- "You ride horses, you fall off. You fall off, then you get hurt, but you always get back on."
- — Tim
After a terrible accident in the rodeo he uses pills and alcohol to re-habilitate. Jack is horrified by his behaviour and kicks him out of the house when Lou and Amy are 15 and 5 respectively. After Marion's death he starts working at Big River, a neighbouring ranch to Heartland, which he later buys.
Not much is known about Tim's background. Tim Fleming married Marion Bartlett in the early 80s, and Lou was born shortly afterward. Tim and Marion fought a lot right after Lou was born. They seemed to get on well for most of Lou's childhood. Tim would always push Lou to her farthest point, till she couldn't go farther. He spent most of Lou's childhood on the rodeo circuit, getting numerous injuries in the process and traveling a lot. When Lou was 10, Amy was born. When Amy was 5, he got in a bulldogging accident at the Calgary Stampede. He spent several weeks in the hospital, where he ended up getting addicted to pain medication and alcohol. He ended up spending months in rehab, and divorcing Marion. He spent some time working in the oil rigs, which is when we can guess Shane was conceived. It wasn't until Marion died that he got in contact with his daughters again. He and Jack have some troubles; when Tim and Marion split, Jack was mad and has not gotten along with Tim very well since then.
Season 1We first see Tim at Marion's funeral, although he keeps his distance and stays at his car. He writes to Lou and is happy when she meets him and catches up, though she warns him that Jack and Amy aren't ready to see him or forgive him yet.(Coming Home) Tim bumps into Lou in town and she invites him to the open house. He goes to the barn and visits Pegasus as he heard he was ill and he's happy he's doing better. He meets Ty and when Jack arrives he kicks him out. (Breaking Free) Tim sees Amy when she's out for a ride with Spartan. He later meets up with Lou who asks him about the letter he wrote to Marion. He tells her that he was surprised that she received as she never talked to him about it. She tells him that she's disappointed that he never came to the open house. He explains that he was there but Jack never told her. He also asks about Amy and her horse and tells her that he works at Big River now. He goes to visit Jack and yell at him for not telling the girls that he was at the open house. This then brings up the issue of him not telling them about what happened years ago when he kicked him out after his accident. Tim's out on a ride when he spots Spartan, when he goes further he sees that Amy is unconscious. He tries to get to her by crossing the creek but gets caught up in the current and gets swept away. When Jack and Lou arrive he shouts to them to let them know where Amy is. (Taking Chances) Tim is working as a trail boss on a cattle drive, when Jack shows up it gives him an opportunity to point score against him. He teases him constantly and tells him to take an easy path. He stumbles upon Jack and Ty where they have set up a camp in the woods. He helps bandage Ty's ribs and shares his sandwiches, which Jack declines. They start arguing again when Tim tells Jack that recently whenever he's around he has helped like with Ty and when Amy got hurt which leads to them physically fighting. In the morning, they get the cows back to the group and Ty thanks his for his help last night. (Come What May) At work, Tim comes across Amy on a ride, they are both awkward with each other and he continues working. He calls her later and tries to arrange a lunch date, she says she will call him. After not receiving a call he finds Amy at Maggie's, they talk and arrange lunch for 12 on Sunday. When Amy fails to show, she calls him to apologise they instead organise a trail ride one day after school. They finally meet up and both admit they're nervous with each other and go for a ride. (Out of the Darkness) Tim is working with the mustangs that wondered too far, he gets Jack, Ty and Scott to help. When Wes and Ty start fighting he tells Jack to take him home and gets Wes to stop. He later finds Ty at Maggie's to tell him he heard about what happened at the feed lot and has since fired Wes. When Amy arrives he tells her he wants to see her again, backed into a corner she invites hi to the Ranch on Saturday and he accepts. (Born to Run) When Tim arrives for lunch he brings a horse, Payback, for Amy to work with. He asks Amy about Spartan and her jumping. Lou tries to talk to Tim about her new idea for a corporate equine retreat which Tim likes. Then he changes conversation to continue to ask Amy about jumping. After dinner they head to the arena to see Amy jump, when they talk about Marion he goads Lou into jumping. When she does it she walks off and Amy explains she's scared. He tries to talk to Lou but she doesn't want to. When they return to Heartland Tim sees the cow Ty found and tied up with Payback to help his fear of cows. He comes back a few days later to see the progress with the horse. He ells Amy to ride him and pushes her until she ends up falling off. He rushes to her as does Lou who berates him for always pushing people to impress him, she finally admits to him that she got scared of horses after his accident. (Thicker Than Water) Tim bumps into Lou in Maggie's and apologises. She tells him that she has been offered an interview in New York. After Jack ends up in hospital, he arrives to comfort Amy and Lou. He later offers Lou the money they need for the repairs on the barn as Jack wakes up and tells him he can't buy his way back into the family. As they're leaving the hospital with Jack he sees Wes and remembers what happened. Tim helps catch him and he ends up getting arrested. (Rising from Ashes) Tim arrives at Heartland to see Amy, he apologises for not making the Hudson Show. He gives her Marion's schooling ring on a chain, she had given it to him when he went on the rodeo circuit for good luck. He goes to the Fall Finale just in time to see Amy win. he then goes to the ranch for the party, he's pretty happy when Jack lets him in. (Coming Together)
