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!

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

Hello Hearties!

Oh, my heartstrings! Oh, my heart RATE! Oh, my tear ducts! Oh, my body from lack of sleep! I couldn’t sleep before I watched at midnight, then I couldn’t sleep after I watched! That episode was INCREDIBLE! I definitely got lots of feels! One thing I thought was I almost, (ALMOST, mind you!) wish I hadn’t known Jack would be back this episode, because that scene with the Mounties was INTENSE!!! I wonder how I, (and we,) would have reacted to that scene had we had no knowledge of his return, or if we had listened to Brian Bird’s pot-stirring attempts. If we hadn’t known Jack was coming, I fear hospitals around the nation, and the world, would have had an alarming amount of patients reporting hyperventilation fits. So maybe it’s a good thing we did have an inkling, AND that we saw through Papa Heartie’s venture to frighten us!

Man, that reunion was AMAZING! That was the kind of coming together I had imagined for the Christmas special. But it’s been done NOW, so I’m totally satisfied! I guess they were saving the “good stuff” for the series. He even twirled her! And those kisses! How do spell fireworks? J-A-C-K-E-L-I-Z-A-B-E-T-H, that’s how!

Okay, first point I have to make is something my dear friend Sarah pointed out, and it made me laugh terribly hard! When Lee and Rosemary say hello to Jack, and Rosemary says he needs fattening up, Elizabeth replies that she’ll be fine. It happens really quickly, but if you’re looking closely, Jack has a split-second look that is hauntingly familiar. It’s almost the same “uh-oh” face he made when he said neither Ma nor Elizabeth could cook. When Sarah told me that was there, I immediately cued it up to see for myself. Yep, it’s there! It’s in the eyes!

Speaking of eyes, probably my favorite line of the episode, besides “I’m home” was, “Eyes are windows to the soul.” Why? Because it has such meaning! Look at Jack’s eyes the WHOLE episode! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “Daniel Lissing is so talented!” His performance was stunning! I loved how subtly he played the struggling soldier who keeps moving and keeps smiling to keep himself from feeling. But his eyes are those windows, and we can all see Jack is trying to not let time catch up with him. Sarah made another observation that I promised I would share here:

She wonders how long they’ve been planning this storyline, because it almost seems like it was set up perfectly in “The New Year’s Wish” when they were in the rowboat. Jack shows his “reluctance” to relive his painful memories, and his “evasive” nature when it comes to questions about said memories

To conclude, I want to talk about that wonderfully romantic scene when Jack invited Elizabeth to dinner “at the sight of their future home”. First of all, I love watching them dance, and that music box was the perfect touch. Secondly, the man can do candles! Brian Bird shared with the Hearties that he made the mistake of showing that scene to his wife, and she grumbled that he had never done anything that romantic for her. He swiftly made his way to Home Depot to pick up some torches. I told him that was a good plan, and now he could quote Lee: “You’re making me look bad, Jack, making me look bad.”

Lastly, did everyone know that poor Erin fell off her horse while filming that scene? I had no idea! I saw Dan’s instastory when they were filming, but all I saw was two women working on Erin’s hair, and she was laughing. I didn’t hear why. But she fell off the horse! That’s twice now, because in Season 2, Dan accidentally threw her OVER the horse when filming the riding lesson scene. 😀 Crazy times! But that’s one of the reasons we love this show!

Okie dokie! That’s all for me for now! See you Wednesday!


It’s Monday, and you know what that means! #MondayMusings of the brand new episode! I admit it’s been a little hard keeping up with the blog the last few weeks; I’ve been a little distracted watching the Olympics, and the drama ensuing there. So now that they’re over, I imagine it will be much easier to give you blog posts worth reading.

Let’s start with the new faces: Cameron Bancroft as Mr. Weston, the lawyer. I really like him. The first movie I remember seeing him in was Hallmark’s Mail Order Bride. He was so handsome and masculine as a rancher. Let me say, he has aged incredibly well! And even though he’s traded his rancher’s jacket for a lawyer’s suit, he still manages to look pretty masculine. I wonder how many episodes he’ll be here, or if it was just a one-time guest spot. I saw someone on the official fan page say how much she loved the chemistry between him and Abigail. It’s an idea worth exploring.

While we’re on the subject, I thought it was a nice touch to make him an orphan too. My husband, bless his heart, was listening to the final conversation between Abigail and Weston, rolling his eyes. He came in shaking his head, and saying, “I don’t like it. It was one for the heartstrings, but NOT one for reality.” He went on saying how Abigail should have handed him 2 documents: 1) a bill for all property and town taxes the railroad hasn’t paid, and 2) a lawsuit for all the property damages incurred during the building of the spur lines. I just patted his back, smiled, and nodded. What can I say? The man’s a finance guy. And while I agree Abigail could have put her foot down a little more, I was so touched and teary-eyed by the end that I didn’t really care! Hubby just has a harder time with shows that tug at said heartstrings. He’s still working on those “emotional push-ups.” But he was the one who suggested I start this blog, and I wouldn’t have it without him; so I guess I’ll cut him a little slack.

