Well, hello there, lovelies! Um…whoa! I have to quote Ben Rosenbaum’s tweet “What a packed episode”. Between all the happenings in the actual plot, plus that preview for next week??? HOLY COW! Actually, it funny, because I’ve got a video for you. I could have sworn that I heard next week was the season finale. I remember desperately wanting to have videoed myself when Jack proposed to Elizabeth, so when I heard “season finale” I immediately paused it, then got my phone to take a video of myself watching the preview. Well, it turns out it wasn’t the finale, but MAN! I’m glad I did! That has some seriously intense drama in it! I am so antsy for next week now! So be sure to watch the video at the end of me totally shocked at the gripping turn of events.

Now, let’s talk about the current episode. It was definitely “packed” like Ben said. So much was happening, one event right after the other, and it was physical and emotional. But something they always do so well is start things out so calmly, then build up both kinds of tension. Elizabeth recording how much her son delights her? Awwww! It reminds me of when I was a brand new mom. My first daughter always woke up so happy in the morning. I always got smiles instead of fussiness. Then when she laughed for the first time…oh boy! I went nuts! Do you empathize? What are YOUR experiences?

I also reveled in all the talk about love. Hearing Elizabeth’s voice being able to speak about love with a little longing, but no bitterness, was a balm to my soul. And in an episode that showed so many manifestations of different kinds of love, it was beautiful to hear a definition of sorts: “New love blossoms, enduring love grows stronger,” and love gives us “comfort, bliss, and hope in what tomorrow may bring.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, something I hope everyone gets the chance to experience it on some level. You can also tell that Elizabeth misses having romantic love in her life.

Well, she’s beginning to have the opportunity if she wants it. Now, before any of you who are of the opinion that Elizabeth doesn’t need to be “married off”, don’t jump on me yet. I’m not saying she’s there at the moment, but you must admit, both men can’t keep their eyes off of her, and you can almost feel the temperature rising any time she’s with either of them. Lucas actually, (and very forwardly,) admits he’s noticed her beauty, even said the word “fascinated”, which is how I described him in their encounter with the cards. I found that amusing. I also found it ironically amusing, but couldn’t laugh at, her reaction after he walks away. When he approaches, her eyes reflect nervousness, even a bit of fear. My guess is fear that he’s actually interested, and fear that she might want him to be. Then when he nonchalantly goes out, Elizabeth looks completely annoyed, with him for using the smooth words, and probably with herself for almost getting swept into it.

I also found it highly entertaining that Lucas was trying so hard to look good and be helpful to her with the bookshelves, and was a total know-it-all with the dowels. Meanwhile Elizabeth is desperately trying not to laugh at him! Then he totally back peddles, Bouchard fashion, and in his way, asks Allie for help. She’s no dummy, but I think she’ll help him, even if it’s just a little.

I don’t know why, but I found the shot of Elizabeth’s hand taking the key, her wedding ring very visible while doing so, quite significant. And then she gives this surprised smile, as if she’s decided he’s not such a bad guy after all. I don’t know if it’s just me reading a lot into it, or if it might be some kind of symbol; like the first man in her life is still with her even if she’s accepting a very generous gift from another. Like I said, I’m not totally sure what I think about it, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And then there’s Nate. I gotta say, it’s pretty clear, at least to me, that Elizabeth will end up falling in love with Lucas or him, but I truly don’t know who, or who I’d prefer at this moment. Erin has very good chemistry with both of them, and it’s so different with both of them, it just allows me to sit back and enjoy the story. Nate and Elizabeth seem to make a very good team. It occurred to me last week that it’s probably easier for Elizabeth to talk to him because she can focus on him as a parent figure, and not a Mountie. Allie is their icebreaker, their common bond. He definitely trusts her, as seen when he hands her the sling. Elizabeth seems surprised too, that he’s not doing the wrapping, but she does it anyway. He trusts her with his first name too. But there is a bit of a power struggle, though. There seems to be some disagreement as to who should give the literal “go ahead”. And even though Elizabeth consents to him calling her by HER first name, you can see the discomfort and the reluctance. It probably brings back memories from the time she gave another Mountie permission to call her Elizabeth.

Speaking of which, did you feel the total Season 1 vibe? Nathan, the Mountie, warning the beautiful damsel to stay away from the charming man who seems too good to be true. Things are different now, however. In Season 1, she got angry and defensive. This time, you can tell she’s mad, but she’s much more mature. She describes him how Bill described himself last season: “Your job makes you believe the worst in people.” But even though it makes her angry, it does make her think twice, and she questions Lucas outright.

Carson and Faith…oh boy! What’s going to happen to them now, now that she has to go away? I guess it’s just something we have to wait to see! But they had some adorable moments! Carson really is one amazing man to have in your corner. He immediately notices, AND ASKS if something’s bothering Faith, he reassures her that he wants to spend every minute possible with her, he agrees to go meet her family, (a very scary prospect for a new relationship,) and he literally drops everything when he hears her father is ill, and immediately tells her to go. But the best part? The goodbye. Sad concept, but what a send-off! He kisses her goodbye so sweetly, puts her in the stagecoach, but then he can’t let her go without the glorious manifestation of the famous stagecoach kiss. One last touch to say farewell before they’re parted. Hopefully not for too long.

We’ll close with Lee and Rosemary. (We’ll save Bill’s hysterically casual courtroom for another time.) Last week, Andrea hit it out of the park with her performance at the telephone. Today, the homerun award goes to Kavan and Pascale. They were incredible! We’ve never seen Rosemary that somber, that downtrodden, that choked on her tears. She was certain she had let Lee down, that it was her fault they weren’t parents. I was so proud of Lee! He knows what’s bothering Rosemary, but he helps her get it out, knowing it will haunt her if she doesn’t voice it. And he doesn’t lie. He admits he wants a child, but then he turns it into something beautiful by saying that he wants a child, but all he NEEDS is her. He says he’s the luckiest man in the world because her face is the first thing he sees every morning. And then, my personal favorite: instead of saying, “I love you, too”, which to me sounds more like an afterthought, he says, “I love you more!”

Have a lovely night, and a great day tomorrow. I’ll see you Wednesday, but I’m not telling you for what. 😀 Please remember to share and retweet, and spare a few moments to click on an add, so we can keep it coming. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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