Virgin River (TV series)
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|Based on||Virgin River novels|
by Robyn Carr
|Developed by||Sue Tenney|
|Music by||Jeff Garber|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40–48 minutes|
|Production company||Reel World Management|
|Original release||December 6, 2019 –|
Virgin River is an American romantic drama streaming television series, produced by Reel World Management, based on the Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr. The first season premiered on Netflix on December 6, 2019. In December 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season which was released on November 27, 2020. In December 2020, the series was renewed for a 10-episode third season.
Virgin River follows Melinda "Mel" Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote Northern California town of Virgin River, thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected. She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda "Mel" Monroe, a nurse practitioner and midwife and recent widow who recently moved to Virgin River from Los Angeles
- Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, a local restaurant bar owner and former U.S. Marine, who suffers from PTSD
- Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton, a close Marine friend of Jack, who works as the chef at Jack's Bar
- Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes (season 1; guest starring season 2), Melinda's older sister
- Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Jack's friend with benefits
- Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea, the mayor of Virgin River
- Tim Matheson as Vernon "Doc" Mullins, MD, the local physician
- Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady (season 2; "also starring" season 1), a fellow younger veteran who served in the Marines with Jack and is struggling to readjust to civilian life
- Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky (season 2; recurring season 1), a young man who works at Jack's Bar and wants to join the Marines as soon as he graduates from high school
- Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie (season 2), Connie's niece who is from Los Angeles
- Daniel Gillies as Mark Monroe, Mel's late husband
- Lexa Doig as Paige Lassiter, the owner of a bakery truck named "Paige's Bakeaway"
- Nicola Cavendish as Connie, one of Hope's friends who runs town's general store and a member of Virgin River's knitting circle
- Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen, a member of Virgin River's knitting circle who puts Mel up while her cabin is renovated
- Ian Tracey as Jimmy, Calvin's right-hand man
- Lynda Boyd as Lilly, a friend of Connie's
- David Cubitt as Calvin, the man who runs the illegal pot farm on the other side of Virgin River
- Teryl Rothery as Muriel, an actress and a rival of Hope's and a member of Virgin River's knitting circle
- Steve Bacic as Wes (season 2), Paige's estranged and abusive husband
- Carmel Amit as Jamie (season 2), a woman who is visiting Virgin River
|1||10||December 6, 2019|
|2||10||November 27, 2020|
Season 1 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Carry On"||Jann Turner||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Los Angeles, California Nurse Practitioner Mel Monroe moves to remote town Virgin River to start a new job. She was hired for a one-year contract by Hope McCrea, the Mayor, to assist the town doctor, Vernon Mullins. She is provided lodging at the McCrea lodge. Mel meets Jack Sheridan, the Bartender and owner of the local bar Jack’s Bar which he runs with his friend Preacher. Next day Mel arrives at the Doc Mullins office. He is not pleased that she was hired without his approval. Jack's fellow Marine, Brady, comes back to town, Jack gives him a bar job. Mrs. McCrea goes to Doc Mullins and speaks with him regarding Mel, expressing that he needs help, whether he admits it or not. He agrees to give Mel 30 days probation. Mel treats a young pregnant lady at the practice suffering with Braxton Hicks. Later Jack finds a baby in a laundry basket on Doctor's front porch, he calls over Mel to come see what he has found.|
