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THIS IS US: Mandy Moore Breaks Hearts As Rebecca Sings at Kate and Phillip’s Wedding

As This Is Us comes to its conclusion, the NBC drama series is continuing to bring all the feels each episode.  Tuesday’s night’s episode was no exception.

Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) battle with Alzheimer’s disease has now made a very visible difference to her family.  Throughout the episode, which at its epicenter was the highly-anticipated wedding of Kate to Phillip, her children and Miguel are concerned that she may forget the words, or how to play the song she has been preparing to perform at the wedding reception.

At one point, Rebecca thinks Kevin is her beloved Jack, and another she thinks Jack is coming to the wedding, at another point she does not know why she is getting her done and for what special occasion.

All of this is taking a toll on Miguel as it is revealed that he also is battling health issues he’s kept under wraps – tremors in his hand and medication are revealed.

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Although Kate and Phillip’s nuptials go off without a hitch, everyone is continuing to be concerned for Rebecca. When we get to the reception, Kevin does his bomb-of-a Princess Bride toast to the newlyweds, Randall’s toast speaks to how time marches on quicker than you think, and then he introduces his mom and asks her to come to the piano to perform. At that point, it appears Rebecca seems lost.

However, as predicted by Phillip, once she gets to the piano, finds the key and starts playing, the music will just come out of her.  It is at that moment, that in a beautiful performance by Moore, Rebecca sings and remembers the song as her children and everyone else is crying.

The song Moore performed was actually the theme song to This Is Us that is played in the closing credits called “Forever Now”.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram, Mandy expressed: “You’ve heard this song before if you’ve watched the end credits of #ThisIsUs and now, you can hear it paired with words (thanks to @siddkhoslamusic and @taylordawesgoldsmith). This is “Forever Now”….I’m holding these past 6 years and all the memories that come with it forever close to my heart. We love you all for joining us on this journey! 5 more eps! Xoxo”

On Wednesday, “Forever Now” co-writer Siddhartsa Kosla took to Twitter and shared about Moore’s performance of the song:A fact about this performance by Mandy Moore.  Usually we prerecord a vocal in studio to which the actor fake sings to make it seem like they actually sang it on set. But here, this is Mandy singing live on set, a single perfect vocal into that mic you see here.”

Watch Mandy’s performance below, followed by the social media dance party clip, released by the show featuring all the wedding participants sans Kevin (Justin Hartley), who sat this one out, partying up a storm.

Now let us know, what did you think of last night’s This Is Us? Did Mandy’s performance make you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

 

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Mandy Moore once again was excellent. It’s a shame network tv gets very minimal Emmy love because she so deserves a win between this is us ghosts young Sheldon and Abbott elementary this should be a time the Emmy’s embrace the traditional networks. Once again hats off to Mandy Moore and all involved in this is us

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Watching Rebecca struggle throughout the episode was heartbreaking. But she rose to the occasion when it was time for her to sing for the newly weds. Mandy Moore’s voice and performance was so beautiful, the tears started flowing here. How I will miss this wonderful show and characters and the outstanding actors.

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I thought it was very touching, also. But it might have been nice if she’d gotten to sing one of Joni Mitchell’s songs, since Rebecca and Mandy are both big admirers of Joni. I found this song unmemorable with no real melody and have already forgotten it. But her performance was superb.

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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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