Tobin is the night manager at the Independence Inn, who alerts Lorelai Gilmore when the Inn suffers a fire. After the Independence Inn is closed, and later sold, Tobin travels around and ends up becoming a Mormon, but soon loses interest. He later returns to Stars Hollow and takes up babysitting Davey.
Tobin is a kind, seemingly very fashionable and very conversational person. Lorelai and Sookie absolutely love him, while Michel regards Tobin as his utmost nemesis in life—and in his relationships with Lorelai and Sookie, in particular.