Cedar Cove “Runaway” Review (Season 3, Episode 7)


Who is the runaway in Cedar Cove?

• Paul seemingly ran away from home after his divorce, running to the scenic town in Washington State – 3,000 miles away from his home and family – to bring him back to life (his own words).

• Matt, Luke’s military buddy, who is clearly running away from his wife, who he claimed was his ex-wife, but that’s obviously not the case

• MaryEllen, running away from her mother’s upcoming wedding to Cliff, because she is upset that John chose to stay in New York rather than be with her

• Bob, running away from what is right in accepting Paul not only to the town and the Thyme & Tyde but also as a friend only to Olivia

Each of these issue, more or less (except for Matt, which I have a feeling with be a lingering storyline for better or worse), seemingly worked themselves out in tonight’s episode of the Hallmark Channel family-friendly series.

Paul’s running away doesn’t really need to be resolved for anyone other than his visiting sister Liz, because it is clear that he is very happy in Cedar Cove. And while he may have feelings for Olivia (c’mon we all know that he does), he isn’t going to act on them because of Jack; and even the underlying warnings he has received from Bob haven’t gone unnoticed.

Speaking of Bob, he may not like Paul, but he is obviously realizing that his outright dislike for the man isn’t helping matters, especially where his ever-compassionate wife Peggy is concerned. It may take some time, but I think that Bob will come to, at the very least respect Paul, as long as he doesn’t come between Olivia and Jack.

After several conversations with Justine and the roommates, Rebecca and Linnette, MaryEllen came to terms with being a part of her mother Grace’s upcoming nuptials. Her mom wasn’t exactly receptive to the idea at first, wanting to respect her daughter’s feelings, but in the end (this is Cedar Cove after all) – and with some help from Olivia – MaryEllen was able to convince her mother that she really, truly wanted to be her maid of honor. I do have to wonder, though, if the storyline for MaryEllen will circle back around before the season finale to find John coming back to her.

The big runaway from this episode, of course, is Matt. I’m sure that in the end now that Luke has called in other guys from his support group that they will help Matt face whatever demons are pushing him to stay away from his wife and child. But, truth be told (as I’ve said before), this storyline with Justine and Luke trying to help Matt – when he clearly doesn’t want nor has been asking for help – is a weak one. They deserve a much better storyline.

In other story developments, Jack learned from the big boss that he wants to fire Jeri as editor, replacing her with Jack. Jack is clearly considering the idea, but if clips from next week’s episode are any indication, the job would keep Jack permanently in Seattle. That will definitely put a damper on his already tenuous relationship with Oliva. Not a good thing at all.

Warren learned that his dad – despite their small moment of bonding over (of all things) fishing (I’m not saying anything derogatory towards fishing, but fishing and Warren Saget don’t mix, right?!) as a team building exercise – went behind his back on something – and that something can only be Olivia and Will’s childhood home (right?!).

Oh, and that leads to Will showing up at Olivia’s house at the wrong moment – when Jack and Olivia FINALLY have a quiet, romantic moment together – saying that he not only had a key to her house, but now that he sold their childhood home to Warren, he doesn’t have anywhere to live. And, he plans on moving in with his sister. That is SO not going to end well at all.

What are your thoughts on the episode? Do you like the storyline for Justine and Luke? Do you want to see Jack take the job in Seattle? Or, would you rather he and Oliva make their relationship work in Cedar Cove? Please share your comments below.

The next new episode of the third season of ‘Cedar Cove’ will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, September 5 at 8/7c.

Andie MacDowell as Olivia Lockhart
Dylan Neal as Jack Griffith
Teryl Rothery as Grace Sherman
Sarah Smyth as Justine Lockhart
Brennan Elliott as Warren Saget
Barbara Niven as Peggy Beldon
Bruce Boxleitner as Bob Beldon

Guest stars:
Colin Ferguson as Paul Watson
Elyse Levesque as MaryEllen Sherman
Sebastian Spence as Cliff Harting
Cameron Bancroft as Will Jeffers
Jesse Hutch as Luke Bailey
Rebecca Marshall as Alex Baldwin
Tom Butler as Warren Saget, Sr.
Cindy Busby as Rebecca Jennings
Anna Van Hooft as Linnette Macaffe
Julia Benson as Jeri Drake
Andrew Francis as Derek
Emily Holmes as Liz
Andrew Dunbar as Matt
Bruce Dawson as David