|2||2||"Lost"||Jann Turner||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Mel gives the baby girl a check-up at Doc's office. An indignant Doc Mullins arrives and takes charge. Connie, the General store owner, brings formula and bottles over, then starts ringing around to try and discover the mother. Doc Mullins is not keen on having Mel around. A frustrated Mel gives her notice to Hope. Jack offers to help with renovations on the lodge to try convince Mel to stay, meanwhile Hope pleads with Doc to give Mel a chance and let her do her job. Lilly, a local lady arrives with some old baby items. Mel tells Doc Mullins that she called the CPS to hand over the baby in the morning. An angry Doc tells Mel she is fired. Jack arrives at Charmaine's home, and they end up in bed together. Mel discovers Lilly in the back room and is shocked to see her breastfeeding the baby. Charmaine seems to think her relationship with Jack is deeper than he thinks it is.|
|3||3||"...And Found"||Andy Mikita||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Lilly admits that she is the mother; her husband died six months prior, and Mel thinks she's suffering postpartum depression. Mel lost her own baby and confides in Lilly that she considered suicide, it wasn't just grief from bereavement, but postpartum depression. The woman Jack was with comes to the bar and introduces herself to Mel as Jack's girlfriend, Charmaine. Doc drops off Hope at her house, she collapses while walking up the stairs, saying she can't breathe. Doc assures her that he will take care of her.|
|4||4||"A Wounded Heart"||Andy Mikita||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Hope had another heart attack episode recently. Jack comes over with a quiche for Hope. Mel meets him coldly. Jack is offhand about his relationship with Charmaine, implying that she thinks it's more serious than he does. Charmaine shows up to surprise Jack. Paige is mistaken for someone named Michelle by a passerby. This, with her lack of any bank accounts, insinuates something suspicious. She watches as the van drives away, with fear clearly on her face.|
|5||5||"Under Fire"||Martin Wood||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Mel are taken to the Pot camps so Mel can treat their boss for a bullet wound and later helps one of the residents, a young woman give birth. Doc tracks them down and retrieves them after Hope is alerted to their disappearance by a phone call from Mel’s sister. Hope is revealed to be treating Charmaine with distaste because her mother was a close friend that had an affair with Doc while they were still together but later gives her the benefit of the doubt. Mel later finds Jack in the middle of a night terror about his is time in the Marines.|
|6||6||"Let's Mingle"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Mel’s sister Joey visits Virgin River just as the town is preparing for the moonlight mingle, a dance where everyone switches partners between songs. Doc sets up a meeting with a lawyer so he and Hope can go through with their divorce but is frustrated by her absence at the appointment, however he soon realises how much his affair actually hurt her. Paige sees a man at the mingle and becomes erratic when she momentarily can’t find her son Christoper. Jack is truthful to Charmaine about where he stands in their relationship and later punches Brady after he gets drunk with Joey and makes insinuations about him and Mel.|
|7||7||"If Truth Be Told"||Gail Harvey||Patrick Moss||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Mel check on Ricky's diabetic grandmother, Lydie. When taking Lydie to the hospital, Mel flashes back to the circumstances surrounding her husband's death. While helping Paige with her car, Preacher notices packed bags and a driver's license with Paige's picture but a different name. Hope has some friction with the other town women playing cards. As she has been avoiding his calls, Jack visits Charmaine at work, she suspects his lack of commitment to her has something to do with Mel's arrival. The two separate. Mel takes off her wedding ring, Jack notices the removed ring and, with difficulty, Mel tells Jack her husband is dead and that it's her fault.|
|8||8||"Into the Light"||Gail Harvey||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Mel wakes from a nightmare about Mark's death. Due to a storm caused power outage, the locals congregate at Jack's bar. Charmaine gives a box of Jack's belongings to Hope, but Hope meddles and reads the private letter meant for Jack. Jack shows Mel the newly renovated cabin for her, and they kiss.|
|9||9||"Everybody Has a Secret"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Jackson Rock||December 6, 2019|
|Mel and Jack agree to a date. Hope gives Jack the letter from Charmaine, but he puts it away without reading it first. Mel and Doc save a local family whose well is poisoned from the pot growers' fertilizer. Whilst at the hospital, Doc agrees to keep Mel for the rest of her contract, and has a flashback of losing a patient. Jack and Mel go on their date. Jack reads the letter from Charmaine and learns she is pregnant.|
