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Virgin River Season Premiere Review – Mel’s Birthday (3×01)

VIRGIN RIVER (L to R) MARTIN HENDERSON as JACK SHERIDAN in episode 302 of VIRGIN RIVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

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The Virgin River Season 3 premiere wasted absolutely no time jumping into the action.

The season 2 cliffhanger left audiences wondering whether Jack would survive after being shot at the bar, but that wasn’t really much of a question when the third season picked up. 

Even based on the trailer, we knew Jack was going to be up-and-running in no time. 

However, the after-effects of the shooting lingered on as he dealt with memory loss. 

The question of who shot Jack loomed large, especially as he couldn’t remember exactly what happened during the bar fight. The only recollection he had was leaving Mel’s and waking up at the hospital. 

Doc assured  Jack that the mind tends to block out traumatic experiences to protect itself, but that didn’t help the investigation.

All we know for sure is that Calvin himself wasn’t responsible since he was in custody. 

The attack on Jack also doesn’t seem isolated. In the final moments of the episode, Jack’s place goes up in flames while he and Mel are enjoying a birthday bubble bath together.

It definitely seems like someone planned a second attack on the town’s favorite bar owner. This leaves us with two questions: who and why?

Jack obviously has the means and will to end Calvin and his shady business, so it could be Calvin’s right-hand man Jimmy, who they are still looking for.

Brady is also climbing the ranks of the suspect’s list, though I previously counted him out since he testified against Calvin and helped Spencer get out of town.

But it cannot be a coincidence that Brady paid Jack an unexpected visit right before the fire was set, right? When Jack asked why he stopped by, Brady remained vague and asked him more about his memory loss.

Something about that just doesn’t sit well with me.

Prior to the cabin being burnt down, Jack tried his best to make Mel feels special on her birthday, which she was adamant about not celebrating. 

While most people go all out for birthdays, Mel wanted to remain lowkey. She kept having flashbacks to the birthday where she was still pregnant and had her whole life ahead of her, which will likely usher in the baby storyline for Jack and Mel. She also admitted that she didn’t find the day to be one of celebration as it always reminded her of her mother’s death.

And now, it will also remind her of a fire at Jack’s place.

Seriously, why can’t anyone let Mel enjoy her day?

Despite not wanting to make a big deal of it, Jack did surprise Mel with a massage and had some sushi flown in, so the day wasn’t a total wash. It’s sweet how much he cares for her and wants to make her feel loved and appreciated. 

Mel has suffered a great deal in her life, but she took a leap with Jack and she’s being rewarded.

Doc got the news that he was wet-aged-related muscular degeneration, which comes with the risk of permanent blindness. 

Based on the course of treatment, it could force him to go into early retirement. But finding a replacement physician won’t be easy as Doc doesn’t want to go digital meaning the headhunter doesn’t believe he can attract top-tier talent without offering city-level perks. 

Of course, we know there’s plenty of people who are interested in living a chiller lifestyle in a small town even if they aren’t convinced of it at the moment. Just look at Mel!

She was charmed by Virgin River, so my guess is that someone else will find that their calling is to fill Doc’s shoes at the practice. 

Hope was MIA during the episode as she was stuck in South Carolina after bad weather prevented her from flying back home. 

That didn’t stop Muriel from moving in on Hope’s man, though she swore that she’s looking out for him as just a friend. I hope that she’s telling the truth because I thought we put the Hope, Muriel, and Doc love triangle to rest, especially with Hope and Doc’s engagement. 

I’m all for Doc having a friend and confidant in Muriel as long as she keeps the boundaries.

Preacher is doing his best to take care of Christopher in Paige’s absence. It’s sweet to see how much he cares about the boy and how dedicated he is to being a good parent. 

The bond they share is truly special.

Seeing how concerned Preacher was about who would pick up Christopher from camp means that there’s definitely still a threat that Vince, Wes’s twin brother, will show up.

I hope nothing bad happens to Preacher or Christopher!

Ricky and Lizzie are also getting more of a presence this season, though, by the end of the hour, their relationship was in jeopardy as Ricky became overly concerned with upsetting Lizzie’s aunt Connie. 

Can Connie just let them be teens and acknowledge that Ricky is a stand-up kid?

Since he came into Lizzie’s life, she’s been a lot less trouble!

And lastly… Charmaine is engaged… after three weeks of dating Todd, a personal injury lawyer she met at the salon. 

Charmaine is desperate to get a man ahead of the twins’ arrival, so it’s not surprising that she just jumped into another relationship, but it is concerning. How much does she really know about this guy?

I doubt Jack would’ve objected about it had he been given a heads up as he only wants Charmaine to be happy, so why keep him in the dark until the last minute?

Also, I found it strange that she didn’t even come to check on him after his accident. They might not be together, but he is the father of her kids (at least we think so)!

She did threaten Jack last season by telling him she would get married and the man she chose would become the father of the twins instead of Jack, so is she simply trying to spite him?

Todd’s passive-aggressive joke about being taken when he met Mel just didn’t sit well with me. It seems like he’s going to stir up a world of trouble. 

What did you think of the premiere? Is someone targeting Jack? And if so, who? Is Preacher right to be so concerned about Christopher’s safety? Will Paige ever come back? Is Vince still a threat? 

Let us know in the comments!


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‘Virgin River’ Season 4 Summer Premiere Date Announced – Guess Who’s Back!

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'Virgin River' Season 4 Summer Premiere Date Announced - Guess Who's Back!

We’re heading to Virgin River this summer! 

Netflix announced that the fourth season of the romance drama will arrive on Wednesday, July 20. 

The total episode count will be 12. 

The season’s official synopsis reads: “Despite not knowing whether her baby belongs to her deceased husband, Mark, or Jack, Mel begins Season 4 with a sense of optimism. For years she yearned to be a mother and her dream is one step closer to reality. While Jack is supportive and excited, the question of paternity continues to gnaw at him. Complicating matters is the arrival of a handsome new doctor, who’s in the market to start a family of his own.”

While fans might be hoping that Mel’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) is carrying Jack’s baby, there’s a lot of questions surrounding her pregnancy, even if it is an exciting one. 

And there’s also an exciting update concerning Doc and Hope! 

The season 3 cliffhanger revealed that Doc’s better-half was in a car accident, however, a first-look photo reveals that she’s alive albeit suffering “lingering psychological effects of her brain injury” that will have “profound consequences for both her and Doc.”

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

As for Brie, she’s fully in Brady’s corner as she aims to prove that he’s innocent and finds herself “unexpectedly finds herself in a closer relationship with Mike and one step closer to Calvin’s violent criminal web.”

Don’t worry, even Preacher is finding some kind of happiness by forging a new “romantic connection” with Julia (Lucia Walters), though, surely, there will be some update on Paige and Christopher. 

And even Lizzie and Ricky are inching closer and closer together, the pictures from what looks like Hope and Doc’s wedding reveal. 

Are you ready for more love, heartache, and drama?

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

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'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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