Happy #FlashbackFriday, Hearties! What are the plans for this weekend? I’ll bet I can guess what most of you will be doing Sunday, and what I’ll be doing early Monday morning. This one looks exciting…and emotional, especially if you’ve seen Brian Bird’s latest post.  Ooh, he’s a pot-stirrer! “Double, double, toil, and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble!” Can you just see it?

Today’s topic came from interesting circumstances. As some of you know, my mother gave me Seasons 1, 2, and 3 for Christmas. I was very excited, and that’s how I watched my preparation to Season 5 marathon. Then I was certain my son had walked off with my Season 2 DVD’s. I had been told that there was a scene that had aired in a Season 2 episode on Hallmark that was not included on Netflix. So I was severely disappointed to have to continue my marathon on Netflix. Then 2 days ago, I found the case for the Season 2 DVD’S tucked away in the back of our movie cabinet. Don’t ask me how it got there because I swear I checked there. But I suddenly wanted to watch the 2nd half of Season 2 on the DVD’S to see if I could spot the deleted scene. The scene wasn’t there, but I got reminded (again!) of lots of fun stuff. I’ll just name a few to keep you from getting bored.

One was in the episode when Lee challenged Henry to the poker game to win the land for the railroad. (By the way, I noticed that Lee spends a lot of time with Gowen in Season 2. I wonder how HE feels about the recent charges.) When Rosemary walks into the saloon to see what’s happening, she and Lee are both wearing very deep reds. Their appearances compliment each other so well that I seriously wondered if it was done on purpose to foreshadow them becoming a couple.

Of COURSE I watched the mine! My heart still pounds every time I watch! But remember what I said just a few days ago about appreciating music? Well, I started listening; and even though the moments didn’t match up perfectly, I noticed that the music when Jack says “I love you” is the same background music as when he proposes. Isn’t that cool?

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Uh, Kami, you forgot the deleted scene! You can’t make us read all that buildup, then not reveal!” You’re absolutely right! I can’t explain it perfectly because I haven’t seen it myself. But I’ve had it described to me. Apparently, Jack uses his camera to take a school picture of Elizabeth and the children. After that, he asks her if they can go for a ride after school, and she willingly accepts. So that’s where the devastating walk-in comes in. I think Jack should have stuck with the green suit; he looks better in it, and maybe he would have beat Charles to the school.

To end up, I completely forgot to post pictures from my premiere party. So here they are now! I didn’t go all out like I did with Season 4, but we had a nice time. See you Monday with #MondayMusings of the BRAND NEW EPISODE!

 

OF COURSE WE DO!!!!!!

 Well, Hearties, we have arrived! We are at my last blog post before the premiere of Season 5. The next time you hear from me, it will be to share my thoughts with you about the BRAND NEW EPISODE! We’ve been waiting so long, it almost feels surreal that it’s here, doesn’t it? I know we’re all super excited! One final reminder to anyone who’s going to be in the Austin area Monday evening, give me a shout out, and I’d love to have you at my premiere party.

Who saw Erin on Home and Family today? She looked so gorgeous, and it’s always fun to listen to her give an interview full of details. And that DIY chapel night light was TOO CUTE! Forget my kids, I want that light! And did you see Jack Wagner and Paul Greene on Home and Family yesterday and Wednesday? You’d think they were promoting something…wink, wink.

Speaking of yesterday and Wednesday, I am SO SORRY about not posting a REAL blog post on either day. I had an epic Valentine’s post all planned too! My husband’s brother came home from his 2-year missionary service to Brazil, my kids were haywire, my first draft got deleted, then I literally fell asleep typing up my post. Then yesterday I was going to post, but I had to keep a vigil over my mother, who had just had oral surgery.

So! I’m here now! Its late, and it’s been another crazy day, but we’re getting a post out! I hope you all felt loved on Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a significant other, I hope you felt the love of friends and family: be it nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren, siblings, or parents. You are loved!

Now, with the much-anticipated premiere approaching, one of my friends thought it would be fun to go through the best moments of the 4 previous premieres. What’s your favorite moment from each of these episodes? They won’t necessarily be just the most romantic moments, but the best and most impacting moments. I watched the very first episode AGAIN with a friend only a few days ago; so not only did I get a potential new Heartie to join the crowd, but I got a fresh reminder of how magical that pilot really is.

