Episode 6.4: Comings and Goings
Writer: Deborah Nathan
Director: Eleanor Lindo
Special Guest Star: Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley and Frances Hyland as Louisa Banks,
With: Albert Millaire as Pierre LaPierre, Zachary Ansley as Arthur Pettibone, Ian D. Clark as Simon Tremayne and Kay Tremblay as Eliza Ward
Original CBC Airdate: February 5, 1995
Time Frame: Summer-early fall 1909
Synopsis: Sara returns with Louisa Banks and is hesitent to announce her plans to attend school. Hetty naturally begins to argue with Louisa over where Sara will spend her vacation. Feeling torn between the two women, Sara seeks advice from Arthur. Hetty and Louisa become suspicious and believe that Sara and Arthur are courting.
Highlights/Analysis: Sara returns from her home in Montreal with her nanny, Louisa Banks. Hetty and Louisa begin yet another heated conflict over Sara's future. They both plan different vacations for Sara, and Sara is hesitent to tell them of her own plans for school in France. She seeks advice from Arthur, telling him that she seeks independence. Arthur encourages her to confront her Aunt and nanny and tell them her plans. When Arthur and Sara are seen near the lighthouse together, Hetty and Louisa begin to suspect that they are courting. Felix gets a crush on the new housing director of the White Sands hotel, Greta Steig. Izzy gets Sara to write her a 'secret admirer' letter for Felix. Felix misunderstands and believes that Greta Steig wrote the letter, and begins to pursue her. This type of story line harkens back to Sara mistaking Pat Frewen's love interest of her cousin Pigeon Plumbtree for Theodora Dixon in It's Just a Stage. To make matters worse, Greta mistakes Simon's complements and believes that he has romantic intentions. Felix makes a romantic rendevous to the lighthouse, expecting to see Greta but was instead shocked to find Izzy. With all the misunderstandings, it's beginning to sound a lot like a 'Threes Company' episode. Steig is strict and conflicts with Pierre's methods of running his kitchen. When Pierre threatens to leave the hotel, Simon must fire Steig. Sara eventually lets her intentions be known. Hetty and Louisa agree about Sara's education and Sara leaves with Louisa Banks.
Is everybody bashing Felix or what?
Since when did Simon go from a 'lonely heart' to Casanova of the White Sands?
"It is unseemy to be wandering about in the dark with a young man of dubious background." -Louisa Banks
"You have a secret admirer? Someone with idle wits and poor eyesight." -Felicity King (to Felix)
"Yes we know that. You behave like a jackass every time you see her." -Pierre LaPierre (to Felix)
Sap Meter: 4 Sara and Izzy talking about romance and secret admirers.
Notes: (1) Sara had been at home in Montreal for six months, which explains her on screen absence. (2) This marks the first time that Sarah Polley is featured as a special guest star. She makes one more appearance in the final episode, So Dear To My Heart. (3) Louisa Banks said that she wouldn't return to Rose Cottage until facilities such as the outhouse were updated in Sara's Homecoming. Apparently, she made an exception in this episode.