I don't know about you, but I'm still basking in the afterglow of last Sunday's episode. [Click through for news on Heartland's 101st episode and a trip down memory lane]
Now two things right off the top before I go on any further.
If you look at the image at the top of this post you'll get the good news and bad news rolled into one. The last three episodes of Season 6 will premiere in a row, but not for two weeks, as Heartland is being preempted for the next two Sundays. This Sunday CBC is playing the new Jack Layton movie - "Jack," and they still had to find a slot for an episode of another popular CBC series ("Dragons' Den), so "Dragons' Den" gets moved from 8:00pm to 7:00pm so the movie premiere can take place at 8:00pm. The following week (March 17) CBC is bringing coverage of the World Figure Skating Championships, so again Heartland will be preempted.
By the time March 24 rolls around you should be champing at the bit for a new episode and you won't be denied, as the final three episodes of Season 6 will air on March 24, March 31 and April 7.
The second thing I want to point out is that today is March 7, Heartland's season finale is on April 7, but these are the only times I'm using the number 7, as I don't have any word yet on Season 7, other than to report that it sure looks promising, with all new episodes this season being well watched. I don't know if I have ever said this before (HA!) but trust me - as soon as I know for sure, YOU will know.
I'm sure most Canadian fans are aware that we have a contest going on, where a lucky family of four is going to be able to visit the cast of Heartland in Calgary. There's still a chance to answer the final question thereby entering the contest. You have until 6:59pm on Sunday, March 10. To enter (if you haven't answered this question yet) go here. Again, I wish you good luck!
Next week I'll answer a slew of your questions as I have in the past, but today I'm feeling a little nostalgic over our recent celebration of the 100th episode of Heartland most of you just saw, so I thought I'd revisit the 16th episodes of all the past seasons before I give you a sneak of what to expect on March 24 when episode 616 premieres.
Of course Season 1 only had 13 episodes, so we'll skip ahead to the 29th episode of the Heartland saga, episode 216, which was titled, "The Ties That Bind." In this episode we learned a lot about values and friendship when Amy discovered that Spartan had been stolen. (Poor old Spartan has been through a lot, hasn't he?) Her resolve to get Spartan back has her hatch a secret plan, but Ty also decides to get involved and both find themselves in a very precarious and dangerous situation. Also in this episode, Lou continued to withhold from her family the true identity of her "Internet" boyfriend. We all know who that turned out to be, right?
One year later, the 47th episode of Heartland aired as episode 316 - "Spin Out!" In it, Caleb struggled to get over the physical and emotional scars from his terrible accident as Amy worked at getting him back on a horse. It takes Tim to dole out some tough love to help Caleb come around. Also, Jack and Lisa's little secret loses its secrecy. Of course today Jack and Lisa are apart, but will it be forever?
The 65th episode of Heartland occured in the 4th season, in episode 416 - "Never Surrender." In it, Caleb's friend Bryce, a paralyzed military vet and ex-rodeo star hired Amy to help sell his roping horse. Amy saw an opportunity to re-train both horse and rider, though she needed help to convince this proud and emotionally damaged cowboy that he could recapture his love for riding despite his injury. Making an appearance as herself in the episode was Canadian double Paralympic medalist, Lauren Barwick, who lent her expertise and experience to the situation.
In the same episode Tim and Jack, through a lack of communication, had another misunderstanding. It seems those two are destined to get each other's goat as long as they are still breathing.
This time last year we saw the 16th episode of Season 5 (the 83rd episode of Heartland), an audience favourite titled "Wild Horses." In it, Scott learned that a herd on the reservation where he grew up --and where he had not been since his grandfather passed away-- may have contracted the dangerous EHV-1 virus. Amy and Ty joined Scott and they travelled back to the reservation, where someone from his past alerted them of the peril the horses face, as the band elders approved a culling of the herd rather than risk having the disease spread through the reservation.
And now a look at someone we haven't seen for a year and my how he has grown. Many of you had asked and hoped that Tim's son (and half brother to Amy and Lou) Shane and his mother Miranda would be returning and yes indeed Heartlanders, that will be happening in episode 616, which is the 101st episode of Heartland.
There's a lot more happening in that episode as well, but no sense giving away too much (remember my New Year's resolution!) so I'll leave you with this photo of Shane (Guest star Sam Duke) and that should give everyone something to discuss.
So that's it for me this week. Next week I'll tackle some of your questions. All the while I'll keep my ears open for the sound of the crimson phone that sits in the second drawer of my desk. I call it the renewal phone, for it has only rung 5 times in the past, each time to inform me that there would be another season of Canada's favourite (and longest running) one-hour drama. I'm always patiently waiting for it to ring.
Until next week, have fun, keep busy and remember to mark your calendar with the three dates from the top of the page. I wouldn't want you to miss a new episode of the series.
As always I remain, obediently yours,
The Blog Whisperer (BW)