Season 2Tim and Lou are celebrating that they got the bank loan for the Corporate Equine Retreat. They go to Maggie's to celebrate and talk over the plans, he asks if she's told Jack but she says she was waiting for the loan to come through. They head back to Heartland and talk about the building work as Jack arrives and overhears. Tim decides to leave Lou and Jack to have it out. Jack finds Tim to complain about him and Lou going behind his back. Jack decides to give Lou and Tim 2 conditions; 1. They build the cabins out of sight of him 2. Lou never ask him to take people on a trail ride. At Amy's party Tim tells her how much it means to him that she gave him a second chance and that he's going to make up for the lost time. (Ghost Horse) Tim arrives at Heartland to deliver Amy her late birthday present, Storm. He later bumps into Lou in town and gives her a gift, their blueprints for the cabins for the Dude Ranch. Jack goes to see Tim to talk to him about trying to make up for all the lost years with Storm. Amy talks to Tim and tells him that she doesn't think she can get to the next level, of professional jumping with Storm, because she doesn't have enough time. He convinces her she does and he'll help. He see's Jack again at Maggie's and tells him he knows why he's really pushing against the Dude Ranch, because Tim's involved, he tells him he'll be a silent partner and should let Lou build. He's later helping coach Amy and Storm. (Letting Go) Tim is watching Amy and Storm at a jumping show, Val compliment shim on the horse but reminds him that Ashley will still beat Amy. Ashley wins and Amy comes in 3rd, he convinces her that she should join the A-Circuit, she agrees but doesn't seem sure. Lou shows Tim around the new cabins at the Dude Ranch, she points out all the little comforts which Tim disagrees with. he tells her the most important thing is the horses and gives her a friend's number for some high end horses. Tim coaches Amy for a jumping practice, when they're done Caleb asks for some pointers and shows him what he can do, leading to Shorty getting injured. Tim plays down the incident to Lou but she tells him that he was showing off for him. At their next training session, Tim sets up a high jump but Amy stops because she's never jumped that high. He tells her that is what's needed for the next level, reluctantly he tells her that they'll build up to it. Lou shows Tim the horses at the sanctuary she wants to get, Tim is adamant they need good horses for a good reputation. He gets angry saying that he's unsure if they should be partners. Amy wins her next show but isn't happy about it. She and Tim talk and she finally tells him that he's been pushing and she can't do everything. She tells him that she can't jump anymore and he tells her to sell the horse before storming off, witnessed by Jack. Jack goes to find Tim furious, he tells him that he's the one who's been gone for 10 years, he can't turn up now and tell his daughter's what to do with their future. He realises that he wants them to do their best, and wished he had someone to push him when he was younger. Amy tells him that she sold Storm and tries to give him back his money, he tells her that the horse was a gift so the money's hers. He later, tells Lou that he wants to be partners and they officially open the Dude Ranch. (Gift Horse) Tim attends the cattle drive and makes fun of Jack's new saddle so Jack introduces him to Callie Philips to get rid of him. Callie and Tim stat talking and are enjoying time together, when she's unsure about crossing the river. Tim helps her out by getting her onto his horse with him and ponying her horse across. He later, talks to Amy and tells her that he likes Callie, proving an awkward conversation for them both. He tells Callie that he likes her and asks her to dance, but wants to do so away from Amy so they dance in the trailer. When they're preparing to leave he manages to get Callie's number to keep in touch with her. When he gets back to Heartland he informs Jack and Lisa that he has bought Big River. (Dancing in the Dark) Tim prepares for the trail ride with Lou's guests, her friends from New York. On the trail ride all the girls get into an argument and start putting each other down. Lauren later talks to Tim and starts second guessing everything and kisses him, he pushes her away awkwardly. (Corporate Cowgirls) Tim is helping out organise the rodeo as he's now a part of the rodeo committee. Jack is annoyed when he doesn't take his responsibilities seriously, he needs to help set up and is in charge of the entries. Caleb goes to see him to change the name of his partner, when he tells Tim it's Amy he's furious and starts to take the mick out of Caleb, stopping