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THE BACHELORETTE: A Tale Of Two Ambulances, Awkward Spa Date & Songwriting Your Feelings

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On week 3 of The Bachelorette, plenty of broken bones were the order of the episode, and some pretty uncomfortable moments for the contestants, and the audience watching at home.

In this installment, we start with a group date where Becca has invited several of the fellas to join her. Becca has a spa day in mind … and so what’s a girl to do?  Have some of your infamous ‘Bachelor ‘contestants you competed against for Arie’s heart hanging out with you.  One of which is Tia.  Yup, Tia!  The girl that apparently dated this season’s ‘Bachelorette’ contestant, Colton, who is causing so much ‘inner-conflict” for Becca, because of this bit of intel.

So now, the stage was set! Colton, who is taking part on the group date sees Tia, in the most uncomfortable and forced, awkward situation of the episode.  Colton hugs it out with Tia.  Then, Tia and Becca sit down to discuss Tia’s relationship with Colton.  Both Tia and Becca believe it is quite possible Colton signed on to be a contestant on this season, hoping Tia would be The Bachelorette. Tia assures Becca, that the relationship did not get serious and it was long-distance.

Side note: the most embarrassing moment of the season lands on Becca, when she can’t remember the name of one of the guys she chose for this group date.  It’s Jason, Becca! Jason!

Later, within a quick blip, looks like Becca’s fears have melted away when she and Colton talk it out at the cocktail party that night.  In fact, she gives him the group date rose.  But also at ‘said’ cocktail party: David is getting more annoyed with Jordan.  It comes to a boiling point when male model Jordan brags he has almost 4,000 Tinder matches! David goes straight to Becca to tell her that this dude is not on the up and up and not here for the right reasons.  She uses the information, and turns it on Jordan with a high-five for reaching the Tinder 4K mark! Jordan calls David, “A bitch”.

Next, the producers have been teasing all through the episode that it is Jordan who causes bodily harm to David .. but guess what?  Not the case. Damnit!  Ambulances and the paramedics are called to the  contestants house, where David is wheeled out with blood all over the floor and clothes in his room. Chris Harrison comes to tell Becca what happened.  It turns out David fell out of his bunk bed and crashed to the floor face first.  Becca feels bad, and calls David.  He says he will be back soon after getting fixed up in the hospital.

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The week’s one-on-one date went to Chris, who goes to the Capitol Records building with Becca, and land in a studio where, none other than  Richard Marx is supposedly recording.  Marx has a songwriting challenge for both Becca and Chris – to write down some song lyrics based on how they feel about each other.  How is that possible when they have barely spent any time together? Chris begins to clam up and struggle with the assignment.  It looks like he cannot put a thought to pen and paper.  Viewers learn Chris was abandoned by his father at a young age, and that Chris tried to reconnect with his dad a few years ago by writing him a letter, in which the father never replied, or reached back to him.  Chris feels if he shares his feelings he will get hurt. Somehow, just somehow, when you think he had nothing written to share to Becca and Richard, he comes up with solid romantic lyrics. Whoa, it was touch and go there!

Later, the two have an intimate dinner where Chris opened up about his past with his dad to Becca.  She feels sad about his past, and gives him a rose.  Marx, shows up out of nowhere in another large room serenading the couple as they dance and makeout to “Right Here Waiting.”

On the second group date, ten of the men take to a football field for some drills and a scrimmage in front of a bunch of  “extras’ err, “audience’.  Clay, an NFL player, was the standout in “The Becca Bowl.”  In fact, Becca was very turned on by his athletic prowess juxtaposed against his mild demeanor.  Just then, bad news struck.  Clay hurt his wrist in a play in the end zone.  He is then also taken out by ambulance! At the afterparty, while Blake fumes that he is getting jealous of not spending any one on one time with Becca, Clay re-emerges with his arm in a sling.  Becca is thrilled to see him and awards him the group date rose, rattling the other guys.

The next day, just before the rose ceremony, Clay admits he needs surgery to repair his wrist in time for football season.  He says he is having an internal struggle of what to do because of his family and his career, but totally digging Becca.  Ultimately, he decides to leave the show, return the group rose, and tell Becca the truth.  She is left in tears as Clay drives off in the limo.

In one of the big teasers for next week’s episode, David returns following smashing his face, and the producers blurred out his face in the preview making it seem like some disfigurement is on the way.  But is it really?

So, what did you think about the shenanigans on this week’s episode of The Bachelorette? Who do you think is the frontrunner for Becca’s heart now? Who do you think will be sent home at next week’s rose ceremony? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Must Say Goodbye to Mike As Maurice Benard Delivers Heartbreaking Performance

Any of us who has watched their loved one slip further away from Alzheimer’s disease could relate to exactly what Sonny Corinthos (Mauice Benard) was feeling on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital.

It is always a tough and horrific decision when families contemplate what to do with (in this case) a parent, and where is the best place for them to live out the remainder of their days.  Sometimes, it’s clear cut and easy, and sometimes it’s difficult.

In the case of Mike Corbin (Max Gail), Sonny and Carly (Laura Wright) gave him a home and safe place to be, but as the disease progressed and as Mike’s reality becomes his own, and has he has been losing more self-control. it becomes apparent that they need to be able to give him the best life they can now.

In story, Griffin (Matt Cohen) points this out to Sonny and Carly when they discuss the progression of the disease on Mike.  It is apparent that Mike wants to go live with, and be with his “girlfriend’ Yvonne at Turning Woods.  Sonny and Carly struggle to come to term with that fact, but know they must let him go.   It is tough for them to put Mike permanently at the care facility.  Sonny thinks he may have been too selfish by keeping Mike with them so long.  Ultimately, he arranges a room for his father at the facility.

