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THIS IS US Season 3 Finale: The Final Minutes Flash-Forward Stunner

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On this week’s This Is Us season finale, plenty of emotional scenes, beautifully crafted and that key flash-forward in the final four minutes that has everyone talking are the order of the day for any fan of the popular NBC drama series.

One note: is that a series regular will not be returning for the show’s upcoming season four now that Zoe and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) break-up is official, meaning actress Melanie Liburd will not be back.  The sticking point to their relationship was that Kevin wanted to have children some day, something Zoe says she never wants.  And, as we later see in the flash-forward that closes out the season, Kevin indeed has a son!  But, who will turn out to be the boy’s mother?  We also see an  elderly and sick Rebecca (Mandy Moore), who has none other than Nicky (Griffin Dunne)) sitting by her bedside. Wait! Do they end up together?  Does Rebecca fall in love with Jack’s (Milo Ventimigilia) brother? Where was Miquel?

As with all major episode of this series, those flash-forward’s leave the viewers with more questions than answers, which is exactly how the EP’s of the show want to leave you while you ponder and anticipate the new season in the fall.

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Other key story points for the “Big Three” that resolve in the finale. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) ‘love on the rocks’ gets sorted out.  When after Deja’s speech to Randall about him winning the lottery twice … being adopted by the Pearsons and marrying Beth .. he decides he will resign from political office.  But Beth has other idea and also is having a change of heart – she will have her dance studio and they will move so they can be closer to Philadelphia and work all this out,  She expresses: “We don’t work when we’re apart, but together, baby, we set the world on fire.”

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Meanwhile premature baby, Jack is going home with Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz), while Rebecca and Kate patch up their communication though Kate’s admitted feelings of inadequacy when trying to live up to her mother.  Rebecca will live near by the couple to help Kate with her son.

In addition, the answer to “Who is Her?” was revealed as it turned out to be Rebecca in a hospital bed at Kevin’s house, in an altered mental state.  Did Rebecca develop Alzheimer’s … or have another brain disorder … or become catatonic ?  When Randall walks in the room he says: “It’s Randall. Your son, Randall.”  Rebecca just stares.

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We also see in the flash-forward that Toby may be estranged from his son, Jack and his wife, Kate.  When he was speaking to Randall on the phone he had no wedding band on, or wife beside him in the bed.  Where is Kate?

Touching performances, great writing, and leaving us with major cliffhangers, looks like This Is Us, one again, delivered an episode that will have everyone talking for months to come.

So, what did you think of the Season 3 Finale? What do you think is wrong with Rebecca? Who will be the mother to Kevin’s son? What was your favorite scene from Tuesday night’s closer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.   But first, in case you missed the ending, check it out here.

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I absolutely love this program. It never disappoints. I am so thrilled that Randall and Beth didn’t split up. I loved when Deja gave her speech to Randall. Bravo to Lyric Ross who was excellent in that scene. It was great seeing Baby Jack going home. I was really worried about him. Even better than home coming, Toby mentions him in the future. He survives. Seeing Nicky was the big surprise for me. What does that mean?

As always, my sincere thanks to the entire cast and crew for another superb season. I cannot wait for MORE next season.

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Love THIS IS US. I never miss it. It will be a long wait for the new season. Thank God for on demand. I can still get my “fix”. Love all of these characters and appreciate there are still family viewing options. Makes me reminisce about times in our own lives raising the kids and the ups and downs of life. You do it together. Very rewarding program. As a family going on 49 years, This is Us is very true to life and totally relatable.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Hope To Steffy, “I’m Taking My Daughter & Don’t You Dare Try To Stop Me”

The next key revelation of the baby switch; that devastated the lives of Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton), but gave Steffy a baby to raise and a sister to Kelly, began to unravel on Friday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Now that Hope knows for sure that Beth is alive and has been living as “Phoebe” under Steffy’s care, it was time to lower the boom on Steffy.  So, at the cliff house, a distraught Steffy refuses at first to believe the truth.  She says, “That baby can’t be Beth … she’s Phoebe!”

Liam (Scott Clifton) tells Steffy that he and Hope can do whatever genetic testing is necessary to prove it to her, but that it will indeed come back and prove that they are the biological parents to the little girl.   As they explain the events that led to Steffy ‘adopting’ Beth, she learns from Liam and Hope that Dr. Buckingham sold their baby for a gambling debt and how Steffy’s mom, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) was unknowingly buying their baby to give to her.

Hope says she cannot wait to take little Beth home, and how grateful she is that Steffy took such good care of her daughter all of these months.  Then, Steffy blurts out: “You’re not taking my daughter from the only home she’s ever known.  I’m her mommy.”  Steffy tries to use the reasoning that if Hope takes Phoebe away, she will be ripping her from the only home she has ever known.  Hope. who is becoming more frustrated and upset with Steffy says, “Her name is Beth.”  She then informs Steffy that she and Liam will let her help out with the transition.

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Steffy starts to have a meltdown as she realizes that the little girl is really Beth.  Next, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) arrive on the scene.  Steffy defies Hope and tells her again, “There’s no way you’re taking my daughter home.”  Brooke reminds her and everyone in the room that there was nothing legal about the adoption, while Ridge tries to make everyone understand how Steffy is also blindsided.  Steffy continues on how she is the only mother Beth knows, and the cliff house as her home.

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A steadfast Hope tells Steffy in no uncertain terms she is now with her, her real mother, who she should have been with since the day she was born.  Hope tells Steffy again how grateful she is to her … but she firmly tells her, “I’m taking my daughter, and don’t you dare try to stop me.”  We fade to black.

Last week and this week, the cast involved in the baby switch storylime from: Annika Noelle, Scott Clifton, to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood have delivered strong and memorable performances as the payoff of this story continues.

So, do you hope Hope just walks right on out with Beth?  Do you think Steffy will go so far as to fight for custody? Take off with Beth and runaway? Share your thoughts om what you think will happen next via the comment section below.

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