It’s Hump Day, Hearties! And you know what that means! We’re halfway through the week, which brings us THAT MUCH closer to the episode, (one of them anyway,) we’ve all been waiting for! #JackisBack! Who’s excited??? No one reading this, I’m certain.

For today’s #WonderWednesday, I’ve got a bit of a treat, at least it is to me. It’s an oldie (2014), but a goodie! On Monday night, something came on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, and it delighted me! Anyone want to guess. “Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?” Okay, I’ll tell you. It was Garage Sale Mystery: All that Glitters. Why, you ask? Well, if you haven’t seen it, there is a WHOLE SLEW of WCTH actors in it! And because of the Season 5 premiere, we have yet another actor from this particular GSM movie who’s been in WCTH. I’ll list everyone with both roles so you can get the feel of how many we’re talking about here. I don’t think I’ve seen another movie that had so many of them at once.

1. Lori Loughlin (Abigail Stanton, Jennifer Shannon)
2. Steve Bacic (Mr. Spurlock, Jason Shannon)
3. Kavan Smith (Lee Coulter, Alan Bernard/Derrick Brooks–BAD GUY!)
4. Karin Konoval (Aunt Agatha, Louise)
5. Jennifer Copping (Beau’s Mother, Maryanne)
6. Johannah Newmarch (Molly Sullivan, Sally Lynwood)
7. Marcus Rosner (Charles, Tim)
8. Kevin O’Grady (Archie Reed, Det. Frank Lynwood) – the newest addition!

The funniest part where I laughed the hardest was the Shannon’s dinner party. Jen’s best friend and business partner, Danielle (Sarah Strange), is on a date with Alan. To make things more comfortable, (except that Alan and Dani are the only ones not married…Awkward?) they all have dinner outside on the Shannon’s patio, and invite the Lynwoods as well. So every single actor sitting at that table, except one, has been a part of WCTH. (Hint to WCTH Casting: hire Sarah Strange for a guest appearance.) That was making me giggle hard enough. Then, Jennifer’s son, Logan, shows up covered in dirt and mud. The first thing out of Alan’s (Kavan’s) mouth: “I didn’t know your son was a coal miner!!!” By that time, I was holding my stomach so hard, trying to keep it from popping out of me!

There’s only one thing that would have made it funnier: in later GSM movies, Eva Bourne and Connor Stanhope, (Clara and Beau in WCTH), play the Shannon kids, Hannah and Logan. Sadly, Hannah isn’t in this chapter, and Logan is played by a different actor. If they had been in here too, and in that scene, that would have made us all crazy with laughter! Connections on the Hallmark channels are just so much fun to make! To top it off, there was a WCTH commercial during the movie; I found that an amusing chunk of icing on the cake.

Now that we’ve established all the connections, I’ll actually talk about the movie. GASP! I know! What a concept! To start it off, as I said above, Kavan Smith is the villian! That is a little difficult to wrap your head around, huh? I’ve seen him play “the other man”, and not the lead love interest; that was hard enough! But the murderer?! Once again, we find out more depth to his talent, because he was fabulous! There was evil, greed, and murder in his eyes; truly frightening! But his flip side was as charming as ever!

Here’s the basic story: a man named Derrick Brooks masterminds a diamond robbery, kills his partners, hides the diamonds in a storage unit, fakes his death, and goes to Costa Rica. He comes back with a different name to find his unit auctioned off, (to Jen and Dani,) and tracks them down. Dani had given her goddaughter the teddy bear in which the diamonds are hidden, so he tracks her and her mother down. Dani and Jen stop him from hurting anyone right before Frank gets there.

What’s interesting is the interchange right before Frank gets there. First of all, poor Danielle! She’d just found someone handsome and charming, and he turns out to be a murder! Ugh! There’s a struggle for his gun, and Dani ends up with it…pointing it straight at Derrick/Alan. For one thing, Dani says, “Give me a reason!” I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard that in Hallmark’s movies and TV series, including WCTH when Bill points Inspector Houston’s weapon straight at HIM. Hallmark writers must really, really like that line!

Anyway, Derrick looks at her very smugly, keeps picking up the diamonds, and brags that there’s no way Dani would shoot him; so he’s going to walk right out. She shocks the daylights out of him by firing at the chandelier right above him, and it comes crashing down. The look on his face starts as total horror, then transitions into a face I can only describe as “I’m sunk”; and then the hands go up in defeat.

If you haven’t watched the Garage Sale Mysteries, you should give it a try. It’s a great way to enjoy some of our favorite people, (Lori’s in every one of them after all!) in a different setting.
Take care, everybody. Just keep watching the preview and sneak peek, and you’ll make it through. Until Friday! Lots of love!

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