Let me guess, you were chopping onions when that scene popped up too, right? Because I refuse to admit how much it affected me…oh, okay, you twisted my arm! I’ll say it! Oh my goodness! That was so beautiful! Was it in any spoilers, because I hadn’t seen it. I remember thinking, “Huh…they didn’t do ‘time with Jack’ this week.” Then when Bill told Elizabeth that Jack’s hard work in the Northern Territories was paying off, I thought that was how they were doing it this week. When Elizabeth told Baby Jack she had someone special for him to meet, (and I love that she called him “Smiley”,) I was completely clueless. My eyes were glued to the tube, wondering who on earth it could be. I think I even held my breath because when Sergeant came into the frame, I gasped, and didn’t have much air to take in. So we still got our time with Jack, and I sincerely hope we SO many more seasons so we can see little Jack become best friends with his daddy’s horse. And one more note: did you notice that the music playing in the background during her ride was the same cue from the Season 3 memory montage when Jack had pneumonia? I found that very poignant!

Quick little in-between observation I thought was so hilarious: when Florence, Ned, and Molly were clucking like chickens in the street, Florence called Lucas’s music “quite provocative” while simultaneously tugging down on her overcoat. The very mention of said tunes make her feel immodest. Such a perfect gesture loaded with subtext. I was reminded of Scarlett O’Hara saying of Rhett Butler, “He looks as if he knew what I look like without my shimmy.” Then all 4 present quickly look at Abigail, because, of course, it’s up to her to solve the issue. 😀

Carson and Faith: wow, that’s opening a can of worms, isn’t it? I can tell from the posts and comments I saw on the main page. First of all, I guess that crosses Dr. Shepherd off the list of Elizabeth’s potentials, unless the plot line takes a SEVERE turn! Personally, I was never actually gunning for #TeamInfirmary, but I thought they’d be cute if the story went that way. I saw lots of people saying they couldn’t feel the chemistry. No, they may not be electric like Jack and Elizabeth were, but it’s a totally different circumstance. He’s a widower, completely out of practice, and treading very carefully, even in the risk-taking. Faith has had her share of romantic disappointment in the past, and probably not wanting any repeats. They’re also both sweet, quiet, private people, and that’s exactly how I saw them play it out. Besides, give the man some credit. He surprised her with a picnic! Gotta count for something! And them playing out that chemistry gave us some really great scenes. We got poor Hickam caught in the middle of their fishing expedition (for clear communication). Not only was that a hilarious scene with Ben’s flawless facial expressions going back and forth, but it was also an awesomely rare time when we get the birthday twins onscreen together. The other is behind-the-scenes. If you saw this on social media, you’ll know what I mean. Paul made Martin Cummins (Gowen) jump out of his skin at his trailer on his birthday. Martin said of himself, “I have a very long memory.” So he hid behind the infirmary door, and scared Paul half to death while he was filming the scene where Carson asks Faith to take a risk. Classic prank war! 😀

I also saw some say the kiss was too soon. That’s interesting…I hadn’t really thought about it. When I did, here’s what I came up with: things were already turning that direction in Season 5, so it’s not brand new. They’re also a couple in the supporting cast, so there’s not going to be as much buildup. And with the protesters raising their signs that Elizabeth shouldn’t have a new love interest right away, we need SOME fresh romance. Plus, I think we should be happy things are moving quickly with a couple when so many others (who shall remain nameless ) have been dragged through molasses. 😉

I’ll end with Bill. Man, I lost my breath with him too, but for different reasons. I was so surprised when he body slammed that judge against his own bookshelf, but I guess I shouldn’t have been. That’s our Bill: Fighter for Justice and Protector of Hope Valley! Jack Wagner said on Home and Family that he checked with the actor to question him being alright with the shove, especially since he’s older. Apparently, to Jack’s pleasant surprise, he was all in, and very committed to making it a good scene.

Go from being the one in charge to the one the bullets are charging at! That whole interchange was so funny! I’m sure it was funny to Bill as a character, being shot at AFTER announcing his identity. But good for him for taking the time to restore Jeremiah’s confidence in his guiding abilities, especially when he’s in such a rush to catch the gun runners. Hey, those words ended up being instrumental in saving his life! I doubt Jeremiah would have stepped in otherwise. Best line of the episode that he said? “Come on, boys! It’s a long ride to jail!”

