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Virgin River Review – Heroes Rise (506)

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The intensity of episode 5 carried over into Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6 as the wildfires raged on bringing destruction and devastation to the beloved town. 

Disclaimer — this review includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.

But one thing remained true—heroes rise to the occasion, and we saw all of Virgin River’s residents step up and take charge, fighting for their town and their home. 

Instead of running away from danger, they ran straight into the fire, quite literally, as Mel found Ava unconscious on the floor of the barn as Chloe cried out for help. It’s a good thing she made the choice to check on them because if it hadn’t been for her, these two likely wouldn’t have made it out alive. 

Thankfully, Jack also arrived in the knick of time so that Mel could focus on Chloe, who inhaled a lot of smoke, while he carried out Ava as she regained consciousness before going to help the animals before Lilly’s entire farmhouse burned down.

I was worried that something would happen to Jack when he went back to the barn, but he made it out safe and sound, which was a good thing because he played a key role in “Operation Save Virgin River.”

As the fire hopped the river and began to spread near Jack’s bar, everyone was forced to evacuate to another zone to stay out of harm’s way. 

Knowing that if they stood by and did nothing, the bar would be completely destroyed, they began to wet down the bar, as Jack urged Preacher to listen to Brady’s suggestion to build a backfire. 

Preacher might not trust Brady (again, Brady being forced to prove that he’s not the same person he once was), but in a life-or-death situation, personal feelings and opinions don’t carry much weight. They were united in a common goal with the enemy being the fire, not each other, as Jack emphasized. And it was Brady’s quick thinking that proved to be the most effective with Kaia even praising him for the idea as it bought them time and prevented the flames from destroying Jack’s. It would be a huge loss and blow to the community if Jack’s was destroyed, so I’m glad they were able to protect it. 

Hope and Nick decided that working together would yield better results, especially because Nick was in way over his head while Hope had some experience in crisis management, but she also proved to be on top of her game despite the TBI, and even if she might not ever be 100%, she’s very clearly still in control of her life. 

Instead of waiting for emergency services to send help, she took it upon herself to motivate Charlie (who had a massive crush on her!) to lend them their duster plane so they could start putting out the fires. It was an ambitious plan, but one that Jack co-signed, even volunteering as a pilot in order to get the job done. Did it seem like too easy of a solution in the grand scheme of things? Absolutely, especially as we see wildfires burn for weeks on end in certain parts of the country, but for the sake of the series, I’m glad they were able to get a handle on things before things became even worse.

Jack’s hero moment quickly fizzled out when he arrived at the designated fire safe zone and found a distraught Mel, who simply apologized to him before she broke down crying. 

The loss happened during such a busy moment that she wasn’t allowed to sit with her feelings, nor was the audience, but now that everything is settling down, she has to come to terms with it, grieve, and find a way to move on. This is definitely not the outcome I wanted for their storyline, but it’s a reality that happens far too often to women and isn’t talked about as much as it needs to be. I hate that this happened, but the reality is that given Mel’s history, it was a huge possibility.

It wasn’t just Mel who suffered the loss as Jack went from expecting three children to none, and that’s bound to take a toll on a person. He was dreaming up his family’s future, so he’s going to have to mourn that in his own way, and hopefully, it won’t destroy him or cause him to spiral, all while being a source of comfort for Mel. 

And hopefully, they can also take comfort in knowing that their journey to starting a family doesn’t have to end—they can adopt, foster, or even get a surrogate. There are options that can be explored to make them feel complete as a unit, options that benefit from being told and explored on a large-scale TV series. 

As for Mel, the poor girl has been through hell and back during the wildfires, not just because of the miscarriage, but trying to ensure that baby Chloe makes it out alive after all the smoke inhalation and helping out at the clinic. It’s a lot for one person to handle and by the end, you could see the tiredness and exasperation settling in. She needs a hot bath and a good night’s rest. 