Caleb from putting Amy's name down. He goes to Heartland and sees Amy practising roping with Ty and is angry that Amy said she didn't have time for jumping but has time for roping. He admits that he's upset she didn't ask for his help with one of his events. At the rodeo, Tim apologises to Amy and tells her that next time she tries something she can ask for his help. (Sweetheart of the Rodeo) Tim interrupts Lou and Mark at Maggie's complaining about the paperwork for his cattle. Mark tries to convince him that it's important in case his cows get stolen it makes them easier to trace, not convincing Tim. Tim sees Caleb out riding the fence and offers him a job watching his cattle. Tim and Jack attend a ranchers meeting at Maggie's. Mark tells them all that they need to work together since they haven't got the man power at the RCMP. He ensures them never to get in between a rustler and their cattle. Tim isn't happy with any of Mark's suggestions and keeps interrupting. Mark tells them if something happens to call the hotline. After the meeting, Jack talks to Tim, he's worried about Ty and Caleb getting caught with the rustlers. He goes to Heartland to see Amy, she's annoyed that he's taken Caleb and Ty away from their work at the ranch. She admits she's upset that Tim moved in next door and still doesn't know what's going on in her life. Jack meets Tim, after Ashley tells him about the truck she's found, Jack worries about he boys and Tim about his cows. They head to Big River and attempt to intercept the rustlers. They all point guns at each other. When Amy runs across the field to get to Tim, one of the rustlers aims his gun at her, Tim jumps in front of her taking the bullet. (Showdown!) Tim is happy at Heartland ringing his bell to be waited on from his bed. He's surprised when Callie arrives, he tells her that he lost 60 head and she tells him that she's confused because everyone's acting like he didn't tell them about her. He suggests she stay at the Dude Ranch for the night but Lou doesn't think it's a good idea. Tim misinterprets that Lou is giving Callie her room for the night. He rings his bell again the next day, and Lou suggests he walk to the kitchen himself. She asks about Callie and he says nothing is going on, he asks about Amy because he hasn't seen her for days. Tim calls Jack in and thanks him for letting him stay at Heartland, he tells him that he's moving back to Big River with Callie. Callie and Tim argue when she finds out that he's never told anyone about them and leaves. Amy finally goes to talk to Tim and tells him to call Callie since she makes him happy. She admits that she feels guilty and blames herself for him getting hurt, he tells her not to blame herself. He calls Callie to apologise and she comes back to make up. (True Enough) When Tim runs into Lou at Maggie's she persuades him to come to the meeting to help fight against Bedford Oil. He goes by Heartland to give Lou advice before her meeting. He tells her that the oil rigs saved his life and if he had oil now he would sell since his cattle have been stolen. Lou becomes furious that it's all about money for him. Tim attends the meeting and is inspired by Lou's speech. He leads the local ranchers and organises a truck road block to stop Bedford Oil getting through. (Seismic Shifts)
Lou has some great memories with Tim, before he left. She hasn't seen him for 10 years until after Marion died. She reaches out to him and tries to integrate him back into their lives. Things get off to a rocky start when she has to admit to him that after his accident she became scared of horses. A fact she's been trying to hide from him.
Amy was 5 when Tim left, after Marion died she says how little she remembers of him and is shocked when Lou says she's been in touch with him. When she learns he's close by she can't build up the nerve to see him yet. When the opportunity for Amy and Tim to spend time together comes up, she has to admit to him that she's nervous and it takes a few tries before she's able to actually meet up with him for a trail ride. When Tim first comes to the ranch Amy makes Lou promise to do all the talking because she's nervous around Tim still. As they start talking about horses and jumping they start to become more comfortable around each other. Amy has difficulty adjusting to having her dad in her life, when he gets her a professional jumping horse for her birthday she finds it hard when she has to tell him she doesn't have time to jump at the next level. She doesn't want to disappoint him and finds it hard to say no to him.
Jack and Tim are very hostile with each other, they have a difficult past; Jack kicked Tim out after his accident when he got addicted to pills and booze. He has never forgiven Tim for what he put his daughter and family through. When Tim is the trail boss at a round-up they argue the whole time and leads to a physical fight.
Ty starts off trying to impress Tim after he learns he was a rodeo star.
Jack introduces Tim to Callie, the daughter of Ray Philips (owner of Big River), they start to get close and Tim starts talking to her about the business she has recently inherited. They swap phone numbers and agree to keep in touch. After Tim gets shot, Callie turns up and tries to help look after him, much to the surprise of everyone since Tim never told them they were dating. After they argue he calls her to apologise and she comes back to help him at Big River.
