Road to Avonlea Review: The Dinner

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“Don’t brush your teeth with a brick.”

Episode Summary: The chemistry between Felicity and Gus is undeniable. In order to get some alone time with Gus, Felicity lies to her parents and finds a way to get her younger siblings out of the house. However, Alec and Janet figure out Felicity’s ruse and finds Gus and Felicity sharing a romantic dinner together. At first, Alec is angry with the misguided belief  that Gus was trying to take advantage of his daughter. However, after a stern talking from Gus’s most faithful champion Hetty, Alec realizes that Felicity has now matured, Gus is a good person, and that the two should be able to see each other.

Directed by Robert Boyd, Written by Heather Conkie, Music by John Welsman

My Grade: The “Gus/Felicity” romance is arguably the most popular, most beloved storyline of the series. And this episode in particular is a classic. And I, for the most part, agree. This is a wonderful, somewhat low-key episode that does a nice job of finally putting these two characters in a “real” relationship. This episode gives us Gus and Felicity’s first “non-better than kissin’ ma dog” kiss. It’s a wonderful moment. It’s not the most exciting or unpredictable episode. But it’s an episode that represents the best of Avonlea. The show is better when it’s a character drama rather than a Disney Approved Action Adventure epic. And, like all great episodes, it was written by Heather Conkie. After dominating the first three seasons, this is the only episode Conkie wrote in season four. It’s certainly one of the best scripts of the season. (A)

Spotlight Performance: There are two stars in this episode. It’s hard to choose between them, but I’ll give the edge to Gema Zamprogna as Felicity. On paper, Felicity is sort of a drama queen. She sobs at the drop of a hat. But Zamprogna humanizes the character and makes us feel for her, even when the stakes (that being her relationship with Gus) are pretty low. The scene where she decides to leave home forever is great for its urgency.

Favorite Scene: Honestly, I prefer the first half of this episode over the second. The actual dinner scene between Felicity and Gus is unfortunately too short. I would have loved to have watched more awkwardness between the two characters. They’re both so young and clueless. It’s adorable. The scene where Felicity is dumping enough food to feed a family on Gus’s plate is funny. (Also, why is it that anytime Felicity cooks on this show, the food looks really good?)

Final Thoughts:This was the first and only episode directed by Robert Boyd. He’s most known for his work in comedy programs such as The Kids in the Hall and the HBO/CBC mockumentary The Canadian Conspiracy. 

I don’t want belabor this point…and there will certainly more to talk about when  I get to season 5 (sometime around 2018). But, man, the biggest crime this show committed is ruining Cecily. I know she’s supposed to be sweet and unassuming, but when Felicity is trying to get Cecily out of the house, she does so by promising to help Cecily with her math homework. Is that the best the writers could come up with with Cecily?? Math homework?? The character has no genuine wants, desires or needs. She just needs help with her oh-so important math homework. Also, is Felicity  that horrible of a sister that she wouldn’t help Cecily with her math homework anyway? (Don’t answer that.) The point is…that was Cecily’s only line in the episode and I felt sad hearing it.

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One thought on “Road to Avonlea Review: The Dinner

  1. Excellent review and my favorite episode. I have watched this one several times. Yes, I too feel sorry for Cecily; she never got much scenes or even dialogues in RTA.

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