“When Calls the Heart” wraps up a busy season 4 Sunday night April 22 on Hallmark Channel, but will it help us understand the disappearance of Daniel Lissing as Mountie Jack Thornton? The plot summary is laid out in the preview video clip posted below.
The only hanging thread is the quick glimpse of Elizabeth Thatcher on horseback, looking like she’s in quite a hurry to get somewhere. Otherwise, Cody’s life is on the line and there’s a disagreement about his diagnosis and treatment. Who will Abigail trust to save this child that she’s raised as if he were her own?
The season brought us new characters, and justice after Ray Wyatt’s plan failed to run Hope Valley for his own benefit and that of the railroad. “When Calls the Heart” gave us humor in the form of Rosemary’s flitting from one activity to the next. It gave us the biggest romantic moment in the series as Jack proposed to Elizabeth in that field ringed in candles.
What we thought would be the death of Hope Valley as we knew it, turned out to be a false alarm. During Abigail’s interim-mayor stint she chose to keep negotiating with the railroad rather end the possibilities it afforded the town. Elizabeth struggled with integrating new students into the classroom and had to fend off Wyatt’s attempt to oust her from her position.
The budding romance between nurse Faith and the father of Elizabeth’s student Phillip was a nice touch, as was the story of Doug, the fallen young Mountie whose death changed the fate of Jack and Elizabeth. We got a glimpse of Bill Avery’s prowess with the ladies as well as sheriff while Jack was in the Northern Territories. Even Gowen turned into a more sympathetic figure when he helped nail Wyatt and accepted his punishment for the embezzlement scheme.
But at the heart of the show that uses “heart” in the title of each episode is the Jack and Elizabeth love story. Can that end without backlash by #Hearties?
“When Calls the Heart” airs its season four finale, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Image/video credit: Crown Media US, used with permission