Episode 1.6: Proof of the Pudding
Writer: Suzette Couture
Director: Dick Benner
With: Paul Haddad as Theodore Simpkin and Doris Petrie as Agnes Leslie
Original CBC Airdate: February 11, 1990
Original Disney Airdate: March 19, 1990
Run Time: 49 minutes
Time Frame: Summer 1903
Synopsis: Alec and Janet celebrate their anniversary in Charlottetown and leave Felicity in charge of the King children. Hetty travels to the Governor's office to prevent an over-zealous lawyer from selling the King pond watering rights, leaving Sara under Felicity's authoritative command.
Highlights/Analysis: The quarrel between Sara and Felicity, that began in the first episode, intensifies and produces some of the most hilarious moments in the series. Felicity's bossiness is greeted indifferently by a cherry pie in her face, courtesy of Sara Stanley. Mishaps ensue, when Felicity mistakingly puts sawdust in her pudding, rather than cornmeal; and the Governess Agnes Leslie, is mistaken for the children's tone deaf Great Aunt Eliza. The conflict between Felcity and Sara is temporarily resolved when Felicity acknowledges her freindship with Sara.
"Felicity King is known throughout Avonlea for her cherry pies and sawdust pudding" -Felix King
Sap Meter: 0
Notes: (1) 'Proof of the Pudding' was title of Chapter 17 of LMM's The Story Girl, from which the mistaken replacement of cornmeal for sawdust pudding was inspired. The exception was that in the Story Girl, Sara made the mistake, not Felicity. (2) Alec and Janet celebrate their 15th anniversary in this episode, which means they were married in 1888. (3) The Avonlea Chronicle discussion list held a tournament to decide the Best Avonlea Episode and ranked 'Proof of the Pudding' as the number one episode.
Grade: A+ Arguably the best Avonlea episode ever. No deep plot or significance. Only the simple, funny and wonderful moments that made Avonlea a truly beloved and memorable series.