WHOA! I needed a moment to catch my breath! I was almost as shaken as Lucas was when he got the phone call! SO many happenings, SO much adventure, and a plethora of emotions thrown in! I will admit that even after watching the episode twice, I’m still left with a deer-in-the-headlights gaping expression on my face, so I don’t have the usual opinions or commentary.

One thing is still certain: I’m still #TeamLucasNathan. 😀 I honestly can’t make up my mind. I am among the #Hearties who believe Elizabeth should be able to have love again…I just don’t know who. With Jack, it was easy. He was pretty much the only option, (and not a bad one at all!), then other “inappropriate choices” were introduced later. But it’s harder this time. There are pros to both, there are cons to both, and there is a different type of chemistry with both. Good thing I don’t have to make the choice, either as a character, or as a writer. I get to sit back, and watch the episodes unfold.

So for this one, let’s start with the obvious sweetness. I stopped counting how many references I saw to Baby Jack’s hand on Bill’s arm on Twitter this morning. I was a little busy mopping up the puddle of myself. 😉 So precious! And lovely choices of godparents! I know I’m happy to see Julie again, and I bet you are too! We’ll finally see interactions with Baby Jack and his Hamilton family. Now the thing to ponder is, just Julie, or will more family surprisingly show up? Because I watched that sneak peek; and although there was a very heartfelt conversation with Nathan and Elizabeth, and an absolutely adorable bonding with Nathan and Jack, I saw no Julie. And I’m 99% certain she’s in the finale. So what other surprises await us in the form of characters or storyline?

Question: I’m very curious about the difference between guardians and godparents. We don’t have typical christenings in my faith, it’s done differently. And we don’t typically appoint godparents in the traditional sense. So I’m very curious: What is the difference? Are they usually different people, or was that to include more characters? Any correct answers would be very appreciated. 😀

Michael Hickam…lots evolving there! He walks in wearing a sports coat, (or whatever they called it in 1915!), then calls his boss “Lee”. I never thought he’d be the one to be the deserter. He does have a point, he does need to look out for himself. I just never pictured him permanently joining Henry’s ranks while leaving Lee’s. Luckily, Jesse has Clara to remind him what things in life make him happy, including loyalty. That’s it! That’s Hickam’s dilemma! We need to find him a woman! What’s that line from “Pirates of the Caribbean”? “You need to find yourself a girl, mate!” That would set Mike straight!

On to the dramatic part of the story, the parts that were making fingernail indentations appear in all our hands. Great start with that shot of Nate riding away, then Amos Dickson appearing in the same frame. As I said, I can’t say much about this because it kept me on edge just watching. I do like them showing Lucas’ backstory, so we learn more about him; but I’m curious about what Jeanette really is to him. “Friend” isn’t cutting it.

And then, smart men, figuring out how to save Elizabeth, and get out of that pickle! You gotta be a very intelligent Mountie to get “burglary” and “hostage” from scattered papers, but he did! Then not only do they work together to apprehend the outlaws, but Lucas confides in Nate, even shakes his hand! Definitely was not expecting that!

Well, I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day! I’ll see you Wednesday for a very “discussion-worthy” post. Until then, this is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well, hello there, lovelies! Um…whoa! I have to quote Ben Rosenbaum’s tweet “What a packed episode”. Between all the happenings in the actual plot, plus that preview for next week??? HOLY COW! Actually, it funny, because I’ve got a video for you. I could have sworn that I heard next week was the season finale. I remember desperately wanting to have videoed myself when Jack proposed to Elizabeth, so when I heard “season finale” I immediately paused it, then got my phone to take a video of myself watching the preview. Well, it turns out it wasn’t the finale, but MAN! I’m glad I did! That has some seriously intense drama in it! I am so antsy for next week now! So be sure to watch the video at the end of me totally shocked at the gripping turn of events.

Now, let’s talk about the current episode. It was definitely “packed” like Ben said. So much was happening, one event right after the other, and it was physical and emotional. But something they always do so well is start things out so calmly, then build up both kinds of tension. Elizabeth recording how much her son delights her? Awwww! It reminds me of when I was a brand new mom. My first daughter always woke up so happy in the morning. I always got smiles instead of fussiness. Then when she laughed for the first time…oh boy! I went nuts! Do you empathize? What are YOUR experiences?

