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AMC Recap – Dec 20 – Dec 24th

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Erica and Caleb share a close moment after she gives him the good news that he has reacquired Cortlandt Electronics. Frankie reminds Madison that she can’t run away from making a decision regarding whether or not she wants to keep the baby since time is running out.

After getting her hands on Griffin’s wallet, Greenlee gets into the hospital computer and discovers Madison is pregnant. Seeing the way JR and Marissa are interacting, leaves Annie on edge. After getting a text from JR, Annie meets him at the hotel.  He reassures her that his rapport with Marissa is just an act.  Annie catches him off guard when she blurts out that she loves him.

Struggling to cope with the loss of her husband, Kendall is extremely sensitive.  First, she learns that Erica is being charged with manslaughter and then continues to give Greenlee the cold shoulder and kicks Ryan out of the house. Madison is still undecided about her pregnancy and gets upset when Ryan sets up a doctor’s appointment. She wants him to stop trying to help and says it’s a big part of why she wants to leave town. Both Frankie and Randi are overprotective of Madison. Randi suggests Greenlee could help Madison out by leaving her alone and stop trying to set her up with anyone, while Frankie continues to keep the truth from Ryan and cancels the doctor appointment he set up. Greenlee tells Madison she knows she’s pregnant. Annie is insecure about her relationship with JR, especially since he didn’t say he loves her after she admitted how she felt.  JR is feeling the stress of losing Cortlandt Electronics and the potential crumbling of Chandler Enterprises. Marissa is there to motivate JR and reminds him that he is a good father and encourages him to return the phone call he received earlier from his father.  After Marissa leaves, Annie reassures JR that she is there for him and while they’re embracing JR can’t help but stare at the gift Marissa left behind for him.

Greenlee is worried that Madison’s pregnancy will change things between her and Ryan just as things between them are good again. As Greenlee contemplates telling Ryan the truth, he suggests they spend some time alone. Trying to distract herself from losing Zach, Kendall tries to gain some independence.  She tells Bianca and Ryan that she doesn’t need them checking up on her and deflects when they offer to help her decorate for Christmas. Griffin becomes upset with Kendall after she interrupts a meeting he was conducting with Dennis, an investor for the Miranda Center.  He insists Kendall get a better grip on things before pressing forward with business. Bianca shows Kendall a box that she found in Zach’s closet and Kendall finds Christmas presents Zach purchased and feels him all around her. Jake and Cara make an effort to try and co-exist at the hospital. While working a shift together, Cara says she understands when Jake confronts her with his concern regarding her lunch date with his wife.

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THIS IS US Fall Finale Delivers Shocking Twists

In the final moments of the season 3 fall finale of This Is Us, viewers were given several jaw-dropping moments befitting of this top-rated drama.  Along the Pearson family journey, back in time, present-day and flash-forward, fans of the series discovered: that Jack’s ‘believed to be dead’, brother, Nicky is actually very much alive.

In a key moment flashing back to the Vietnam war,  Jack finds his brother (who is stoned yet again) sitting on the pier and pretending to shoot Vietnamese villagers with his hand.  Nicky sadly informs Jack that he is not going to leave drugs behind again and clean up this act.  He announces, “I see it all when I’m clean,” and adds, “I’m not gonna complete the mission.”

At the end of that day, Jack can’t find Nicky.  Suddenly, there’s blast from the water, where it appears a boat has exploded, and one of the soldiers says there was a guy in it. Jack rushes into the river and swims toward the wreckage.  We don’t see what happens next, but the belief is that Nicky died in the explosion.

Kevin, who has been in Vietnam trying to learn what happened to Jack and Nicky in the war and about the mysterious woman in the photograph, feels he has zero answers to what happened during the war.   As he and Zoe prepare to leave, Kevin’s tour guide mentions that he’d searched an online database of the Vietnam War Memorial for Nicholas Pearson, but came up short.  The guide says Nicky didn’t die in the war.

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Next, the show cuts to a bespectacled man (Griffin Dunne, who now takes over the role) living in an a trailer home. There is a piece of mail on his table addressed to Nicholas Pearson, 2125 Songbird Rd., Bradford, PA 16701.  This would mean that NIcky has lived there for a long time – and a three-hour drive from  Pittsburgh, where Jack and his family lived and were raised!

In other plot developments, the all-important  …Who is “Her?” flash-forward mystery was answered and we learn it is Rebecca.  She is still alive, and we see Beth in present day without her wedding ring to Randall, and seemingly running a ballet studio, getting set to meet up with Randall and adult Tess.  In a key moment Beth tells her employee: “We’re all going to see Randall’s mother .., oh, did you bring the Pin the Tail on the Donkey from the office? I promised I bring it.”  The Pearson Pin the Tail on the Donkey game has been a through-line for the years with the Big Three.

