Season 5 producers of “This Is Us” justify Kate’s fan theory.


“On Nov. 17, Season 5 of This Is Us left viewers on the edge when after holding a box that simply read “ovulation test,” teen Kate (Hannah Zeile) announced a positive pregnancy test. The moment was part of a big cliffhanger before the winter break of the NBC drama. So, to clarify the scene, viewers came up with a variety of hypotheses.

Now, ahead of the Jan. 5 return of the series, producers This Is Us Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger shed light on what happened to Kate. Here’s what we know and what to expect.

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Fans wondered after “This Is Us” Season 5 aired on Nov. 17 whether the ovulation test was actually a mistake or whether Kate was purposely trying to get pregnant.

But Aptaker and Berger acknowledged that Kate’s pregnancy/ovulation test was a mistake in an interview with Entertainment Weekly released on Jan. 4.

They also confirmed that a pregnancy test had been taken by Kate.

“When we saw that people misinterpreted it, of course it drove us crazy,” Aptaker said. “So let the record officially show: This was [meant to be]a pregnancy test box.”

The EPs also pointed out that in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the mistake was likely the result of challenging filming and editing conditions.

Oh child, Katie. #ThisIsUs This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) November 18, 2020 “This one, unfortunately, was just a victim of how absolutely impossible it was to make television this year,” said Aptaker.

“Despite the dozens of people who watched this scene countless times before it aired, we were all just so fried from all the COVID [shooting conditions]that we missed it,” Berger continued. Up to the zoom cut, you can chalk that up. Usually, we’re all sitting together in a hall looking at these massive monitors.

And this is the one where we were saying, ‘Ah, if we had just been there, someone would have seen it!’

In the meantime, to clarify Kate’s ovulation examination, Berger shared his own “This Is Us” fan theory.

Berger said, “I convinced myself that she hid her pregnancy test in her ovulation box so no one would spot her with a pregnancy test,” “That’s how I justified it in my head.”

(Spoiler alert: what happens to Kate in episode 5 of season 5 of This Is Us).

What to expect in the future from Kate

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Fans of This Is Us know that Marc’s (Austin Abrams) baby was pregnant with teenage Kate. So what does this mean for the plot of adult Kate (Chrissy Metz) when the series returns? Entertainment Weekly posted a clip of Kate and Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) conversation in advance of This Is Us season 5 episode 5. Kate has confirmed that when she was 18, she had an abortion. Meanwhile, Toby wondered why it took her – or anyone – four years to tell him.

In December 2020, speaking to TVLine, Metz announced what Kate’s upcoming story arc will focus on when Jan. 5 returns from This Is Us season 5.

What’s really surprising,”What’s really shocking is that she hasn’t even told Toby,”is that she didn’t even say Toby. “So it will be really interesting to see how this really big event in her life unfolds. It’s something she’s never shared with anyone and never had.”

The Pearsons have returned. Who watches the all-new #ThisIsUs on @NBC at 9/8c? This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) January 5, 2021Later added, “This is something she is finally prepared to deal with, at least to tell Toby what is going on, what really happened.”

And what that means to the relationship, and to her as a woman, and to all the ways in which she thought of herself.

Meanwhile, Berger explained in the above interview with Entertainment Weekly what to expect from Kate in episode 5 of season 5 of This Is Us.

It’s a really important episode to learn a little more about this woman’s whole psychology,”It’s a really important episode to learn a little bit more about the whole psychology of this woman,” “It’s just a really important piece of the puzzle. If you take a step back and look at Kate Pearson as a whole, this episode sheds some light, some clarity on all that she’s been through.”


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