Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6 Recap – what is Hope’s plan to save Virgin River from the wildfire?

By Adam Lock
Published: September 7, 2023
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Netflix series Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6 Recap


“Heroes Rise” may just be the best installment from the entire series to date. The episode is brimming with tension, plot twists, and feel-good town camaraderie. All this is topped off with an emotionally raw finale as Mel and Jack are reunited.

We recap the Netflix series Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6, “Heroes Rise,” which contains significant spoilers.

“Heroes Rise” may be the best episode of Virgin River yet, but it is certainly the high point of the season so far, which continues to go from strength to strength. The sixth episode carries on the wildfire narrative as the firefighters and the townsfolk work together to save Virgin River from destruction.

Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6 Recap

Picking up where the previous episode ended, Mel rushes into Lilly’s home to rescue Ava and the baby Chloe. The house has caught on fire, and Ava is found passed out on the floor.

Jack isn’t far behind, racing to Mel’s aid. Together, they help rescue Ava and Chloe before the burning building falls down completely. Jack goes back to save the farm animals while Mel takes Ava and Chloe to the clinic.

What happens to Doc’s vision?

Meanwhile, Doc and Cameron see to Jay, the firefighter who is in a critical condition. Cameron performs CPR, whilst Doc readies a crucial needle injection. His vision betrays him though during this operation and Cameron has to take over. Doc sees black spots in the center of his vision. His greatest secret has finally been revealed.

Cameron is rightfully concerned about Doc and his efficiency, but there is no time to address the issue just yet. Jay needs taking to a hospital immediately. They wait on a medevac team and argue the matter anyway. Muriel interrupts this argument as Mel and the gang arrive.

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Mel is worried Ava and Chloe may have cyanide poisoning and asks for them both to be monitored. Doc confesses to Mel about his sight problems. Elsewhere, Muriel and Cameron discuss the secret further. Muriel apologizes for keeping it from Cameron.

Jack is then reunited with Mel. Lilly’s farm has burnt to the ground, but he managed to save the animals. The couple embrace, although Mel doesn’t have time to tell Jack the crushing truth about her miscarriage.

How are Lizzie and Denny saved?

Back at Jack’s Bar, Hope stresses about Lizzie and Denny’s safety. But Bert is to the rescue. He clears a path for them with his truck and soon the whole gang are reunited. The Chief thanks Hope for all of her support. Nick agrees to work alongside Hope moving forward.

The Chief orders the citizens to stay in the bar for the time being. He admits that many homes have been lost, but he plans to save as many as possible.

Hope asks for the incident commander’s number, as she plans on convincing them to loan the town some water planes.

Those planes quickly become a priority as the fire jumps the river and makes its way to Jack’s Bar. Brady takes command and orders the team to dig a backfire to save the bar. Preacher is against Brady’s plans, but Jack agrees to the scheme regardless.

What is Hope’s plan to save Virgin River?

Now the bar needs to be evacuated too. Hope takes charge and orders the citizens to head to the designated safety zone at the kid’s camp. Amidst all of the commotion, Hope formulates her own plan to save the town. With Jack’s help, she manages to convince Charlie to loan them one of his planes.

With the entire town now in evacuation mode, Denny goes to the clinic to warn the staff there. Doc doesn’t want to move his patient, though and agrees to stay behind with Cameron. Mel heads to the safety zone with Ava and Chloe.

The firefighters and Kaia eventually show up at Jack’s Bar and take over. Later that day, the crowds cheer at the safety zone as Jack flies Charlie’s plane over the fire, dispersing water as he goes. This will be the first of many drops.

Nick congratulates Hope on her master plan. He agrees to resign as mayor so that Hope can be reinstated.

During the episode, we also see the fire from Brie’s perspective over in Sacramento. She nervously watches with Mike and her mother. This subplot gives Brie a chance to further bond with Mike and finally make amends with her own mom. She is relieved to hear the next day that there have been no casualties in Virgin River.

Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6 Ending Explained

The fire eases, and Jack’s Bar is officially saved. Preacher apologizes to Brady, now accepting that the backfire helped to save the bar. He asks the local firefighters if Kaia is alright. Preacher is informed that Kaia is safe, and her husband Jay is being medevacked as we speak. Preacher is shocked to hear that Kaia is married.

The episode ends with Doc and Hope being reunited, ready to discuss Doc’s eyesight problems further. Then Jack and Mel are reunited at the safety zone. Mel breaks down, struggling to tell Jack the awful news that she has miscarried again.

What did you think of Netflix’s Virgin River Season 5 Episode 6? Comment below.

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