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‘The Crown’ Season 4 Recap: Most Important Moments from Each Episode

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)

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Rivalry, jealousy, and personal affairs are at the forefront of The Crown season 4. 

The series delivered its best and most controversial season yet, which was to be expected with the arrival of two iconic figures: a young Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and “The Iron Lady,” Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson).

We’re breaking down the biggest moments episode-by-episode! 

 

Season 4 Episode 1 – Gold Stick

Lord Mountbatten aka Dickie, Prince Charles’s closest confidant and mentor, and Prince Phillip’s surrogate father, was spending time in their holiday home in the Republic of Ireland when the boat he took out during their outing exploded into smithereens.  Two members of the IRA took credit for the assassination. The bombing took the lives of Mountbatten, 14-year-old Nicholas Brabourne (Dickie’s grandchild), and Paul Maxwell, a friend of the family who worked on the boat. Mountbatten’s daughter Patricia and her husband, Lord John Brabourne, survived along with one of their twins, Timothy. Lord Brabourne’s mother, the dowager Lady Doreen Brabourne, died of her injuries the next day. 

While the series sticks close to facts, it does sensationalize parts of the script. In the episode, Charles reads a letter from Mountbatten after his death, in which he’s scrutinized for continuing to have a relationship with Camila, a married woman. This is a pivotal moment because it convinces the heir to throne to follow his duty rather than his heart and pursue Diana, a sweet, innocent, well-tempered woman who will make a good Queen.

The Crown Season 4: Best Moments from Each Episode

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Kensington Town Hall

 

Season 4 Episode 2 – The Balmoral Test

Diana truly impresses Prince Phillip when she accompanies him on a morning hunt, spots the stag, and helps him put it outs of its misery with one shot. Phillip shares the joyous news with the rest of the family, who all give Charles the nod of approval to marry Diana. 
 
Charles tells Camila that Diana “passed with flying colors,” but doesn’t want to marry her because she’s just a child. There’s a 16-year-old age-gap between Diana and Charles. 
 
 
Season 4 Episode 3 – Fairytale
 
A royal engagement kicks off episode 3, though Prince Charles’s “it’s done, I did it” comment after the fact is far from romantic. 
 
Lady D, on the other hand, was ecstatic and celebrated with her friends soon after, which may have been the last moment of happiness and normalcy in her life. After picking out the ring, moving into the palace, starting her royal training, and announcing the engagement publicly, Diana soon learned that she was in for a life of loneliness and always being second-best to Camila.
 
She was quickly disillusioned from her “fairy tale” life when she discovered that Charles rang Camila every day during his six-week trip but didn’t even bother to contact her once. 
 
All of this culminated in Diana’s real-life battle with bulimia. The Crown, which had trigger-warnings ahead of the specific episodes, didn’t shy away from vividly showing her bingeing on food before throwing it all up in the bathroom.
 
When Charles returns from his trip, she confronts him about the cheating during their wedding rehearsal, which is witnessed by Princess Margaret. As someone who was denied her true love due to the family’s “duty,” she immediately called out the lack of love between Charles and Diana. “How many times can this family make the same mistake,” she questioned, but it fell on deaf ears as Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth, and the rest of the lot were convinced that the process was sound and with time, the two would learn to love each other. 
 
While we see Diana in the iconic wedding dress, the episode didn’t feature the wedding because Peter Morgan said you can just watch it on Youtube. And that, friends, is true. 
 
The Crown Season 4: Best Moments from Each Episode

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)

 
Season 4 Episode 4 – Favourites
 
At a time when Britain was facing rising unemployment and a struggling economy, the fourth episode focused heavily on the 1982 Paris-Dakar rally and showed Prime Minister Thatcher as a mother rather than a politician. Her “favorite son,” Mark Thatcher, his French co-driver, Anne-Charlotte Verney, and their mechanic went missing prompting a huge search and rescue mission. A plane spotted them roughly six days later and brought them back to safety. 
 
The Queen was taken aback by Thatcher’s comment about her “favorite” child, but Prince Phillip assured her she too had one. This prompted her to schedule lunches with each of her children to figure out which one she liked most, but instead, she learned that they were all lost and questioned whether she’d been a good mother. 
 
 
Season 4 Episode 5 – Fagan
 
It shouldn’t be easy to break into Buckingham Palace, let alone sneak into the Queen’s bedroom, but Michael Fagan, a disillusioned Brit with nothing to lose, successfully did so twice in 1982.
 
