This Is Us Recap Season 1 Episode 10

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In case you’re keeping score at home, that’s misery: 2, happy holidays: 0 in the This Is Us-verse.

The series’ fall finale spends most of the hour lulling us into a false sense that all will indeed be merry and bright for the Pearsons this Christmas. Old hurts will be smoothed over. New loves will bloom like poinsettias. Painful inevitabilities will seem far-off and unimportant when bathed in the warm glow of familial love.

After all, it’s Dec. 24 and, as Rebecca reminds us throughout the episode, “Nothing bad happens on Christmas Eve.” And while that certainly holds true in the flashbacks — when two successful surgeries make the family’s holiday that much more meaningful — it’s the coldest of comforts when someone at the Pearson Christmas shindig falls suddenly and gravely ill.

Read on for the highlights of “Last Christmas.”

This Is Us recap Season 1 Episode 10A CHANGE OF CHRISTMAS PLANS | On a back-in-the-day Christmas Eve, we watch Jack and Rebecca put some presents under the tree while Kate complains that her belly hurts. Rebecca is sure the pain is the result of overindulging in cookies, but it turns out that the kiddo’s got appendicitis and needs immediate surgery.

The kids are understandably worried — especially poor Kevin — and to assuage their fear, Rebecca does a bit of mom improvisation. She breaks a sprig off one of the hospital Christmas trees and says it’s covered in holiday magic. Then she puts it in Kate’s hand and promises that “Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve.” Still, Kevin doesn’t look comforted, and he holds onto his twin’s gurney until the very last moment she’s wheeled into the operating room.

While Rebecca is getting snacks from the vending machine and preparing to settle in for a long wait, she hears a familiar voice: It’s Dr. K, the obstetrician who delivered Kevin and Kate in the series premiere. But he’s a patient this time: A car crash left him with a slow hemorrhage between his heart and his lung, he explains, and there’s a chance he might not survive the surgery necessary to repair the damage.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL | When Rebecca hears that the doc’s family is all out of state, she decides that she, Jack and the boys will serve as his relatives for the evening. The doctor meets Randall, who buys him a snow globe in the gift shop and thanks him for suggesting that the Pearsons adopt him all those years ago. “The only thing I did that day was nudge a man in a direction he already wanted to go,” the avuncular OB says, adding that Randall should try to pay his parents’ kindness forward someday.

Meanwhile, Kevin is wandering around the place, worried about his sister and asking hospital staff about the comparative benefits of Christianity and Judaism. (Side note: This is, in no way, an exaggeration. For the record, the nurse standing near the menorah and nativity scene he’s contemplating answers, “They all get the job done just fine.” It doesn’t seem to make him feel any better.)

By the end of the night, both Kate and Dr. K come through surgery OK. And Rebecca and Jack, sitting in uncomfortable chairs in the doc’s hospital room while the boys sleep on their laps, exchange a relieved smile.

This Is Us Recap Season 1 EPisode 10HELLO, LOVER | I hope you enjoyed that heartwarming tale, because the present-day Pearson holiday saga is less Miracle on 34th Street, more the George’s-life-is-crap-and-we’re-not-even-to-the-midpoint-yet part of It’s a Wonderful Life. Let’s start with William. Randall’s biodad speaks at a 12-step meeting, thanking everyone there for helping him get to the good place he’s at today. “I did not expect God’s grace, but now I had to open myself to the pain of it to feel the joy of it,” he says. But when a man sitting a few rows behind him talks next, it quickly becomes clear that he’s throwing major shade William’s way.

The man’s name is Jesse, he’s played by Denis O’Hare, and he’s the boyfriend on whom William ghosted when Randall came calling. William kinda knew that his flame would be at the meeting; “I came here tonight to tell you I’m sorry,” he says, adding that he wanted to spare Jesse the pain of having to watch his terminal illness play out. “William Hill, I loved you, and you left,” Jesse replies. “Now, I’d like you to spend whatever time you have left remaining together. Would you?”

‘THE BOAT IS SADNESS’ | At Randall’s company’s holiday party, Beth is a little incensed to learn that her husband bought a boat from one of his co-workers. He maintains it’s just a boat, but she knows he’s bummed about his fight with Rebecca and the fact that most of his family has cancelled on coming for Christmas. “This boat is not a boat, Randall. This boat is sadness,” Beth shoots back, and I once again marvel at Susan Kelechi Watson’s timing. While Randall’s boss makes a big show of throwing everyone’s bonus checks in the air and letting them flutter to the floor (question for the fancy readers who work in finance: Is this normal? It does not seem normal.), Beth exhorts her husband to find his colleague, Andy, and return the seafaring vessel.

