It’s Florence and Ned’s big day, and the wedding invites everyone in Hope Valley to come together to throw the perfect celebration, in the April 25 episode of When the heart calls you. The couple’s closest and dearest want to make the day perfect, but there are a few hiccups along the way. Plus, there’s a major moment at the end of the episode that could turn things around for Elizabeth, Nathan, and Lucas.
Ned has cold feet in this episode of “ When Calls the Heart ”
Everyone gets carried away with the wedding preparations, but a nervous Ned (Hrothgar Mathews) has doubts how the ceremony will unfold. His indecision worsens when his daughter Katie (Larissa Dias, returning to When the heart calls you after a long absence) arrives and tells him that she doesn’t want him to get married.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ned turns to Gowen for help, eventually asking him to be his witness. Once again, we see a softer side to Hope Valley’s more morally ambiguous character, who is honored to stand up for his friend. And after last week’s subtle reference to Abigail in Gowen’s conversation with her son, we get a more explicit reminder of the character. It turns out that Gowen has been secretly corresponding with Abigail since her abrupt departure in Season 6 (when Lori Loughlin was fired due to the college admissions scandal).
“When I sit at my desk and look out the cafe window and see his name, I have nothing but regrets,” he said to Ned.
It certainly looks like the show is laying the groundwork for a comeback of Loughlin’s character, which many viewers would love.
Of course, Ned’s feelings for Florence (Loretta Walsh) are never really in doubt. He sneaks into the barbershop where she gets her hair done and they have a heart to heart (and kindly share their first kiss away from prying eyes).
Florence finds the perfect dress
Florence faces her own pre-wedding anxieties. She worries about being an “ugly duckling” and struggles to choose a dress and hairstyle for the ceremony. Luckily, she has Molly (Johannah Newmarch) in her corner.
Exhausted Molly acts as a wedding planner / coordinator, providing an element of comedic relief as she frantically runs around town without accomplishing much (although she has the clever idea that the surgeon’s steady hands are Carson can be used to decorate the cake). But all of Molly’s meddling comes from a great place, and she proves her worth when she resolves Florence’s dress dilemma by donating the dress she bought to impress Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Meanwhile, Florence secretly bought the dress Molly admired at Dottie’s Dress Shop for her friend. They have a touching scene together where Florence thanks Molly for being there for her through everything they’ve endured since the mine disaster.
Things are freezing between Elizabeth and Rosemary
Molly and Florence’s friendship is solid, but the same can’t be said for Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Rosemary (Pascale Hutton). Things are still tense between the two after last week’s argument, when Elizabeth lashed out at Rosemary for believing she was encouraging Nathan (Kevin McGarry). The two agree to play nicely as they prepare for the wedding, but their easy camaraderie is gone, at least for now.
Without Rosemary to lean on, Elizabeth seems more lonely than ever in this episode. She is with Lucas (Chris McNally) at the wedding, although they are one of the few couples who are not on the floor when the dancing begins at the reception – even Allie (Jaeda Lily Miller) and Robert (Jaiven Natt) go around the room. Throughout season 8, Elizabeth has become more comfortable showing her affection for Lucas, but it’s not a good sign that she always seems to be reluctant to give the relationship completely.
Scammer targets Hope Valley
The wedding provides most of the drama in this episode, but we finally got some answers on what Jesse (Aren Buchholz) has done with his life savings and Clara’s (Eva Bourne). When a stranger (Wesley Salter) shows up and inquires about the purchase of the barber shop, Fiona (Kayla Wallace) gives him a polished but firm brushing. But as he exits town, Jesse spots and pursues him, to no avail.
The mysterious man, we learn, is the same “ugly thief” who ran away with Jesse and Clara’s money. He’s probably also the person who inquired about buying another property around Hope Valley – actions that once made Rosemary quite suspicious. It’s unclear what exactly he does, but there’s a good chance we haven’t seen the last of him. In any case, Clara seems to have finally forgiven Jesse for his transgression. She is all smiles as she mentions that she is focusing not on what they lost but on all the good things to come. Could a pregnancy announcement be on the horizon?
Hickam and Fiona: potential business partners, or something more?
Hickam (Ben Rosenbaum) has been run over by Fiona all season, and last week he had the courage to ask her for dinner. We know where he stands, but Fiona’s feelings for Hickam are harder to read. The two are chatting outside the barbershop, and when he says he considers her more than a friend, she starts to protest. To his relief, he sees her as a “confidante”.
At the reception, however, it’s Fiona who makes a move, asking her to dance. But is she thinking about romance or her business? The two talk about Hickam’s idea for an oil pipeline, and he tries to get her to come as an investor.
Elizabeth forgives Nathan
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Elizabeth – embracing her role as the voice of Hope Valley wisdom – has two great conversations about love and loss from this episode, one with Katie and the other with Ned. Both are about the challenges of overcoming and relearning to love after the death of someone you care about. As she gives advice, it’s obvious that she talks as much about herself as she does about Ned or Katie.
Elizabeth knows that ultimately, she must overcome her fear if she wants to open up to another love. But will it be with Nathan or Lucas? At the reception, Lucas Blunty warns Nathan, telling him that he could save Allie a lot of heartache if he “stops pressuring Elizabeth.”
Nathan, unsurprisingly, isn’t exactly receptive to the idea. Soon after, Elizabeth asks to speak to her outside, and a surprised Nathan accepts. (Poor Lucas, as usual, is left watching everything from the hallway.) Outside the living room, Elizabeth tells him that she doesn’t blame him for Jack’s death. Nathan thanks her and takes her hand, which Lucas sees as he walks past the window.
What does this mean for Elizabeth and Lucas?
There are several ways to read Elizabeth’s conversation with Nathan. Is she signaling that she could open her heart and be ready to continue the relationship he longs for? Or does she quietly free him from any obligation he feels he has to protect her? Nathan’s feelings for Elizabeth were tied to his guilt over Jack’s death. Now that she’s absolved it, it will no doubt change their dynamic, but maybe not as some fans hope.
As for Lucas, we’ll have to wait and see how he reacts to see what definitely looks like a romantic moment between Nathan and Elizabeth. He’s been patient so far, but it might push him to take on Elizabeth. If she is now romantically interested in Nathan, he deserves to know. But Elizabeth has also spent the last few episodes dealing with her lingering feelings about Jack’s death. It is possible that she has come to some kind of peace and is now ready to be with Lucas.
The next episode of When the heart calls you Airs Sunday, May 2 at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.