This week When Calls The Heart was back with another fun and exciting episode. In “The Heart of the Community” we saw the whole town come together to raise some much needed funds for Elizabeth’s rapidly growing classroom, and we saw Frank team up with Jack and Bill to stop some payroll robbing bandits. I really enjoyed seeing all of Hope Valley relax and have some fun at the carnival. There has been a lot of changes recently that have left tensions running a little high around town and the carnival really was the perfect way to bring everyone together and blow off a little steam.
I still don’t trust Ray Wyatt. In fact, I think I trust him even less now. I realize that the railroad coming to Hope Valley is a good thing, but I just don’t like the way that Ray is going about things. He doesn’t seem to have anyone’s interests in mind except his own and he won’t even consider anyone else thoughts or opinions on the subject. He is not happy with how Abigail is running things as mayor and now it looks like he is going to be teaming up with Gowan to get her ousted and get Gowan back in control.
But let’s switch back to the positive side of this episode and think about some of our favorite parts. Read on to see my 5 favorite things about this week’s episode.
I know I keep saying this every week, but I can’t help but be impressed by Abigail and how she is handling her role as mayor. She really has the town’s best interests at heart and continues to go out of her way to prove it to them. I love that she stood up to Ray Wyatt yet again, and managed to convince him to purchase the land that she chose for the railroad. I know her strong will is driving Ray crazy, but I could not be more proud of her for doing it. I think Abigail is really starting to enjoy being mayor and I am definitely enjoying watching her pull it off.
Like I mentioned above, the carnival really was exactly what the town needed to blow off a little steam. It brought the whole town together, even the questionable Ray Wyatt, and they really did put on great event. I giggled through Rosemary’s scene as fortune teller, she knew just how to pull that performance off. And how fun was it to see Florence in that kissing booth? She really is quite the character. I hope one of these new bachelors coming to town will take a liking to her. I can only imagine how much fun it will be to watch her navigate her way through a courtship. Can you imagine? We are guaranteed a bunch of laughs if that ever does end up happening.
Jack and Elizabeth
On some shows after three or four seasons relationships start to run a little dry. Well that is anything but the case on When Calls The Heart. This week’s episode was a perfect example of writing that is being done right in terms of keeping the fire going in this relationship. That stollen kiss scene (you know, the one that you keep rewatching) where Jack pulled Elizabeth behind the building on Main Street was one of the hottest and most romantic scenes ever shown on this show. The love and romance that these two show us every week continues to amaze me. They have undoubtably the best chemistry on TV right now and I can’t wait to see more of it as the season goes on.
Ned Yost’s Bigger Role
Ned Yost, Hope Valley’s trusted mercantile owner, has been around since Season 1 but we have never really seen him enter into any of the major storylines. Isn’t it great to see him stepping up around town and letting his concerns be heard? He too is really concerned about all of the changes that are happening around town and he isn’t hesitating when it comes to telling Abigail how he’s feeling. I love seeing him on the show more and have been very impressed with Hrothgar Mathews’s acting abilities this season. I do hope that they continue to use him this much or even more throughout the season and look forward to him possibly having his own stand out episode one day.
Frank Stepping Up
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Jack and Bill put their Mountie skills to good use, and although I hate that they have to put themselves in danger like that, it definitely adds some excitement to the show. Frank has been one of my favorite characters ever since he joined the show. He had a questionable past but has done everything possible to leave that life behind him. Why not use some of that knowledge that he gained during his life on the wrong side of the law? It was great to see him volunteer this week to help Jack and Bill. He is so much more than a pastor and I love seeing the writers giving him some different things to work with.
What I didn’t like was him not telling Abigail about helping Jack and Bill. How did he not even think about her when he was heading off into danger? Abigail was absolutely right to be upset with him. What should have happened next was that they should have sat down and talked about what had happened and what they expected from each other in their relationship. I was shocked when instead of talking it out Frank just walked away from their relationship. I don’t get it. Did Abigail really mean that little to him?
I really hope that in the next few weeks we will see Frank come to his senses. I hope that he will realize his mistake and apologize to Abigail. I do think that they make a great couple and will make great parents to raise Cody (Carter Ryan Evancic) together.
Hope Valley Tidbits
Shane Cantrell is certainly an interesting character and Niall Matter is doing an excellent job with him. I really hope that we get to find out more of his history and what has made him so sad and resistant to any type of help.
I don’t know what it is about this show, but it is by far the best at finding adorable and talented child actors. This week’s newbie Philip, played by Liam Hughes, fits right in with this crew. Super cute and talented.
Ray’s continued attention towards Faith is still making me nervous. I’m really worried that she is either going to get pulled in to his evil doings or get hurt all over again and she doesn’t deserve either.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Did I pick your favorite moments? Are you worried about what Ray and Gowan are up to? What do you think will happen between Frank and Abigail? Take a minute and leave a few thoughts in the comments section below.
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.