Merry Christmas in July, everyone! I know it’s almost Thursday, and I’m very sorry about that, but I wanted to have #WonderWednesday. So, are you doing anything special for this “holiday” ? Or are you leaving it at watching Christmas movies on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries? And in two days, you can switch over to Hallmark Channel! 😀 It’s funny; last year I kind of begrudgingly reviewed a Christmas movie to say I had officially participated in Christmas in July. (You may remember that I’m a bit of a Christmas purist; nothing Christmasy before Thanksgiving, except maybe some gift shopping. But this year, I’m enjoying watching the holiday films. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I miss Christmas, maybe I like all the hope and peace in the plots, or maybe doing the blog has enabled me to loosen my grip a bit. Well, Hallmark, you may say to me, in the words of Steve Urkel, “I’m wearing you DOWN, baby!”

I’ve got some fun stuff planned for this week, and next. We’ll execute my scheme (cough, cough) in a series of steps. Step 1: Review Rocky Mountain Christmas.

This particular movie has been getting a lot of hype since several Hearties noticed a clean-shaven and very young-looking Chris McNally on their TV screens. So I thought, what would be a better way to begin! Honestly, this was not a Christmas movie I was excited about when it first came out. I thought I’d watch it “just because”, and something very interesting happened: I really liked it!

Let’s start with some fun facts and tidbits. First of all, I had to laugh when I saw all those comments about how young Chris looks, even though the movie is only a few years old. I, myself, have been super curious as to what Lucas Bouchard would look like without such a furry face because I’d only seen him that way in a much older mystery movie, “Gourmet Detective”. Someone then read my mind, and tweeted about that recently. Chris retweeted that post, and said that he gets ID’d when he tries to buy beer if he’s clean-shaven. Yeah, he wasn’t kidding! The guy could pass for 19!

Second of all, it’s quite serendipitous that this movie also stars the very talented Kristoffer Polaha because, in a way, I have a promise to keep to him. A few months ago, I was asking Hallmark Movies and Mysteries when they were rebroadcasting another movie of his so I could review it, and they tagged him in the reply. Then out of the blue, he paid me a very kind compliment, saying, “I’m digging your blog. Well done!” I thanked him profusely, adding, “Remind me to review ALL your movies.” TA DA!

The final fun fact is something I found out completely by accident because I’ve been watching so many Christmas movies so close together. But guess what! “Rocky Mountain Christmas” made a cameo appearance in a different holiday film: “Once Upon a Christmas Miracle”. When Chris and Heather are recovering from their operations, they’re watching a movie together. She says, “This is the part when he’s confused about falling in love with her,” and it shows two shots from “Rocky Mountain Christmas”. So now, I guess you’ll have to go back and find that. 😉

Now let’s dig in! Quick recap: Kristoffer plays an actor, (which I always think is a hilarious circumstance: an actor playing an actor!) who needs to prep for a blockbuster role as a ranch hand. Lindy Booth (absolutely adorable lady!) is an interior decorator who returns to her family’s ranch for the Christmas to escape a very public breakup. Chris is her sweet, sensible, and hard-working little brother, (younger, more like,) and the amazing Treat Williams is their uncle who owns the ranch.

There are three features about this movie that I really like because of how well they’re done. First of all, there’s Graham Mitchell’s (Kristoffer) fame factor. Several times in other TV movies I’ve seen, a character who is supposed to be incredibly famous walks in a room, and nobody seems to notice. Here, Sarah (Lindy) doesn’t recognize him at first when he approaches her about learning cowboy skills, but she at least knows the name. Then they appear in town together. The cell phones pop out, the giggling turns up several notches, and the loss for words becomes an epidemic. And of course, as the title says, Graham can’t even have a meal without the “free eggnog” and the “batting eyelashes”. Luckily, he doesn’t abuse that. On the contrary, he uses his “$100 smile” and his “charm card” to promote the town’s parade, and to raise funds for the cause. He even dons a Santa hat to ring a bell, AND spontaneously agrees to be the grand marshall of that parade during a live radio interview.

The other thing I really like is how Sarah’s situation is handled. Her ex is a tech guy who invented a search engine, then he dumps her for an actress, (one reason she’s a little sour toward Graham in the beginning). But she WANTS to go home. She’s not running from her past, she’s not estranged from her family, she hasn’t been away longer than 6 months without a visit. She’s just a busy woman with a job that took her away from home.

