We’re all going to need some of Erik Whitley’s specialty cinnamon ice cream after that cliffhanger!
For a show as sweet as a brownie from Sullivan’s revolving around the quaint and charming small town of Serenity, Netflix’s latest bingeable series, Sweet Magnolias, delivered a shocking and life-altering ending.
*** SPOILER WARNING – Stop reading if you haven’t seen Sweet Magnolias Season 1 and don’t want spoilers!***
Audiences weren’t the only ones shook by the car accident in the finale moments of the season.
Joanna Garcia Swisher, who plays Maddie Townsend, told GoodHousekeeping the cast was equally as “shook” with the idea of Maddie’s child (or children) in the car.
She said that the cast filmed the scene without knowing who else was in the car with Kyle so that they could be in the dark like the audience.
“Actually, I’ve asked to not know, at least for the next month, so I can be in it with everybody else,” she explained.
If you watched all 10-episodes of the first season in one sitting, you’re likely already googling to find out when season 2 will become available.
And truly, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it may be a bit considering the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for all TV and film productions shutting down since mid-March. Even with many states lifting their “stay-at-home” orders, the new guidelines set in place by the entertainment industry to ensure safety for the cast and crew is bound to make things slightly challenge.
Not to mention, Covington, GA, which is the backdrop for the series, will likely be in high demand as Legacies will begin filming their third season. And yes, if you didn’t know by now, Serenity on Sweet Magnolias is also Mystic Falls on The Vampire Diaries/ Legacies (read more about that here!)
However, we’re going to keep it optimistic and think about all that we want to see happen in Sweet Magnolias Season 2.
Who Is The Passenger?
Alright, so the most obvious question on everyone’s mind is about the passenger in the car wreck. There are a handful of possibilities here since there were so many people at the party who ran after Kyle when he stormed off.
The most obvious guess is Tyler since he’s Kyle’s brother. If it was Ty, it would hinder his baseball career, which would make for enough drama to carry a season. However, I think it’s almost too dark for the series, so I don’t think it was Ty.
It could be Annie since she’s best friends with Kyle, but my money is on Nellie. She was one of the first people to run out after Kyle and her involvement would further the rift between Maddie and Mary Vaughn Lewis, the Mayor’s wife who thrives on drama.
She wouldn’t hesitate to blame the accident on the Townsend’s divorce. After all, don’t you remember how she tried to leverage Maddie’s romance with the coach into unfair treatment for her bratty son Jackson, who is the reason this whole mess happened in the first place?
Are Kyle and the Passenger Okay?
Kyle was unconscious when he was removed from the vehicle while the paramedics and first responders were struggling to get to the passenger when Maddie, Bill, and the rest of the family arrived on the scene. Will Kyle and the passenger be okay? How will this change things for the Townsend family moving forward?
Where Are All the Other Kids?
And more specifically, what happened that led to this accident? We saw Kyle bolt out of the house and everyone else ran after him. Why did he get into the car? How did the car end up flipped on the side of the road? And aside from the mystery passenger, where is everyone else that was at the party? Did they all go after Kyle? Why didn’t they run back to get their phones?
The ending reminded me of a Big Little Lies type of twist because we’re going to need to backtrack the events of the evening to figure out what led to this devastating moment.
And here I was worried that the fist fight between Ty, Jackson, and CeCe would cause Ty to sustain an injury that would ruin his shot at playing baseball professionally.
Bill Needs to Accept Responsibility for His Actions
Seriously, Bill needs to grow up. He acted like a man-child for most of the season until he realized that the problem isn’t everyone else, it’s him. Bill reaped what he sowed; he did this to himself. He thought the grass was greener on the other side and learned very quickly that it wasn’t the case.
Bill didn’t do right by Maddie when he cheated and destroyed his whole family (and I love how Ty assumes Noreen destroyed his family rather than acknowledging his father pulled the trigger, but I digress), so he decided to do right by Noreen instead. And while that may be the Southern way of doing things, everyone knows that it’s not going to lead to a happy life. The longer Bill was with Noreen, the more he regretted letting Maddie go.
When Noreen finally left his sorry ass behind (you know it’s true), he decided to ask Maddie for a second chance. Bill, are you even hearing yourself? He takes one-step forward and two steps all the way back. All he cares about is himself. He didn’t care how Maddie felt when he was happy with Noreen, but the moment he was single, he came crawling. Maddie would be a complete fool if she too him back.
