Hey, everybody! How are you all doing today? After looking at the official Facebook fan page, I can’t help but notice that there is a certain amount of angst (I love that word!) among Hearties regarding a particular man in red serge. I’ve never seen so much panic surrounding one single character in my life…probably because this is the only TV show with which I’m involved on Facebook. That MIGHT have something to do with it. But seriously, I thought this subject was worth addressing, given the amount of Heartie concern there is. It’s definitely something we’re “wondering” about.

Now I admit: amidst my plethora of emotions during Season 4 Episode 7, (the proposal,) my mother and I were speculating on all the possibilities of why Jack/Dan was departing. Was there a family emergency while they were filming, and he had to leave hastily? Was there a scheduling conflict for another project, and he had to go film elsewhere? Then, when we didn’t even see a shot of him on the battlefield, or ANYTHING for the rest of the season, I let my imagination run wild. WAS he leaving the show??? It couldn’t be.

I calmed myself with talking it out logically. There’s no way the writers and producers would be so cruel as to make us wait THAT long for Jack to propose, only to kill him off! That just wouldn’t happen! Hallmark doesn’t work that way! But, it WAS scary, and I wondered if we would see Jack again.

Imagine my relief when I read online this past summer that our beloved Mountie WOULD be back at Christmas. Phew! I could breathe again. And even though I already knew, I had to giggle when I saw an interview, and Dan said in that adorable Aussie accent, “Spoiler alert! I’m back!”

So now, several fans are asking the same questions: Where is Daniel Lissing? Is he leaving the show? Is he coming back? How can he do this to us?

Well for anyone who is still wondering, or you just need extra reassurance, let me be the one, (or one of the ones,) to give it. Daniel Lissing aka Jack Thornton WILL be coming back to Elizabeth, back to Hope Valley, and back to us – his viewers. How do I know this? I could be cute, and say I’m psychic, but I won’t. I have seen photographic evidence that he was there filming Season 5. Dan, Erin, and others have posted MANY pictures and videos on various social media sites that feature Dan in both scenes being filmed and behind-the-scenes “antics”. And many of the scenes seem very normal and calm, not just dramatic plot-twisters.

So rest assured, my friends, Season 5 will not be Jack-less. I confess I don’t know HOW much he’ll be in, given the fact that, after viewing previews, he’s probably not there at the start; but he WILL be there.

Just remember the immortal words of our dear Papa Heartie aka Brian Bird, one of the executive producers: EGBOK. Everything’s Gonna Be OK. So let’s all remember to breathe. Actually it will be more like panting while we wait for mid-February to finally get here. But still, let’s just breathe; and when the time comes, let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy watching our favorite show!

And tune in on Friday! I should have another short story ready.

 

I’ve gone back and re-watched all the seasons before, but lately, it’s just been a favorite episode here and there. I forgot how much FUN it is to watch the whole series from start to finish. There is SO MUCH that I’d forgotten, or that I’d forgotten I wanted to watch again. And I’ve gotten so many ideas for this blog too! One thing I noticed in particular is how often Jack sticks his foot in his mouth, and how adorable he looks while doing it! Most of it happens in Season 1 too, right in front of Elizabeth; and he’s trying so hard to be authoritative, and make a good impression. Poor man! So here are my personal Top 6 “foot-eating” episodes from Seasons 1-3. I know it’s customary to do the Top 5, but what a cliché! And besides, there were too many good ones!

6) S3 E3: A Time to Speak. Here is this Mountie trying to do a good deed by taking the boys on their almost-cancelled camping trip, and the girls come marching in. Jack handles that pretty well, but then Elizabeth totally shows him up by singing songs with the girls instead of telling ghost stories like he did, and all the boys end up terrified in his tent. It only lasts a few moments, and he’s able to laugh at himself, but he definitely eats a little crow.

5) S1 E10: Love Comes First. This one doesn’t happen WITH Elizabeth, but it definitely involves her. Jack leaves to take his new assignment in Cape Fullerton. He pulls out his paper with Elizabeth’s picture marking his place in the book, and attempts to write her a letter. The way he tries to sound cheerful and casual, then throws it on the fire…Aww!!!