Then on top of that, the ranch isn’t in trouble. The land always seems to be two steps away from foreclosure. Don’t get me wrong, I understand it makes for good drama, but I admit that it makes a nice change. Now, it’s not in perfect condition, and it’s not thriving- there are several things that need doing, and many times they just break even. But that’s just it, they DO break even. Uncle Roy is just getting tired, and Cody (Chris) has dreams of working with horses in Hollywood, so he would like to sell. Perfectly natural when your wife has passed away, and the kids you’ve raised are grown.

And that brings us to Cody‘s story. Chris does really well with this pseudo “brother of the prodigal son” kind of character. Sarah moved away, and he dreams of doing the same, but he stays with Uncle Roy, especially after Aunt Beth passes away. He’s steady and strong, happily holding down the fort, doing the labor necessary to keep the family legacy going. In the end, his patience is immensely rewarded when Graham’s costar, Nicole, calls their movie’s stunt coordinator, and gets Cody a job as the assistant stunt coordinator. He’s quietly excited, keeping a level head, but basking in his newfound career.

One last thing the filmmakers did that I absolutely loved: the colored lights. In New York, Sarah uses all kinds of white lights in her hotel lobbies to make them look elegant. But at home, the ambiance is different. White lights are still used, but colored lights are everywhere. I’ve always been a huge fan of colored lights: I find them to make things feel more homey and Christmasy. The contrast also made a wonderful visual point. Sarah was at peace with her choice to leave behind the glamor of the white lights, and embrace the comforts of the more simple colored lights. Now, I hope you feel that peace and comfort, and that it’ll last you until Friday for Step 2. Good night, or good morning, as the case may be. 😀 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy 4th of July (tomorrow), to all our American Hearties, in and out of the United States. I hope you have a wonderful day full of food, family, friends, and fun as you celebrate freedom! Wow! That was a LOT of F’s. Hope you weren’t reading that out loud! Your screen may need wipers! 😉

So, here we are at our first #WonderWednesday of July! Summer is flying by so fast! On top of that, we had the Season 6 finale and so many birthdays in June, that now we need to catch up a bit. So we’re going to start with Paul Greene’s favorite non-WCTH project that I never had the chance to blog about during his birthday week. Does anybody know what it is? No, you may not go back to my interview with him and peek; you have to guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, you should have your guess in mind. The answer is “Anything for Love”, which also stars Erika Christensen, and former WCTH guest star Ali Liebert. The really funny thing is Ali plays a total flirt who comes right out and says she’ll take Paul’s character if Erika’s doesn’t want him. Then I’m sure you remember her as Sofia, Rosemary’s architect friend. And it was Carson who came onto HER. She was the one who helped Carson learn that he COULD open his heart again…and made Faith realize how jealous a picnic could make her. 😉

But let’s go back to our movie. It has a special place in my heart because it’s one of the first times I ever saw our Mr. Greene. He told me that one of the reasons it was his favorite was he liked the “depth” of the script, that we really get to know the characters. I agree, I love this one! Everyone does such a fantastic job. One of the best parts, (for me anyway,) is it’s not a one kiss wonder. Far from it! Let’s dig in!

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Paul is a nurse named Jack, (that’s at least 2 Hallmark characters he’s played with that name,) and Erika portrays Katherine, the #2 at her father’s multi-billion dollar real estate business that she helped build. The beginning is SO well done because it shows how different their two lives are. Katherine wakes up in her huge bed and silky pajamas inside her mansion. Jack is awakened by his snoring dog in his cotton pajama pants inside his very small house. It’s great juxtapositioning! They both decide to try the “online dating thing”; him because he wants to, her because her assistant (Ali) pushes her into it. That, and she’s tired of her father reminding her “35 is right around the corner,” and pushing a man he describes as “good for you” at her. She’s quick to reply, “You make him sound like a multivitamin.” How’s that for romantic? Oh, and guess what else? His name is Charles! We all know how a rivalry with two men named Jack and Charles turns out! 😀

There’s a bit of a snag, however. Katherine doesn’t want her actual name and profession on the profile in the event that someone she knows sees her, and she becomes “the laughingstock of the business world.” To fix that problem, Debbie, her assistant, types in HER name and occupation.

