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Abigail is encouraged to reopen Coal Valley's dilapidated and abandoned cafe and make it her own after Elizabeth raves about Abigail's baking. Jack accidentally insults Elizabeth as he fumbles to confess his feelings for her. One of Elizabeth's students has trouble reading so she enlists Jack's help for a creative solution.
Elizabeth and Abigail move into rooms above Abigail's cafe. The only surviving miner from the explosion comes home from the hospital with a shocking surprise. Elizabeth and her students must put on the Coal Valley Founders' Day play on short notice.
~ My Thoughts
This is one of my favorite episodes, because... It just has SO much good stuff in it (including oodles of Jack and Elizabeth adorableness <3). I've tried to break it up by each thing that happens so that this flows fairly smoothly. And I'll try to refrain from too many rabbit trails. *ahem*
Abigail I really loved Abigail's part in this show. How she lays aside her grief over her husband and son, and makes the decision to step out on her own. She's so bold when she goes to Gowen with her proposition, and doesn't back down or entirely give into his demands.
The opening on Abigail's Café gave way to a lot of possibilities in the plot of the show. I was glad that Elizaveth moved to the rooms above the café with Abigail. And of course, now that she lives in the heart of town, a certain Mountie isn't so far away. *cough*
I was left snickering over the part where Jack asks Abigail for advice concerning Elizabeth. The whole 'bear', 'fox', and 'deer' story...did he really think she wouldn't see right through that?! :P
Jack and Elizabeth Considering how Jack and Elizabeth's relationship was going at the end of the previous episode (The Dance), it was fun to see how they gained back what they had before. Elizabeth is a bit hurt by Jack's protectiveness, but he's really just looking out for her.
*sigh* Yes, I know, so sweet. <3 And then...along comes the intelligence test and Elizabeth takes Jack up on his offer. I believe it can be said that their relationship is definitely on the mend by this point in the show.
I just love this exchange. *grins* So, yes, Elizabeth grills Jack through the test, which even includes him paying her a compliment. The first being some remark about her teaching skills -- and then after asking to change his answer which Elizabeth reluctantly allows -- he says she looks "really beautiful tonight." Awww, yes, I totally ship them. <3 <3
This paarrrtttttt. <3 So yeah. After Elizbeth gives Jack the intelligence test (he passed, in case you had doubts), he decides to 'return the favor'. I loved the part where Jack is holding her test results above his head, Elizabeth tries to grab them, and then the realize everyone is watching them. *grins*
Bo What was the point of the intelligence test, you ask? Well, you see Elizabeth had this student who was having difficulties learning to read. After some research, she decided the intelligence test was a good route to take to determine the reason why Bo was having trouble, so she could better help him. (She's such a dear. :)) She gave the test to Guinea Pig Jack first in the saloon, and later to Bo. And...he aced it.
So how come he scored so high on the test, but can't read simple sentences? I wondered the same thing, and I'm pretty sure Bo's father did too. (Who, for the record, I did not like at all until the end. But back to the show...)
As the test determines, Bo is suffering from dyslexia. With Elizabeth's special tutoring (and Abigail's cookies...hehe), he is soon reading and learning and *nods*. It's all so lovely. ^.^
Adam Miller If you're like me, then this is what you think of first when you think of this episode. However, since he doesn't actually come home until later in the episode, I decided to hold it off until here. So yeah...the only miner who survives the mine disaster (which is excruciatingly sad in itself, when you think about it.
I just loved this storyline with Adam returning home to a different sort of life with his wife, and their sweet daughters who really don't understand what's going on. (They were just so cute. ^_^) This even brought out a hint of compassion in Henry Gowen...very faint, but it was there briefly. ;)
Just LOOK!! They're so cute!! :D I was so happy with how this part of the show wrapped-up, with Adam returning home to his family (after a long mostly-one-sided conversation with Jack to help him put things in perspective). The ending was so sweet with Adam and the oldest of the girls. <3
Founders' Day Now for the last thing I have to ramble about, hehe. The Founders' Day play, although thrown together at the last minute, was successful. But it wouldn't have been complete without a backdrop...painted by a mysterious do-gooder. (Pfft. As if we don't know who it was.) When Elizabeth confronted Jack about it... *laughs* I wonder if she ever did figure that out... ;)
Hope you enjoyed! What's your favorite WCTH episode? :D Be sure to hop over and check out Rebekah's post for today!