So who’s the new man in town? You know who I mean? The man who was in the mercantile talking with Florence, Molly, and Ned. He said something about the railroad affecting his shop, but didn’t say what kind of shop it was. I’ve seen people post pictures of him wondering who he is, but no answers so far. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

On a bit of a lighter note, I laughed pretty darn hard this episode, mostly because of BILL! Wasn’t he a scream? I wasn’t really surprised; we’ve seen Bill be funny before. But he was ON ONE! He was such a mischievous little rascal! Of course we all know he sabotaged the car, (in the obvious way he was lurking and watching,) but the way he said “outrageous accusation” made me die! Then of course, the citation. That’s why I had to use it for the title! I loved the way he completely twisted the situation so that it “sounded like a bribe.” Probably the best part of that exchange was when Weston asked if bad things would stop happening to him if he met with the town. “I’ve been known to be a betting man, and I’d wager…yes.” He certainly followed the mayor’s orders to keep that lawyer in town, and I think he had the time of his life doing it.

Let’s close with the Rosemary and Wilma story, shall we? I totally called that the dress would have to be returned, but Dottie LIKING the pattern being given out: did NOT see that one coming! It was such a sweet chance for Rosemary to show her generous side instead of her pushy saleswoman side. Before she came up with the plan to let Wilma do it herself, I wondered why the idea of a payment plan didn’t come up. I’m fairly sure they had those back then, but I haven’t done enough research to know if they did it in retail yet. That’s something to go dig up!

One very small detail that probably doesn’t mean much, but that I loved was Wilma’s wrist. If you remember, Carson was wrapping it up at one point in the premiere; (did anyone notice he was missing entirely from the episode?) And the wrapping was still there. It makes me wonder: is that a REAL injury, and they made it part of the storyline, or were they just REALLY GOOD with consistency in her character? Hmm…something else to research.  

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be back on Wednesday, never fear; and Friday. And something tells me I’ll have PLENTY to write about next week! #JackisBack! Yahoo!!! Hooked Heartie, over and out!


Hellooooooooo, Hearties! WOW! That was something last night, wasn’t it!? I didn’t watch last night, but I woke up super early to watch it recorded, and it was fantastic! I’m having my premiere party TONIGHT, (reminder if you want to come,) so I’ll post pictures on Wednesday.

Let me start with our “pre-show” entertainment. I saw that this morning too. If you missed it, several members of the adult cast were gathered at Lori Loughlin‘s home for a party. Daniel Lissing (Jack) and Paul Greene (Carson) started a Facebook Live broadcast about 30 minutes before the premiere. They promoted Paul’s online auction: Art for ALS, answered a few fan questions, and even played and sang a couple duets together! I especially thought it was great that Dan was so involved with the broadcast, since Jack wasn’t in this episode. Erin (Elizabeth), Lori, (Abigail), Jack (Bill), and Ben (Hickam) all made appearances. By the way, the auction is happening the whole week, and there looks to be some really amazing items up for grabs. So check it out! httpss://one.bidpal.net/heartforals/browse/all

Photo Credit: Daniel Lissing
Left to Right: Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow

Speaking of which, I know we were all disappointed that we didn’t see our hero in red serge. I expected him to not come home in the first episode, but I was still a little sad.  But I must say, SMOOTH MOVE to whoever put together that Season 5 preview. We got lots of glimpses of our favorite serge jacket, as well as the man wearing it. We got our Jack fix! And as a bonus, we know the same actor who played Elizabeth’s father is returning. Hooray! I love it when they can pull that off!

Speaking of serge, here’s a charming piece of trivia. Remember the TV and movie series I mentioned not long ago, Signed Sealed Delivered? Well, Doctor Lou Bellmore with the miracle tonic plays an equally quirky character NAMED Serge in that show. Yet another reason to look into SSD, if you haven’t already. And I thought he added the perfect element: conflict without downright evil, and the perfect opportunity for Dr. Shepherd to solidify his credentials as a true doctor who deserves to be there.

Another actor Easter egg is for anyone who is a fan of Lori’s TV movie series Garage Sale Mystery. Kevin O’Grady played the lawyer, Archie Reed, who defended Henry Gowen. But he ALSO plays the police detective Lori’s character (Jen) always works with. How many smiles were they hiding between “Cut!”

While I’m talking about Gowen, I’m going to be the devil’s advocate, and confess that I wanted the judge to stick it to him. By no means do I want the character to be behind bars the whole season, and YES I DO believe in forgiveness and redemption. But I also believe in consequences for actions, and I just would have liked to see Henry not get off so easy. But who knows what’s coming, right? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Did anyone else notice that the character of Elizabeth took a serious backseat in this episode? The story still flowed perfectly, I just found it interesting. My thought is that things are about to be ALL about Jack and Elizabeth with the wedding, so just like after Jack left, other characters get a chance to shine.

And speaking of shining, I saved the best for last! Who else is of the opinion that Kavan Smith COMPLETELY STOLE THE SHOW?! He was FABULOUS! Every moment he was on screen seemed to be acting perfection. And you all know I’m picky about that! I really loved that he was seen with actors he doesn’t usually have scenes with, so it mixed it up. That gave great flavor to the episode, and a different kind of chemistry. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen just him and Paul Greene together before! They played off each other beautifully! And between him Kavan and the writers/director, Lee was BRILLIANT; especially since “sheriffing” isn’t his thing. I don’t know what I liked better: Lee taking the sheriff assignment as a joke, Lee saying Hickam is as much a deputy as he is a sheriff, or his interaction with Rosemary when she finds out locking those two up is all part of his master plan.

 All in all, I am one VERY happy Hooked Heartie! I can’t wait to see what next week will bring. See you Wednesday!