Doc and Cameron needed to rely on each other, even though there was plenty of tension there as Cameron was upset that Doc didn’t tell him about his macular degeneration. When Doc decided to stay behind with critical patient Jay and wait for the Medevac team, Cameron did as well, underscoring his distrust of the doctor. It definitely was a fair reaction as he felt blindsided, but it was also judgemental as he didn’t take into account what Doc was going through. Mel proved to be more understanding (which makes sense because she knows him well and built up a great relationship with him), making it clear that the diagnosis did not define Doc nor did it make him less of a skilled doctor. She also reminded him that Virgin River needed him right now, especially—and she wasn’t wrong. Doc dedicated his whole life to this town and this practice, and he didn’t want to let anyone down, including himself.

We’re all flawed humans; Doc was simply doing what he thought was best until he realized he could no longer go on pretending that nothing was wrong.  The moment his vision became impaired, he took a step back, so in his mind, he was never putting anyone in danger, though I can see how a partner would want to be made aware of a situation, especially when he’s the only one at the clinic who seemingly didn’t know anything was amiss. 

Preacher also had quite a day trying to keep everyone at Jack’s fed while worrying about Kaia, the firefighter he clearly developed feelings for who was out there on the front lines. And when he finally asked someone about her, he found out that she was being medevacked with her husband, Jay, the man who was impaled while out in the field. I wish you all could’ve seen the way my jaw dropped in this moment because, Kaia, girl!

Before I pass any judgment, I will give her the benefit of the doubt because she did seem genuine in her feelings for Preacher and because she didn’t seem to want to keep it a secret that she was seeing him. Hope put two and two together pretty quickly, so if Kaia was trying to sneak around, I think she’d be a little more discreet with the flirting in such a tiny town that thrived on gossip, even in the most dire of times. I’m going to assume that she’s either separated or in the process of divorcing her husband and didn’t feel the need (or comfortable enough) to say anything just yet as things with Preacher initially started as nothing more than a hook-up. Maybe she was worried that if he knew she had a complicated past, she’d scare him away? Clearly, she doesn’t know Preacher because his loyalty is unmatched.

So, while finding out that the woman you’re falling for has a husband, it might not be what we think it is… at least, I hope it isn’t. I’ve said this in every review, but Preacher has truly had his heart broken enough and I will not let him get hurt again. 

Not being able to communicate with anyone since the phone lines were down made things difficult to check in on loved ones, and it kept Brie and her mother, Amelia, on the edge of their seats at home, glued to the TV and waiting any news about the fate of Virgin River.

Mike was on hand to give them updates from a friend, which was helpful in curbing anxieties, but while I wanted to believe he was coming from a good place, I can’t help but think he’s using Brady’s absence (and the fact that he knows they are on the outs because of Brady’s situation) to his advantage and to get closer to Brie. 

I know there’s no bro-code at play because he’s no longer friends with Brady, but he cares about Brie, so the decent thing to do would be to be a friend to Brie without trying to pursue something more. 

I’m glad he was there because she needed the support, and also a person to help her navigate her tricky dynamics with her mother, but she doesn’t need someone to replace Brady.

It was slightly frustrating that she didn’t seem more concerned about Brady’s safety because Mike was there. Brady made one mistake, but he came clean about it, and she seems to have crossed him off the list. And that happens a lot to this poor guy—he can’t seem to escape the past and no one gives him enough credit, even when he’s trying to change. 

He turned to Mike for help getting out from under Melissa’s grasp, and I hope that it doesn’t mean Mike will help him while also stealing his girl.

As for Brie and her mother, I genuinely loved their honest heart-to-heart. Jack may be the strong one, as evidenced by his heroics diring the fire, but that’s not always necessarily a good thing, and it’s definitely not an indication that someone is okay. Strong people break, and it’s often a lot worse as they’ve been taught to put up walls and repress emotions in order to keep up the strong appearance, which we’ve seen with Jack. It’s incredibly strong to be vulnerable and be able to let other people in—Brie is just as strong as Jack, just in different ways. 

Finally, Denny, who thought he accepted death because of his diagnosis, was ashamed of how he acted in the face of death during the fires, but honestly, I don’t think anyone who has anything worth living for is every simply content with the idea of dying. And the fear of it is absolutley not a reason to feel humiliated, even if you do freeze up in the moment. He and Lizzie found themselves in a very scary situation, unexpectedly, and if it wasn’t for Bret and his truck, they probably wouldn’t have made it out alive.

