Heartland Season 11 Episode 5 Review

The latest Heartland episode saw Lou finally returning to the ranch. However, with her she brought a slew of new problems that everybody had to deal with. On top of that, Caleb’s little misunderstanding turned out to be a blessing in disguise. While Jack and Lisa were adjusting to living together. Here is my recap of Heartland season 11 episode 5.

Warning, spoilers ahead!

Lou’s back

Probably the biggest storyline of Heartland season 11 episode 5 was the fact that Lou and Katie finally returned from New York. Yet, the joyous homecoming quickly turned into something else with Lou’s announcement that she is planning to spend all summer in New York. And that she wants Georgie to join her and Katie.

The episode began with Lou coming back to Heartland and finding out about all the changes that have happened while she was gone. Lisa moved in. Mitch is back and business partners with Jack. And Ty is in BC helping injured wolves. On top of that Tim has neglected the Dude ranch and is barely holding down the forth at Maggie’s. Which kicked Lou in high gear.

Not even being back a day she was trying to spruce up the Dude ranch, find a manager for Maggie’s, be a mom to Georgie and avoid running into Mitch. But, unfortunately, she didn’t do so well in any of these areas. The Dude ranch was still a mess. Finding a new manager for Maggie’s proved to be difficult. Georgie wasn’t on board with Lou’s plan to spend the summer in New York. And Lou definitely ran into Mitch. More than once.

Rocky beginnings, happy endings

Luckily, by the time Heartland season 11 episode 5 was over, things were looking up. After multiple false starts, Lou managed to find a new manager for Maggie’s and the Dude ranch in Jen, Casey’s sister-in-law. Lou and Georgie had a talk and they decided that Georgie will not join her and Katie in New York. But most importantly, Lou and Mitch rekindled their romance.

Yes, you read that right. At the very end of this Heartland episode, we saw Lou tell Mitch that she lied earlier when she said that she is over him. And she proceeded to express her hope that he isn’t quite over her either. Fortunately for Lou and all you Mitch and Lou fans out there, Mitch kissed her, which should be an indication enough of where they sand in their relationship. I guess this means that we will be seeing much more of Lou and Mitch on the rest of the Heartland season 11 episodes.

Horsy misunderstanding

While Lou was trying to be a super-mom, Caleb was dealing with his own problem. And, since it involved six horses and an angry Tim, Caleb did not have the easiest of times on Heartland season 11 episode 5.

Last week’s episode was the first to show Tim struggling with Caleb being his business partner. And on this week’s episode that only continued. Caleb, wanting to prove himself to Tim, bought 6 broncos. Only to discover that the horses were so cheap because they were miniature broncos. Meaning that they now had to deal with having six mini horses. Which Tim was not happy about since he already had a lot on his plate.

Caleb being Caleb decided to solve the mini horse problem by organizing a bronc riding clinic for younger kids. Yet, as good of an idea that it was, things did not go smoothly for Caleb. Firstly, Amy, who Caleb asked to help him with the kids, didn’t show up on time (which really was understandable with Ty being away and she having to care of Lyndy alone). And secondly, Caleb, lacking the confidence and experience in working with kids, did not handle the first day of the clinic well.

Fortunately, the second day was much better. All Amy had to do was be there for Caleb, and he fell into his element as a capable teacher. The kids were happy and learning. And by the end of the episode, even Tim seemed to change his mind about Caleb as his business partner.

I love these storylines of Caleb trying to prove himself to Tim and his plants going terribly wrong. They not only provide an amazing comic relief, but they also highlight a bit less-explored topic of Tim being Caleb’s idol and mentor.

Marital troubles

While the third big storyline of Heartland season 11 episode 5 was Jack and Lisa learning to live together.

Although Jack and Lisa have been married for a while now, they haven’t really lived together. So, since Lisa moved in with Jack at the end of the last episode, on this one, they finally had to learn how to co-exist in one space on daily basis. And it was a struggle.

Jack was frustrated about everything Lisa did from leaving one unwashed dish in the sink to Lisa packing up his fly-fishing stuff and turning the table that previously was dedicated to Jack’s hobby into her little home office. And it obviously got to Lisa, because she did not feel welcome by Jack.

