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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.”

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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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Thomas Gets Creepy As The Hope Mannequin Talks To Him

Leave it to the good folks over at The Bold and the Beautiful to incorporate a play on their headline-grabbing mannequin use during Covid-19.  B&B was the first American television show back in production during the pandemic, and its executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, told the media how they were using mannequins in several scenes in place of real actors when it comes to some intimate moments between characters.  Since the time, the show has also brought in real-life partners of their cast members when needed for a make-out scene, etc.

And that brings us to Thursday’s shocking reveal on the CBS daytime drama series, when Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), who seemed to be a more centered-version of himself of late, takes home with him the Hope for the Future shipment and opens the box.  He is for a surprise when inside the box is a lifelike mannequin of Hope  (Annika Noelle).  And from there, things spiral out of control, as viewers learned Thomas’ obsession with Hope is alive and well.

Thomas just can’t believe how life-like the mannequin of Hope is – saying to himself, “No wonder they use it for the Hope for the Future line.”  But then  after he takes the mannequin out of the box, it starts talking to him … in Hope’s voice, begging him to allow her to stay there with him and not put her back in the boX saying, .Please don’t lock me up in that box again.   I’ve been away from you too long… I know you want to be with me too.”  Then, Thomas who is having a very hard time between reality and this apparent hallucination shouts: “You’re not real!” What’s wrong with me?”

 

Perhaps Liam said it best earlier in the episode when Hope was speaking about Thomas to him, when he uttered.“I get creeped out just thinking about Thomas.”

Watch some of the Hope-mannequin action with Thomas below. Then weigh-in, what do you think of this plot twist? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Chrishell Stause Shares & Performs Emotional Tribute To Her Late Parents

It has been a challenging few years for former soap and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause, who is currently still in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy following Monday night’s competition on Dancing with the Stars.

Last night, Chrishell shared in the pre-dance package that she was performing a contemporary routine with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, in honor of both of her parents who died from lung cancer in July of 2020 and April 2019.

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Stause expressed: “They were really loving people. Some of my best memories are with my mom, dancing with her in the living room.  No one would be more excited about me being here and doing the show than her.” (referring to her mom who passed away this summer).  She continued on to say: “Right before I dance, I really feel her calm me, encourage me. That has been the most special thing I will take away from this show.  I know that my parents are with me. My mom’s name was Renee Stause, and my dad’s name was Jeff Stause. And this dance is for them.”

 

Dancing to “Stars” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Chrishell and Gleb delivered the most emotional performance of the night.  And the judges took notice, as Carrie Ann Inaba said to Stause: “You poured your heart and soul into that dance.   Bruno added: “That was so emotionally engaging, so raw, so truthful, irresistible because you gave everything you have.”  While the three judges including Derek Hough also gave a rougher technical critique of her to improve upon next week, Chrishell and Gleb still scored all eights and 24 out of 30 overall.

At the end of the night, during the reveal of who was safe and who was in the bottom two, host Tyra Banks revealed that Chrishell and Gleb were safe.

Then, after combining the scores and fans’ votes, in the bottom two were Johnny Weir and Vernon Davis.  In a close decision, Derek chose to save Johnny, and Carrie Ann chose Vernon. So, it was up to Bruno to cast the deciding vote and he saved Johnny, sending Davis, the former NFL Pro football star, home.

Watch Chrishell’s emotional dance below.   Then let us know if you are rooting for Chrishell and what you thought of the very personal story she shared last night via the comment section below.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Jesse Metcalfe Eliminated, Chrishell Stause Gets A Surprise From NKOTB

Last night on  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, another soap opera alumni’s journey on the ballroom dance floor came to an end, when Jesse Metcalfe’s (Passions, Desperate Houswives and Dallas) ) and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were sent home by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

After combining the judges scores and fan voting at home, the other couple joining Jesse and Sharna in the bottom two were  Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd.  This season it is up to the judges to choose who stays and who goes when forced with picking between the two lowest scoring couples of the night.. Bruno chose Vernon, Carrie Ann followed and Derek also revealed he would have saved Davis or Metcalfe as well.

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With Metcalfe eliminated following last’s week’s departure of Ex-Another World’s Anne Heche, that leaves only Chrishell Stause still in the running vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy from the world of daytime drama.

 

Here’s a recap of what went down on the dance floor for Metcalfe, Stause and Davis last night.

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess – (Tango) – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Dancing to the classic by Tears for Fears, Metcalfe promised in the pre-package to loosen up and show a more human and vulnerable side to his dancing.  However, although there was a bit more coming from Jesse this outing, the judges criticized him for needing more technique than just performance. SCORE 19 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko (Cha-Cha)  – “The Right Stuff”

Revealing to all on the pre-package, Chrishell is a huge New Kids on the Block fan from back in her teens, and was stoked to dance to their song during the night’s 80’s competition,   However, during the performance, while Stause has shown improvement, this time the judges noted she seemed to slow down to much during the dance and also she needs to watch her footwork.  After Gleb and Chrishell danced, Tyra Banks had a surprise for Chrishell when the NKOTB sent in a viral video message to their biggest fan!  Stause was overjoyed.  SCORE 19 out of 30

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd –  (Tango) – “Living’ on a Prayer”

Performing to Bon Jovi’s classic “Living on a Prayer”, Davis donned some rocker dude long locks and hit the floor with Murgatroyd, but the former pro football star looked stiff moving around the ballroom.  Judge Bruno noted that his footwork was a bit flat.  However, Carrie Ann shared she liked the quality of movement he was showing them.  SCORE 21 out of 30

So after looking at the clips of their performances below, did the right person get sent home in Metcalfe vs. Davis?  Do you think Chrishell can hold out longer on the series through the next rounds of competition?  Let us know in the comments section. (Also check out the moment when NKOTB message to Stause is played during the broadcast.)

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