WCTH Episode Guide

Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton and Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher
When Calls The Heart Episode Guide

Season 1, Episode 1
"Lost and Found"
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Written by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
Original air date - January 11, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.69

Coal Valley’s newest addition, young schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), is getting adjusted to her new life on the frontier and her new home with kind widow Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin), just as handsome and mysterious Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), becomes Coal Valley’s new Constable. The undeniable attraction between these newcomers is apparent, but as Jack gets to know Elizabeth better, he questions whether her high-profile family background is the reason he was assigned to Coal Valley, sparking a feeling of resentment between the two. But they are both distracted by the recent tragedy—a coal mining accident that killed many of the small town’s men, and left grieving widows and children behind. As Elizabeth nervously teaches her first class, feeling pressure to do a good job with the children, the town suddenly goes up in arms when a plank with a personal message is found in the rubble of the mine disaster, and many of the widows claim the plank was written by their deceased loved one. Jack makes his first decision as the town authority, stating that coal mine head Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) will find the correct owner of the plank by comparing writing samples provided by widows. But when the plank mysteriously disappears, Jack and Elizabeth must work together to get the special message into the right hands, finally warming up to Coal Valley—and to each other.

Season 1, Episode 2
"Cease and Desist"
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Written by Brian Bird
Original air date - January 18, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.59

Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and the other widows are shocked and saddened when they receive notices from The Pacific Northwest Mining Company asking them to evict their company-owned homes to make room for new miner recruits. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is desperate to help the women, while Abigail is enraged, and gathers the widows to find a solution. Jack (Daniel Lissing), motivates her to find a legal loophole, and she enlists the help of her concerned students. Meanwhile, taking a different approach, Abigail leads the widows into Henry Gowen’s (Martin Cummins) office dressed in miner’s gear, explaining they will work in the mines if it means being able to stay in Coal Valley, the only home they’ve ever known. Gowen, reluctantly relenting, tells them that if they clear the mine from rubble by the eviction deadline they will be allowed to stay in their homes—a seemingly impossible feat. After days of struggling in the mines, the hopeless widows are about to give up, but when Elizabeth realizes just how much Coal Valley means to her students and their families, she listens to advice from Jack and ultimately decides to risk losing everything to help the town she has come to love.

Season 1, Episode 3
"A Telling Silence"
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Written by Ken LaZebnik
Original air date - January 25, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.39

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Jack (Daniel Lissing) are helping the Coal Valley residents cope with the fatal mining accident, and learning to overcome their differences and work together while the town grieves. One of Elizabeth’s younger students, Rosaleen (Mamie Laverock), is especially devastated over her father’s death, and hasn’t spoken a word since the day of the disaster. Elizabeth talks with Rosaleen’s mother, Molly (Johannah Newmarch), and agrees to keep a special eye on Rosaleen to help her open up again. Meanwhile, Jack investigates the fire that burned down Reverend Anderson’s (Adrian Hough) church, suspecting a widowed family may have turned to arson out of anger toward the Pacific Northwest Mining Company, which owns the church. As Jack questions rival spiritual leader and widow Cat Montgomery (Chelah Horsdal) about the fire, he immediately comes to Elizabeth’s aid when she rushes to him for help after realizing Rosaleen has gone missing from class. They come together to start searching for the troubled little girl, and soon find that silence can speak volumes.

Season 1, Episode 4
"Secrets and Lies"
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Written by John Wierick
Original air date - February 1, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.19

Schoolteacher Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Constable Jack’s (Daniel Lissing) relationship starts to heat up as they are forced to spend more time with each other. They especially bond in the wake of the shocking arrest of widowed mother Cat Montgomery (Chelah Horsdal). Elizabeth is at first angry but stands by Jack as he reluctantly takes Cat into custody after noticing a stockpile of the same oil cans in Cat’s shed that were used to burn down the church. As Elizabeth takes care of Cat’s angry and confused children and Jack investigates the case, they work together to find clues so Cat can return home amidst the town’s rumor mill. Then, the discovery of a discarded necklace by one of Elizabeth’s students gives her a lead to follow. Elizabeth learns that Cat had a mysterious suitor following her husband’s death, who could be just the suspect they are looking for. With Elizabeth hot on the trail to prove Cat’s innocence, she quickly discovers the truth behind the church fire, and must rely on Jack to save her when she becomes the target of a lying man’s pistol.

