Happy Friday, #Hearties! It is Friday, right? I’m losing my sense of days here! I gotta say though, I am so glad everything was all set and ready to go for our series before this broke out. This is “the little show that could, but it’s been through enough! It’s high time it had a break.

But anyway, with time escaping me, I still remembered that it’s Friday so I can do round two of Season 7’s #FaceOffFriday. I tell you though, it is getting harder and harder to rate and score these men on their interactions with Elizabeth! In Season 6, they were so separate. Now they converse with each other so often, and Elizabeth has interchanges with them at the same time quite a bit. But once again, I’ve done my darndest. So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!

 

 

E4: SWEET AND SOUR (By the way, STILL can’t get over the timing of this episode!)

 

LUCAS:
+1 Continually reading her chapters & returning them
+1 Trying to share excitement about character dynamics
+1 Very patient with constant interruptions
+1 Elizabeth got flustered and made sure she said goodbye
+1 Offer to help Nathan spread the word. (This was edgy since he did it to look good, but he saw it thru)
+1 Asking after Baby Jack’s health
+1 “You deserve nothing less.”

 

NATHAN:
+1 Brought Allie to school to see Elizabeth
+1 Elizabeth got flustered and made sure she said goodbye
+1 Took her suggestion to warn elderly quickly and eagerly
+1 Accepted Lucas’s help even though he was clearly annoyed
+1 “Despite our mutual feelings for the town, I appreciate the help.” (I know Elizabeth isn’t here in this, but it’s all about her, he lays it all out on the table, and it was REALLY big of him!)
+1 Elizabeth called him back, obviously wants him to stay and chat
+1 Her excitement at Nathan helping Gowen and his admiration for her sticking by him.
+1 His compliment about her loyalty to her friends
+1 He doesn’t add a “but” even when she gives him the opportunity

 

E5: AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

 

LUCAS:
+1 “Two of my favorite people”
+1 Marveling so sincerely about Jack’s growth
-1 Threw Nathan under the bus and let him embarrass himself in front of Elizabeth
+2 Wave to Elizabeth and he waved first
+1 Showing the magic trick
+1 Teaching Elizabeth the trick
+1 Playing darts with Elizabeth
+1 Elizabeth “admits” to having feelings for him
+1 Brought her flowers
+1 Told her to enjoy them and she deserved them

 

NATHAN:
+1 Saying how much his horse likes Jack
+1 Shaking Jack’s hand
+1 Acknowledging her hard work
+1 Saying he’ll do something nice for her
+1 Small smile and gaze at Elizabeth
+1 Bigger smile when she smiles at him
+1 Wave
+1 Got Lucas away from Elizabeth (Honestly, I was going to dock him for lying, but he’s been so mousy that I admired him stepping up)
+1 Pulled the “show me” play
+1 Elizabeth “admits” to having feelings for him
+1 Brought her flowers

 

TODAY’S TOTALS:
Lucas – 16, Nathan – 17

ACCUMULATED TOTALS:
Lucas – 33, Nathan – 33.

 

Whoa! This is seriously eerie! That about sums up how I’m feeling at the present moment! I think they really are neck-in-neck. And funny thing, last time we did this, the scores were the exact same numbers, just switched. Boy! These people sure know how to keep us on the edge! I guess we’ll just have to wait a couple days and see who gets the advantage this time. And in the meantime, here are a couple things for you to enjoy. First, the recap of episode 5!

 

And secondly, check out this awesome shot I just happened to get because I randomly paused the TV at a lucky moment. Talk about neck-in-neck!

 

Okay, I’ll see you Monday! Stay healthy! Stay sane! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

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Editing Credit: Sarah Nitsch 

Hi, everybody! This is going to have to be a quick one, but I wanted to make sure you got your dose of When Hope Calls today. There really isn’t much to say that Amy and I didn’t chat about in the podcast. So enjoy! I hope it helps the cabin fever. Stay safe! Stay healthy! And don’t give up hope! 😉

AND! Don’t forget to come back on Friday for the second #FaceOffFriday of the season! It’s going to be quite the doozy! These Elizabeth and Lucas encounters, plus the Elizabeth and Nathan interactions are getting blurred, and it’s definitely much harder to define them. But I’ll do my darndest to award points fairly and objectively. See you on Friday! Until then, have a good week, okay?

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Happy Friday! I bet I know what you’re thinking: “Kami, you PROMISED to deliver #FlashbackFriday!” I know, I know! Things did get busy yesterday, and I’m sorry. But in my defense, I’m only a day late. And besides, with posting one day late, I’m able to include the S7E4 recap with the blog! It was only released this morning. So there’s one good thing.

By the way, I confused someone with my use of episode numbers. So from now on, to dispel any puzzlement, I’m not going to include the Christmas movie in the numbers. It will be strictly the season run, starting with “A Moving Picture” being Episode 1. So hopefully that helps you wonderful readers and listeners follow along better.

So! Welcome to #FlashbackFriday. Since it is the end of Kevin McGarry’s birthday week, my Hooked Heartie tradition is to review his favorite moment of his character. I was lucky enough to be able to ask Kevin what his favorite Nathan moment is thus far. Given the fact that this is only Kevin’s second season on the show, there aren’t as many to choose from. Also, since Nathan’s story has only just started getting deeper, that narrows the field even more. So we’re not flashing back very far, but it’s such a great moment that I don’t think anyone is going to care.