The episode paints the picture of what life was like in Britain for Fagan and many others as it juxtaposes the royals’ lavish parties and celebrations with the rest of the world dealing with soaring unemployment due to Thatcher’s war in the Falkland Islands. This showed just how far removed the royals were from reality and the struggles of the everyday people.
 
Fagan, specifically, lost his job as a painter/decorator, lost his wife, custody of his kids, and simply couldn’t get back on his feet again. 
 
When no one would listen to his grievances, he decided to facilitate a chit-chat with the Queen by breaking into the palace and waking her up around 7 a.m. While there are mixed reports about how the situation went down in real-life, according to the episode, Fagan got to express his dismay with the current state of Britain, which registered with the Queen. 
 
Fagan was committed for a psychiatric evaluation and spent three months in the psychiatric hospital. He still lives in London to this day. 
 
The Crown Season 4: Best Moments from Each Episode

PICTURE SHOWS: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Lyceum Theatre

 
Season 4 Episode 6 – Terra Nullius 
 
The royal family begins to learn just how unhappy Diana is in the marriage as rumors that she’s “doing things to herself” begin to circulate. 
 
Charles and Diana embark on a very important tour of Australia, but it’s a bumpy road as Diana fumbles an interview, refuses to be separated from her infant William, and looks “weak and fragile,” according to her husband, who is still phoning Camila from abroad. 
 
With tensions boiling over, the two realize they cannot continue on this path and have an honest heart-to-heart where they express their love for each other and vow to make this marriage work. Charles is so serious about it, he even ignores a call from Camila. 
 
But all of that goes right out the window when Diana steals the show and captures the heart of the nation. This was supposed to be Prince Charles’ big moment, but all eyes are on Lady D. Prince Charles is so jealous and resentful that he doesn’t even acknowledge that without Diana, they would have likely lost all support in Australia and New Zealand. Any and all love that they had for each other early on in the trip fizzles out entirely and he goes crawling back to Camila. 
 
Back at Buckingham Palace, Diana gets an audience with the Queen and tells her how Prince Charles resents her, but instead of support, the Queen informs her that she was milking the spotlight and overstepped. It’s not the first or last time the royal family makes Diana feel as if she’s solely responsible for her failed relationship or blames her for being loved by the people. 
 
 
Season 4 Episode 7 – The Hereditary Principle
 
The Crown tackles many tough subjects, but episode 7 focuses on Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s institutionalized family. At first, the scenes from inside a mental hospital may be confusing to audiences, but it all comes into focus after Princess Margaret has lung surgery in 1985 and loses yet another lover, Derek Jennings, aka Dazzle. 
 
While the duo has a fling in the episode before he breaks things off to join the priesthood, it’s unclear if the relationship happened in real life.
 
Margaret spirals into a bit of a depression, so Prince Charles convinces her to go see a therapist, who mentions that she’s heard through the grapevine that mental health may run in the family. 
 
That’s when Margaret learns of Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon, her and Elizabeth’s cousins, who were hidden away to protect the monarchy from the shame of the disease.
 
The records show that both Katherine and Nerissa died in the 40s and 50s, but Margaret convinces Dazzle to visit the mental institute and check it out firsthand. He informs her that the women are still alive and fully aware of their familial ties to the crown. He also says that there are a total of 5 cousins institutionalized. 
 
Margaret confronts her mother, who explains that the idea of one family having blood rights to the throne was already so fragile that they couldn’t let the public know about the mental illness and question the integrity of the bloodline.
 
A follow-up therapy session reveals that the genetic fault came from Aunt Fenella, the wife of the Queen Mother’s brother John Herbert Bowes-Lyon, and thus, would never have directly impacted the bloodline of the crown. Margaret deems what her family did unforgivable, but despite feeling completely empty inside and broken by the system, she assures Dazzle that being apart of the royal family is her happiness. 
 
The Crown Season 4: Best Moments from Each Episode

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON). Filming Location: Elstree (Stage 7)

 
Season 4 Episode 8 – 48:1
 
The episode sees Thatcher and the Queen clashing over apartheid in South Africa. 48 of the 49 of the commonwealth nations backed the sanctions, including the Queen, but Thatcher was opposed as she thought they’d damage Britain’s economic interests. This meant that the negotiations were brutal as Thatcher kept refusing to sign before eventually caving, which led to this great quote: “in the ring with the Queen, the Iron Lady melted.”
 
