So today is the 297th day of 2013, meaning that on the 300th day there will be yet another new episode of Heartland.
David Preston wrote this Sunday's new episode 704 - The Penny Drops - an episode that of course has a whole lot going on. The episode is directed by Stefan Scaini, who also directed last Sunday's episode. So believe me, Heartlanders, this week's hour is in excellent hands. And it needs to be. :(
I have to stop here to explain something. Normally I watch a rough cut of the episode when I get it, about a month after it has been filmed and edited, and then I watch it again immediately prior to writing my Thursday blogs. And that's indeed what I did, but I'm having trouble putting words down to describe what is going to occur, because this is the episode that something very bittersweet is going to happen, and because of it Heartland will never really be the same.
In a way that's a good thing, because the series has to evolve and grow and adapt as its characters grow and mature. But sometimes things happen that catches us off guard, and that is indeed what "The Penny Drops" does.
Here's what I can tell you, although I'm avoiding any real spoilers -
Vinessa Antoine returns as Nicole, who many of you will recognize as one of Lou's friends from New York. Nicole returns to visit, and it turns out her arrival is most timely.
Mallory is still a little miffed at Lou for not allowing her to manage Maggie's, and she decides to show Lou what she is capable of. As usual, Jake is there to offer some sage advice.
Jack is starting to realize those sheep he so dislikes could indeed be worth something, but they certainly get in the way of Amy's efforts to wean a foal away from its mother. Wait until you see the foal! I had to buy a new cute meter because the glass broke on my old one when the foal first appeared. :D
Georgie is starting to feel more like a part of the family, yet it's her younger sister Katie who is responsible for this Sunday's episode's title, when she does something at Maggie's that no one could have seen coming.
So I think that's all I'm going to tell you. I will however show you some more photographs. Check out the one of Katie, Jack, Tim and Ty; it looks like a remake of three men and a baby. :D
I don't know if you've noticed, but for the past few years I've always given you 6 photographs from each episode on the Thursday blog. Well, this year I'm adding one and showing you seven. I hope you don't mind, but stills photographer Andrew Bako takes so many good images I just thought I'd throw in an extra photo onto the blog. Besides, it's season 7, so why not have 7 photos?
Today on set production is wrapping on episodes 713 and 714. Tomorrow filming begins on episodes 715 and 716. These episodes will be directed by Grant Harvey, who has helmed many episodes of Heartland over the years.
The good news is that during the next block of filming production will return to Maggie's Diner in High River, which has been rebuilt and can finally be used again. In Sunday's episode you will witness the last scenes filmed on the set before the flood of late June. It sure will be good to return to High River and start filming again.
So getting back to this Sunday - CBC Television is the only place you will be able to watch the new episodes of Heartland. It of course will play at the same family hour time of 7:00pm across Canada (7:30pm in Newfoundland). Get used to it, because there will be a new episode the following Sunday, and the Sunday after that, and the Sunday after that... (Good news, no?)
If you flip around your dial you may notice that Heartland seems to be taking over the airwaves. Besides Season 7 being aired on CBC, CBC's Bold occasionally plays older episodes, Vision TV also plays older episodes as does APTN. So if you need a Heartland fix there are plenty of ways to get one. Of course if you live in Canada you can always watch older episodes right here on the CBC website.
Now I must mention the Heartland Companion app which is new and exclusive to Season 7. Remember that the syncing has to be done to the soundtrack of the episode, heard through your television speakers. Turn up the volume, hold your iPhone or iPad close to the speaker and sync you will. Once you have done so you can enjoy all the extras that come with each episode. And there are a LOT!
Well, that's all from this Blog Whisperer. I am still a little unsettled by what I have seen in this Sunday's episode (which you will soon see on Sunday) so I am going to wait for your comments, which I love reading. Post them below here for all of us to learn what you thought of "The Penny Drops."
Until then I remain, as always, your obedient servant.