The newest Heartland episode was all about saying goodbye and starting over someplace else. It also featured a blast from last season’s past and Georgie’s first competition. So here is my recap of Heartland season 11 episode 4.
Warning, spoilers ahead!
The Mongolian connection
For the first time in a while, the main focus of this Heartland episode was Amy working with horses. But not just any horses, wild Mongolian horses, Przewalski’s horses to be exact.
At the beginning of Heartland season 11 episode 4 we saw Ty get a call from someone while he and Lyndy were visiting Bob. And it turns out it was the owner of a nearby animal sanctuary, Alan Shore, who wanted Ty’s opinion regarding some Mongolian horses. And once he and Amy went to the sanctuary the problem was clear – the horse Alan wants to send back to Mongolia to keep this horse breed from extinction, Attila doesn’t want to stay in his shipping crate. Which means that shipping without heavily sedating the animal would be impossible.
However, since that can prove to be dangerous for the horse, Amy and Ty managed to persuade Mr. Shore to let Amy try and work with the wild animal. And, at first, Amy had no luck. The Mongolian horse even charged Amy, which wasn’t the best indication of progress. Yet, once Amy realized that the reason Attila doesn’t want to stay in the crate is that he is missing his family, she managed to find a way how to fix that.
So, after Amy had Attila’s mare and foal brought to Heartland, she rubbed Lydy’s baby blanket against the mare and foal’s coats, so their scent lingers on the blanket. And then used that blanket to lure Attila into the trailer. Miracle girl strikes again.
Yet, although I really loved this storyline about the Mongolian horse family, because it let Amy flex her horse whispering skills. I think the best part of it was the fact that it perfectly tied in with the other big storyline of this episode.
McMurtry family sadness
Which was that Casey’s brother Curtis, who also was Wyatt’s (remember him from episode 1015?) dad died and how everybody was dealing with that.
Heartland season 11 episode 4 started with Georgie being distracted during practice because Wyatt was arriving soon and she didn’t know what to say to him. And Wyatt himself wasn’t making thing better since he seemed to be burying his emotions and was trying to act as if nothing happened. So, naturally, it created a bit of a rift between the two of them.
But the worst thing was that Wyatt wasn’t just pushing Georgie away. He was doing the same to his aunt Casey, his step-mom Jen and his little brother Brick. Fortunately, there was one thing that seemed to help Wyatt to deal with his pain, and that was seeing Amy working with Attila and the horse’s separation anxiety. Mainly because in many ways it was the same thing Wyatt himself was going through with his dad’s passing.
So by the end of the episode, we saw Wyatt finally let his emotions show and really mourn his dad’s death. With Georgie by his side, helping him through it. Of course, it was after Brick went missing, only to be found by Jack in one of the Heartland’s outhouses. Which also in a way helped Wyatt realize that he was not really dealing with his dad’s death well. Yet, I think Amy’s soothing words to Attila was what really drove it home for Wyatt.
And good thing that it did, because now with this sad storyline out of the way, maybe we will see more of Georgie and Wyatt’s relationship explored on the show. And no matter if it will be just a friendship or something more romantic, I can’t wait to see that!
Jack and Lisa
And last but not least, on Heartland season 11 episode 4, there also was a quite prominent Jack and Lisa storyline that had a rocky start but ended on a beautiful note.
Ever since Lisa admitted to Jack that she is having money problems on episode 2 the couple’s relationship hadn’t been solid. And, thanks to Tim, all this unsteadiness seemed to come to a culmination during this episode.
At the beginning portion of the episode, Lisa heard Jack say to Tim that he is quite good on his own because Tim was bothering him about Lisa not being around. And when Brick went missing and Jack and Lisa teamed up to try and find him, frustrations reached a breaking point. Lisa admitted that her week hasn’t been going well at all. While Jack expressed his dislike to Lisa not telling him her problems even though they are married and that’s what married people do.
Luckily, all this didn’t end up breaking this pillar of a couple apart. It actually only brought Jack and Lisa closer, because by the end of the episode Lisa moved in with Jack. So it looks like Lisa will be a bit more permanent fixture in Heartland from now on. Which is great because I love Jack and Lisa as a couple and Jessica Steen, who portrays Lisa, as an actor.
Last thoughts on Heartland season 11 episode 4
It seems that this episode was setting up Ty going on another extended trip. This time it wasn’t to Mongolia, rather to BC to help save wolves that were being injured from areal gunning there. And I don’t know how I feel about Ty leaving again.
Even though Amy expressed her support to her husband. It still means that Ty will be away from his family for a longer period of time. And as much as I can understand the fact that this means that Ty is getting recognized in the vet community as a valuable asset. It still doesn’t mean I have to like it. How do you feel about this potential storyline?
And can we just take a moment and talk about the awkwardness between Georgie and Wyatt that was on display on Heartland season 11 episode 4? It was due to Wyatt’s dad’s death, which is why I loved that is was portrayed that way.
A death in a family of a close friend is never easy. However, in many ways knowing what to say or how to act around said friend is even harder, and I say that from my own, very recent experience. So to have Heartland tackle this issue and show Georgie struggling with it and in the end figure out how to be there for Wyatt was great to see on television!
I think it could help a lot of young people when faced with similar situation. So I tip my hat to the Heartland writers who decided to go with this storyline and wrote it this way. You don’t know how much seeing someone dealing with a similar situation, even if it is on TV, really helps!
• Ty and Lyndy visiting Bob
• Bob’s concern about the wolves
• Amy and Ty as parents (still one of the cutest things ever!)
• Ty praising Amy’s skills to Alan Shore
• Amy getting to work with Mongolian horses
• Georgie getting better at jumping
• Wyatt being back on the show
• Georgie trying to help Wyatt
• Tim and Casey reuniting
• Jack inviting Casey, Wyatt, Jen, and Brick to the ranch
• Ty’s concern about Amy working with Attila
• the fact that the show decided to explore the death storyline
• Wyatt and Amy’s talk
• Amy figuring out how to get Attila stay in the crate
• Amy supporting Ty going to BC
• Georgie placing second in the show jumping competition
• Ty asking Bob to come to BC with him
• Lisa moving in with Jack
• Alan being impressed by Amy
• Ty being still amazed by Amy’s skills with horses
• Georgie being there for Wyatt
Episode low points:
• Wyatt pushing everybody away
• Lisa and Jack fighting
• Bob being jealous that everybody calls Ty not him
• Brick going missing
• the possibility that Ty is going to BC to save the wolves
Quote of the episode:
Ty: “You think you can cool him off a bit?”
Amy: “Yeah. You told Alan I could. Thanks for that by the way.”