Thankfully, at the end portion of the episode, we saw Lisa finally expressing her feelings to Jack, which made him rethink his actions. However, I am not quite sure that this will be the end of it. I just hope that Lisa moving in with Jack won’t destroy their relationship. Because, as hard as it is to live with someone else when you have spent most of your life living alone if you love someone, you will compromise your habits for them.

Last thoughts on Heartland season 11 episode 5

Remember how in my episode 2 review I mentioned that I am not looking forward to the scene of Lou and Mitch meeting again because it is going to be awkward? Well, I was right, because the scene was awkward and then some. Yet, at the same time, I also am glad that the show decided to have those awkward moments because they are so true to reality. Meeting your ex is indeed very awkward. And, since Lou and Mitch split on not the best of terms, I can imagine their reunion was even trickier.

Secondly, I also have to mention the obvious sparks that the show is trying to convey between Georgie and Wyatt. It was well established last season that Wyatt likes Georgie very much. And it looks like that is not going away anytime soon. I just wonder how long we will have to wait until they move past friendship and into a romantic relationship territory.

Thirdly, compliments to the Heartland team for that beautiful end sequence of Lou walking to Mitch. It was visually stunning. Made me feel like it was summer again. As well as perfectly complimented the scene between Lou and Mitch.

And lastly, Ty indeed was gone on Heartland season 11 episode 5. And, again we were left with only video calls between Amy and Ty. I am just wondering how many episodes Ty will be gone this time. I hope less than on last season!

Episode highlights:

• Lou and Katie finally being back on Heartland
• Casey telling Tim that he might have too much on his plate
• Lou finding out all the news of what has happened on Heartland while she was away
• Caleb and Tim’s faces when they realized that the six broncos are miniature broncos
• Georgie and Casey’s reaction to Caleb buying miniature horses
• Lou seeing the state of dude ranch
• Amy and Ty video chatting
• Tim’s opinion on kids
• Lou and Mitch’s first meeting since the season 10 finale
• Lou’s new manager interviews
• Caleb asking Amy for help with the clinic
• Amy supporting Caleb as Tim’s business partner
• Caleb’s clinic going terribly wrong
• Lou asking Jen to be Maggie’s new manager
• Caleb turning out to be a great teacher, even when teaching younger kids
• Wyatt flirting with Georgie
• Lou apologizing to Amy
• Georgie and Lou’s talk
• that end sequence with Lou walking to Mitch
• Lou and Mitch’s kiss

Episode low points:

• Ty being gone
• Lou wanting for Georgie to go to New York with her
• Amy and Lou’s fight
• Jack nagging Lisa about everything she did

Quote of the episode:
Lou: “I promise to try and be less judgmental.”
Amy: “You? Judgmental? I can’t picture it.”

Promo for Heartland season 11 episode 6:


  1. I have so enjoyed watching Heartland on Netflix, I really hope the series continues. Come to South Africa and see how bad our TV shows here are and how they are dumbed down and so drawn out. I don’t watch TV here so I am so glad to have Netflix where we can at least watch something good and intelligent.

  2. Thought i left a comment. But dont like the lou and mitch duo. Mitch needs to go and lou needs to stop acting like a teenager . Shes a mom and it sure seems she has forgotten that she is. Acting weird around georgie. Your her mom Lou. Act like a grown up please. Ugh. Lisa seems more like katies mom. Writers get your thoughts clear. The divorce with peter was also weird considering they had adopted georgie. Gees hope they change some of this. Lou growing up is a big issue

    1. There are many different kinds of people out there, Nancy. And many reasons for a person to act the way they do. And TV character or not, Lou is just a person doing the best she can to raise her daughters, run her businesses and have a personal life on top of that. Thanks for the comment, though!