4) S2 E10: With All My Heart. I went back and forth on including this one since Jack doesn’t actually say much, but the panic in his face was too good to pass up. What am I talking about? “It’s the other knee.” He’s just put his hands all over forbidden territory, then finds out that X didn’t mark that spot; and he’s absolutely terrified! Perfect and classic moment, not to mention a favorite of all of ours.

3) S1 E11: Rules of Engagement. What is a surefire way to make a man stumble over his own tongue? Put his former fiancée directly in front of his current girlfriend with him in the middle. AWKWARD! And he loses his words lots of times in that episode. My two favorite are when Rosemary first arrives, and when he’s standing below Elizabeth’s window.

2) S3 E9: Hearts in Question. What could possibly be worse than being caught between two girlfriends? Being caught between your girlfriend and your mother! Then on top of that, tell them both they can’t cook. Salt and pepper, or ketchup and mustard with that foot, Jack?

 

And the #1 choice is…………….drum roll please……………………….

1) S1 E7: Second Chances. It was REALLY hard picking the order for the top 3, but I just HAD to pick this as the top choice. The biggest reason is he bumbles 3 different times in just this 1 episode. This is just after the scoundrel, Billy Hamilton, got caught. At first, he calls her spellbound, a fool, and desperate, all in 30 seconds, (not to mention he called her a goat in the episode before!) He loves baseball, right? That’s good, because 3 strikes and he’s OUT! He tries to make amends by asking her to dinner, but that doesn’t quite work out either, does it? He’s going to look like a cow with a jaw full of leather! Then if that wasn’t enough, he couldn’t pay Elizabeth a real compliment. Luckily, he was able to pick up the mess after that one.

Until Wednesday, everybody!

 

Well, Hearties, you’ve made it to another to another Friday; #FlashbackFriday to be exact. I have a feeling this post won’t be as much of a shock to your systems as Wednesday’s was. In case you need a refresher, and the title isn’t sparking it, we’re flashing back to Season 1 Episode 12, Prelude to a Kiss. This episode is, of course, famous for the appearance of Halley’s Comet. HA HA! It’s only THE KISS every Heartie waited AGES for with baited breath! I can only imagine what fans went through who were watching week to week. I discovered WCTH just as Season 3 was about to air; so I got to binge–watch my way through Seasons 1 & 2, and I didn’t have to suffer as much torture. What a MAGICAL moment it was! They built up to it perfectly with his talk of James Buchanan, the gorgeous portrait sketch, “You’re the only one,” and that legendary favorite: “Take a walk with me.” I would say, “This is where I belong” too!

 

Let me say a few words about that first kiss itself. I don’t know how it could have been better…maybe if she had cried a little. But seriously, he looked at her with the perfect amount of intensity, he leaned in at just the right speed, they both closed their eyes, (the only way to do it, I think!), and his shoulders! This is hard to explain, but the way he held his shoulders showed just enough hesitation and timidity; it made the moment all the sweeter. And they gained just enough momentum as they kissed to be passionate, but not uncomfortable. It was, in a word, lovely.

 

What a relieving moment for the character of Elizabeth after the whole Rosemary fiasco, to know she had Jack’s heart. It was really big of her to want to part as friends; too bad she didn’t depart at that point. Erin Krakow has this hilarious forced smile that presents itself every time she needs to deal with Rosemary. There’s never any doubt when she’s putting on a brave face.

 

There’s obviously so much I can say about this episode, but after talking about that enchanting first kiss, it seems a little anticlimactic. Don’t you agree? Let me just mention 2 more sections: the Halley’s Comet talk between Jack and Elizabeth, and the card from the children. The card is so touching! It shows a small part of the influence this “princess of a teacher” has had on them. I love the analogy of her bringing sunshine into their lives, since their hearts AND minds had been filled with love and knowledge. And Wyatt asking her if she was crying tears of happiness or sadness was the perfect touch.

