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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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Who Is Lark on ‘Virgin River’?

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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. 

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Virgin River Holiday Episodes Season 5 Episode 11 and 12 Review – Father Christmas

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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. 

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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! 

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Virgin River. (L to R) Annette OÕToole as Hope, Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins, Kai Bradbury as Denny, Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 512 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

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! 

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What Happens to Mel and Jack’s Baby on ‘Virgin River’ Season 5?

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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. 

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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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