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Virgin River Review – Stage 4 (3×03)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE as MEL MONROE and MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 303 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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Virgin River Season 3 Episode 3 picked up with Lilly telling Mel about her cancer diagnosis, which is unfortunately stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

Lilly is obviously terrified by the advanced diagnosis and doesn’t feel comfortable confiding in anyone else. Mel agrees to be her emergency contact but emphasizes that Lilly is going to need a support system.

There’s a lot of emphasis on Mel holding baby Chloe, Lilly worrying about who will watch her kids when she’s gone, and even Lilly asking Mel whether she wants to have a child with Jack. 

All of this is either pointing towards Mel and Jack deciding whether or not they want to have children together or Mel becoming Chloe’s adoptive mother. 

I would say the latter is more fitting as the writing for Mel to adopt Chloe has always been there since she was first dropped off at the clinic and Mel held her in her arms. 

While I’d love for Mel and Jack to have a child of their own, there’s also the fact that Mel might not be able to have any more children. 

However, the likeliest solution is that Lilly’s older daughter, Tara, will adopt Chloe. 

Lilly’s storyline is heartbreaking, but it does help Mel realize that life is short. 

There’s a lot of emphasis being placed on pregnancy and children as Mel gets a sonogram in the mail from her sister-in-law, Stacie, as a pregnancy announcement. It’s a highly insensitive move on Stacie’s part considering she knows all about Mel’s fertility struggles and how broken she was about losing her child, but it’s not entirely surprising considering how petty Stacie was about Mel not wanting to give her back the engagement ring.

The sonogram once again forces Mel to think about whether or not she’d want to try for kids again. 

The earlier she has this discussion with Jack the better. I don’t see Jack wanting to have any more children at the moment since he’s expecting twins, but it isn’t fair for Mel to put off her wants either. 

Plus, it’s not entirely clear if Jack will be involved with the twins as Charmaine keeps pushing him away and excluding him from all decisions. 

I’ve tried to like Charmaine and give her the benefit of the doubt as she’s obviously going through a tough time, but it’s impossible. She’s proven time and time again that she only thinks about herself and her own happiness. 

She may be the one carrying the twins and giving birth to them, but Jack is their father and deserves to have a say, especially if he wants to have one. Charmaine’s statement that he can “go live his life” is worrisome because it seems like she’s trying to get him out of the picture completely.

And a lot of that mentality seems to be fueled by Todd.  He was too excited to tell Jack about the new birth plan knowing that it would irritate him and cause tension. 

I hate to say it but Jack needs to lawyer up for this one. 

I was also a little upset that Jack took out his frustrations on Mel for not telling him about Charmaine’s plans to move to Portland. While he was upset that Mel withheld the truth from him as he wanted complete honesty in their relationship, it was really a situation where he should’ve been upset with Charmaine. 

She’s the one who should’ve told him about her plans, but decided to keep it from him instead. And even though it didn’t come to fruition, it’s clear that she’s overly comfortable with keeping things from him.

She never included him in the scenario — she was always going to make the decisions that worked best for her.

So, again, Jack needs to lawyer up and get a custody agreement in writing. There’s no question that the whole town will support him and vouch for his character! 

Doc was so concerned about Hope, he decided to book a ticket to Atlanta and brave the flooding to get his woman!

While a romantic notion, the plan was very dangerous, and I’m glad he heard from Hope before he got on that plane. 

Hopefully, she’s doing okay, and Doc will be able to breathe a bit.

Lizzie’s ex, Parker, blew into town and thought they would pick up where they left off. 

It’s clear that Parker hasn’t changed and simply thought she’d take him back with open arms. When he realized that she was with Ricky, he decided to ask for forgiveness and apologize for the way he treated her before giving her an offer back in LA that would be difficult to refuse. 

Lizzie has been better off here than in LA, but will she change her mind after getting a taste of her old life?

She’s definitely keeping the door open by leading him on instead of shutting him down. 

After getting a pep talk from Charlie about being a man, Ricky decided to get some info about joining the marines.

Do I smell a breakup in the air? Will Lizzie’s interest in Parker convince Ricky to pursue this avenue?

While there was trouble in paradise for Lizzie and Ricky, Brady and Brie were heating up. 

Their one-night stand turned into something deeper, and you know, I can’t blame her — there’s an irresistible charm about Brady even though you know deep down in your soul that he’s bad for you. 

Brie is going to end up falling hard, but I’m hoping Brady will want to become a better man for her. 

