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Virgin River Review – Can’t Be Bought (3×05)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) TIM MATHESON as DOC MULLINS and ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE in episode 304 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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Mel was blindsided from every single direction on Virgin River Season 3 Episode 5. 

When she assisted Doc with an interview for a new physician, she didn’t know she was interviewing Doc’s replacement. 

She was surprised by his revelation that he’s retiring, and if she hadn’t pressed him on it, she likely wouldn’t have known about his long-term plans. 

While it’s understandable that Doc wants to keep his plans private, Mel deserves to know considering she’s directly affected by his decision.  

Dr. Hansen seems like a solid choice; she has all the qualities Doc was looking for, plus, she wants to work at a small, family-run practice. But if Doc doesn’t make a decision soon, she’ll accept another offer and he’ll be left without any solid candidates again.

Do you think Doc will retire fully or will he just scale back hours and hire on additional help?

Mel was also blindsided in the romance department when Brie slipped up about Jack’s ex-wife Mandy.

Ex-wife?! Jack, what the hell?

How is that possible when Jack recently mentioned that he has never lived with anyone else? 

Not mentioning an ex-wife is such a betrayal of trust from the man who keeps emphasizing that he wants their relationship to be based on full honesty. 

Mel has been super vulnerable and transparent with Jack, so this is a pretty big omission. Why didn’t he ever tell her about Mandy? Why hasn’t she come up before this moment? And what led to the divorce? It seems like there’s a lot to unpack here. 

Mel told Brie she wouldn’t say anything, but it’s not something she’s going to brush off.

It’s also pretty crappy timing considering she just told Jack that she wanted to have a child. 

Jack’s reaction was more understanding than I imagined it would be for a man who has lost his home and is expecting twins, but he still didn’t jump at the idea. Who can blame him? He has a lot on his plate right now. 

And unfortunately, not wanting kids might lead to the end of an otherwise promising relationship with Mel. 

On top of everything that Jack has been forced to deal with, he’s also getting memories of the night he was shot. 

While the flashback remains vague, it’s a step in the right direction. I’m still convinced Brady will be revealed as the man in the hooded sweatshirt. 

However, Brady does seem like he’s turned over a new leaf. I want to hate his relationship with Brie, but I just can’t. They’re cute and seem to fill a void in each other’s lives.  

Jack doesn’t know the extent of their relationship, but he will find out fairly soon as I’m sure Brady will check in on Brie, who fainted right before heading out to drinks with Mel. 

It’s still unclear what’s going on in Brie’s personal life back home, however, the anxiety definitely has something to do with her job and her ex.

Why do you think she collapsed? Drinking on meds or is there a health issue at play?

Speaking of health issues, Doc checked up on Lilly and she finally told him about her cancer diagnosis shortly before telling her daughter Tara, who was visibly broken up. It doesn’t seem like Lilly will seek radiation or chemotherapy, so we should probably strap in for a sad storyline in the near future. 

After her rift with Connie, Lizzie moved into Ricky and Lydie’s place, but the arrangement seems temporary… at least Lydie really hopes it is because Lizzie’s been using up all the hot water in the house. 

Lizzie proposed that she and Ricky get a place together, which took him by surprise. From everything that I’ve seen from Ricky, he isn’t ready to be in a mature relationship. He’s not ready to fly the coop, and as cute as they are, Lizzie needs someone more independent. The poor kid still has a lot of growing up to do.

Jack’s situation with Charmaine is not good. In fact, it’s terrible.

She stopped by his bar to tell him that Todd wanted to grab lunch, and when Jack informed her he didn’t have time that day, she basically threatened his relationship with the children. Why is Jack made out to be a bad guy for having prior responsibilities? Why does he have to be on Todd’s time?

His meeting with Todd went even worse as he basically tried to buy the unborn twins from Jack as if they were up for sale. What makes Charmaine think that Jack doesn’t want to be a present father? Things between them may not have worked out, but he has said he wants to be involved in their lives countless times. The audacity!

