- "I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk-cabbage."
- This article is about the second season of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996). You may be looking for the second season of Green Gables Fables (2014–2016), Project Green Gables (2015–2018) or Anne with an E (2017–2018).
Season 2 is the second season of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996). It premiered with "Sara's Homecoming" on December 2, 1990, only three weeks after the broadcast of Season 1's finale. The season ended with "Misfits and Miracles" on February 24, 1991.
Sara and her cousins continue to wreak havoc and land in trouble, much to the adults’ dismay and disapproval.
After her father's death, Sara's stay in Avonlea is permanent. She visits a fortune teller in hopes of reuniting with her father, but is consequently kidnapped. Hetty recruits a new pupil, Gus Pike, and the King family learns about his mysterious past. Rachel and Marilla adopt twins, Davey and Dora Keith, but Davey proves to be troublesome. Janet King announces she’s pregnant with fourth child. Jasper and Olivia become engaged after a rival returns to win Olivia's hand in marriage. Alec forms a hockey team to challenge the town sawmill owner, who is strip cutting trees a mile from Avonlea.
In addition to the light-hearted and fun-filled stories that dominated the first season of Road to Avonlea, each of these episodes is a textured and compelling exploration of life in the mythical farming village of Avonlea. The second season is a treasure trove of adventure, mystery, romance, family rivalry and comedy.
|Season 2 Episodes|
|No.||Episode||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||Rene Bonniere||Heather Conkie||December 2, 1990|
|Sara struggles to cope after her father dies in an accident at Stanley imports. Peter invites Sara to a carnival where she meets a fortune teller, who claims to reunite the Story Girl with her father. When Sara discovers that the fortune teller is a con artist, she is kidnapped and held for ransom.|
|2||Stuart Gillard||Suzette Couture||December 9, 1990|
|The Annual Cricket Match has everyone buzzing; even more so because Alec King is resident Cricket champion. However, the solidarity of the King family unit is threatened when young Felicity accidentally meets and develops a hopeless crush on the visiting team’s champion, the handsome young David Hawes.|
|3||Stuart Gillard||Marlene Mathews||December 16, 1990|
|When former Avonlea school teacher Miss Muriel Stacey is named Provincial Superintendent of Schools, Hetty King is hard pressed to curb her jealousy. Hetty attempts to compete with Muriel's teaching achievements by recruiting Gus Pike as a student for the Avonlea schoolhouse.|
|4||Rene Bonniere||Marlene Mathews||December 23, 1990|
|When Davey and Dora Keith are deposited at Green Gables in the care of Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde, the relationship between the two old friends is sorely tried. Compounding the difficulties is the fact that an infected tooth is responsible for so much pain that Rachel is beside herself with agony.|
|5||Allan King||Heather Conkie||December 30, 1990|
|The inhabitants of Rose Cottage and Green Gables – Hetty, Olivia, Sara and Rachel – have been invited to attend the wedding of Alice Hardy, a member of a prominent local family. Expecting to enjoy a pleasurable social event on a beautiful summer’s day, no one is prepared for the unexpected appearance of Romney Penhallow, Hetty King’s old (and only) serious beau of her youth.|
|6||Harvey Frost||Grahame Woods||January 9, 1991|
|Many years ago, Olivia’s beau Edwin Clark was driven away by her sister Hetty who thought him an unsuitable match. But, when Edwin Clark returns, now a wealthy businessman still enamoured with Olivia, Hetty is determined to bring the two together and end Olivia’s budding romance with Jasper Dale.|
|7||Harvey Frost||Jerome McCann||January 13, 1991|
|Young Andrew King is ecstatic when his father, Roger King returns from his geological expedition in Brazil. At long last he will be able to return to Halifax and live with his father, whose success (and Hetty’s constant bragging about his accomplishments), has made him somewhat of a local celebrity.|
|8||Allan King||Janet Maclean||January 20, 1991|
|Young Gus Pike has become good friends with the King children, regaling them with tales from his days as a cabin boy, sailing upon the high seas. Ezekiel Crane, a reclusive, retired sea captain who inhabits the old lighthouse, seeks out Gus and offers him a job and allows him to sleep on his floor.|
|9||Harvey Frost||Janet Maclean||January 27, 1991|
|Gold fever strikes in Avonlea. Sara Stanley finds a Spanish gold coin and throws everyone into a tizzy about finding treasure. Ezekiel Crane tells her “the Island’s full of buried pirate loot, you’ve just got to search for it”.|
|10||Allan King||Heather Conkie||February 3, 1991|
|Jasper Dale’s new-found but fragile sense of self confidence is rattled when his latest invention, a flying machine, fails miserably. It is further shattered when he overhears the town gossip, Clara Potts, pronouncing that Olivia King is throwing her life away on a “dreamer”.|
|11||Rene Bonniere||Marlene Matthews||February 10, 1991|
|Sara's famous cousin Pigeon Plumbtree visits, and her eccentric mannerisms quickly become a headache for Hetty. Sara tries to help Pat Frewen court the admiring Theodora Dixon, but events turn for the worse when Pat believes Sara's intentions are to unite him with Pigeon Plumbtree.|
|12||Don McBrearty||Suzette Couture||February 17, 1991|
|Mother’s Own magazine announces an essay-writing contest to declare a “Mother of the Year” and Sara decides to write an essay about Hetty. However, Felicity and the vindictive Sally Potts laugh and tell Sara that she is ineligible because Hetty is not her mother, just her aunt.|
|13||Harvey Frost||Heather Conkie||February 24, 1991|
|Archie Gillis, the new owner of the Avonlea Sawmill and self-appointed coach of the Avonlea hockey team, is an arrogant bully who thinks he can run rough-shod over accepted codes of Avonlea behavior. His gruff manner and arbitrary rules begin to ruffle some villagers’ feathers, especially when he starts clear-cutting lumber within a mile of the village.|
There have been 9 official novelisations of episodes from Season 2.
- Sara's Homecoming (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Sara's Homecoming" (Episode 1)
- Aunt Hetty's Ordeal (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" (Episode 3)
- Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love (1993), by Fiona McHugh and based on "Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love" (Episode 4)
- Old Quarrels, Old Love (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Old Quarrels, Old Love" (Episode 5)
- May the Best Man Win (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "May the Best Man Win" (Episode 6)
- Family Rivalry (1993), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Family Rivalry" (Episode 7)
- Dreamer of Dreams (1993), by Heather Conkie and based on "Dreamer of Dreams" (Episode 10)
- It's Just a Stage (1993), by Amy Jo Cooper and based on "It's Just a Stage" (Episode 11)
- Misfits and Miracles (1993), by Linda Zwicker and based on "Misfits and Miracles" (Episode 13)