revealed that he thought of suicide and believed he would die because of a heart attack.
The conversation ends with Kate and Toby telling each other that they have evolved and found the purpose in their lives. Maybe, that’s why they feel happy even when their significant other is not with them.
The episode ends with Kate walking uphill and getting satisfied that she did that. She calls up someone and asks to be considered for a job. It seems that it’s the beginning of the end for Kate and Toby.