I also reveled in all the talk about love. Hearing Elizabeth’s voice being able to speak about love with a little longing, but no bitterness, was a balm to my soul. And in an episode that showed so many manifestations of different kinds of love, it was beautiful to hear a definition of sorts: “New love blossoms, enduring love grows stronger,” and love gives us “comfort, bliss, and hope in what tomorrow may bring.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, something I hope everyone gets the chance to experience it on some level. You can also tell that Elizabeth misses having romantic love in her life.

Well, she’s beginning to have the opportunity if she wants it. Now, before any of you who are of the opinion that Elizabeth doesn’t need to be “married off”, don’t jump on me yet. I’m not saying she’s there at the moment, but you must admit, both men can’t keep their eyes off of her, and you can almost feel the temperature rising any time she’s with either of them. Lucas actually, (and very forwardly,) admits he’s noticed her beauty, even said the word “fascinated”, which is how I described him in their encounter with the cards. I found that amusing. I also found it ironically amusing, but couldn’t laugh at, her reaction after he walks away. When he approaches, her eyes reflect nervousness, even a bit of fear. My guess is fear that he’s actually interested, and fear that she might want him to be. Then when he nonchalantly goes out, Elizabeth looks completely annoyed, with him for using the smooth words, and probably with herself for almost getting swept into it.

I also found it highly entertaining that Lucas was trying so hard to look good and be helpful to her with the bookshelves, and was a total know-it-all with the dowels. Meanwhile Elizabeth is desperately trying not to laugh at him! Then he totally back peddles, Bouchard fashion, and in his way, asks Allie for help. She’s no dummy, but I think she’ll help him, even if it’s just a little.

I don’t know why, but I found the shot of Elizabeth’s hand taking the key, her wedding ring very visible while doing so, quite significant. And then she gives this surprised smile, as if she’s decided he’s not such a bad guy after all. I don’t know if it’s just me reading a lot into it, or if it might be some kind of symbol; like the first man in her life is still with her even if she’s accepting a very generous gift from another. Like I said, I’m not totally sure what I think about it, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And then there’s Nate. I gotta say, it’s pretty clear, at least to me, that Elizabeth will end up falling in love with Lucas or him, but I truly don’t know who, or who I’d prefer at this moment. Erin has very good chemistry with both of them, and it’s so different with both of them, it just allows me to sit back and enjoy the story. Nate and Elizabeth seem to make a very good team. It occurred to me last week that it’s probably easier for Elizabeth to talk to him because she can focus on him as a parent figure, and not a Mountie. Allie is their icebreaker, their common bond. He definitely trusts her, as seen when he hands her the sling. Elizabeth seems surprised too, that he’s not doing the wrapping, but she does it anyway. He trusts her with his first name too. But there is a bit of a power struggle, though. There seems to be some disagreement as to who should give the literal “go ahead”. And even though Elizabeth consents to him calling her by HER first name, you can see the discomfort and the reluctance. It probably brings back memories from the time she gave another Mountie permission to call her Elizabeth.

Speaking of which, did you feel the total Season 1 vibe? Nathan, the Mountie, warning the beautiful damsel to stay away from the charming man who seems too good to be true. Things are different now, however. In Season 1, she got angry and defensive. This time, you can tell she’s mad, but she’s much more mature. She describes him how Bill described himself last season: “Your job makes you believe the worst in people.” But even though it makes her angry, it does make her think twice, and she questions Lucas outright.

Carson and Faith…oh boy! What’s going to happen to them now, now that she has to go away? I guess it’s just something we have to wait to see! But they had some adorable moments! Carson really is one amazing man to have in your corner. He immediately notices, AND ASKS if something’s bothering Faith, he reassures her that he wants to spend every minute possible with her, he agrees to go meet her family, (a very scary prospect for a new relationship,) and he literally drops everything when he hears her father is ill, and immediately tells her to go. But the best part? The goodbye. Sad concept, but what a send-off! He kisses her goodbye so sweetly, puts her in the stagecoach, but then he can’t let her go without the glorious manifestation of the famous stagecoach kiss. One last touch to say farewell before they’re parted. Hopefully not for too long.