Mike comes downstairs after packing his bags, and thanks them for taking him in.  Hey says, that they are nice people, but that Yvonne is waiting for him, so he is moving in with her.  Sonny tells his dad, he has a room at the Corinthos’ home any time he wants it.

In the most touching moment, Carly offers to drive Mike to get to Yvonne faster.  He really appreciates it, and Sonny decides to just let Carly do this alone, because it would be too difficult on him to watch his father check-in and have to leave him behind.

Before he heads out, Mike forgets his gloves and he goes upstairs to look for them.  Sonny decides to check Mike’s suitcase to see if they are in there, and begins to break down.  He sees the framed photo of himself and his father from the Nurses’ Ball last year, and packs it in Mike’s suitcase.  After Carly drives off with Mike, Sonny begins to cry.

We have to give kudos to Maurice Benard in these scenes.  Anyone who has been witness to watching a parent go through this most dreadful disease, could feel his pain.  It was a heartbreaking and raw performance.

So, what did you think of the scenes where Sonny must let his father leave his home and move into the care facility?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And in case you missed some of the scenes, check them out here.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Killer Can’t See & Maxie and Nina Visit Nathan’s Grave

On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, a now blind Ryan is freaking out, because as he is in the hospital (while Finn tries to figure out if the same virus that caused Anna’s temporary blindness caused his), he learns that Lulu is in surgery and still fighting for her life.  If she lives, she will name him as the culprit who stabbed her.

When Anna and Finn visit “Kevin”, Anna asks him if he ever worked for the WSB or DVX.  “Kevin” claims he did not.  Anna believes all of this is the handy work of a doctor who worked for the international spy rings.  Finn asks if “Kevin” had been in contact with something that wasn’t his recently, and it is then Ryan flashes to Lulu’s license, realizing he needs to find it and its in his coat pocket.

“Kevin” gets rid of Ava from his room, and attempts to get out of bed to get to his coat and locate Lulu’s driver’s license.  However, since he cannot see, the license goes under the hospital bed, and just as he is trying to grab it, Ava walks back in the room.

Meanwhile at GH. Jordan explains to Laura that the police found a bloody footprint going in the opposite direction from Lulu.  Valentin and Nina tell Charlotte that Lulu is in the hospital, and the little girl insists they go to her now.  Charlotte leaves with Valentin, Nina stays behind.

Elsewhere, Jason is underground trapped in some kind of built out setting to probably nefarious crimes. When Sam goes for help, the fire department shows up.   Sam calls her pal Spinelli!  She asks him to check the maps of pipes and tunnels under the city.  Spinelli reveals that the water system leads out to the harbor at Pier 55.  Jason also finds a small space that he is hoping to swim through to get to the other side of the pier.

Then, in touching scenes, Maxie goes to Nathan’s gravesite and reveals to her beloved late husband that she is getting closer to his brother, Peter.  She also admits she is scared to start a relationship with him.  She asks for a sign from Nathan if it is OK.  As she cries, Peter shows up with a handkerchief to wipe Maxie’s tears.  She admits she doesn’t know how to let go of Nathan and move on.  Peter assures her that Nathan will let her know when it’s time.

Later, Nina shows up and tells the duo about Lulu. They had to GH where Peter is then in question for the crime; being the last person they can substantiate that spoke to Lulu before she was stabbed.  Jordan also reveals to Laura that Lulu’s license is missing from her belongings.

Back at Nathan’s grave, a grieving sister, Nina, shares heartfelt moments with her late brother, missing him, and filling him on the latest in her life and Maxie’s.  One again, Michelle Stafford delivered in these scenes.

Finn shows up with results for “Kevin”.  He tells him the tests shows he has the same virus as Anna and he will need surgery to correct his sudden loss of his eyesight.  Finn also tells “Kevin” this good news: Lulu made it through surgery and will make a full recovery.  Ryan is in trouble and he knows it.

At the end of the episode as Sam makes it over to Pier 55, she spots Jason’s body in the water and jumps in to save him.  We fade to black.

Now, check out the emotional scenes performed by Kirsten Storms and Michelle Stafford below. Then, let us know, do you think Maxie and Peter should move forward with their relationship? How can Ryan get out of the predicament he finds himself in now? Will Lulu come to and identify “Kevin” as her assailant ? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US Delivers Stunning Episode As The Big Three Meet Their Uncle Nick

If you caught Tuesday night’s episode of This Is Us, you saw television drama at its best, and one of the best installments of this heart-tugging series, doing what it does best – intertwining past and present day storytelling, and revealing a shocking truth that will have a ripple effect for the Big Three and Rebecca.

The episode was a beautifully scripted hour of TV called, “Songbird Road Part 1”.  The title refers to the address of where the very much alive Nick (brother of Jack) is living 166 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

In the past, we see Jack receiving postcards from his brother under the alias “Clark Kent” or “C. K.” and reaching out to him over an extended period of time, trying to reconnect.  Jack hides all of the postcards.  When one of them shows up at his home mailbox, and it reads “Last one”, Jack decides to take a Saturday trip to see his brother, and lies to Rebecca as to where he is headed.

In the present day, the Big Three set out on a road trip to find their Uncle Nick, now that Kevin’s journey to Vietnam and back has revealed that Jack lied to everyone – telling them that his younger brother died, when he is actually alive.  Seeking the truth and to locate him, Randall, Kevin and at first a reluctant Kate, set out to the address on the postcard Kevin has.  Rebecca does not want to go, obviously, struggling with the fact that Jack never let on during their marriage that his brother was alive.

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