Well, I liked it. I hope you did too! Leave a comment, and tell me what you thought. I would truly love to read what you think. I hope this gave you something fun to read on this cloudy and rainy #MondayMusings (at least in Texas). Have a good one, and I’ll see you Wednesday for Part Two. “Of what”, you ask? Come find out! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well Hearties, I don’t know about you, but I was VERY pleased with last night’s episode! Baby Jack, (mine, not Elizabeth’s) was up at 2:00 this morning, so I thought, “Why not?” I was going to be up anyway. And I loved it! Last week’s episode felt slightly stiff; I’d call it introductory, like they were dipping their toes in to test the uncharted waters. But this one felt like a classic WCTH episode, and included everything it should: an impeccable blend of storylines from the town and from the school, highlights on pretty much all the main characters, a new character in town to spice things up, and just the right amount of mystery and intrigue; not to mention a great cliffhanger to keep us craving more. And, there was a lovely little sprinkle of Elizabeth talking to Jack to keep his memory alive. There were also, in my opinion, more in-depth connections between characters. It was, in word, pretty much perfect.

I only had one complaint about the entire thing, and it’s very minor. It’s the “vegetable” of today’s post. I would have preferred that Timmy had said “bicycle” instead of “bike”, but that’s it! Speaking of Timmy, hasn’t he grown! Wow! Amazing what time does! His uncertainty in his abilities reminded me a lot of his struggle in Season 4, when he was scared to play the piano in front of everyone. But once again, Elizabeth worked her magic, and helped him succeed! Very cleverly too, I might add. You know, I think I’ve said this before, so forgive me if I repeat myself. As devastated as I am that we lost Jack, it does actually help the plot historically. If Jack was still alive, it would be harder for Elizabeth to keep her teaching career after Baby Jack was born, especially since Jack was a full-time Mountie. But now, she needs to keep working to support her son. Even if she does have a widow’s pension, she’ll need the money. So it fits, and we can keep having plots like this one.

Since I brought him up, I love our “time with Jack” that we’ve had at the beginning of each episode, even the Christmas special. They’re really doing a fabulous job to make sure Jack is not forgotten, and they’re really reflecting Elizabeth’s healing process. I love it when she says she could remember “the joy in your love” not just the “grief in your passing”. And of course, she’s making sure Baby Jack becomes “a man of honor and integrity, with the capacity for eternal love.” My favorite line of that sequence is “Here you are: part him, part me, all you!” That just about sums up children, doesn’t it?

There was a new title sequence! Oh my gosh! I was completely taken aback! But I liked it. New theme for new beginnings. Also, Abigail is much more attractive when she’s genuinely smiling, and given her matriarchal role in so many areas, I like her being introduced with her hair pinned up. That’s just me though. Now the question is, will it change further on the episode that introduces Mountie Nathan?

Okay, time for the new man! Goodness, he’s a slippery fish; pun intended! He kept us guessing the whole time, didn’t he? Elizabeth’s line rings very true: “I don’t know what to make of him. By the looks of it, neither do you.” Calling himself “a rogue and a scoundrel”, and suggesting “a tar and feathering is in order”; implying he doesn’t speak French to Rosemary, then speaking “impeccable” French to the mysterious female caller from New Orleans; insisting to Bill that his intentions in Hope Valley are “honorable”, but hiding guilty expressions in the shadows and secret money in the ice. Whew! What a roller coaster. And his introductions were all done very well. The first one with the coin and the scoundrel bit, then him basically handing Elizabeth a job on a platter with no knowledge of her, (and sticking his foot in his mouth in the process, then him balking at talk of San Francisco with Fiona, THEN the French with Rosemary. That’s a lot of introductions, and a lot of mystery! I honestly cannot wait to see more!

Speaking of foot in mouth, good for Carson acknowledging and rectifying the situation with Faith. His conversation with Lee was classic “married guy gives advice to guy who’s been single too long.” Lee’s reactions were flawless! His laughter at the “rookie mistakes”, beautiful! Then he shows just how much he knows by saying that “one of the perks of marriage” is getting to eat his wife’s leftovers. 😀

I’ll end with a quick note about Henry and Abigail, and Jesse and Clara. Believe it or not, I actually wish Henry HAD asked Abigail to dance, but his hesitation made for good drama. And Jesse, I think he’s got the Almanzo syndrome from Little House on the Prairie: his pride is hurt because his lady is earning money to help their life get started. He seemed okay with it by the end, but we’ll see…

Well, those are some of the Hooked Heartie’s reflections on last night’s episode. Of course I couldn’t do them all, but that was most of them. Hope you all don’t chew your nails into stubs waiting for the next one. Just remember, we’re in this together! Love to you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Okay, Hearties, after today, we should be back on track. Thanks for your patience. So, today we’ll do a combination of #MondayMusings and #FlashbackFriday, even though we’re not flashing back very far. 🙂

So, how about that premiere? What did you think? I heard of several fans saying that it didn’t have that “wow factor”. I agree it wasn’t as emotionally charged as several others we’ve seen, but most premieres aren’t. I don’t remember being all that wowed by Season 4’s first episode, and that ended up being one, if not THE best, season yet for me. And if the season preview we saw was any indication of what’s to come, I think this season will reach a very satisfactory level of intensity.