|10||10||"Unexpected Endings"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Charmaine meet to discuss her pregnancy. Joey and Mel discuss their relationships on the phone. Paige reveals that she was divorced by her husband, and later fled with their son, despite not having custody. Hope carelessly reveals to Mel that Charmaine is pregnant by Jack. Jack confronts Brady, who later meets with Calvin. Mel flashes back to the automobile collision in which her husband was killed. Preacher visits Paige's house, finding blood on the floor. Mel tells Jack she can't cope with Charmaine's pregnancy and Jack tells Mel he's falling in love with her. Mel is seen packing and telling her sister she's returning home.|
Season 2 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"New Beginnings"||Andy Mikita||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
|Mel says goodbye to Mark at his gravestone determined to return to Virgin River. Back in Virgin River, Jack is doing his best to take care of a pregnant Charmaine, while Hope and Doc are secretly seeing each other again. Mel bumps into Jack and Charmaine at Doc's office making Charmaine very upset. Jack tries to convince Mel to give their relationship a chance but Mel won't relent. Doc asks Mel to help with Charmaine's treatment as she may have a high-risk pregnancy. Mel talks to Hope about Charmaine staying at her place until she recovers. Brady comes to try and get his job back from Jack. Paige gets an unexpected visitor.|
|12||2||"Taken by Surprise"||Andy Mikita||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|Jack comes to Mel's rescue during a break-in. Charmaine moves into Hope's house. Jack tells Hope that he doesn't trust her. Mel and Jack argue about Jack being too hard on Hope, but Jack throws it back in her face after saying her leaving was too hard. Paige is in trouble when she's found. Muriel asks Doc on a date. Paige calls Preacher when her attempt at self-defense goes wrong. Hope tries to annoy Charmaine out of her house. Doc and Hope continue their secret relationship but goes a date with Muriel. Preacher and Paige come up with a plan. Mel goes to the bar to clear the air with Jack, her car breaks down after a heated discussion. Jack gives her a ride back to the cabin where they spend the night together.|
|13||3||"The Morning After"||Gail Harvey||Lisa Marie Petersen||November 27, 2020|
|Jack and Mel wake up happy together but agree to be friends. Jack puts a deadbolt on the doctors' office door and follows up on the break-in. Charmaine is getting worse and refuses an IV. Mel and Doc disagree on how to go about treating Charmaine. Connie's troubled niece, Lizzie, comes to town. Hope offers to give Lizzie a tour of the town. Brady is given a job managing the logging company by the growers. Jack goes to the growers to confront them about the addict that attacked Mel. The growers turn Jack away and then send a lackey to find the addict who was previously a member. Hope shows Lizzie to the bar and Charmaine is pushing Mel's buttons. Preacher does his best to keep up the story of Paige's sudden absence. Muriel invites Doc to a concert and continues to try to capture his attention. Mel helps Charmaine so she doesn't have to end up in the hospital. Lizzie sneaks away from the bar with Hope's credit card. Jack reaches out to his police contact, Mike, who says they are closing in on the growers. Brady and Preacher run into each other and have an unpleasant exchange. Mel calls Joey to talk about Jack and her feelings for him. Jack and Charmaine find out they're having twins after Mel does their ultrasound.|
|14||4||"Rumor Has It"||Gail Harvey||Jackson Rock||November 27, 2020|
|Jack talks to Mel about how difficult it'll be to have twins, and Jack teaches her how to fish. Charmaine is upset after finding out that Jack and Mel slept together. Doc and Muriel are seen together at the Vivaldi concert. Lizzie asks Mel for help. Ricky starts to fall for Lizzie. Virgin River has a fundraiser/festival, where everyone stares at Mel. Connie keeps Paige's bakery running. Emerald Lumber, represented by Brady (and the growers), buy out the farm owned by Lilly. After being pushed to tell the truth Ricky confesses to Mel that everyone is staring at her because they are either Team Mel or Team Charmaine, who think Mel slept with Jack just to steal him away from Charmaine. Lizzie has her eye on Brady after spotting him from across the festival. Connie accidentally finds a prescription for contraceptives in Lizzie's purse. Doc is upset that Hope won't run the egg race with him, since they've won 6 years in a row. Doc partners up with Muriel for the egg race but Mel and Jack win. Ricky is left without a partner when Lizzie ditches him. Jack confronts Brady about Calvin's operation and the lies he told Lilly. Mel confronts Charmaine about her spreading rumors. Mel's sister in law, Stacey, comes to visit with the intention of getting Mark's engagement ring.|
