Road To Avonlea: Season 3 (Buy This Season) | 3.1: Ties that Bind | 3.2: Felix and Blackie | 3.3: Another Point of View | 3.4: When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid Part 1 | 3.5: When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid Part 2 | 3.6: Aunt Janet Rebels | 3.7: A Dark and Stormy Night | 3.8: Friends and Relations | 3.9: Vows of Silence | 3.10: After the Honeymoon | 3.11: The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King | 3.12: High Society | 3.13: Old Friends, Old Wounds
Jasper Dale has been studying bats to determine how, although blind, they can fly without bumping into things. He meets Sydney Carver, a woman scientist from Toronto, who is studying bats on the Island. Olivia misinterprets Jasper’s interest and enthusiasm about Sydney and begins to worry that perhaps their marriage was a mistake.
Meanwhile Jasper’s latest interest attracts the interest of Sara and Felix who are reading their new Gothic acquisition, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. They are afraid that Sydney is a vampire and are afraid that Jasper may also become one; after all he rarely goes out in the day; his workshop windows are boarded up and he has red marks on his neck. Armed with the elements that ward off evil (a cross, a necklace of onions – they can’t find garlic), Felix and Sara set off after Jasper and Sydney to the bat caves.
Did I ever tell you, Mrs. Dale, that you have delectable digits? – Jasper Dale
Worried that Jasper’s interest in Sydney goes beyond science, Olivia follows them into the bat cave as well. Sydney did in fact have her eye on Jasper but when she confronts him about it Jasper shuts her down flat, which Olivia overhears.
In the end, Olivia and Jasper have a greater understanding of each other, Felix and Sara realize that Jasper isn’t a vampire and Sydney Carver goes back to Toronto.
Notes & Inspirations
- Originally Aired March 15, 1992
- The “Bat Cave” was built in the studio and was made of a wire frame that was sprayed with foam insulation.
- The bats were real and during filming Mag Ruffman had one cling to her hair and face.
- Kate Nelligan won a Gemini award and an Emmy nomination for her performance as Dr. Sydney Carver in this episode.