Tuesday December 25 8:00 PM / 7:00c

Coming Together, Coming Apart

At Mountie Headquarters Jack hangs up the phone before sitting down next to Tom. It turns that the job in the quarry is still available, but Tom laments that even with the job, William Thatcher will never see him as suitable for his daughter. The conversation then turns to Tom’s life before he and Jack’s father passed. The death changed Tom from a responsible boy into an angry and bitter young man. Sensing the appropriate moment, Jack tells Tom that it was he and not Jack who was their father’s favorite. Jack then pulls their father’s watch from his pocket and gives it to Tom. He embraces his brother and tells him that he believes in him.

Later in the day Julie and Tom meet to say their goodbyes. Tom promises that it’s better for both of them if Tom leaves to find his own way. Tom says that despite all his mistakes, he can be the type of man Julie deserves. She agrees to wait for him and he tells her that she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him. The two share a tender embrace before heading off on their separate ways.

Strolling through the hallways of the Thatcher Mansion, William Thatcher escorts Jack into the study. Pleased that Tom is leaving Hamilton, William promises Jack that as long as Tom stays away from Julie, he won’t press charges. But before Jack leaves, Mr. Thatcher beckons him back. William says Jack has made a positive impression on Elizabeth and he, William, cannot hold Tom’s actions against him. William then offers Jack a position in his company. Jack attempts to politely decline the offer, but Mr. Thatcher is insistent. He argues that a job at his company would grant Jack status and “acceptance” into society. The implication grates on Jack and he struggles to maintain his composure. He sternly tells Mr. Thatcher he has no intention of being something he’s not for any reason or for any one.