When Calls the Heart “Heart and Soul” Review (Season 2, Episode 2)

When Calls The Heart Heart and Soul Season 2 Episode 2 (1)

As the second episode of the fan favorite Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart starts, Constable Jack Thornton is returning to the newly named Hope Valley after escorting Elizabeth Thatcher back to her family home in Hamilton. He is, of course, greeted by Rosemary, who is surprised to see that Elizabeth has not returned with him.

While Rosemary wonders if Elizabeth will ever return to the small community where she is school teacher, Jack knows that she will come back as soon as her mother is on the mend. In the meantime, he has a job to do as well as making sure that the new church/school house gets built before the school terms has to begin.

In addition, Jack has to help keep the peace with the townsmen, who are concerned about working for the newly established mill, which is owned by new resident Lee Coulter. To Lee’s credit he is able to appease the men and keep the trouble at a minimum. In fact, Lee and the men end up helping with the building of the school house/church. Where that is concerned, I have to give Jack credit because he is determined to get that building raised even if he doesn’t fully admit that he is doing it all for Elizabeth. At some point he is going to have to, though, you know?

Back in Hamilton, Elizabeth is still concerned about her mother’s health, making sure that she and her sisters are helping with her care and interests as much as possible. Her childhood friend (and hopeful paramour), seeing Elizabeth’s growing concern for her mother, suggests that perhaps a doctor friend of his could provide a much needed second opinion. That second opinion proves to be extremely helpful because the medication that Grace Thatcher has been taking is actually what has been causing her problems. With her mother on the road to recover, will that mean that Elizabeth will be going back to Hope Valley soon?

Another newcomer to Hope Valley is Floyd Conklin and his daughter Annabelle. They are con artists hoping to score some much needed money out of the townsfolk, one of whom inadvertently believes Floyd is the new pastor that the town has been expecting. He’s not, of course, but Floyd and Annabelle play along with dollar signs clearly in their eyes. My one beef with this whole storyline is that the townsfolk – as well as Jack – are taken in by the con man; and it should’ve been a bit more apparent that he wasn’t the real thing.

Floyd is, soon enough, proven to be false as Mary Dunbar and DeWitt Graves decide to get married and the real pastor – Frank Hogan – shows up before the vows can be exchanged. Once the truth is revealed, Jack warns the con artist to return money that had just been raised for hymnals and choir robes and that he will warn every town within 100 miles of Hope Valley that he is a con artist. Quite honestly, I think that Floyd got off easy.

A few other issues that arose during this episode were that Bill Avery’s wife Nora – who is actually very much alive – arrives in Hope Valley, warning poor Abigail to steer clear, breaking the woman’s heart in the process; and Henry Gowan not only running off the current mayor (due to a big debt owed by the man to the scrupulous businessman) but then also taking over the role of mayor, which will spell trouble for Lee and anyone else in Hope Valley that gets in his way.
What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts below; and remember that the next new episode of ‘When Calls the Heart’ will not only be a two-hour episode but won’t air on the Hallmark Channel until Saturday, May 16 at 8/7c.

Series Leads:
Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher
Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton
Lori Loughlin as Abigail Stanton
Jack Wagner as Bill Avery

Guest Stars:
Martin Cummins as Henry Gowen
Pascale Hutton as Rosemary LeVeaux
Kavan Smith as Leland “Lee” Coulter
Charlotte Hegele as Julie Thatcher
Lynda Boyd as Grace Thatcher
Devon Weigel as Viola Thatcher
Max Lloyd-Jones as Tom Thornton
Paul McGillion as Floyd Conklin
Kaitlyn Bernard as Annabelle Conklin
Jay Hindle as Sir Lionel
Mark Humphrey as Frank Hogan
Richard Keats as Dr. Lyden
Karin Konoval as Agatha
Laura Bertram as Mary Dunbar
Derek Hamilton as DeWitt Graves