Swisher seems to agree because she told GH: “It really surprised me that fans are actually wondering if I’ll choose Bill or Cal. It’s something that I never even imagined that people would be contemplating.” She believes Bill “has a long way to go.”
Now, Cal on the other hand.
Maddie Needs to Patch Things Up with Cal
The town hunk has been patient, kind, and the perfect man (the man Bill could never be) so we’re rooting for Maddie and Cal to patch things up. Maddie wants to take things at a slower pace, which is understandable for someone coming out of a long-term marriage. She’s also rebuilding her trust after her husband cheated on her and ripped apart their family. Cal has been cognizant of that and very respectful. While Maddie obviously overreacted about the scout situation and assumed the worst of Cal due to the trust issues, it isn’t something to end a blossoming relationship over.
Seeing how much they both care about each other, I think there’s definitely room for them to course-correct, however, Bill’s proposition may hinder the relationship a bit. Again, I don’t think Maddie is considering it, but if Bill is determined, it has the potential to create a rift between her and Cal, who was already starting to feel like the other man.
Is Noreen Coming Back?
Noreen may have been the other woman, but it takes two to tango. Noreen made one mistake, but she meant well. So it was hard not to feel bad for her when she so badly wanted to fit in and be accepted by the judgey towns people. Moreso, she just wanted to be happy. And when she realized her happiness wasn’t with Bill, who barely paid her any attention and treated her like an afterthought to his family, she made the best choice for herself and her unborn child to leave him and Serenity.
Jamie Lynn Spears, who plays Noreen, may have been considered a guest-star, but I believe she’ll return in some capacity. Maybe not to be with Bill, but she is going to have his child and audiences will want to see that play out. Bill might not have common sense, but he is the father and deserves to be in the child’s life.
Erik Whitley Shooting His Shot
The sweetest thing about Sweet Magnolias is Erik Whitley. While I liked Ryan and Helen together, I wasn’t a fan of their torrid history. It made Ryan a turn-off. Plus, he was never around, and while Helen loved him, she wasn’t getting the kind of love she wanted. The final straw for the relationship came when Ryan stood firm on his “no children” stance. Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you have to accept that it just isn’t meant to be. Helen and Ryan wanted very different things in life and it wasn’t fair for either of them to compromise their wants or beliefs.
On the other hand, things with Erik seem so easy even if Helen is oblivious to the fact that he’s in love with her. I’m talking puppy dog eyes in love! Erik has had some trauma in the past with losing a child, so he likely won’t object with wanting to try again with the woman he loves. He’s always been so respectful and affectionate towards Helena, and even stepped back when he saw her and Ryan together.
But make no mistake, that man wasted no time shooting his shot once Ryan was out of the picture. I love a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. Eventually, Helen will come to realize the future she’s been wanting has been right in front of her this whole time!
Dana Sue’s Love Life
All three of the Sweet Magnolias have very active and thrilling love lives, especially for a small town, but Dana Sue takes the cake! There is so much sexual tension between her and Ronnie. Whew! Correct me if I’m wrong, but we never found out what happened between them that led to their divorce, right? Therefore, a reconciliation isn’t entirely out of the picture. Dana Sue doesn’t seem to want to give in, but Ronnie seems open to it.
But then there’s Jeremy! They hit it off right away, they have so much in common, and he seems like a breath of fresh air for Dana Sue. When have you ever seen her so giddy? If a man can do that, he’s a keeper!
Is Dana Sue Isaac’s Mother?
Poor Isaac has been on the hunt for his birth parents since stepping foot into Sullivan’s. And his assumption that Dana Sue and Micah are his parents wasn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. Dana and Micah kept alluding to a wild past, Dana said Micah and Isaac have a lot in common, and they all cooked together like a family. Plus, Isaac has such a sweet relationship with Annie!
Isaac clearly surprised Dana Sue with his bold paternity question, but she also didn’t reject the possibility the way Erik Whitley did when Isaac asked him if he was his father. It’s possible Dana Sue gave up a child up for adoption early in her life before she was ready to be a mother. We won’t know for sure unless the series gets a second season, so let’s hope that a renewal is on the way!