|15||5||"Can't Let Go"||Martin Wood||Jackson Sinder||November 27, 2020|
|While hiking Stacey lets Mel know how unwanted she was by Mark's family. Mike, an LAPD officer and Jack's army buddy, comes to town making Calvin suspicious. Brady discovers the logging companies and Calvin's real purpose, muling Fentanyl. Calvin tags Brady as his potential successor. Preacher confides in Connie about Paige's situation. Jack and his army buddies have a reunion, without Brady, but it brings back bad memories. Jack brings Charmaine a canine companion. Preacher is complimented for his cooking skills by Jaimie. Doc and Hope go to a dance class with Muriel. Ricky tries to impress Lizzie but compromises his morals. Mel continues to hear more unpleasantness from Stacey and visits Charmaine to give her blood results. Stacey is upset with Mel's decision.|
|16||6||"Out of the Past"||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
|Mel looks for a tribute for Mark. Muriel continues to vie for the affections of Doc but he lets her know that Hope is who he wants. Ricky feels guilty for breaking Jack's trust but keeps letting Lizzie push his boundaries. Lilly refuses to sign Brady's contract once she knows who he works for. Charmaine's health is better and gets to go home. Jack takes the buddies Kayaking but they don't trust Jack as he is still drunk. Hope tries to apologize to Muriel, but Muriel is not resigned to losing Doc. Mike can't stay longer without evidence of Calvin's illegal activity, all Jack's buddies say goodbye. Jack has a hard time holding himself together. Mel stops Jack from Kayaking into dangerous rapids. Jack tells Mel about his insecurities about being a father. Ricky and Lizzie get into a car crash. The sheriff finds a body in the forest.|
|17||7||"Breaking Point"||Tim Matheson||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|On the anniversary of Mark's death Mel tries to get through the day as normally as possible. Doc and Hope plan to go on a public date, which makes Hope freak out. Jack and Charmaine make a birth plan but have different opinions on how it should go. Jack talks to Ricky about his recent behavior but he doesn't want to listen. Charmaine is upset at how much time Jack spends with Mel. Preacher and Connie meet up worried about the body, he remembers the night he hid Wes's body. The body found in the forest is identified as Leo, the man who held up Mel. Doc's alternative date ends up with a third wheel. Brady talks to Jack at the bar about Lilly's farm and Jack warns him that he has put himself in a bad position. Preacher and Connie come up with an alibi for Paige and Preacher in case Wes's body is found. Mel breaks down in front of Jack after finding a letter for Mark that was forwarded to her.|
|18||8||"Blindspots"||Tim Matheson||Lisa Marie Petersen||November 27, 2020|
|Jack hurts himself when he tries to build a nursery drunk and Mel patches him up. People in town come down sick with a possible case of food poisoning from Jack's bar. Jack considers moving in with Charmaine and buying a house. Mel and Doc butt heads as they try to solve the epidemic in the town. Jack talks to, Spencer, one of Calvin's men who is ready to testify against him in exchange for protection. Mike plans to use RICO to take Calvin down. Charmaine tells Hope she may be moving to Portland to live with her Aunt. Jamie suspects sabotage. Calvin finds out about Spencer ratting him out and gives Brady a choice, either kill Spencer or not be part of the growers. Mel and Jack find out Jack's new server purposely sabotaged his food under Calvin's orders as retaliation for getting Spencer to work with the police.|
|19||9||"Hazards Ahead"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||November 27, 2020|