Jack, on the other hand, wants full disclosure. Even though he’s received lots of backlash for being a male nurse from patients, friends, even women in bars(!), he loves what he does. But his friend, Reggie, who’s an orderly, has different ideas. In the bar, he tries to tell two girls that Jack’s a cardiologist, and that he’s a Super Bowl athlete. That’s when Jack chokes on his beer, and breaks the bad news to the two women, who promptly escape with a flimsy and made up excuse. So when Reggie comes over to borrow Jack’s bowling shoes, and sees the profile, he changes and posts it while Jack is digging in his closet. He doesn’t even know until she comments on him being a doctor.

So they both think they’re dating someone completely different, but they’re really connecting. For their first date, he takes her bowling. She had to BUY jeans because she owns nothing that casual. So to say she’s never been bowling is a bit of a gimme. She totally biffs it on her first try. But to see the look of triumph when a CEO throws a granny roll and scores a strike…
Price of jeans – $34
Bowling for two – $20
1st granny roll getting a 1st strike – PRICELESS

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I love what happens the morning after. There are two bouquets of flowers waiting for Katherine on her desk. One is a very elegant bouquet of red roses from Charles. The other is wrapped in brown paper, and not nearly as pretty. The note is horribly corny:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Not even pros
Can throw a strike like you!

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But it’s sincere and heartfelt! And it makes her let down her hair and laugh. Her laugh is infectious, and you can tell she hasn’t had many opportunities to release it. She’s even surprised when he says that she’s fun. Ironically, her father tells her he fell in love with her mother because of her laugh. Jack brings it out in her! My favorite parts of the movie all have her laugh in them. Jack kisses her for the first time (less than an hour into the movie!), but she suddenly pulls back frantically itching her neck. She says it’s an allergic reaction, and he says, “That’s a first! I’ve never had that affect on a woman!” It turns out it was hot sauce with their finger food dinner, (another first for her,) and she laughs despite the itch.

The other time was when he takes her canoeing at his family’s cabin. They’re both determined to tell each other the truth. He tries first, but can’t get it out. He gives her an engraved heart keychain that says, “Always, Jake”. They both start laughing so hard, he tries to take it away from her, and her antics to keep it cause the canoe to tip over. It’s hysterical!

The relationships in this movie are really filled out, they’re a true pleasure to watch. Obviously, Jack and Katherine are very connected, but Paul and Erika do so well with all the little things that show the excitement of a new relationship. My personal favorites are the way he plays with her hand when they’re sitting together, and the giddy way they mention how many hours they’ve been apart. And Paul has such a Carson reaction when she tells him her father’s had a heart attack. There’s no thought for himself, he instantly gets ready to leave.

The non-romantic relationships are fabulous too! I think that’s why I like it so much. I especially like Debbie’s and Katherine’s. Debbie respects Katherine as her boss, but she’s not afraid to be blunt and straight with her. It’s more like a sister or friend kinship, which Katherine desperately needs to guide her through certain situations, like flirting, dressing for a date, or coming to grips with her feelings.

Well, I’m off. One more Happy 4th of July to you all, and a special shout out to members of the Armed Forces and their families. If you have Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, they’re running a Christmas movie marathon featuring military personnel, to celebrate the 4th and Christmas in July. Speaking of which, we’ll have our own Christmas in July celebration here at Hooked Heartie, so keep an eye out. And with that, this is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Thank you all for your patience on Wednesday and today; you know how family stuff can go. Now, where were we? Ah! The love triangle with the two men. 😀 Let’s talk about Grant first. When Missie is having the frontier equivalent of girl talk with Marty, Marty remarks, “He sounds like a fictional hero from one of your novels.” And indeed, he seems so. His family owns the railroad company, he travels with his extensive library and beautiful gramophone, he has a surrey with a driver, he immediately tells Missie he is interested in her, he invites her to dine at the hotel restaurant with his own beautiful dishes, and he seems very kind on top of all that.

Missie seems very eager to please him, and make a good impression. When he asks her if he can speak to Clark about courting her, there’s no hesitation. And she definitely has stars in her eyes, as well as makes a compelling argument for why she should marry him. But then when the giggling stops, the words that come out of Marty’s mouth are ones that I’ve never forgotten. She says that Missie needs to consult “not the feelings of [her] heart, but rather the thoughts of [her] heart” need to be consulted.

