Cedar Cove “Engagements” Review (Season 3, Episode 9)


The mystery of Rebecca not showing up for work on Saturday night’s episode of Cedar Cove was easily resolved at least in understanding what caused her to be temporarily missing. Because she has been so sleep-deprived, working entirely too hard on her current case, she ended up falling asleep in her car when she pulled over from a return trip from the local county courthouse. Sadly, she kept that fact from not only her roommates but also – and more importantly – her boss, who suspended her. It’s definitely not Rebecca’s week!

Meanwhile Jack – with Olivia’s complete support – took the editorial job in Seattle, but quickly came into conflict with David, the man in charge at the newspaper, who wanted him to be only the editor not a reporter too. Of course, this demand did not please Jack at all. In the end – after all it is ‘Cedar Cove’ – Jack was able to convince David to his side of things; but I have a feeling this won’t last for long.

The war – so to speak – continued between the Sagets; more on the younger Saget’s side than his father Buck’s side, though. First, Warren attempted to trick his father into a development deal, but that backfired; then Warren decided to give his father what he wanted most: his share of Charlotte’s house (Olivia’s childhood home). But, of course, this is nothing but a rouse that will most assuredly backfire on the younger Saget. You just wait and see.

Elsewhere, Grace just couldn’t help herself getting involved in the planning of her very own bridal shower despite the fact her daughter MaryEllen and best friend Olivia had things firmly in hand. But leave it to Olivia – with an assist from MaryEllen – that she did surprise Grace (who hates surprises) with a romantic dinner on a boat with fiancée Cliff.

The new storyline between Justine and new boyfriend Luke seems to be their very different visions of their individual futures. Justine shared she wants the white picket fence life with a husband, a dog and a couple of kids while Luke has no interest in whatsoever in having children. I can understand why given all that he probably saw during his time in service; and it seems – for now – that Justine is okay with his decision. She even uttered those three little words, well, sort of: “I think I love you” is close enough, right? I have to wonder what Luke’s reaction will be to that from here on out, though.

A few of the other items of interest from this episode are:

• The fact that Gloria is really trying hard to win Linnette to her side despite roommate Rebecca as well as Linnette’s own PI dad Roy telling her to steer clear of the woman. Then Roy met up with Gloria, warning her to stay away from Linnette only to have Gloria tell him that she “knows what he did”- what did he do? It’s almost too obvious that Gloria could possibly be the daughter that Corrie and Roy gave up all those years ago; but what else could see know about Roy?

• Paul avoiding a follow-up date with Alex despite the fact that she has made it clear to him that she is interested. He made it clear throughout the episode – especially to Olivia – that he isn’t ready for all that comes with dating and I, for one, don’t blame him

• Olivia being the one to suggest that she and Jack move in together since he’ll be spending so much time in Seattle at his new job; but quite frankly if they move forward with this plan it could ruin their relationship that they just got back on even footing. But that’s just me.

The next new episode of the third season of ‘Cedar Cove’, which will be part one of the two-part season finale, will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, September 19 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
Timothy Webber as Moon
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 “Buck” Saget, Sr.
Cindy Busby as Rebecca Jennings
Anna Van Hooft as Linnette Macaffe
Mike Dopud as Roy Macaffe
Sarah-Jane Redmond as Corrie Macaffe
Bruce Dawson as David
Tara Wilson as Gloria