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‘Bachelor’ Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell’s Break-up Revealed on ‘After the Final Rose’

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The one-two punch of the three hour ‘Bachelor’ season finale addressed what happened between the contestant who received the final rose, Rachael Kirkconnell, and Matt James, who was the first Black bachelor in franchise history.

In the two-hour season finale, many viewers on social media were outraged that Matt let Michelle Young go, and sent her home, saying he could not get there with her, ahead of the day of the proposal leaving Rachael Kirkconnell as the last woman standing.

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However through the finale, Matt was haunted by the words of his mother, who told him to be cautious due to her history with Matt’s father.  This affected Matt so deeply, that in the end when it was time for Rachael to meet him for the proposal ceremony, he ultimately did not propose, but instead he gave her the final rose, and wanted to continue their relationship.  Seemed like a happy ending? Not so fast.

 

As everyone who follows the show now knows, during the latter part of the season, photos of Rachael emerged of her attending an Antebellum-themed party in 2018, as well as her “liking” posts with racially insensitive slants.  Later, Chris Harrison defended Rachael during an interview on Extra with Ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.  He then stepped down from his hosting duties for the After the Final Rose wrap-up episode.  Enter Emmanuel Acho who hosted the final hour.

It was on After the Final Rose that viewers learned publicly for the first time that Matt had broken-up with Kirkconnell once the photos came to light and that he did it over a phone call with her.

When speaking with Acho about the photos, James explained that at first, “I dismissed them as rumors, because that’s what they were to me.  You hear things that are heartbreaking … and you just pray they’re not true.  And then, when you find out that they are … it just makes you question everything.”

Later, in the episode when Rachael and Matt saw each other for the first time since the break-up, Matt said to his now ex, “When I questioned our relationship, it was in the context of you not fully understanding my blackness and what it means to be a Black man in America.  It broke my heart, because this is the last conversation I thought we’d be having. I didn’t sign up to have this conversation.”

When Acho pressed Rachael about her photos from the Antebellum-themed party, and what she sees now looking at them, she said, “I see someone who was living in this ignorance without even, like, thinking about who it would be hurting.”

Acho asked Matt if there was a chance at reconciliation which he shut down, saying Kirkconnell had work to do and she needs to do it alone.  As Rachael cried, James added, “I don’t want to be emotionally responsible for those tears, ’cause it’s like, the work and the reconciliation that needs to be done is work that I can’t do for you.”

So, what did you think about Matt choosing Rachael over Michelle? Then, what did you think of the break-up of Rachael and Matt? Happy to hear it is over, or do you have a different opinion on the matter? Whatever the case, this season of The Bachelor, where it should have been inclusive, would up in the end being divisive. Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Has Li Gone Off the Rails to Keep Finn Away and All to Herself?

On Tuesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, we learned more of the back-story of just how Li (Naomi Matsuda) rescued/saved/took Finn (Tanner Novlan)!

In a flashback, we see Li in a doctors white lab coat with with a stethoscope listening to another doctor ‘s diagnosis of the situation, where he tells her that when they found Finn shot in the alley, he had a weak heartbeat.  The doctor says there is really no chance to revive him. Turns out, when the ambulance brought a shot Finn to the hospital, it was the hospital Li worked at, not where Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) went to recover from her gunshot wounds.

Li talks to a comatose Finn and reveals that she snuck him out of the hospital (not quite sure how she did that given his dire life and death situation), and that she falsified his death certificate.

Now, a defiant Li, shares with her son, that anyone else would have given up on him, but not a mother, not this mother.  She goes on to say that everything went wrong when Finn got caught up with Steffy and the world of the Forresters, which ultimately led to Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) coming to town.

At the end of the episode as Steffy comes to the realization that Finn is never coming back, we get a split-screen moment of her grief, and Li willing Finn back to health.

But here’s what we can surmise and the questions that loom:  Is Li going to go off the rails? Is she going to just keep Finn away from everyone, because no one really realized the emotional toll it took on her when Sheila was revealed to be Finn’s birth mother? Could this all be a set-up that eventually it will be Sheila who rescues Finn from Li and reunites him with Steffy?  Is this story how they will redeem Sheila? And, from the looks of it, will Liam and Steffy once again sleep together as he tries to ‘comfort’ her through her grieving process?

Where do you think B&B is headed with this storyline? Weigh-in via the comment section, but first take a look at the key scene from yesterday’s B&B.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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