Michael Shea was the Queen’s press secretary, who came to warn the palace that “Today” was set on running a piece about the fraught relationship between Thatcher and the Queen. He advised that they put out a statement shutting the rumors down, but the Queen decided that she wanted to leak the story as she didn’t agree with Thatcher’s policies. 
 
As expected, when the news broke and detailed the ideological rift between the two leaders, it was scandalous, especially as it broke the Queen’s rule of never passing political comments on options. 
 
Despite the story running against the advice of Shea, the Queen’s private secretary made it very clear to him that he was to take responsibility for the leak. Shea was identified as the “palace mole” and forced to give up his position serving the royals. He started a new chapter as a novelist writing political thrillers. 
 
The tension between these two powerful women also overshadowed the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and you know how the royals are about not getting their time in the spotlight. 
 
 
Season 4 Episode 9 – Avalanche
 
Speaking of the spotlight, Diana seemed to steal it again when she tried to surprise Prince Charles with a performance of “Uptown Girl” at a gala during his 37th birthday. As usual, it led to a pretty explosive fight between the couple, which caught the Queen’s attention. Princess Anne clued in her mother about Diana’s several affairs with her bodyguard and riding instructor. 
 
During a ski trip with friends soon after, Prince Charles gets swept up in an avalanche. Both Diana and Prince Charles made it out alive, but his close friend, Major Hugh Lindsay was killed. The avalanche puts plenty into perspective for the royals. 
 
When the Queen summons them for an audience, Prince Charles is ready to inform his mother that he wants to end the marriage and finally be with the woman he loves — Camila. But before he can even get a word in, Diana informs Elizabeth and Prince Phillip that almost losing Charles in the avalanche made her realize just how much she loves him. 
 
Princess Diana truly commits to making the marriage work — she cut off ties with her other lovers, moves into Highgrove, and plans a special surprise for her and Charles’ 7th wedding anniversary. The same cannot be said for Charles, who continues his dalliance with Camila and found himself repulsed with Diana’s gift for their anniversary, a video of her singing a ballad from “Phantom of the Opera.”
 
Anne tries to convince Charles that Camila will never leave Andrew for him and that their relationship is nothing more than a fantasy, but Camila assures him that she loves him.
 
So, Charles begins ignoring all of Diana’s calls eventually pushing how towards solitude and loneliness. He hopes he’ll get her to slip up and have another affair, which she does as she runs back to Major Hewitt.
 
 
Season 4 Episode 10 – War
 
After learning about the affair, Charles immediately ran to his mother to tattle on Diana in hopes that it would finally lead to a separation, but the Queen was having none of it. 
 
He also made sure that everyone believed Diana wasn’t mentally stable enough to go on a trip to New York by herself. The family made Diana doubt herself and feel like she couldn’t do anything right. 
 
However, her trip was a smashing success. She received even more love from the people in America than she did in the U.K. She visited many low-income places that weren’t on the radar of American politicians and made the front page after treating aids patients like actual human beings. Of course, this didn’t sit well with Charles, who assumed the whole trip was Diana’s way of once again stealing all the thunder. 
 
Even worse, the coverage made Camila realize that she could never compete with Diana or be as loved as the Princess of Wales, which made Charles lash out at Diana for upsetting his mistress. 
 
Margaret Thatcher was betrayed by her longest-serving Cabinet minister,  Sir Geoffrey Howe, when he gave a scathing speech during his resignation. This was later seen as the catalyst for a leadership challenge that found her withdrawing from the position after 11.5 years. 
 
The Queen, who grew to respect Thatcher as a woman and a politician, awarded her the Order of Merit for getting England back on track. 
 
Phillip had a brutally honest conversation with Princess Diana about getting her priorities in order and explained that they all feel like outcasts in the royal family. 
 

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8 Questions We Need Addressed in Season 2 of ‘My Life With the Walter Boys’

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My Life With the Walter Boys, starring Nikki Rodriguez, Noah LaLonde, and Ashby Gentry, hit Netflix on Dec 7, 2023, and became an instant hit, as most shows surrounding a teen love triangle (we’re looking at you The Summer I Turned Pretty). Fans loved it so much, in fact, that it received a second season renewal almost instantly, meaning we’ll get plenty more drama from the Walter family + Jackie in the near future.

