Virgin River blunder: Fans realise Ricky’s dream job doesn’t make sense ‘Full of mistakes’

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The second season of Netflix’s wistful new romance introduced newcomer Lizzie (played by Sarah Dugdale) to the small town of Virgin River, who quickly took a liking to local bartender, Ricky (Grayson Gurnsey). Unfortunately, Ricky’s aspirations to join the Marine Corps fell under the scrutiny of some baffled fans of the series.

Virgin River’s secretive couple Lizzie and Ricky may be in need of a wakeup call when the series returns for its third outing.

Lizzie arrived in town at the start of the drama’s second season to stay with her aunt Connie (Nicola Cavendish).

Her rebellious niece soon struck up a relationship with the young staff member of Jack’s Bar, Ricky, who struggles to fit in with the locals.

Although Lizzie takes advantage of Ricky in order to steal alcohol from the bar, they eventually develop a close bond and their romance becomes more serious as the series progresses.

Ricky opens up to Lizzie at one point and confesses his aspirations to join the Marine Corps as a medic once he graduates from high school.

While his new girlfriend is impressed by his admirable dream occupation, fans soon realised this vital character detail featured a fundamental flaw.

User plutoniumwhisky posted on Reddit: “Ricky said he wants to be a medic in the Marine Corps, but that is impossible.

“First, they are corpsmen not medics, and they actually serve in the Navy, with the USMC.”

Both the US Navy and Marines employ corpsmen, not medics, who are also trained as soldiers who work as first responders in active combat zones as well as military hospitals.

Ricky may have chosen the profession to serve the military without having to see combat, but it seems he has completely misunderstood his chosen profession.

The fan then asked: “So is this a goof by the writers, or does it show that Ricky hasn’t done his homework?”

Virgin River will be returning for a third season, so there may be a chance Ricky does a little more research and discovers what the job would actually entail.

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Unfortunately, as those who have also read Robyn Carr’s original series of books will attest, it seems more likely that the writers of the series simply didn’t do the research in this instance.

Another viewer replied: “The books are full of mistakes like this. Don’t even get me started on Mel’s nursing.”

The first season debuted in 2019 with Virgin River’s new arrival Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) taking up a position as the town’s local midwife and nurse practitioner.

Although she has already helped several of the townsfolk in the first two seasons, some of Carr’s medical knowledge later in the series left a lot to be desired.

One more fan responded: “Oh Lord her nursing is so bad. So so bad. Some of her medical advice would literally kill. It’s terrible.

“Not to mention her utter lack of professionalism in terms of sharing patient info etc.”

As season three is expected to hit Netflix later this year, it’s hoped the writers have been able to clear up some of these errors before fans start to get increasingly frustrated with the series.

Virgin River is available to stream on Netflix.

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