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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang & ‘This Is Us’ Mandy Moore Deliver The ‘Power Performances of the Week’

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The top honors for the most notable performances for the past week, this time go to one actress on daytime and one actress on primetime.  Both gave us compelling, heartfelt, and at-times gut-wrenching work within the confines of their storylines.

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), continues to be a standout in one of the most aggravating storylines (Sheila getting away with dismantling Brooke’s life with booze to the point where there is a quickie reunion of Taylor and Ridge) and through it is giving the audience some of the best work of her entire 35-year-run on the CBS soap,

On Friday’s episode, Brooke tells Ridge she is giving him a divorce to make him happy, and with tears flowing she says she will never forgive herself for what happened on New Year’s Eve (getting drunk and then kissing Deacon). She goes on to tell Ridge that she wishes to God that she deserved his love, but she doesn’t. Brooke says she knows she has self-destructive tendencies. Ridge tells Brooke none of this makes him happy, but he does walk out on Brooke, and head to Taylor, leaving a devastated Brooke in a puddle of tears and her life torn to pieces.  Be on the lookout for Lang to be a major contender for a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work in the 2023 Daytime Emmy race.

Meanwhile, NBC’S This Is Us is quite the soap in our minds. The primetime drama, which is in its sixth and final season, is going to wrap up its run in 10 more episodes. However, this past Tuesday saw once again just how the unsung hero of the show, Mandy Moore, can play three different times in the life of Rebecca with such ease and such believability.

Moore out did even herself in the episode entitled “Taboo”.  In the present time, Rebecca, who we know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, tells her children (Randall, Kevin and Kate), following Thanksgiving dinner, the provisions she wants the family to take when she can no longer understand or make choices for herself, or the end of her life nears.  First, Rebecca makes her children verbally acknowledge and agree that Miguel will be in charge of the decisions and her care.  However, if something happens to Miguel before she dies, she wants Kate to be in charge and the decision-maker of her care.  Then, Moore makes us reach for the hankies telling her kids : “You will not make your life smaller because of me, I am your mother, and I am sick, and I am asking you to be fearless.” She then needs them all to say they will do as she says, and in tears all three kids do just that. Later, Kate asks Rebecca why she chose her to be in charge of her care. Rebecca replies, “You are my daughter and my best friend. It was always you, Kate.”  And if you think that’s all Moore did in the episode … wrong!

Earlier in the episode, as the series goes to a flashback of her younger days after Jack’s death, we see how Miguel and Rebecca try to fight their growing attraction to each other, and how Miguel did not want to betray her ex-husband and his best friend, by following through on his feelings for her.

On the porch, following another Thanksgiving, Miguel tells a stunned Rebecca he’s moving to Houston, where he’s got a new job and will be closer to his kids.  Rebecca’s eyes immediately well-up in tears.  Miguel expresses, in tears too, “I feel like I’ve been staying around because… it’s time Rebecca. Now that you’re back up on your feet, it’s time for me to go.”  Rebecca is gutted and a younger Kate finds her mom crying on her bed and goes to comfort her.

So, what did you think of Katherine Kelly Lang’s work on B&B, and Mandy Moore’s on This Is Us? Share your thoughts on our picks for the Power Performances of the Week via the comment section below.  But first, check out one of the key scenes from This Is Us featuring Moore and Jon Huertas.

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Shari
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Shari

Katherine Kelly Lang has been giving this same performance year in and year out.
Mandy Moore is amazing and has deserved the Emmy for a while now.

Violet Lemm
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Shari
I don’t think you meant that as praise and Iam certainly not a fan of Brooke/K.K.L but after rereading your post, I have to agree that she DOES give the same, expected performance time after time. Are we just sick of her being good? Ha!

