“Virgin River” is a romantic drama based on a series of novels by American author Robyn Carr. The story mostly takes place in the fictional titular city in California. After the death of her husband in a tragic accident, nurse and midwife Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) arrives in the Virgin River looking for a change.
However, the paradise city ends up changing her life in ways she never thought possible. Mel blamed herself for her husband’s death. Virgin River will help her find some closure in that regard. She also finds love in the form of Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson), an ex-marine who owns a local bar. Although Mel’s story is right at the epicenter of the narrative, the other residents are still an important part of it. ‘Virgin River’ is also their story.
Virgin River Season 4: Recap
At the end of the third season of ‘Virgin River’, the audience is left with more questions than answers. Who is the father of Mel’s baby? Did Brady really shoot Jack? What will happen to Preacher and Christopher? Will Hope be okay? Is the new young man in town really Doc’s grandson? What does the future hold for Lizzie and Ricky?
In season four, these questions are answered one after the other, though not necessarily in that order. One of the last scenes of the third season of ‘Virgin River’ involves Jack and Mel sitting together and witnessing a breathtaking sunrise. Jack chooses this moment to ask Mel to marry him, but she reveals that she is not sure if Jack is the father of the child.
Season 4 opens with Brady in jail as a suspect in the shooting of Jack. The gun Jack was shot with was found in Brady’s car. In prison, Brady is stabbed by Calvin’s associates and taken to the hospital. This prompts a mysterious benefactor to sponsor Brady’s bail. After realizing that Brady didn’t shoot her brother, Brie allows herself to be vulnerable and admits her romantic feelings for the ex-Marine.
Meanwhile, after Lizzie broke up with him, Ricky tried to rekindle their relationship, but without much success. In the fourth season, Lizzie becomes close to Denny, much to Ricky’s frustration. Over the course of the season, he came to terms with his current circumstances and became friends with Lizzie.
Hope survives the accident and wakes up to find her best friend Lily has died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Her behavior increasingly frustrates Doc, her sole caretaker. Fortunately, with the help of her friends, Hope realizes the sacrifices Doc made for her, and their relationship improves greatly after that.
In the last episode of the third season, Preacher is left unconscious in the woods and Christopher is kidnapped by his uncle Vince. The preacher then begins a desperate search for the boy. She eventually gets Christopher back but discovers that Vince took Paige to punish her for her brother’s death. In the season 4 finale titled ‘The Long Goodbye’, Preacher goes to confront Vince and manages to subdue the other man and save Paige. Ricky is accepted into naval boot camp and leaves town after a hearty goodbye.
Jack remembers that it was Vince who shot him. All charges against Brady are dropped and he and Brie begin a relationship. When Brie’s ex-boyfriend comes to Virgin River to force her to sign a non-disclosure agreement, Brie declares that she will report him.
Virgin River Season 4 Ending, Explained
At the end of season three, the biggest question in Jack’s life is who the father of Mel’s child is. After things briefly end between Mel and Jack, the former visits Los Angeles and undergoes an IVF procedure with eggs fertilized by Mel’s late husband Mark.
Jack is eventually revealed to be the father of Mel’s unborn daughter. However, Charmaine, Jack’s former casual lover, becomes distressed after her husband leaves her and she has trouble breathing. She claims that she is being punished for her actions because she told Jack that he was the father of her unborn children when he is not.
Charmaine first announced that she was pregnant just about five months ago. One key thing to remember is that even though the series ran for four seasons, not even a year has passed in the story since Mel arrived in town. Charmaine lied all those months ago to keep Jack in her life. We’re pretty sure Todd isn’t the father of Charmaine’s twins. If he was, Charmaine wouldn’t have to try to convince Jack to stay away from boys.
Charmaine probably thought the birth father was unfit to be a parent and hid the truth because she knew Jack’s sense of responsibility would make him a great father. It’s also possible that she was lying in a desperate attempt to keep Jack in her life. After all these months, she was finally starting to feel guilty about her actions.
Denny, portrayed by Kai Bradbury, is first introduced in the season 3 finale. After learning who he is, Doc welcomes him into his life with open arms. However, the people around him, including Mel, tell him to be careful. After all, scammers are everywhere. And indeed, Denny’s actions seem pretty questionable at first. He tries to get into the clinic’s medicine cabinet and then go through the clinic’s financial statements. Denny clearly likes Lizzie, but tells her he can’t mess with her.
In the season 4 finale, Denny finally reveals the truth to Lizzie. He tells her that he has Huntington’s disease, adding that it is incurable. That explains the Klonopin pills in his drawer and why he doesn’t want to date Lizzie. He believes he has no future. That’s why he uses the money he inherited from his late father to pay off the mortgage on his grandfather’s clinic. He probably tells the doctor the truth when the confronts him about going through the clinic’s finances. This is shown when he breaks down in front of the Doctor and Hope, and the former isn’t all that surprised.
Jack and Mel finally got engaged in season 4, episode 11, titled ‘Once Again.’ The two go on a camping trip and Jack proposes when Mel comes out of the trailer after filling their cups with hot chocolate. This time, Mel accepts. For most of the season, a part of Jack worried about what to do if it turned out he wasn’t the father of Mel’s baby. However, by the end of the season, he realizes that it doesn’t matter. He loves Mel and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. The next morning they get the lab results. Turns out Jack is the father after all.
‘Virgin River’ seems to be setting up Melissa Montgomery as the main antagonist, especially after she caused the death of the series’ previous antagonist, Calvin. She appears in several scenes throughout the season and it is increasingly revealed that she is pulling the strings from behind the curtain. Melissa is an older woman who exudes authority and power.
While investigating, Mike and Brie discover that someone named Melissa posted Brady’s bail money. Later, Mellissa makes a personal appearance when Brady visits the headquarters of their illegal operation. She later visits Brady and strongly implies that she is responsible for Calvin’s death.
In her final appearance of the season, it is revealed that she is the sister of Nick, a man Jack recently partnered with regarding his glamping airstream business. We learned earlier from the hoodlums in Virgin River that Melissa controls a family trust that finances Nick’s various business ventures. So anyway, Melissa now has control over Jack’s start-up business.
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