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Virgin River Review – Life and Death (3×08)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) STACEY FARBER as TARA and LYNDA BOYD as LILLY in episode 308 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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What a heartbreaking ending to Virgin River Season 3 Episode 8. 

Although we knew Lilly’s death was coming, it didn’t lessen the blow when it suddenly happened as Doc was over for dinner. 

The good news is that he was around to console Tara and offer emotional support as she mourned her mother and begged her to open her eyes.

The scene had me balling like a baby! 

The worst part of it all is that Lilly never got to tell Hope that she was sick because she didn’t want to interject herself into her current plans and wanted to wait to tell her in person. 

Lilly thought she had more time, and thus, passed before saying goodbye to her best friend. 

However, Tara mentioned that her mother was having a really good day, so part of me thinks that maybe Lilly somehow knew that it was her last day and was content knowing she lived a good life with a great family and friends. 

Either way — this is a huge loss to the town and the daughters she left behind. 

Mel spent the first half of the episode in Los Angeles comforting her sister Joey during her divorce proceeding. In turn, Mel confided in Joey that she and Jack broke up because he got scared away by her desire to have a child. 

Joey then pointed out that Mel, an independent and capable female, didn’t need a man to have a baby. 

While it’s obviously a lot more difficult to raise a baby alone, Joey reminded her that she still has the embryos she froze with Mark. I can’t remember if this is something that was mentioned before, but it almost seems too obvious and perfect.

The thinking is that Mel could have the child she’s always wanted while honoring her late husband’s memory. If Jack then wants to be a part of that child’s life, he can be, but the expectation wouldn’t be placed solely on him.

However, I’m not sure how Jack would feel about Mel carrying a child that wasn’t his. 

They may have broken up — and in my review of Virgin River Season 3 Episode 7, I understand where Jack is coming from more than the rest of the town– but there’s clearly a lot of love between them. 

Everyone in town sees them as soulmates and cannot believe that Jack would let such a great woman go. 

Jack continues to defend his actions explaining that he did it because he loves Mel; he doesn’t want to burden her with all of his issues and commitments. 

Again, everyone in town thinks he’s running away from commitment and emotions, but I think that Jack is being realistic rather than feeding into his desires. He knows that he can’t give Mel everything she wants at the moment and doesn’t want her to resent him for it. 

But then Doc made a solid point as he explained that it wasn’t Jack’s choice to make alone — Mel was a woman that has gone through hell and back. She knew exactly what she was getting into when she gave her heart to Jack and had every chance to back out if it was too much for her. She never did because she chose to be there; she chose to be a part of the chaos. 

Jack broke her heart and betrayed her by making the decision for her because it didn’t acknowledge what she wanted out of their relationship. He was essentially saying that he knew better and had the authority to decide for her. 

Once Jack heard Doc’s perspective, he crawled back to Mel and begged her to take him back. 

He explained that he acted out of fear, but knew in his heart that she was worth fighting for. 

And who can blame Mel for giving him a second chance? Just look at those puppy eyes. 

She may have been hurt, but she knows deep down that Jack is the one.

However, it also wasn’t clear if Mel’s meeting with the fertility specialist was just informative or if she already made the decision to get her embryos implanted. If she did, it was a pretty haste decision and one that may have serious consequences moving forward.

Brady and Brie had an honest chat where she basically told him she didn’t believe a word he said. 

Brady admitted that he was at the bar the night of the shooting, but promised her once again that he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger. 

Obviously, that didn’t matter much to Brie because she already made up her mind about him based on what Jack told her. She doesn’t believe people can change and doesn’t like that he’s shrugging off all the bad things he’s done even though he simply doesn’t want to be defined by the mistakes of his past.

Brie has had terrible luck in the dating department, so I’m not surprised she’s finding any excuse to push Brady away. She cautiously opened up her heart to him only to find out he willingly worked for a guy who was dealing fentanyl and may have been involved with her brother’s shooting! 

I’m just curious as to why she didn’t ask what Brady and Jack fought about? No one seems to care, but it could give insight as to who did shoot Jack. 

Brady obviously cares about Brie, so when she dumped him, he got drunk and picked a fight with Mike at Jack’s bar. 

Brady may want to change but he’s reckless, which makes him his own worst enemy. 

The fight between the men revealed that Mike did something in Iraq that he wasn’t proud of and that didn’t paint him as the hero everyone thought he was. It was kind of petty of Brady to bring it up, but again, that’s how Brady operates. He’s not above hitting below the belt to hurt someone who hurt him. 

Will we find out what Brady was referring to in terms of Mike’s past?

It’s also a bit of a stretch to parallel anything that they did in Iraq to something that Brady did while back in Virgin River. They are two very different scenarios. One is about survival, the other involves a choice being made.

Lizzie was swindled into helping Preacher with a BBQ event at the bar after Ricky called off. He told Preach he was visiting a friend out of town, and he probably should learn to keep his stories straight, especially in a small town where everyone talks. 

When Lizzie confronted him about where he’d been, Ricky blatantly lied to her face and she knew it. It’s not a good look for Ricky. 

It’s totally understandable if Ricky wants to wait until he passes his entrance exams to let Lizzie know, but again, he needs to learn to keep his stories straight if that’s the case. Otherwise, Lizzie, like every other woman, will just assume the worst. 

And then there’s Charmaine, who is finally seeing the light and realizing that Todd might not be her Prince Charming after all. 

During some ritzy soiree, Charmaine found out that Todd was planning to move her and the twins to a house in Eureka without even running it past her. 

When she confronted him about it and emphasized that her life was in Clear River, he brushed it off before admitting that the move would get them further away from Jack. The goal was to make it as difficult as possible for Jack to be involved in the twins’ lives so that he’d eventually give up wanting custody. 

Now, if that isn’t the biggest red flag (among other red flags), I don’t know what is. 

Charmaine knows it’s wrong. She knows it’s wrong to keep a father away from his children. How does she not realize that she’s blessed with a man that wants to be involved and take responsibility?

And it says a lot about Todd that he wants to sabotage another man’s chances at being a father. He’s overstepping already and the twins aren’t even here yet nor are they biologically his. 

Jack is so chill, if Todd was a decent human, he likely wouldn’t mind him being a step-father. But Todd is bold for wanting to take those kids as his own.

Now that I think about it, it’s unclear if Charmaine was even clued into Todd’s offer to adopt the children and cut Jack loose or if that was something Todd suggested without her knowledge. 

I’m leaning towards the latter, and I find myself deeply disturbed by that. 

Charmaine has to speak up because she has sacrificed way too much for Todd at this point. 

She would have an easy life with him, sure, but she’d also have no say in it. Charmaine may have been a little unhinged, but she deserves better than to settle for any man who will give her the time of day. 

I’m hoping Charmaine will come around and do the right thing. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you rolling your eyes at Charmaine? Did Mel get the implantation? Should they get back together? Sound off in the comments!


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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.

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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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