Good evening, darling #Hearties! I apologize to anyone who has been waiting with baited breath…but today’s post will have to wait until tomorrow. 🙁

My children (including my unborn child,) decided I didn’t need any downtime today, so I’ve been running all day. There has also been a bit of local drama; apparently a dangerous criminal lived only a few minutes away from me. He was chased down by police, and is no longer a threat; but I had to reassure a few people that I was safe and sound. As a result, the blog isn’t ready. I’m so sorry. It will be up tomorrow, though. That I can promise! In the meantime, here’s some big news for you to enjoy…if you haven’t heard it already!

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Oh, Hearties! Pardon me while I faint!……………Okay, that’s better! What a wedding! What an EPISODE! Pretty much everything about it was incredible! My hand is so cramped from the notes I took, (6 pages of them!), I know without a DOUBT that this is going to be 2 parts. So read today, and come back Wednesday!

First thing’s first: the title! My Heart is Yours. I think the fans would have been perfectly happy with a very simple title, such as, oh I don’t know…The Wedding? But they took it a step further, refused to cop out, and gave us a very heartfelt title that meant something! It sums up how they feel about each other so precisely.

Then following that, the first scene made the episode hit the ground running! Not only was Jack’s mock complaining of going through the list SOOOO endearing and adorable, but Elizabeth did something with Abigail that Abigail used to do with her. Did you notice it? Abigail used to “clarify” Elizabeth’s words about Jack; ie she was making own up to her feelings. One example is after the mine in Season 2. Elizabeth was dancing around what she wanted to say: “How much I care about him…”. Then Abigail blurts out, “How much you love him?” Elizabeth than smiles bashfully. Well, now Elizabeth is in a stable relationship, so everything comes full circle. Abigail says she hopes Frank is all right because he hasn’t answered her letters or telegrams. Elizabeth pushes her a step further, and says, “And you MISS him.” Then it’s Abigail’s turn to bashfully admit, “I do.”

Speaking of Elizabeth being stable, she was the LEAST of a bridezilla or a diva that I’ve ever seen, on television or in life! Of course we would expect/ hope for nothing less of sweet Elizabeth, but it still left me gaping a bit. She never lost her cool, or her focus for that matter; not when the kids wanted to decorate instead of learn, not when Jack almost saw her dress, not when Rosemary was bombarding her with crazy marriage advice, and not even when she was walking down the aisle. She even kept her composure with the church AND her dress being burnt past extra crispy. She cared more about the children being safe, AND them not feeling horribly guilty.

A couple more things about the fire: don’t you love the kid logic? “Let’s go into the church/school, WITHOUT permission or supervision, where everything is beautifully decorated, (and flammable!), and practice with fire.” And then, Opal has exactly 2 concerns when she wakes up: 1) Did I miss the wedding? and 2) Can I still be the flower girl? Oye! Once again, how sweet was Elizabeth to say everything possible so they wouldn’t feel guilty. And obviously, even though Mountie Jack didn’t escort the prisoner, they still found a way for him to be a hero. It took my breath away to see him carrying that little girl out of the burning building. Then the irony of Jack’s line, “Here’s to a smooth wedding,” right before the big flame blowout: very funny, writers!

Let’s move to the scene inside Dottie’s Apparel. First of all, I really appreciated how the writers kept the bank problems prevalent without making it the focus. Just keeping it brimming in our minds… And those 3 ladies! The dynamics between them are becoming quite comical. Clara is becoming more and more like Rosemary and Dottie every episode. Hmm…is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Well, it sure was a FUNNY thing when the men came in! They made a bigger deal than Elizabeth! I giggled so helplessly to watch Rosemary try to cover Jack’s eyes; and to see him, with lots of bewilderment, gently try to defend himself. One thing though: how on EARTH do the men, (especially a married Lee,) not know about this custom of not seeing the dress before the wedding??? Well, there was no doubt in their minds with that emphatic “GO!” from the dressmakers, was there?

