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!