 

The Halley’s Comet talk: the perfect mix of flirting, teasing, and serious talk. The Comet certainly gave good material to excuse her for sitting and waiting for him in the middle of the night. His response of, “You know how many times I’ve heard that excuse?” was the perfect tension-lifter. And it gave Jack the perfect lead-in to tell her, in part, how valuable she was to the town, and to him. Why else would he donate ALL of his reward money for a proper school where she can teach? Jack really is a hero in so many ways!

Until Monday, friends! By the way, Halley’s Comet will reappear in the near future, so refresh your memory. And don’t forget for future posts: 1) tell me your favorite clever lines, and 2) tell me if you’d like to be featured on a future #MeetYouMonday.

 

“Kami, what on EARTH are you thinking???” Who thought it? Who said it out loud? Who slipped more colorful words in? 😀 I know this might be quite a controversial post, but I confess, I had to go with it. I got the idea as I was re-watching the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2. After years of creating characters in high school and college, I was forced to look at other perspectives, not just the hero’s/heroine’s.

The immediate instinct we have as fans of the show is to vilify Rosemary, then Charles. Jack and Elizabeth are the stars, they are meant for each other, and the other two are trespassing on very touchy territory. How dare they?! Hey, I did the EXACT same thing. But when I took a step back, I realized that if this were a real-life situation, those two would feel terribly jilted.

Think about it: Rosemary had known Jack their WHOLE lives; talk about history! And how could a boring school teacher possibly compete with a glamorous actress? Jack and Rosemary courted, fell in love, and they even became engaged. Back in the 1900’s engagements were very binding, and not as easily broken as they are in more modern times. I suspect that’s one reason Jack waited so long to propose to Elizabeth, (besides suspense and drama to keep us Hearties watching!) Here’s Rosemary’s problem: not only did SHE break things off, (letting Jack know her career was far more important than he was,) she came back, without a word, after TWO YEARS thinking things would be the exact same way. I wouldn’t have wanted Jack to end up with her AT ALL, but I would have felt more sorry for her character if she had demonstrated a fraction of humility, if she’d BEGGED Jack for forgiveness and a second chance. She just assumed WAY too much. But we’re not supposed to like her at first, so it’s all good, right?

Charles and Elizabeth had known each other their whole lives as well.  They grew up together with the same friends, same teachers, and as Jack truthfully put it, “high society, social status.” How dare this Mountie she’s only known a few months even think he has a chance? I suspect Charles was in love with Elizabeth for years. Luckily Elizabeth only thought of him as a friend; at least mostly. But as Jack says so eloquently says again, “A ‘friend’ who would ask for your hand the very second I was out of the picture.” He’s no fool! Here’s the problem with Charles: He, too, assumed too much. He figured he had time. Elizabeth’s post in Coal Valley was only temporary after all, and she would never fall for someone in a filthy coal-mining town. His other difficulty is once he saw “the complication”, he tried to rush ahead and make up for lost time.

Sorry guys, you lose! And every Heartie in the world is happier for it because we LOVE our Jack and Elizabeth! I just want to add a note about them during those turbulent moments. I’ve figured out a single word that would have saved everyone a lot of angst if they would have practiced it: understanding. Having had Billy Hamilton praise and flatter her, I would have thought Elizabeth would understand how lovely it feels having someone pay attention to you when being ragged on by your significant other. Having had Rosemary show up unexpectedly in Coal Valley, and how uncomfortable he was, I think Jack could have understood the situation with Charles a little better; especially with the kiss on the cheek. Jack got so angry when Elizabeth kissed Charles on the cheek to say goodbye in Hope Valley, but Rosemary kissed him on the cheek when she was leaving for San Francisco. Finally, having felt horribly jealous and left behind when Rosemary rode into town, I would think Elizabeth would have understood Jack’s feelings of being pushed aside where Charles was concerned. And if it was okay for her to spend so much time with Charles, why did she go into “spoiled princess mode” when Jack had a happenstance dinner with someone trying to help him keep his brother out of jail? And don’t get me started on Elizabeth thinking the worst of Tom, but insisting Julie was incapable of intentional wrongdoing. All I’m saying is a lot of grief would have been spared everyone with a little understanding. I’m just glad they got it worked out! Good advice for all of us in our real lives. Ta ta everybody!

