The third season of “Virgin River” ended on a cliffhanger when Denny Cutler (Kai Bradbury) revealed that he was Doc Mullins’ (Tim Matheson) grandson. The problem? Doc had no idea he had a grandson or even a child. There are no children between Doc and his wife Hope (Annette O’Toole).
The fourth season of “Virgin River,” which debuted on July 20, delves into Denny’s past and raises the possibility of his future, which has a unique twist. Denny’s actions at first look a little odd, but all becomes clear in due course.
All of Denny’s secrets, which will undoubtedly be further explored in Season 5, are revealed below.
What Is Wrong with Denny in Season 4 of Virgin River?
Denny went to Doc’s residence at the beginning of the new season to identify himself as his grandson. He said that Vernon had informed him about his grandmother, Rose Miller, and that Rose was one of Doc’s prior loves.
Rose’s sister had informed Doc that Rose was deceased, but in reality, she was still alive and had given birth to a son, who later had Denny. Doc was delighted to have another family member in town after he learned the truth and introduced him to Lizzie (Sarah Dugdale).
Denny May Be Hiding a Condition
Denny continually asks questions in strange and suspect ways throughout season 4, and while some people think he’s trying to con Doc Mullins, the truth is that he’s actually trying to conceal a medical condition.
Despite the fact that Lizzie and Denny are obviously attracted to one another, Denny keeps pushing her away whenever she tries to advance their budding romance.
In addition, Mel catches Denny breaking into the clinic’s medical cabinet, and Lizzie later discovers a vial of pills in his room.
Why Is Denny in Virgin River in Trouble?
In episode 12, Lizzie learns that Denny has Huntington’s illness, which he has been dealing with. Huntington’s disease is a degenerative ailment that, over time, prevents some regions of the brain from functioning normally. It is typically fatal after about 20 years.
It is typically passed down from one’s parents, as Denny probably did from his father, Ryan. Huntington’s disease can result in trouble focusing, memory loss, melancholy, and mood changes, according to the NHS website in the UK. In its later phases, it can also make it difficult to speak, move, or breathe.
According to WebMD, clonazepam (marketed under the brand name Klonopin) is used to prevent and control seizures and panic attacks by calming the brain and nerves. The bottle of the medication that Lizzie discovered was originally prescribed to Denny’s father, but he has been using the medication himself to treat his symptoms.
Denny’s illness is the cause of his persistent pushing away of Lizzie since he doesn’t want to damage her as his condition worsens.