Road to Avonlea Review: Malcolm and the Baby

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“As any good gold miner knows, you take your luck where you find it…and you don’t ask any questions.”

Episode Summary: Malcolm and Abigail McEwan have just gotten back from their honeymoon and they’re already fighting. Malcolm wants a baby, while Abigail doesn’t think she could go through giving birth at her age. Meanwhile, an orphaned baby lands on the laps of both Hetty and Rachel. While the two ladies bicker over who gets to have responsibility for the baby, Sara and Felicity decide to steal him and anonymously leave him on the door steps of the McEwan house. A little while after discovering the baby, Malcolm, and especially Abigail, have grown to love him. However, it is soon discovered that the baby they possess is the orphan baby and he is returned back to Rachel’s care. After resolving the decades long grudge they’ve had with each other, Hetty and Rachel decide it best for Malcolm and Abigail to take care of the baby: Lucky.

Directed by Harvey Frost, Written by Heather Conkie, Music by Hagood Hardy

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My Grade: I’m very glad we get to spend more time with Abigail and Malcolm. Although it’s admittedly difficult hearing Abigail spout “Maybe I shouldn’t have married you?!” at the beginning of the episode (right after the romantic way the two rekindled their love in the episode earlier), I think the conflicts the two face are very real. But because this is season one of RTA, everything worked out in the end, and the two get to become parents, without really sacrificing what they want. The “feud” between Hetty and Rachel is a little silly. It’s weird that the two wouldn’t speak to each other for so long over a boy and, for the most part, a misunderstanding. But it at least allowed the audience to know that these two women have a history, and that they can be allies when Marilla isn’t around. (A-)

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Spotlight Performance: Since I gave it to Rosemary Dunsmore last time, I’ll give this one to Malcolm Stoddard. There’s something so earnest, yet spirited, about Stoddard’s portrayal. It makes me want to see more stuff starring him. It doesn’t seem like he’s done much screen acting in a while; however, before Avonlea, he starred in the family drama The Campbells, alongside Cedric Smith (Alec King). The series has just been released on DVD, so I might purchase it…although there are at least ten other shows I’ve been meaning to binge watch! Anyway, it’s sad that this is Stoddard’s last episode. His character will appear much later in the series, but played a different actor…an actor that I don’t think had the same presence as Stoddard. Oh, well!

Favorite Scene: Yes, I find the origin of their feud a bit unbelievable, but the scenes featuring Hetty and Rachel yelling at each other are just funny in their own right. The actresses are so great together; and we’ll be seeing more scenes with the two of them for seasons and seasons to come.

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Final Thoughts: My first thought is about Sara and Felicity. They’ve been awesome these last two episodes. And even if these episodes don’t explicitly say it, this Aunt Abigail story has really allowed their friendship to solidify. However, I am looking forward to the next few episodes where we’ll get more scenes/storylines with all the kids again.

Next…I find it a little strange that Hagood Hardy gets the sole credit for this episode, when there are many moments in this episode (include the end) that uses John Welsman’s music. It’s like the first half is a Hardy episode, and then the second half shifts to being a Welsman episode. Again, their styles may sound the same to a casual viewer, but for a hardcore fan like myself, I definitely can tell a Hardy musical motif from a Welsman. That’s it!

Lastly…I have to point this out. It is my civic duty. But Alyson Court has a small role in this episode. If you’re a 90’s kid like me…she was that clown woman from The Big Comfy Couch. Youtube it! Youtube the scene where she pretends to be a clock and she does those stretches none of us could ever do with our legs. Man, RTA at one point or another, employs every single Canadian personality ever (except Martin Short…maybe)


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