Of course, none of this is going to sit well with Jack, but he seems to be taking it one step at a time. For now, she confided in him that she quit her job, but we still don’t know what influenced that decision or why she’s decided to stick around Virgin River.

Preacher informed Connie he got a letter from Paige, which explained that Vince is closing in on her. I don’t know if Paige will ever come back, and that’s heartbreaking for Christopher who just wants his mom.

However, he does have a good support system in town including Preacher, who has stepped up to the plate in more ways than one. 

It made sense that he didn’t want to let Christopher go to the sleepover as he didn’t know the parents and couldn’t guarantee that nothing would happen to Christopher.

He’s responsible for him, and he’s taking this responsibility very seriously. 

In the final moments of the episode, Jack found out that Jimmy has been taken into custody, which will hopefully fill in the blanks of what happened the night he got shot! In order to get closure and move on, Jack needs answers! 

What did you think of the episode?


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Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

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Virgin River has been getting better and better with each passing season. 

At this point, we’re pretty much locals, alongside Mel, in the picturesque small town, so we’re fully invested in all the drama that comes with the territory. 

The season focused mainly on Mel’s pregnancy journey with Charmaine popping up as a secondary character to remind everyone that she’s also pregnant with two twin boys. 

Jack started dealing with his trauma, finally, though it was a bit of a bumpy ride, Brie was a complete baddie and went to town to help ensure that Brady walked away a free man, Hope grappled with the aftermath of her accident and brain injury, Doc tried to reason with Hope during her recovery while also getting to know his surprise grandson Denny (who also had his fair share of secrets), and finally, Preacher opened up to a new love interest while staying vigilant in an attempt to bring Christopher and Paige home (it’s what I call a bit of a messy love triangle)!  

But let’s dig in on the biggest moments and cliffhangers from Virgin River Season 4!

 

Not the Baby Daddy

Charmaine, say what? After the hell she put Jack through, Charmaine called him and Mel when she was having what seemingly turned out to be a panic attack over the fact that Todd, who we all knew wasn’t worth a damn thing (why did it take her this long to figure it out?), was leaving her. It’s unclear what transpired in their relationship, but Todd wasn’t present for the baby shower because of a reported work trip, Charmaine admitted that she didn’t think he cared about the babies as much as he let on, and she eventually told Jack that she thought Todd was cheating on her. All of that basically boils down to Charmaine making really poor choices about the men she allows into her life. 

And after bubbling up to the top, it caused a lot of stress and a little breakdown, which is totally understandable. What wasn’t understandable is what came next! When Jack and Mel arrived at the house to render help, Charmaine broke down and insisted that this must be karma for lying to Jack about being the boys’ father.

Listen, I want Charmaine to find happiness, I want her to move on and get a good man, but Charmaine needs to stop playing with Jack’s emotions. She led this man to believe he was going to have twins. She let him fight for those children. She let him host the baby shower. And then she dropped that ball on him five months into the pregnancy? What a rug to pull out from someone who has been preparing for the arrival of these precious dudes. One minute Jack believes he’s about to be the father of three and the next minute, he’s no longer the father of two of those children. 

If there’s one thing that I know for sure, it’s that Jack cares about Charmaine, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she stuck around and provided for those kids regardless of the bombshell reveal. 

But also, who is the father?! Someone call Maury before he retires

Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River. (L to R) Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 412 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

 

More Paternity News

On a lighter note, Jack IS the father of Mel’s baby and they are having a baby girl. The news was one of the happier developments this season. The duo may have had their ups and downs, but they are a resilient couple. And this step forward into the future is so good for both of them. As long as Jack continues with his therapy to work through his PTSD and grief, I have no worries about their relationship at all. Mel is finally getting the family she always wanted, with a man who loves and respects her. The feeling is mutual as she stood by his side through the good times and bad.

The fact that the child is biological Jack’s and not Mark’s child eliminates the whole fiasco of Mark’s mother taking Mel to court and attempting to get custody. This baby has nothing to do with her. However, I can see Mel possibly fighting for custody of the embryos even if she doesn’t use them. They were hers. And it’s not right that a woman,  even if she is Mark’s mom, should have the legal right to hire a surrogate to raise Mel’s child with her dead son. The lady, as Mel informed her, needs to accept the loss and move on.

 

Denny’s Health Issue

Denny’s collapse was a lot more than dehydration — he has Huntington’s Disease, a fact he hesitated to reveal to Lizzie because of the lifelong implications. Denny’s presence this season was uncertain till the very end. He was lying about a lot of things and keeping secrets, so without the full picture, he constantly looked shady and suspicious. When he took photos of all of Doc’s tax statements and bank accounts, I was certain he was trying to rob his grandfather blind. But the end result was that Denny was a stand-up kid who was trying to do some good and using his late father’s money to pay off the loan on Doc’s clinic.