We’ll close with Lee and Rosemary. (We’ll save Bill’s hysterically casual courtroom for another time.) Last week, Andrea hit it out of the park with her performance at the telephone. Today, the homerun award goes to Kavan and Pascale. They were incredible! We’ve never seen Rosemary that somber, that downtrodden, that choked on her tears. She was certain she had let Lee down, that it was her fault they weren’t parents. I was so proud of Lee! He knows what’s bothering Rosemary, but he helps her get it out, knowing it will haunt her if she doesn’t voice it. And he doesn’t lie. He admits he wants a child, but then he turns it into something beautiful by saying that he wants a child, but all he NEEDS is her. He says he’s the luckiest man in the world because her face is the first thing he sees every morning. And then, my personal favorite: instead of saying, “I love you, too”, which to me sounds more like an afterthought, he says, “I love you more!”

Have a lovely night, and a great day tomorrow. I’ll see you Wednesday, but I’m not telling you for what. 😀 Please remember to share and retweet, and spare a few moments to click on an add, so we can keep it coming. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Ooh, things are heating up in Hope Valley, aren’t they?! And the fire was lit by oil. This is going to be a big thing, I can tell. Is it still called civil war if it’s in a town? Because that’s what if feels like it’s working up to be. And Henry’s right at the heart of it. I haven’t entirely made up my mind about him. It’s true that he didn’t keep it a secret what he planned to do with the land he’d purchased, and everything seemed to be on the up and up. He even gave Robert’s father $5 more than originally offered in that pathetic attempt at “negotiations”. What WAS that man thinking, going up against Henry Gowen in price haggling? Anyway, it seemed honest enough, I’m just not sure he hasn’t regressed to his old scheming. And his words are still pretty cutthroat, especially when talking about Kurt Lawson. However, when I watched it a second time, (and it wasn’t 1:00 am,) I noticed that Henry DID pay Richard Wolf the $205, (I had thought he didn’t pay him at all!), he just isn’t going to pay him any more because he’s not drilling on Wolf’s land. So now who’s scheming and acting like a child?

Well, Jesse, for one. I saw a tweet from Aren Buchholz this morning that describes the character perfectly. It was a GIF of a toddler pouting with tears in his eyes. He captioned it, “Jesse this episode”. That does seem to be very fitting. He did take the deal, and Henry paid him for his land, fair and square. I can definitely see how he would be upset, and feel cheated. He lost out on a far greater amount of money. Luckily, Clara is not materialistic, and reminds him that they have enough money for their needs, and each other. I guess we’ll see what happens.

Let’s move to Rosemary. That poor dear! Before she got married, all she could say about children was that they’re “sticky”. Now her heart aches to be a mother. Pascale did a fabulous job with her performance of experiencing a loss she didn’t even know she felt. Thank goodness Carson was kind enough to give her a “healthy dose of communication” as a “recommendation as [her] physician and [her] friend.” But before she could do as the doctor ordered, she was trying so hard to be a supportive wife, and listen to Lee vent about his day, when she’s practically dying inside. Lee’s stress level must be at 11, because he’s usually such a wonderful listener, and supportive husband. It’s rare that he doesn’t sense and ease her distress. THAT is something that I’m REALLY looking forward to for next week!

So! Allie is exceptional at equations, is she? I loved her reaction to the class grumbling at math; she was downright excited about the subject. (And it was VERY cute that Anna piped up that she wanted to do the figuring for horses, reminding us of the debate.) I was also very impressed with how Elizabeth handles the whole scenario. She could have just been so impressed with Allie’s work, and let everything else slide. But she didn’t do that. She’s quick to compliment the girl, but she’s just as quick to remind her of the importance of following directions, and working as a team. She reminds a certain uncle of the same concept. It was a sweet moment when Elizabeth provided insight into a young lady’s mind about pushing people away. This was the first episode of Season 6 that Jack isn’t mentioned by name. But we still got our “time with Jack” in Elizabeth’s eyes and the background music at the mere mention of losing sooneone. She knows what it’s like to worry AND to lose someone, and I think her emotion and emphasis helped hit it home with Nathan. HIS eyes said as much.

Speaking of emotion, Carson’s telephone call, and Faith’s! Oh my goodness! I watched Home and Family with Paul Greene, so I had already seen his telephone scene. Debbie said it too, but I loved how the camera moved in on him as he spoke with Faith’s father. You could feel the importance of this connection, and how much it meant to him that he do this for the woman becoming more and more important to him! Andrea’s performance of the shock, the fear, the determination, the love, the relief, the sadness, the joy…all in one scene…she hit it out of the park! The moment was flawless! And Carson stayed by her side the entire time, being the strong and silent support and reassurance she needed to make it through such a difficult step. I truly do like what I see with them. We’re witnessing so many different aspects of their relationship, they’re becoming a very well rounded couple.

