Shaun Johnston shines in Sunday’s Heartland

We were left with a couple of serious questions following last week’s episode of Heartland. What would Georgie say to Adam? Was Ghost really a ghost? And, most importantly, would Ty be OK? Sunday’s new episode, “A Long Shot,” written by Pamela Pinch and directed by Canadian Screen Award winner Eleanore Lindo, answers two of three queries … and adds plenty of drama when it comes to Jack.

Here’s what CBC’s synopsis teases:

A secret from Jack’s past threatens to change his relationship with the family forever.

And here’s what we can tell you after screening Sunday’s instalment:

So, how’s Ty?
Amy was super-worried about her husband last Sunday and was losing sleep over it. She had a good reason: those dizzy spells haven’t stopped and Bob is concerned there is something really wrong with his friend. Has anyone Googled, “Diseases you can suffer from in Mongolia”? Malaria, cholera, typhoid fever, viral hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever all pop up. That’s not good.

Tim finds out about, you know
A simple conversation between Mitch and Jack turns dramatic when Tim overhears Lou’s name brought up. Tim’s always been a guy to react without thinking and Sunday is no different. As an aside, Kevin McGarry appears in Sunday’s episode of Saving Hope, showing a very different side of him than we see on Heartland.

Is Trouble too much … trouble?
A dangerous situation develops at Heartland, and Georgie calls on Trouble to come through. But is the horse too skittish to be relied on when lives are at stake?

Kari Matchett guest stars
It’s always great to see Kari Matchett on television, and she certainly makes an impact on Heartland. Her character, Claire Wallace, pays a visit with a Canadian horse she wants Amy to look at. A horse isn’t the only reason for her visit; she has some news that shakes Jack up. I’ve written this before and it still stands: Shaun Johnston doesn’t get a ton of airtime—you simply can’t on a show with such a large cast—but he makes the most of that time when he does. He’s simply fantastic in this episode.

Heartland airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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