And that also means we’ll get answers to some of our burning and lingering questions from those jaw-dropping cliffhangers. 

Who Is Morgan?

This is probably the top question I have in mind, but only because it seemed so out of left field. Will and Haley had a pretty solid relationship, with the only trouble in their relationship coming from their inability to see eye to eye on business. Haley wanted to live it up in her mid-20s, while Will wanted to focus on making something of himself. Will possibly took it a bit too far and extreme, but Haley should’ve been a little more supportive of his ambitions and goals to provide for their family and give them a good life. However, at no point did another relationship or romance come into play—they were both certain of their love for one another, even agreeing to get married mere moments after getting back together. Which brings me back to the question of everyone’s mind—who is Morgan and why did Haley lie about the text to Will? Is it a former fling? Is it someone she hooked up with during their break? Is it someone from Will’s past? Whoever it is, my two cents is that not every love story needs to be a love triangle, so I hope they don’t go that route with Will and Haley after they just found their footing. 

 

Will Jackie Come Back? And Who Will She Pick?

It’s pretty clear that Jackie ran off because she was scared—she was scared of hurting Alex, who just told her he loved her, she was scared of the feelings she had for Cole, which she previously repressed but could no longer deny once she saw his romantic gesture with the teapot, and she was scared of coming between them again, just like Paige did before her. Jackie’s reaction was trying not to bite the hand that feeds her, and in this case, the hand was the Walter family opening their doors to welcome her in and giving her a found family. She didn’t want to spit in the face of that by causing friction between two brothers, though it’s clear that her feelings for Cole were much more intense than anything she ever felt for Alex. Leaving was her only solution to keep the peace, but I guess that they won’t let her stay away for long. Will she come back eventually? Are her feelings too strong to stay away? Will someone go to New York to convince her to return? 

 

Piggybacking Off of That—How Did Jackie and Cole End Things?

Obviously, that hookup—initiated by Jackie—was hot and heavy (and a long time coming), but what happened after? Did Jackie just run back to her room and call Uncle Richard to tell him she wanted to go back to New York? Was she feeling guilty for cheating on Alex? Did she immediately regret it? Did they talk about it? Did they just part ways and go to their respective rooms in happy bliss? Cole seemed rather surprised that Jackie left town when Alex barged into his room, which indicates that he thought the night went well. 

 

Will Cole come clean to the kiss to Alex and Will They Continue to Hate Each Other?

Even before Jackie’s arrival, there was a lot of animosity between these two, and it’s something that they have to figure out on their own. Alex holds a lot of resentment toward Cole, mostly for being in his shadow his whole life and for Cole stealing Paige, however, it hasn’t been easy going for Cole either. As he explained, he had no idea about Alex and Paige when he kissed her, plus, he’s dealing with his fair share of inner turmoil that makes him act out and hurt those around him. They have to get over their own stuff before they can drag Jackie into this, but I will say, Alex knew that Cole was into Jackie and pursued her anyway, disregarding how it would make his brother feel, while Cole repeatedly told Jackie that he wouldn’t hurt his brother again and tried, sometimes less than more, to keep his distance and be supportive. Someone is going to walk away hurt, there’s not doubt about it, but I think that Alex’s motivations have simply been to finally win, while Cole’s feelings for Jackie have been real from the start and have only grown in size, all while pushing him to become a better man and stop feeling sorry for himself. Sooner or later, they’ll all have to face reality, and when they do, they will both have to agree not to harbor any ill will moving forward. 

 

Will Kiley Ever Tell Alex How She Feels?

It spoke volumes that the person taking care of Alex in his drunk state and putting him to bed was Kiley. The girl is in love—everyone sees it except for Alex, who is too blind to see what’s right in front of him because he’s focusing on the wrong thing. I think deep down he has those feelings too, he’s just never confronted them because Kiley’s been his BFF forever. I’m hoping season 2 will be the moment she’s been waiting for!

 

Who Will Tara Pick?

