Hey, Hearties! Well, it’s been another crazy week already, crazy with details I don’t need to bore you with; and watching the premiere on Monday night instead of the morning, that kind of threw me off. So far this week, I’ll go ahead and post about Love on the Menu today, then we’ll #FlashbackFriday ALL THE WAY back to Sunday! 😀 But starting with THIS Sunday’s episode, I’ll discuss the episodes on Mondays for #MondayMusings, then post about…oh, all kinds of interesting things for #WonderWednesday to help get you through the middle of the week.

So, let’s talk about the absolutely charming movie that starred our very own Kavan Smith; not to mention he wrote the story, and co-wrote the teleplay. And it was very brilliantly placed in the schedule the night before the WCTH premiere. Bravo, Hallmark! Well, it’s my personal, and very humble opinion, that Kavan needs to write MORE, because it was fabulous! I had so much fun with this one! Not only was it a barrel of laughs, but I had some HILARIOUS interactions with Kavan on Twitter! The best one was when I commented on his character, Hank, kissing Autumn Reeser’s character, Maggie, in front of all the customers. I said, “Kissing in front of customers! Scandalous!” He liked it, then quoted it with the reply, “So scandalous!” I laughed pretty hard with that one, so I thought I’d keep it going. So I said, “What would Rosemary say?” A couple minutes later, he liked that, quoted it, and replied, “Sorry, who?” I about fell out of my couch, I was laughing so hard! He really is very quick with his wit! If actor or chef doesn’t work for him, stand up comic should be the next option on his list.

We’ve technically got 3 WCTH connections: Kavan, of course; then there’s Milo Shandel (Jenkins) who plays Dr. Scully, the scientist working to develop frozen food recipes. He sure has a knack for playing scholarly types, doesn’t he? Then this is the best, even if it’s not direct. At one point, Hank has to leave his 15-year-old daughter at home, and he reminds her that “Mrs. Hutton is next door.” Gee, I wonder where he picked up THAT name? The other behind-the-scenes question I’m curious to have answered is this: is the picture of Hank and his wife on the desk actually Kavan and his wife? I’ve never seen her before.

One more technical detail I want to mention before I move on to the plot, the camera angles. There were some great shots in the frames! My two favorites are 1) the close up of the burner when Hank calls Hannah down to breakfast, and 2) when Hank is spreading condiments on the glass. I’ve always enjoyed shots that make you listen, not to mention ones that are different. Zooming in on the burner, the bottom of it no less, did several things. For one, it did, indeed, make us listen more closely to the dialogue. Secondly, we see the pretty blue flames we either take for granted, or don’t even get to see anymore, and we feel that appreciation that Hank does for working hard for good food. Then the condiments. If you missed it, the camera is directly under a table of glass, and looking up at Hank is spreading a plethora of condiments on it in a number of fancy designs. I actually tweeted about it, and Kavan told me they “had a lot of fun shooting that scene.” I asked him if the cameraman made faces at him, but he wasn’t able to answer. Interesting question that I just might follow up on!

Now, for the plot: I won’t say too much; most of you probably saw it. I do have some points to highlight though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kavan play a widower or a dad. He excelled at both! He and Autumn had FABULOUS chemistry. I loves when Hank was teaching Maggie to make pasta. He tells her to get her hands into the bowl. Being the neat freak that she is, Maggie asks for a wooden spoon, or some kind of utensil. He slides in behind her, takes her hands, and says, “These are the best utensils.” She let’s out a giggle and a little cry of mock fright, and gets her hands covered in dough. It’s fabulous! His goofiness helps her lighten up a bit, and her, um…meticulous nature helps him organize his business affairs. Heaven knows his brother-in-law couldn’t handle the job; that guy was worthless, business-wise anyway. When he makes Hank realize that he’d made a huge mistake asking Maggie to leave, and reminded him how much she had fought for them, I thought, “Finally! He’s useful!” At least he admitted that he was no good with numbers.

But I digress. Back to the chemistry and the drama. One of the best parts of the whole movie: that KISS! Not the one at the end, the one that’s actually in the MIDDLE of the film! GASP! Yes, this film is not a One Kiss Wonder: my friend Sarah’s nickname for the movies that just throw a smooch in during the last 5 minutes. And Hank just went for it! No hesitation or pausing. I was so shocked that I almost missed it.

And the dramatic climax: it wasn’t silly or frivolous. Maggie is the one who tells Hank that her company is pulling the rug out from under him. He feels betrayed, and overreacts. But he didn’t badmouth her to the restaurant staff, and he apologizes maybe a hour later…instead of a week.

Yep, this was a good one! Well done, everyone. And even though I hated seeing Barbara Niven play such a terrible person, she sure did a good job! Let’s campaign for a sequel! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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