Heartland Season 14 Episode 5 Review

After a short break, Heartland was back with a new episode that saw a rehabilitation of a horse, a visit from an old mentor, and an exciting softball game.

Want to know what happened on this latest episode? Then keep on reading our recap of Heartland season 14 episode 5!

This article contains a lot of spoilers, so consider this your official spoiler warning!

Kicked out but bouncing back

The episode began with Amy visiting the herd of wild horses that are roaming around the ranch’s property. And while looking at the herd she witnessed something disturbing.

Amy saw Caz, the wild colt she was trying to gentle for the new owner of Tim’s Big River Ranch, Sam, in Heartland season 13 episode 2, brutally kick the previous leader out of the herd and almost hurt Amy in the process. Luckily, Spartan was there to protect Amy from Caz. However, the black stallion who got kicked out was left injured and alone. And being that he was an older horse, his survival chances were quickly declining.

So, Amy decided to go look for the horse the next morning. And she found him pretty quickly, however, the stallion was badly injured. Luckily, Amy managed to lead him back to Heartland and heal his wounds using an apple cider vinegar and saltwater mixture that her mom swore by.

Amber Marshall as Amy and Ava Tran as Parker on Heartland episode 1405

And that combined with some healing vibes from Parker, the stallion was on the mend. However, now that the horse was healthy again, another problem arose – it had nowhere to go since he was kicked out of his herd.

But all’s well that ends well, because after the softball game (more on that later in this article), Sam, dropped by Heartland, and Amy jumped at the chance to ask Sam if the stallion could live on his property. And who can say no to Amy and her want to do right by a horse?

So the stallion found a new home on Sam’s property. And Amy and Jack even had a moment to chat when they were leading the stallion to Big River.

When will I stop dreaming of Ty?

All through the episode, we saw Amy waking up earlier and earlier because she was dreaming about Ty. Parker even suggested that Amy go see her dad who’s a sleep therapist.

However, it looks like all Amy needed was a good, long talk with her grandfather who had some great advice to share when Amy asked Jack when will she stop dreaming of Ty.

Amy, I can’t promise that’s gonna stop, but what I can tell you is, pretty soon these dreams and memories of Ty won’t haunt you anymore, they’ll bring you comfort. And whatever is keeping you up at night right now, that’ll feel like a warm blanket.Jack

Making amends

After the crazy situation Lou found herself in the last episode, this episode saw Lou deal with a different type of crisis. Jessica Cook, who was the one that got Lou fired from the firm she worked at in New York in season 1, was coming to stay at the dude ranch.

Understandably, Lou was furious that Jessica was coming to Hudson, and staying at Lou’d dude ranch no less, like nothing ever happened. So, with a little push from Tim, Lou decided to tell Jessica just how angry she still was. But the conversation didn’t quite go how Lou had imagined it would.

After Lou went to the dude ranch and actually sat down with Jessica, Jessica not only praised Lou for what she has achieved with the Maggie’s New York franchise and now being the mayor, but actually apologized to Lou about getting her fired.

As it turns out, Jessica had cancer so she decided to leave her cutthroat businesswoman days behind and focus on her passion – photography. But, the choices she made before her diagnosis still haunted her. So now that she was in remission, Jessica wanted to make amends. And that included apologizing for what she did to Lou.

Naturally, Jessica’s confession and sudden openness surprised Lou, but in a good way. And after they talked about everything they actually were on good terms again. Lou even ended up asked Jessica for advice on something related to her mayoral duties (more on that in the next part of the article).

Michelle Morgan as Lou and Michelle Nolden as Jessica on Heartland episode 1405

The two ended up becoming friends again. And, when Jessica confessed that her stay at the dude ranch was the most peaceful she’s felt in a long time, Lou offered her to extend the stay.

So, it looks like Jessica is sticking around Hudson for now. And since in the season 14 extended trailer we saw a few moments between Tim and an unknown woman that I now realize is Jessica, we can expect her and Tim to get to know each other a bit better. We already saw some sparks between the two in this episode. And I think that this relationship will only continue to develop in the next few episodes.

