Virgin River Season 5 really took the “shake things up this season” directive to heart, and nothing is as it was when the fifth season initially kicked off.
Disclaimer — this review includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.
The penultimate episode, Virgin River Season 5 Episode 9, doubled down on the drama, forcing the residents to navigate plenty of unknown territory, and even some unwelcome familiar situations.
Things are really not looking too hot for Brady right now as Jack caught him red-handed, snooping around the airstream. It looks shady, I’ll admit, but we know Brady’s heart, and hopefully, everyone else won’t turn on him simply because of his past… again. Brady has been dealt a pretty measly hand, but through it all, he’s been trying to do the right thing for the people he loves. A brief mention of his upbringing with his sisters reveals that he’s become quite comfortable with lying to make sure he can protect the ones he loves, and I think that speaks volumes about his character.
He’s gone above and beyond to not only protect Brie and Jack, but also the town of Virgin River, and he’s been dealing with this mostly on his own. Mike is the only other person looped in, but even then, he’s not doing much of the heavy lifting, nor is he putting himself in danger the way that Brady is. Brie and Jack have both given Brady plenty of reasons to just let the situation play itself out, but he’s interfered every step of the way to ensure a positive outcome.
My guess is that he’ll come clean to Jack about what’s going on now, giving him the full rundown of Melissa’s drug empire, but we’ll have to see if Jack will believe him and give him the benefit of the doubt.
I would imagine the auto manufacturing place where Melissa and her goons do their business would have cameras set up all around, so it’s possible that they saw him snooping and didn’t go through with planting the product in the furniture, which would make him look like a liar once confronted by Jack.
In the process, Brady has lost the love of his life and his supposed friend is moving in on his girl. I can’t fault Mike for having feelings for Brie, but I can and do fault him for acting on them when he knows the full scope of the situation. Don’t try to get the girl when she’s on the outs with her boyfriend for things she’s not been made aware of—it’s gross. Mike could’ve managed the situation better knowing that Brie didn’t deserve to be pushed into a corner to make a romantic decision based on half-truths.
Mike promised to stick around as a friend for Brie and then crossed every single line. They have chemistry, I can’t deny that, but he should let Brie and Brady have an honest conversation and see if she would still choose him after everything. Truthfully, I don’t think she would. Even after their kiss, it seemed like Brie regretted it and instantly felt guilty about it knowing how much it would hurt Brady. Brie has a strong love for him, so while Mike is a fun and promising distraction while she thinks she can’t trust her ex-boyfriend, once she realizes all he’s done for her, I feel like she’d be grateful and understanding.
When Lark attempted to put the moves on Brady by expressing her interest in him, he shut it down immediately because while he knows that he’s in a lonely place right now, his ultimate goal, aside from taking down Melissa and her drug empire, is winning back Brie. In his mind, it’s not over until it’s over.
Young love was really a huge theme throughout the episode as Doc revisited his relationship with Rose, hoping to gain some clarity as to why she lied and kept their son from him for 50 years. Rose claimed that she did it out of love as she knew that Doc didn’t want kids and only dreamt of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a great doctor, however, Doc noted that it wasn’t her decision to make–and he’s not wrong. She kept a father and a son apart when they could’ve had a relationship.
It was clear that they were never going to find a middle ground, with Hope—yes, the one who was all about throwing shade and making snide comments at every turn—pointing out that they could just leave the past behind them for Denny’s sake. Doc didn’t want to squander his second shot with his nephew, and it was important for Denny that his last living relatives got along, so they all just agreed to disagree. It wasn’t ideal, but given the circumstances, it was the best possible outcome.
Not to mention that there’s really no point in rehashing a past that you can’t change, and though some of those decisions may have been painful, they’re ultimately what led Doc to his one true love, Hope. Everything was as it was meant to be, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Virgin River’s charms didn’t work on Rose, unfortunately, which I think also says a lot about her character. She told Denny that she thought that staying in the small town because of his love for Lizzie and desire to get to know Doc was a huge mistake. But honestly, who is she to give out any advice? She hasn’t made the best decisions in life, so maybe she should let Denny figure out what it is that he really wants out of his limited time on Earth.