First of all, I want to talk about the before and after. Beforehand, another VERY smart move rearing Love on the Menu right before the episode; get everyone even more excited seeing Kavan, and knowing what’s coming up next. Then we got a complete triple dose of Kavan on Brian “Papa Heartie” Bird’s brand-new Hallmark Podcast. He and Pascale came on together, and as usual, they were hilarious! Pascale actually yelled, “The band is back together!” Kavan chimed in saying the three of them had “silly grins like they’re killing it, and the rest of us have to listen to it.” But Pascale wasn’t about to back down! She was quick to explain that in Season 5, the prop flute was “a bum flute”, that it didn’t work at all. But for Season 6, it was a different flute, and she was able to squeak out a single off-key note. Then when it was time to say goodbye, Brian thanked them for joining him for his first podcast. In true Kavan fashion, without missing a beat, he replied, “We could tell it was your first time, but we’re happy to join in anyway!”

Let’s talk baby! Those twins sure are precious! I’m glad Elizabeth realizes that motherhood is “a lot of work,” but also something that fills you with “profound, joyous, unfettered love”. Fantastic use of adjectives! And how they incorporated Jack in! Oh! So sweet. If you missed it, Elizabeth said that Baby Jack inherited “certain characteristics from his father: the women of Hope Valley thoroughly enjoy his company, and the men want to be his friend.” Brilliant bit of writing, I tell you what! And who else COMPLETELY understood Elizabeth’s difficulty in dragging herself away from her baby to go back to work? When I had my first, I was only working part-time 3 days a week. But I sobbed when my mother put her in her car. Elizabeth did better than that. Nonetheless, didn’t Florence do a fabulous job handling her? I laughed so hard with how quickly she switched from “baby face” to “stern babysitter”. Then to watch Molly comment on how exhausted Elizabeth is?! All I can say is, #TeamFloMo is back!

Watching the tale of Mr. Trevoy wrap up was very satisfying. We haven’t seen him since Season 1, so it would have been very easy to just say he left. But not only did the actor come back instead of disappearing into the Black Hole of Hope Valley, but his past and future absence was explained. I thought it was done very well. I gotta say, it would have been fun to see Henry and Bill try to make a partnership work, but oh well. There are still plenty of opportunities for them to work together.

Speaking of partnerships, we had the star pair in rare form that night. My friend Sarah described it as seeing the full spectrum of their marriage, and seeing why they’re so suited to each other. We see them argue, we see them disagree, and we see them make up, and being totally in love. But more than just making up, they come to an understanding of their course, and work together to make it happen. Good thing Rosemary didn’t see Lee with the telephone though, because I don’t know if she would have let him live it down.

Really quick note on Lee: when he was talking to Henry about a possible partnership, I couldn’t help but remember Lee in Season 2 when he angrily crumpled a piece of paper in his hands, and shouted, “Gowen!” Things are incredibly different now, aren’t they?

I do want to talk about Carson and Faith, but something tells me I’ll have another chance this season. 🙂 So I’m opting to end with Jesse and Clara. Wow, have those two come far! I had to laugh a bit when Jesse said he didn’t want to be one of those guys who “talked big”, but couldn’t deliver on a promise. Funny thing is , that’s exactly what he used to be. Then we find out he’s been paying that store owner $10 a month, and he doesn’t want to get married until the debt is settled ? That man is truly a changed individual! On a much lighter note, when Clara asked why Jesse was so happy, and he said, “I am”; the first thought that popped into my head was “because I have a decent haircut!”

Well, it’s only a couple of days now until we’ll talk again. Have a nice weekend, enjoy the episode, and be sure to wish Ben Rosenbaum and Andrea Brooks a happy birthday on Sunday. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hey #Hearties. How is everybody? Have we all started breathing normally yet? I know we’re all in different stages of grief. Even though this IS just a TV show, and we DO need to remember that, it is a huge loss for all of us. We’re going to miss Daniel as an actor, and we’re REALLY going to miss Jack as a character! Jack was, in a word, the perfect man, and the screen chemistry between Dan and Erin was unmatchable! It’s definitely not going to be the same watching the show without Jack, but I do think it’s important for us to eventually get past this.

Like most of you, I let out a huge gasp when the funeral came on the screen, I cried my entire way through the episode, and I felt like my emotions had been messed with. Why bother having them get married at all if we couldn’t see them BE married? Why couldn’t Daniel Lissing have held on for ONE MORE YEAR? Then we could have seen them be married for a year, the baby could be born in or near the season finale, and the show could have ended happily.

