The Best Episodes of When Calls the Heart
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2018
Inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, the series tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Set against the wild canvas of an early 20th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
#1 - Believing
Season 5 - Episode 1
Elizabeth's sister Julie visits Hope Valley in her quest to become a teacher; Lee is made acting Sheriff when Abigail and Bill leave town to testify in Gowen's trial; Carson has problems with a traveling tonic salesmen.
#4 - Prayers from the Heart
Season 3 - Episode 9
A resident of Hope Valley is put in danger after a landslide; a touching celebration of love proves how big people's hearts are.
#6 - Hearts in Question
Season 3 - Episode 8
Jack's mother arrives in Hope Valley and quickly proves to be a challenge for Elizabeth; Rosemary plans her perfect wedding.
#7 - Troubled Hearts
Season 3 - Episode 2
Elizabeth surprises Jack with a home of her own; Abigail learns of Gowen's latest greedy scheme; Frank's past catches up to him.
#8 - A Gentle Heart
Season 3 - Episode 5
Jack and Faith's friendship begins to complicate his relationship with Elizabeth; Abigail pitches in to help a struggling community; a wave of kindness in Hope Valley has everyone opening their heart for a grand occasion.
#11 - Words From the Heart
Season 4 - Episode 1
Elizabeth strives to help a young boy come to terms with an past injury while she and Jack coach the kids in baseball.
#12 - Forever in My Heart
Season 3 - Episode 6
Jack prepares to take a big step toward building a life with Elizabeth; Abigail welcomes Becky back into her home before making an emotional decision about their future as a family.
#13 - Healing Heart
Season 4 - Episode 7
Elizabeth has problems in her classroom when the nephews of Ray Wyatt come to her class and bully other students; Lee loses his voice and Rosemary does the talking for him; Bill finds AJ foster; Ray Wyatt opens a commissary.
#14 - Prelude to a Kiss
Season 1 - Episode 12
Abigail is beginning to let go of her grief and look toward the future with forensic investigator Bill Avery. Meanwhile, a hurt and confused Jack confronts Elizabeth about her new job offer back home. Visiting Circuit Judge, Jedidiah Black a legendary man who is insolent, insufferable and incorruptible will finally bring justice to Coal Valley after the repercussions of the mine explosion, just as Elizabeth and Jack take an important step in their relationship.
#16 - Heartbreak
Season 3 - Episode 7
Abigail has to come to terms with the sudden arrival of the children's aunt; Elizabeth, Jack and the rest of Hope Valley come to witness a powerful act of love that proves everyone is right where they belong.
#17 - A Time to Speak
Season 3 - Episode 3
When the people of Hope Valley learn that Frank is a wanted man, they quickly turn on him. Abigail sets out to prove that the mistakes of the past don't define the future.
#18 - Heart of a Teacher
Season 4 - Episode 5
Elizabeth fights to clear her name and get her job back; Jack gets some troubling news; Wyatt and the railroad continue to make problems for Hope Valley; the children have to deal with a stern new schoolteacher.
#20 - Second Chances
Season 1 - Episode 7
Abigail is encouraged to re-open Coal Valley's dilapidated and abandoned cafe and make it her own after Elizabeth raves about Abigail's baking. Meanwhile, Jack and Elizabeth are at odds after Elizabeth's brief romance with a dishonest miner, which has left her pride hurt, and Jack accidentally insults her as he fumbles to confess his growing feelings.
#21 - With All My Heart
Season 2 - Episode 7
Elizabeth and Jack face a life-threatening experience together and finally discover the truth about what has been keeping them apart. Later, all of Hope Valley witnesses a shocking arrest and an unexpected proposal.
#22 - Heart of a Hero
Season 3 - Episode 4
After Hope Valley learns redemption is possible, Abigail and Frank pursue a romance before the heart of the town is tested by the threat of a gang of outlaws.
#23 - New Year's Wish
Season 3 - Episode 1
The townsfolk celebrate the New Year, which allows Jack and Elizabeth to make a fresh start. Meanwhile, Rosemary and Lee have a new adventure and Pastor Hogan runs into an unwelcome visitor from his past.
#24 - Trials of the Heart
Season 2 - Episode 1
Coal Valley’s trial gets underway in the town with a new Judge presiding over it. Elizabeth gets unsettling news from Hamilton regarding her family, and must return. Abigail’s case is presided over by an unlikely prosecutor. Elizabeth’s family meets, Jack. The trial’s verdict is rendered by the Judge, which effects the whole town. Elizabeth readjusts to family life in Hamilton. Abigail is reunited with a family member. Jack has to reevaluate his importance in Elizabeth’s life. A new man comes to town with a prospect that can change the townspeople’s entire future.
#25 - Rules of Engagement
Season 1 - Episode 11
Jack is hailed a hero after putting away the Tolliver outlaws, and has decided to come back to Coal Valley for good. But his return to town — and to Elizabeth — is unexpectedly complicated by the arrival of gorgeous big-city actress. Meanwhile, Jack has asked Mountie forensic investigator and friend Bill Avery to help Abigail make a case against Gowen and the Pacific Northwest Mining Company regarding the mine explosion.