Episode 2: Cease & Desist
From the Production Journal of Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, Executive Producers and Creators of "When Calls the Heart"
Episode 1 is in the "can" (which is the old term when actual film cans were still used to store the film prints) so now I suppose I should say "it’s on the hard drive" since we are a fully digital series. But now we move onto Episode 2, which we have titled "Cease & Desist." I’m extremely excited about this script because when Janette Oke first heard our story pitches, this is the one she seemed to like most. Plus, all of us on the writing team drew numbers out of a cowboy hat, and I pulled the winning ticket! This episode features some good "eviction notice" drama right out of an old-fashioned radio drama, but it has what I hope will be some unique and very inspirational twists involving the students in Elizabeth’s classroom and a tiny shard of coal. Of course, the "oil-and-water" banter between Elizabeth and Jack continues in this episode, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers at this point. Suffice to say, their relationship will continue to heat up and in this episode we will unveil for the first time our epic Coal Valley Mine, created with some "movie magic" inside a warehouse.