When Randall locates Andy on the roof at the party, it’s quickly evident that the other man is seriously considering jumping to his death. The short version: Andy banged someone else who works at the firm; when his wife found out, she filed for divorce. And he’s made some risky trades that didn’t pay off this year, meaning he’s lost a lot of money for a bunch of people. As he sadly tells Randall, who tentatively approaches him, his life is “broken. I broke it. For no reason.”

Randall tries to get his bereft co-worker to see that he has an obligation to his daughter, Chloe, to live long enough for her to forgive him for his transgressions. “If you love Chloe hard, she will love you back. That’s the way kids work,” Randall says, tears in his eyes. “And she will forgive you, Andy, but not if she can’t… it is your job as her father to stay here until she is ready.”

Just then, Beth enters the scene and can’t figure out why her normally chill husband is suddenly yelling at her to leave them alone and go back into the party. When Randall turns back to Andy, he’s gone — and Randall (and I) think that he jumped. But then Randall sees Andy walking among the other employees inside, and he nearly passes out with relief, hugging Beth close and saying he wants to go home to their daughters.

This Is Us recap SEason 1 Episode 10FESTIVAL OF SLIGHTS | Olivia hasn’t been seen since her visit to Kevin’s cabin, which means the play is about to be cancelled. I’m sorry, did I miss the episode where we found out she’s filthy stinking rich and can just up and leave a paying gig? Because there are SO many stage actors in that situation in New York City. Sloane, the playwright Kevin slept with last episode, is mad about the whole situation; as retribution, she demands that Kevin come to Hanukkah dinner with her disapproving family, because she kinda told them she was dating The Manny. He’s actually fine with it, because “We did that storyline twice on the show.” (Heh.)

So Kevin goes home with her and is his charming-if-slightly-dim self; my favorite part of the dinner is how engaged he is while Slone tells the kids the story behind the holiday. He’s also super inspired by the Maccabees, because when she’s done, he’s got an idea: “Let’s put this play on ourselves!” He thinks she should take Olivia’s part, and she only resists for a few moments before happily agreeing. They hug. “This actually happened once on The Manny,” he says, “but you’ve gotta be careful, because we were engaged by the end of Season 2.”

THOSE BARIATRIC BLUES | Rebecca accompanies Kate to see the doctor about her stomach-reduction surgery, but she’s a little judgey about both the procedure (which she deems too dangerous) and Kate’s revelation that she’s been on Prozac (“I’m not always jolly!” Kate replies huffily).

Rebecca breaks the uncomfortable silence in the car on the way home. “Did I do this to you?” she asks, and I give Mandy Moore a lot of credit for all the guilt, disappointment and sadness she stuffs into those six words. “I don’t know,” Kate says, equally hurt. She explains that she feels alone in her decision to go under the knife. “I want one person to tell me that I’m doing the right thing.” I never thought I’d say this, but thank GOD for Miguel, whose doltishness while setting up the Christmas lights on the lawn breaks the tension in the scene.

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS? | When Randall and Beth return home, they plan on a quiet night with the girls before Santa comes. But then Kevin and Sloane stop by, and so do Miguel, Kate and Rebecca and William and Jesse. And then Toby (!) shows up, wearing a fuzzy red hat and making a romantic declaration to a gobsmacked Kate: “I am here to take the first steps in overcoming our insanity. One last time. For both of us. Because it’s Christmas, and because we’re good together.” Personally, I am not down with the guy Kate broke up with suddenly showing up at a family gathering uninvited, but Kate seems enchanted as he explains that he’s back on the diet — “not for you, for me. But also for you.” Pretty soon they’re kissing and sneaking upstairs so he can stir her hot cocoa with his candy cane, if you catch my (snow) drift.

Downstairs, William and Jesse are cozily messing around on the piano when Randall’s older daughter serves him some figgy realtalk pudding: “Dad, Grandpa’s gay,” Tess says, matter-of-factly. “Or at least, bi.” Randall soaks this in and then makes the same high-pitched laugh he did when he said “What’s happening?!” in the premiere.

Everyone gets along. They sing. They eat. They cavort. They kiss under mistletoe. Yay! God bless us every— wait, what’s going on with Toby? He’s all sweaty and gray-looking, and when he stands up to help Beth clear some dishes from the living room, he collapses. Next thing we know, he’s flatlining on the operating table in a surgical suite.