The person they went to save saved them, which just goes to show that during an emergency, everyone has to look out for and rely on one another. One moment doesn’t define you, and Denny proved himself by leaping into action later and running to Doc’s to warn them about the evacuation. 

I think both Denny and Lizzie are starting to realize that they’ve fallen harder than they ever expected, with so much falling into place and perspectie for Denny. He now has a reason to stay and live—a woman he loves that he has a future with. If anything good came out of the fire, it’s finding love in a hopeless place. 

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What Happens to Mel and Jack’s Baby on ‘Virgin River’ Season 5?



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There wasn’t a dull moment on Virgin River Season 5, from the wildfire threatening the picturesque small town to Brady’s team-up with Mike to take down Melissa, the new woman running Calvin’s drug empire, and even Brie’s trial against her predatory ex—and weaved in through the fabric was Mel and Jack’s pregnancy storyline. 

Disclaimer — this post includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.

Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack Sheridan’s (Martin Henderson) pregnancy started off as one of the more positive storylines, juxtaposed with the shocking revelation that his ex, Charmaine, spent months lying to him about the paternity of the twins. In the Virgin River Season 4 finale, Charmaine suffered a medical episode during which she came clean that Jack was not the father of the boys as she led him to believe. I won’t spoil who the real father is revealed to be in the final moments of the season (you can read that in more detail here and here).

Mel’s pregnancy was immediately considered high risk because of her previous miscarriages, yet it was filled with hope that this time would be the one. Until it wasn’t. 

Sadly, Mel lost the pregnancy about midway through the season at the worst possible time as she was volunteering at Doc’s (after quitting her job to make sure she had a safe pregnancy), so she didn’t even have time to fully process what was happening. As she was gearing up to treat patients affected by the wildfires, she stepped away for a bathroom break, which is when she noticed blood on the toilet paper. She confirmed the heartbreaking news with a quick ultrasound showing that there was no longer a fetal heartbeat present. 

Instead of having the fully-deserved breakdown, Mel composed herself and gave the people of Virgin River her all, including baby Chloe, who nearly perished when the fire took hold of Lilly’s farm.

Eventually, when the fires got under control, Mel was able to let the feelings in, and they flooded in all at once as she reunited with Jack and broke down crying as she offered up a heartfelt apology, a clear indication that something tragic happened.

Jack fully supported Mel in the aftermath of her loss, allowing her to grieve the way she needed to, and when she was ready, he asked Hope to convey the news to the rest of the town so that Mel wouldn’t have to tell everyone and re-live it every single time.

When Jack brought up trying again, Mel kept avoiding the topic, seemingly not ready to talk about it. She was being honest with herself, so she couldn’t be honest with Jack, however, in a moment of honesty and clarity during her girls’ night with Brie and Ava, Mel confirmed that she didn’t have it in her to keep going and experiencing hit after hit. Not only was it emotionally taxing, but it was physically and mentally draining. Mel didn’t want to get her hopes up again thinking this time would be different only to feel crushed by the realization that it wasn’t. 

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It definitely wasn’t what Jack wanted to hear—or expected to hear—and his side of things was also valid as he lost three prospective children in a very short time period, however, he remained committed to finding a solution that pleased them both without being pushy or forceful. 

He didn’t want to give up on his dreams of being a father, and he knew that deep down, Mel also wanted a family, despite feeling broken and discouraged at the moment. He suggested trying a different method—and there are so many to explore with adoption and surrogacy at the top of the list—reminding her that it doesn’t matter how you get there, it simply matters that you do.

She was a bit hesitant at first as it wasn’t what she’d always envisioned, but things rarely go as planned. And she, of all people (she ended up in Virgin River spontaneously), should know that. 

The more she thought about it, the more she realized that Jack was right. This hiccup, though heartbreaking, didn’t have to be the end of their journey towards having kids. They didn’t come this far (she didn’t come this far), to only come this far. 

The final moments of the episode found Mel and Jack agreeing to buy Lilly’s farm to start their dream life and family together, all while planning their future wedding in the most perfect spot. 