While I’m on Rosemary and Dottie, they’re getting sweeter by the episode, aren’t they? My favorite line of Dottie’s is, “We specialize in miracles!” What determination she, and everyone, has to see this wedding through. It reminds me of Season 4 Christmas when Abigail says, “All those in favor of saving Christmas, say ‘Aye!’.” The whole town pulls together to make it a happy day. Heck! Rosemary pulls apart her own wedding gown, and gushes about Faith’s needlework; two things she wouldn’t be prone to do. She IS, however, prone to give crazy advice, and to blab about her husband being less than perfect. 😀 All I could do was shake my head, and say, “Oh, Rosemary!” Did you notice that Elizabeth used almost the exact same line talking to them that she said to the kids in Season 1? In Season 1: “I just love you all so much!” And now: “I just love you both so much!” So sweet! But my favorite demonstration of her growing graciousness is when she and Lee are willing to use their own wedding bands for the ceremony…without any hesitation whatsoever.

Okay, Hearties, I think that’s good for tonight. I hope you’ll come back on Wednesday to talk about the really juicy stuff! Ta ta!

Happy Friday, my very impatient #Hearties! I am, at least! I can’t believe that the wedding, the event we’ve wanted to see for at least 3 or 4 seasons now, is finally happening!!! I know I asked this about Jack’s return, but who is having another party for the wedding? I’m not having a formal party, but I’ve told the members of my Austin Facebook group that they’re welcome to come over on Monday and watch with me. If YOU’RE going to be around Austin, TX on Monday, let me know, and you can join us! I’m just SO EXCITED! The pictures Papa Heartie has leaked have made me practically rabid! Probably not the healthiest situation for my pregnancy. 😀

Well, it’s #FlashbackFriday, and I promised all of you more “Name That Line”. So first of all, here are the answers for the Season 2 edition. Remember to grade yourself honestly. 😉

1. Elizabeth, Jack (probably one of my favorite conversations in Season 2!)
2. Elizabeth, Rosemary
3. Rosemary
4. Rosemary
5. Elizabeth, Jack
6. Rosemary, Lee (their FIRST conversation!)
7. Lee
8. Lee, Rosemary
9. Abigail (after Clara spilled coffee INSIDE Jack’s hat!)
10. Jack, Charles (one of my other favorite conversations of Season 2! SO CLEVER!)
11. Abigail (sock it to her!)
12. Tom, Faith
13. Rosemary
14. Abigail (sock it to HIM!)

So, how did you do? I know, most of them are super easy; but like I said, they were just so clever, I just couldn’t pass them up! So now, we’ll go to the final installment: a collection of clever lines from Seasons 3 and 4 combined. It’s frustrating for me that the most clever lines I found are also not hard to guess AT ALL, but they’re fun. Plus I think, (at least, I hope!) it’s more entertaining for all of you that I not just tell you; adds a little spice, right?

1. ‘Keep your man busy, and he won’t be in a tizzy.’ I read [it] too! (2 answers. Bonus point for “where” this is contained.)

2. Men and sport. I’ll never understand!

3. -Isn’t this the part where you say I’ll make a great dad?
   -I don’t know if that’s true.
   -Oh, you don’t?
   -I’ve never tried your shepherd’s pie

4. -If you’re interested, don’t take too long.
   -Buy the house, or start the family?

5. -Looks like you’ve been stood up.
   -Mmm…I have.
   -Well, I know they’re big shoes to fill, but may I?

6. -He’s…solicitous.
   -Isn’t that a fancy word for ‘he gets on people’s nerves’?
(Bonus point for who they’re talking about)

7. -Have you ever wanted something so much that you thought your heart would simply stop beating if you didn’t get it?
   -Like some peace and quiet?

8. -We don’t want our wedding to be ‘fine’, we want our wedding to be ‘fantastic’!
   -Well, let’s just hope we have some friends LEFT to attend our ‘fantastic wedding’.