Lizzie was skeptical throughout the season since Denny was giving her mixed signals. At times, he was into her, the next, he wasn’t in a place in his life for a serious girlfriend. Lizzie took it personally and sort of pressed Denny to come clean before he was ready, but it’s not entirely surprising that she was suspicious about the guy she was getting close to. However, with the prognosis out in the open, it makes sense why Denny was so reserved. Huntington’s is a fatal genetic disorder that causes a progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain so a person’s mental and physical abilities deteriorate. 

Denny is dying, and he doesn’t want to drag Lizzie down with him. The only other person he trusted with the info was Doc, who seemed pretty collected afterward, though he is pushing for Denny to seek help from a specialist despite there being no cure. It’s honestly such a heartbreaking prognosis, especially as Denny just met Doc and Doc just found out he has this whole family out, including a son he never knew about or met and who passed away recently. Life has a way of reminding you that the happy times will always be balanced out with heartbreak.

Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River. (L to R) Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins, Kai Bradbury as Denny in episode 408 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

 

Brie’s Big FU to Don

Okay, Brie is a badass this season. She’s out here fighting for Brady on the front lines, bringing down drug operations, and exposing rapists!  When Don ambushed her at Jack’s bar while she was all alone, she didn’t run away in fear nor did she let what happened to her crumble her, but instead, she was fearless as she looked down at the man that hurt her and called out his behavior for what it was. She then promised to fight for all of the other victims by vowing to go to the police and file a report. Also, her relationship with Brady has turned into something so genuinely pure that it’s at times cuter than Mel and Jack (and that’s saying quite a lot!). Brady has owned up to the mistakes of his past, but he wants to be a better man for Brie. And Don should be glad he didn’t run into Brady while staking out Brie because, as much as I love Brady, he has anger issues and he wouldn’t hesitate to introduce Don to his fist.

Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River. (L to R) Benjamin Hollingsworth as Brady, Zibby Allen as Brie in episode 404 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

 

Ricky Heads to Bootcamp

Ricky was focused on tying up loose ends and gearing up for bootcamp throughout much of the season. Up until the last minute, he wasn’t sure that he actually made the right decision about enlisting, and when he pulled up to the bus station, he felt like a coward, but he had the blessing of his grandmother. And Jack went to see him off and assured him that he was going to be just fine. It was heartbreaking to watch him leave this great life behind, especially as his feelings for Lizzie remain strong, but for once, Ricky was being brave and putting himself first.

The other half of his story arc this season was pining over Lizzie. He regretted hurting her and tried to get a second shot with her, but when he realized that Lizzie needed space, he proved to be the decent guy by covering her shifts so that she could go out with Denny.

The duo remained good friends as she organized a whole goodbye parade to send him off. And now, the door for their relationship to rekindle once he has served remains open. 

Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River. (L to R) Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey as Ricky, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in episode 412 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

 

Brady’s Name Is Cleared

Brady has gone through hell and back, but after Jack regained his memories from the night he was shot, he remembered that it was Vince, Christopher’s kidnapper, who pulled the trigger and not Brady. While this wasn’t enough for Mike to drop the charges against Brady, it was a start. And when Preacher found a bloody knife at Jack’s bar, the DNA matched Vince’s thus confirming Jack’s story. Brady’s name is cleared and a cop was arrested for working for Emerald Lumbar and planting the evidence in his car. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s in the clear just yet because things with Emerald Lumbar are messier than ever after Calvin was “eliminated’ by the new leader.

 

Melissa Montgomery Is Nick’s Sister

And that new leader is Melissa Montgomery. I guess technically she’s always been in charge of this “family operation,” as she calls it, but she was working in the shadows with Calvin as her henchman. Once he was no longer working for her, she took matters into her own hands — see: his boat exploded — and made it very clear that Brady was going to start running the drugs for her. A middle-aged woman running a drug operation is kind of surprising, but what’s even more shocking is that she’s Nick’s sister. The same Nick who is a staple good samaritan in Virgin River. The same Nick who is investing in Jack’s Airstream business idea, which, if we’re being honest, is likely indirectly funded by Melissa. It’s safe to say Jack just unintentionally got into business with the enemy. And I wasn’t liking the way she looked at him during that “friendly” business dinner where she found out that Jack is expecting a baby with Mel. It almost felt like she just stumbled upon a secret she could use against him if he didn’t fall in line, kind of like she threatened Brie if Brady posed a problem. 

