Mel and Jack are both struggling to let go of the past and heal from their experiences on Virgin River Season 2 Episode 5.
It’s one of the things that they can connect on — grief.
As we know, grief is circular and comes in waves. But it’s even worse when it’s left there unfettered.
For Mel, dealing with the loss of her husband is something she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life. Thankfully, time heals all wounds and it’ll get easier day-by-day.
Having Stacie come into town and basically demand Mel’s engagement ring because it’s a family heirloom unfortunately brought all those feelings to the surface once again.
Stacie was just as bad as the rest of Mark’s family members who didn’t even invite Mel to the memorial.
She was only in it for herself and didn’t actually care about how Mel was holding up as evidence by the insensitive comment about Mel not having anyone to pass the ring onto because she can’t have kids. It’s as if Stacie blew into town hoping to challenge Charmaine for her “small town villain” title.
When Stacie realized she wasn’t going to get what she wanted, she basically threw a fit and accused Mel of moving on and sleeping with another man barely a year after Mark’s death. Honestly, the audacity.
This is clearly a woman who never had to deal with loss nor did she understand how grief works. She didn’t ask Mel how he was holding up, she didn’t call to check in with Mel at any point prior to this visit, but she had the nerve to judge her because she saw Mel with another man!
She even had the nerve to bring up that Mel and Mark were fighting prior to his death and that they might not have been together had he been alive.
Mel didn’t deserve any of that, but Stacie sure as hell deserved getting shown the door.
Regardless of the “what would have/what could have been,” the truth is that Mel was a part of Mark’s family, likely the most important part. And she deserved to keep the ring is she wanted to — heir or not — because it was given to her. It was one of the only tangible memories left of her husband and symbolized the love that they had for each other; it was selfish of Stacie to want to take it away from her.
Being forced to make such a big decision allowed Mel to face the past in a way she’s been avoiding, which will lead to some much-needed healing down the line.
As for Jack, he’s been suffering from PTSD as a result of the war as he blames himself for Lonergan’s death.
It’s not a healthy thing to bottle up inside; it’s slowly but surely eating at him. He numbs the pain with alcohol, but again, that’s just a device to help him function, it’s doesn’t actually face the trauma or allow any healing. It’s no way to live, but Jack’s also too proud to seek out the help of a therapist.
While he definitely has plenty of things under control, this is one issue that shouldn’t be allowed to fester.
As we see, everyone, even Jack, has a breaking point. After “boys night” where Lonergan was brought up, he called his parents to deliver a proper apology and to ease his own guilt by getting forgiveness.
It was heartbreaking to see him break down the way he did when he learned Lon’s parents were both dead, but the call was still cathartic and a good first step towards acceptance.
On top of everything, Jack also has to worry about Charmaine, who was having heart palpitations as a result of low blood sugar. He tried his best to be there for Charmaine, but he can’t be there for her romantically the way she wants him to.
Jack’s made that pretty clear, but for some reason she’s still convinced that she’ll be able to make Jack fall in love with her by being needy and begging. And when you look at the kind of woman Jack does like (ahem, Mel) it’s the complete opposite of that.
Jack’s solution to the Charmaine problem was to bring her a dog to help curb the loneliness, but clearly, he failed to realize how much responsibility it would be or that Charmaine would interpret the act as an addition to their budding family. When she asked “what should we name him,” it dawned on Jack that no matter what, his baby momma is going to have an unrealistic expectation of what she wants from him.
Hopefully, Charmaine gets the picture soon.
Hope is learning firsthand that pushing Doc towards Muriel may not have been her best decision. Go-figure.
Once Doc stood his ground, she quickly wanted to get back into his good graces, but it was too late as he already had a salsa date planned with Muriel.
Doc’s the type of guy that likes to keep the peace, so he invited Hope to the class hoping to finesse some time with her, but it was obvious from the get-go that this would be an awkward experience for everyone.
The class, however, was eye-opening for Hope as the analogy the dance teacher provided perfectly summed up her behavior. While Muriel and Doc were described as having a “connectivity and rhythm,” which you can’t argue — those two have a lot in common and seem to be enjoying each other’s company — Hope was called out for her “solo endeavor.”
She’s never been one to work in unity with Doc, and even now, she’s been trying to call the shots and manipulate the relationship. If she want to be with him, she needs to learn how to work together as a team.