Do they think Jack’s a fool? Or that he’s just going to jump for joy that he doesn’t have to raise his children? It’s a huge responsibility, sure, but it’s one that he wants no matter how difficult it may be. Getting rid of Jack would make things easier for the two of them and not the other way around. It’s only in their best interest. 

If I were Jack, I wouldn’t even deal with Charmaine without a lawyer. You never want things to get messy with the mother of your child, but Charmaine is pushing it. And worse — she has Todd throwing large sums of money at any little problem and encouraging her behavior.

It would obviously be much easier for Jack just to cut all ties with Charmaine, and it would also make things easier for him and Mel when it comes to starting a family, but Jack’s not the kind of man to shirk his responsibilities! Those kids are going to be lucky to have him cause Todd is a tool!

What did you think of the episode? 

Who do you think shot Jack? Will Mel’s desire to have a child come between her and Jack? Sound off in the comments below!


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‘Virgin River’ Season 4 Summer Premiere Date Announced – Guess Who’s Back!

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'Virgin River' Season 4 Summer Premiere Date Announced - Guess Who's Back!

We’re heading to Virgin River this summer! 

Netflix announced that the fourth season of the romance drama will arrive on Wednesday, July 20. 

The total episode count will be 12. 

The season’s official synopsis reads: “Despite not knowing whether her baby belongs to her deceased husband, Mark, or Jack, Mel begins Season 4 with a sense of optimism. For years she yearned to be a mother and her dream is one step closer to reality. While Jack is supportive and excited, the question of paternity continues to gnaw at him. Complicating matters is the arrival of a handsome new doctor, who’s in the market to start a family of his own.”

While fans might be hoping that Mel’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) is carrying Jack’s baby, there’s a lot of questions surrounding her pregnancy, even if it is an exciting one. 

And there’s also an exciting update concerning Doc and Hope! 

The season 3 cliffhanger revealed that Doc’s better-half was in a car accident, however, a first-look photo reveals that she’s alive albeit suffering “lingering psychological effects of her brain injury” that will have “profound consequences for both her and Doc.”

‘Virgin River’ Star Confirms She Will Be Back for Season 4

As for Brie, she’s fully in Brady’s corner as she aims to prove that he’s innocent and finds herself “unexpectedly finds herself in a closer relationship with Mike and one step closer to Calvin’s violent criminal web.”

Don’t worry, even Preacher is finding some kind of happiness by forging a new “romantic connection” with Julia (Lucia Walters), though, surely, there will be some update on Paige and Christopher. 

And even Lizzie and Ricky are inching closer and closer together, the pictures from what looks like Hope and Doc’s wedding reveal. 

Are you ready for more love, heartache, and drama?

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‘Virgin River’ Star Confirms She Will Be Back for Season 4

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'Virgin River' Star Confirms She Will Be Back for Season 4

And she’s back!

Virgin River fans will be happy to know that one resident is returning to the picturesque town for the upcoming highly-anticipated fourth season. 

Annette O’Toole, who plays Hope McCrea on the Netflix drama, informed Twitter that she would be back for season 4. 

Furthermore, she already wrapped filming on the new episodes. 

“Today is the last day of filming for #VirginRiver season four,” she wrote. “It has been a joy to work alongside this wonderful crew. They wear masks all day; sometimes over 12 hours. I cannot say enough about their dedication and goodwill. I salute and thank them.”

Fans were relieved by the info as O’Toole’s character was noticeably missing from the third season. 

She only appeared a handful of times via video chat as her absence was explained as her helping her 90-something-year-old aunt during a hurricane.

Fans weren’t sure if O’Toole would return because when she was set to come home, Doc got a visit from the Sheriff about an accident. Apparently, a truck hit Hope on her way home. She was in the hospital with a severe brain bleed and had to be put into a medically induced coma due to her heart problems. Doc was a mess the entire time, especially as her condition began to worsen.

At the end of the season, there wasn’t any indication of whether or not Hope would pull through, but her Twitter message to fans is very reassuring. 

After all, we need to see Doc and Hope’s vow renewal ceremony! 