9. -If I were a man, I could take you in a fight.
   -If you were a man, I would have shot you by now!

10. -What has Rosemary got in here, lead?
    -Souvenirs.
    -Like the Statue of Liberty?

11. -So you’re a man of honor?
    -Well, I wouldn’t go that far!

12. -I don’t want to play if I can’t pitch.
    -You could be the next Ty Cobb!
    -Ty Cobb’s the best!
    -And he never pitched!

13. -I thought there was something between us.
    -There is. They’re called ‘bars’.

14. -Do you have any idea how infuriating you can be?
     -All’s fair in love and war.
     -Which is this?
     -A little of both.

15. -Is Constable Thornton going to put me in jail?
    -Not this time.

16. You don’t get to decide who lives and dies, my friend. That’s up to a higher power.

Alright, friends. This is my final sign-off before we witness the wedding of the century! Just think! Next time we “talk”, they’ll be Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thornton! I’m quivering with anticipation, and I bet you are too! So until Monday, and you better just expect a two-part post on Monday and Wednesday. There will be TOO much to write about for just one blog. Okay…signing off! 😉

Hola, corazónes! (That’s Spanish for “Hello, Hearties” if you didn’t know…or as close to it as I can get.) As promised, here is Part 2 of Open Hearts. There was just so much “stuff” in the episode, I didn’t feel I could do it justice with one post.

For instance, let’s start with those “black hole questions” my friend enticed me with in her texts. I’ve heard executives say they are very aware of the black hole, but it’s a necessity. I’m just so glad they addressed some of these people/events instead of letting them fade into the British Columbia mist.

  1. We know now that Shane Cantrell is working out of town, and he didn’t just disappear like many others.
  2. I’ll go into a LOT more detail about the scene with William Thatcher, but one of the black hole questions answered is Viola DID IN FACT get married!
  3. We now know Elizabeth’s mother is in London. And we know that in 1914 or 1915, two weeks notice would not be enough time for her or Viola to get back for the wedding; especially with Viola having just given birth.

One quick thing I want mention about Rosemary before moving on: I laughed so hysterically when Rosemary pushed Elizabeth’s fork down while talking about dress measurements. It’s such a little thing, that I actually missed it my first viewing. But as an actor, those are the little moments and mannerisms I live to see! It’s quiet and quick, but so indicative of her character, and her control over the wedding planning. Just one more way the cast shows how talented and committed they are.

Now! Moving on to the new guy: we STILL don’t know who he is, or what kind of shop he runs. I had a little research help, and found out his character name: it’s Kevin Townsend. “Big deal, Kami!” you say; until I tell you that’s my maiden name! Too bad I don’t have a brother or uncle named Kevin.  I wonder if they’re going to keep him a man of mystery, or tell his story at some point. What do you think?

One thing I especially enjoyed was the way the “Sophia situation” was handled. There could have been SO much drama, and a SERIOUS love triangle…again! But it was sweetly maneuvered. When she arrived, the attraction was obvious between her and Carson…as was Rosemary bristling at being pushed aside. Rosemary, who’s getting more gracious with every episode, gave them space, and they formed an attachment. Then Carson shows that he really does care for Sophia by putting her needs above her own, and gets her that job in San Francisco. They didn’t automatically stop having feelings for each other, but they did part ways amicably when they realized their paths were going in different directions.   

Probably my absolute favorite part of this episode was “the talk with dad”. It brings so much full circle! The first thing I saw was that Jack was wearing a suit out of respect for Mr. Thatcher. The second thing I saw was her father’s manner of speaking. As I said before, I know this series isn’t historically accurate, but I loved how formal his speech was. The writers seem to have moved away from that kind of talk, so I really enjoyed that his character still had that elevated speech. He used that elevated speech to call Jack out on marrying his daughter. Jack comes back, and firmly, but respectfully and openly, stands up to him. And that won him Mr. Thatcher’s respect and his blessing! The best line there was when William said, “I’ve never disapproved of you.” Now we know he was just being a father, one who wondered if his daughter’s choice of man would suit her. Heck, MY dad did that, and I bet several of yours did as well. And I bet Elizabeth’s father would have lit right up to see her jump for joy at the news!

