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THIS IS US Fall Finale Delivers Shocking Twists

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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!

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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.”

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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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My favorite show! Each character is perfectly cast. I am so excited to watch the finale!

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I am stunned that Nicky is alive. I assumed his death was one of the reasons Jack would not talk about Vietnam. What if during the explosion we saw Tuesday, Jack somehow helped Nicky escape the Army and go into hiding? Several episodes ago, Jack said something like, “My one job in life is taking care of my brother.” Nicky was being destroyed by that horrible war. This may have been Jack’s way of protecting him.

I am heartsick about Randall and Beth. I don’t want them to break up. I get Beth’s point. Randall told her he’d drop out the race if she wasn’t “100% on board” with his campaign. Their lives have revolved around his plans and needs. He brought William and Deja into their lives. It was his idea to buy the apartment house. Continuing this apparently hopeless campaign may be the last straw for Beth.

I am so happy for Kate and Toby. But. like Kate, I don’t want to get my hopes too high. They are in a very high risk situation on multiple levels.

It will be a very long and difficult wait until January. I love THIS IS US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’ve watched since episode 1, but this season 3 is not working for me. The Vietnam tale has dragged on too long and whiny Randall’s story (and family) make my nerves rattle. If it weren’t for the Kate & Toby pregnancy, I’d probably have given up. Sadly, the show has lost its charm and drive and just seems intent on depressing the audience.

AVP
AVP

Soaphound, I am not a fan of the Vietnam storyline either…

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

such a great show a beautifully written narrative that continues to surprise and deliver!The cast is stellar

Carol
Carol

I dont know what happened because I fell asleep right in the middle of the show.How about more of Kevin?I love Justin Hartely.

su000
su000

This Is Us, is powerful.
I read the ratings have been dropping, this season.
But- still, it’s a winner. I look forward to the next episode and that tells- it’s good.
Now we wait for the upcoming episodes 🙁

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Brooke Faces The Wrath Of Everyone After Her Kiss With Bill Is Seen By All

Oh Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang)! How were you going to explain away this one?  On Friday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, surrounded by the people she loves, and her arch nemesis Quinn (Rena Sofer), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) recommitment soiree’ goes bust, when Ridge and company get an eyeful on Ridge’s iPad during his picture montage of his time with Brooke, only sequestered within it, thanks to Quinn, is the footage of Bill (Don Diamont) and Brooke’s recent kiss!

Now, the fallout begins! As Ridge and Katie (Heather Tom) are besides themselves with hurt and betrayal as it appears that Bill and Brooke once again could not keep their hands and lips off of each other.

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Ridge has had it, and in no uncertain terms, smashes the iPad in defiance of the memories he shared with Brooke , and then after Bill opens his mouth to try to explain how Brooke needed comforting over Thomas (Matt Atkinson), especially since Ridge never believed her about his son, Ridge then hauls off and punches the guy.

Katie can’t believe it either!  She thought this was buried once and for all between them, but then she realizes she feels once again gullible to her sister’s seemingly endless attraction to the man she loves, Bill!

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Quinn is loving every minute of this, and meanwhile at Shauna’s, Flo (Katrina Bowden) and Shauna (Denise Richards) are discussing why Shauna is leaving town, which stems from her loving Ridge, and not being able to be with him; even though she knows that Brooke’s world can come tumbling down with that videotape of that kiss with Bill.  Might she still have her shot at love with Ridge?

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Back at the party, Brooke tries to explain to all and mostly to Ridge and Katie, how the kiss happened, and how it did not mean anything, and that she was in a vulnerable place after Thomas had just left.  So, Bill came in to comfort her.  But no matter how hard she tried, and through her tears and through her pleas that she loves Ridge and her sister, Ridge is  now ready to walk out on Brooke for good, and Katie is disgusted.

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In this episode, B&B stalwart, Katherine Kelly Lang delivered a great performance of a woman who knows she did wrong, tries to explain it away and rationalize what happened; when nothing good could possibly come out of it for her.  Open, vulnerable, honest Brooke lays it all on the line, but who is going to easily forgive her for this?

After the episode aired, B&B and CBS Daytime released the promo for next week’s episodes, which show that Ridge does wind up at Shauna’s. (Check it out below) Now, what will happen between them and is Bridge finally over?