Tara may be my favorite character because she’s so unapologetically messy. She’s the school’s counselor, guiding young adults into the next stages of their lives, and yet she has no grasp on her own life. When Nikhil gets a job in London, she’s overly emotional about it, even going as far as to say she would’ve gone with him had he asked. But when she meets Jackie’s uncle Richard at Haley’s wedding, she almost immediately forgets her heartbreak and is smitten. Knowing that she’s drunk and doesn’t want Richard to serve as a rebound, she makes it back to her yurt only to find Nikhil waiting for her, explaining that he turned down the job… except her love seemingly fizzled out already after her fun night with Richard. Tara is proof that not only teenagers go through love triangles—sometimes they catch you right in the middle of your very adult life… and you’re still conflicted. 

 

Will Richard Help Will Save the Walter Farm?

George and Katherine ran into some money troubles with the farm and considered selling, but honestly, thank god Will went to business school and saw the untapped potential. The place is bursting with Instagram-approved beauty, and making it a go-to destination could boost the economy and the Walters’ bank accounts, not to mention there’s also potential to spin out a wedding business! When you have that kind of an opportunity, you better not waste it, and while George was focused on the crops, he wasn’t seeing the full-picture of what the farm had to offer in the age of social media. Maybe Richard’s interest in Tara will convince him to invest and give the Walter farm a second life. 

 

Will Erin and Danny Get Together?

After everything she put up with from Cole, Erin deserves a good guy who’ll treat her right… and that’s Danny! The two are obviously into each other, so I hope that they get their chance at romance once Danny returns from his Julliard program. In general, I hope season 2 allows Erin to be herself and do what makes her happy, not what’s expected of her by those around her. 

 

And finally, this isn’t a question, but more of a personal plea, I’m hoping that the other brothers, Nathan, Isaac, Jordan and Lee (along with sis Parker) get more screentime, and the show finally addresses why Jackie’s estate isn’t contributing some money to help the Walter’s raise her.

Oh, and another thing on my wish list is for Cole to move the hair out of his face! How can he see anything?! I’d also love to see George and Katherine get a storyline aside from being stressed-out parents, both by their children’s misbehaving and financial situations. They’re still young and deserve something else that highlights the beauty of life at that age! 

What did you think? Did you have any questions you want addressed next season? 

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Fans Are All Saying the Same Thing About ‘The Crown’s Casting of Prince Harry

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Prince Harry may be controversial in real life, but his casting on The Crown is catching even more heat. 

The Crown Season 6 Part 2 (also the final season and episodes) hit Netflix on Dec. 14—and one thing was made abundantly clear by viewers and fans all around the world: the casting of Prince Harry was not ideal, which was rather surprising considering the series has always been very on point with its casting of iconic figures like Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, across multiple decades. 

In fact, viewers were pretty rattled and riled by the portrayal of Prince Harry, and they did not hold back their opinions, taking to social media and Reddit to vent their frustrations.

One Reddit thread asked why the series turned Harry into a “d**k” despite his bad boy image in the media, and while most agreed that the depiction of Harry’s attitude at the time (“he was a mess in his ’20s” someone emphasized), including the drugs, drinking, and feeling like a spare, were on point, most couldn’t get past the casting, with one person calling it “god awful” and “the worst casting in the series.”

“Their Harry looks like an AI rendering from the prompt “British redhead…MORE REDHEAD!!!” He’s unwatchable,” someone noted in the thread. 

The complaints kept pouring in on X as someone explained, “i HATE how they portrayed prince harry in season 6 of the crown. I see NO resemblance and I just felt uncomfortable watching him on scene. The casting choice itself is questionable, since the actor looks NOTHING like harry. But the way he was written just felt inaccurate.”

They nailed the young before-Diana-took-away-the-Spencer-genes Prince William. But for Prince Harry, it seems like they went with the first ginger actor they could find and called it a day,” a third user wrote, whereas someone likened him to a villain in Harry Potter, writing, “I think the Prince Harry they casted is the only person I wouldn’t say didn’t move me in this entire series. He looks like an evil kid in Harry Potter. Great actor, bad casting. #TheCrown

Another fan sent “apologies” to the actor, Luther Ford, but went on saying the casting was all “wrong” and adding “#SupposedToBeAHunk #NoWeirdFringe”

One fan of the series just wanted answers:

https://twitter.com/hisyodaa/status/1736304432034329001?s=20

Someone else found “age up” too jarring: 

Others, however,were impressed by Ford’s depiction, considering he had no prior acting credits and answered a casting call:

Another fan couldn’t understand the hate for Prince Harry’s character, noting that the actor “charmed the pants” off of her.

What did you think? Did you like the casting behind Prince Harry in the final season? Or did it completely throw you off and take you out of the moment whenever he appeared on screen?