Kevin’s favorite Nathan moment so far is when Nathan is forced to arrest his father at the barbecue in front of the whole town. There are two reasons Kevin mentioned for his choice: 1) The storyline was one he “could really sink [his] teeth into”. 2) That moment was such a powerful one for him to portray; it’s the kind of dramatic moment performers love to act out.

 

 

We already talked about this moment in the recap, but this is the perfect time to really delve into Nathan’s thoughts and reasons for his actions. First of all, what a performance! Kevin was fabulous this whole episode. As for this particular moment, can you imagine how much was racing through Nathan’s head? We all saw how angry he was when his father showed up in town, and the great lengths he took to keep Allie away. The Mountie instincts and past history were not exactly a formula for welcoming dear old Dad with open arms. He fought against every effort Archie made, and called him out on every excuse. Only after Allie’s sweet and insistent list of reasons she should meet her grandfather did he relent even the tiniest bit. And even then, Nathan was still hesitant, double checking if his father had TRULY quit. But he did invite Archie to sit with him and Allie at the town picnic, so he was VERY slowly warming up.

Then, just when the sun started breaking through, the thunderclouds roll in with a vengeance! Can you imagine Nathan’s rage? He let his guard down the tiniest bit, and according to Nathan’s feelings, he was betrayed! The fuming in his face is unmistakable. He’s trying to hold his emotions in and remain professional, but without much success. He’s seething as he stomps into the middle of the picnic, and slams Archie’s glass of lemonade down, then hauls him off. Not only is he angry because he thinks his father lied for the umpteenth time, but it pains him to know end that now Allie is involved. Then rub salt into that barely-healing wound when all this drama happens in front of the woman for whom Nathan is falling fast! His heart is broken, and he is livid. He’s on the verge of tears when he tells his father he wants so badly to believe him. And that’s why he’s also angry with himself, almost as much as he is with his father.

 

 

Kevin’s performance in this scene really is fantastic, and he pulled us as an audience down the path of discovery with him. Happy birthday week, Kevin! And everyone, we have something to look forward to amidst all the chaos and fear: a return to Hope Valley and Brookfield ! It’s almost worth being cooped up for, and those trips always make us feel better. So I’ll see you Monday for #MondayMusings on When Hope Calls! Then…Friday brings with it another #FaceOffFriday! Exciting!

 

Icing on the cake: here is the S7E4 recap I promised. Have a blast with it! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

 

Photo credit: 

1) tvfanatic.com 

2) ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schrote 

3) cheatsheet.com

Happy Hump Day, Hearties! Or should I say, “Happy birthday!” Because today is a big day for a certain Heartie favorite! It’s………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEVIN MCGARRY!

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Yes, TODAY is Kevin McGarry’s big day! Not tomorrow like so many of us thought! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN! And the day after St. Patrick’s Day with that good Irish name! How appropriate! I had the great honor and VERY comedic privilege of chatting with Kevin to commemorate the occasion. So if you want the inside info on Kevin, Nathan, and Mitch (Kevin’s Heartland character), you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a chair, sit back, relax, and ENJOY!

*However, I would advise you to use the restroom first; and don’t eat or drink anything during the interview, or you’ll have quite the mess to clear up when you spit it out from laughing. And if you MUST multitask while listening, you might want to avoid noisy jobs, because you don’t want to miss a moment! It’s the perfect comic relief for a stressful situation like this one in which we all find ourselves.

Buuuuuut…before I post the link, I can’t help but add one more thing. We weren’t able to “celebrate” this last year because we were on the hiatus. But two years ago today, Jack and Elizabeth were getting married on our TV’s. Does anybody else find it the tiniest bit coincidental that the anniversary of the wedding episode just HAPPENS to land on Kevin’s birthday? Is it a sign? You decide. 😉

Photo credit: Crown Media  

While you’re deliberating, I’ll be back on Friday with a #FlashbackFriday of Kevin’s favorite Nathan moment! And my husband is, thankfully, working from home now, so that is a promise! Happy birthday again, Kevin! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom! Oh, and here’s the link! 🙂

 

Happy Monday, Hearties! Wow, is it amazing or what how completely connected last night’s episode is to current events?
How could they have known? They couldn’t have, which makes the timing all the more “coincidental”. But we don’t believe in those, do we? 😉

THAT and more will all be in the Hallmarkies Podcast episode recap which will be accessible later this week. For now, you can enjoy some of your quiet time (i.e. cooped up time) by watching this podcast featuring the fourth episode of When Hope Calls: Lost and Found. Things are definitely getting…warm enough to make some cheeks flush. 😀

 

 

Before I sign off, I just want to make a couple announcements. Despite being semi-quarantined, this is a pretty big week! For one, we had a birthday yesterday! We don’t watch him on our screens very often, but I’m betting 90% of us or more own a creation of his. Yesterday was Elliott Wallach’s birthday, the creator and president of Edify Films. Because of him, we can snuggle under our Heartie blankets, wrap our hands around a Hope Valley mug filled with our favorite hot beverage, and occasionally take a swig from our When Calls the Heart water bottles while we watch DVD’s of our favorite show. And then so much more! So happy birthday, Elliott! The Hearties sure do appreciate you!

Next, there’s another birthday this week. This person we DO watch on our screens, but I still prefer to keep it a surprise. So stick around, and keep coming back Wednesday AND Friday! See ya then! It’s gonna be exciting! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!