“When Calls the Heart” aired its season four finale “Heart of a Fighter”, and boy, oh boy, did that apply to more than one person in Hope Valley. Carson Shepherd, Cody, Abigail and Elizabeth and were on the front lines. Let’s get to the recap!
Did you see Elizabeth Thatcher galloping out of town as part of the search party for Carson Shepherd? She found him and they returned to Hope Valley to check on Cody. His diagnosis of appendicitis was disputed by the local doctor, who was a pompous jerk. The two began a scuffle at the saloon and Bill broke it up.
But, the doctor was drinking it up, sure Cody wouldn’t need an operation for what he called a virus. Cody got worse and Carson checked in, realizing the appendix was ready to burst. Abigail stood up and gave him permission to operate despite not having all the instruments and protections of a hospital.
Meanwhile Cody’s condition got the better of Lee who recalled losing his brother at an early age. Abigail began to fear she’d lose a second little boy in her life, knowing she couldn’t withstand the grief that would come with that. Carson removed the appendix, which truly was the cause of Cody’s pain and sickness, but the young boy lost a lot of blood and was unconscious hours after surgery.
Everyone in town rallied to Abigail’s side, even Gowen who asked to find out if all went well with Cody before Bill transferred him to a more permanent facility. Rosemary was kind to Elizabeth and pointed out her growth in the years they’ve been in Hope Valley. From a shy and unsure woman to the backbone of a town, Elizabeth has been strong in the face of Jack’s absence and Wyatt’s treachery. She even got through to Shepherd’s former sister-in-law who wanted to report him to the medical board for operating without license.
After a beautiful prayer service, and a tough night, Cody’s condition stabilized and he woke up. Joyful news spread fast and it was time for a belated birthday party. Abigail told Carson he was meant to stay in Hope Valley, sent by God to help the town. Carson returned the favor by saying that Cody and the town saved him.
After a commercial break, there was a time jump of a few weeks. Cody was up and around, surrounded by his sister and Abigail, as Elizabeth penned a letter about it all. There next to her was a photo of Jack, as she wrote: “Come home soon my darling Jack. Nothing is more precious to me than you.” Sheesh, this is excruciating.
The episode ended with Cody’s birthday bash at the cafe. There he was surrounded by his friends and the town had already made plans to adopt Carson as its physician. Lee was prepared to pay half his salary! Looks like the town council will chip in the rest. The biggest present was from Abigail. The official adoption decree was signed, sealed and delivered, making Cody and Becky Abigail’s children in all ways.
“When Calls the Heart” aired its season four finale Sunday night April 23, on Hallmark Channel. Image credit: Crown Media US, used with permission