Rodeo’s back in Hudson, folks

Speaking of Sam and the softball game, in this episode we saw Tim embark on a mission of his own – to rebuild the rodeo grounds.

At the start of the episode, we saw Caleb walk in on the Bartlett-Fleming clan having breakfast in the kitchen and first showing everybody a photo of Tim during the wildfire on the cover of Hudson Times and then reading another article to them about how they might have to cancel the rodeo finals since they can’t have any rodeos at the Hudson rodeo grounds until all the damage caused by the fire is fixed.

Tim, of course, wanted to get funding for the repairs from the town of Hudson. However, with all the extra money that they had to pay the big oil companies for helping fight the fires last episode, Lou realized that that just wasn’t possible. Luckily, Jessica suggested that Lou encourage Tim to find another way to raise the money for the repairs.

Maybe empower your dad to find another solution? He seems to me like the kind of guy who likes a challenge, and the chance to come out looking like the hero.Jessica

And after some brainstorming, Tim came up with the idea to throw a celebrity softball game.

Earlier, while Tim and Jack were checking the ranch’s fence line, they saw Sam practicing batting at the baseball field he had built on his property. And with a little help from Parker, they dug up that Sam was a professional baseball player who got suspended for life for gambling. So Jack and Tim went to Sam and asked if they could use his ball diamond for the fundraiser.

Sam, being the private guy that he is, initially refused. It also looked like he was still haunted by his past life as a pro ballplayer. However, Tim didn’t give up.

With a little encouragement from Jessica, he along with Jack and Caleb went back to Sam to explain how important rodeo is to Hudson. And after appealing to Sam’s feelings about Tim’s students, who are professional athletes just like Sam was, working hard to get to the rodeo finals only to be denied the chance to compete because the rodeo grounds weren’t operational, Sam agreed to host the charity event and the softball game was a go.

Tim was leading Team Rodeo consisting of Caleb, Jack, Tim’s rodeo students, and other rodeo stars. While Lou and Amy were on Team Celebrities along with an assortment of town officials, news anchors, and other media types. And although Team Rodeo put on a good fight, the celebrity team won with a little help from Sam and Jessica, who turns out, played on a National Championship Softball Team in college. 

In the end, the game raised almost 13 thousand of the 20 thousand dollars needed for the rodeo ground repairs and Sam and Tim agreed to split the shortfall. So, the rodeo grounds were well on their way to get the repairs needed in time to host the rodeo finals.

Chris Potter as Tim and Shawn Roberts as Sam on Heartland episode 1405

And when Sam went to Heartland to give Tim the check for the shortfall, he even thanked Tim and Jack for giving Sam the chance to be recognized for something other than all the mistakes he made in his past.

So, now that the stallion lives on Sam’s property, we might be seeing Sam around more. And although it is way too early for Amy to move on from Ty, there seemed to be some type of something between Sam and Amy. Or maybe (probably) I’m just reading WAY too much into things because I want Amy to be happy again.


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What do you think? Let me know in the comments below if you saw the episode!

Last thoughts on Heartland season 14 episode 5

This was also the episode that saw Parker’s dad and Jade’s mom finally return from their honeymoon which meant that Parker was packing up her bags and leaving the ranch.

It was sad to see Parker go because over the last 4 episodes she really became part of the family. But fortunately, Parker told Amy that she’s finally ready to take those riding lessons before she left. So, I don’t think that this is the last time we see Parker on Heartland.

Promo for Heartland season 14 episode 6

And here’s the promo for the next episode of Heartland, episode 1406 titled The New Normal that’s airing on February 21st:

12 Comments

  1. If that Parker character stays, I won’t watch anymore. Send they are trying to keep bringing in children to keep the audience. I watch the show for Jack &, Georgie, I quit watching when Mallory was on as I couldn’t stand her character. It’s way worse with the Parker character. NOTHING worse than a know it all kid.