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The fall finale gave a look into the future that Randall and Beth’s marriage may not have survived and it could have started with the fact that Randall would not drop out of the political race he was in, even after promising Beth he would, if things were not looking good for him as a candidate.  We also learn that Tess like girls and sorta came out to Randall and Beth, but did to her grandmother, Rebecca.

And, Toby and Kate learned that they are having a boy after cutting the cake to reveal its gender.

This Is Us EP, Dan Fogelman told EW.com about what to look for in the second half of the season when the show returns with all-new episodes starting on January 13th: “Now, it’s time — for a little while, and we will catch little glimpses — to focus on the present-day storylines that help you get there. There are many questions. Where are Kate and Toby in that period? Where is their relationship? Do they have children? Has Kevin figured out his love life? If so, with whom? Have Randall and Beth made it through as we hope Randall and Beth make it through? What has come of their respective careers? And what kind of shape or state is Rebecca in when we’re meeting her and they’re all going to visit her? In order to get to the future and to get more answers there, you need a little bit more present story in the back half of the season. So, I would say that should be the focus right now.”

So, what did you think of the fall finale of This Is Us? What were you most shocked to find out? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Wedding, A Serial Killer & The Heartbreaking Truth

On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, several residents finds themselves at crossroads and one in instant peril, as Thanksgiving continues in Port Charles.

In touching scenes played by Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Garren Stitt (Oscar), Josslyn confronts Oscar that she knows he is sick.  Oscar is furious with Cameron for telling her. Josslyn is saddened that he pushed her away, saying they will fight this together.  He reveals to her that he has an inoperable brain tumor and will die and has but a year to live. Oscar does tell her about the drug trial that could save his life, but he won’t to it, because of the potential side effects that could wrong with it, and that he wants to live out what time he has on his terms.

Laura (Genie Francis) walks in on who she believes is her husband, Kevin, but it’s Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) in a big smooch with Ava Jerome (Maura West).   Ryan tells Laura their marriage is over.  A shocked and devastated Laura tells him the fact that he is with a woman who sold out her son, makes this the ultimate betrayal.  She rips up Ava’s donation to her mayoral campaign, which is why she came to the Jerome gallery in the first place, and walked in on the lip-lock.  Laura also tells Ryan she see’s nothing behind his eyes anymore that remotely reminds her of the Kevin she married.   Can Laura figure this out?

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After Laura leaves, Ryan and Ava admit they enjoyed that kiss . Ava suggests they spend Thanksgiving together.  Ryan reveals he is so glad she didn’t leave town. However, Ava says she still may have to leave Port Charles, because she can’t stand to be in the same town with Kiki.  When Ava suggests they go to her place, Ryan offers to meet her there because he has some business to take care of, first.

Griffin (Matt Cohen) and Kiki (Hayley Erin) are late to Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan’s (Briana Nicole Henry) wedding, after they decide to undress (after they get dressed to the nines for the nuptials) and have sex.  After they make love, Griffin gets a call from Monica (Leslie Charleson) saying that the boards results are in as to if he has been reinstated at the hospital. Those results are at GH, and he should pick them up there.  Since they are late for the wedding, Griffin heads out to the hospital, while Kiki gets ready to head to the wedding and meet him there.

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At the Q’s Thanksgiving celebration, Kim (Tamara Braun) tells Julian (William deVry) that she wants his goons to kidnap Oscar if he wins his emancipation trial from his parents, and take him to Brazil for the treatment that will save his life.  Drew (Billy Miller) overhears this and is enraged that she would do such a thing to their son.

Curtis and Jordan are now getting ready to say their “I do’s” when the minister asks if there is anyone that has just cause that the duo should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Cue, Stella (Vernee Watson) who walks in looking very unhappy.  Will she unravel the wedding … or sit down and be a part of the celebration after getting some words of wisdom from Mike (Max Gail)?

At the end of the episode, we come upon a few key moments:  Oscar shows up at the Q’s door as his parents Drew and Kim are thrilled to see him, Josslyn comes home to the Corinthos’ and drops to the floor in tears over Oscar, and Ryan shows up at Kiki’s door, just as she is heading out for the wedding, and it looks like he has murder on his mind.

So, is this the end of the road for Kiki?  Will Stella stand down or bust up the nuptials?  Will Oscar have the treatment to try to save his life? What should Laura’s next move be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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