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‘Virgin River’ Announces Season 2 Premiere Date Just in Time for the Holidays!

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Season 2 of Virgin River officially has a premiere date! 

The Netflix drama will return less than a year after the first season debuted on Dec 6, 2019. 

Fans can catch up with Mel, Doc, and Jack Sheridan on Friday, November 27th! If you think about it, it’s the perfect day for a feel-good show to premiere as everyone will be sitting at home stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner. And since Black Friday sales are going virtual to tame the spread of COVID, less shopping gives everyone ample time to kick up their feet and binge-watch! 

Virgin River season 1 focused on Mel (played by This Is Us‘ Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse practitioner who moved from LA to a remote Northern California town who was forced to face her past and grieve before being able to call Virgin River home.

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Season 2 teases: “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.”

Yep, we can’t wait. 

Also returning for season 2 are Annette O’Toole, Lauren Hammersley, Colin Lawrence, and Grayson Gurnsey. Sarah Dugdale will join the cast as Lizzie. 

While there isn’t a full trailer of the upcoming season, the Netflix November lineup video shows some great snippets: 


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‘Virgin River’ Star Confirms She Will Be Back for Season 4

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'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.”

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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Virgin River Season Finale Review – A Wedding, No Funeral, and a Baby (3×10)

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Cliffhangers are a necessary part of a finale, but multiple cliffhangers leave you counting down to the next season immediately after an episode ends. 

Virgin River Season 3 Episode 10 left every character on a cliffhanger. 

Jack and Mel’s future is unclear at this point. 

While he thought that he had it all figured out and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her when he proposed, Mel dropped quite the bombshell on him — she’s pregnant. 

Throughout the season, Jack didn’t know if he wanted to have another child, but after some introspection, he realized he would only be happy with Mel by his side.

When she broke the news to him, he was completely supportive and excited for this new chapter with her. 

That is until Mel revealed that he might not be the father. 

Of course, that’s because she went to a fertility specialist and had one of her and Mark’s frozen embryos implanted while she was in LA, but Jack doesn’t know that. 

Personally, I think Mel should’ve led with that as it would’ve softened the blow. 

By telling him he might not be the father, Jack automatically assumes that she cheated on him, which isn’t the case. 

Though, I guess some might argue that having another man’s baby — dead or alive — is essentially cheating. 

I’m more bothered by the fact that Mel didn’t tell Jack about the procedure once they got back together. She had plenty of time to tell him the truth.

Even if it would’ve ruined their relationship, I think it would’ve been better for Mel to be honest with Jack than to wait until she got a positive pregnancy test. This would have let Jack know exactly where Mel stood on the issue. If he knew she was considering the implantation, it wouldn’t have been such a hypothetical situation anymore. 

He could have weighed in on whether or not he would like to be the father or offered some support for her decision to have Mark’s baby.

There’s a slight chance Jack is the father, and for the sake of their relationship, I hope that turns out to be the case.

Jack asked Mel to be honest and transparent with him early on, and while it led to some problems in their relationship, it would have also avoided this whole mess. 

Jack loves Mel, so I don’t think he’d turn his back on her, but I’m sure he’ll be a bit blindsided and hurt by her actions. 

And Mel wouldn’t be the first pregnant woman to hurt him during the finale. 

Charmaine, who seemed like she was finally figuring out that Todd was a grade-A asshole, stopped by Jack’s bar to let him know she got married. 

Yep, Charmaine ignored every red flag and likely her gut to marry Todd. I’m shaking my head at all of this woman’s terrible decisions led by her insecurities. 

I thought for a split second Charmaine would do the right thing and cut Todd loose, but now, she allowed herself to get swindled into a marriage with a controlling man who makes decisions for her… so that’s cool.

Charmaine is so determined to have a man that she continues making Jack the villain and defending Todd and “her marriage.” 

There were moments where it was obvious Charmaine knew she wasn’t doing the right thing and doing Jack, a man who, again, wants to be in his children’s lives, a disservice, but she just couldn’t help herself or her toxic behavior. 

She was also upset with Jack about getting a family lawyer to get custody of the twins, but like, Charmaine, do you hear yourself? Jack was trying to reason with her and basically beginning her to be a part of his biological children’s lives, she was denying him that right and making him out to be the bad guy. If she won’t communicate effectively with him, what else is he supposed to do? She’s given him no choice. How is Charmaine so unaware that she and Todd — mostly Todd — are the villains in this story. 

She’s keeping the twins from their father before they’re even born!