Season 1, Episode 5
"The Dance"
Directed by Anne Wheeler
Written by Ken LaZebnik
Original air date - February 8, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.50

The Stanton house is turned into a makeshift hospital as a concerned Abigail (Lori Loughlin) takes in very pregnant widow Carla Noonan (Jill Morrison) to keep an eye on her health while Coal Valley’s doctor is away. Meanwhile, the new coal miners arrive to start working while bunking above the saloon, and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is immediately charmed by young miner Billy Hamilton (Andrew W. Walker), much to Jack’s (Daniel Lissing) annoyance—and jealousy. Sensing smooth-talker Billy isn’t who he says he is, Jack decides to get to the bottom of his suspicion, while Elizabeth agrees to let Billy take her to Coal Valley’s upcoming dance at the saloon, brushing off Jack’s warnings. Most of the rowdy group of miners seems like trouble, but some of the widows discover not all the men are so bad. Mary Dunbar (Laura Bertram) is flattered by honest and quiet miner Dewitt Graves (Derek Hamilton), whose offer to join her for dinner and accompany her to Coal Valley’s festive saloon dance causes Mary’s son, Caleb (Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh), to act out and grieve for his late father. And on the night of the dance, Jack finds out the truth about Billy, and must find a way to make Elizabeth listen.

Season 1, Episode 6
"These Games"
Directed by Anne Wheeler
Written by Sheryl J. Anderson
Original air date - February 15, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.15

Carla Noonan (Jill Morrison) goes into premature labor, leaving Abigail (Lori Loughlin) to deliver her child at home without a doctor, but discovers she is in for a surprise even she never could have guessed. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is feeling caught between overprotective Jack (Daniel Lissing) and her new beau Billy Hamilton (Andrew W. Walker). When Jack tells her he has proof Billy lied to her, Elizabeth has had enough. Fed up with Jack’s concern, Elizabeth tells him she can make her own decisions, and continues seeing Billy. Abigail (Lori Loughlin), sensing Jack’s feelings for Elizabeth go beyond his protective duties as a Mountie, suggests Jack try a gentler approach to reach her. Meanwhile, Coal Valley hosts the annual Miners' Games, where all the new coal miners will compete in some friendly competition in the middle of town. After the incident at the dance, miner DeWitt (Derek Hamilton), still hoping to get to know Mary Dunbar (Laura Bertram), tries to win over her son Caleb (Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh), but finds his attempts at a fatherly bond during the games don’t go as smoothly as he had planned. Then, valuables go missing at some Coal Valley homes, and Jack, keeping a close eye on the unruly miners—especially Billy—he devises a plan to catch the culprit in the act. As the criminal is found, Elizabeth soon learns for herself the truth about Billy’s motivations for pursuing her, and finally realizes Jack’s caring instincts might be in her best interest after all.

Season 1, Episode 7
"Second Chances"
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Written by Kim Beyer-Johnson
Original air date - February 22, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.15

Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is encouraged to re-open Coal Valley’s dilapidated and abandoned café and make it her own after Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) raves about Abigail’s baking. But when she approaches Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) about purchasing the property, Abigail learns her dream of pursuing a new purpose in life will come at a price—Gowen wants her row house in exchange, leaving Abigail a week to decide if she can make that sacrifice. Meanwhile, Jack (Daniel Lissing) and Elizabeth are at odds after Elizabeth’s brief romance with a dishonest miner, which has left her pride hurt, and Jack accidentally insults her as he fumbles to confess his growing feelings. Elizabeth becomes eager to help one of her older students, Bo Grady (Connor Stanhope), learn how to read. Using Jack’s help to give Bo an intelligence test, Elizabeth discovers Bo is very smart, but has dyslexia, and urges Bo’s parents, Matilda (Jennifer Copping) and Carl (Alex Zahara), to let her give Bo special reading lessons. Carl, however, is adamant that Bo start working in the mine just like he does. But Elizabeth refuses to give up on Bo’s future and comes up with a plan to get through to both of the Grady men, while Jack finally finds the right way to open up to her about their rocky relationship in hopes of starting over.

