Episode three of Chesapeake Shores is much more humorous and fun than the other episodes we’ve had from season six so far and it’s exactly what was needed. We had Margaret helping Connor escape, Mick drinking when Megan starts talking about her exes after the divorce and Abby and Evan going on an adventure.
So far, every episode of season six has opened with a family moment and this has really solidified the O’Brien’s journeys throughout the show’s seasons. In season one the family was a bit more divided, but over the seasons as we’ve seen familial relationships develop to allow us to be treated to more family moments.
The family moments have also meant we’ve got to see more of Abby’s kids, Carrie and Caitlyn. Their inclusion has led to moments such as Caitlyn and Connor’s chat about being popular which is such a sweet moment and just adds to the beauty of this episode.
While we’ve had some great moments from all the romantic relationships involved in this season, episode three really allowed viewers to get to know the likes of Evan, Luke and Margaret in a better way as it allowed viewers to become more invested in them as individuals.
The partner-in-crime dynamic we get between Margaret and Connor in this episode is exactly what has been missing from their relationship over the past two episodes and what made us fall in love with them as a couple, to begin with. The funny scenes between the couple lead to the moments viewers crave, such as the fact they are now the first new couple this season to say I love you. They’re definitely a contender for my favourite couple this season.
We also finally got a moment we’ve been waiting for. Megan and Mick to discuss their past. We haven’t really had a Megan and Mick alone moment for a while, and it was really great to see how their relationship is developed and also how it’s going to work with Megan now leaving to go to California. While in the show, the characters discuss how they’re going to meet up every two weeks or so, we still don’t really know how it’s going to impact Barbara Niven‘s appearances on the show. Are we going to see her less? Is something else going to happen, meaning she can’t leave? Or maybe we get a time jump?
Another relationship that really came through in this episode was Bree and Luke’s. So far, not really much has gone on in terms of their relationship, in the sense that it’s kind of taken a back burner to other relationships. It was so great to see the way that Bree dealt with Luke having his nightmares, and I think this season, the shows have done well to tackle hard topics such as PTSD and Mick’s drug addiction. They haven’t been really intense with it but what they’ve done is kind of integrated and weaved it through each episode which makes it more understandable for the Hallmark audience. There’s also a sense that these hard issues will come to blows at a certain point in this season.
We still haven’t had a single mention of Trace so far this season. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t appear before the show ends. I think this is something the showrunners definitely would have considered for the show’s final season, considering what a big part he had to play in the show’s success during the first four seasons. If it does happen, it will be very much down to Jesse Metcalfe but also, seeing the way the show has taken Abby’s romantic storyline this season, it could be very possible that even a guest appearance from Trace would mess with the show’s direction.
The show’s direction this season definitely seems to be more relationship based but it 100% works, and the way they’re doing it works for the show and makes it enjoyable. It could have gone downhill very quickly, considering most of these relationships are only one season old, but they’ve made it work with only 10 episodes. The two first kisses from Margaret and Connor and Abby and Evan we got in this episode shows that despite time not being on their side. They will not be rushed in telling these characters’ journeys.