After last week’s emotional engagement and goodbyes it was nice to see When Calls The Heart tone things down a bit this week. “Healing Heart” gave us a light and fun episode with all of Lee and Rosemary’s antics, but also gave us a bit of shock when we saw just how far Ray Wyatt would go to get what he wanted.
I’ve always known that Ray Wyatt was up to no good, as I’ve had a bad feeling about him right from the start. Every week he does something even more evil to solidify my opinion of him. I was surprised when he tried to strong arm Faith into allowing him to walk her home, but even after that I never imagined he would try to have Bill and his witness killed to cover up his and Gowan’s dirty work. Even Gowan thought what he was doing was going too far, and that’s saying something! I’m honestly worried as to what Wyatt might try next. There seems to be nothing he won’t do to get what he wants, even murder. What kind of danger are the people of Hope Valley going to be in over the next few weeks?
Now before we get too carried away in worrying about how evil Ray Wyatt might get, let’s get back to the positives from this past week’s episode. Here are my favorite things from “Healing Heart”.
I had a good feeling about Carson when I met Paul Greene at The Hearties Family Reunion back in December, but I had no idea how much I was going to like him. He really is turning out to be an amazing character and a great addition to the cast. He is so kind to Abigail, he is doing a great job at the cafe, and he’s standing up to Gowan like no one has before. In fact that moment between him and Gowan may have been my favorite of the entire episode. He wasn’t intimidated by him at all, he stood his ground and wasn’t going to step back for anything. I can’t wait to see what his character brings in the coming weeks. I know he has a secret (I’m still thinking he’s a doctor) and I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction once it comes to light.
Elizabeth and Opal
It’s no secret how much I love Opal. Ava Grace Cooper always does just such an amazing job, especially for how young she is, and she truly could not be any cuter. Elizabeth is great with all of her students but she and Opal have a special relationship. That moment between the two of them outside the school was definitely the most awwworthy moment of the season, and my favourite Opal and Elizabeth moment to date. I do hope that Opal doesn’t disappear like so many of the children of Hope Valley have over the years. Hopefully since she’s still so young we will get to see her for seasons to come.
Lee and Rosemary never fail to impress me with their comedic timing and this week was definitely no exception. Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith were both brilliant in their performances and made me laugh throughout episode. Pascale especially had me is stitches on several occasions. That scene at the end where she loses her voice cracked me up so much that I had to pause the show so I wouldn’t miss anything.
I’m really impressed with what the writers have been able to do with these characters this season, and I think they are a great example to show viewers that things don’t have to get boring on a show once a couple gets married. With these two things have gotten so much better — more sweet moments and way more comedic moments. I think I look foreword to their scenes the most every week because I know that they are going to lighten the moment and put a smile on my face.
Bill Stepping Up
I’ve always been a little bit unsure about Bill and I’ve never quite been able to trust him. But this season he’s really turned things around for me. He’s become a great partner and support person for Abigail — both in the cafe and her every day life — he’s great with the kids in Hope Valley and always seems to want to help out in the town’s activities and he took the job with the railroad to keep an eye on Ray Wyatt. He knew right from the start that Wyatt was up to no good, and apparently figured that taking his job (and his money) was the best way to keep an eye on him.
This week we saw him put his life in the line to track down that one witness that could convict Gowan in his embezzlement charges. He didn’t have to do that, no one asked him to, but he just couldn’t let it go. He knows that Gowan broke the law and he isn’t going to stop trying to prove it till he has Gowan behind bars. I’m surprised to be saying this, but I’m looking forward to see how this story plays out and to seeing more Bill this season.
Elizabeth and Her Students
Elizabeth has always been a good teacher but every week I’m reminded just how great she really is. She doesn’t just teach them the curriculum, she teaches them how to be good people. She goes out of her way to get to know them individually and to figure out what they need to help them learn.
This week she was introduced to two new students, Chad and Earl Wyatt, nephews of none other than Ray Wyatt himself. Not surprisingly these two boys were initially quite challenging for Elizabeth. They questioned her authority and bullied Cody and Opal while out for recess. But in that way that only Elizabeth can do she managed to crack the youngest of the two brothers and figure out just what was causing them all their issues.
I had some great teachers while I was in school, but never anyone who did as much for me as Elizabeth does for her students. She is a true role model for teachers out there today and I can only imagine what the world’s education system would be like if there were more teachers like Elizabeth out there.
Hope Valley Tidbits
When Calls The Heart has some excellent secondary characters and I love when we get to see them a little more. Molly Sullivan (brilliantly played by Johannah Newmarch) has always been one of my favorites. Wasn’t it great to see her fumbling over Carson’s good looks on their date this week? I do hope that they continue to show more Molly in the last few episodes.
It was hard watching Elizabeth be so sad this week, but I loved seeing her take her horse out for a ride to Jack’s land. It’s nice to see her thinking of the future even if she doesn’t know what tomorrow might bring.
Was anyone else surprised to see so many of the townspeople abandoning Abigail’s cafe to go and eat at Wyatt’s new commissary? You’d think a close knit town like Hope Valley would be more supportive of one of its own.
What did you think of this week’s episode of When Calls The Heart? Were you as shocked by Wyatt’s actions as I was? Are you looking forward to more Bill and Carson this season? Drop a few words in the comments section below and let me know what you’re thinking.
When Calls The Heart airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.
Christy is a self proclaimed and proud TV Junkie. Her love for TV began at an early age with shows like Degrassi, Alias, ER, Buffy, The X-Files & Friends. You can now find her watching, ok obsessing over, shows like When Calls The Heart, Saving Hope, Arrow, Outlander, Grey's Anatomy and many many others. You can catch Christy on Twitter at @ChristySpratlin where she will likely be live tweeting her favorite shows and talking about everything TV.