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Justice for Cameron, the nice doctor who recognizes trouble, on “Virgin River”

It’s hard being the brand new kid. Just ask Mel Monroe. When she turns up on her behalf new job as nurse practitioner in the tiny, Northern California town of Virgin River, she’s greeted with a shotgun. Her greeter, Dr. Vernon Mullins (Tim Matheson) is her boss, though he doesn’t know it or want to buy yet, but because the fourth season of “Virgin River” is here on Netflix, Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Doc have made peace with working together and also have been friends for a long period.

Maybe that is why another new kid on the medical block comes with an easier time of it. Dr. Cameron Hayek (Mark Ghanim) has been hired by Doc to provide him and Mel a break. Doc gets older and his beloved wife Hope (Annette O’Toole) needs care following a brain injury. Meanwhile, Mel is quietly coping with issues of her very own. This wouldn’t be “Virgin River” if we didn’t have an ocean’s worth of secrets.

But despite the fact that his reception is warm, Cameron’s ending might not be. Steadfast, supportive and in the unenviable position to be the possible new angle in a lopsided romantic triangle, Cameron Hayek deserves better.

The most recent season of the comforting and vaguely traumatizing Netflix soap finds Mel secretly pregnant, either by embryos conceived with her dead husband or via her longtime boyfriend, Jack. I’m a Luke Dane apologist (and before that, aMr. Rochester one) so needless to say I’ve a soft spot for a manly bar and grill owner like Jack (Martin Henderson), an ex-Marine steadfast along with his love and fighting his feelings.

Behind such kindness you understand lurks a brief history to be hurt.

Jack and Mel experienced a typically long road to being together, more winding even compared to the way to avoid it of Virgin River’s logging camps (nothing good happens at these logging camps believe me). They’re together. They’re split up. Various people have a baby. Some, with twins.

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Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe and Mark Ghanime as Cameron in “Virgin River” (THANKS TO Netflix)

Enter the brand new guy. As Decider writes: “The complete reason for his character is usually to be anopenly hot,singledoctor.” But inGhanim’s portrayal, Cameron is a lot more than only a thorn in Jack’s rugged side. Cameron is earnest and hopeful. Despite from the city, he adapts to the slow pace of small Virgin River, quicker than Mel did to her rustic cabin. When he asks about software applications for scheduling medical appointments, and Mel tells him: “You’re gonna require a pen,” he simply smiles and says, “Right.” No city boy protests here no slicker pretensions.

Ghanim’sface reveals a bittersweet openness that borders on pain: behind such kindness in Cameron you understand lurks a brief history to be hurt(we’ll enter that). Cameron is easygoing and immediately friendly with Mel.Too friendly, in accordance with some fans.

Ever positive, almost sickeningly so, Cameron says, “By the end of each shift, I love to ask whomever I’m using what the high point of these day was.” After Mel relates a tale about psoriasis, Cameron says his high point was when Mel said he was attractive. (This made my partner, who I had roped right into a cold watch of the season’s premiere, having never seen the show before, gasp.) Mel backpedals: she was simply pointing out why the waiting room was filled with the ladies of Virgin River, hoping to obtain a glimpse of the brand new, eligible doctor.

Virgin RiverMark Ghanime as Cameron and Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan in “Virgin River” (THANKS TO Netflix)

Cameron, where were you when I was pregnant?

In Cameron’s defense, he doesn’t know Mel is partnered at that time. Once he knows, he does cool off his quest for her but he doesn’t back off from being truly a good friend.He’s got dinner with Mel and Jack, spending quite a long time alone with Jack when Mel is late; Jack isn’t probably the most sparkling of conversationalists beneath the best of circumstances, in order that can’t have already been easy. But Cameron handles everything in stride. Apeople pleaser, he really wants to be helpful.

That thoughtfulness continues when Cameron accidentally overhears that Mel is pregnant (she and Jack aren’t telling anybody yet because of past stillbirth and the complete uncertain paternity thing). Cameron says nothing to Mel; he simply quietly and obsessively stocks the fridge at the medical practice with fruit, vegetables, juice, and easy, healthy snacks, and lines the cupboards with tea. He also purchases a pricy air cleanser. Once Mel learns he knows, he offers to cover her shifts at the job or drive her to appointments.Cameron, where were you when I was pregnant?

Virgin River” is about hard subjects presented in a sweet, fantasy land where in fact the river is wide and the townspeople forgiving.

Cameron respects Mel’s decision to be with Jack, but he does say his piece: telling Mel he thinks she (and her baby) deserve much better than Jack. This presented the ire in fans, but he’s got his own known reasons for doing this, not entirely selfish ones: Cameron has experience loving someone with addiction issues.

Virgin RiverAlexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Christina Jastrzembska as Lydie and Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey as Ricky in “Virgin River” (THANKS TO Netflix)Which season, a lot more than in others, Jackhasn’t really been making their own case: never turning up to a significant family wedding because he was sleeping off a bender in his car your day he promises Mel he’ll quit drinking.”Virgin River” is focused on hard subjects presented in a sweet, fantasy land where in fact the river is wide and the townspeople forgiving, however the sight of Jack leaving pregnant Mel during intercourse as he goes outside with a bottle of whisky is rough. He constantly pushes down his emotions, will not let anyone in and acts out in destructive ways.

Nice guys have a tendency to finish last in “Virgin River.” Look at Ricky, who lost from his first love, and Preacher, who’s the hot glue holding the city together.

The story has given Jack a complete boatload of trauma to transport plus they keep piling on more, as this year reveals a mystery brother somehow everyone forgot to say? but while Jack’sPTSD-tingedbehavior rings true, would Mel continually stick with a man so unstable the complete town must go out searching for him? So unreliable, that Cameron quietly calls the morgue? Jack’s also resistant to getting help, finally agreeing to therapy by the end of the growing season after repeated urging from Mel among others who love him.

Virgin RiverMartin Henderson as Jack Sheridan and Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in “Virgin River” (THANKS TO Netflix)

Showy displays of romance mean little without day-to-day dependability.

Nice guys have a tendency to finish last in “Virgin River.” Look at Ricky, who lost from his first love, and Preacher, who’s the hot glue holding the city together(not forgetting Jack’s Bar) whilenever having romanticor personal fulfillment of their own. Will Cameron be another casualty, the steady voice of reason on an unreasonable show? Cameron’s sensible words to Mel (“You are going to need someone it is possible to count on . . . You need to think about your own future”) have mostly been drowned out by Jack’s big gestures. Butshowy displays of romance mean little without day-to-day dependability.Personally, I’d trade every fairy-lit Airstream on the planet for a person who turns up if they say they’ll.

One last vote and only Cameron? He’s emotionally mature enough to learn when to avoid talking, so when to bow out. He’s honest about his feelings for Mel: “I value you. Perhaps a little bit a lot more than I will.” But he knows he can’t work professionally alongside her feeling how he does (about her, about Jack), and agrees to leave. Like the majority of best-laid plans in the city of Virgin River, it doesn’t quite workout.


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It can not be easy to enter into orbit of a recognised and beloved (if problematic) pair, to possibly make an effort to come between them. But Cameron reminds Mel she’s options. It generally does not need to be Jack. It generally does not need to be anyone. Mel can choose herself. So when for Cameron? One viewer comes with an idea:

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