Episode 6.9: The More Things Change
Teleplay: Rick Drew
Director: Allan Eastman
Special Guest Star: Marilyn Lighthouse as Muriel Stacey
With: Heather Brown as Izzy Pettibone, Zachary Ansley as Arthur Pettibone and David Fox as Clive Pettibone
Original CBC Airdate: March 5, 1995
Time Frame: Winter 1909-1910
Synopsis: Clive proposes to Muriel, which causes Izzy to feel mixed emotions. The school children plan to buy a wedding present, but plans go wrong when Davey loses the money.
Highlights/Analysis: In perhaps the most unromantic moment of the series, Clive asks Muriel to marry him. Muriel accepts and her former rival, Hetty King, insists on arranging the wedding. Davey, Dora, Izzy and the Lesters attempt to raise money to buy Clive and Muriel a wedding present. Davey encounters two ruffians, Hawk and Quint, who promise him that if he leaves money at the cemetary, the profit will double the next day. Davey falls for the scheme and steals Dora's funds to increase the possibility of a profit. When he returns the next day with Wiley Lester, they discover that the money was gone (obviously). The Keiths find Hawk and Quint hiding in Gus's former shack and Dora devises a plan to smoke them out. While Davey is blocking the chimney with rags, he falls through the roof. Somehow, Davey makes it out of the shack with the money unharmed while Hawk and Quint nearly suffocate from the smoke. Izzy upsets Muriel with a picture of her mother, which causes Muriel to second guess the wedding. Matters are even more complicated when Clive is offered a position as chief attendant of schools, which would take him away from Avonlea for extended periods. Clive tells Izzy that things will change and Izzy eventually accepts the marriage. To Hetty's surprise, Clive and Hetty make a hasty decision and marry in Carmody. The children pool together and purchase a pirate cup for Clive and Muriel's wedding present. Clive accepts the job as chief attendant of schools and Hetty once again becomes Avonlea's school teacher.
Wasn't it funny how Clive and Davey swapped pirate books?
Wasn't that an ugly cup?
Did they have to play a variation of the Gilligan's Island theme every time they showed a scene with Hawk and Quint?
"I mean that we were horn swoggled, hoodwinked, bamboozled!" -Wiley Lester
"I hate boys." -Dora Keith
"Then you still want to marry us... I mean father?" -Izzy Pettibone (to Muriel)
Sap Meter: 3 Izzy telling her father, "I won't be happy unless your happy."
Notes: (1) Have you ever wondered what the weathered building is next to the General Store? According to the Sullivan site map revised during the third season, the building was supposed to be the Ray house (Recall that the Ray house at one time in the first season used to be the Pettibone house). In this episode, you might notice that there is drapery in the windows of the house and there is a soft glow inside. You can also see lawn chairs outside, indicating that it's still a home.