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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Who Is Lark on ‘Virgin River’?
Lark (Elise Gatien) made her debut on Virgin River Season 5, specifically, during the episodes that tackled the wildfires that ravaged parts of the picturesque town.
Warning – this post has spoilers from the Virgin River holiday episodes.
After Jack and Brady risked their lives to save Lark’s daughter, Hazel, who went missing from the campsite during the fire evacuation, the single mom began to bond with the latter, extending her gratitude to him for going out of his way to prioritize her daughter’s safety.
When Brady found out that Lark and Hazel were squatting, he offered them up a place in one of the lumber yard trailers, a selfless gesture that speaks to his big heart.
Lark definitely set her sights on Brady, especially on the heels of his generosity, and a connection sparked around the time that Brady’s relationship with Brie crumbled and he was looking for some companionship. Lark also helped Brady see the better parts of himself, as Brie held his lies (even though he couldn’t tell her anything about being an informant) against him and made him feel guilty.
One thing led to another and eventually, Lark and Brady began a relationship after his romance with Brie ended. It was also helpful that Hazel really took to Brady, and thus, he became a bit of a stepfather figure in her life.
Fast forward a few months to the timeline of the holiday episodes, Brady and Lark are going strong, fully embracing their romance and sweet little family together. Lark even invited Brady to meet her mother, though he claims that’s a little too fast-paced for him, which is understandable considering he still harbors strong feelings for Brie, who has currently moved on with Mike.
However, Brady seems to be in a good place in life, particularly as everything with Melissa Montgomery’s money laundering/drug smuggling at Emerald Lumber has finally settled down. He’s finally able to move past the nightmare that started when he was roped in by Calvin when he was young and reckless, or so fans thought. In retrospect, I guess we should’ve been more suspicious of Lark’s attempts at inserting herself into Brady’s life, though she definitely made it seem so natural.
In the final moments of Virgin River Season 6 Episode 12, Lark sneaks off to pick up a call from Hazel’s father, who turns out to be Jimmy, who is serving time in prison. Lark informs him that “Brady doesn’t suspect a thing,” which shows that this is Jimmy’s form of getting close enough to Brady to get revenge.
It’s an awful and disappointing twist considering all the progress Brady has made to turn over a new leaf and hit refresh. He can’t seem to shake this whole Emerald Lumber fiasco, no matter how hard he tries. Bad luck just seems to follow him based on one bad decision he made way back when—and it’s cost him so much, including his friendships and his romance with Brie.
I’m hoping that Lark realizes just how good of a guy Brady is and how much he’s sacrificed for her and Hazel and decides not to go through with whatever she and Jimmy have planned.
Lord knows that Brady deserves some sliver of good news and positivity in his life, along with a storyline far removed from the lumber yard.
Virgin River Holiday Episodes Season 5 Episode 11 and 12 Review – Father Christmas
Virgin River is getting into the spirit of the holidays!
While most of Virgin River, including Mel and Jack, were under the impression that this was the “best Christmas ever,” even despite a few hiccups with the “extraordinary” family dinner they planned, if you’ve ever seen an episode of this series, you were likely waiting for the other foot to drop.
**Warning—spoilers from the episodes ahead!**
Things on Virgin River are typically perfect—until they aren’t, but it’s also a very accurate reflection of real life; it’s made up of a blend of good and bad moments, many of which help you realize just how lucky and thankful you are.
Virgin River Season 5 Episodes 11 and 12, titled “The More the Merrier” and “Father Christmas,” gave fans the very first Christmas in the quaint and charming town, and, if you’ll believe it, Mel and Jack’s first Christmas together. Is it just me or is the timeline exceptionally slow on this show?
Then again, Charmaine made a pointed joke about the length of her pregnancy, which honestly feels like it has spanned decades at this point, so the birth of her twins, which yes, finally happens during this momentous episode, ends up feeling slightly rushed.
The fact that she has a quick labor isn’t just great for her—it’s a blessing for Mel and Doc as it allows them to get back to all their Christmas Eve shenanigans without missing a beat.
Despite all that transpired between Mel, Charmaine, and Jack, Charmaine still finds a source of support within them, especially Mel, who stands up for her when Calvin arrives at the clinic when Charmaine goes into labor. Mel might be the only person in town now who knows the identity of the father of Charmaine’s twins, and she’s all too content with keeping it to herself. Personally, I’d be as bad of a secret keeper as Hope, blabbing the news to Jack at the earliest convenience. But Mel is a trusted source who can keep a secret, especially with the patient confidentiality at play. Though, hopefully, Charmaine decides what she’s going to do about her little Calvin problem sooner than later because he seems adamant about being part of those boys’ lives. It’s true that parenthood changes people, sometimes for the better, but Calvin’s caused so much pain in town that I don’t know if it’s possible for him to turn over a new leaf.
The good news is that come Virgin River Season 6, Charmaine won’t be pregnant anymore, and we can close the book on the longest TV pregnancy ever.