What do you want to see on Sweet Magnolias season 2? Let us know in the comments!
5 Biggest Moments from ‘Virgin River’ Season 2
Netflix dropped Virgin River Season 2 as a Black Friday gift for fans, and there’s so much to unpack!
You can read all of our episodic reviews here.
Or, check out the 5 biggest moments from the 10-episode season below:
1. An Accidental Death
After her abusive ex comes to town, Paige is terrified for her and Christopher’s safety, especially since he punished her for running away. He tells Paige to pack up their things, but when she refuses, the two get into a tussle and she accidentally pushes him down the stairs. Since Wes, a decorated cop, made it so that Paige would never be able to win in court, she knows that “self-defense” won’t hold up. Preacher helps her skip town and takes care of the body. Connie puts two-and-two together when she learns that Wes is an official missing person. As someone who lost her mother to an abusive father, she vows to help Preacher come up with a solid alibi in case they find the body. Preacher refuses, and when he learns that Wes’ partner turned on him and there’s no a warrant for his arrest, he thinks his problems are over. That is until he sees Wes show up at his bar. Turns out, it’s his identical twin brother, Vince, who is hellbent on getting revenge.
Charmaine’s high-risk pregnancy poses problems for Jack, who does not want to be with her romantically. This is only intensified when Mel confirms that Charmaine is pregnant with twins. Charmaine goes out of her way to get Jack to fall in love with her, but when she realizes that it’s never going to happen, she punishes him by telling him that she’s going to get married one day and that man is going to be the father of her babies and not Jack.
3. An Engagement
After a whole season of sneaking around and trying to get it right, Doc finally proposes to Hope, who initially turns him down because she thinks he was sneaking around with another woman, Muriel. When Doc reveals that Muriel helped put him in touch with a vintage jeweler to reset Hope’s ring, she says “yes,” and agrees to have a vow ceremony and reception. Doc then decides to tell Hope about his illness, but before he gets to tell her what’s troubling him, they’re surprised by an engagement party.
4. Brady’s Mess with Calvin
After getting fired from Jack’s, Brady picks up a job working for Calvin. He immediately realizes that something shady is going on, but the idea of making a lot of money entices him. That is until Calvin tasks him with shooting Spencer, one of his men who was trying to rat him out to Jack. Brady pretends to shoot Spencer, but instead, helps him and his family get out of town so that Spencer can testify against Calvin to bring down the whole operation.
5. Jack, can you hear me?
Calvin warned Jack not to get involved in his business. When he felt like Jack was overstepping, he sabotaged his bar and got dozens of customers sick. While it’s unclear who shot Jack, it’s believed that it was either one of Calvin’s men after Mel paid a visit to Emerald Lumber to talk to Brady. Mel had just opened up to the idea of pursuing a relationship with Jack after pushing back for months because of her fear of getting hurt again. She wanted to prove that Brady didn’t kill Spencer to ease Jack’s conscience, but she may have ended up making things worse. That is unless someone else is to blame for the shooting.
All of this means that we need season 3 of Virgin River now more than ever!
Virgin River Review – Blown Away (2×10)
What will it take for Mel and Jack to get a moment of happiness around here?
The Virgin River Season 2 finale gave fans everything they wanted in terms of the Mel and Jack relationship before ripping it all away.
After Mel told Jack she loved him, the two decided that it was time that they pursued a relationship.
And, of course, that meant a lot happy scenes between the couple, which, in TV land can only mean one thing — something terrible is about to happen.
We were all just as naive as Jack when we thought that messing with Calvin and his business would be without real consequences.
In the final scene of the episode, Mel found Jack bleeding out behind the bar after being shot, likely by Calvin or one of his men.
While he was losing a lot of blood, I can’t imagine that the show will willingly kill off Jack-freaking-Sheridan or force Mel to deal with the death of yet another man she allowed herself to love.
But it hits too close to home, and the timing couldn’t have been worse either. Throughout most of the second season, Mel refused to pursue a relationship with Jack because she was scared of getting hurt again.And finally, when she mustered up enough courage to let those fears go and opened herself up again, pain and suffering followed! This woman will never be able to trust ever again.
Of course, this would have happened regardless of whether or not Mel got involved with Jack. And it would’ve hurt just the same because she’s always cared about him deeply.