 

SEASON 1:

  1. Elizabeth burning down the teacherage. It shows just how incompetent she is to live out in the West, and it’s amazing to look at her now.
  2. Elizabeth saying she needs a drink, and the looks she gets from all the mothers.
  3. The first meeting of Jack and Elizabeth, and how Jack’s attitude changes from flirtation to resentment in a snap of the fingers. “I can take care of my own stubbed toes, thank you very much!”
  4. Elizabeth getting her first shiner
  5. Jack showing up to dinner
  6. Jack complimenting Elizabeth’s career
  7. Abigail telling the story of the day
  8. Jack completely reading (and upsetting) Elizabeth, and her circumstances
  9. Finding Gabe with the plank
  10. Deciding to call each other by first names

 

SEASON 2:

  1. Jack admitting to kissing 5 women
  2. Sam Madison showing up as a woman
  3. Abigail telling off the judge, and Jack consequently holding back a very infuriated Elizabeth
  4. Jack eating Elizabeth’s less than appetizing chicken fried steak. That’s true love!
  5. Jack insisting on going with Elizabeth to Hamilton
  6. Lee rolling into town on the motorcycle
  7. Clara showing up to the trial

 

SEASON 3:

  1. Jack stealing Elizabeth away from Rosemary for a romantic dinner…and having it interrupted by Bill
  2. The town finding out about Silas Ramsey’s death
  3. Elizabeth officially renting the row house
  4. Lee explaining “nesting” to Jack
  5. The vase!
  6. The “warm” conversation
  7. Bill buying the café
  8. Abigail finding Frank’s WANTED poster

 

SEASON 4:

  1. Elizabeth saying she can’t live without Jack. FORESHADOWING!
  2. Abigail finding out she may have to stay on as mayor
  3. Ray Wyatt showing up
  4. Jed’s land being threatened
  5. Superintendent Collins offering Jack the new post
  6. Honey Bunny and Squidget
  7. Organizing the baseball game and teams
  8. Anna pitching
  9. Cyrus giving Cody the pep talk
  10. The game itself
  11. Cyrus and his home run
  12. Jack’s speech

 

Have such a great weekend, Hearties. It’s going to be breathtaking, I’m sure! I’ll see you Monday for the very first #MondayMusings

 

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.

 

Hello, Hearties. Welcome to another #FlashbackFriday. I apologize for it being so late today. Last week, the worldwide leader of my faith, (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) our prophet President Thomas S. Monson, passed away from old age. His funeral was LIVE today, broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah, and I knew I needed to watch it. It was, indeed, very emotional and very moving. So thank you for your patience so I could pay my respects.

Now for our topic: I’ve mentioned before that, like many of you, I started over so I could have everything fresh in my mind when Season 5 premieres. It’s not the first time I’ve done this, but I’m still amazed at how much I’d forgotten. I’ve had lots of new insights I’ll share in future posts. For right now,  you know how we’ve talked about a season having “all the feels”? Well, as far as I’m concerned, we don’t have to go any farther than Season 1 Episodes 9-10 to get ALL of them!

Think about it: These are the episodes when Julie comes to visit, Jack FINALLY asks Elizabeth out to a PROPER dinner, Gowen gets closer to hanging himself morally, (with the help of Abigail and Jack,) Jack gets reassigned, and the Tolliver gang strikes.  We’ve got excitement, trepidation, butterflies and nerves, ROMANCE, embarrassment, disgust, giddiness, cunning, plotting, surprise, fear, danger, heartbreak, deception, longing, gratitude, wondering, relief, anger, heroism, timidity, shame, regret, even sibling rivalry. I’d say that just about covers the spectrum.

These episodes are the reason I personally think Abigail can’t become a couple with Henry. Redemption and forgiveness, TOTALLY possible. But to become ROMANTICALLY involved with the man who knowingly caused the death of her husband and son, AND tries to bribe the authorities, AND steals money from the town. It just doesn’t fit with me. It would always be a dark cloud hanging above their heads.

Julie…hmm…Julie. How do I describe my feelings for her? Blatantly and bluntly put, I think she’s ridiculous! If I were to be diplomatic,  I would say she’s extremely naïve, and has SO much to learn. The best way to express my feelings would be a line from Elizabeth: “Do you even hear yourself?!” She only gets the picture after she’s been threatened at gunpoint, and held hostage in cabin.

Now the fun part, the dinner! Sigh! I still remember the first time I watched it. I was beside myself! And when he said, “Please consider this an act of courtship,” and kissed her hand! I thought I would melt right then and there! My heart skipped a beat right now just remembering it. When Elizabeth walked down the stairs dressed in all that finery, she looked just like a princess. Why couldn’t my first date with my husband have been that enchanting? Then to see all the effort he went through, and the evidence of how long he had been planning, (“How long have you been planning this?” Smile. “That’s a secret.”), it became very evident they were getting this relationship started, and the roller coaster ride was beginning. Of course, we knew something she didn’t know, i.e. the new orders; so that was the only dark spot in that beautifully candlelit café.

Did you think they were going to kiss? I was certain it would happen, but they kept us hanging on through all that heart-rending separation. Who cried when he left? Guilty! I thought it was an excellent touch that he had her picture in his journal/notebook. It was such a little detail, but it rounded out the character even more, and added one more insight into Jack’s mind and heart. Season 1, especially, was REALLY good at those small details. Plus it showed he was truly becoming devoted to her.