Tim was an ex-rodeo star, he competed in bulldogging, roping and broncs. 10 years prior to Marion's death he had a bad accident. He was bulldogging and when he couldn't anticipate the steer's moves, Pegasus fell and nearly landed on him during his dismount. He ended up with his whole body in traction. He struggled for a long time so relied on pills and alcohol. When he didn't stop Jack kicked him out of the house and he didn't see his family until Lou reached out to him after Marion's death.
Tim mentions to Lou that after Jack kicked him out he went to Fort St. John to work on the oil rigs. He managed to save a lot of money doing so before he came back.
Big River Cattle Rancher
After Marion dies he gets a job at Big River ranch, one of the neighbouring ranches to Heartland. He works for Ray Philips, until his death and his daughter, Callie, informs him about her idea for selling to developers. He later reveals that she sold Big River to him.
Lou and Tim decide to go into business together to build a corporate equine retreat a "Dude Ranch" at the Heartland property. Jack makes them agree to put the cabins somewhere he can't see it. They again, but heads with Jack when he puts up a fight of where the cabins should be built. He eventually gives in and tells Lou she can re-build his grandfather old bunkhouses to use as the cabins. Lou and Tim have some teething problems at the start, they both have a difference of opinion and are eventually able to agree and move forward with ideas for the Dude Ranch.
Owner of Big River
He works for Ray Philips, until his death and his daughter, Callie, informs him about her idea for selling to developers. He later reveals that she sold Big River to him.
|Heartland, Season 1|
|#01||"Coming Home"||#02||"After the Storm"||#03||"Breaking Free"|
|#04||"Taking Chances"||#05||"The Best Laid Plans"||#06||"One Trick Pony"|
|#07||"Come What May"||#08||"Out of the Darkness"||#09||"Ghost from the Past"|
|#10||"Born to Run"||#11||"Thicker Than Water"||#12||"Rising From Ashes"|
|Heartland, Season 2|
|#01||"Ghost Horse"||#02||"Letting Go"||#03||"Gift Horse"|
|#04||"Dancing in the Dark"||#05||"Corporate Cowgirls"||#06||"Holding Fast"|
|#07||"Sweetheart of the Rodeo"||#08||"Summer's End"||#09||"Showdown!"|
|#10||"True Enough"||#11||"Starstruck!"||#12||"Divorce Horse"|
|#13||"Seismic Shifts"||#14||"Do or Die"||#15||"Dark Horse"|
|#16||"The Ties That Bind"||#17||"Full Circle"||#18||"Step By Step"|
|Heartland, Season 3|
|#01||"Miracle"||#02||"Little Secrets"||#03||"Man's Best Friend"|
|#04||"The Haunting of Hanley Barn"||#05||"Glory Days"||#06||"Growing Pains"|
|#07||"The Starting Gate"||#08||"The Fix"||#09||"Broken Arrow"|
|#10||"Eye of the Wolf"||#11||"Catch and Release"||#12||"The Reckoning"|
|#13||"Quarantine"||#14||"The Happy List"||#15||"Second Chances"|
|#16||"Spin Out"||#17||"Ring of Fire"||#18||"In the Cards"|
|Heartland, Season 4|
|#01||"Homecoming"||#02||"What Dreams May Become"||#03||"Road Curves"|
|#04||"Graduation"||#05||"Where the Truth Lies"||#06||"Win, Place or Show"|
|#07||"Jackpot!"||#08||"One Day"||#09||"Local Hero"|
|#10||"Mood Swings"||#11||"Family Business"||#12||"Lost Song"|
|#13||"The Road Home"||#14||"Leap of Faith"||#15||"The River"|
|#16||"Never Surrender"||#17||"Burning Down the House"||#18||"Passages"|
|Heartland, Season 5|
|#01||"Finding Freedom"||#02||"Something in the Night"||#03||"What's in a Name?"|
|#04||"Beyond Hell's Half Mile"||#05||"Never Let Go"||#06||"The Slippery Slope"|
|#07||"Over the Rise"||#08||"Nothing for Granted"||#09||"Cover Me"|
