And she’s back!
Virgin River fans will be happy to know that one resident is returning to the picturesque town for the upcoming highly-anticipated fourth season.
Annette O’Toole, who plays Hope McCrea on the Netflix drama, informed Twitter that she would be back for season 4.
Furthermore, she already wrapped filming on the new episodes.
“Today is the last day of filming for #VirginRiver season four,” she wrote. “It has been a joy to work alongside this wonderful crew. They wear masks all day; sometimes over 12 hours. I cannot say enough about their dedication and goodwill. I salute and thank them.”
Today is the last day of filming for #virginriver season 4. It has been a joy to work alongside this wonderful crew. They wear masks all day; sometimes over 12 hours. I cannot say enough about their dedication and goodwill. I salute and thank them.
— Annette O'Toole (@creamofwool) December 3, 2021
Fans were relieved by the info as O’Toole’s character was noticeably missing from the third season.
She only appeared a handful of times via video chat as her absence was explained as her helping her 90-something-year-old aunt during a hurricane.
Fans weren’t sure if O’Toole would return because when she was set to come home, Doc got a visit from the Sheriff about an accident. Apparently, a truck hit Hope on her way home. She was in the hospital with a severe brain bleed and had to be put into a medically induced coma due to her heart problems. Doc was a mess the entire time, especially as her condition began to worsen.
At the end of the season, there wasn’t any indication of whether or not Hope would pull through, but her Twitter message to fans is very reassuring.
After all, we need to see Doc and Hope’s vow renewal ceremony!
So, what was the reason for O’Toole’s absence in season three? The coronavirus pandemic.
The show-runner, Sue Tenney, previously told US Weekly: “We were affected by COVID like every other show, and it was impossible for Annette to come and join us up here in Vancouver. Personally, I love Hope. I love the character, so we got busy in the writers’ room to see how we can keep her alive in the show, with only having limited access.”
O’Toole seems to be ready to make up for lost time. While she couldn’t reveal any “nuggets” from season 4, she teased that it was an “exciting season.”
Alexandra Breckenridge, who plays Mel Monroe on the series, revealed that she also wrapped on filming the upcoming season.
In a recent Instagram post, she shared a timecard from the show with the song “The Final Countdown.”
“That’s a wrap!!!!!! Season 4 Virgin River complete for me… For those that don’t know ‘WF’ means ‘work finished’,” she noted, adding, “Camera skills in the car need some improvement!”
It’s unclear when the fourth season will premiere, but it’s possible that we could be seeing a summer release. Last year, season 3 wrapped filming in December 2020 and made its way to the streaming platform on July 2021.
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!
When Will ‘Virgin River’ Be Back on Netflix?
Ready to head back to Virgin River and grab a drink at Jack’s?
We don’t blame ya!
The good news is that we’re not too far off from the season 5 premiere, which Netflix announced will arrive sometime this fall. There wasn’t an official return date just yet, however, with many networks hitting pause on scripted television for the 2023-2024 fall season due to the WGA strike, having Virgin River in your back pocket ready to go seems like a pretty sound idea.
Plus, there’s nothing to get you in the fall mood like those scenic mountains, rustling trees, and crisp rivers.
But there’s even more exciting news on the horizon—during the upfront presentation on May 17, Netflix announced that the rom-com starring Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson (that has carved out a rather dedicated following, myself included), has already renewed for a sixth season.
You heard that right, Virgin River Season 6 is happening!
Virgin River Season 4 Season Finale Biggest Cliffhangers and Moments
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!
Virgin River Season 4 Episode 1 Premiere Review – All Is Not Calm In This Scenic Town
All is not calm in this scenic town, but you already knew that?
However, if you didn’t know what to expect when Virgin River Season 4 returned to your screens, you probably didn’t anticipate the first episode to kick off with a very pregnant Mel walking with Jack. You assume you’re getting a glimpse of what’s to come, but suddenly, Mark, very much alive, comes their way as a debate erupts over who the father of the child actually is.
Thankfully, it’s just a nightmare (though, Mel might see it as a dream), and a peek into Jack’s current mental state when it comes to how he’s coping with the pregnancy news.
