When the heart calls Season 9 wrapped up Sunday night with a packed episode that included some major developments for Lucas, Elizabeth, Rosemary, Lee and the rest of Hope Valley. From an engagement to baby news to a devastating fire, here’s what happened in the season finale of the Hallmark Channel series.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for When Calls the Heart Season 9 Episode 12, “Rock, A Bye, Baby.”]
Lucas clears his head in the season finale of When Calls the Heart
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Last week, Lucas (Chris McNally) left town to clear his head and left a message for Elizabeth (Erin Krakow). She had previously worried that he might be concerned about their relationship. But after her doubts are allayed – thanks in part to their romantic declarations to each other at the end of Episode 11 – she doesn’t even have to read his letter.
Elizabeth takes Lucas’ disappearance calmly, but his cousin Gustave (Karl Mercer) is concerned. She agrees to ask Nathan (Kevin McGarry) to drive out to check on Lucas, who is moodily chopping firewood and reading Henry David Thoreau in the woods. The Mountie and the saloon keeper have what might be their heartiest chat yet while Nathan camps with his former rival. It seems like a real friendship could be brewing between the two.
Two familiar faces return to Hope Valley
Last week, Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) fled Hope Valley after intentionally causing an explosion that caused the mine to collapse. But his time on the run is short-lived. Two Mounties take him back to Hope Valley, where he is hailed as a hero for his efforts to prevent the ghost from reopening.
Gowen actually turned himself in voluntarily, much to Bill’s (Jack Wagner) dismay. But the businessman is willing to take the punishment for what he did. And he doesn’t want to be praised for it. He gets Elizabeth to suppress Rosemary’s (Pascale Hutton) story about his actions. Gowen also turns to God for help for what is to come. He makes a generous — albeit anonymous — donation to the church. And when Joseph (Viv Leacock) pays a prison visit, Gown asks him to show him how to pray.
Gowen isn’t the only person returning to Hope Valley in this episode. Apparently, Mei Sou (Amanda Wong) cleared her name in Chicago. Does this pave the way for a romance between her and Nathan? Perhaps. But it’s also about Faith (Andrea Brooks). She confesses to Molly that she has developed feelings for Nathan. But she doesn’t feel like she can influence her because he was her patient (a guideline that seems to mean she couldn’t have a relationship with anyone in Hope Valley since she’s the only doctor in town.) Right Now it’s not clear if Nathan had romantic feelings for Faith or Mei. But his daughter Allie (Jaeda Lily Miller) wants him to make up his mind. She is ready for her father to marry, she tells Elizabeth.
Rosemary tells Lee she is pregnant
Rosemary has had suspicions for some time that she might be pregnant. Unfortunately, she can’t just stop by the pharmacy and pick up a pregnancy test. Part of her doesn’t even want to know for sure if she’s pregnant because if she’s not, she’s dealing with the disappointment. Elizabeth eventually persuades her to talk to Faith, who explains the telltale signs of pregnancy.
Rosemary has kept her big news from her husband, but she knows she has to be honest with Lee (Kavan Smith). One morning, Rosemary feels a flutter and realizes she’s definitely expecting it. She wakes Lee up with the big news, and when he realizes what’s happening, he can’t contain his excitement. Moments later, he’s out on the street in his pajamas, sharing the news with all the neighbors.
A fire destroys the salon
It’s not all good news in the season finale of When the heart calls A fire breaks out at the Queen of Hearts, sending the town into a panic. Thankfully, no one is seriously injured, thanks in large part to Hickam (Ben Rosenbaum) sticking to his plan to step down as mayor. But the salon is completely destroyed. Between all of that and the sale of his stake in the oil business, Lucas faces a somewhat unclear future, at least professionally.
Another person whose future is uncertain? Bill Avery. He has finally accepted that he needs to take his health seriously. He’s getting his affairs in order before heading to Union City for treatment, he tells Elizabeth. Bill insists he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, but this is a sobering turn of events for the Hope Valley judge.
Joseph is also at a crossroads in this episode. He wants to prove that he can do it alone as a businessman. This made him angry when Lee secretly intervened to get him a loan. And it also led to him turning down offers of help from Minnie’s (Natasha Burnett) father. Once again, Minnie proves to be a calm voice of reason. She gently reminds Joseph of the difference between self-esteem and stubborn pride. He agrees to talk to her father about starting a business together.
Lucas and Elizabeth’s relationship has deepened throughout the season. There was little doubt that marriage was in their future; The only question was when Lucas would ask the question. Any uncertainty he felt had to do with his own guilt for putting Elizabeth and her son at risk through the Walden situation and his role in the possible reopening of the mine. But as soon as he returns from his camping trip, Elizabeth tells him she will never doubt him, and he says he feels the same about her.
This sets the stage for the biggest of this episode’s big moments. He and Elizabeth go for a walk with Little Jack (Hyland Goodrich), who collects rocks and hands them over to the adults. But one of these rocks is not like the others. When Lucas tells Elizabeth he called her father to ask for her hand in marriage, Little Jack hands her something. It’s an engagement ring.
“Elizabeth, I’ve never been so sure that you’re the one that matters. And I know I’ll love you forever,” he says before dropping to one knee.
“Allow me to be a father to your son,” he says. “Elizabeth, will you marry me?”
Elizabeth of course says yes, much to the delight of Little Jack, who couldn’t be prouder of the part he played in the proposal.
The season 9 finale of When Calls the Heart leaves some issues unanswered
With Elizabeth and Lucas engaged and Rosemary and Lee expecting their first child, there’s a lot to look forward to in potential When the heart calls Season 10. There are also a few ongoing issues that may carry over to new episodes.
Gowen faces a severe prison sentence for his mine sabotage. Bill has said he will do what he can to help, but for now Gowen appears to have reconciled himself to a future behind bars. There’s also this love triangle between Faith, Mei and Nathan. And then there’s the Molly (Johannah Newmarch) and Bill thing. She drove him to his doctor’s appointment and when she returned she had news she was dying to share with Faith. The episode didn’t reveal what happened, but could Bill and Molly have finally moved on from flirting to something more serious? With Bill facing his own mortality, this is a definite possibility. Fans just have to wait – and wonder – what’s next for the people of Hope Valley.
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