Connie’s reaction to finding Lizzie’s birth control script was so illogical and old-school. It’s always fascinating to me when people approach birth control with the idea that it’s corrupting a young woman versus considering that it’s actually helping to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
Lizzie may be reckless, but in this case, she was being responsible. Meanwhile, Connie’s outburst at Mel, who was only doing her job, was far from responsible.
Lizzie, an adult, will have sex regardless, but the question is, will she be safe doing it? I’d sure hope so.
For now, Lizzie’s motives are unclear since she went from pursuing Brady to connecting with and kissing Ricky. Was it a pity kiss? That would be a shame since he’s such a good guy who just wants to be liked by her. Hopefully, for her sake, she’ll stick with the “good guy” and let Brady go because he’s about to be in some hot water.
He confronted Calvin about the logging business and learned the truth — they’re dealing fentanyl. Brady immediately knew it was a bad idea, but he was pursued by the idea of money. And yeah, he’ll probably make that dough really easily, but once he gets busted and goes to prison (cause my guess is that Calvin is using him as a scapegoat), none of the money will matter anymore.
If Brady has even half a brain, he’ll get out now before it’s too late.
While Connie may have been all types of wrong about the birth control, it was hard not to feel for her when she confided in Preacher about her past with an abusive father.
After hearing that there was a missing person alert out for Wesley, she put the pieces together. She realized Christopher flinched when he saw his dad and that Paige ran away because she was in an abusive relationship like Connie’s mother.
The good news is that the only two people who know what happened are both on the same page now.
Connie felt guilty for not standing up to her father or going to the police and believes her silence contributed to her mother’s death. But by helping Preacher cover for Paige, she’s getting a second chance at sparing another family from the same pain and giving Christopher a childhood with a mother, which was stolen from her.
- I’m once again asking what the deal is with Jamie, the chef from San Francisco? Is she going to be Preacher’s new love interest or is she an undercover cop hoping to sniff out the truth about Wes?
- Jack spotted Ricky with the stolen tequila. I hate that he’s already getting in trouble for Lizzie. Hopefully, it was an isolated incident and Jack will let it go, but seeing as Lizzie is a terrible influence, I’m scared to see what other trouble Ricky will get into.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
Who Will Die On ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4B?
Stranger Things Season 4 was quite a bloodbath, but we haven’t seen anything yet.
While Vecna claimed a handful of victims in the first eight episodes of the season, none of them were part of the core cast.
That’s all about to change come Season 4B, which does not go easy on our Hawkins best and brightest.
The final two episodes — both feature-length in duration, clocking in at over two hours a piece — have been teased by Joseph Quinn (Eddie Munson) as absolute “carnage.”
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has been doing the press rounds and hinting at a major character death, and truthfully, all signs point to Steve Harrington.
Think about it: His death would have the largest emotional impact. He’s a fan favorite, he’s the “dad” of the group often taking on the protector role and keeping the kids safe when their parents are literally nowhere to be found, he’s an overall good guy, and he has so much momentum and chemistry with Nancy right now, it’s insane.
Per Insider, Joe Keery’s character wasn’t supposed to survive the first season in the Duffer Brother’s original plan, but they simply couldn’t let him go.
And it’s exactly why his death would destroy a whole fandom, crumbling them at the core. It’s a death that will hit both fans and characters equally as hard. Some might argue that Steve is the glue that holds it all together, never taking himself too seriously but also going boldly right into the danger zone.
Matt Duffer didn’t exactly confirm that Steve would be the big death of the season, but he also didn’t deny it either.
“If he’s going to die, it’s not going to be from the bat bite,” Matt told Variety, which is almost reassuring. He did acknowledge everyone is “worried about Steve,” so maybe his death is too obvious.
If we’re all prepared for it, it won’t be as effective, right?
In that case, could it be Nancy Wheeler? At the end of season 4, Nancy is stuck in the Upside Down in a trance as Vecna explains his origin story to her. It’s unclear why he chose to be honest with Nancy, but that’s a good journalist for you — getting the story even when it could cost her her life.
Of course, Steve is in the Upside Down with Nancy, so I don’t think she’ll die there just yet. There’s no way he’d leave her behind without bringing her to safety. But if Nancy is already connected to Vecna, that means she’s running out of time and unless she can find a foothold in the real world to keep her safe a la Max’s “Running Up That Hill,” she might just be his next victim.