Kevin Bradley
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Kevin Bradley

Disagree RE: Katherine Kelly Lang. She continues to deliver impassioned work, better each season, a vast improvement from her earlier days as Brooke. Agree with you on Mandy Moore

Kat
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Kat

That is not her fault it’s Brad Bell and nobody gets too upset we have a fake Taylor a fake ridge just so disgusted with him ! Why JW and Wh agreeded to come back he is insulting to his actors ! He has actors nobody is interested in just to prove he is not whatever I’m so sick of him just cancel the show with some dignity!

Michael
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Michael

And who in your opinion is the “real” Taylor and Ridge?

Kat
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Kat

Ronn Moss and Hunter Taylor that’s who

Toni
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Toni

Agreed! Cancellation on it’s way.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Shari. It must be boring doing the same story line for 30+ years. On the plus side, Mandy has been excellent all year and continues to be underrated.

Richard
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Richard

Mandy Moore has been underrated for so long wouldn’t it be a great thing for the Emmy awards to finally award her after all of her stellar work on this is us especially on this final season it’s about time the Emmy’s gave a network show the award since it’s well deserved as far as Katherine Kelly lang her work this week was great and she’s also been underrated along with many in daytime congrats to both

Iakovos
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Iakovos

KKL has been given the same story for 35 years. She is a delight to watch but Brooke would be more compelling a character with a strong backbone. Brook should be a power player not a weepy ingenue. We have Hope for that. Have her soon realize this recent fall off the wagon is not her fault, that Ridge is not her endgame, and let her live a vibrant exciting life. Weary of all the moping. Tired of the Forrester hypocrisy. No one deserves casting a stone here… Steffy, Thomas, Ridge. I would love to see Brooke launch a company… Read more »

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I don’t watch B&B but Mandy Moore this week – oh WoW. I agree that she has been under-rated but she was outstanding this week. I do think this show has gone on too long, but it would certainly be well deserved if she won an Emmy on this last finale.

I’m glad we are getting to see how Rebecca and Miguel got together; the scene where they were playing the game was so telling in how well they knew each other and their history and obvious to everyone in the room.

Fran Fallon
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Fran Fallon

Mandy Moore is an incredible actor! She moves from one generation to another with such ease and earnest perfection to her defined roles. Congratulations Mandy on your deserved award.!!!!

The other Lis
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The other Lis

KKL is a good actress however she has played this scene (Brooke and Ridge breakup) with different variations almost every year for the past 30 years. How many times have they broken up/? I know the show has a small cast but why can’t they come up with a different story line for this talented woman. At this point she should pull an Eileen Fulton with her infamous grandmother clause and make it a part of her contract that she will never break up with Ridge again.

Toni
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Toni

B@B writing is horrific

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Steffy Remembers Sheila Shooting Finn. .. and Her, Then Vows Revenge

Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the highly-anticipated scenes of Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wooda) finally remembering the shooting that landed her in the hospital, and took the life of her husband, Finn (Tanner Novlan), all thanks to Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown)!

It all goes down while at her home talking with her parents, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Taylor (Krista Allen).  As she begins to unravel the fight she had in the alley behind Il Guardino with Sheila, and as bits and pieces begin to make sense to Steffy, she realizes the horrifying truth.

Taylor tries to sort out what Steffy is saying thinking that her daughter is confused about Sheila.  Steffy shares that, at first, Finn wasn’t there at first. Then. she realizes Sheila pulling out a gun just as Finn showed up to rescue her.

Steffy exclaims that ‘Sheila shot her own son’, then, turned the gun on her when she tried to call for help … and shot her.

Next, an overwrought, overcome. and angry Steffy vows revenge on Sheila, as Taylor and Ridge look on.

Watch the final moments of the episode and the performance of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, and then, let us know what you thought of it in the comment section.

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THIS IS US: Kevin’s Romantic Match Finally Revealed

As This Is Us heads towards its last episodes of the series, every single show has been filled with emotional moments that tug at our heartstrings, and Tuesday’s night installment was no exception, exact for one thing – you may have been crying happy tears!

