The Best Episodes of When Calls the Heart

Last Updated: May 1, 2018

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Abigail Stanton is 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.

Open Hearts

#1 - Open Hearts

Season 5 - Episode 4

Abigail tries to figure out how to keep the town's bank afloat. Elizabeth struggles to understand what troubles one of her young students. Rosemary goes overboard planning Jack and Elizabeth's wedding.

star 8.35
100 votes
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My Heart Will Go On

#2 - My Heart Will Go On

Season 4 - Episode 6

After the death of a friend, Jack makes some difficult life choices that may affect Elizabeth as well.

star 8.29
305 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
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Prayers from the Heart

#3 - 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.

star 8.28
172 votes
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Heart of a Fighter

#4 - Heart of a Fighter

Season 4 - Episode 10

The town gathers around Abigail as Cody fights for his life. Carson comes to terms with his past and gets a chance at redemption.

star 8.27
289 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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In My Dreams

#5 - In My Dreams

Season 5 - Episode 9

The widow of Lee s former silent partner arrives and gives Gowen a chance to run a company again, Elizabeth tutors an unexpected new student and the residents of Hope Valley conspire to pull off a surprise.

star 8.23
78 votes
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Home Is Where the Heart Is

#6 - Home Is Where the Heart Is

Season 5 - Episode 3

Jack returns and begins planning his future with Elizabeth. Elizabeth teaches her students the difference between facts and speculation. The town is put on edge when Lee cannot withdraw funds to pay his employees.

star 8.19
109 votes
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Love and Marriage

#7 - Love and Marriage

Season 5 - Episode 6

Jack and Elizabeth's relationship is put to the test. Pastor Frank and Abigail make a decision about their future. Bill helps a young girl solve a mystery.

star 8.18
87 votes
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Hearts in Question

#8 - 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.

star 8.18
232 votes
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The Heart of the Community

#9 - The Heart of the Community

Season 4 - Episode 3

To raise money for new school supplies, Elizabeth and the kids throw a carnival. The carnival sheds new light and possibly even hope, on Phillip's relationship with his distant father.

star 8.17
317 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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My Heart Is Yours

#10 - My Heart Is Yours

Season 5 - Episode 5

Jack and Elizabeth's plan to get married is put in serious jeopardy. Bill has difficulty transporting a prisoner.

star 8.17
108 votes
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#11 - 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.

star 8.16
136 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Troubled Hearts

#12 - 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.

star 8.15
220 votes
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A Gentle Heart

#13 - 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.

star 8.15
190 votes
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Courageous Hearts

#14 - Courageous Hearts

Season 4 - Episode 8

Tension between Elizabeth and her new students continues. Lee and Rosemary fight about Rosemary learning to drive. Abigail struggles to hold the cafe together while the railroad's commissary thrives.

star 8.14
299 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
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Heart of a Secret

#15 - Heart of a Secret

Season 4 - Episode 9

Elizabeth takes Opal in while her parents are away. A newcomer to Hope Valley has some insight into Carson Shepherd's mysterious past. An unlikely turn of events puts Cody in harm's way.

star 8.13
297 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Words From the Heart

#16 - 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.

star 8.12
389 votes
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Forever in My Heart

#17 - 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.

star 8.11
206 votes
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Hearts and Minds

#18 - Hearts and Minds

Season 5 - Episode 2

Elizabeth mentors Julie, who finds teaching more difficult than she imagined. Abigail has to find a way to convince the railroad to build its depot in Hope Valley.

star 8.09
121 votes
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#19 - 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.

star 8.08
223 votes
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A Time to Speak

#20 - 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.

star 8.07
219 votes
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Change of Heart

#21 - Change of Heart

Season 4 - Episode 4

Elizabeth struggles with growing pains at the school. An old friend comes to visit Jack. Abigail's tenure as mayor is threatened. Rosemary plays matchmaker.

star 8.07
319 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
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Prelude to a Kiss

#22 - 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.

star 8.07
129 votes
Weather the Storm

#23 - Weather the Storm

Season 5 - Episode 8

Bill is put in serious jeopardy while transporting AJ to face trial. Abigail tries to save the town from an investor who will hurt Hope Valley. Carson is faced with a life-and-death medical decision. Elizabeth tries to reunite a mother and her son.

star 8.07
72 votes
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Healing Heart

#24 - 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.

star 8.07
287 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
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Heart of a Teacher

#25 - 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.

star 8.04
310 votes