When she does consult the thoughts of her heart honestly, she finds that Grant would honor her as his wife, and treat her like a queen, but he wouldn’t see adversity “as something to get through together”. The thoughts of her heart take the wise counsel of her father, “Never despise meager beginnings”, and she chooses Willie: “the boy who stole [her] hair ribbons, and dipped [her] braids in ink” as the man for her.

Just like Clark, Willie is the quiet hero in this movie; only in this case, it’s meant quite literally. Willie is very soft spoken, and a man of few words. He only says 1 or 2 words the first several times we see him. But he saves Clark’s life, and the family’s farm.

Clark is still the amazing father we saw him as in “Love Comes Softly”. He and Aaron (Marty’s baby born in the “Love Comes Softly” are chopping and loading up wood. Clark is in mid-swing when Aaron cries out. Clark is distracted, and slices his own leg. But instead of being concerned about himself, he hobbles over to Aaron to make sure HE’S not hurt. He tries to get Aaron to wrap his belt above his knee to stop the bleeding, but Aaron panics, and can’t follow instructions quickly enough. Instead of getting angry or scolding, Clark just whispers, “It’s not your fault!” before he passes out.

Willie saves the day. He hears Aaron crying, rides over, ties the belt himself, and drives the wagon to the homestead. Even though he rides off without a word, he watches the family, (particularly Missie) toiling with plowing the field without Clark, and he comes back to take over. He saves Clark’s leg and life when infection sets in, he stays on to plant the crops, and even carves Clark a cane out of “a sturdy piece of oak”.

He does all this while he’s dealing with his own personal tragedy, and trying to face the ghosts of his past. When Willie was a young teenager, his younger brother, Mattie, followed him when he was setting traps for their father. It got dark, they got lost, and poor Mattie froze to death. The family tore apart, their mother left, their father still hasn’t forgiven Willie, and Willie spent 6 years away because he couldn’t forgive himself. But he is finally able to get past all of that, and on the day he and Missie get married, his father shows up. He stands off a little ways, but he does shake hands with his son.

While I wasn’t able to speak to Michael himself, I was able to chat with Cindy Kelley, who wrote the movie with him. She shared some of her favorite moments. She was a big fan of the little things. Here’s a little of what she said:

“I loved seeing the depth of love between Clark and Marty and how much she had grown in her role as both a wife and mother and partner for Clark. One of my favorite small things was when Willie and Missie sit down to dinner with her family and he reaches for her hand under the table.” A woman after my own heart! Those were two of my favorite moments too!

One story she shared with me was quite remarkable. She has a very strong memory of Mackenzie Astin, who played Grant. He “was such a gentleman to everyone. I heard him call everyone by name – from the craft services people, to the drivers, to the guys hauling equipment. When I commented on it, he said because he’d grown up in the business (his parents are Patty Duke and John Astin, his brother is Sean Astin) he was taught at an early age that ALL the people on the crew were of equal importance – and everyone deserves to have their name remembered. He was such a nice guy. MLJ and I have written numerous projects together over the last twenty years, but the “Love” movies are still my favorites.”

Thank you, Cindy! First hand experience and experience is the best! Well Hearties, NOW, we’ve reached the end of Michael Landon Jr.’s birthday spotlight week. I hope you had a marvelous birthday, Michael! And I hope you Hearties have a marvelous weekend. I’ll be back on Wednesday. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well, we have indeed arrived at #WonderWednesday, the last one of the month. Wow, in some ways, June flew right by! Amazing how that happens! Well, today we finish up the spotlight week for the fearless leader, Michael Landon Jr. I put the question out there to you Hearties on social media, asking what your favorite project of his was, (outside of When Calls the Heart, of course!) Thank you to everyone who answered. Frankly, it was a landslide! The overwhelming choice was “Love Comes Softly”.

Watching that movie for the first time was the first time I had heard Michael’s name. I knew who his father was, of course. I better after all the reruns of “Little House on the Prairie” I’ve watched over the years. So when I saw Michael Jr.’s name, I let out a tender and sentimental, “Ohhh!” I knew I was in for a treat!