Hey, all of you Toby-haters? Looks like you might’ve gotten your Christmas wish.

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109 Comments
  1. Lola says:

    I like the Big Three but I’m started to get a bit irritated by their need to pile down on Rebecca. No person or parent is perfect and I feel like when something is wrong in their lives Rebecca bares the brunt of it. Kate was so unnecessarily bitchy towards her concerned mother in the doctor office. I’m a grown woman with my own family and still to this day I would never speak to my mother or father in such a off putting tone. I’m starting to believe Rebecca will be this show’s whipping boy. The Big Three on the other hand seem to think Jack hung the moon. No doubt he was a good dad but that doesn’t diminish the role their mother played in raising them to be happy productive people in the world. That at least deserves respect.

    William has a lover.Haha. I didn’t see that coming. Dad-Grandpa’s gay. Out of the mouths of babes. Best line ever.

    Did Toby have a heart attack mid celebration? Yikes. I guess all the high calorie foods caught up in the worst way possible. I wonder if the show is offing the character.

    And one more thing I was slightly confused over. Was Randall really talking to the boat guy trying to stop him from committing suicide? It seemed really random and then his reaction to it was especially confusing. Let’s go home? That scene had to be some whacked out thing in his imagination.

    • I think Randall’s speech helped boat guy realize he couldn’t kill himself on Christmas Eve for his daughter’s sake. It also helped Randall realize that all people (see Rebecca, William) make mistakes and that in time he too could forgive them.

    • brandi1leigh says:

      It’s pretty common to make the parent who died a saint and put all blame on the surviving parent. The boys seemed to have a really good relationship with her, until Randall’s betrayal. And he’s working through that. Kate’s relationship with her mom is more complicated. Kate viewed Rebecca as being super judgmental in the Dr.’s office. While I think Rebecca was just shocked and hurt she didn’t know. Girls relationships with their moms are often more complicated.

      • The Beach says:

        The three also seem to carry a bit of resentment that Rebecca married Jack’s best friend.

      • Isobel says:

        Agree I definitely think the kids are remembering Jack without flaws, probably because he dies down of illness or an accident. Randall definitely was his mums favourite before learning she lied to him, Jack might not have had favourites but Kate seemed to have gotten along better with him in terms of not getting nagged about her weight.

      • andrew hass says:

        I also think it’s pretty common for kids to put their dead parent on a pedestal of sorts.Plus we don’t know how Jack died yet.So maybe the kids blame Rebecca a little for Jack dying.As for Toby, if he dies it could be interesting to see how that impacts Kate going forward and if she feels guilty somehow

    • Andrew says:

      One thing to consider for Toby’s situation beyond the obesity issue and a possible heart attack is that he just finished being stuck SIX hours in a middle seat of an airplane and could have developed a blood clot.

      • Sissy says:

        I thought the exact same thing. I think he mentioned it once or twice.

        • Nick says:

          You gotta get up and walk a bit if you’re on a flight that long. If not, compression socks might have helped a little.

      • Dianne Muhs Fournier says:

        First and foremost—I love this show! The storyline and the actors are all great. I may be alone in saying this, however, I felt that the last Christmas episode was too much going on for one episode. Grandpa being gay and Toby having a serious health issue could have been saved for two other episodes, along with some other information. I like to savor the episode and what is going on. Sorry, but it felt, to me, like many other final episodes do—-rushed.

    • mary says:

      The part with his co-worker, it didn’t come out of nowhere. Remember doc telling him to repay the goodness someday?

    • Kelly says:

      Well said. It has really been annoying me the make Rebecca the bad guy niche. I feel for her. Jack is the saint to the big three, William too in some ways and Rebecca gets the the blame. I need her to get a break.

  2. Sheila says:

    People hate Toby? How could you hate Toby? He’s funny and sweet and adorable!

  3. TvPeong says:

    Nothing bad happens on Christmas eve. I hope that’s true for Toby.

  4. njmommateacher says:

    “Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve”. To have Toby die in such a dramatic way on such a prophetic day would be too much of a downer for a fledgling series…no matter how good it is or how well received it is. Just because the last scene shows Toby flatlining, doesn’t mean he died. It’s Christmas after all and miracles do happen!

  5. Amber says:

    I didn’t wish for the dude to die! I just wanted him to go be freakishly jolly, bright, and romantic somewhere off screen.

  6. brandi1leigh says:

    I didn’t have a problem with Toby showing up uninvited since Kate has been calling him since she got there. He made it clear he was making one more grand romantic gesture. I admire his courage for putting his emotional heart at risk again when she’s crushed it so many times.

