I think the words “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” are in order, wouldn’t you say? But believe it or not, we’re killing two birds with one stone in that tiny little phrase. Two years ago today, a little after 1:00 in the afternoon, I gave birth to my very first boy. He’s named after his father and grandfather, two self-proclaimed “non Hearties”. But here’s the clincher: their names are William (Bill’s real name), and Lee, (Leeland Coulter’s endearing nickname). So the joke’s on them! I end up having a son named after two WCTH characters born on a WCTH actor’s birthday. How lucky am I?!
Now, on to celebrating said WCTH actor’s special day. Since today is #WonderWednesday, we’ll be talking about a project other than our wonderful series. This was tricky, let me tell you! I’ve already reviewed her movie Chance at Romance, (back in January if you want to go look it up,) and it’s completely against my holiday purist principles to discuss a Christmas film almost 2 months before Halloween. It’ll be hard enough to talk about Marrying Father Christmas (and those like it,) in November. But I’ll live. 😉 So I broadened my horizons beyond Hallmark, and turned to her guest appearance on NCIS. She doesn’t have a whole lot of screen time, but the time she DOES have displays her incredible talent very well.
A brief backstory of her character and the plot: a hand belonging to a Navy SEAL is found in a river in Paraguay. He is presumed dead, so 2 NCIS special agents have to go inform his wife – Erin. And her name is Elizabeth here too! However, new information comes in, and the team discovers that Petty Officer Matthew Dean is alive and well…minus a hand. So they journey once again to his home to give his wife the shocking update. She said in a Home and Family interview that she has quite a bit of experience playing a grieving military fiancée or wife. Boy, does she!
Anyway, the first time we see her, the camera cuts to a view of Erin’s tear-stained face. Her eyes are bloodshot, her cheeks are flushed, and her voice is gravelly. Her mourning is so all-encompassing. We all knew she was good, but it’s so great seeing her throw herself into a small role. It proves the old saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors”; which she definitely is not!
We find out she and Matthew were childhood sweethearts. Aww! She talks about how it wasn’t unusual for him to go on a solo trip after a tour to decompress… “and when he came home, he would be my Matty again.” Double aww!
The one problem is the agents’ confusion when Elizabeth laments that she never expected her husband to die on a fishing trip in Canada. Obviously, the wife was not informed of the covert mission to Paraguay. It turns out Matthew was doing a very good deed of saving young boys from becoming child soldiers. The sad thing is we don’t get to see her reaction when she’s told her Matty is still alive; we only see her open the door. Dang it! That kind of material is GOLD!
After the team finds the petty officer, Gibbs (the main character played by Mark Harmon) hands him a satellite phone, and practically orders him to call his wife. Matthew chuckles, and says after all he’s been through, she’s the one person he’s afraid of. Then he walks up the stairs to make the call. Once again, we miss a perfect moment that we know Erin would have knocked out of the park…and I think we all would have loved to see her play a character whose love came back from the dead, right? But the little pieces we get of her are sure amazing, aren’t they? Just like her!
Happy birthday, Erin! We hope you know how much you’re loved, and you have MANY more birthdays! And all of you, have a lovely day! Enjoy the collage at the end to mark this special occasion. Pictures by Crown Media, and artwork is by Heartie Janny Joose. Awesome job, Janny! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart make your hope blossom.