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
Everything runs afoul when Alec King is elected to the school board. Hetty King resigns as school teacher after being criticized by parents for pushing her students too hard and Alec agrees with them.
After struggling to find a replacement teacher, Alec hires the colourful Alistair Dimple to take over. However, unbeknownst to Alec, Dimple is actually a struggling actor pretending to be a teacher.
Dimple has a flair for the dramatic and teaches his classes by having the children act out important events in history. Dimple`s inventive methods inspire the children which makes Hetty quite jealous and curious.
Eventually Alec discovers that Dimple is an imposter but after the students win a History Bee against Markdale, Alec decides that no harm was done and lets Mr. Dimple move on to his next performance.
They look like they’re going to an execution. – Janet King
Alec asks Hetty to take her teaching job back and she agrees… and the children are delighted when she uses some of Mr. Dimples “methods”.
Notes & Inspirations
- Originally aired January 26, 1992
- The Disney Channel titled this episode ‘Facts and Fictions’.
- The Town Hall set was built specifically for this episode. It was also used as the theatre that Mr. Dimple is performing in before coming to Avonlea.
- The establishing shot of the Exterior Town Hall was shot at The Pickering Museum Village. It was actually a shot from “Aunt Janet Rebels” which explains the “Rummage Sale” banner being put up.
- Marc Marut, who would later go on to plat Elbert Werts, makes his Road to Avonlea debut as a Markdale student at the history bee competition.