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Some people just go through life waiting for the other shoe to drop, and if we’ve learned anything about Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) over the past three seasons on This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, CTV) it’s that she is that person. And who can blame her when you consider her history? There was the awful way her father died (RIP Jack), the storyline from her twenties when her first adult “boyfriend” ghosted her in front of his friends because she was fat, and don’t even get us started on that entirely heartbreaking miscarriage. This is a woman who has been through A LOT.

So on the day that Kate finally—more than a decade later—graduates from high school, is it really too much to ask that she not miscarry a baby at 28 weeks pregnant?

That’s the situation we were dealing with on Tuesday night when This Is Us returned from a two-week hiatus. In the present day we watched Toby throw an elaborate graduation party for his wifey and Kevin turn heavily to the bottle, while in the past Rebecca sobbed her way through Kevin and Randall’s graduations with some super sweet help from Miguel. Oh yeah, and we also saw lots of that special twin-connection thing that Kevin and Kate have going on, mostly through the old VHS tapes Jack filmed, but also in the present day when Kate’s Spidey sense went off over her brother’s weird behaviour.

Meanwhile, over at Randall’s house, he and Beth attempted to figure out their new family schedule with Beth’s new dance teacher gig, Deja impressed her teachers so much they now think she should skip a grade, and Randall actually had the gall to ask Beth to put her dreams on hold so that she could be home on evenings and weekends to look after the kids (oh hi there kettle, have you met pot?).

It was a ton to pack into an episode, with many, many parallels (Graduations! Meetings! Special Twin Bonds!) so we were more than taken aback when Kate’s water broke in the car as she was driving Kevin to get help. In fact, had it not been for the previews leading up to the instalment, we definitely wouldn’t have even seen the moment coming.

Here’s the good news: as Kevin gently pointed out, the shot Kate received (we’re assuming steroids?) slowed down the labour enough that she’s okay for now. However, the goal is always to keep that baby gestating for at least 32 weeks, because before that he’s at risk for a whole bunch of complications — including the inability to breathe. That means there’s still a month in the pregnancy to go until this babe is considered safe. So you can’t blame Kate (or us) for wanting to just go and hide under that pile of coats over there in the corner and hope that everything turns out okay.

Because we really, really can’t see Kate lose another baby right now. That girl has gone through enough sad things in her life, and it’s about time she got to experience some happiness. Like a happy, healthy baby. So please, This Is Us writers, please. Please make that happen for our Katie girl. Because on her behalf, we really can’t take anymore of these shoes dropping.

 

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.