    • jj says:

      that’s a good point.

    • littlerosa22 says:

      Toby hasn’t exactly been the best “boyfriend” to Kate. He wasn’t very supportive of her trying to lose weight, and when she told him that she wanted to watch the football game by herself (with her dad), he just showed up at her house. I don’t care for his character and neither does my husband.

      • Didn’t like him either. I was relieved when Kate broke up with him and rolled my eyes when he showed up at Randall’s door. Didn’t wish him dead though, but I still don’t care if I never see him again.

      • jj says:

        he might have flaws, but so do all of the characters on this show. Kate isn’t the best “girlfriend” either. She cyberstalked his ex-wife, then basically stalked her for real to the point of accepting a job to work for her. All of this with no consideration for Toby.

        • skyebright8 says:

          Good point. I think both of them need to learn to respect one another’s needs and wishes, and maybe Toby’s health scare will be a wake up call for them both

  7. herman1959 says:

    Wow, everything happened in this episode and we’re only half-way through the season. I think Toby will be brought back; I don’t think they’d bury his death among so much action.

    • kevstar69 says:

      Sorry, Toby haters! There’s too much death in one show for Toby to die.
      You’ve got Jack’s death, William dying of cancer, and now Toby? It aint going down like that!

  8. Wendy says:

    Andy being William from Westworld really threw me off!

    • Jill Molony says:

      Yes!! I was like “it’s William!” My husband said his almost suicide is what made him go to westworld. Lol

  9. dan says:

    Two surprises this week: didn’t see the William-is-gay story or the Toby-collapses (dies?) twist. I predict Toby lives and it will change Kate’s surgical decision because she’ll help him recover. Beth is quickly becoming a favorite character! She handles Randall perfectly. Loved the Hanukkah dinnner and storyline with Kevin/Sloane even if I have a hard time believing Olivia has disappeared for a month and the play’s producers haven’t done anything about it. Glad Dr. K survived, still expecting a guest-actor Emmy nom for Gerald McRaney next year!

    • herman1959 says:

      Yes, there should at least be a nomination for Gerald McRaney and a nomination for the show itself because it’s been good on a consistent basis, but tonight it slayed me.

    • Normany says:

      For a show being written by people in show business, they sure make a lot of mistakes regarding show business. Like Kevin would’ve known about his Manny replacement long before seeing the advertisement. And there are so many starving actors in New York they would’ve easily filled Olivia’s spot. After all, Kevin is the name draw now.

  10. KarenP says:

    I presumed that because he mentioned being wedged in a middle seat for 6 hours more than once that Toby got a blood clot in his leg that ended up in his lung and doing him in. I hope they let us know since he was not in any of the trailer.

  11. Dannie C says:

    Let’s hope it’s not past midnight & it’s not Christmas yet. A+ Candy Cane/Hot Cocoa metaphor.
    A, Toby could die & Kate could be pregnant or not
    B, Toby could live & Kate could be pregnant or not
    Either way Kate this could send Kate in a downward spiral or an upward spiral.

    Loved the whole episode & everyones challenge/story this part of the season.Looking forward to see the rest of the season after Christmas.

  12. Angel says:

    Please don’t kill Toby! Let him live for Kate’s sake, if he dies she will downward spiral bad! She has enough insecurities, she deserves some happiness. I liked the William twist. I do think they are hard on Rebecca, but no one is perfect. I hope Kevin and the director develop an actual relationship, they are cute together.

  13. Jakay says:

    I refuse to believe they’re killing Toby off. That would be a terrible amount of baggage for Kate, to think he died because he came all that way to see her and then they had sex. Like, breakup, stress, airplane, more stress, sex, even more stress… Boom! Heart attack and it’s all her fault. Nooooooooo!

  14. Daphne says:

    So Jack is dead. William will die before long. Toby is probably dead because that’s a more compelling arc for Kate than just her weight struggles… Meanwhile Miguel -and his gout!- is still alive and kicking! Ugh why do the best ones go first?

  15. AngieD says:

    Toby can’t die. Nothing bad happens on Christmas Eve. I really hope he doesn’t.

  16. Kevin says:

    Why you hating on Toby?

  17. monicaplace says:

    Shocked about Toby, disheartened by the snark here. I am a fan of these two, including the tough decisions to walk away from each ither, at least for a while. Thanks for FINALLY making a plus size woman a real person and not a puppet!