Mel’s quest to find her biological father was a huge part of the Christmas episodes. Through love letters unearthed by her sister Joey, Mel found out that her mother had a secret love affair with a man named “Champ” in Virgin River, thus making her connection to the town much more significant.
Together with Jack and her new bangs (love ’em!), she set out on a merry scavenger hunt to uncover her dad’s identity, eventually learning that he won the 1976 Lumberjack Games in town before finding his name: Everett Reid. If you’re slightly disappointed that this isn’t someone we already know, well, join the club. It feels like a missed opportunity… for now, though I’m waiting to hear Everett out fully before I officially cast my judgment. While he initially denied being Mel’s father when she first approached him, even though it was obvious that he was lying, Mel didn’t question it, simply focusing on the people who chose to be in her life—her chosen family.
And there are plenty of them, including Doc, who agreed to walk Mel down the aisle during her wedding to Jack.
However, at the end of the episode, Everett arrived at the cabin and changed his mind about wanting to be in Mel’s life. He explained that the initial shock of seeing her—his daughter who looked just like the woman he loved and lost—threw him for a loop. And it’s understandable considering Mel essentially ambushed him without any warning. He needed time to process and think about what it was that he wanted out of this new relationship.
Everett then says that he has to tell her something, but naturally, the episode ends right before he gets the chance, leaving fans on a cliffhanger till next season. What could it be? Is Everett dying? Has he been following Mel’s whole life from a distance? Did he know she was in Virgin River?
And how is it that there is someone in Virgin River who has managed to keep his identity a secret? Living in a secluded cabin has its benefits, but how has he managed to fly under the radar for so long? The fact that no one knows him is kind of a hard sell for me… at the moment, at least.
Jack and Brie were dealing with family matters head-on as their parents, fresh off of a divorce, came to town and immediately started bickering. Brie was running interference before Jack stepped in and basically used one of their old plays against them—sit in your room and don’t come out until you’ve talked through everything. By the end, they emerged as friends, with dad accepting of mom’s new relationship with Javi, as they both acknowledged that they needed to make an effort to bring the family back together. It was a sweet moment showcasing that things don’t always pan out the way we hope in life, but we have to be open to making things work for the sake of the children, even when they are grown adults.
In the end, the big family dinner that Mel wanted was able to happen—and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Mel not only got the gift of jewelry this year, but Jack also went out of his way to give her the gift she’s been asking Santa for ever since she was a little girl—a pony! A dog named Pony that is.
Maybe it was the spirit of Christmas but Jack was so fun, silly, and cheery throughout the episode. He wasn’t carrying the weight of his past and trauma, and it was refreshing to see him almost act like a little boy again around everyone he loved and trusted. I need more of this Jack in the future, please.
The biggest mistake that the series has ever made was driving Brie and Brady apart. I mean, why? What was it for? No one benefitted from it. Brie and Mike just don’t have the same chemistry, unfortunately. They are cute, but it’s nothing compared to the electricity between Brady and Brie, even when they see each other in passing.
Brady makes a great family man with Lark and Hazel, but I couldn’t get invested in the relationship either, and it turns out that there was a good reason for it—Lark is playing him completely.
In the final—and biggest twist—of the episodes, Lark answers a call from Hazel’s dad, Jimmy. Yep, you know it’s bad news when Jimmy, from prison, calls to check in on how things are going and Lark informs him that “Brady doesn’t suspect a thing.” I hate everything about this, solely because of how hard Brady’s been trying to become a better man and distance himself from this life. He thought he was finally coming out on the other side after helping to take down Calvin and Melissa, but all of that is about to blow up in his face because he let his guard down.
Lizzy and Denny are expecting a baby girl, a genuinely uplifting storyline that has warmed the hearts of everyone in town, except Lizzy’s mother, who was initially distraught by the news and assumed her daughter was throwing away her life. Lizzy managed to convince her mother that this is what she wanted—to be a mom and have a fulfilling career, and from where I’m standing, Lizzy has a good head on her shoulders. She’s come a long way from the girl who arrived in town initially. And quite frankly, she cut her mother way too much slack!
Doc figured that the annual tree decorating competition was the perfect time to repropose to Hope—and their love definitely inspires everyone around. There’s so much to celebrate these days!
Muriel and Cameron are going strong, with everyone in town acknowledging their deep connection and chemistry. However, when Cameron’s ex fianceé blew into town as part of her apology tour during her recovery process, it forced Muriel to look at their relationship a little differently. If Cameron stays with Muriel, he’s giving up the possibility of having a family and children in the future. And while he says he’s okay with that, Muriel wants him to be sure as she doesn’t want him to resent her for it in the future. Nothing would break her heart more than taking this opportunity away from him. Cameron promises he’ll think about it, but it definitely seems like he’s made up his mind about what he wants out of life and who he wants to spend it with. The life he imagined with his former fianceé once upon a time is long gone now that he’s met Muriel—but I’m glad that she’s prioritizing his happiness rather than being selfish, proving that she’s a mature adult who just wants to be realistic about their relationship rather than allowing herself to get swept up in the moment. These are real issues that need to be addressed.