And then there’s that telephone! Specifically the person sitting in front of it for the first several times. My first thought was, “Don’t hire Florence as a telephone operator!” I felt very justified in my thinking when she blew up the switchboard with her tea, and when Lee said, “ Florence, you rang my office,” with a call for Rosemary. But Fiona, bless her heart, didn’t let her quit, and we saw so much deeper into Florence’s heart than just the town gossip. Toward the end, I couldn’t tell if Florence was more touched by Faith speaking to her father, or by the fact that she’d gotten everything right. 😉

And with that, it’s time for me to leave you. If I may add a quick personal note: please remember to share this blog with any of your friends you think may enjoy this. The more eyes that see this, the longer I get to keep going. And I really DO want to keep going! Also, when you’ve finished reading each post, please take a quick moment to click on the ads; or if you’re planning on doing ANY shopping on Amazon, you can click on the link at the bottom. Doing either, (nor even better, both,) of these things helps to support the site, and keep it running. Clicking on the ads, I promise, does not obligate you to do anything, but it does send a little money our way. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to keep bringing you all the enjoyment of episode discussions, interviews, movie reviews, and especially fan fiction stories that I possibly can! By the way, you don’t need to purchase the item you click on from Amazon. Just clicking on it will take you to the site, and anything you buy from going through us helps send us a commission. Thank you for continuing to read and support the little blogger that tried. 😀 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Boy, does THAT tagline describe Monday’s show! EVERYONE was taking gambles! Well, welcome to #WonderWednesday/#MondayMusings Part 2, and Happy Hump Day! I think that’s especially fitting now, since we are back on track, and watching again. So now we can count down until we see a new episode! Before I talk about Monday’s episode, I promised someone I would mention a few things. 😉 I’ll start with one here, then save the other for later in the post

Number 1: Similarities. If you’ve been following the blog a while, you know I like to write #FanFictionFriday stories, and sometimes my friend Sarah helps. 😀 (Only kidding, sweetie!) We write in between seasons because we like creating stories that could plausibly happen in the actual plot line. So, often we use interviews, cast spoilers, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, etc. to get ideas, then make up the rest. Well this time around, we were able to knock out two stories during the hiatus. Had to have SOME kind of WCTH in our lives while we waited, right? Even if it WAS just in our heads. (“A Secret Too Well Kept” parts 1&2, and “Romance: Quarantined” parts 1-4 here on the blog under the category #FanFictionFriday, if you’re interested!) Then we see how close we were when the show comes back. Well, turns out that between the two episodes, we had several similarities. And here they are in no particular order:

a) Faith shockingly took Rosemary into her confidence, and asked her to keep the secret. (I was laughing as I wrote that in the story because I thought it was ludicrous to even think it would happen! 🙂 )
b) Rosemary did, in fact, plan a dinner for Faith and Carson
c) Even though Rosemary was exaggerating to justify buying the telephone, she mentioned needing it if Lee needed to warn her about a plague. Our second story was all about an epidemic of diphtheria sweeping the town.
d) (I admit, this one is probably the most inconsequential, but it’s my favorite.) In “Romance: Quarantined”, when Bill is trying to retrieve the anti-toxin for the town, he impatiently says, “We don’t have time for niceties.” When the government official came to offer him a judge’s position, he said about roughing up the other judge, “There was no time for niceties.” 😀 I actually had to rewind it to make sure I’d heard right.

Okay! Let’s talk about “Surprise”, Monday night’s episode. First event of the evening, and the one that got a LOT of attention, (but for very different reasons,) is Jesse striking oil. The potential for a huge fortune, and what is Pascale Hutton, (and the rest of the Hearties, including me,) worried about? The fact that he got black oil all over Clara’s beautiful, and LIGHTLY colored clothing. Good thing they’re “gonna be rich”, because she’s gonna need a new outfit. 😉

Did you notice that the geologist was Stanley, the real estate tycoon from Daniel Lissing’s “December Bride”? He’s in so many movies WITH When Calls the Heart actors, that I was starting to jump to him being one himself. And now, it’s official! 🙂 I just hope he and Henry don’t swindle Jesse and Clara somehow, because then I really WILL be mad. I gotta say, between the interactions in this episode, and what I saw in next week’s preview, I’m a little suspicious.