So I would be more than happy to review it! There’s only one problem: I already have! 😀 I’ve included the link to that review in the comments. Then, what shall I discuss for Michael’s birthday spotlight? 😉 Well, after the actual movie, “Love Comes Softly”, several votes said the series. I think that makes the most natural choice the second movie in the saga, “Love’s Enduring Promise”. The original is always the best, but this one is almost just as good; it has most of the original characters, plus a few wonderful additions.

This installment was released a year after the first, in 2004. Funny story about this: one of my childhood friends took the time to record both “Love Comes Softly” and “Love’s Enduring Promise” on DVD for me as a birthday present. I was in my twenties, and home from college for the summer. Another friend was staying with me for a few days, and we were trying to figure out what we should do one night. I suggested trying the first one, and we ended up staying up half the night so we could watch both! We loved them! And we didn’t realize that one was a continuation of the other until we saw the same actors in the beginning. So, naturally, we had to keep going!

This movie, like its predecessor, did not disappoint. The plot picks up probably nine years later. (SPOILERS AHEAD if you have yet to see it!) Marty’s declaration of, “What a wonderful life you’ve given me, Clark! What a wonderful life we’ve made together!” definitely rings true! They’ve built a larger house, expanded their farm, and even added a son to the family they’d blended.

Missie, who was a wild, almost illiterate tomboy, has grown into a beautiful and refined young lady, who by her own admission, spends “an exorbitant amount of time reading.” We recognize her by the locket around her heck Marty gave her at the end of “Love Comes Softly”. The first time we see her, she misses breakfast because she’s too busy acting out “Pride and Prejudice” in the barn. Clark and the boys leave without her, she rushes past them on horseback, and we soon discover she is the town’s schoolteacher. Imagine THAT transformation!

Here’s where things get interesting. We meet two men: 1) Grant Thomas, a wealthy land surveyor who spies Missie in his transit, and leaves no doubt that he’s very taken with her, 2) a handsome (VERY handsome! You should have seen our 20-something reactions to him at the time!) mystery man who keeps appearing and disappearing, and won’t say his name at first. It turns out his name is Willie Nathan Leheigh, a boy Missie knew in school. He’s going by Nate so no one from home will recognize him, and to escape his past. (This is very meaningful to me because I ended up marrying a man named William who went by Willie as a kid, and he has a younger brother named Nathan!)

Hearties, I’m afraid something has come up, and I have to close for now. So looks like we will get a full week for Michael’s birthday spotlight week; I’ll finish this up on Friday. Thanks for understanding! Good night! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Well, it’s #WonderWednesday, the final day of Pascale’s birthday spotlight week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. There was so much I didn’t know about our beautiful Rosemary. By the way, before I forget, a Happy Belated Father’s Day to all our male #Hearties, whether you be past, present, or future fathers; as well as uncles, big brothers, friends, and father figures. I hope it was a glorious day for you on Sunday.

So, have you been able to guess which non-WCTH project of Pascale’s I’m going to review? Let’s have some fun! Think of your guess, NO SCROLLING DOWN! I’ll give you a second to think of one, because as we know, there have been several!

 

 

 

 

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If you said “Fantastic Four”, you would be…incorrect. Although, I did watch it, seeing if I could find her. No luck so far, but I haven’t given up yet. If you’re one of the #Oncers, (I think that’s what they’re called,) then you’re burning hot! Ding Ding! Did you know Pascale was in two episodes of “Once Upon a Time”? I saw those episodes, but it was before When Calls the Heart, and I didn’t retain her face in my memory. Then months and months later I saw the picture you see below on Pascale’s Twitter, and I realized, “Oh my gosh! She was Queen Gerda (Anna and Elsa’s mother)! So I finally got the chance, (for this blog post!) to go back and watch the episodes with full knowledge of who was playing the queen. That is always a fun experience! And not only did we get to see her as the queen, but as a princess as well.

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If you’re familiar with “Once Upon a Time”, you know it’s fairy tales for adults…that’s the simple way to put it. Really, the writers go deep into fairy tales, creating histories we as readers never thought about; not to mention we get VERY different perspectives on very well-known stories…some of which can be a little scary. I remember watching the season 3 finale when only the back of Elsa appeared, and I thought, “Oh geez! What are they doing with ‘Frozen’?!

