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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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THIS IS US: Goodbyes and Connections; Rebecca Passes Away in Penultimate Episode

Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of This Is Us, brought the long-anticipated moment in the lives of the Pearson family, when their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore, the matriarch, the heart and soul of the family, dies due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  And, if come Emmy time, after all of the performances she gave this season, Mandy Moore, does not take home the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize, something is amiss in the awards system.

That said, here we go.  I hope those who followed the Pearsons journey over six seasons had the hankies nearby for this.  In story, the focus was Rebecca’s passing, while meeting a new family, and then as viewers trying to figure out how this interconnects throughout the episode; something the show has stayed true to throughout its run; with a payoff of how they tell a themed-story when the sum of its parts is revealed.

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As Rebecca takes her final turn on this earth, everyone is notified the end is near and to say their goodbyes. While Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin  (Justin Hartley) were present, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in London trying to get back to her mom.  She then receives a devastating call from her brothers that Rebecca is running out of time.

When Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) goes to say her goodbye to Rebecca, in tears, she tells Rebecca that she does not have to worry.  She will take good care of her son, Randall.  While the family is gathered and trying to just hang and be with each other through tragedy, when all the noise stops and everyone leaves for the night, it’s just brothers Kevin and Randall who go sit with their mother in heartbreaking and realistic scenes for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one due to this horrific disease.

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To illustrate what is going on in the mind of Rebecca in her final hours, a younger version of herself is on a train, which brings into play how she loved train rides with her own father years ago. Taking her to the afterlife, Rebecca is guided through the cars by none other than William (Ron Cephas Jones).  She also spends time having a drink with the bartender, who turns out to be the doctor (Gerald McRaney) who saved her life and delivered her children. He recounted that fateful night, when Rebecca lost one of her triplets.  As Rebecca and William get to the caboose, back in the present, it’s morning.

Now, Rebecca is still alive but waiting for someone, which, of course, is her daughter, Kate.  As Randall and Kevin look on, an emotional Kate arrives and runs to her mother’s bedside, and holding Rebecca’s hand, tells her how much she loves her.  Cutting back to Rebecca’s journey on the train, she says to William, “This is quite sad, isn’t it, the end?” Willam replies: “That’s not the way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. You will see that the end is not sad, Rebecca, it’s just the start of the next incredibly wonderful thing.”

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It’s then, that Rebecca lets go and passes away with the Big Three all at her bedside.  Back to the train, Rebecca goes to the caboose lays down on a bed, and is met, in bed, by her beloved Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). In the present, Randall had whispered to his mom shortly before his death, “You tell him, hey”, and so when Rebecca lays down next to Jack, she says “hey”.

The other element to the episode was the new family we had never met before.  After a car accident, one of the sons, Marcus. is taken to the hospital in critical condition.  In the present, we think Marcus is the grown-up boyfriend of Deja, especially after she reveals to Randall that she is pregnant.

In the flashback, Marcus’ father, Kenny played by Dulé Hill, bumps into Jack at a vending machine at the hospital and we realize we are back in time when Jack went to the hospital following the Pearson family home fire.  Turns out, that Jack and Marcus were being treated by the same doctor, Dr. Spencer (Bill Irwin).  While Marcus survived after flatlining, that is when Jack suddenly didn’t, and died.  We later learn Malik turns out to be Deja’s baby daddy and boyfriend, and Marcus grows up to become a top researcher in Alzheimer’s disease and wins an award for his accomplishments.  The person who handed him the award was none other than This Is Us director and executive producer, Ken Olin.

So, what did you think of the penultimate episode of This Is Us? Did you reach for the hankies? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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