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Virgin River Review – The Break Up (3×07)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) BENJAMIN HOLLINGSWORTH as BRADY and CHAD RILEY as SGT. GOMEZ in episode 307 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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Hearts were broken on Virgin River Season 3 Episode 7. 

Though it likely won’t last, the most devastating breakup was Mel and Jack’s. 

My heart aches for Jack. He’s dealing with so much lately that it truly does feel like the deck is stacked against him. 

He’s drowning, trying so hard to come up to the surface for air, and keeps getting pulled down. 

It’s bound to make anyone feel hopeless and exhausted. 

The last straw for him was finding out that a custody battle would be a drawn-out and expensive process. It would be great if Charmaine was just an understanding mother who wanted the twins to have a good relationship with their father. Maybe she’ll come around eventually, but from what we’ve seen from her behavior, that likely won’t be the case. 

By prioritizing his responsibilities as a father to the twins, Jack realized his relationship with Mel would suffer. 

He’s going to be dealing with lawyers, the bar, being a first-time parent, and rebuilding the house, and he knows his relationship with Mel will suffer from it. 

He knows he can’t add any more to his plate, so he decided to tell Mel that he doesn’t want another child now, and maybe not ever. 

It seems reasonable that he doesn’t want to string Mel along and let her down. He loves her enough to let her go because he knows she deserves better — she deserves someone who will make her a number one priority and give her the world, including a child. 

On one hand, it’s a selfless decision. On the other hand, it’s also selfish as he didn’t allow Mel to weigh in with her thoughts and instead, made the decision for her. 

I see both sides and acknowledge that there isn’t a right or wrong answer here. 

From Mel’s perspective, Jack is abandoning her when she’s been nothing but supportive. She wants to be with him, no matter what and is willing to give up her dreams of having a child to be with him. 

But again, should she? 

It wasn’t an ultimatum, but Mel made it pretty clear that having a baby was very important to her. Would she resent Jack down the line if she never started a family as she wanted?

They both have a huge decision to make, and while Jack should’ve definitely allowed Mel to give her input before he just pulled the plug on the relationship, I understand why he felt guilty for being a burden and wanted to set her free.

Of course, since Mel was blindsided — there’s been a lot of that for her lately — she told him to get out. 

She took a leap of faith to be with him, and understandably felt let down and hurt. 

Hopefully, they’ll be able to work it out because they do make such a great couple, and I wish Jack’s circumstances didn’t affect their relationship negatively.

There’s something to be said for a man who believes you should have the freedom to follow your heart, but who would Mel even have a baby with if not Jack? 

Brie was dealing with her fair share of heartbreak as she learned the hard way that Brady might not be the man that she thought he was. 

And worse, that her taste in men is pretty terrible.

When Jack saw Brady and his sister getting cozy, he got another piece of his memory back that confirmed what I suspected all along — Brady was the man in the hoodie that night at the bar. 

When he confronted him, Brady explained that while he was at the bar, he wasn’t responsible for the shooting. 

Jack ordered him to get off his property immediately, but if I were in Jack’s shoes, I would definitely want to know what Brady was doing there and what he may have seen. 

After all, there’s more to what happened that night that he could tell Jack.

Mike continues to have his suspicions about Brady and rightfully so. 

I’d like to think Brady turned over a new leaf after meeting and falling for Brie, but he did lie to her about having to go to work when he went into the precinct and then kept her waiting when he promised to be back soon. 

It might be best if Brie heeds Jack’s warning and stays far away from Brady. 

Lizzie and Ricky’s relationship seems to be on the mend after she agreed that moving in would have been a rushed decision. 

However, Ricky is still keeping Lizzie in the dark about his plans to join the Marines, so I doubt things will remain good for too long. 

On the plus side, she finally made up with Connie and is moving back in! 

Connie and Preacher, on the other hand, got into a little disagreement. He was trying to be mindful of how much time Connie has been dedicating to helping him with Christopher. When he suggested she take a break, Connie interpreted it as she was no longer needed, which is clearly a terrible feeling.

Connie is also the kind of person that internalizes everything, so she blew the situation out of proportion and didn’t stop to consider that Preacher meant well!

He also meant well by volunteering as the play director at the camp, but he had no idea what he was signing up for. Hopefully, Muriel and her theater background will be able to lend him a hand! 

I love how dedicated Preacher is to Christopher! He’s going above and beyond as if that were his own child!

He even took in Tucker when Jack couldn’t watch him because Christopher liked him. Paige is lucky to have found such a great guy, it’s just a shame that she’s not able to be with him.

Doc finally told Mel the truth about his diagnosis. It was hard for him to open up considering he’s such a private person, but a nudge from Muriel convinced him that he needed to be open and honest about what he was going through, at least with the person closest to his practice!

I think helping with Lilly’s terminal illness also helped Doc realize how important it was to rely on a community when going through a hard time.

He was going to have to confront the truth sometime, and it’ll be easier telling the rest of the town eventually now that he’s confided in Mel. 

Lilly also told Mel she was worried about leaving behind Chloe and Tara, whose epilepsy was triggered by the stress of her mother’s illness.

I know Tara will become Chloe’s guardian, but it’s a huge ask. I can’t shake the thought that it would be best if Mel were to adopt Chloe once Lilly passes and raised her on the family farm. 

Truthfully, it would be the perfect scenario for Mel and Jack as she wants a family and he needs a new place to live but doesn’t have the money to deal with the permits on his home. 

If they took over Lilly’s farm, they could ensure that it would remain in business! 

The writing is there and keeps alluding to it!

What did you think of the episode? What will happen to Chloe? Do you support Jack’s decision to break up with Mel? Let us know 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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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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