It doesn’t take long before the series dives right in where we left off dishing out the expected dose of drama, feel-good moments, and that gorgeous, picturesque scenery.
Mel and Jack arrive at the doctor’s office where she’s classified as a high-risk pregnancy because of her previous stillbirth. Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn’t helping her since she doesn’t want to make a fuss about it. She informs him that when she was expecting with Mark, they did everything by the book and still lost a child, so her plan is just to live her life this time around and hope for the best. It’s not an easy thing to accept, but who can blame Mel for not wanting to worry when anything can go wrong regardless?
A new doctor blows into town, and since he’s a young, good-looking man, it stirs up a lot of gossip! Not only is Dr. Cameron Hayek a looker, but he’s also a great guy! But he’s no competition for Jack, even if the town’s people are hoping for some kind of love triangle strictly for their own entertainment.
Jack asks Mel not to tell her sister, Jo, about the baby as he wants to keep it a secret for a little longer, but Joey knows something is up when she calls Mel. When breaks the news to her, she informs her that she’s not sure who the father is. Either way, Joey is thrilled and knows this is what Mel has always wanted.
Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn
Anette O’Toole is back as Hope, but this isn’t the snappy and spunky woman we’ve come to know. Hope is recovering from a traumatic accident that led to a brain injury, so she’s not feeling like herself. Everyone is kind of tip-toeing around her as she deals with her new reality, particularly when it comes to Lily. Hope asks Doc if Lily is mad at her because she’s not returning her calls. Her brain blocked out the information that Lily passed away, and Doc does his best to avoid the topic at all costs because he doesn’t want to inhibit her recovery in any way. When Lizzie volunteers to take care of Hope, she accidentally reveals that Lily is dead. Once she realizes Hope doesn’t know, she panics and calls Doc who comes to inform Hope that she knew about Lily’s death and was actually on her way to the funeral when she got into the accident.
As Doc deals mostly with Hope’s memory loss and recovery, he’s shocked to hear that there has been a young man looking for him claiming that he’s his grandfather. Obviously, since he had no children, he doesn’t really believe it. But at the end of the episode, Denny arrives on his doorstep and informs him that Rose Miller gave him Doc’s information. Doc recognizes Rose’s name immediately, but he also thought she died 49 years ago. The fact that he remembers how many years have passed means that she meant a great deal to him. Will Rose somehow be involved in the series?
Her appearance is brief, thankfully, but she does divulge that she’s expecting boys, a secret she’s conveniently keeping from Jack. I just feel bad for the kids because she clearly doesn’t value Jack as their father and is going to make being in their lives as hard for him as possible.
Preacher doesn’t have much action in the first episode, but considering the nature of his storyline, I’m sure it will change soon enough. He’s worried that he hasn’t heard back from the PI about Vince after he kidnapped Christopher. He considers taking the whole thing public but decides against it because he doesn’t want to spook Vince into hiding. Eventually, he’ll slip up and they’ll be able to find Christopher safe and sound. Hopefully.
Brady is in jail, which is quite a scary place to be when you’ve betrayed a whole gang and are responsible for the raid that landed them all in prison, including Jimmy. He keeps trying to reach out to Brie and even requested a bail hearing, but things are moving pretty slowly. Jack suggests that maybe Brady was framed. He notes that Brady is a lot of things, but dumb isn’t one of them, so the chances of him driving around with the gun in his Jeep are slim.
Brie goes on a job interview as she hopes to stay in Virgin River and make a life for herself here. After everything that transpired between Brady and Jack with the arrest, she chooses to ignore her former lover’s calls from prison. Will she eventually hear him out and let him explain his side of the story?
Hope is still in such a fragile place — how will she react to the news that Doc had a son and is a grandfather? Gossip travels fast in town, so it’s best if Doc tells her before she hears in the same way she found out about Lily.
Who do you think the father of Mel’s child is? It’s such a unique situation, and she’d likely be happy with either outcome. How will her pregnancy affect the storyline moving forward? Is the new doctor hitting on her or is he just super friendly?
Is Charmaine out of line? Will Brady survive in prison?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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