Did Jamie Lynn Spears leave Sweet Magnolias?

Episode 101 of SWEET MAGNOLIAS Cr. ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2020
Episode 101 of SWEET MAGNOLIAS Cr. ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2020 /
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Sweet Magnolias season 2 has finally arrived on Netflix nearly two years after its first season debuted back in 2020 and the series wastes no time in pulling viewers back in with its perfect blend of feel-good stories, romance and small-town drama!

If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you’ve just begun watching the new season and are questioning whether original cast member Jamie Lynn Spears is still on the show or if she departed the series after its first season.

Warning: The following post contains minor spoilers for Sweet Magnolias season 2. If you’re hoping to avoid spoilers, this might be a good time to bookmark this piece for reading after you’ve finished the season. 

To recap, Jamie Lynn Spears plays Noreen Fitzgibbons, a nurse in the small town who had an affair with town doctor Bill Townsend which led to an unexpected pregnancy. Looking to do right by Noreen, Bill left his wife of several years, Maddie Townsend, and proposed to Noreen.

Towards the end of season 1, Noreen decides to leave Serenity (and Bill) with our final shot of her in the season being one of her packing up her car and leaving town. This seemed to suggest the character might not return in season 2, but is that truly the case?

Did Noreen leave Sweet Magnolias?

Although Noreen was last seen in season 1 leaving Serenity after deciding to call off her engagement to Bill, we can confirm Jamie Lynn Spears will be back as Noreen in season 2 of Sweet Magnolias.

In fact, during the offseason, Spears was promoted to a series regular on the show meaning she should have an even larger role this season… even if she does happen to miss a few of the new season’s earlier episodes.

When does Jamie Lynn Spears return in Sweet Magnolias season 2?

After missing the first two episodes of season 2, Jamie Lynn Spears finally returns as Noreen in the third episode of Sweet Magnolias season 2. As it turns out, while her character was not seen on-screen during the first two episodes of the season, Noreen had been keeping in touch with Kyle following his accident and it was actually a call from Kyle that led her to return to town.

The good news is after Noreen returns in episode 3, she appears regularly across the remainder of the season and has quite an interesting and enjoyable story arc following her return!

Sweet Magnolias season 2 is streaming now on Netflix. 

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