|#10||"Trust"||#11||"Fool's Gold"||#12||"Road to Nowhere"|
|#13||"Aftermath"||#14||"Working On A Dream"||#15||"Breaking Down and Building Up"|
|#16||"Wild Horses"||#17||"True Calling"||#18||"Candles in the Wind"|
|Heartland, Season 6|
|#01||"Running Against the Wind"||#02||"Crossed Signals"||#03||"Keeping Up Appearances"|
|#04||"The Natural"||#05||"Trial Run"||#06||"Helping Hands"|
|#07||"Life is A Highway"||#08||"Do the Right Thing"||#09||"Great Expectations"|
|#10||"The Road Ahead"||#11||"Blowing Smoke"||#12||"Playing with Fire"|
|#13||"Waiting For Tomorrow"||#14||"Lost and Gone Forever"||#15||"After All We've Been Through"|
|#16||"Born to Buck"||#17||"Breaking Point"||#18||"Under Pressure"|
|Heartland, Season 7|
|#01||"Picking up the Pieces"||#02||"Living the Moment"||#03||"Wrecking Ball"|
|#04||"The Penny Drops"||#05||"Thread the Needle"||#06||"Now or Never"|
|#07||"Best Man"||#08||"Hotshot"||#09||"There But For Fortune"|
|#10||"Darkness and Light"||#11||"Better Days"||#12||"Walking Tall"|
|#13||"Lost Highway"||#14||"Things We Lost"||#15||"Smoke n' Mirrors"|
|#16||"The Comeback Kid"||#17||"On the Line"||#18||"Be Careful What You Wish For"|
|Heartland, Season 8|
|#01||"There and Back Again"||#02||"The Big Red Wall"||#03||"Severed Ties"|
|#04||"Secrets and Lies"||#05||"Endings and Beginnings"||#06||"Steal Away"|
|#07||"Walk a Mile"||#08||"The Family Tree"||#09||"The Pike River Cull"|
|#10||"The Heart of a River"||#11||"The Silent Partner"||#12||"Broken Heartland"|
|#13||"Cowgirls Don't Cry"||#14||"Riders on the Storm"||#15||"Eclipse of the Heart"|
|#16||"Faking It"||#17||"All I Need is You"||#18||"Written in Stone"|
|Heartland, Season 9|
|#01||"Brave New World"||#02||"Begin Again"||#03||"Riding for a Fall"|
|#04||"Ties of the Earth"||#05||"Back in the Saddle"||#06||"Over and Out"|
|#07||"Fearless"||#08||"Reckless Abandon"||#09||"A Matter Of Trust"|
|#10||"Darkness Before Dawn"||#11||"Making the Grade"||#12||"The Real Deal"|
|#13||"Risky Business"||#14||"No Regrets"||#15||"Making A Move"|
|#16||"Pandora's Box"||#17||"Love is Just a Word"||#18||"Resolutions"|
|Heartland, Season 10|
|#01||"There Will Be Changes"||#02||"You Just Know"||#03||"New Kid in Town"|
|#04||"New Horizons"||#05||"Something To Prove"||#06||"The Green-Eyed Monster"|
|#07||"Riding Shotgun"||#08||"Here and Now"||#09||"A Horse With No Rider"|
|#10||"Together and Apart"||#11||"Change of Course"||#12||"Sound of Silence"|
|#13||"Home Sweet Home"||#14||"Written in the Stars"||#15||"Forest for the Trees"|
|#16||"A Long Shot"||#17||"Dreamer"||#18||"Greater Expectations"|
|Heartland, Season 11|
|#01||"Baby on Board"||#02||"Highs and Lows"||#03||"Decision Time"|
|#04||"Hard to Say Goodbye"||#05||"Measuring Up"||#06||"Strange Bedfellows"|
|#07||"Our Sons and Daughters"||#08||"Truth be Told"||#09||"Challenges"|
|#10||"A Fine Balance"||#11||"Somewhere in Between"||#12||"Out of the Shadow"|
|#13||"Reunion"||#14||"Past Imperfect"||#15||"Strength of Bonds"|
|#16||"A Place to Call Home"||#17||"Doubt"||#18||"Naming Day"|
|Heartland, Season 12|
|#01||"Dare to Dream"||#02||"Hearts Run Free"||#03||"Just Breathe"|
|#04||"Risk and Reward"||#05||"Change of Heart"||#06||"Diamond in the Rough"|
|#07||"Running Scared"||#08||"Stress Fractures"||#09||"Long Road Back"|
|#10||"All Hearts Lead Home"||#11||"Room to Grow"|
|Heartland, Season 13|
|#01||"Snakes and Ladders"||#02||"Wild One"||#03||"Rearview Mirror"|
|#04||"The Eye of the Storm"||#05||"Fairytale"||#06||"A Time to Remember"|
|#07||"The Art of Trust"||#08||"Legacy"||#09||"Fight or Flight"|
|#10||"The Passing of the Torch"|