‘This Is Us’: How Marc Bleeds Into Kate and Toby’s Relationship within the Present

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Big Three trilogy is lastly full — however This Is Us followers have by no means been extra involved for previous and present-day Kate (Hannah Zeile and Chrissy Metz). By the tip of season Four episode 13, titled “A Hell of a Week: Part Three,” Rebecca (Mandy Moore) grew to become her daughter’s hero — whatever the timeline. That stated, it’s clear Kate’s relationship with Marc (Austin Abrams) nonetheless has lasting results, particularly on the subject of her marriage with Toby (Chris Sullivan). 

What occurred to Kate in ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 Episode 13?

In Kate’s “Hell of a Week” episode, This Is Us explored the Pearson daughter’s relationship with Rebecca, Toby, and Marc. As talked about, Rebecca turns into the hero Kate wants. However, issues begin to crumble with Marc and Toby.

Back previously, Marc reveals some main purple flags. At the report retailer, Kate and Marc are working and so they appear to be having some enjoyable. Then when Kate reaches for some chocolate, Marc stops her and reminds her about her weight loss program. 

Meanwhile, a buyer comes alongside and asks a couple of track. After Marc provides his reply, Kate corrects him. Marc storms off, offended. Later, Kate is on the cellphone with Marc and he’s nonetheless furious, leaving Kate confused. 

Finally, Rebecca will get some one-on-one time with Marc and Kate forward of the massive birthday dinner. Marc arrives late and acts out — however the writers additionally give him a number of redeeming moments with Kate. Nevertheless, Rebecca doesn’t approve. 

When Kate asks concerning the keys to the Pearson cabin, Rebecca admits she isn’t snug with Marc. Rebecca and Kate get right into a combat. This is the primary time Kate has been seen by somebody as a romantic curiosity. She storms out.

Then on the drive as much as the cabin, Kate and Marc get right into a combat. Marc stop his job on the report retailer. And when Kate received’t do the identical, he drives quicker in an try to scare his girlfriend. They cease and she or he needs to get some air. But then Marc ditches her in the midst of nowhere, screaming “fat face” at her earlier than driving off. Eventually, after Kate calls her mom at a fuel station, Marc reveals up and apologizes.

Things aren’t fairly as dramatic within the present-day — however it’s just like the calm earlier than the storm. Previously, Toby informed Kate he’s combating child Jack’s blindness. So when Kate proposes a retreat with their son, Toby is reluctant to go. 

On the morning of, Toby says he’s swamped with work. Rebecca calls and Kate says her husband can’t go. So Rebecca goes in Toby’s stead. At the retreat, Kate admits she is struggling. She wants Toby to take Jack swimming or biking due to her nervousness. But after a heartfelt dialog, Rebecca ensures her daughter she will deal with it, even with out Toby. 

When Kate returns house, she opens as much as Toby, telling him what she wants. “Can you do this?” she asks. “Can you be the man I need you to be? The father Jack needs you to be?” 

“I want to,” Toby replies. And sadly, the supply isn’t convincing — to audiences or Kate.

Hannah Zeile explains how Marc impacts Kate’s marriage with Toby in ‘This Is Us’

Before This Is Us aired the Kate-centric episode on Feb. 11, showrunner Isaac Aptaker revealed Kate’s first romance with Marc will have an effect on her life sooner or later.

“It definitely goes to an unhealthy place that’s going to make a real impact on Kate and stay with her over the years,” Aptaker informed Entertainment Weekly in November. 

Now, viewers are beginning to see how Marc’s verbal abuse spills into Kate’s marriage with Toby. Then when talking with The Wrap, Zeile defined precisely how Marc’s affect on Kate is developing within the current day.

“I definitely think that when you’re being verbally abused and put down and not supported properly — like in this episode when Marc calls her a ‘fat face’ — I think a lot of the time people think that it’s because of their own doing,” Zeile stated. “They think, ‘Maybe if I was thinner and I was in better shape or I was prettier, he wouldn’t treat me like this.’”

The actress continued: “But it’s not true, it’s really [the abuser’s] own issue. And I think that insecurity. Kate always had self-doubt and always had insecurity. I think that Marc definitely fostered them. And now we can kind of see in her marriage the insecurity that she’s having now that Toby is getting into shape.”

Zeile then introduced up Toby’s CrossFit group textual content and the actual fact he was hiding Cara from Kate. And as a result, “you can see [Kate] kind of starting to spiral in her head and feel probably similar feelings to what she felt in her first relationship.”

What to count on from Marc, Kate, and Toby transferring ahead

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When talking with Bustle, Zeile confirmed the Kate and Marc storyline will make “viewers feeling rewarded” and “fulfilled” as soon as it wraps on This Is Us. That stated, followers aren’t executed seeing the extent of Marc’s abuse. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aptaker defined what occurs when Rebecca arrives on the cabin to save lots of Kate.

“It’s much more complicated than just going to rescue a princess, because this is a girl who doesn’t necessarily know she needs rescuing,” the showrunner stated. “A piece of her is aware that this is toxic. But another, perhaps larger, part of her thinks, “This is the love of my life. This is the first person who’s ever told me that he loves me, who’s ever wanted to be in a relationship with me, and I don’t want to let that go.’”

He continued: “So it’s much more complicated than just going to save someone who knows they need to be saved.”

Chrissy Metz as Kate on 'This Is Us' - Season 4
Chrissy Metz as Kate on ‘This Is Us’ | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Aptaker additionally confirmed Marc’s abuse is “definitely a contributing factor” to Kate’s consuming and weight points. 

“A first love is so formative and so shapes the way that you see yourself,” he stated. “And I think that the way that Marc speaks to her and treats her has a big impact on her self-esteem and self-worth for a while going forward.”

Meanwhile, Kate and Toby’s story will proceed to unfold on This Is Us. And hopefully, the couple finds some resolve quickly.

“Over the course of our next episodes, we’ll have a much better sense of whether Kate and Toby are going to be able to get over this immediate hurdle of ‘Can Toby be the father that Jack needs?’” Aptaker stated.

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