Season 1, Episode 8
"Perils of the Soloists"
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Written by Jon Nappa
Original air date - March 1, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.04

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Abigail (Lori Loughlin) emotionally move out of the row house and into the rooms above Abigail’s café, starting a new chapter and leaving many memories behind. Elizabeth panics when she is put in charge of directing the children in the annual Founders' Day Play, with only a week to prepare. With the Mayor’s wife, Dottie (Erica Carroll), looking over her shoulder, Elizabeth worries she won’t be able to pull off the spirited tribute to Coal Valley’s founders the town is anticipating. While rehearsals begin, Jack (Daniel Lissing) surprises Elizabeth with some special talents, and has an even bigger gesture in mind to help her more than she could have ever hoped. At the same time, Coal Valley welcomes back the sole survivor of the mine explosion, Adam Miller (Chad Willett), who is finally coming home after many months in a hospital following the disaster. His wife, Laurel (Christine Chatelain), and two young daughters, Joleen (Lilah Fitzgerald) and Morgan-Rose (Sarah Boey), are excited to see him, but never expected he’d return home with only one leg. Adam, frustrated and embarrassed by his new condition, feels he can barely work or provide for his family, and his bitter attitude starts to take a toll. Then, haunted by memories from the explosion, Adam runs away, believing his family and the town are better off without him. Jack immediately rides out to find him, leaving a worried Elizabeth behind—making them both realize their relationship has started to mean so much more. And on the night of the play, as Joleen solemnly goes on stage to perform without the support of her father, everyone is in for a tearful surprise.

Season 1, Episode 9
"Change of Heart"
Directed by Anne Wheeler
Written by Ken Craw
Original air date - March 8, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.65

A determined Jack (Daniel Lissing) properly asks Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) for a dinner date, finally making his romantic intentions clear. Elizabeth is excited, and is in for another very special surprise—an unexpected visit from her younger sister, Julie (Charlotte Hegele). Julie, a stylish, aristocratic young woman with a flair for the dramatic, is eager to know all about Elizabeth’s life in the Wild West—including her romance with the handsome Mountie. Elizabeth hesitates to make a fuss about her date with Jack, but can’t help but be swept away when he surprises her with a very romantic evening at the café, with a little help from Abigail (Lori Loughlin). But Jack is hiding a secret from Elizabeth that could change the course of their relationship; he has been granted a long-awaited transfer to another post, a request he made when he unhappily arrived in Coal Valley. Having finally settled in and hoping to shrug off the lonely life of a Mountie to be with Elizabeth, Jack is distraught by this news, and must find the right time to tell her. Meanwhile, Abigail is dealing with pressure from Gowen (Martin Cummins), who has suddenly shown a great interest in her and the café. Barring Gowen’s advances, Abigail talks to Jack, who confides in her he is investigating Gowen’s role in the mine explosion, sparking Abigail’s anger. And while Elizabeth deals with the painful news from Jack about his departure, Julie naively finds herself mixed up in helping an injured man who turns out to be a dangerous, wanted outlaw on the run.

Season 1, Episode 10
"Love Comes First"
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Written by Vanessa Parise
Original air date - March 15, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.24

