Hallmark's Cedar Cove, based on the sweet small-town romance series by Debbie Macomber and starring Andie MacDowell, debuted last week. Check out Rachel's recap of the 2-hours series premiere here. And now, onto her recap of episode 2, “A House Divided”:
Our second episode of Cedar Cove opens all pretty scenery and pretty Olivia (Andie MacDowell), and then hey there, important new character! Unlike most everyone in the last episode, you are given a name and a job description and a marital status all within the first few moments of us meeting you. So, your name: Grace. Your job: town librarian. And your marital status: divorced, and not at all happy about it. Also, you’re played by Teryl Rothery, the erstwhile Dr. Janet Fraiser of *Stargate SG-1, so we like you already.
Grace and Olivia clearly go way back; the former comforted the latter through her long-ago divorce, just as now the favor is returned. Indeed, Olivia comforts the hell out of Grace all over town this episode—oh, and hey there, another important new character! Except we’ll have to just call you Grace’s Daughter for the present, because AGAIN with the no names. (Damn you, show! ) We do have a couple character traist, though: constant tardiness and an aversion to kitchens being painted. Plus, there is the colt-like beauty of a nascent supermodel. The Cedar Cove gene pool is a particularly blessed one.