So, what was the reason for O’Toole’s absence in season three? The coronavirus pandemic. 

The show-runner, Sue Tenney, previously told US Weekly: “We were affected by COVID like every other show, and it was impossible for Annette to come and join us up here in Vancouver. Personally, I love Hope. I love the character, so we got busy in the writers’ room to see how we can keep her alive in the show, with only having limited access.”

O’Toole seems to be ready to make up for lost time. While she couldn’t reveal any “nuggets” from season 4, she teased that it was an “exciting season.”

Alexandra Breckenridge, who plays Mel Monroe on the series, revealed that she also wrapped on filming the upcoming season. 

In a recent Instagram post, she shared a timecard from the show with the song “The Final Countdown.”

“That’s a wrap!!!!!! Season 4 Virgin River complete for me… For those that don’t know ‘WF’ means ‘work finished’,” she noted, adding, “Camera skills in the car need some improvement!”

It’s unclear when the fourth season will premiere, but it’s possible that we could be seeing a summer release. Last year, season 3 wrapped filming in December 2020 and made its way to the streaming platform on July 2021. 

While you wait, you can catch up on all of our Virgin River reviews here and re-live the biggest moments of the season HERE

The series has already been renewed for a fifth season!


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9 Biggest Moments on Virgin River Season 3

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For a small town, Virgin River has plenty of drama! 

From marriages, pregnancy, accidents, and funerals, the third season dropped bombshell after bombshell as it dealt with the realities of being human. 

Check out the biggest moments from Virgin River Season 3 below:

 

Doc’s Eye Troubles

Throughout the season, Doc struggled with accepting his wet-aged macular degeneration diagnosis as one of the symptoms was blindness. With the possibility of not being able to run the clinic for much longer, he began his search for a replacement. Being the private person that he is, Vernon didn’t want to tell anyone about his search, not even Mel. However, she found out after a recruiter left him a voicemail about an interview. Mel was blindsided as she thought Doc wanted to replace her, but eventually, he confided in her about his diagnosis and treatment. She promised to keep it a secret until he was ready to tell the rest of the town. While he’ll likely have to hire someone sooner rather than later, at the time of the finale, he was still running the show with Mel’s help.

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and TIM MATHESON as DOC MULLINS in episode 307 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Brie’s Miscarriage

Brie, Jack’s sister, is a new character that arrived in Virgin River after his shooting. While she seems to be running away from something in her past, she isn’t upfront about what happened at first. After she suffers a miscarriage, Brie confides in Mel that she was in a relationship with an attorney who didn’t take no for an answer and sexually assaulted her, which resulted in her pregnancy. Throughout the season, she deals with the prior trauma by taking handfuls of Xanax and mixing it with alcohol. She also pursues a relationship with resident bad boy, Brady.

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) BENJAMIN HOLLINGSWORTH as BRADY and ZIBBY ALLEN as BRIE in episode 306 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Mel’s Pregnancy 

Mel and Jack finally make their relationship official, but their happiness is short-lived. After Mel tells Jack she wants to have a family, he becomes overwhelmed. Between his shooting, his house burning down, expecting twins with Charmaine, and the custody battle that’s in store, Jack doesn’t think he has the time or money to have any more children. When he realizes that he might be keeping Mel from her dreams, he breaks up with her. Mel then goes to LA to support her sister, Joey, during her divorce proceeding. Joey sees how distraught Mel is about potentially not having children and informs her that Mel doesn’t need a man to become a mom. She encourages her to see a fertility specialist to implant her and Mark’s remaining embryos. In the finale, Mel gets a positive pregnancy test and tells Jack that she’s pregnant just as he gets down on one knee to propose to her! He’s overjoyed about the pregnancy until she tells him that it might not be his baby… and that’s the cliffhanger leading into season 4.