The season 4 premiere begins with the storm that claims the lives of Anna and Elsa’s parents, a scene that took all of 5 seconds in the cartoon, if that. It was a very intense and gripping manner in which to begin. We see the crew struggling with the vessel, and then we see the queen come into her cabin. It was quite difficult to see Pascale’s face with the lightning and the water flooding into the place, but it was her. She comes in to find her stationary box, and begins scribbling a quick note. The king finds her, and urges her to leave, but she insists, “I have to finish this!…They have to know! We might not make it home, but this could.”

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The next shot is the king and queen on the deck about to throw the bottle containing the note out to sea. He asks her if she’s sure they should do this. The wind is howling, the waves are crashing, and the rain is pouring down in sheets, but she blinks through it, and replies loudly, “Anna and Elsa must know the truth. It’s the only thing that will save them!” The king hurls it as far as he can into the ocean, and they hold each other as their last shred of hope, their last connection to this world, is carried away.

Okay, can I just insert a quick sidenote here about actors who play live versions of cartoon characters: actors are trained to, and judged by how well they make their world real and believable. But I have to give extra credit to these actors who take their portrayal of these kinds of characters so seriously that you feel like sobbing. Seeing a live human, instead of a picture of one, changes things, at least for me. But they could choose to keep their acting very surface, and I have so much respect for those that choose to make their audience emotionally invest in them, even in only five minutes. That’s what Pascale’s performance did for me. When they watch the bottle fly away, it reminded me of the moment Clark Kent’s parents watch his ship fly into space right before Krypton is destroyed in the 1978 Superman film. There’s hope, longing, but most of all, despair. It broke my heart!

Just so everyone knows, I’m about to completely divulge lots of spoilers concerning this storyline. So if you want to go to Netflix and watch for yourself, leave a comment, click on the add, and we’ll see you Monday. The plot is very complex, tangled, and involved, so I won’t be giving everything away, but be prepared anyway.

We find out that Gerda had two older sisters: Ingrid and Helga. Ingrid has the same powers, and accompanying struggles, that Elsa has. When the princesses were little girls, and the powers manifested themselves, Helga and Gerda promised to never look at her as a monster. This continues into young adulthood, and we get to see Pascale in that beautiful gown, decked out in jewels. There’s one moment when Helga and Gerda twirl each other around, trying to convince Ingrid to come to the ball with them instead of hiding upstairs. The “Rosemary Smile” totally shone through! It made me giggle with glee!

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The plot thickens when we find out the mousey Duke of Wesselton is Helga’s suitor, but being the weasel he is, he tries to seduce Ingrid. Helga comes upon them, and completely takes Ingrid’s side, but her powers come out with the tense situation. The Duke threatens to expose her, Ingrid, lets him rile her, and shoots an ice blast at him. But she misses because Helga accidentally gets in the way. Her heart gets frozen, her body follows, then the ice crumbles.

Then Gerda walks upon her. The horror strikes, and no matter how much Ingrid sobs, insists it was an accident, and begs Greta to help her, her pleas fall on deaf ears. This is where Pascale’s skills really shine! She shows absolute shock, horror, and feelings of betrayal so thoroughly and completely. Then she has the impulsive idea to shut Ingrid in the magic urn they got from Rumpelstiltskin. You can see the regret and sadness at what she’s done, but then there’s the determination to move forward, and do what needs to be done.

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Then her final scene that explains everything. Gerda comes to Grand Pabbie, decked out in her Arendelle cloak with her beautiful red hair braided just like Anna. She asks him to make a potion strong enough to make the whole kingdom forget Ingrid and Helga ever existed, “for the good of the kingdom”. Once again, you see Pascale’s commitment to fleshing out a minor cartoon character: the pain and guilt in her eyes, the stiff upper lip to move forward. Everything comes full circle, and we receive a huge amount of insight into the life of Elsa, and her mother.

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Well, that about wraps it up! Happy birthday week, Pascale! Best wishes for a happy and successful year! And for all of you, I hope the rest of your week sails along peacefully, or as peacefully as possible. My anniversary of eleven years is tomorrow, so I’m daring to hope for some cooperation from my kids, and some fun going out with my husband. What are your plans? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear! And don’t forget to click the add. 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!