Episode 4: Secrets and Lies
From the Production Journal of Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, Executive Producers and Creators of "When Calls the Heart"
One of the funnier comments I have ever heard about television comes from the legendary broadcaster David Frost who said, "Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home." What he was saying is that TV characters sometimes can be off-putting or annoying or downright rude, but that is what often makes them so irresistible to watch. Well, in episode 4, which we titled "Secrets and Lies," we have our Coal Valley pastor, Reverend Anderson, who has lost his way, spiritually, and we have one of Henry Gowen’s Pinkerton guards, Mr. Spurlock, who is truly up to no good. And we have one of our leading ladies, Cat Montgomery, who we think is up to no good, but instead is hiding a secret from the town and her children in order to protect them. When we ran the storyline past Janette Oke, she felt we had quite the "potboiler" on our hands, so I hope as we roll cameras on episode 4, we have all the bells and whistles to not only touch the funny bones of our audience but their hearts, as well. My favorite scene is when Reverend Anderson finally realizes the error of his ways and quits his job as the company-paid pastor and confesses his sin of pride to the congregation. It is quite moving when Cat Montgomery, who has been freed from her own secret shame, forgives the pastor and asks him to lead the Sunday services again.