The good things is that Mel likely found Jack in time and will be the reason he survives. She couldn’t save Mark, but maybe she’ll be able to save Jack. Jack truly is her second chance.
This begs the question whether or not Mel’s decision to pay Brady a public visit at Emerald Lumber played a role in the attack on Jack.
Obviously, we know Calvin has men everywhere, and if they suspected that Mel was there on behalf of Jack, they could have interpreted it as Jack continuing to mess with his business and come after him.
However, Mel went rogue in an attempt to ease Jack’s guilt and confronted Brady about what really happened to Spencer.
It was bit irrational of her to just waltz right in there and scream her demands, but at least she was able to confirm what I believed to be the case the whole time — Brady did not kill Spencer.
Instead, Spencer and his family made it safely out of town and he was cooperating with Mike from the LAPD to bring Calvin down. Who knew that Brady’s shady involvement would eventually be the reason that Calvin’s operation may be shut down?
What do you think? Will Jack survive? What motivated the attack?
Doc and Hope are engaged! Things ended a bit rocky between the couple in the previous episode as Hope accused him of cheating, but turns out, when you don’t jump to conclusions immediately, there are logical explanations.
Muriel helped Doc connect with a vintage jeweler in Seattle to get Hope’s engagement ring reset. As a thank you, he took her out to lunch. Easy peasy.
Once Hope realized that she’d overreacted and Doc was willing to go above and beyond to make her a happy woman for the rest of their lives, she said yes to getting re-married and they even talked about a ceremony and reception.
But again, the joy was short-lived as something is seriously wrong with Doc’s health.
He tried to tell her what it was but was interrupted by a surprise engagement party by the town, which is cute, but also frustrating for fans because it means we have to wait until season 3 to find out what it is.
Will a season 3 even happen? It has to now so that we can find out what’s ailing our good doctor and learn about Jack’s fate. And did Doc only propose cause he’s sick? Will Hope rethink the vow renewal once she learns she might have to care for Vernon?
In B-level storylines, Preacher finally learned that the man who looks just like Wes is his twin, Vince, also a detective, who is hellbent on finding Paige and making her pay for hurting his brother.
I’d say that I’m concerned with this storyline, however, the fact that Wes was revealed to be a monster makes me think that Paige now has a fighting chance of telling the truth and getting away without being unfairly punished.
After Jack denied Preacher’s request of becoming a managing partner in the bar, he decided to take the gig in San Francisco. But what does that mean for Paige? Will Preacher actually go through with it? Did seeing Christopher change his mind?
Connie’s whole spiel about Ricky and Lizzie having sex was ridiculous. She knows how “free spirited” Lizzie is and still had the nerve to blame Ricky for “deflowering” her niece. Get a grip, Connie. The fact that these two are almost 18 is even crazier.
Connie should’ve listened to Lydie, the voice of reason, who seemed to understand that times have changed and young adults are going to have sex. As long as they are being safe, that’s all that mattered.
Charmaine continued to get on everyone’s last nerve. After telling Mel that she was giving up on wanting to make a relationship with Jack work, she basically threw herself at him when he said that he was going to buy a house for the twins that was halfway between the salon and the bar.
Her attitude changed from sour to completely ecstatic, but she obviously got the wrong idea. Jack simply told her he was getting a house, not that he was getting a house for them all to live in so they could be a family.
Charmaine continues to live in a fantasy world when Jack has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want to be with her romantically. She hears what she wants to hear and then blames him for leading her on.
When he shot her down for the umpteenth time, she kicked the crazy into high gear and basically told him that he wouldn’t actually be the twins’ father. In short, she’s punishing him for being honest with her.
This is obviously the worst case scenario because we know that Charmaine loves to spin a good story. If she commits to keeping Jack away from the kids, she’ll do and say anything to win custody.
I said all season long that I wasn’t a fan of Charmaine’s, but now, I’m really not a fan.
With so many cliffhangers and open-ended storylines, Netflix has to renew Virgin River for a third season! They can’t leave us hanging in the balance like they did with Jack!
What did you think of the season? Let us know in the comments.
Virgin River Review – Hazards Ahead (2×09)
The penultimate episode of Virgin River Season 2 found Jack in some hot water with Calvin.