And finally, Wes’ death is about to blow up Preacher’s life now that the body has been identified. In case you need a refresher, he helped bury the body after Paige accidentally pushed her abusive husband down the stairs in self-defense. Had they just reported his death at the time, it would’ve likely been a lot less problematic than what they are facing now, but considering that Wes was a respected cop with a lot of pull on the force at the time, the self-defense claim might’ve not held up at the time either.
Kaia realizes something is wrong based on the call and questions him about it immediately, though it’s unclear if Preacher will come clean to her. She is the fire chief now, so it’s likely better for him to tell her upfront in the privacy of their home, but will she be receptive? This is a huge bomb dropping on their otherwise idyllic relationship, particularly after she accepted a new job to stay in town and be with him. Do you think she’ll stand by his side or will this be the demise of their relationship?
What did you think of the holiday episodes? Did you enjoy the festivities? Do you think everything with Mel’s dad will turn out okay? Share your thoughts!
What Happens to Mel and Jack’s Baby on ‘Virgin River’ Season 5?
There wasn’t a dull moment on Virgin River Season 5, from the wildfire threatening the picturesque small town to Brady’s team-up with Mike to take down Melissa, the new woman running Calvin’s drug empire, and even Brie’s trial against her predatory ex—and weaved in through the fabric was Mel and Jack’s pregnancy storyline.
Disclaimer — this post includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.
Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack Sheridan’s (Martin Henderson) pregnancy started off as one of the more positive storylines, juxtaposed with the shocking revelation that his ex, Charmaine, spent months lying to him about the paternity of the twins. In the Virgin River Season 4 finale, Charmaine suffered a medical episode during which she came clean that Jack was not the father of the boys as she led him to believe. I won’t spoil who the real father is revealed to be in the final moments of the season (you can read that in more detail here and here).
Mel’s pregnancy was immediately considered high risk because of her previous miscarriages, yet it was filled with hope that this time would be the one. Until it wasn’t.
Sadly, Mel lost the pregnancy about midway through the season at the worst possible time as she was volunteering at Doc’s (after quitting her job to make sure she had a safe pregnancy), so she didn’t even have time to fully process what was happening. As she was gearing up to treat patients affected by the wildfires, she stepped away for a bathroom break, which is when she noticed blood on the toilet paper. She confirmed the heartbreaking news with a quick ultrasound showing that there was no longer a fetal heartbeat present.
Instead of having the fully-deserved breakdown, Mel composed herself and gave the people of Virgin River her all, including baby Chloe, who nearly perished when the fire took hold of Lilly’s farm.
Eventually, when the fires got under control, Mel was able to let the feelings in, and they flooded in all at once as she reunited with Jack and broke down crying as she offered up a heartfelt apology, a clear indication that something tragic happened.
Jack fully supported Mel in the aftermath of her loss, allowing her to grieve the way she needed to, and when she was ready, he asked Hope to convey the news to the rest of the town so that Mel wouldn’t have to tell everyone and re-live it every single time.
When Jack brought up trying again, Mel kept avoiding the topic, seemingly not ready to talk about it. She was being honest with herself, so she couldn’t be honest with Jack, however, in a moment of honesty and clarity during her girls’ night with Brie and Ava, Mel confirmed that she didn’t have it in her to keep going and experiencing hit after hit. Not only was it emotionally taxing, but it was physically and mentally draining. Mel didn’t want to get her hopes up again thinking this time would be different only to feel crushed by the realization that it wasn’t.
It definitely wasn’t what Jack wanted to hear—or expected to hear—and his side of things was also valid as he lost three prospective children in a very short time period, however, he remained committed to finding a solution that pleased them both without being pushy or forceful.
He didn’t want to give up on his dreams of being a father, and he knew that deep down, Mel also wanted a family, despite feeling broken and discouraged at the moment. He suggested trying a different method—and there are so many to explore with adoption and surrogacy at the top of the list—reminding her that it doesn’t matter how you get there, it simply matters that you do.
She was a bit hesitant at first as it wasn’t what she’d always envisioned, but things rarely go as planned. And she, of all people (she ended up in Virgin River spontaneously), should know that.
The more she thought about it, the more she realized that Jack was right. This hiccup, though heartbreaking, didn’t have to be the end of their journey towards having kids. They didn’t come this far (she didn’t come this far), to only come this far.
The final moments of the episode found Mel and Jack agreeing to buy Lilly’s farm to start their dream life and family together, all while planning their future wedding in the most perfect spot.
It’s not the outcome many fans were expecting, but given her history, it’s one that made sense, while also allowing the writers to deepen Mel and Jack’s bond while showcasing their journey toward parenthood in a realistic way.
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