In the episode entitled ‘The Night Before the Wedding”, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is front and center as we pick up what happened with three women who were circulating that evening.  If you recall, Madison and Beth were trying to find out who actually slept with Kevin that night in his hotel room.  However, as it turns out, Kevin slept alone!  What leads to this are key moments that collide and ultimately bring about the revelation he needed.

First, his childhood girlfriend who then became his wife, who then became his ex, Sophie, (Alexandra Breckinridge) reveals on a walk through a vineyard that she is divorced now. Things didn’t work out between her and her husband, Grant. This comes as a surprise to Kevin, but Sophie says she has never been happier.  Kevin opens up that his relationships with women haven’t worked out.  Sophie talks on how Kevin’s mom, Rebecca, thinks of the two of them are still together due to Rebecca’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease and her declining health.

Later that night, Kevin follows Sophie to the elevator. She follows him to his room, they start to make out and undress and Kevin makes a comment on how Sophie’s hair smells different, which flips her out and she stops everything right then and there.  An upset Sophie yells, “You should like how my hair smells now, not how it smelled in the past.”  Things go south and we are left to wonder … sooo … is that the end of Kevin and Sophie?

A dazed and confused Kevin wonders down to the bar where Ariel, the band singer, is having a drink snd writing song lyrics.  She tells Kevin she loves people-watching and came up with a lyric about him, which turns out to be profound. He leaves the bar alone to his hotel room and puts the paper napkin containing the lyrics down (this is the napkin that Beth and Madison read in last week’s episode while they were snooping around trying to figure out who Kev slept with).

Next, Cassidy shows up at Kevin’s room needing help with her dress – she’s stuck in it and needs the back unzipped.  Kevin helps, and she changes in the bathroom, and you think maybe they will hit the sheets, but no.  Cassidy shuts down anything from happening.  She reminds Kevin that they are good friends and to put the nail in the coffin, shares: “You’re not my person, and I’m not yours, and you know that.”   Kevin agrees, they hug, she exits.  Ultimately, Kevin wakes up alone, gets dressed to attend Kate and Phillip’s wedding and is seen rehearsing his speech in the mirror from the Princess Bride – the one that Sophie laughed at during the wedding reception.

Now, we are at the actual reception again, and Sophie speaks with Rebecca.  Kevin’s mom, who still thinks Kevin and Rebecca are in their 20’s says, “I love my son, but he is an idiot.  The timing is just off right now. He isn’t ready for you. He will be, but it’s going to take a while. And I don’t know if you can wait around for that. Personally, I don’t know if I could. But when the timing is right, he’s going to be so great.”  It was those words that clued Sophie in and confirmed that Kevin is the right choice for her, right now.

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Across the room, Randall gives Kevin some major and convoluted advice about Buffalo Bills Super Bowl merch. Randall gives Kevin a big push to go to Sophie saying, “The world is friggin’ insane. It makes no sense. But you and Sophie together, now that makes more sense than most things.”

Next, Kevin walks over to Sophie and starts to talk, but she stops him. “You don’t get to give a speech this time. It’s my turn,” she says. It is then she tells him he is now the man she always hoped he would become, and that she was sorry she freaked out the other night. She just does not want to fall back into the old versions of themselves.  However she adds,  “I want to fall in love with the man that you’ve become.”

As both Kevin and Sophie are fighting back the tears, Kevin takes out his wallet and shows Sophie the Valentine he wrote for her the first day he saw her in  elementary school.  We go to a heart-tugging flashback.  Back at the wedding reception, Kevin says “I’ve always carried you with me, Soph.”  The two share a kiss to the thunderous applause of the wedding party.  We bring out the hankies!

Wonderful work from Justin Hartley and Alexandra Breckinridge who’s on-screen chemistry as Kevin and Sophie has been undeniable from the start.

So, were you happy to find out that Kevin and Sophie reunited? Comment below.

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