First off, why are there so many people in the woods running around willy nilly? This should not be a normal occurrence for Virgin River.
Second off, will this Adrian guy play a bigger role or was he simply there so that Mel would find out that Jack’s been visiting Spencer? It’s unclear, and it’s one of the more infuriating things about Virgin River Season 2.
Jack eventually made it to Spencer’s trailer and realized that something terrible has happened. I still don’t know how he thought he was going to protect Spencer’s family from Calvin or why he was so surprised Calvin figured it out. He clearly underestimates him and doesn’t understand the mess he’s involved in.
And that’s even after he was knocked out and brought to Calvin’s pot farm for a little face-to-face.
Jack thinks he’s doing the right thing, but he’s outnumbered here. And if he keeps meddling in Calvin’s business, he’s going to get himself killed. At this point, he has to start thinking about his children, Charmaine, and even Mel before making these reckless decisions.
I’m still holding out hope that Brady is playing some long game to bring Calvin down. I don’t think he killed Spencer and instead, helped him get out of town. That may just be my wishful thinking, but I just don’t see him as the kind of person to kill another just because the gig guaranteed him money.
Jack needs to be better at answering his phone. I swear, Mel could’ve put herself in real danger trying to find him!
Thankfully, it didn’t come to that, and instead, she realized just how much she cares about him. Sometimes, we don’t realize how much we love someone until they’re almost taken from us. Of course, she’s already lost one man she loves, and she was letting fear get in the way of finding love again. But almost losing Jack showed her that her feelings are deep and true.
Maybe this will finally be the push that Mel needs to appreciate what she has now. After all, it helped her finally come clean about her feelings and tell Jack that she loves him!
Of course, it helped that Charmaine finally let go of the fairytale that she’s been spinning about her life with Jack. She finally realized that waiting for Jack to feel something for her would just mean that she’d be with a man who didn’t love her. No one deserves that.
They can still respect each other and be good co-parents to the twins. And without unrealistic expectations, I think it’ll allow them to have a much better relationship.
That is if Charmaine doesn’t take the kids to Portland. It’s one thing to think about your family and security, it’s another to contemplate a big move without even telling the baby daddy, who has be supportive through the whole process. It almost seemed like she was doing it out of a spite, which is not a good look.
Charmaine has to put herself first, but she also has to consider that Jack is involved in this too and has a say in what happens to his children.
And Mel made a great point — Charmaine would want to know if the roles were reversed. Keeping this from Jack isn’t fair.
Hope and Doc… I’m just out of words here.
I don’t necessarily understand why Doc met up with Muriel in Seattle. Did he really go for a medical conference? Did he simply want to have a nice lunch date while he was out there? Does he think they could be friends?
Did he not think Hope would jump to conclusions? His judgment was so very questionable here.
As was the decision to re-propose to Hope. They’ve only just begun seeing each other, despite being married for years, and it was pretty dramatic to get Hope on board with being out in the open with their relationship.
They had a massive fight about Hope’s gossip, so what made him think that plopping down on one knee — even if it was uber romantic — was a good idea?
And Hope, man, she simply cannot just have a conversation without throwing fits and accusing people. Instead of playing Doc the voicemail, why couldn’t she simply ask him why he met up with Muriel and see what he said first?
Preacher seems to have caught a lucky break in Wes’ disappearance. While they may have found the car, the Sheriff hasn’t connected Wes to Paige. And apparently, his partner flipped on him, so Wes is now being revealed for the monster that he was. Technically, this means that if they were to launch an investigation, Paige’s self-defense explanation would hold up in court.
The Sheriff said they wouldn’t be pursuing it any further because they don’t have the manpower, so again, it seemed like great news for everyone involved except for the fact that Preacher saw Wes walk into his bar! Is Preacher losing it? Does Wes have a twin? If the latter is the case, that would prove to be very messy for Preacher.
Maybe Preacher should just take the job offer in San Francisco and leave all of this behind him! Though, I still don’t trust Jamie. Why is she hanging around this small town for so long? Why is she so determined to get Preacher to leave?
And then there’s Ricky and Lizzie, who gave into temptation and enjoyed their first time together. They were being safe, which is good news, but the bad news is that they were terrible at sneaking around.
Connie came home earlier and found Ricky walking around the house in boxers. Yikes.
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