Virgin River Kindling Review Season 3 Episode 5

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) TIM MATHESON as DOC MULLINS and ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE in episode 304 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Charmaine and Todd Get Married

Charmaine’s decisions are pretty terrible, but they’re fueled by her husband, Todd. Yeah, Charmaine got married to a controlling, rich man who wants to cut Jack out of the twins’ lives by adopting them. Charmaine seems to realize how terrible that is but refuses to do anything about it because she doesn’t want to jeopardize the relationship. Instead, she allows Todd to keep calling the shots while ruining any chance of a positive relationship with Jack. When she finds out that he hired a family custody lawyer, she calls him out for being out of line despite not giving him a choice.

While there was a smidge of promise for her character, in the end, Charmaine proved that she would be a problem that Jack won’t ever be able to shake if he wants to be involved with his kids. 

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) LAUREN HAMMERSLEY as CHARMAINE and PATRICK SABONGUI as TODD in episode 301 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Lilly’s Death

Early on in the season, Lilly tells Mel that she has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She doesn’t want to tell her daughter or the group of ladies as she doesn’t want to be a burden, but Mel suggests that she reach out to her friends and family for support. She eventually confides in Doc before breaking it to her daughter, Tara. Tara tells Connie, the town gossip, who breaks it to the ladies. Everyone is there for Lilly in her last days. She passes away peacefully in her sleep and is remembered with a beautiful funeral and reception attended by all those she loved whose lives she touched. 

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) LYNDA BOYD as LILLY and STACEY FARBER as TARA in episode 302 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Brady’s Arrest 

Brady has been trying to rehabilitate his image, but with Jack’s shooter still on the loose, and Jack’s memories putting him at the scene of the crime, it becomes much harder than he anticipated. When Jack begins to regain his memories, Brady fesses up that he was at Jack’s the night of the shooting and that they fought. However, he’s adamant that he didn’t shoot Jack. When his alibi falls apart, he becomes the prime suspect. 

Calvin gets cleared of all charges and pays Brady a visit during which he basically threatens him. Shortly after, cops and FBI arrive at Brady’s with a search warrant. Brady is confident that they won’t find anything. When they pull out the weapon used to shoot Jack from his car, Brady tells Mike and Brie that he’s being set up. Neither believes him, and he’s arrested for the attempted murder of Jack. 

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) BENJAMIN HOLLINGSWORTH as BRADY in episode 302 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Hope’s Accident

Hope only appeared a handful of times via video chat as she was helping her 90-something-year-old aunt during a hurricane. She wasn’t there when her best friend Lilly passed away, and the night she was set to come home, Doc got a visit from the Sheriff about an accident. Apparently, a truck hit Hope on her way home. She was in the hospital with a severe brain bleed and had to be put into a medically induced coma due to her heart problems. Doc was a mess the entire time, especially as her condition began to worsen. At the end of the season, we have no indication whether or not Hope will pull through. 

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) GWYNYTH WALSH as JO ELLEN, JENNY COOPER as JOEY, NICOLA CAVENDISH as CONNIE, JANET GLASSFORD as JUNE, and TIM MATHESON as DOC MULLINS in episode 304 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Preacher Gets Drugged

Preacher became Christopher’s guardian while Paige was “out of town.” He was constantly on high alert and looking over his shoulder as Vince, the twin brother of Paige’s ex-husband, was still lurking around looking for revenge. When Paige’s best friend, Sally, reached out to Preacher and told him Paige was considering turning herself in, Preacher wanted to see her in hopes of talking her out of the decision. That’s when Sally drugged him and left him in the woods. Vince had clearly gotten to her. With Preacher out of commission, Vince also broke into the house as Christopher and Connie came home. It seems he’s likely going to try to use the kid as leverage to force Paige out of hiding. 

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) COLIN LAWRENCE as PREACHER and CHASE PETRIW as CHRISTOPHER in episode 301 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Doc’s Grandson

A 19-year-old arrives in town and gets a room at Fitches B&B. The Seattle-based teen informs Lydie that he’s looking for his grandfather, Vernon Mullins. Grandfather? We’re definitely going to need more to the story!

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) TIM MATHESON as DOC MULLINS and GWYNYTH WALSH as JO ELLEN in episode 304 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

 

What did you think of the season? We’re already counting down the days till season 4! 


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