Season four of “When Calls the Heart” has already reached episode 8, titled “Courageous Hearts”. Jack is still away and for some reason, there’s been no letter or message from him to his fiancée Elizabeth. When she learns that Mounties have died in the Northern Territories, she turns to prayer for the fallen, and her beloved Jack.
His absence continues to worry #Hearties everywhere who are concerned that Hallmark Channel is setting them up for actor Daniel Lissing’s departure. There’s been much speculation about it, and fans of the network cite other examples of popular characters written out of other shows. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is mired in her schoolroom troubles with Ray Wyatt’s nephews.
Last week we heard Wyatt threaten her job again if she tried to get answers from about the children. Elizabeth discovered that their mother died and their father is away on business, so as she tends to do, Elizabeth took action. She sent a telegram to the boys’ dad, and has to deal with the fallout from that. Add that to her concern for Jack and it is a good thing she’s got Abigail by her side for support.
It’s in the EXCLUSIVE sneak peek below that we catch Abigail’s dilemma during “Courageous Hearts”. She is consumed by trying to keep the cafe open in the face of competition from the railroad’s commissary. Wyatt shows up to propose a business deal to Abigail, which is shady at best. Some might say it’s right out of the organized crime playbook. You know, payment by local businesses to the mob boss as “protection” to allow them to keep their doors open. Wyatt ends with a threat that you have to take seriously if you’ve seen what he’s willing to do to eliminate Bill Avery and A.J. Foster.
The episode continues the story of new guy Carson Shepherd and his back story. Frank squeezes it out of him. Also on tap are the romantic scenes between A.J. and Bill. Can the deputized sheriff fall for the sort-of criminal? Stay tuned…
“When Calls the Heart” airs Sundays on Hallmark Channel beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT Image/video credit: Crown Media US, used with permission