Get your tissues. This Is Us Season 5 Episode 16, “The Adirondacks,” is coming out on May 25, and there’s already some tension between Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) in the new teaser photos. So here’s what fans can expect from the couple in the This Is Us finale.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from This Is Us Season 5 Episode 16.]
A brief recap of Kate and Toby’s story through ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Episode 15
In This Is Us Season 5, Toby lost his job and struggled to find joy in being a stay-at-home dad to Jack and Hailey. Meanwhile, Kate started her new job as an assistant music teacher for blind children, and she flourished.
That said, both Kate and Toby weren’t honest about their real feelings. Kate didn’t share how much she enjoyed being a teacher. Toby didn’t express how desperately he wanted to go back to work. Then in This Is Us Season 5 Episode 15, Toby revealed he had a potential new opportunity in San Francisco.
“I really, really need a new job,” Toby said during Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) bachelor party. “I need it financially, and I need it for my sanity. And I haven’t had a nibble, except for this one opportunity in San Francisco, which is clearly a nonstarter for anybody with two kids under two.”
In the end, Toby reached out to the company in San Francisco, presumably without telling Kate.
Kate and Toby will talk in ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Episode 16
While This Is Us fans weren’t sure whether Kate and Toby were on the same page in episode 15, it looks like there will be some conversations to be had in the grand finale on May 25.
Ahead of the new episode, Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall, revealed Kate and Toby will have to discuss their next step soon. In an interview with Extra, Brown shared the couple must figure out “how they are going to work through this long-distance relationship if he takes this job in San Francisco.”
Meanwhile, NBC dropped new photos of Kate and Toby from This Is Us Season 5 Episode 16, and it appears the couple will find some time to chat in the finale. In one of the photos, Kate and Toby seem to have a serious chat on the balcony of their hotel room. Then in another picture, the couple seems happy together.
Phillip returns in the ‘This Is Us’ Season 5 finale
For now, This Is Us fans will have to see whether Kate and Toby are able to sort out their future together. But whatever happens in the season 5 finale, it seems change might be coming in regards to Kate’s job.
When NBC dropped the teaser photos for This Is Us Season 5 Episode 16, the network confirmed Phillip (Chris Geere) will return. As you may remember, Phillip is Kate’s new co-worker who confronted her in episode 12, “Both Things Can Be True.” He told her she needed to be present for their students. Then Kate stepped up her game.
Meanwhile, the new This Is Us photos showed Phillip on the phone, and it’s likely he’s speaking to Kate. He also doesn’t look very happy. But we’ll just have to watch what happens.
This Is Us Season 5 Episode 16 airs Tuesday, May 25, at 10 p.m. ET.