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

Troubled Hearts

At the café the next morning, Molly and Florence are just hearing the terrible news that Hope Valley’s former mayor, Silas Ramsey, was killed in a robbery near Cave Junction. It’s believed that a gang, led by the infamous Jake Garrison, is responsible. As they discuss the news, Jesse emerges from the back of the café to talk with Abigail about repairing the leaky sink. He also takes the opportunity to compliment Clara on her dress and pass her a coy smile. Just then, Mr. Gowen and another man, Alan Humphries, enter the café. Upon entering, Mr. Humphries remarks, “I expected more customers.” He then asks for a menu before turning up his nose at the smell of Abigail’s buttermilk biscuits. His disagreeable tone continues as he begins walking through and inspecting the café. It’s then Mr. Gowen reveals that Mr. Humphries is the man who will be purchasing his stake in the café, making him Abigail’s new business partner.

Nearby, Frank runs into Abigail on her way to the café. Noticing her eagerness to get back to work, Frank casually suggests that she take some time off and offers to take her for a walk around the pond later that evening. Abigail agrees and heads back to the café. Unbeknownst to both of them, Jesse has been sitting on a perch, eavesdropping on their conversation.

On the surface, Jesse’s good looks and charm have convinced everyone that he is an upstanding young man. Now, alone with Frank, he drops the act and reveals his true nature. With a nefarious grin, he tells Frank that the gang is together again and that they need him back. Frank angrily declines the offer but Jesse persists, promising his old friend they will make enough money for him to abandon his phony life in Hope Valley. Frank insists that that he’s out of that life, but Jesse is having none of it and reminds Frank that he wouldn’t want to disappoint Jake Garrison. Frank asks if that was supposed to be a threat, to which Jesse replies, “People get hurt sometimes. “

Unaware of the meeting transpiring in front of them, Elizabeth and Jack walk by, joking about the many interruptions during their last date. As they laugh about their lack of privacy, Elizabeth pulls a key from her pocket and reveals that she’s now officially renting Abigail’s old home. The two immediately head to the house and begin taking stock of the home. While the house is showing the ravages of time, Jack is certain that they can turn it into a fine home…eventually.