It's been just over a year since we last returned to Virgin River and so we were very excited for season five to drop on Netflix yesterday (7th September) bringing with it a tense kidnapping, shocking revelations and a colourful carnival. And that's just the final episode.
The new season has been split in two with the first 10 episodes being released on 7th September and the final two dropping at the end of November. Erm, sorry Netflix but a whole two months to wait? This is not on.
Thankfully there's a lot to unpack from that final season five part one episode before the final episodes air on 30th November. This is everything you need to know about what happens in the final episode of Virgin River season five.
What happens in the final episode of Virgin River season 5 part 1?
The final episode in season five part one 'Labor Day' opens with Jack (Martin Henderson) confronting Brady (Benjamin Hollingsworth), and Brady trying to convince Jack it is in fact Melissa Montgomery (Barbara Pollard) who is the real bad guy. And she definitely proves she's the bad guy as she turns up and kidnaps Brady at gunpoint, while Jack watches on from the caravan.
Jack follows Melissa, Brady and her henchmen, calling Mike (Marco Grazzini) for backup who tells him to stay out of it. Melissa interrogates Brady in a warehouse and Jack rushes in to help, and together with Brady they manage to fend off Melissa and her cronies.
They manage to catch Melissa, but just when it all seems to be going well Melissa's right hand man, Gene, jumps out of nowhere and shoots Mike, who was trying to help the situation.
Mike is taken to the hospital while the rest of the town gets on with the important stuff: setting up the carnival.
Mel returns to the clinic where she's welcomed by cupcakes (jel) and pitches a birthing suite to the team, which is accepted happily.
Back at the hospital Brie (Zibby Allen) has some good news; Melissa has been sent to jail. The slightly bad news? Brie tells Brady she can no longer be with him but is grateful for everything he's done.
Together with Jack, Brady heads over to the glamping site, which has been taken over by the FBI who tell Jack all the evacuees of the fire have to be moved out by the end of the day. Thankfully, Nick is able to offer them a place at his B&B.
Mike awakes and while he tries to get a moment alone with Brie, who suggests their first date, the FBI have other plans and instead have to interview him. Guess they'll have to wait a bit longer for that date.
The romance continues with Doc (Tim Matheson) giving Muriel (Teryl Rothery) and Cameron (Mark Ghanimé) permission to date, but to keep it out of the clinic. And that's not all, Kaia (Kandyse McClure) returns and surprises Preacher (Colin Lawrence), telling him she's found a job nearby as she didn't like the idea of being away from him.
Finally the moment we've all been waiting for arrives, the carnival. At the festivities Ava (Libby Osler) tells Mel she is going to have the hysterectomy, but will freeze her eggs too, just in case. She also drops the bomb that she's going sell her farmland to build a golf course.
In the hospital Brie and Mike have their first date and Muriel and Cameron make their relationship official at the carnival. Doc reveals to Hope he has been selected to take part in a clinical trial in the hopes of saving his eye sight. Denny (Kai Bradbury) asks Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale) to go travelling but she reveals she think she's pregnant.
The shocking revelations don't end there. Kaia gets a text at the carnival from her brigade who have found a body in the forest. As a heavily-pregnant Charmaine (Lauren Hammersley) reaches her car, she gets the shock of a lifetime when Calvin (who she thought was dead) shows up behind her and says he wants to be the father to his boys, heavily implying he's the father of her children.
Mel takes Jack to Lily's farm and suggests they should buy it from Ava and build their dream home and life together, which Jack of course agrees to and says they should hold their wedding there.
How does Virgin River season 5 part 1 end?
The last few minutes of the final episode skip forward in time to Christmas, where Mel and Jack are busy decorating, when Mel receives a call from Joey (Jenny Cooper).
On the phone Joey reveals she found a number of letters in the closet which revealed their mum was having an affair with someone living in Virgin River, who Joey believes could be Mel's father. The series ends with Mel's very shocked face.
Er, talk about a cliff-hanger of an ending. Now this is not to say the person Mel always believed to be her father, isn't, but given the series ended on this cliff-hanger we reckon there could be a big twist coming in part two in November.
Ok, we're really going to need part two to get here now.
Virgin River season five is available on Netflix now
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