Well, Hearties, you’ve made it to another to another Friday; #FlashbackFriday to be exact. I have a feeling this post won’t be as much of a shock to your systems as Wednesday’s was. In case you need a refresher, and the title isn’t sparking it, we’re flashing back to Season 1 Episode 12, Prelude to a Kiss. This episode is, of course, famous for the appearance of Halley’s Comet. HA HA! It’s only THE KISS every Heartie waited AGES for with baited breath! I can only imagine what fans went through who were watching week to week. I discovered WCTH just as Season 3 was about to air; so I got to binge–watch my way through Seasons 1 & 2, and I didn’t have to suffer as much torture. What a MAGICAL moment it was! They built up to it perfectly with his talk of James Buchanan, the gorgeous portrait sketch, “You’re the only one,” and that legendary favorite: “Take a walk with me.” I would say, “This is where I belong” too!
Let me say a few words about that first kiss itself. I don’t know how it could have been better…maybe if she had cried a little. But seriously, he looked at her with the perfect amount of intensity, he leaned in at just the right speed, they both closed their eyes, (the only way to do it, I think!), and his shoulders! This is hard to explain, but the way he held his shoulders showed just enough hesitation and timidity; it made the moment all the sweeter. And they gained just enough momentum as they kissed to be passionate, but not uncomfortable. It was, in a word, lovely.
What a relieving moment for the character of Elizabeth after the whole Rosemary fiasco, to know she had Jack’s heart. It was really big of her to want to part as friends; too bad she didn’t depart at that point. Erin Krakow has this hilarious forced smile that presents itself every time she needs to deal with Rosemary. There’s never any doubt when she’s putting on a brave face.
There’s obviously so much I can say about this episode, but after talking about that enchanting first kiss, it seems a little anticlimactic. Don’t you agree? Let me just mention 2 more sections: the Halley’s Comet talk between Jack and Elizabeth, and the card from the children. The card is so touching! It shows a small part of the influence this “princess of a teacher” has had on them. I love the analogy of her bringing sunshine into their lives, since their hearts AND minds had been filled with love and knowledge. And Wyatt asking her if she was crying tears of happiness or sadness was the perfect touch.
The Halley’s Comet talk: the perfect mix of flirting, teasing, and serious talk. The Comet certainly gave good material to excuse her for sitting and waiting for him in the middle of the night. His response of, “You know how many times I’ve heard that excuse?” was the perfect tension-lifter. And it gave Jack the perfect lead-in to tell her, in part, how valuable she was to the town, and to him. Why else would he donate ALL of his reward money for a proper school where she can teach? Jack really is a hero in so many ways!
Until Monday, friends! By the way, Halley’s Comet will reappear in the near future, so refresh your memory. And don’t forget for future posts: 1) tell me your favorite clever lines, and 2) tell me if you’d like to be featured on a future #MeetYouMonday.