|Hope struggles to decide if Jack should know that Charmaine is moving to Portland. Doc leaves for a medical conference in Seattle. Preacher won't let Connie compromise herself because Lizzie needs her. Jack's deal for buying the house is falling apart as he tries to find Spencer and confront Calvin for the restaurant's sabotage. Hope finds out that Muriel is also in Seattle from the ladies at the bar. Preacher panics now that Wes's vehicle was found by the sheriff. Charmaine and Mel work together to find Jack. Jack is captured by Brady and Jimmy. Charmaine confesses to Mel that she may move with her Aunt in Portland. The sheriff goes to the bar to talk to Preacher, and he finds out that Wes is a wanted man and suspected to be on the run after his partner flipped on him. Calvin lets Jack go. Connie catches Lizzie and Ricky together. Doc comes back from Seattle to show Hope how much he loves her. Jack blows off steam at the batting cage after he finds out what Brady did to Spencer. Mel confesses her love to Jack.|
|20||10||"Blown Away"||Martin Wood||Sue Tenney||November 27, 2020|
|Hope realizes that she was wrong about the message on Docs answering machine. Connie tries to get Ricky out of Lizzie's life. Preacher calls Jaime to let her know he'll take the offer in San Francisco after Jack rejects the idea of making him a partner in the restaurant. Doc invites Mel to his re-commitment ceremony. Charmaine finds out about Jack wanting to buy a house and is very happy. Mel confronts Brady at the lumber yard about Spencer, he tells her to meet up at another location to avoid being seen. Charmaine thinks that Jack wants to be together but when he rejects her again she decides she doesn't want him in the twin's lives. Lizzie apologizes to Hope. Brady shows Mel Spencer's grave. Vince, Wes's twin brother, comes looking for him and for Michelle/Paige. He knows that Preacher is Paige's friend and tells him to give her a message, that he's coming for her. Mel shows Jack a video of Spencer alive and well getting on a bus with his wife and kid. Jack is relieved that Spencer is alive. Jaime says goodbye to Preacher and says she'll see him in San Francisco. Mike let's Jack know that he is in touch with Spencer and they'll be taking down Emerald Lumber, along with Brady who works there. Doc has some serious medical news for Hope but is interrupted when they are surprised by their friends. Mel finds Jack lying on the floor of the bar with a gunshot wound.|
On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was based on the Virgin River book series by Robyn Carr with executive producers: Sue Tenney, Roma Roth, and Chris Perry. Tenney was also set to serve as the series' showrunner with Reel World Management acting as the Production company involved in the series. On December 20, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode second season. On December 18, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode third season.
On December 19, 2018, it was reported that Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson, and Annette O'Toole had been cast in series regular roles. Additionally, it was further reported that Jenny Cooper, David Cubitt, Lexa Doig, Daniel Gillies, Lauren Hammersley, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Colin Lawrence, Trevor Lerner, and Ian Tracey had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity. On May 29, 2020, Sarah Dugdale joined the second season as a series regular while Grayson Gurnsey has been promoted as a series regular for the second season. On June 11, 2020, Benjamin Hollingsworth was promoted to a series regular for the second season. Upon the third season renewal announcement, Zibby Allen was cast a new series regular and Stacey Farber was cast in a recurring role.
Principal photography for the series' first season commenced on December 3, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and ended on March 26, 2019. The series was also filmed on location in Snug Cove, New Westminster, Squamish, Agassiz, and Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Filming for the second season began on September 9, 2019 and ended on December 17, 2019.
The community of Virgin River is actually Snug Cove, Bowen Island "with establishing shots including the local library, main streets and Artisan Lane", according to one report. The Watershed Grill, in Brackendale, British Columbia stands in for Jack's Grill; some of the scenes involving Melinda and Jack were filmed in Squamish, near the river. The waterfalls in the show is in the Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Some scenes were filmed in Burnaby at Fraser Foreshore Park and at Port Coquitlam, both near Vancouver. The cabin in the series is the caretaker’s house in Murdo Frazer Park, in North Vancouver; this site has been used by other productions as well. Doc Mullins' practice is a Victorian home in New Westminister.
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