 

Hello, Hearties! Welcome to a chilly #MomentMonday. I don’t know what your weather has been like, but ours has been crazy down here in Texas! We might even get snow tomorrow, then watch! It’ll be 70 on Wednesday! “If you don’t like Texas weather, wait 5 minutes.” My friend in Idaho told me the temperature is up to 55; something unheard of in January. I know; I went to school there for 5 years. Craziness, isn’t it?

Before I get into the topic of the day, I have to tell you the most hilarious thing that happened last night. My oldest daughter was getting ready for the night, and I was sitting on her bed with her. Out of nowhere, she said to me, “Mommy, say: ‘There’s a spider on your shoulder.’” I thought she was playing one of her make-believe games, so I quickly complied. She immediately flung herself at me with pretend surprise and horror. I realized she was re-enacting the rowboat scene in Season 1 when Jack removes the spider from Elizabeth’s shoulder. I laughed for 5 minutes straight! When I finally calmed down, both my girls wanted to do Rosemary’s “Fairest Katie” scene. They even got the right intonation for Rosemary’s “Hmm!” Call me Bill, because I was in stitches! (You should get that joke if you’ve recently re-watched Season 1.) One day I’ll get a video; it’s worth watching. My husband’s comment was, “You’ve corrupted our girls well.” Yes, darling, I certainly have! And I’m darn proud of it!

Okay, now I can talk about today’s moment! It comes from the wonderfully wise words of Mrs. Abigail Stanton. In Season 1 Episode 9, a shocked and brokenhearted Elizabeth finds out that a very regretful Jack has received new orders. When “venting” to Abigail, like we women all need to do in these situations, she calls herself nothing more than a “diversion” for him. Now, we ALL know OUR JACK would never do something like that! But when we’re hurt and disappointed, we form illogical opinions, especially about men. Don’t we?

Abigail’s soothing yet firm response is the solution to a problem so many Hallmark movies use as drama between the couple: “You are correct when you say he had no plans to stay or fall in love, but he DID!” And that’s it in a nutshell. More times than I can count, one of the main characters overhears an opinion their significant other had at the beginning of the movie when NEITHER OF THEM liked each other.

The best illustration of this scenario I can think of is Harvest Moon. Wrong season, I know, but it has 3 WCTH stars, and it’s the first and best example I could think of. In case you need a memory refresher:

  1. The stars are:
    • Lynda Boyd (Mrs. Thatcher in WCTH, Lou the farmhand in HM),
    • Hrothgar Mathews (Ned Yost in WCTH, Phil the farmhand in HM)
    • Lilah Fitzgerald (Jolene in WCTH, Abby in HM)
  2. Basic plot: Rich girl’s family goes bankrupt, she finds out she owns a pumpkin farm, she goes out to the country to sell it. She ends up staying for a while; the man who runs the place gives her menial and difficult tasks, hoping she’ll give up, and he’ll be able to buy the farm back for his family. That stops when he falls for her. Later her friend overhears the family cousin saying she feels bad about the tedious jobs. She tattles, rich girl’s feelings are hurt, he says it only started that way, she leaves anyway. They eventually make up, of course, because it’s Hallmark. 😀

So you see, of course he tried to get rid of her in the beginning. She trespassed onto his territory, she tried to swipe away his livelihood and his family’s legacy, and she’d never worked a day in her life. If I were him, I don’t know that I’d like her either. He doesn’t feel that way anymore once they start working together and becoming friendly. When she finds out, she immediately forgets how far they’ve come, or that SHE didn’t like him at first either.

That’s the part that bothers me, and Abigail nips it in the bud immediately. She won’t let Elizabeth think for one moment that Jack wants to leave, or that he played with her. Elizabeth has to be reminded that Jack was angry at first, and with good reason. He had just been booted from his dream job to babysit a rich girl, and he wanted to leave. But slowly, he “made…peace with this place.” He never expected to fall in love with his assignment, or grow to love that sleepy little town; BUT HE DID! And that’s what Abigail helps Elizabeth comprehend: that things change. Circumstances change, people change. And we shouldn’t judge others on former feelings or circumstances.

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