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Production wraps… but a NEW episode this Sunday!

So here we are. Season 7 wraps production tomorrow, it's the last month of the year and this Sunday brings another brand new episode of Heartland.

Hard to believe that the seventh season of Canada's favourite family series has almost wrapped. It's even harder to believe that with this Sunday's broadcast of Episode 709 we'll be exactly halfway through airing the current season.

That happens when you air 9 episodes in 10 weeks, and let me tell you right now, this upcoming one - which will be the last new Heartland episode broadcast until January 12 - is going to be a doozy. Let me tell you a little about it.

Titled "There But For Fortune," this episode was written by Heartland's Showrunner, Heather Conkie, and directed by Dean Bennett. If you're a fan of Heartland you'll know that Dean has directed more Heartland episodes than anyone else. If you're a regular viewer of Heartland you'll also remember how past episodes play a part in setting up what happens in this Sunday's new episode.

Remember 701? Prince Ahmed Al Sahid, played by season guest star Jade Hassoune, returns with a new horse - Zeus - for Amy to work with, much to the displeasure of his lead groom, Adrian (played by Shaun Benson).

Remember 702? Ty discovers a ranch that he and Amy find ideal for them, but it is quickly purchased. Well... sometimes sales fall through. Heh heh.

Remember last season? Lou started writing her Mom's the Word blog (you know, the one you can read online right here?). Well, it has caught the eye of a book publisher, and Lou's writing career is about to take off, even if the news falls flat on the rest of the family.

Remember 418? Happily married Caleb and Ashley left for British Columbia and then in 504 Caleb returned without her? Well, guess who decides to show up, just when Caleb and Nicole are starting to warm up to each other. No need to guess, as I'm going to tell you; Cindy Busby, who plays Ashley Stanton, is back after two and a half years away from the series.

This is a fine example of what I always point out, namely: just because someone has left the series it does not mean they will not be returning. Unless they are dead. Even then it's possible for them to be in newly shot flashbacks or else have them return as a spooky ghost. Okay, not probable, but possible.

Anyway, back to this Sunday's episode, where Georgie does not heed Jack's instructions and poor Phoenix is the worse because of it. Jack is sage-like as always and Tim is, well... Tim, which slowly increases the friction between him and his future son-in-law, Ty.

That's all I'm going to tell you, other than you won't want to miss it, as there is - as always - a ton of stuff going on.

And as much as the show has for you in the episode itself, there's even more enjoyment waiting if you've downloaded the companion app from the App Store - which you can download for free right here. And if you already have the app, make sure you update it -- the latest update makes it a little more sturdier and less likely to crash. (And you watched the first few minutes of 709 on there already too, right?)

Now as I pointed out in the beginning of this blog, this Sunday's episode is the last new one of the year from Season 7. If you've been with us for a while you'll know that CBC always plays nothing but Christmas programming for the bulk of December. Personally I like that. I just leave the television on CBC and the whole house seems much more festive and holiday-like.

It'll also give us all time to think about Heartland, because "There But For Fortune" does not end with Ty and Amy on the porch at sunset with their arms around each other. No, this mid-point in the season leaves the main storyline up in the air (literally).

So that's it for this week. Don't despair, I'll have a blog every Thursday as always, at which time I'll give you more updates and information.

So remember - as if you'd forget(!) - the last new episode of the year premieres this Sunday across Canada at 7:00pm (7:30pm in Newfoundland) on CBC-TV.

Have a great weekend, and there'll be more for everyone next Thursday. Until then I remain, as always, obediently yours.

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