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VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN and ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE in episode 306 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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Let the games begin!

The town of Virgin River celebrated the Lumberjack Games on Virgin River Season 3 Episode 6. Don’t you just love how festive they are?

The Lumberjack Games were described as the Olympics for lumberjacks, and man, the Paul Bunyan-inspired outfits were a gem. 

The sporting event was also the backdrop for plenty of important character development. 

Jack and Mel revisited the idea of having a family (at the most inconvenient time), and I love that Jack feels secure enough in the relationship to let her know that he needs more time to think it through. 

Mel also admitted that her desire to have a child wouldn’t come between their relationship, which is very comforting. Jack is her family, so I would hate for her to abandon him or break up with him simply because he wasn’t ready to have another child. 

After all, he might say no at this very moment since he’s still overwhelmed with the idea of welcoming twins, but down the line, he might have a change of heart. 

Jack also brought up his ex Mandy, who he explained he married right out of high school. The relationship didn’t last more than 3 weeks as she filed for divorce when he was shipped off to the Marines. 

I wonder if there’s going to be more to this story or if it was just a vehicle to touch upon Jack’s possible commitment issues. 

However, it definitely seems to mirror the relationship between Ricky and Lizzie. Ricky just graduated high school and entered his first real relationship with Lizzie, who is a bit more experienced in the department. 

While she wants to take the first step and move in with him, Ricky isn’t exactly ready and seems to be seriously considering joining the Marines. 

If this is what Ricky truly wants, I’m glad that he’s following his heart rather than choosing to stay behind because of Lizzie. Relationships come and go, and while Lizzie may be the one, he’s also not making her his whole world. 

However, I do think she deserves to know what his plans are so that she’s not completely blindsided by his decision, especially since she’s only staying in town because of him. She saw him chatting up the Sergeant so my guess is that she already speculates that he plans on joining.

Doc was roped into helping with the Lumberjack games — the perks of living in a small town and being married to the Mayor. 

Does anyone else miss Hope’s gossipy nature and sarcasm? I can’t be the only one. 

While he was lending a hand, Doc realized that he needed to make a decision about the course of treatment needed for his wet-aged macular degeneration. His eyesight is getting worse as he had trouble counting equipment, but he didn’t seem to have any issues with skeet shooting as he impressively hit 3 out of his 4 targets. 

Once a champion always a champion. 

Though it’s concerning that Doc would rather shoot a gun with his vision impaired than tell the town of his diagnosis.

Lilly’s cancer also came to light when Tara accidentally confided in Connie, who told all the other ladies. Word sure does travel quickly.

Lilly was taken aback, but she wasn’t mad at Tara as she realized that by asking her to keep her secret, she was doing the exact thing she didn’t want to — burdening her daughter. 

The ladies deserve to know. They are best friends and will offer the best support system!

Preacher had quite the scare when Christopher went missing during the sporting event. He ended up running off to play on the playground but considering the dangers that loom, it could’ve ended badly. 

I love how Preacher communicates with Christopher like he’s an adult. He doesn’t treat him like a child nor does he punish him, but he makes it clear that rules need to be followed. They have such a good understanding mostly because Christopher isn’t trying to rebel and respects Preacher the way Preacher respects him.

After her terrifying collapse, Brie confided in Mel that she was taking Xanax following a tough breakup with an attorney that she didn’t want to keep seeing in court. There’s obviously much more to this story, and I continue to believe that some kind of abuse was at play, but Brie will obviously talk when she’s ready. 

And hopefully, by then, she and Jack will have strengthened their relationship and she’ll be able to trust him again. 

For now, she’s fully investing herself into a relationship with Brady, and while they’re cute together, it’s clearly problematic as Brady is the prime suspect in Jack’s shooting. 

Jack refuses to believe that his buddy tried to kill him, but Mike is following the facts. Brady even made a comment that Brie was talking to Mike, which felt off. Is he fishing to see if anyone is onto him? Is that why he’s getting close to her? Because I would hate that. Brie is already so vulnerable that the last thing she needs is a man taking advantage of her for the wrong reasons. 

I’ve said all along that I thought that Jack’s shooter was Brady, but I truly hope I’m wrong. I don’t want him to let us all down. We were rooting for you!

Jack’s list of problems just keeps getting longer and longer. Charmaine reached out to him and asked him if she could rehome her pup Tucker with him. 

She said it was because Todd has allergies, but it turns out, Todd’s just a terrible person. I don’t trust anyone who hates dogs. 

Charmaine said giving up Tucker was a “compromise,” but I agree with Jack — she should just give up Todd instead. 

The Charmaine that arrived to give up her dog wasn’t the “honeymoon phase” Charmaine… she was more sullen as if she was no longer seeing her relationship through rose-colored glasses or trying to tell herself that it was the perfect relationship.

Is Charmaine so desperate to be with someone that she’s just blatantly avoiding red flags? I don’t believe for a minute that she’s as happy as she claims to be with Todd, and the fact that he’s been showering her with expensive gifts seems to be his way of convincing her that he’s Prince Charming when that’s far from the truth.

I can’t wait to see what happens with this relationship, though I hope she resolves it before the twins are born as that could make things too complicated. 

It’s also annoying how Charmaine painted Jack as the villain in her story when he wanted something else out of life, then she tried to cut him out of her life when it was convenient for her, but now that she needs something from him, he’s the hero. 

Jack has been unproblematic this whole time, but he was pushed to the side and only consulted when no one else was around. 

He’s a good guy who deserves better!

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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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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.

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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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