So, Allie…Allie, Allie, Allie. To quote Elizabeth when talking about Lucas, “I don’t know what to make of [her].” She quite the little fireball! I had to laugh when Bill tried really hard, (and failed miserably!) to exert his authority, and have her call him “Sir.” And she laughed in his face! Then she momentarily transforms into a mini-Rosemary with her over dramatic “Now please, give me this moment.” I immediately thought, “Oh dear! We’ve got another drama queen. And a sneaky one at that!” when she ran off. She really is “ten going on seventeen” as Nathan put it; a delinquent tomboyish seventeen-year-old. But one thing in her favor, she’s proof that Nate has parenting experience, with a child that’s not his own, no less. And even though it was quite reluctantly, the tough new Mountie actually accepted help from Elizabeth. SCORE: Nate-3, Lucas-1.

And that brings me to Lucas. “Not very sporting” is what I’ve noticed is his catchphrase. My goodness, he is a man is a mystery, isn’t he? I gave him one point because he looked at Elizabeth as though he was just as fascinated by her as Nathan was, but for VERY different reasons! Nathan is touched by her sweetness and caring for his niece; Lucas is captivated by her spunk and fiery words, and because she stood up to him. I am curious to find out what his backstory is. They keep giving us these little teasers like “I’ve only cheated once in my life”, and that he likes gambling because of the stakes. Let’s hope he doesn’t take Elizabeth’s sarcastic suggestion, and open a “gambling school for minors”.

Speaking of which, I have to tell you something funny: I was actually LIVE tweeting on Monday, something I don’t ordinarily get to do with WCTH because I don’t watch the episodes until Monday, so this was a treat! When Elizabeth mentioned the school, I tweeted, “Welcome to the gambling school for minors!” Chris McNally retreated me, and added: “The Lucas Bouchard Center for Kids Who Can’t Gamble Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too”. If you’re a fan of the movie “Zoolander”, (which I’ve never seen. Someone had to tell me,) that makes perfect sense, and you should be rolling on the floor right now. 😀

Bill & Lee vs. Elizabeth & Rosemary. This was a fun juxtaposition to watch! For one thing, if you saw the season preview, you know that Bill telling Lee that he’d been offered a judgeship was originally a scene with Abigail. But I thought it was done perfectly, especially since Lee had that same reaction when Bill deputized him. And it made their babysitting scenes all the better!

Oh man! What a day that must have been on set. Being a mother of small children, I imagine Lincoln and Gunner’s mother was either clenching her teeth, ready to catch whichever twin was in front of the camera; or she was sitting back, and laughing her head off! It was hysterical! Them fighting over who was better at caring for Baby Jack, trying to get rid of each other, the shot when they both leaned into frame over the crib at the same time…but nothing can beat when the ladies walk in the door to find all three of them snoozing, (Bill snoring) away! Pascale tweeted a picture of that shot with the remark: “Best acting these two have ever done” 😀

So while they were snoozing away, Rosemary and Elizabeth are not “cramping the guy time”, and getting some much-needed R&R. I took note of the food so the next time I have a ladies’ night, I can copy Rosemary’s menu. Since Season 6 premiered in February, we haven’t seen Elizabeth relax and let go, so it was nice to see her get that chance. The best part was how they were talking about Jack. I loved that they were able to do so fondly and nostalgically, without too much heartbreak; not to mention without any malice, as those two weren’t exactly getting along at that point. Then they move on from Jack, and have that incredibly amusing interaction about all the people who have found love in Hope Valley, including the “terrible liars”.

And that brings us to my grand finale- Number 2 of what I promised to mention: The Doctor’s Bag. Before either of us watched it, Sarah texted me predicting something like that would happen based on a picture we saw. She called it. There, I said it! And I watched before she did, so I texted her, “Three words: you nailed it.” 😀

Most of us had to take a VERY deep breath on Monday night when Carson…dropped his medical bag. <3 Definitely his finest moment of the evening, and he expressed himself in that moment much more smoothly than when he called Faith a “sweaty Pinocchio”. It was perfectly timed too, happening after he’d heard the story of her father, then put her at ease with, “Anybody would be crazy to reject you.” SO ROMANTIC! I tweeted to Andrea Brooks that we’ve reinvented (but rebooted sounds better) “Drop the Mic” for them. And that is………….Drop the Bag, of course! People are going to be talking about that bag drop and the ensuing smooch for weeks to come! Poor Florence though! She can’t seem to catch a break. Everybody is deciding to kiss right in front of her! 🙂 “Quite provocative!”

