Road to Avonlea: The Complete Second Volume [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes
  • Screen tests

Synopsis

Season two of Road to Avonlea (aka Tales From Avonlea) begins as Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley) reluctantly returns to Montreal after spending a happy year living with her relatives, the King family, in the Prince Edward Island village of Avonlea. But upon her arrival home, Sara discovers to her dismay that her wealthy father has been killed in an accident -- and to make matters worse, she is later kidnapped by a pair of greedy fortunehunters. After this ordeal, Sara's strict but loving aunt Hetty (Jackie Burroughs) welcomes Sara back to Avonlea with open arms -- and even manages to persuade the girl's overprotective nanny (Frances Hyland) to let her stay. This season marks the introduction of Gus Pike (Michael Mahonen), a vagabond teenager from a poor (and mysterious) background whom Hetty selects as a test case to prove her schoolteaching skills when her job is placed in jeopardy by the "progressive" new provincial school supervisor, Muriel Stacey (Marilyn Lightstone). In a later episode, Peter Coyote guest stars as Hetty's onetime sweetheart Romney Penhallow, whose reunion with Hetty after all these years is a most bittersweet experience. Joseph Bottoms shows up in a subsequent story as the man who might have married Hetty's younger sister, Olivia (Mag Ruffman), if Hetty hadn't dismissed him as unsuitable; ironically, this fellow's return prompts Olivia to fall in love with an even less "suitable" character, local eccentric Jasper Dale (R.H. Thompson). Eventually, and with (surprisingly) Hetty's blessing, this alliance will become permanent by marriage (but not quite yet). Also, Hetty's brother Alec (Cedric Smith) is racked by guilt by a visit from his crippled brother, Roger (Andrew Gillies); Michael York guests in a brace of episodes as reclusive ex-sea captain Ezekiel Crane, who inadvertently delivers Gus Pike into the hands of Gus' outlaw father, and later makes up for this misstep by involving Gus in a search for hidden gold. And Madeline Kahn tears a passion to tatters as traveling actress Pigeon Plumtree, who nearly lures the impulsive Sara into a life upon the wicked stage. The season closes with the episode "Misfits and Miracles," wherein a desperate Sara has to improvise when her pregnant aunt Janet (Lally Cadeau) suddenly goes into labor. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Sarah Polley - Sara Stanley
  • Jackie Burroughs - Aunt Hetty
  • Mag Ruffman - Aunt Olivia
  • Gema Zamprogna - Felicity King
  • Zachary Bennett - Felix King
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