While the gossip queens of Virgin River, including Jo Ellyn, know that Melissa is terrible, my guess is that they don’t know the extent of it. And Nick likely has absolutely no idea what his sister does or how ruthless she is, but things are about to get ugly come next season. Thank god Netflix already renewed it for season 5 because we need to see the outcome of it.

 

Mel Resigns

Virgin River welcomed a new doctor at Doc’s practice, Cameron, but by the end of the season, he resigned after kind of, sort of, definitely putting his foot in his mouth with Mel. Once the damage was done, working together in that teeny tiny space was going to be way too awkward. Cameron had a crush — it was obvious, and how could blame him? Mel is a catch. But it was totally out of line to suggest that Jack might be unreliable because he has an alcohol problem, even if he was coming from a real place of concern as his ex was an alcoholic. It’s no secret that Jack boozes it up to numb the pain, but Cameron didn’t know Mel well enough to make that comment. And honestly, she had it under control.

Once Mel realized that Cameron made up his mind, she made the bold decision to resign instead. And while she needs the money to raise a child, her decision makes a lot of sense. Doc is getting older, she’s going on maternity leave, and they need someone reliable to run the clinic. And that person would be Cameron. Losing him just isn’t in the cards. 

Of course, we know Doc is never going to allow it, so they’re just going to have to find some compromise. Maybe they can work rotating shifts so that they never have to be in the same place at the same time?

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Preacher Saves Paige

Preacher has been invested in Paige and Christopher’s story since day one, but this season, we kind of got to see the man open up without the added responsibility of protecting them. After Vince kidnapped Christopher, Preacher hired a PI to track him down. He couldn’t do much else, so he attended an aikido class to release some stress and accidentally fell in love with Julia, his instructor. The connection they had was pure and sweet, but Preacher’s past came back to haunt him rather quickly. Julia found it odd that he had a painting of a woman and a child in his picnic bag, and when she asked him about it, Preacher simply said that it wasn’t his story to tell. And that’s fine, but it’s also not something a woman who is falling for a man wants to hear. When he finally assured her that Paige was out of the picture, she appeared at his door while he was on a romantic date. Paige was understandably freaked out that Vince took her son, so she went behind Preacher’s back and made an exchange — she would go with Vince if he returned Christopher. It worked, but there was no way Preacher would allow anything to happen to her, so he followed them to the cabin hideout and leaped into action prematurely without waiting for Mike for backup. Thankfully, Paige diverted the attention to her and Preacher was able to deliver a blow that knocked Vince out. But what does this mean for their future?  Paige and Preacher were romantically involved at one point, and he’s still very much emotionally connected with her son. I’m rooting for them to be a family, but I also really like Julia and don’t think she deserves to be hurt in the process. 

Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments

Virgin River. (L to R) Colin Lawrence as Preacher, Lucia Walters as Julia in episode 410 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

 

Hope’s New Reality

Hope struggled to make sense of the new world she was living in. She was forgetful, she was lying, she was having outbursts. I know she went through a traumatic experience that was hard to process, but she was unbearable the first half of the season. Eventually, she started finding herself and being a bit more tolerable. She accepted Lily’s death and tried to make peace with it. She befriended Muriel and their friendship is one of the more surprising outcomes of the season. And because of Muriel, she got a new perspective on life seeing how lucky she was that she had someone to share her life with, even if it wasn’t what she imagined. She even decided she needed to find a new way to spend time with Doc, so she asked Muriel for assistance. Hope is turning over a new leaf, and while it might take a while, it’s nice to see that she’s breaking through those stubborn barriers thanks to her friends. Maybe we’ll get a renewal ceremony episode after all?

 

 It was quite an eventful season. Don’t be fooled by Virgin River’s calm waters — the town is anything but calm! 

What was your favorite part of the season? How do you think things will unfold in season 5? It almost feels like Charmaine has been pregnant forever but that just means the timeline of the series is more day by day than timejump!

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Virgin River Season 4 Episode 1 Premiere Review – All Is Not Calm In This Scenic Town

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All is not calm in this scenic town, but you already knew that? 

However, if you didn’t know what to expect when Virgin River Season 4 returned to your screens, you probably didn’t anticipate the first episode to kick off with a very pregnant Mel walking with Jack. You assume you’re getting a glimpse of what’s to come, but suddenly, Mark, very much alive, comes their way as a debate erupts over who the father of the child actually is.