It’s not the outcome many fans were expecting, but given her history, it’s one that made sense, while also allowing the writers to deepen Mel and Jack’s bond while showcasing their journey toward parenthood in a realistic way. 

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When Will the Holiday Episodes of ‘Virgin River’ Premiere? See the Trailer Now



Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River is giving a holiday gift of two bonus episodes. 

After all 10 episodes of the fifth season arrive on Sept. 7, fans can look forward to two additional holiday-themed episodes streaming a few months down the line as “part 2” on Thursday, Nov. 30. It will be the show’s first-ever Christmas offering, bringing the episode count to 12 in total for season 5. 

The 10th episode, the unofficial “season finale,” even included a time-jump four months into the future, setting the scene for the additional episodes as Mel and Jack can be seen gearing up for Christmas by decorating their cabin with wreaths and lights. 

Mel is chatting with her sister, Joey, as Jack asks if she and the kids are excited for their first Virgin River Christmas.

A few days after the fifth season premiered, Lauren Hammersley, who plays Charmaine, shared the first look at the holiday episodes, revealing what fans can expect—and yes, Christmas in Virgin River looks just as magical as you’d expect. 

As the town goes all-out for the Christmas tree decorating competition (the grand prize is a Yule log and bragging rights), Mel, who is sporting some chic new bangs, explains that she’s looking for her biological father as she wants to know “what happened.”

By the end of the brief trailer, she informs Jack that they’ve located him, with Preacher noting that he’s “still in Virgin River.” There are a handful of possibilities as to who it could be, which we break down in full right here

Lizzie’s pregnancy is also addressed as she has doubts about whether she’ll be a good mom as Hope (likely) gears up to give her some incredible advice. 

And speaking of pregnancies, one of the longest in TV history is finally coming to an end as Charmaine begins experiencing contractions at Doc’s practice and Mel jumps in to help.

As for Brady and Brie shippers, there may still be hope for their reconciliation after all as she approaches her ex and accidentally meets him right under the mistletoe. One fan in the comments suggested that she’s now doing the chasing, though a later scene, which seems to be a holiday dinner with everyone in town, sees her cozying up to Mike, so it seems she’s still very much conflicted on matters of the heart. 

The only upsetting storyline includes Preacher, who may have found love with Kaia, but whose life might also blow up now that they’ve located Wes’ body after the fire. 

“This thing is about to blow,” Mike tells him over the phone as Kaia inquires if he can clue her in on anything. 



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We have to wait till Nov. 30 to see how everything unfolds, but remember, despite the drama and love triangles, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year!

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Will There Be a Season 6 of ‘Virgin River’? And If So, When?



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

Virgin River Season 5 ended with a handful of cliffhangers for all the inhabitants of the picturesque small town, so it’s no surprise that fans are wondering if and when we’ll get more of the popular romantic drama.

In addition to the two bonus holiday episodes coming later this year on Nov. 30, the Netflix series starring Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson has already been renewed for a sixth season.

Virgin River Season 6 was officially confirmed back in May 2023, though for now, no release date has been announced. 

And the series will likely experience some delays due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes in Hollywood.

Mark Ghanimé, who portrays Cameron, the clinic’s newest doctor, confirmed the renewal, revealing in his Instagram post that the sixth season has yet to start filming. 

“I am hoping our lovely gang of writers can get what they need so they can continue writing this show for 5 more seasons and we can get right into shooting our 6th!!” he wrote.



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The series, based on Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr, has no shortage of source material as there are 24 books in the collection,  and considering the early renewal for season 6, the streaming giant clearly believes in it as there’s plenty of fan interest to keep visiting the idyllic small town with its fair share of drama.

“I think we definitely see more longevity and growth with the show,” Netflix’s Head Of Drama, Development Jinny Howe told Deadline, noting, “As long as the audience asks for it and shows up — and I think we see with Season 4 that the fandom is very strong and growing in many places as well — it feels like based on what we’re seeing with Season 4 and the anticipation for Season 5 that there is a lot more storytelling to offer us.“

As of now, the family faces, aka the main cast, which includes Breckenridge, Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Tim Matheson, Annette O’Toole, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Lauren Hammersley, Sarah Dugdale, Zibby Allen, and Marco Grazzini, are all set to return. 

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