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Virgin River Holiday Episodes Season 5 Episode 11 and 12 Review – Father Christmas

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Virgin River is getting into the spirit of the holidays!

While most of Virgin River, including Mel and Jack, were under the impression that this was the “best Christmas ever,” even despite a few hiccups with the “extraordinary” family dinner they planned, if you’ve ever seen an episode of this series, you were likely waiting for the other foot to drop. 

**Warning—spoilers from the episodes ahead!**

Things on Virgin River are typically perfect—until they aren’t, but it’s also a very accurate reflection of real life; it’s made up of a blend of good and bad moments, many of which help you realize just how lucky and thankful you are. 

Virgin River Season 5 Episodes 11 and 12, titled “The More the Merrier” and “Father Christmas,” gave fans the very first Christmas in the quaint and charming town, and, if you’ll believe it, Mel and Jack’s first Christmas together. Is it just me or is the timeline exceptionally slow on this show?

Then again, Charmaine made a pointed joke about the length of her pregnancy, which honestly feels like it has spanned decades at this point, so the birth of her twins, which yes, finally happens during this momentous episode, ends up feeling slightly rushed. 

The fact that she has a quick labor isn’t just great for her—it’s a blessing for Mel and Doc as it allows them to get back to all their Christmas Eve shenanigans without missing a beat. 

Despite all that transpired between Mel, Charmaine, and Jack, Charmaine still finds a source of support within them, especially Mel, who stands up for her when Calvin arrives at the clinic when Charmaine goes into labor. Mel might be the only person in town now who knows the identity of the father of Charmaine’s twins, and she’s all too content with keeping it to herself. Personally, I’d be as bad of a secret keeper as Hope, blabbing the news to Jack at the earliest convenience. But Mel is a trusted source who can keep a secret, especially with the patient confidentiality at play. Though, hopefully, Charmaine decides what she’s going to do about her little Calvin problem sooner than later because he seems adamant about being part of those boys’ lives. It’s true that parenthood changes people, sometimes for the better, but Calvin’s caused so much pain in town that I don’t know if it’s possible for him to turn over a new leaf. 

The good news is that come Virgin River Season 6, Charmaine won’t be pregnant anymore, and we can close the book on the longest TV pregnancy ever. 

Mel’s quest to find her biological father was a huge part of the Christmas episodes. Through love letters unearthed by her sister Joey, Mel found out that her mother had a secret love affair with a man named “Champ” in Virgin River, thus making her connection to the town much more significant. 

Together with Jack and her new bangs (love ’em!), she set out on a merry scavenger hunt to uncover her dad’s identity, eventually learning that he won the 1976 Lumberjack Games in town before finding his name: Everett Reid. If you’re slightly disappointed that this isn’t someone we already know, well, join the club. It feels like a missed opportunity… for now, though I’m waiting to hear Everett out fully before I officially cast my judgment. While he initially denied being Mel’s father when she first approached him, even though it was obvious that he was lying, Mel didn’t question it, simply focusing on the people who chose to be in her life—her chosen family. 

And there are plenty of them, including Doc, who agreed to walk Mel down the aisle during her wedding to Jack. 

However, at the end of the episode, Everett arrived at the cabin and changed his mind about wanting to be in Mel’s life. He explained that the initial shock of seeing her—his daughter who looked just like the woman he loved and lost—threw him for a loop. And it’s understandable considering Mel essentially ambushed him without any warning. He needed time to process and think about what it was that he wanted out of this new relationship.

Everett then says that he has to tell her something, but naturally, the episode ends right before he gets the chance, leaving fans on a cliffhanger till next season. What could it be? Is Everett dying? Has he been following Mel’s whole life from a distance? Did he know she was in Virgin River?

And how is it that there is someone in Virgin River who has managed to keep his identity a secret? Living in a secluded cabin has its benefits, but how has he managed to fly under the radar for so long? The fact that no one knows him is kind of a hard sell for me… at the moment, at least. 

Who Is Mel’s Father in ‘Virgin River’?

Jack and Brie were dealing with family matters head-on as their parents, fresh off of a divorce, came to town and immediately started bickering. Brie was running interference before Jack stepped in and basically used one of their old plays against them—sit in your room and don’t come out until you’ve talked through everything. By the end, they emerged as friends, with dad accepting of mom’s new relationship with Javi, as they both acknowledged that they needed to make an effort to bring the family back together. It was a sweet moment showcasing that things don’t always pan out the way we hope in life, but we have to be open to making things work for the sake of the children, even when they are grown adults.