Preacher and Kaia’s relationship continues to get tested by her bitter ex, Jay. Things were going so well for the duo, with their relationship heating up as Kaia indulged in Preacher’s new family-inspired menu at Jack’s (because the key to a woman’s heart is through her stomach!) until Jay interrupted to tell her that they were shipping out to Alaska to fight a new wave of wildfires. And, as Jay forwarned, Kaia immediately dropped everything to go pack for the gig. Jay seemed pretty pleased with himself, reminding Preacher that she’d always choose her job, which included him, but Preacher wasn’t deterred, suggesting it only mattered who she came home to. And he’s not entirely wrong.
This clearly isn’t going to be an easy relationship as Jay will constantly prove to be an obstacle as long as she works with him. I don’t want to say she has to make a choice (as the ultimatum is what led to a breakup with Jay), and I love how supportive Preacher is of her career and ambitions, but I don’t think she can continue working side-by-side with Jay and have a thriving relationship with Preacher. Something has to give.
And I truly hope that she doesn’t hurt Preacher by making the decision to give her romance with Jay another shot, but that’s been my fear since the beginning of this relationship.
Speaking of love and obstacles, Cameron and Muriel found that it was very difficult to work together following their romantic kiss the night before. Being in such close quarters only intensified their desires, and while it was fun watching them squirm whenever they had to walk past each other, they eventually came to the conclusion that the connection they have is rare and unique, in addition to Cameron being very limited in who he can date in such a small town. They agreed that it wasn’t fair to cheat themselves out of a chance at true love (yes!), agreeing to find a way to make it work even if Doc objects.
But the truth is, Doc never objected, nor do I think he would be against their relationship at all. If they keep things cordial at work, I don’t see why they can’t pursue a life together. This is a small town with small town rules—plus, Doc now knows the beauty of finding your soulmate.
I think that the two of them made a bigger deal about their relationship than necessary, but now that they are on the same page about their feelings for each other, I hope that they can simply ask Doc for permission and explore their bond. They both haven’t been the luckiest in love, and they deserve happiness.
Mel and Jack picked up where they left off following their conversation in which she explained she doesn’t have it in her to try again after 4 miscarriages and a stillbirth. And truly, who could blame her?
While she wanted to run from reality, Jack asked her to go on a hike with him instead where they could really talk through everything. It was important for Mel to be heard as she was the one going through an immense amount of loss every single time she felt a smidge of hope, but it was also important to acknowledge that Jack’s loss was also valid, in a different way than Mel’s. He might never understand her experience, but he was also denied the opportunity to be a father after imagining what it would be like.
During their hike, the duo got lost, which was a fitting analogy for how they both feel about life right now, but after a rainstorm, they finally made it to their destination of Angel’s Peak—and they were closer than ever. Jack, who loves to repress his emotions, has clearly been learning a thing or two during therapy and opened up about his dark times and hardships, explaining that he knows all too well what it feels like to be broken, but together, they can find a solution to move forward even if it’s not exactly what Mel envisioned. He echoed what I’ve been saying about options, noting that there is surrogacy and adoption, so while the child might not have her mother’s eyes, it will still make them a family and give them the love that they’ve been searching for.
It was a beautiful adventure for the couple that’s been on quite a touching journey throughout several seasons, filled with ups and downs that they’ve navigated together. We can see their strenght in how they support each other, push each other, and heal each other.
Mel’s dream—and now Jack’s—has been to start a family, and while she wasn’t ready for it immediately after yet another loss, she’s slowly finding the strength to pick herself up and look at her options… with the songbird a sign of better days to come. There’s always a rainbow after the rainstorm, and while it seemed like another bout of bad luck, the kiss in the rain is definitely going down as one of the cutest in TV history.
What did you think of the episode? Which storyline are you most invested in going into the season finale?
What Happens to Mel and Jack’s Baby on ‘Virgin River’ Season 5?
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.
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.
When Will the Holiday Episodes of ‘Virgin River’ Premiere? See the Trailer Now
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!
Will There Be a Season 6 of ‘Virgin River’? And If So, When?
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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