Road To Avonlea: Season 1 (Buy This Season) | 1.1: The Journey Begins | 1.2: The Story Girl Earns Her Name | 1.3: The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s | 1.4: Materializing of Duncan McTavish | 1.5: Old Lady Lloyd | 1.6: The Proof of the Pudding | 1.7: Aunt Abigail’s Beau | 1.8: Malcolm and the Baby | 1.9: Conversions | 1.10: Felicity’s Challenge | 1.11: The Witch of Avonlea | 1.12: The Blue Chest of Arabella King | 1.13: Nothing Endures But Change
Hetty King and Rachel Lynde quarrel over the adoption of the Morris baby whose parents recently died from Scarlet Fever.
Hetty wants to care for the baby because of her friendship with his mother and Rachel claims to be his next of kin. Sara and Felicity think the baby would be better off with the recently married Malcolm and Abigail MacEwan. When the two girls find the baby left in a cluttered carriage, they anonymously deliver him Malcolm and Abigail. Malcolm is immediately smitten with the young boy but Abigail is not certain if she is the mothering type.
When Rachel learns about the cousins’ scheme, she retrieves the infant from Malcolm and Abigail and takes on the overwhelming task of motherhood. Rachel Lynde and Hetty King renew an old feud as they both claim responsibility for the baby. Meanwhile, the MacEwan’s begin to miss the baby terribly and want to get him back.
Eventually, Rachel and Hetty realize that neither of them is suited for looking after the baby and decide to end their feud and give the baby to Malcolm and Abigail.
Theodore Simpkins wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a baby and a washboard. – Clara Potts
Notes & Inspirations
Sara Stanley: SARAH POLLEY
Malcolm MacEwan: MALCOLM STODDARD
Aunt Abigail: ROSEMARY DUNSMORE
Rachel Lynde: PATRICIA HAMILTON
Felicity King: GEMA ZAMPROGNA
Felix King: ZACHARY BENNETT
Cecily King: HARMONY CRAMP
Andrew King: JOEL BLAKE
Aunt Olivia: MAG RUFFMAN
Aunt Hetty: JACKIE BURROUGHS
Janet King: LALLY CADEAU
Alec King: CEDRIC SMITH
Abner Jefferies: JAMES O’REGAN
Mr. Lawson: LES CARLSON
Mrs. Lawson: ELVA MAI HOOVER
Mrs. Biggins: ANNA FERGUSON
Mr. Biggins: CHICK ROBERTS
Mrs. Potts: MAJA ARDAL
Mr. Simpkin: PAUL HADDAD
Margie Purdie: ALYSON COURT
- Originally Aired March 4, 1990
- In the Disney version of this episode, the scene where Rachel slaps Hetty is edited out.
- The white house used for Aunt Abigail’s house is located in the tiny hamlet of Whitevale, Ontario. Only the exterior was used during the filming.