Debbie Macomber's sweet small-town romance series Cedar Cove is now a weekly television show on Hallmark starring Andie MacDowell! Check out Rachel's recaps of the 2-hours series premiere, episode 2, episode 3, and episode 4, episode 5, episode 6, and episode 7. And now, onto her recap of episode 8, “And the Winner Is...”:
The ladies of Cedar Cove are on a mission this week: date or be dated. Judge Olivia Lockhart (Andie MacDowell) is still deeply in-like with disgruntled newspaperman Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal) – honestly, he could not be more dismissive of her beloved town if he tried, calling its news “insignificant” as he sighs wearily over his desk at the Cedar Cove Chronicle. Now, for a start, he should just consider himself lucky to have a job in the print media, but even more than that, he’s totally wrong, because there is much of interest happening in this pastel-hued hamlet at present, what with the... wait for it... Eligible Bachelor Auction and all.
That’s right, in this apparently annual event, the town’s local talent is put up for bid to raise money for the animal shelter. Olivia’s busybody mother Charlotte (Paula Shaw) is the driving force behind proceedings, and she inveigles Jack into participating with the aid of her luminous daughter’s oh-so-casual hand on Jack’s thigh. Nice work, Olivia!