Dr. Benner or Dr. Owens — Both of them care for Eleven and want to help restore her powers so that she can defeat this evil once and for all. But the FBI is coming for them, and they don’t take kindly to betrayal. I can see them sacrificing themselves to help Eleven escape for the greater good. Owens would be slightly more upsetting because Brenner might just deserve it.
Eddie — Eddie is a fan favorite, and if look at the show’s track record of killing off the lovable, new guy, well, it doesn’t bode well for the newcomer. He’s already been to the Upside Down, and based on the teaser, we know he returns there for some epic guitar solo. Maybe that’s his triumphant moment before death?
Jonathan — The only way that Nancy and Steve could work is if Jonathan is out of the picture. And while it’s cruel to kill him off for the sake of another relationship, there’s also not much that Jonathan is actually contributing to the storyline anymore aside from getting high with his friend Argyle. His death, however, would shake the core group as he’s Will’s brother and rock.
Eleven — It’s unlikely that the series would risk killing their biggest asset, but she is gearing up for her biggest battle yet. It’s going to take everything that she has. Some might say, you don’t make it out alive after using up all that power. And Eleven loves her friends deeply, so we know she would sacrifice everything for them.
Joyce, Murray, Dmitri, and Hopper are in a dangerous situation in Russia, but considering that they’ve managed to survive a plane crash, Siberia, imprisonment, and a Demogorgon, I have full faith in them!
Who do you think is going to die on Stranger Things Season 4B?
Fans React to Chilling Netflix Doc ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’
The latest true-crime series on Netflix that’s gripping/disturbing audiences everywhere? Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey.
The four-part series is based on the polygamous religious section known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It examines the rise of leader Warren Jeffs, who, at one point (prior to his arrest), had about 69 wives, some as young as 12.
If you find the synopsis disturbing, you’re pretty much on the same page as viewers who recalled feeling quite “traumatized” and “sic” after watching the show.
Here are some of the tweets and reactions about Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey:
just finished “keep sweet: pray and obey”. I don’t have the words. need everyone to try and watch this, it’s so sickening.
kids getting married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers. pic.twitter.com/dTOEkEHJfg
— Menks (@choplifexo) June 9, 2022
Watched Keep sweet , pray and obey on #Netflix mmmm I don't even know what to say
— . (@snatched_fire) June 9, 2022
I thought the new season of Stranger things season was dark… then I watched Keep Sweet; Pray and Obey and it made me physically nauseous lol. I hope Warren Jeffs gets beat up in prison every day for the rest of his life
— Brax (@byu_homer) June 9, 2022
Well, all I can say after watching that, is that the women who escaped from the FLDS and have built new lives for themselves are incredibly brave and deserve a heap of cash from all the millions held by the ‘church’. #KeepSweetPrayAndObey
— Ian McClellan (@ianmac67_SE) June 9, 2022
I nominate Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey for horror movie of the year
— emma ✨ (@e_graceful) June 10, 2022
#keepsweetprayandobey documentary on Netflix is crazy. The things that happen in society under the name of religion and faith is just filthy.
— Clarette Waithera (@ClaretteWaithe1) June 8, 2022
If you told me Heaven was a ranch in Texas where I had to do chores and make lunch for a bunch of old dudes, I’d be making accommodations to reach Hell as soon as possible. #keepsweetprayandobey #keepsweet
— Tyler’s sense of shame (@TchtJustine) June 11, 2022
WATCH: ‘Manifest’ Season 4 Sneak Peek
The fourth and final season of Manifest is on the horizon!
As part of Geeked Week, Netflix gave fans a first look and the upcoming season.
The clip features Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), who takes an unsolicited trip to the docks to locate a shipping container decked out in images of cherry blossom.
The shipping container that she needed to locate is glowing, so it’s likely that a vision brought her here.
But when she opens that bad boy up, it doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s looking for at all. In fact, she’s terrified to find a hand reaching for her. The man, who doesn’t seem to be doing well at all, has “Stone 828” carved into his hand. I really hope they aren’t introducing zombies into the mix.
Netflix knew that they would pique our interest with this snippet, but since we have no other context about the scene, there’s not much to theorize or go off of in terms of what’s happening.
All we truly know is that the Stone family is doing their best to crack the mystery of what happened to Flight 828 before time officially runs out.
What do you think about the sneak peek?
There is no season premiere date just yet, but according to Netflix the final season is “coming soon.” And it was confirmed that it will be released in two batches of 10 episodes.
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