    Thanks for the difficult moments between Kate and Rebecca; nobody outside of a mother-daughter dance of body image, diet, ideals for women knows how tricky this can be. Keep them talking. Who knows how many mother’s and daughters it will help communicate.

  18. Tennisnsun says:

    This colorful bunch has to be the poster child for a diversified and dysfunctional unit if I have ever seen one. I absolutely love it. This is a very real family, unlike any that I have ever seen on television but have lived in my own life. I absolutely love it because of that. Best show in years.

  19. Ali says:

    Don’t kill off Toby!

  20. Cynthia says:

    I loved Toby and Kate together! He was so funny and very good for her!

  21. Shari says:

    Please don’t kill Toby!

  22. Rose Murphy says:

    I’m so happy to see #SterlingKBrown & #RyanMichelleBathe #ArmyWives #Roland
    So sad :( to see Toby go. Best show ever this year!

    • Mr. Sunshine says:

      Thanks! Now I don’t have to beat my brains figuring out where I have seen him before. :-) He’s really great as Randall!

  23. DT says:

    Sorry, but the Kevin/Slone scenes were SO boring. If I wasn’t watching live I would have fast-forwarded through them. Nothing against Milana Vayntrub, who is doing what she can with the part…but her character has no depth. Slone’s contribution to the show seems to be nothing more than a neurotic mini meltdown in every other scene. At least with Olivia, who I guess I was in the minority in liking with Kevin, had some levels to her and made the Kevin scenes interesting. Oh well the show can’t be perfect; I love everything else about it!

    • kn1231 says:

      I also like Olivia and Kevin together, and I hope they get through whatever is going on right now. I find they balance each other out really well.

      • DT says:

        Couldn’t agree more!

        • China says:

          Yes! You people are speaking my language. I can not stress enough about why I like olivia and want her to be with Kevin despite the cabin thing. The tweets last night about Sloane was basically everyone showing their support and I was like why is she even there? It made no sense whatsoever that we got to see her family before Toby’s and get more information about Rebecca and Kate. Personally I felt a disconnect with this episode when she appeared on screen. Plus I’m pretty sure most didn’t remember her name until the black Friday episode but who did they remember OLIVIA.

  24. MiaB says:

    It would be a cruel twist to have Toby die. I hope that’s not what’s going to happen.
    I can’t believe people don’t like Toby! I think he’s too good for Kate, honestly. She’s very self-centered and shallow. I hope her story arch moves beyond what she looks like and how much she weighs.

    • kevstar69 says:

      I get why people don’t like Toby. He’s always forcing himself into her life. When she clearly stated she wanted to be left alone on Super Bowl Sunday, he threw her a party. Another time he kept talking during the game AND brought a plus one. And now, he invited himself to a family gathering AFTER they break up? What if she were there with a date?
      And the storyline about her weight. I think its groundbreaking. To see an obese person, and have it be treated as something other than comedy. ( Sorry, Melissa McCartney)

  25. ok why are we hating on this about this show? This has been one of the best shows all season and I can’t wait to see it again in January.

  26. katy says:

    Lot’s of bad things happen at Christmas, I hate it, my Grandmother died on Christmas, her son, my uncle was buried on Christmas Eve, his daughter, my cousin was killed on the 21st by a Metra train after her car was rear ended pushing her on the tracks of an on coming train…..all true, I hate the season

  27. Bigdede says:

    So Toby didn’t have to buy an extra seat? Kate did.
    So Miguel doesn’t celebrate the holidays with his kids? Doesn’t he have grandkids? His kids are older than the Big 3.

  28. Shar says:

    The true gift this television season comes from the casting directors and writing team of this show.

  29. fiberlicious says:

    Mostly, I love Toby. Major pissedoffedness here!

  30. mazphiri says:

    Amazing series, loving the blended family and al the dynamics. The flashbacks and present day scenes are just genius. I sincerely hope that Toby doesn’t die. If so…..How
    Much death?……i’
    I’m intrigued about how Jack died and how Miguel and Rebecca got it on. The Big three tolerate it but they don’t seem happy about it. Miguel seems like a man on a mission to try though. Can’t wait for the reveal. I’m loving this series and I’ve not felt this much love for a TV family since the Bravermans.

