Okay, Hearties, after today, we should be back on track. Thanks for your patience. So, today we’ll do a combination of #MondayMusings and #FlashbackFriday, even though we’re not flashing back very far. 🙂

So, how about that premiere? What did you think? I heard of several fans saying that it didn’t have that “wow factor”. I agree it wasn’t as emotionally charged as several others we’ve seen, but most premieres aren’t. I don’t remember being all that wowed by Season 4’s first episode, and that ended up being one, if not THE best, season yet for me. And if the season preview we saw was any indication of what’s to come, I think this season will reach a very satisfactory level of intensity.

First of all, I want to talk about the before and after. Beforehand, another VERY smart move rearing Love on the Menu right before the episode; get everyone even more excited seeing Kavan, and knowing what’s coming up next. Then we got a complete triple dose of Kavan on Brian “Papa Heartie” Bird’s brand-new Hallmark Podcast. He and Pascale came on together, and as usual, they were hilarious! Pascale actually yelled, “The band is back together!” Kavan chimed in saying the three of them had “silly grins like they’re killing it, and the rest of us have to listen to it.” But Pascale wasn’t about to back down! She was quick to explain that in Season 5, the prop flute was “a bum flute”, that it didn’t work at all. But for Season 6, it was a different flute, and she was able to squeak out a single off-key note. Then when it was time to say goodbye, Brian thanked them for joining him for his first podcast. In true Kavan fashion, without missing a beat, he replied, “We could tell it was your first time, but we’re happy to join in anyway!”

Let’s talk baby! Those twins sure are precious! I’m glad Elizabeth realizes that motherhood is “a lot of work,” but also something that fills you with “profound, joyous, unfettered love”. Fantastic use of adjectives! And how they incorporated Jack in! Oh! So sweet. If you missed it, Elizabeth said that Baby Jack inherited “certain characteristics from his father: the women of Hope Valley thoroughly enjoy his company, and the men want to be his friend.” Brilliant bit of writing, I tell you what! And who else COMPLETELY understood Elizabeth’s difficulty in dragging herself away from her baby to go back to work? When I had my first, I was only working part-time 3 days a week. But I sobbed when my mother put her in her car. Elizabeth did better than that. Nonetheless, didn’t Florence do a fabulous job handling her? I laughed so hard with how quickly she switched from “baby face” to “stern babysitter”. Then to watch Molly comment on how exhausted Elizabeth is?! All I can say is, #TeamFloMo is back!

Watching the tale of Mr. Trevoy wrap up was very satisfying. We haven’t seen him since Season 1, so it would have been very easy to just say he left. But not only did the actor come back instead of disappearing into the Black Hole of Hope Valley, but his past and future absence was explained. I thought it was done very well. I gotta say, it would have been fun to see Henry and Bill try to make a partnership work, but oh well. There are still plenty of opportunities for them to work together.

Speaking of partnerships, we had the star pair in rare form that night. My friend Sarah described it as seeing the full spectrum of their marriage, and seeing why they’re so suited to each other. We see them argue, we see them disagree, and we see them make up, and being totally in love. But more than just making up, they come to an understanding of their course, and work together to make it happen. Good thing Rosemary didn’t see Lee with the telephone though, because I don’t know if she would have let him live it down.

Really quick note on Lee: when he was talking to Henry about a possible partnership, I couldn’t help but remember Lee in Season 2 when he angrily crumpled a piece of paper in his hands, and shouted, “Gowen!” Things are incredibly different now, aren’t they?

I do want to talk about Carson and Faith, but something tells me I’ll have another chance this season. 🙂 So I’m opting to end with Jesse and Clara. Wow, have those two come far! I had to laugh a bit when Jesse said he didn’t want to be one of those guys who “talked big”, but couldn’t deliver on a promise. Funny thing is , that’s exactly what he used to be. Then we find out he’s been paying that store owner $10 a month, and he doesn’t want to get married until the debt is settled ? That man is truly a changed individual! On a much lighter note, when Clara asked why Jesse was so happy, and he said, “I am”; the first thought that popped into my head was “because I have a decent haircut!”

Well, it’s only a couple of days now until we’ll talk again. Have a nice weekend, enjoy the episode, and be sure to wish Ben Rosenbaum and Andrea Brooks a happy birthday on Sunday. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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