The relationship between Sully and Maggie fluctuates between tender and estranged throughout the series and the audience will soon come to learn there’s a secret from Sully’s past that is still haunting him.
While Sullivan’s Crossing beautifully captures the changing family dynamics between Maggie and Sully throughout the series, as they work through past pain and begin to form a stronger relationship, the show is also fuelled by a good old-fashioned slow-burn love story.
When Maggie arrives at Sullivan’s Crossing, she meets a mysterious man named Cal Jones who has recently arrived at the campground and does the occasional odd job for Sully. Maggie and Cal initially get off on the wrong foot after their first run-in (he thinks she’s abrasive, she thinks he’s overbearing), but over time they slowly begin to form a friendship, which leads to the start of a ‘will they won’t they’ romance.
Now, here is the other genius casting decision made by the team behind Sullivan’s Crossing, because Cal Jones is played by none other than Chad Michael Murray, a staple star of classic teen movies and TV shows from the early 2000s.
While some fans might know him best from his starring roles in movies A Cinderella Story and Freaky Friday (he also played a pivotal role on the early seasons of Gilmore Girls), his core fan base fell in love with him as the lead of the iconic teen drama series One Tree Hill, where he played Lucas Scott.
Of course, a romance between Maggie and Cal will not happen easily, thanks mostly to the fact her boyfriend, fellow doctor Andrew Mathews (Allan Hawco), is not happy that she’s back in Sullivan’s Crossing and feels increasingly threatened by Cal the more the two men spend time together.