Episode 6.8: Fools and Kings
Writer: Raymond Storey
Director: William Brayne
Special Guest Star: Marilyn Lightstone as Muriel Stacey
With: Leon Pownall as Heath Humus, Corinne Conley as Eleanor McHugh and Ian D. Clark as Simon Tremayne
Original CBC Airdate: January 29, 1995
Time Frame: Late fall-winter 1909
Synopsis: Janet begins working at home for ACME company. She finds out that the company is nothing but a scheming operation and is harassed by the owner. Alec and Felix have plans to induct Felix into the Knights of P.E.I.
Highlights/Analysis: Daniel takes a trip with Aunt Eliza to visit relatives and Janet suddenly feels alone in the King farm house. In order to escape the boredom, Janet starts a home business with ACME company, while keeping it secret from Alec. Janet is shocked when she learns that she will have to sew nearly 200 baseballs and soon falls under ridiculous demands from the company owner Heath Hymus. When Digger destroys the material for the baseballs, the company arranges for Janet to pay back her debt by selling 'Bright White' soap. Janet sucessfully sells the soap to most of the villagers; but a terrible outbreak of itching occurs at a Daughters of the Dominion meeting in reaction to the soap. Gurney MacDonald encourages Alec to have Felix join an exclusive organization called 'the Knights of P.E.I.' Becky Lester overhears a conversation with Heath Hymus and confuses his name for 'his highness.' Hetty becomes convinced that Prince George is arriving Avonlea and sets up a Dominions welcome party, which coincidently interfears with a Knights of the P.E.I. meeting. Heath Hymus, who happens to be a Knight, harrasses Janet in front of Alec and Gurney MacDonald. Hymus is ejected from the Knights and from the White Sands. Felix is inducted into the Knights.
Criticism: All the coincidental events with Heath Hymus are too unbelievable. This episode also makes Hetty out to look really naive by believing Becky Lester without verifying that the royalty will be visiting herself.
Weren't the Knight's gestures really lame?
Wouldn't you have liked to see Janet give Hymus a swift kick?
"It's not the work I like. It's the money." -Felix King
Sap Meter: 0 Unless you want to include Gurney hitting on Hetty.
Notes: (1) Felicity is registering for medical school and doesn't appear in this episode. (2) Gurney comments that Felix is nearly 16.