When Calls the Heart’s March 28 episode ended on a cliffhanger, with Ned (Hrothgar Mathews) collapsing on the steps of the Mercantile. A trailer for the Hallmark Channel series’ April 4 broadcast made it obvious Ned’s health was grave, even implying he might not live. So, did Ned succeed? Thankfully, “Before My Very Eyes” provided an explanation.
Hope Valley Prays For Ned
Ned’s attack has put him in the hospital, and Carson and Faith (Andrea Brooks) are concerned. Florence, who is inconsolable at the moment, maintains vigil at Ned’s bedside as the doctors in Hope Valley deliberate.
It’s pouring rain outside, but Joseph (Viv Leacock) braves the weather to offer to organise a Ned prayer vigil. He informs Lucas (Chris McNally), who is helping him prepare the school for the meeting, that he’s no longer a preacher, but he still feels compelled to assist.
Tonight’s show had a lot of discussion on faith and God, which is appropriate given that it aired on Easter Sunday. His wife, Minnie (Natasha Burnett), feels he may have no option but to accept the position of Hope Valley’s pastor. Joseph, however, has “other ideas.” He’s there for Clara (Eva Bourne) whether she wants him to give her marriage counsel or not, reminding her that if she lets Jesse (Aren Buchholz) come home, they’ll figure things out.
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Christopher (James Drew Dean) flirts with Rachel as the village awaits news of Ned’s fate (Jennifer Laporte). Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee (Kavan Smith) are less than delighted that the newcomer has his or her eye on their niece. Because he’s the son of Gowen, are they judging him unfairly?
Not only Lee and Rosemary have misgivings about Christopher. Even Lucas has been rattled by Christopher’s promises of making a fortune in the oil business, as well as his concerns about the cramped lodgings at the saloon. Lucas is suspicious when Lee’s watch disappears. In no uncertain terms, he threatens to expel Christopher from town if the latter is found guilty of pickpocketing. It’s confirmed that Christopher is the thief after Lucas exits the room.
Neither Christopher nor Hickam (Ben Rosenbaum) are fans of each other. Despite Gowen’s desire to help his son succeed in the business, Hickam is wary of giving his son an unfair advantage. Was wondering whether Fiona was ever coming back to Hickam. The last few episodes have seen a notable lack of her presence.)
It appears that Rachel is the only one who is enchanted by Christopher. She swoons when he gives her some stale flowers because she has such a crush on him. Will Christopher, on the other hand, remain? He arrived in town with a stolen vehicle, and his crime is on the edge of being exposed. It’s possible he’ll go, but there’s also a chance this marks the beginning of a new arc for him.
Throughout the episode, Ned’s health deteriorates rapidly, and there’s a good risk he won’t make it. In the midst of waking up, he asks Florence to marry him. Even if she says yes, the current state of affairs makes us doubt that a wedding will ever take place. Later, as Ned drifts off to sleep, she sings softly to him.
This episode is a standout for Walsh. In her brief attack on Elizabeth, we witness her dread of losing another person she cares about (remember, her husband perished in the mine explosion) and how that worry emerges as fury. That’s why Ned’s eventual survival is such a relief. Apparently, he hasn’t forgotten about it. Because of his recent health scare, we shouldn’t have to wait too long for his wedding. Because both characters have been on the show since season 1, it’s a joy that they’ve found each other.
Lucas and his’secret sorrows,’ as he puts it
What about the other couple in Hope Valley? Elizabeth seemed to be moving away from Lucas after their near-kiss last week. When Elizabeth’s feelings are hurt, he can’t help but be patient and give her space. The man tells her that “every man has his own sufferings, which the world does not know about,” and she nods in agreement. As well as Gowen, he is talking about himself. “It’s from a novel about a man who falls in love with a woman who rejects him,” he says.
If so, what are you attempting to communicate? Elizabeth inquires, as per the passage. She seemed unsure of how to respond to this exchange. Is Lucas looking for something that she can’t give him right now? But after some thought, she decides to change her mind. She tells him, “I don’t want you to have any hidden grief.” As she reaches out to him, she invites him to accompany her back to her house.
Elizabeth and Lucas’ relationship has progressed a little further, but the nagging question of Nathan remains. As it turns out, Allie has simply invited her to the adoption ceremony as a surprise visitor. As it stands right now, Allie has put together the family she envisions, but will it ever become a reality? Elizabeth’s final smile implies that there may be some rays of sunshine ahead.
The next When Calls the Heart episode will run on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, April 11 at 9 p.m. ET.