At the end of Virgin River Season 3 Episode 9, Doc was informed of a car accident involving Hope.

The series has been very creative in terms of how they addressed her absence, but leaving her (an extra) bandaged up in the background? I couldn’t take it seriously.

It’s unclear if Hope and Doc will ever get their fairytale wedding as her situation, which involved a medically induced coma, looked quite dire.

And the only way to allow O’Toole off the show without ruining her and Doc’s relationship is to, unfortunately, kill her off.

The stress of Hope’s hospitalization cannot be good for Doc’s declining eyesight either. 

I particularly enjoyed the scene between Doc and Lizzie despite it being an Apple commercial. She’s become such a better person after coming to Virgin River.

She continued to keep Ricky at arm’s length, which I applaud. He lied to her, so he should work for it if he wants another chance.

But while she gave the impression that she got back with Parker, that wasn’t necessarily the case as he also betrayed her trust. 

It was a lot easier to forgive him than it was to forgive Ricky, however, because she truly loves Ricky. 

Will he still enlist now that he got her blessing? Or will he make up his mind now that Lizzie is pushing him away?

Christopher and Connie are in real danger. Why the hell doesn’t Preacher have an alarm system on such a big house?!

Living in a small town isn’t even an excuse if you take into consideration all the crime that has happened over the course of three seasons including Jack’s shooting!

I knew there was something off with Sally. She was acting too shady, plus, I don’t think Paige would ever turn herself in if it meant Christopher would be placed in foster care. 

Somehow, someway, Vince got to Sally and made her do his bidding. Preacher kept his guard up the whole time and then was betrayed by someone he and Paige both trusted!

I hope the drugs wear off quickly and nothing happens to Preacher, but he might have to come clean about everything when he realizes Christopher was taken. 

I’m assuming Vince came up with the elaborate plot to steal Christopher and use him as leverage to force Paige out of hiding. 

Can someone just get rid of Vince so Preacher, Paige, and Christopher can live as one happy family?

Brady can’t catch a break. 

I know he was my number one suspect up until recently, but I truly believed Brady when he told Brie he didn’t shoot Jack. 

It’s obvious that Calvin paid off one of the cops to plant the gun in Brady’s Jeep. Calvin even hinted at it when he swung by Brady’s after all the charges against him were dropped.

How is it that a guy like Calvin is able to walk away and no one even bats an eyelash?

While it wasn’t directly stated it was hinted that one of Calvin’s men shot Jack, which makes the “who shot Jack” mystery a little less exciting to be honest. If we don’t know the man then it doesn’t really change anything.

However, now, everyone thinks it was Brady. As he was arrested for the attempted murder of Jack Sheridan, he seemed genuinely scared, but neither Mike nor Brie believed him. How sad is that?

His reputation precedes him, and he’s burned so many bridges that no one even wants to consider the possibility that he’s telling the truth. 

Brie knows Brady better than anyone due to their intimate relationship, so she should’ve sensed his fear and realized that he was telling the truth.

As a former prosecutor, she keeps saying that she has a good read on people, but I just don’t think that’s the case.

For the first time, I actually felt bad for Brady. He’s doing way more than paying for the mistakes of his past. 

Brie also finally told Mel about her relationship with an attorney back home who wouldn’t take no for an answer and sexually assaulted her. 

The whole situation was heartbreaking, especially since the miscarriage was from that night. It also explained why she’s been so anxious and jumpy. 

Brie is a complex, flawed, magnetic, and capable character who has become a great addition to the series, so I hope she sticks around. 

And finally… Doc has a nephew?

From what I’ve gathered, he never had kids with Hope. Did he have a child with another woman before he was with Hope? Did he not know about this child? I don’t see him ever turning his back on his own blood. 

Poor Doc! His whole life has been flipped upside down with his diagnosis and Hope’s accident, and he doesn’t even know that more is coming his way! And why now?

The whole storyline is giving me Hart of Dixie vibes!

Other Musings

  • There’s a new employee at Jack’s… will Hannah be a recurring character moving forward? The series obviously doesn’t give just anyone lines (see: Lilly’s random daughter at the funeral), so I’d assume Hannah will play some larger role.
  • Preacher accepted Jack’s owner to be a partner at the bar! 
  • Mel was the “generous benefactor” for Tara and Chloe. She honestly is a guardian angel. 

Alright, I’m turning it over to you, Cravers! What did you think of the episode? What did you think of the season? Are you a fan of the cliffhangers?


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