‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 9 Episode 8 Recap: Nathan Arrests Mei Sou

The celebrations continue in the latest episode of When Calls the Heart Season 9. Unfortunately, Mei Sou misses out on most of the Hope Valley Days fun when she winds up behind bars in the April 24 episode of the Hallmark Channel series.

​​[Warning: This article contains spoilers for When Calls the Heart Season 9 Episode 8, “Hope Valley Days: Part 2.”]

Mei Sou reveals the truth about her relationship with Geoffrey in ‘When Calls The Heart’ Season 9 Episode 8 

Geoffrey Lewis (Chris Cope), who claims he’s Mei Sou’s (Amanda Wong) husband, is still hanging around Hope Valley. Nathan (Kevin McGarry) isn’t sure what to make of her claims that she’s not really married, especially given that Geoffrey has produced a marriage license that looks legit. 

Nathan confronts Mei, and she finally reveals the full story. She apprenticed for Geoffrey while in school and later took a job at his pharmacy. But Geoffrey turned out to be a Grade-A creep who wanted more than friendship. Mei refused his advances, but that didn’t stop him from telling people they were married. She fled to Hope Valley to escape him, but he followed her. Nathan believes her story, but that’s not enough. He needs to find proof that Geoffrey is lying.

Hickam isn’t ready to forgive Lee 

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Lee (Kavan Smith) has discovered the power – and the peril – of the written word. Though he relished sharing his unvarnished opinions in Valley Voice editorials, he’s now facing the consequences. Hickam (Ben Rosenbaum), who’s struggled to find his footing as Hope Valley’s new mayor, has been hurt by his persistent criticism. Lee tries to patch things up with his friend, but Hickam isn’t so ready to forgive and forget. Even Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) admits she underestimated the impact the paper would have.

Nathan arrests Mei Sou  

Nathan sitting behind out-of-focus Mike Hickam in 'When Calls the Heart' Season 9 Episode 8
Kevin McGarry in ‘When Calls the Heart’ | ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

Geoffrey refuses to give up on his attempts to get Mei to return with him to Chicago. First, he saunters into Nathan’s ​​office and demands that the Mountie arrest Mei, as he’s ordering a cup of coffee. Nathan balks, but Geoffrey threatens to make trouble​​. Nathan reluctantly puts Mei behind bars. 

If there’s a silver lining to Mei being in jail, it’s that it gives her and Nathan a chance to spend more time together. He reveals he’s writing a telegram to Chicago in an attempt to clear her name, and she leans in to thank him. It almost looks like they might kiss, and Nathan certainly looks a little disappointed when things don’t go that way. 

Nathan might not get a kiss, but he does get a big hug later in the episode when he finds evidence that Geoffrey is actually married – but not to Mei. He abandoned his real wife back in Illinois. Faced with the truth, Geoffrey slinks off, hopefully for good. 

Bill has a surprise for Hope Valley

Elizabeth standing next to Lucas, who is holding Little Jack, in 'When Calls the Heart' Season 9 Episode 8
Erin Krakow, Hyland Goodrich, and Chris McNally in ‘When Calls the Heart’ | ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

Faith (Andrea Brooks) has been urging Bill (Jack Wagner) to go to Union City for a chest X-ray, but he’s been brushing her off. But his health is worsening. As soon ​​as he pulls out that handkerchief during a coughing fit, it’s obvious we’re going to see a shot of it speckled with blood. That incident is enough to get Bill to pay another visit to the doctor, but he’s still downplaying his symptoms. (A cracked rib from his earlier scuffle with Geoffrey isn’t helping things.) 

Faith gives him a bottle of cough syrup and tells him to take it as needed. But Bill takes too much of the medicine and ends up high as a kite. It’s amusing to see him sprawled out in the other jail cell and commiserating with Mei about ​​his ex-wife. But let’s hope his health problems aren’t too serious. 

Despite everything, Bill still finds the time to pull off something special for Hope Valley Days. He’d told everyone he was planning an April Fool’s surprise, but he’s actually arranged to have a Christmas tree set up in the center of town. It’s a hit with everyone in Hope Valley, and also likely to put a smile on the face of fans, who have missed When Calls the Heart’s annual holiday specials the last few years. 

What else happened in this episode of ‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 9 

Elsewhere in this episode of When Calls the Heart

  • Lucas (Chris McNally) takes over Elizabeth’s (Erin Krakow) class for the day and discovers he has a gift for teaching. 
  • Allie is ready for Nathan to settle down. Apparently, she wants a little brother or sister, he tells Elizabeth and Lucas. That’s followed by a nice moment where Nathan says he realized love “can’t be forced, only freely given.” 
  • Elizabeth helps a woman who runs a rural school. 
  • Ned shares more lessons about Hanukkah, which he says “is about hope and miracles.” 
  • Lee truly deserves the husband of the year award for letting Rosemary dress him up as Romeo, complete with unfortunate bangs. 

The next episode of When Calls the Heart Season 9 airs Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. 

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