Thankfully, it’s just a nightmare (though, Mel might see it as a dream), and a peek into Jack’s current mental state when it comes to how he’s coping with the pregnancy news. 

It doesn’t take long before the series dives right in where we left off dishing out the expected dose of drama, feel-good moments, and that gorgeous, picturesque scenery. 

 

Mel

Mel and Jack arrive at the doctor’s office where she’s classified as a high-risk pregnancy because of her previous stillbirth. Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn’t helping her since she doesn’t want to make a fuss about it. She informs him that when she was expecting with Mark, they did everything by the book and still lost a child, so her plan is just to live her life this time around and hope for the best. It’s not an easy thing to accept, but who can blame Mel for not wanting to worry when anything can go wrong regardless?

A new doctor blows into town, and since he’s a young, good-looking man, it stirs up a lot of gossip! Not only is Dr. Cameron Hayek a looker, but he’s also a great guy! But he’s no competition for Jack, even if the town’s people are hoping for some kind of love triangle strictly for their own entertainment.

Jack asks Mel not to tell her sister, Jo, about the baby as he wants to keep it a secret for a little longer, but Joey knows something is up when she calls Mel. When breaks the news to her, she informs her that she’s not sure who the father is. Either way, Joey is thrilled and knows this is what Mel has always wanted. 

 

 

Jack

Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn

 

 

Hope

Anette O’Toole is back as Hope, but this isn’t the snappy and spunky woman we’ve come to know. Hope is recovering from a traumatic accident that led to a brain injury, so she’s not feeling like herself. Everyone is kind of tip-toeing around her as she deals with her new reality, particularly when it comes to Lily. Hope asks Doc if Lily is mad at her because she’s not returning her calls. Her brain blocked out the information that Lily passed away, and Doc does his best to avoid the topic at all costs because he doesn’t want to inhibit her recovery in any way. When Lizzie volunteers to take care of Hope, she accidentally reveals that Lily is dead. Once she realizes Hope doesn’t know, she panics and calls Doc who comes to inform Hope that she knew about Lily’s death and was actually on her way to the funeral when she got into the accident.

 

 

Doc 

As Doc deals mostly with Hope’s memory loss and recovery, he’s shocked to hear that there has been a young man looking for him claiming that he’s his grandfather. Obviously, since he had no children, he doesn’t really believe it. But at the end of the episode, Denny arrives on his doorstep and informs him that Rose Miller gave him Doc’s information. Doc recognizes Rose’s name immediately, but he also thought she died 49 years ago. The fact that he remembers how many years have passed means that she meant a great deal to him. Will Rose somehow be involved in the series?

Virgin River Season 4 Premiere - All Is Not Calm In This Scenic Town

Virgin River. Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 401 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

Charmaine

Her appearance is brief, thankfully, but she does divulge that she’s expecting boys, a secret she’s conveniently keeping from Jack. I just feel bad for the kids because she clearly doesn’t value Jack as their father and is going to make being in their lives as hard for him as possible. 

 

Preacher

Preacher doesn’t have much action in the first episode, but considering the nature of his storyline, I’m sure it will change soon enough. He’s worried that he hasn’t heard back from the PI about Vince after he kidnapped Christopher. He considers taking the whole thing public but decides against it because he doesn’t want to spook Vince into hiding. Eventually, he’ll slip up and they’ll be able to find Christopher safe and sound. Hopefully. 

 

Brady

Brady is in jail, which is quite a scary place to be when you’ve betrayed a whole gang and are responsible for the raid that landed them all in prison, including Jimmy. He keeps trying to reach out to Brie and even requested a bail hearing, but things are moving pretty slowly. Jack suggests that maybe Brady was framed. He notes that Brady is a lot of things, but dumb isn’t one of them, so the chances of him driving around with the gun in his Jeep are slim. 

 

Brie

Brie goes on a job interview as she hopes to stay in Virgin River and make a life for herself here. After everything that transpired between Brady and Jack with the arrest, she chooses to ignore her former lover’s calls from prison. Will she eventually hear him out and let him explain his side of the story?

 

Hope is still in such a fragile place — how will she react to the news that Doc had a son and is a grandfather? Gossip travels fast in town, so it’s best if Doc tells her before she hears in the same way she found out about Lily.

Who do you think the father of Mel’s child is? It’s such a unique situation, and she’d likely be happy with either outcome. How will her pregnancy affect the storyline moving forward? Is the new doctor hitting on her or is he just super friendly?

Is Charmaine out of line? Will Brady survive in prison?

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Virgin River Refresher: 9 Biggest Moments From 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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