  2. I think it is to soon for Amy to see other people, because what Ty and Amy had was the most beautiful and Unconditional love for each other. I am still upset why Ty left because I know his fans wanted to see Amy and Ty face the Challenges together and grow. I wanted to see the house built with that beautiful Panoramic view and watch Lynda grow up. I think with all the death and sadness we are having now, we need a Love story to pick us up. I wish you all the luck.
    Ron L

  3. I’ve said this before. I think Amy will follow in her mother’s footsteps in the fact that Marian told Victor Whitetail she only had room in her heart for one man. (Tim) I don’t see how Amy could remotely replace Ty.

    1. Maybe it is from your perspective, however it has been over a year since his passing. The show can’t continue with Amy being so heartbroken and the mourning drowning her. Ty was the love of her life, so it’s completely understandable to see how hard she is taking the loss of her husband. But in real life, and imagining Amy as a real person, who is anyone to say when it’s too soon or soon enough for a person to find love again after a loss? Is there an unknown minimum amount of time that should pass before a widow finds love again?
      Honestly I think they’re giving us some really good material to foreshadow the future of the show. Given the history of relationships on heartland, if a spark were to ignite between Sam and Amy it would be quite a while until we see things get serious. We’ll watch as Amy battles guilt for having interest in another man after losing her husband, and if she’s doing right by lyndy. Her loved ones will tell her Ty would want her to be happy and it’s okay to move on as long as she is comfortable and ready.. and that she can’t force herself to live alone the rest of her life because her husband passed away. By the time they get through all of that it will be a couple years since Ty passed.
      But we the audience want to see Amy happy again, them the producers don’t want to forget Ty so quickly either. I’m only on episode 5 here in the US right now, and I can see they’ve done an incredible job of keeping his memory alive while giving a good balance of mourning, happy memories, and healing for Amy.
      I do believe Sam’s character was brought back in the way it was so that we could see he’s working on himself and his happiness, while Amy is also working through hard times in her life. It makes sense that they will eventually end up together and that they’ll meet in the middle somewhere along their individual healing.
      But to say it’s too soon, would you say that to a real life widow if she decided to find love again? Or would you be happy for her that she’s finding happiness? You can’t judge someone by how they heal after a tragic loss or the pace that they do it. People who move on after losing a spouse do it in no way to forget their late spouses memory, but to continue with their life knowing no spouse would want to leave their loved one behind to be just as dead as they are while alive.
      Read into the John Jones story (the movie is “the last descent”) John died in a cave and his body is still there while his wife was pregnant with their second baby. His wife remarried within a few years and had another baby. She keeps John’s memory well alive and her new husband respects it and comforts her through her loss. She says she didn’t lose love for John, but his passing gave her the ability to open her heart to make room for more even more love.
      This is very common.

      I wouldn’t care if they had Amy remarried already for goodness sake. As long as they did it in a way that they’re already working towards, keeping tys memory alive and her love for him as real as ever.. and having her able to open her heart and let more love in. Doesn’t matter how much time passes, it matters what’s done in that time.
      If they have Amy start a full blown relationship with Sam this season while she’s still losing sleep and hallucinating Tys presence, that would be absurd because she’s obviously not ready as of season 5. But I’m sure they’ll have her heal more before opening up a new connection.
      And I’ll be stoked to see that for her. How interesting will it be for us viewers? All we’ve ever known is Amy and Ty, aside from Jesse in season one.. and Amheds attempts that she was unaware were a problem. But to see a new real relationship for Amy could really keep the show interesting and hopeful!

      Okay… Done with my speech ❤️ much love!

      1. As of season 14 I meant ^ I put season 5 because I had episode 5 in my head lol whoops 😬🤭

      2. Yes to all of this! You read my mind, Nikki! Amy deserves to be happy and if they can do that while also still honoring Ty’s memory I’m all for it!

  4. It’s been a year since Ty passed. I think a special friendship that could spark into a romance is a great ideal. Amy is young and smart n beautiful and Lyndy could use a father figure around. ❤ but those are my thoughts

  5. Why doesn’t Netflix go ahead and get the season 14 downloaded. The story has already been given away with all the trailers.

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