Saying goodbye to Jack (Daniel Lissing) has left Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) heartbroken, but she tries to stay strong in front of her class. Meanwhile, wanting to continue the investigation she started with Jack, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) tries to outwit Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) by stealing a file from his office that could hold the clues to the cause of the mine explosion. When Gowen finds out she was snooping, he deviously attempts to stop her from turning the evidence into the authorities by implying her own late husband was at fault for the accident, leaving her with a big decision to make. Miles outside of town, Jack is riding to his next post, and encounters several other Mounties who are all hunting down wanted outlaw Nate Tolliver (John Reardon) and his gang. Hearing the fugitives may be near Coal Valley, Jack immediately turns around, only thinking of protecting Elizabeth, just as Julie (Charlotte Hegele) unknowingly nurses Nate back to health at the Stanton house. Julie is letting herself fall in love with Nate’s devious charm and empty promises to become a better man. Taking advantage of her innocence and kindness, Nate promises to return for her if she guides him to the cabin where she found him—the spot where he stashed his loot. After giving him directions—and a kiss—Julie can’t help but excitedly confide in Elizabeth about her newfound love, but Elizabeth is instantly suspicious and rushes to tell Abigail—just as the trouble catches up to them. With Jack hot on the outlaws’ trail, the Thatcher women come face-to-face with grave danger, and Elizabeth realizes the only stronger emotion than fear is love.

Season 1, Episode 11
"Rules of Engagement"
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Written by Neal Dobrofsky and Tippi Dobrofsky
Original air date - March 22, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.44

Jack (Daniel Lissing) is hailed a hero after putting away the Tolliver outlaws, and has decided to come back to Coal Valley for good. But his return to town—and to Elizabeth (Erin Krakow)—is unexpectedly complicated by the arrival of gorgeous big-city actress, Rosemary LeVeaux (Pascale Hutton), Jack’s ex-fiancée. Watching the two reunite, Elizabeth is devastated and furious with Jack for hiding the engagement, even as he promises Elizabeth that Rosemary is part of his past, not his present. Rosemary broke up with Jack years earlier to pursue her dream of becoming an actress in New York, but she now believes they can pick up right where they left off. She wastes no time making Coal Valley her home, making Elizabeth jealous and suddenly questioning her confidence. Meanwhile, Jack has asked Mountie forensic investigator and friend Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) to help Abigail (Lori Loughlin) make a case against Gowen (Martin Cummins) and the Pacific Northwest Mining Company regarding the mine explosion. As Bill and Abigail (Lori Loughlin) work together and ward off Gowen’s threats, Bill quickly becomes interested in Abigail and admits to Jack that he’d like to get to know her better, and Abigail may share the same feelings. As Elizabeth deals with her conflicted emotions about Jack while helping a new student realize his potential, she gets news from home that makes her doubt she should stay in Coal Valley at all.

Season 1, Episode 12
"Prelude to a Kiss"
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Written by Neal Dobrofsky and Tippi Dobrofsky
Original air date - March 29, 2014
U.S. viewers (millions) - 1.67

Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is beginning to let go of her grief and look toward the future with visiting forensic investigator Bill Avery (Jack Wagner), who hopes she'll open her heart to love again. But as the mine disaster investigation heats up, Gowen (Martin Cummins) realizes he can use their growing bond against them, and threatens Bill to stop his examination of the mine, or Abigail will be hurt. Meanwhile, a hurt and confused Jack (Daniel Lissing) confronts Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) about her new job offer back home, and Elizabeth realizes news spreads fast in Coal Valley. With everyone looking to her to decide the fate of the school—while the children worry they’ll lose their favorite teacher—Elizabeth asks Jack to think hard about his feelings for his ex-fiancée, Rosemary (Pascale Hutton). Even though Rosemary has charmed everyone with her big personality, Jack urges her to move on, but she doesn't want to give up that easily. Then, when disaster survivor Adam Miller (Chad Willet) proposes raising funds to rebuild the church and the schoolhouse, Gowen uses his monetary leverage to influence the whole town to turn on Abigail, Bill and the costly investigation and upcoming trial—and shockingly proclaims Abigail's late husband is who is really to blame. Abigail stands her ground, but is devastated when two of Gowen's hired men attack Bill and steal the evidence he's collected. Abigail clings to the hope that new visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), a legendary man who is insolent, insufferable and incorruptible will finally bring justice, just as Elizabeth and Jack take an important step in their relationship. As tensions in town build, Elizabeth, Jack and Rosemary all make a final choice about their futures, and Abigail discovers the greatest betrayal yet might come from the last person she ever expected.

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