Road To Avonlea: Season 2 (Buy This Season) | 2.1: Sara’s Homecoming | 2.2: How Kissing was Discovered | 2.3: Aunt Hetty’s Ordeal | 2.4: Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love | 2.5: Old Quarrels, Old Love | 2.6: May the Best Man Win | 2.7: Family Rivalry | 2.8: The Sea Ghost | 2.9: All That Glitters | 2.10: Dreamer of Dreams | 2.11: It’s Just a Stage | 2.12: A Mother’s Love | 2.13: Misfits and Miracles
When flamboyant Pigeon Plumtree, Sara’s cousin and a world famous leading lady of the theatre arrives in Avonlea for a short visit, the entire town is caught up in the excitement of having such an important celebrity in their midst. As soon as Sara meets her, she decides she wants to follow Pigeon’s footsteps and become an actress. Hetty however, pronounces that actresses are vain, giddy creatures and that Sara’s association with Pigeon Plumtree can only lead to trouble.
Sara is not the only one enthralled with Pigeon. Pat Frewen, the local pig farmer has been courting Theodora Dixon a local farm woman for over twenty years but has never proposed because of his stingy nature and strong infatuation with Pigeon. Theodora is beginning to lose hope that he will ever propose.
Sara Stanley: SARAH POLLEY
Hetty King: JACKIE BURROUGHS
Pigeon Plumtree: MADELINE KAHN
Olivia King: MAG RUFFMAN
Felix King: ZACHARY BENNETT
Felicity King: GEMA ZAMPROGNA
Theodora Dixon: KATE LYNCH
Patrick Frewen: GORDON MASTEN
Mabel Sloane: KAY HAWTREY
Mrs. Lawson: ELVA MAI HOOVER
Mr. Biggins: CHICK ROBERTS
Mrs. Spencer: VIVIAN REIS
Mrs. Inglis: MARILYN BOYLE
Hotel Clerk: DON CARRIER
Harry Middleton: GRANT COWAN
Sara tries to play cupid to Pat and Theodora, by telling him that he should not be shy and let the woman he loves know his feelings. However, the woman that he thinks he loves is Pigeon, not Theodora and he sends a love letter asking Pigeon to lunch at the White Sands Hotel. Pigeon, incensed that a pig farmer would have the gall to court someone of her stature, embarrasses Pat in front of everyone at the White Sands, including Theodora, Sara and Hetty. Hurt and humiliated, Theodora leaves the room. Pat comes to his senses and runs after her, but she refuses to speak to him.
I should have put my foot down the minute that woman breezed into my house and ate up all my good chocolates! – Hetty King
Sara sees Pigeon for what she really is: a pampered and spoiled woman with no regard for anyone else’s feelings but her own. Sara confronts Pigeon and tells her how upset she is that she hurt her friend’s feelings. In order to make amends, Pigeon devises a plan to bring Theodora and Pat together, but she needs Sara’s help. During a public recitation that she and Sara are giving, Pigeon arranges for Pat to propose to Theodora in front of the whole town. Pat musters up his courage and proposes to Theodora and after some hard bargaining, she accepts.
Notes & Inspirations
- Originally Aired February 10, 1991
- This episode is loosely based on chapter 1 of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book Chronicles of Avonlea, with Sara Stanley taking the place of Anne Shirley.
- Pat Frewen’s pig barn is actually the chicken coop beside the King Barn. This building was also used as Jasper Dale’s workshop in “May the Best Man Win”.
- The poem used for Sara and Pigeon’s performance is called ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and has a lot of similarities to the plot of this episode.