But you know what? No matter what scenario(s) they would have come up with, somebody would have been unhappy. No engagement or wedding? Be honest, both those episodes brought us so much joy! The character of Jack could not have gone out on a higher note. And be honest, do you really think we could handle watching any other actor play Jack? I certainly couldn’t. I’d constantly be comparing him to Dan.

If you missed the Facebook LIVE event, Dan told us that he was moving on: moving on to other projects in his career, and for “personal reasons”. This is a very real dilemma, especially for someone as talented as Dan. He makes his living as an actor, and sometimes actors have to move on. And that whole “holding on for one more year” thing I mentioned before? Well, that would have been lovely, but contracts are often not for 1 year at a time, but multiple years. And ending after Season 6? Why should the executives and the other actors terminate a perfectly good series when one actor made the choice to pursue other endeavors? That’s not very fair, especially if the show DOES keep chugging along.

 Speaking of which, that part is really up to us. I’ve heard of several fans saying they’re going to boycott the show. But truly, what is that going to prove? If we stop watching, and the ratings go down, and the show goes off the air, then what? We’ve lost a decent, wholesome, family-friendly show; something that is already in short supply. My mom called this situation “biting your nose off to spite your face”. So let’s be good sports, let’s be #HeartieStrong. We have some time to heal and get over the shock and the hurt, then we can start anew at Christmas: the time of hope.  For now, here are some things to help us remember our favorite Mountie.

The beautiful video tribute was created by Megan Mottola, all video clips credit to Crown Media. 

The picture: credit to Crown Media, found on My Devotional Thoughts.

Hey, Hearties! What’s shakin’? Good weekend? I have to be honest, this will probably be a short post. I had a doctor appointment today, and for a while, we thought I might have the baby today. That didn’t happen, but now there’s a possibility of having him next Monday. So if there’s no blog on Monday, you’ll know why! 😛 I also remembered that I didn’t post the answers for the Season 3-4 edition of Name That Line. So, I will have those for all of you on Wednesday.

Well, we have now witnessed an entire episode of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thornton! It was really sweet, wasn’t it; seeing them so comfortable, yet so in love. When he said, “Good morning, Mrs. Thornton!”, and when the children called her that, it threw me for a loop for a moment each time; I’m so used to “Miss Thatcher”. But of course I loved it! I also loved the recreation of the first date, and the petals on the stairs; if only they could have lasted longer! A little trivia on the stairs: that scene was filmed on Halloween, so there was a picture of a crew member in a Spider-Man costume laying out the petals! And can we talk about how PERFECT the character of Jack is??? “I know you’re there, Elizabeth. I know your perfume.” What man DOES that? The writers just keep making that Mountie look better and better! A woman HAD to have written that line!

And poor Rosemary! Jealous of the fresh and new romance between the newlyweds, trying to be gracious about it, attempting to rekindle the sparks with Lee, and getting ignorantly rejected. I’ll bet several, if not all, of us married and/or attached women have felt like that a time or two. Who, us??? 😉 And even though he was a little slow at first, I was proud of Lee, not only for recognizing the problem, but for taking action! Of course we know that Lee is not the kind of person to sit still! And Rosemary can drive now! She learned!

Did you notice the theme of notes in the episode? Jack and Elizabeth writing notes to each other, Rosemary writing a note to Lee, Lee hiding the tickets in that ruined note, and Laura and Bill solving the case of the mysterious love note to Florence. Who would have thought crusty, grumpy Florence would be loved for her laugh? That was a fabulous reminder for her, and us, to have a positive outlook on life; to look for the silver linings instead of the gray clouds. I think it also emphasizes the power of the written word: a lost art in today’s world. And Bill and Laura working together was so cute.

I was appreciative of the way Frank was handled. We’re all sad to see him go, obviously! But the executives, writers, etc. all recognized that the pastor was a big enough, (and well-loved,) character not to let him slip into the black hole unsung and unrecognized.

I know we were all a little (or a LOT!) surprised that Jack is leaving…AGAIN! Let’s not panic too much…at least not yet. Remember they could have given him some time to travel to Australia for mourning and burying his beloved grandfather. Do I know that’s the reason? No, I don’t. But it is very plausible, and I have every reason to believe he’ll be back on that horizon. And this is a very realistic storyline; Mounties get assignments, and have to go away. So even if Dan is wanting to spread his wings a little as an actor, this will allow him to do both. And maybe they’ll show a little of them honeymooning. 😉

Have a good night, everybody. Just remember what Brian Bird tells us: EGBOK! (Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.)