In the comment section, let us know what you thought about today’s episode and what happened to Brooke during the party after her secret kiss with Bill was revealed!

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Thomas’ Wedding Plans Go Bust

If you caught last week’s Thursday and Friday episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, you know that Thomas and Zoe’s nuptials took centerstage with a dramatic fallout that will continue today on Monday and have ramifications for the story moving forward.

For Thomas, he was betting on that Hope’s love for his son, Douglas, will bring her down the stairs, interrupt his nuptials to Zoe, and that he will somehow guilt-trip Hope into marrying him.  Steffy and Liam are concerned that Thomas’ machinations will work on Hope.

In the Forrester living room, where Carter is presiding over the wedding, Zoe warns Thomas not to dare leave her at the altar. Viewers see Thomas getting more uncomfortable saying any kind of words of commitment through the ceremony when he is clearly not in love with Zoe, especially after seeing Hope descend the stairs in a wedding dress with little Douglas by her side. Finally, Thomas tells Zoe he cannot marry her, because Hope is  the ‘mother of his child’.  So … what’s a girl to do? Oh yeah! Bitch-slap to the guy’s face! Zoe slaps Thomas.

An emotional Thomas, think he has Hope, but Hope levies the smack down on him, informing Thomas she wore the wedding gown to expose his duplicity and true intentions.  When he goes into hug her,  Hope strongly shoves him away. “Steffy told Liam and I everything!” she says, in regard to the kiss between Liam and Steffy that Thomas made sure Hope caught.  Now ,Thomas backpedals with Zoe, and she is having none of it.  Zoe tells Thomas that he has lost her and everyone else!

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Thomas asks Douglas to speak … and the little boy said it was very bad for his dad to lie to Hope and Zoe.  Then, Thomas learns that Douglas only wants to be in a family with Hope, Liam and Beth without him as his father. Liam states Thomas is just as bad as he ever was. Thomas seethes “You will not take my son away from me.” Liam says they can give him the family he deserves.

Ridge, who has put his relationship with Brooke over the ringer over his son, tells Thomas  “You played me.” Hope is done with him. Thomas leaves the mansion a caught and broken man for all of his machinations.  And in the end, Douglas looks to now be a part of Hope and Liam’s family nucleus.

What did you think of the wedding? The performances of Matthew Atkinson (Thomas) and Annika Noelle (Hope)? Let us know via the comment section below.  But first, check out these clips from the big moments provided by CBS.com.

 

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THE BACHELOR: Did Madison Walk Away From Peter For Good?

On last night’s “Fantasy Suites” episode of The Bachelor, as predicted from the previews, Peter took his relationships with Hannah Ann and Victoria F. to the next level and with overnights.  Did he sleep with both?  That left the big question of the installment, what would happen between Madison and Peter, the final women left in the running for his heart.  .

When they sit down for their date, (which happened last on the airshow)  Madison emphasized that she is saving herself for marriage, won’t change her values, expects and that Peter would not have sex with any other women in the competition series, when she expresses: “I’m not in any way trying to come across as judgmental or hold something over your head, but at the same time, those are just my expectations that I have in life,”

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Peter admits that he did have sex with someone else, and apologizes to her.  Madison does acknowledge that she had been testing him, and that he’d failed, miserably. In her testimonial, she shares: “He (Peter) knew coming into this week, because I had made it clear, that there was a chance that he could lose me if he made certain decisions and he made them anyways. I’m so frustrated with him, I’m so mad at him.”

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Madison walks away from their table in tears.  Peter sits at the table also in tears.  Then, Peter gets up and tries to make things OK, by going after Madison to comfort her.  Next, he begins apologizing for hurting her and tells her that he can see a future for them …and to please not walk away.  But, Madison made it clear that she does not want him getting down on one knee six days after he had slept with someone else.

In the end, Madison walks away and out of camera range, and the episode comes to its conclusion.  Now this moment harkens to the mystery that people have been talking about all season long … who is the woman that Peter’s mother is crying over in the promos and tell him to go after her and bring her home?  From all accounts after this episode that would be Madison!  And in next week’s promo, it’s Victoria F. and Hannah Ann who are at a rose ceremony with no Madison in sight.

What did you think of Madison walking out on Peter? Do you think she had a right to give him an ultimatum about the other women? Comment below.

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