Well everybody, once again I could go on and on, but then I’d be writing all night. So I will exercise self restraint and stop here. I hope you’ll come back to read all those new insights I was talking about. It’ll be fun!

 

That’s what Elizabeth said to Jack. Well, good afternoon/evening, fellow Hearties who are desperately attempting not to foam at the mouth; or at least trying to contain the foaming inside the mouth. It’s difficult to wait for Season 5, isn’t it? But we must endure, and endure well! We’ll plow through this…together. Just like the title says, we HAVE been here a good long while, haven’t we? And we will also be staying “a good long while,” won’t we? Like many of you, I’m partially filling these empty weeks with all previous seasons, and I’m starting at the top with Season 1, Episode 1. I have no clue how many times I’ve done this, so we’ll go with umpteenth. But this time, I get to do it with my new set of DVD’s: my mother’s Christmas present to me! HOORAY!

 

One bit of fun trivia is I counted how many characters were in the very first episode, and are still a part of the series today. There are nine, which I think is a pretty decent record. There’s Elizabeth and Jack, of course. There’s also Abigail, Henry, Ned, Florence, and Molly. Surprisingly, there are also two children left: Emily and Anna. I do miss Cat Montgomery, though. I even had a dream a few nights that I was watching a WCTH promo announcing her return. But in the words of Sleeping Beauty, “And then…I wake up.”

 

I also admit to missing the portrayal of the townspeople. I miss the BEAUTIFUL period hats and hairstyles, and I especially miss the language: Ma, Pa, post, pleasant, fellas, etc. Those are some of my favorite things about Season 1. The town looks SO DIFFERENT from the 1st episode to now. I guess the sawmill was really good for its prosperity.

 

 

Let’s get to the specifics of this episode. It starts at the very beginning with the contrast in Elizabeth’s face. Her voice over talks about “stubborn pride”, and her face looks so serene as she gazes at the scenery. Then in an instant, her face twists into horror at a mere rock in the road. It only contorts further at the sight of the outlaws, and I LOVE how her voice quavers at the same moment she says “capable” and “independent”. That look is only rivaled by the look of horror and helplessness when the teacherage burns to the ground. A close 3rd is the look of fear and disgust at the outhouse. I had to giggle at that image since it’s what Brian Bird used to prepare us for the Season 5 drama that’s coming.

 

I just have one thing to say about Elizabeth: WHAT WAS SHE THINKING??? She didn’t have a single practical skill to survive on her own, she’d never done anything without servants, and there were no microwaves or washing machines back then. How was she planning to live? I presented the question to my husband, and his opinion was maybe she thought she could hire someone. Who knows, really?

 

Let’s go to her complete opposite: Abigail, homemaker extraordinaire. But looking beyond those skills, I love how she is immediately established as the nurturing one. My favorite aspect of that is how little of a snob she is. Even when people have started out like someone else, memory often fails them, and they think the new person should be just like them from the beginning. Abigail goes to great lengths to soothe Elizabeth’s troubled soul, and help her realize she started out just like she did. Plus, her makeup job even makes her look like she has traces of coal dust on her face, which makes her fit the role perfectly.

 

Now let’s move on to our Jack, BEFORE he was perfect. First thing’s first: his entrance. I’m noticing he gets most, if not all, of the dramatic entrances. He doesn’t even appear until 14 minutes into the 1st episode; but that really establishes Elizabeth’s character to us before…more complications arise. And something hilarious that I noticed: the child Elizabeth is holding gives Elizabeth a totally giddy “Teacher’s in lo-ove” smile when Jack rides off.

 

Jack’s emotions, though: WOW! They change on the face of a dime! Their first conversation, for example. Daniel Lissing said in an interview that Jack was really excited to meet Elizabeth. Pretty woman, she’s new in town, he’s new in town; he’s totally flirting! Then with a snap of the fingers, he completely resents her, and holds her personally responsible for his assignment change. Then when he shows up at Abigail’s front door for dinner all smiles and friendliness, and it instantly melts to a cold glare when Elizabeth answers…changeable! And so cocky! That “I was right” smile with the pinching shoes, tight dress, and not being disappointed…so infuriating! I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of knowing Gabe was being truant either.

 

She throws it back at him though. Some of her best lines are: “I can take care of my own stubbed toes, thank you very much!”, and “You better get used to a steady diet of coal dust. I’m a Thatcher! We don’t run from a challenge.” My favorite lines of them playing off each other are: “Instinct is for Mounties, not for teachers.” “Students are for teachers, not for Mounties.”

 

Funny thing about Erin Krakow: she has a habit of playing characters who are very attracted to men chopping wood, (WCTH and Finding/Engaging Father Christmas). Can’t say I blame her! Somebody get me a cool cloth for my head! And thanks to her voice over, I found out what “P.S.” meant: “Post Script”.

See ya Monday, friends!