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Episode 2.4: Of Corsets, Secrets and True True Love - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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Davy's troublesome behavior, along with a nagging toothache, becomes too much for Rachel Lynde to bare.

Writer: Marlene Mathews 
Director: Rene Bonniere 
Special Guests: Patricia Hamilton as Rachel Lynde and Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cuthbert 
Original CBC Airdate: December 30, 1990 
Original Disney Airdate: April 22, 1991 
Run Time: 50 minutes 
Time Frame: Fall 1904

Highlights/Analysis

Marilla and Rachel attend the funeral of Marilla's blood relative, Mary Keith. They learn that Mary's two children, Davy and Dora Keith are homeless. Racked with guilt, Marilla decides to take responsibility of the children after Mrs. Wiggins fails to accept Davy at the orphanage. 

Davy's mischievous nature gets him into trouble as he begins to wreak terror at Green Gables. His terrible deeds include tying Mrs. Lynde's shoe laces together, breaking a mirror, and putting Rachel's corset on a pig.

If Davy weren't enough, Rachel is troubled by a toothache and is certain that her death is inevitable. Faced with the possibility of losing her life-long friend and eleviated by having her tooth pulled, Rachel softens and decides to accept Davy at Green Gables.

Davy's deeds are viewed as misunderstandings, rather than intentionally planned evil schemes. Rachel's one liners and interactions with Marilla and the Keith twins are hilarious. Marilla plays the straight person to Rachel's constant criticism and observations.

Criticism

In the scene after Davy breaks the mirror, a boom mike can be seen hovering in the left hand corner of the screen. This occurs after Rachel says "seven years bad luck" and Marilla replies "Now don't stuff his head..."

Rhetorical Questions

Wasn't Rachel's aching tooth similiar to the fable of the lion with the thorn in his side?

Memorable Quotes

"I wouldn't be surprised to see that boy barking at the moon!" -Rachel Lynde

"I'll be so good, you're not even going to know it's me." -Davy Keith

"Plain pine caskets are a disgrace, that's what. A body would get slivers just laying in it. If you ask my opinion, it's a shameful way to meet your maker." -Rachel Lynde

"Shhh, can't you see I'm sleeping." -Davy Keith

Notes

(1) The arrival of the Keith twins at Green Gables is featured in Anne of Avonlea Chapter VIII, 'Marilla adopts twins.' The infamous pig is alluded to in this chapter with Dora on the receiving end of one of Davy's mischevous stints:

"Davy made me walk the pigpen fence," wailed Dora. "I didn't want to but he called me a fraid-cat. And I fell off into the pigpen and my dress got all dirty and the pig runned right over me. My dress was just awful but Davy said if I'd stand under the pump he'd wash it clean, and I did and he pumped water all over me but my dress ain't a bit cleaner and my pretty sash and shoes is all spoiled." 

(2) Colleen Dewhurst was nominated for an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series' and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for 'Best Actress in a Dramatic Series' for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert.

Grade: 

Rachel Lynde steals the show again, while Davy and Dora bring some youth back to Green Gables.

 

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