Let’s talk about Phillip for a minute. Poor little fella; thinking his beloved teacher is going away! (And on that side note: I know this show isn’t historically accurate, and Elizabeth will probably keep teaching after the wedding. However, I really appreciated the fact that they acknowledged the tradition of teachers retiring after marriage.) Since I hadn’t seen all the spoilers, I was certain the fire was going to happen in this episode; I kept waiting for it. I was also 80% sure that Phillip was going to be the responsible party for the fire, or that he was going to steal the rings; anything to keep the wedding from happening. I’m also not convinced that something won’t happen to the rings, with the way the camera closed in on them. I know lots of #Hearties are wondering the same thing. But anyway, it was touching to see Elizabeth and Jack immediately postpone their elopement just to go look for that distressed little boy. Phillip is happy with his job as ring bearer, and with Jack, again; and that beautiful couple shows, again, that they’re not so wrapped up in themselves that they’ve stopped caring about others in town.

Photo Credit: Tamara Burks Brewer

Which brings me to the pièce de résistance: our darling Jack and Elizabeth the week before they are officially Mr. and Mrs. Thornton! I never would have guessed Chicago as a honeymoon destination, but I love the idea! Every different idea Elizabeth listed, I kept nodding, and saying, “Yeah, yeah, YEAH!”

One thing that was slightly disconcerting was the comments I saw about them kissing on the cheek; several fans thought there was trouble in paradise. I think we’ve forgotten the dry spells in the past  when they didn’t do any serious kissing, and nothing was wrong. A few people I know, including myself, think that shows how comfortable they’re becoming with their relationship again; not to mention that she shows great trust in letting him go away without knowing the reason.

I knew, for obvious reasons, that they wouldn’t go through with the elopement, but I’m SO glad they didn’t! Not only does the town need this wedding, (according to Jack,) but WE need it! Can you imagine our dismay at “quickie exchange” wedding after more than 4 seasons of waiting?! NO WAY! And I am almost rabid just thinking about how enchanting this wedding is going to be.

Let’s finish up with that nasty PTSD that Jack is battling. First of all, I was tickled pink that the fan fiction story I wrote was pretty close to the scenario Jack described. For the full story, go to the story  “A Shadowed Heart” under #FanFictionFriday. Anyway, Elizabeth does an incredible job with keeping the fact that she wants to know about the Northern Territories in the forefront, but she’s not too pushy to send Jack over the edge. But she never lets him forget that she wants him to open up. Thank goodness he listened, because talking does, indeed, help. And while I doubt his troubles are far from over, releasing a little of it can give him hope. And that’s exactly what these 2 pictures tell us.

Until Friday!

Photo Credit: Crown Media posted by Brian Bird
Edit by: Sarah Nitsch
Photo Credit: Crown Media posted by Brian Bird
Edit by: Sarah Nitsch

I’m going to be British for a moment: ‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello! Who read it in a British voice? Or better yet, who read it in Daniel’s voice? 😉 I was growing a little weary of my same ‘ole greetings, so I know all of you must be REALLY tired of them! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the past few months of creating and running a blog, it’s the need to mix things up a little.

Boy, that a DOOZY of an episode, wasn’t it?! I have to share something about it with all of you, actually.  A friend of mine who knows I save the episodes for after Sunday started texting me about 9:05 my time, (so 5 minutes after the episode was over.) This is what she said:

“I hope you aren’t feeling tired tonight! You can’t go to sleep until approximately 12:45. That was an INCREDIBLE episode. And they answered like 3 black hole questions.”

Needless to say, I was QUITE intrigued! My response: “Man! Now I’ll NEVER sleep!”