      1. i love lou and mitch together, lou is a good mother, she is success driven, and that is what separates her from the so-called stereo-type wife that many seem to want her to be. she has a brilliant mind for business, high energy personality, and she is a person who is very financially motivated, makes lots of money, and there is only 24 hours in a day, and .she squeezes much more than that into each day, her family encourage her big time, without them she would never have gone to new york, it isn’t for life. it will stop at some point. i love mitch’s character, he has a nicer personality than peter, and much more understanding about lou, they just have to gradually figure out their relationship, mitch is totally honest with her, something peter wasn’t. lou is very diciplined, she is the motor that keeps heartland profitable, they need her, and what i see all the time here, are posters, who only see lou’s emotional, rather, at times, finicky, there is so much more, so muc, she needs to just do what makes her happy, and not worry about what everyone will think, just like lisa told her.

  3. Just finished watching season 10. Hated it! I don’t like Mitch and Lou acts like a desperate teenager. Dragging out this series has made it boring. No longer for adults.

    1. To each his own, Annie. Some loved season 10, while some, like you, hated it. Maybe you will like season 11 better when you get a chance to see it.

  4. Leaving to serve your country, yes. Leavinyour family, putting your life in danger and asking your wife to join you? All to rescue animals…animals, not people. Surely there are other ways to support a cause you care about. This is extreme.

    1. I beg to differ, Annie. It’s the same as when people go abroad to help people, because, animals, especially those species that are on the verge of extinction, need help too. But, of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so for some, this type of storyline could seem extreme.

  5. I agree the writers are looking it. Loved 1-9 couldn’t get enough of it. SO disappointed
    with season 10 and 11. Should of left it at 9, seems their just dragging it out.

    1. Personally, I think seasons 9 and 10 have been the show’s best yet. And I do not believe they are dragging it out, rather trying to make a TV show that covers many different family-related topics, and a father leaving for an extended trip is just one of them. We might not like it, but it’s a reality for many families all around the world, so I think it’s great that Heartland is exploring it.

  6. I agree that Ty of nine year’s, dealing with his father abandonment issue’s! This Ty would “never” leave a pregnant Amy!!!!!!! Running off with poacher, pouty, bushy bob, is against the Ty of nine year’s, in a completly unbelievable story line! Now in season ten pouty bush man, poacher bob has Ty running away from his “fatherly duties” with a baby “Lyndy” alone for Amy to stuggle with!! Totally unbelievable! The writer’s must be on something, or just drinking too much, toying with a great show!! maybe they just lost thier touch:( I’m a super fan, who is down in PUERTO RICO with the us Coast Gaurd as a swimmer, going down the line to rescue, and retrieve! I’m a retired Canadian Navy medic, who signed up with the Coast Gaurd for a year, starting with H. Harvey, because it felt right, and that is where my heart is. I’m single, no family deserted, and couldn’t wait for season 11 after a season 10 distruction!!!! Please I love this show:) Fix it please! I’ve saved more people, and when we fly back to our ship, on “sunday’s” I can’t wait for Heartland! There’s no Amy, there’s no Ty, there’s only Amy and Ty! Still with love and gratitude Lt. Comander Doug Wolfe. ( Canadian)

  7. Sickening how Amy is cool with Ty leaving to help the “wolves” this time. Ty is being more like his dad in always taking off. Although using sympathy for animals I think it’s also a means just to leave. Remember end of season 3 he left then (to find himself)but gone way longer than planned. He’s leaving now that he’s got a family shows the type of person he truly is. I hope it bites him like the Blair incident.

    1. Why are you not as cranky with Caleb, tim and jack? They would be gone for months on the rodeo circuit.
      Now it is different. For one thing he was not so far away that amy could have gone to see or be with him, like so many other traveling couples do. Also, with technology they can see and talk to each other every day if they choose. And how about the actors themselves, they leave their families for 7 months to film HL. Some take their families with them just like amy could have joined Ty.
      Imagine if Ty was in the military and had to be always from families for up to years without face time. GIVE TY A BREAK. Just like Tim and Jack, he will always come back to his family. Keep in mind Ty AND Amy have shown how love and appreciation dont stop when you are apart. If Ty went the same time to University would you feel the same. Look past the surface. A lifetime is more than a couple of months.

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