The penultimate episode of Virgin River began with a funeral and ended with an accident.
But whose accident? Well, it sure seems like it involved Hope since the Sheriff paid Doc a late-night visit.
How severe? The final episode will tell.
Annette O’Toole has been absent for most of the season, aside from a few virtual appearances. The excuses the show has used to keep her off-screen have been aplenty but they all feel forced. Will the series simply try to kill her character off to preserve Hope’s relationship with Doc?
Is that why the show has been pushing a connection between Muriel and Doc?
If something happened to Hope, Doc would likely seek comfort in Muriel, especially with his eyesight declining.
The bad news was mounting as the accident news came right after Lilly’s funeral.
The whole town gathered to say goodbye to one of their own, and it was a beautiful funeral followed by a close reception.
It’s clear that Lilly touched the lives of so many people. It’s just unfortunate that her best friend, Hope, couldn’t make it in time to say goodbye.
Mel hasn’t been spared from life’s hardships, which is why she’s been able to empathize with so many people in town. She forms genuine connections because she understands what everyone is going through and more importantly, she understands loss.
She was quick to support Tara when she struggled to speak at her mother’s funeral as she knew how hard it was to get up there and hold it together.
And when Brie, who didn’t even know she was pregnant, suffered a miscarriage, Mel could also relate to what she was going through having gone through fertility issues of her own.
I like Brie, and my heart aches for her as it must be overwhelming to find out you’re pregnant and lose that pregnancy all in the same moment, but I also feel like I need more of her backstory.
We know what’s been going on with Brady, but we don’t really know the woman that she was before she came to Virgin River. She kind of just showed up and has been cryptic about what led to her decision to quit her job.
I thought that halfway through the season, we would find out more about what brought her to the small town, but nine episodes in, and we still don’t know much more than we did before.
I’m not entirely sure what the timeline has been this season, but was Brie pregnant with her ex’s baby or Brady’s?
Brady stopped by after hearing that she was sick to bring her flowers, apologize for everything that happened between them, and tell her that he was falling in love with her.
It’s obvious that Brie feels the same way, but after learning about his past and that he might’ve been involved with Jack’s shooting, she’s continuing to distance herself.
If Brady’s name is cleared, it seems like she’d be willing to give him another chance.
The one thing I couldn’t get over at the funeral was Lilly’s other daughter. Why wouldn’t they make her a character for one episode? Instead, they just had one random girl awkwardly appear in a few scenes next to Tara. It was so distracting and strange. You’d think her other daughter would have more of a presence.
Prior to the funeral, Connie informed Preacher that she saw Vince in Clear River.
That paired with the fact that Preacher heard from Paige’s friend, Sally, rather than Paige, concerned him. Is everything okay with her?
Why is Vince near Virgin River? Does he have his sights set on Christopher?
Lizzie finally found out about Ricky’s plans to enlist in the Marines, and she was less upset about that fact and more hurt by Ricky’s lies.
He lied to her face several times while waiting to see if he would pass his exams. And now that he did, he had no choice but to come clean.
Ricky then confided in Preacher after Lizzie stormed off, but as a former Marine himself, he didn’t seem convinced that Ricky was sure of his decision.
It’s not one to be made on a whim, so I’m glad someone is encouraging Ricky to think about it more seriously.
If I were Ricky, I’d take Preacher’s advice into serious consideration. Why did he apply behind everyone’s back?
Mel and Jack’s relationship is back on track… sort of. I love that they are both taking each other’s feelings into consideration rather than just jumping back into a relationship.
Jack realized that they were both prioritizing each other’s happiness, which is the biggest sign that they love each other.
Mel was hesitant to get back together because she didn’t want him to resent her, and he didn’t want to keep her from her dreams of having a family.
But now, they both realize that their romance is worth fighting for. As Selena Gomez once said, the heart wants what it wants.
Together, they can weather any storm.
When Charmaine showed up at the funeral, she informed Jack that Todd decided that they were moving to Eureka without consulting her.
She’s finally being honest with herself about the relationship, which is one where she’s stripped of any decision-making.
Todd wanting to alienate the twins from their father was Charmaine’s wake-up call, and after talking to Jack, I think Charmaine realizes that he truly has her best interests at heart. He’s always wanted the best for her and for her to be happy — it just couldn’t be with him.
Will she do the right thing and cut Todd loose?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘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.”
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?
‘Virgin River’ Star Confirms She Will Be Back for Season 4
And she’s back!
Virgin River fans will be happy to know that one resident is returning to the picturesque town for the upcoming highly-anticipated fourth season.
Annette O’Toole, who plays Hope McCrea on the Netflix drama, informed Twitter that she would be back for season 4.
Furthermore, she already wrapped filming on the new episodes.
“Today is the last day of filming for #VirginRiver season four,” she wrote. “It has been a joy to work alongside this wonderful crew. They wear masks all day; sometimes over 12 hours. I cannot say enough about their dedication and goodwill. I salute and thank them.”
Today is the last day of filming for #virginriver season 4. 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.
— Annette O'Toole (@creamofwool) December 3, 2021
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.
The series has already been renewed for a fifth season!
9 Biggest Moments on Virgin River Season 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What did you think of the season? We’re already counting down the days till season 4!
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