Well, that wraps up my thoughts…most of them anyway. 😉 So now, we’re back on track for Monday and Wednesday blogs while the season is airing. But next week is Kavan’s birthday spotlight week since Monday was his actual birthday. So we’ll see you next Monday! Enjoy the photos! I didn’t take as many this time because the decorations were the same. Click the link in the comments to see those pictures. The child is my 5-year-old dressed specifically in heart clothes for the night. <3

But I was very proud of that cake. I made plaid pants in honor of the man who made them cool again, and his birthday! 😀 I was totally winging it, though, and pro cake decorator is not on my list of talents. So I was nervous, but it came out alright. If you caught Paul Greene’s FB LIVE yesterday, he challenged us to do something that scares us. Mine’s covered. Any ideas for yours? This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

P.S. If you’d like to see some Austin Hearties singing to Kavan, feel free to check out my tweet. My handle is @kamidramagirl .

We’re baaaaack! Oh Hearties, can we believe it?! And I’ve already seen it 3 times! My 5-year-old woke up crying at 2:00 am, so I got her calmed down, then thought, “Ooh! Officially it’s Monday morning. Well, I’m awake!” And I watched it. Then I watched it a little later while I was working out, and then again with a friend who may or may not make it to my Heartie Party tonight. Yep, I’m having ANOTHER one. When the show returns with a 2-night event AND it’s Kavan Smith’s birthday on the same day??? That calls for celebration! We’re watching last night’s episode, then watching tonight’s all together. I’m excited! It’ll be my first time watching an episode LIVE that isn’t Christmas, and having a party during said episode! I’ll post pictures on Wednesday. Speaking of which, seeing as how we get 2 episodes this week, today is about last night’s, and Wednesday’s blog will be about tonight’s. A bit unusual, I know, but unconventional times…

Well, enough of the business talk. Let’s chat about the episode! What did you think?! I loved it! I usually ask people what their favorite parts are, but I, personally, can’t pick one! I was so impressed with how everything was handled. My friend Sarah and I were talking this morning, (gasp! Shocking, I know!) and we discussed how well humor is used when they introduce a sensitive topic. We’ve got Baby Jack’s first giggle, Rosemary’s shenanigans with the telephone, Jesse’s jealousy, (particularly the scene with Jesse and Henry!), Emily’s disgust with manure, Mountie Nathan’s introduction, even the stagecoach robbery had some humor woven into it.

Let’s start with the Mountie. I don’t know why, but I find it very interesting and very giggle – worthy sneaky that he arrived in town incognito. When Bill threw him and Jesse in jail, (did you see Jesse close the door on himself? 🙂 ) I was dying laughing when Bill said, “Leave the law and order to me.” Then in contrast, a very dramatic shot seeing him say, “I’m your new Mountie” from behind bars.

Elizabeth’s reactions and interactions with Nathan were fantastic! I knew they were going to happen, and I knew they were going to be fantastic, but her shock at the sight of him was chilling! It reminded me of the picture I saw in my head when I was writing my fan fiction story “A New Arrival” (under the category of #FanFictionFriday if you’re interested.) And I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of Elizabeth as I was in that scene when she introduced herself, and put him at ease. It took every ounce of her courage, I’m sure. You can tell because when she walked away, she had to do a very deep exhale.

Nathan, in turn, was very gentle with her, even if he came off as terse with others. He complimented Jack’s memory, he let Elizabeth correct him with the “excellent Mountie vs. excellent man” comment, and he gave her Jack’s pension very quickly. And did you catch this? Because I didn’t, even after 3 times. Bill had very astutely told him, “I come with the desk!”, and Nathan was actually working on the opposite side so as not to step on his toes. Good man! Now if only he had known Jack, that would have been even more perfect! But oh well. I still love it!

Who wanted to give Rosemary a big hug by the end of this episode? Busybody as always, pushing her nose into the budding romance of Carson and Faith, buying a telephone without discussing it with Lee first, (then constantly bothering him with it…). She redeems herself enough to soften Lee toward cutting the line, (“Rosemary’s the one connection I never want to cut”,) then completely melts his heart when she completely squished the rumors about the timid lovebirds. If you’ve seen Kavan’s movie “Love on the Menu”, I’d say he was challenging Nick: i.e. Nick kissed Maggie in front of the customers, and Lee kissed Rosemary in front of the TOWN!

Well, I have a party to prepare, so I better stop there, and go! See you Wednesday with my thoughts on tonight’s episode. Enjoy! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!