That only encouraged her: “It was simply amazing. Top 3 episodes ever!”

I swear she was trying to drive me crazy! I did fall asleep, thank goodness, but I woke up around 2:30. Sure enough, I couldn’t fall back to sleep, (oh darn!), and I watched the whole show. It was lovely, wasn’t it? And the preview for next week’s episode looked not only heartwarming, but SO promising…not to mention nostalgic, thrilling, magical. Need I say more?

So, first thing I noticed was Henry’s voice saying, “Previously, on When Calls the Heart…”. Did it mean something, or are they just trying to mix it up? Only time will tell, I guess. And while we’re on Gowen, they did some interesting things with him, didn’t they? For one, his voice slipped into a country twang when he was talking to Abigail about knowing possible investors. His speech has always been so refined! Did Martin Cummins do that on purpose to show how low Henry’s gotten, or that he’s reverting back to his sharecropper roots? Or, was it just a…slip of the tongue? HA HA! I’m so punny, aren’t I?

The other two things I really loved about Gowen’s storyline were his conversation with Jesse, and Jack’s invitation to stay at the bachelor luncheon.  Henry is enough of a shrewd businessman to know that he wasn’t the best man for the job; he was just grousing a little. And by the smile on both his and Jesse’s faces, it almost looked like they set up that confrontation so Clara would realize how much Jesse meant to her. (I admit Jesse’s character is growing on me. He gets more honest and decent every episode.) Then the lunch: how incredible of Jack to be so committed to community that he not only tolerated Gowen’s presence, but he welcomed him to the party with open arms.  And once again, Jesse shows his ever-growing fairness to include him in a game of darts.

While we’re on the bachelor party: SO MANY intricacies and fun interactions! Bill and Lee are so hilarious! I love that Lee offered to help Jack build his house!  He’s a true friend!  And Bill with the chili!  (There is a fettish with chili this season!) He acts all tough, refusing to share the recipe, then declares that he already sees Elizabeth as family. And the toast!  It was perfect: how Jack found the perfect woman, but took forever doing something about it. Then the perfect tie-in to the “Jack and Elizabeth theme”: “Love is patient, luckily for you!” You would think Bill would stop there, but then he continues this “busybody streak” he seems to have picked up from Rosemary when he puts in his two cents about the guard of honor at the wedding.

Now contrast the rustic and masculine bachelor luncheon to the elegant and feminine bridal tea.  Just the difference in the laughing is the perfect transition of scenes to show the contrast. I had never heard of the tradition of giving the bride the 4 “good luck charms” at the bridal shower, but I thought it very sweet!  Abigail’s emotion talking about her own wedding, and her hopes for Elizabeth’s made me downright misty-eyed!  I’m also curious as to whether or not they’re going to continue the “something blue” snafu, and give her something later.  What do you all think?

Rosemary’s need to control the wedding planning and make everything perfect HAS to be exhausting for her! 😉 We know it is for Jack and Elizabeth!  But as my husband pointed out: in a way, all this craziness IS their fault.  After all, they chose to get married in 2 weeks, right?  One aspect of her fussing that shows just how much she’s grown to love Elizabeth is when she says that their wedding should be as wonderful as they are.  She’s showing that love in her own way.  It’s funny to watch though! One thing Daniel remarked on when he was a guest on “Home and Family” is that as much as Lee hated asking Jack about color schemes, Lee knew Rosemary would “kick his butt” if he didn’t glean the information from Jack.

Well, #Hearties, it’s getting late, and I want to make sure I get this out to all of you!  So I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, and save Part 2 of “Open Hearts” for #WonderWednesday.  This episode was just so jammed with amazing content, it can’t be summed up in one blog.  And I have a feeling I might be doing the same next week.  Do you agree? 😉

To finish up, here’s a picture that I think describes the way we’re ALL feeling about…uh…upcoming events.  Take care, and have a great week!    

Photo Credit: Tamara Burks Brewer