In the end, the big family dinner that Mel wanted was able to happen—and everyone enjoyed themselves. 

Mel not only got the gift of jewelry this year, but Jack also went out of his way to give her the gift she’s been asking Santa for ever since she was a little girl—a pony! A dog named Pony that is. 

Maybe it was the spirit of Christmas but Jack was so fun, silly, and cheery throughout the episode. He wasn’t carrying the weight of his past and trauma, and it was refreshing to see him almost act like a little boy again around everyone he loved and trusted. I need more of this Jack in the future, please. 

The biggest mistake that the series has ever made was driving Brie and Brady apart. I mean, why? What was it for? No one benefitted from it. Brie and Mike just don’t have the same chemistry, unfortunately. They are cute, but it’s nothing compared to the electricity between Brady and Brie, even when they see each other in passing. 

Brady makes a great family man with Lark and Hazel, but I couldn’t get invested in the relationship either, and it turns out that there was a good reason for it—Lark is playing him completely. 

In the final—and biggest twist—of the episodes, Lark answers a call from Hazel’s dad, Jimmy. Yep, you know it’s bad news when Jimmy, from prison, calls to check in on how things are going and Lark informs him that “Brady doesn’t suspect a thing.” I hate everything about this, solely because of how hard Brady’s been trying to become a better man and distance himself from this life. He thought he was finally coming out on the other side after helping to take down Calvin and Melissa, but all of that is about to blow up in his face because he let his guard down.

Lizzy and Denny are expecting a baby girl, a genuinely uplifting storyline that has warmed the hearts of everyone in town, except Lizzy’s mother, who was initially distraught by the news and assumed her daughter was throwing away her life. Lizzy managed to convince her mother that this is what she wanted—to be a mom and have a fulfilling career, and from where I’m standing, Lizzy has a good head on her shoulders. She’s come a long way from the girl who arrived in town initially. And quite frankly, she cut her mother way too much slack!

Doc figured that the annual tree decorating competition was the perfect time to repropose to Hope—and their love definitely inspires everyone around. There’s so much to celebrate these days! 

Virgin River Holiday Episodes Season 6 Episode 10 and 11 Review - Father Christmas

Virgin River. (L to R) Annette OÕToole as Hope, Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins, Kai Bradbury as Denny, Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 512 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Muriel and Cameron are going strong, with everyone in town acknowledging their deep connection and chemistry. However, when Cameron’s ex fianceé blew into town as part of her apology tour during her recovery process, it forced Muriel to look at their relationship a little differently. If Cameron stays with Muriel, he’s giving up the possibility of having a family and children in the future. And while he says he’s okay with that, Muriel wants him to be sure as she doesn’t want him to resent her for it in the future. Nothing would break her heart more than taking this opportunity away from him. Cameron promises he’ll think about it, but it definitely seems like he’s made up his mind about what he wants out of life and who he wants to spend it with. The life he imagined with his former fianceé once upon a time is long gone now that he’s met Muriel—but I’m glad that she’s prioritizing his happiness rather than being selfish, proving that she’s a mature adult who just wants to be realistic about their relationship rather than allowing herself to get swept up in the moment. These are real issues that need to be addressed. 

And finally, Wes’ death is about to blow up Preacher’s life now that the body has been identified. In case you need a refresher, he helped bury the body after Paige accidentally pushed her abusive husband down the stairs in self-defense. Had they just reported his death at the time, it would’ve likely been a lot less problematic than what they are facing now, but considering that Wes was a respected cop with a lot of pull on the force at the time, the self-defense claim might’ve not held up at the time either. 

Kaia realizes something is wrong based on the call and questions him about it immediately, though it’s unclear if Preacher will come clean to her. She is the fire chief now, so it’s likely better for him to tell her upfront in the privacy of their home, but will she be receptive? This is a huge bomb dropping on their otherwise idyllic relationship, particularly after she accepted a new job to stay in town and be with him. Do you think she’ll stand by his side or will this be the demise of their relationship? 

What did you think of the holiday episodes? Did you enjoy the festivities? Do you think everything with Mel’s dad will turn out okay? Share your thoughts! 

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