  31. DD says:

    9 year old Kevin not letting go of Kate’s hospital bed broke my heart (although we were going to see the identical adult version).
    As a Jew, I must say – Sloane’s story of Hannuka was one of the most accurate and funniest versions I’ve ever seen on TV!!
    To be fair – all the Pearsons were invited to Randall and Beth (btw-Beth has such great comedic delivery) for Christmas Eve, they canceled but then showed up after all.
    Sad to say, but although I cried (and laughed) through most of the episode, I wasn’t distraught about Toby…

  32. Gerald says:

    But Nothing Bad Happens on Christmas Eve. (Fingers crossed Toby will be okay. They can’t do that to Kate)

  33. Irish says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw my old Nativity set in the ’89 flashback and again in current day. I got that identical set as a gift from my mother on my first Christmas after I married. Have to wonder where they found that.

  34. A fan of TV says:

    My bet is Toby’s not dead, but I think there are ample storytelling possibilities for Kate/her grief/how she heals herself from all her internal crap if in fact he does die. Whatever happens, I hope the show sticks to their original plan and doesnt let the Toby haters/defenders dictate changes to their original storyboard.

  35. DavidSask says:

    People don’t hate Toby so much, it’s that ridic TAR spot left on his bald head!!!

  36. Cas says:

    I like Toby. But wouldn’t be too hurt if he did die. His speech to Kate was perfect. I’m over peoples negative comments about everything though. Complaining about Rebecca, complaining about Kate, complaining about Toby. Apparently everyone commenting has perfect families.

  37. Time says:

    It’s just too much.

  38. Dee says:

    The entire episode I just kept thinking William was going to be a goner. Every time that door rang at the end, I just kept saying please let it be him

  39. Lee Ann says:

    This is the greatest show! I look forward to seeing it every week and I am never disappointed in the story line. The characters and story line are real and messy, just like life. I enjoy every character and am surprised by all the negative comments about Toby. I hope he survives!

  40. Anna says:

    This episode was a roller coaster ride! My emotions were everywhere, and even though I don’t particularly care for Toby, that ending had me screaming (mostly because that would be so traumatizing for Kate).

    Also, I died at little Tess telling Randall, “Dad, Grandpa’s gay. Or at least bi.” Hahaha the things that children see.

  41. shadowrose81 says:

    What ever happened to William’s cat? He used to take the bus every day to feed it but he doesn’t go anymore and there was no sign of it when Randall found the letter on Thanksgiving. At one point I thought maybe he made up the cat but it was mentioned in last night’s episode. He talked about how much he loved the cat so you’d think if it died or he gave it away it would be mentioned.

  42. Brenda says:

    I really hope Toby does not die. This is an excellent show. Also stop talking her out if the surgery it will help her a great deal. She is beautiful it does not matter if she gets skinny but get her to a healthy point.

  43. Doug says:

    I had to play the Randall & Andy segment three or four times. It appeared to me that when his wife arrived and he yelled at her, then turned around and Andy was gone–I thought it was Randall who was suicidal ala Jimmy Stewart’s scene at the bridge in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That Andy was never there and Beth interrupted Randall’s jump, that everything he was tellling Andy were words that he was using to remind him that he needed to live.

  44. El says:

    Seriously if they kill off Toby I’m out!!! This show needs Toby!!!

  45. T.W.S.S. says:

    Never trust a “happy ending” montage.

  46. Cindy says:

    I really hope Toby lives, Randall is my favorite Big 3, Rebecca is being scapegoated too much, love that Denis Ohare has joined the cast, glad Olivia is gone. She was awful, who crashes wake for a lesson on acting? Tacky and gross. Now Beth, I do not like her at all. The comedic timing is great but the character sucks. She’s mean and nasty and not good enough for Randall.

  47. StBob64 says:

    Nothing bad happens on Xmas Eve but then nothing good happens after 1am so maybe it was after 1am on Xmas Eve whcih would technically be Xmas Day and by how come those kids are still up?

  48. Barbara says:

    Toby is listed as being in all 13 episodes of season 1. Their relationship was so new amd short that I cannot see them doing flashbacks of him, so I think he survives—season 1, anyway.

  49. Karen Wydeven says:

    This episode did feel very crammed full. Lots of interesting surprises, though.

    I just love this show! The characters are multi-faceted. I liked Rebecca’s comment about Kate’s weight…how she didn’t know what to do. It is not simple and tied up neatly every episode.

    Curious to see how Jack died, and how long ago. This show has lots of places to go.

  50. Anita Wright says:

    Love this show. Who’s plays the Doc who delivered the babies………

    • Carrie says:

      the doctor (Dr. K) is Gerald McRaney he;s been in a lot of shows, i remember him in Promised land where he and his family traveled around with a camper.and helped people. it was a spin off of Touched by an Angel. He is married to Delta Burke.