The fifth season of Virgin River begins on a hopeful note as Mel and Jack look forward to welcoming their first child, but tragedy strikes when Mel suffers a miscarriage as wildfires ravage the remote town.
*WARNING: Spoilers for Virgin River Season 5 and content involving impending miscarriages* – Despite being a largely laid-back romantic drama, Virgin River has never shied away from tackling some important themes, and season five of the Netflix series is no different when Mel suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage.
In Season 5, there were wildfires in Virgin River
In the early episodes of Virgin River’s fifth season, there are several references to the danger the town faces, as we see several news reports in the background detailing wildfires in the surrounding forests.
What begins as a seemingly distant problem quickly becomes a frightening reality when the fires finally land on Virgin River’s doorstep in Episode 5.
As flames and towering clouds of smoke stream toward the Virgin River, the city’s residents rally to help each other. Denny and Lizzie help evacuate vulnerable people, Jack rescues campers in the woods, and Mel volunteers at the clinic, despite stepping away at the start of the season to focus on her pregnancy.
This leaves Mel dealing with an influx of patients coming to the clinic for smoke inhalation and minor burns.
Mel suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage
After finishing treating a patient at the clinic, Mel takes a quick bathroom break and realizes that she is bleeding.
In a panic, she rushes to the ultrasound machine, which, in a tearful scene, confirms her worst fears: she has lost the baby.
In the heat of the moment, with wildfires still raging toward the city, Mel has no choice but to suppress her emotions so she can continue helping people, be it at the clinic or rescuing newcomer Ava from a burning building .
However, once the wildfires are under control and the situation calms down, it becomes clear that Mel has been hit incredibly hard by what happened.
Mel had a very difficult time giving birth, having had three miscarriages and one stillbirth in the past, but this fourth miscarriage seems to be hitting her particularly hard as she fears she may never be able to have children of her own.
What’s next for Mel and Jack?
The episodes that follow Mel’s miscarriage are incredibly hard on her as she tries to keep herself busy to hide the heartbreaking emotions she is feeling, including a fishing trip with Doc Mullins, a sewing circle meeting, and a dinner date Brie and Ava.
But what finally gets Mel out of her rut is Jack and the support he shows her.
During a hike to a local beauty spot, the two clash and Jack says they can still fulfill their dream of becoming parents – just maybe not in the way they originally imagined.
In the final episode of Part 1, before two festive episodes later in the year, Mel and Jack hatch a plan to buy the land where Lilly’s old farm stood – before the wildfires burned it down – and build a house there and it to fill their children with water, however and whenever they come.
Virgin River Season 5 is available for streaming now on Netflix after arriving on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
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