- "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 third season of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996). You may be looking for the third season of Project Green Gables (2015–2017).
Olivia’s simple wedding plans get wildly out of hand once Hetty takes over and alienates everyone in the family. Sara also has trouble with Hetty and trades places with a street-smart waif that passes as her double to get away from her controlling grasp. She lands in serious danger though when she runs away from home with Gus Pike.
Felix starts his own delivery service with the King horse Blackie, but a terrible accident occurs during a competition with a business rival. Felicity is invited to apply for a scholarship at Kingscourt Ladies College in Nova Scotia. In an effort to impress her fellow Kingsport peers, Felicity claims that her real parents were dead and that she was the inheritor of a vast fortune. Marilla Cuthbert dies without a will, leaving Rachel Lynde to fight for Green Gables.
Season 3 also features more guest stars including Christopher Lloyd who won an Emmy for playing Avonlea’s effervescent new school teacher, Alistair Dimple.
|Season 3 Episodes|
|No.||Episode||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||F. Harvey Frost||Heather Conkie||January 12, 1992|
|When Hetty catches Jasper and Olivia trying to elope, she takes full charge of their wedding arrangements. Jasper must come to terms with his nervousness around people and Olivia must endure Hetty's controlling nature. Panic ensues as Olivia's wedding dress is misplaced and the wedding appears to be in shambles.|
|2||Allan King||Heather Conkie||January 19, 1992|
|When Alec buys a new horse and suggests their reliable old horse Blackie be sold, Felix objects. In order to keep Blackie, Alec allows Felix to start a delivery service to pay for the horse’s keep under the condition that his school work and other chores don’t suffer.|
|3||Allan King||Charles Lazer||January 26, 1992|
|Everything runs afoul when Alec King is elected to the school board. Hetty King resigns as school teacher after being criticized by parents for pushing her students too hard and Alec agrees with them.|
|4||Don McBrearty||Marlene Matthews||February 2, 1992|
|Sara befriends a petty thief named Jo Pitts, who looks exactly like her. When Hetty's disciplinarian nature becomes too much for Sara to tolerate, she switches places with Jo. While Hetty is trying to adjust to the new and crude look-alike, the real Sara departs with Gus Pike on a daring adventure to search for Captain Crane.|
|5||Don McBrearty||Marlene Matthews||February 9, 1992|
|Sara is confused for Jo Pitts by a gang of pick-pockets, who expect her to steal to restore money Jo stole from the gang. Gus makes a deal with his infamous father, Abe Pike, in order to free Sara from their clutches. Jo Pitts continues to wreak havoc on the King Family and terrorizes Hetty to the point of hysteria.|
|6||Harvey Frost||Janet MacLean||February 16, 1992|
|Janet joins the suffragette movement and campaigns for equal wages for the cannery workers. Her struggle and absence from King farm puts tremendous stress on her family and marriage.|
|7||Allan King||Hart Hanson||February 26, 1992|
|As Sara reads from the latest dime novel, a mysterious woman named Amanda Stone runs across the dark cliffs, seeking refuge from her pursuer, the evil Robert Rutherford. Gus Pike becomes involved in the mystery and enamoured with beautiful Amanda when he helps her escape Rutherford’s grasp by giving her shelter in the lighthouse.|
|8||Stephen Surjik||Heather Conkie||March 1, 1992|
|Janet arranges a day at the Markdale auction for the King and Ward women, as Alec arranges an ice-fishing weekend for Jasper Dale, Felix and himself. The weekend begins in high hopes of a good time, but the women’s outing quickly deteriorates when Janet and Abigail MacEwan start their incessant petty bickering.|
|9||Gilbert Shilton||Hart Hanson||March 8, 1992|
|Felicity “borrows” a comb, which Alec gave to Janet because it’s a precious family heirloom and loses it in a hay fight with Felix. Meanwhile, Janet thinks she has lost the comb, which she absolutely hates, but is under enormous pressure to wear it because it is considered a King Family treasure.|
|10||Don McBrearty||Janet MacLean||March 15, 1992|
|Jasper conducts scientific research on bats with a visiting colleague, Dr. Sydney Carver. Felix becomes suspicious that Jasper is a vampire and investigates the inventor's workshop. Olivia becomes jealous when Jasper and Sydney begin spending considerable time together.|
|11||George Bloomfield||Janet MacLean||March 22, 1992|
|Felicity is invited to apply for a full scholarship at Kingsport Ladies College in Nova Scotia. In an effort to impress her fellow Kingsport peers, Felicity claims that her real parents were dead and that she was the inheritor of a vast fortune. When the Kingsport committee requests to meet Alec and Janet, Felicity must tell her parents about the deception.|
|12||Stuart Gillard||Marlene Matthews||March 29, 1992|
|The traveling shoe salesman, Wally Higgins, comes to Avonlea and becomes enthralled by Hetty's shoe size. Wellington Campbell claims that he owns part of King property, which sparks an inevitable conflict with Hetty.|
|13||George Bloomfield||Heather Conkie||April 5, 1992|
|The sudden death of Marilla Cuthbert devastates Rachel Lynde and leaves her to look after Davey, Dora and Green Gables on her own. To make matters worse, Rachel learns that Green Gables is to be sold and that distant relations want to take away Dora, but not Davey Keith because he’s too much trouble.|
There have been 9 official novelisations of episodes from Season 3.
- The Ties That Bind (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "The Ties That Bind" (Episode 1)
- Felix and Blackie (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "Felix and Blackie" (Episode 2)
- But When She Was Bad ... (1994), by Marlene Matthews and based on "But When She Was Bad... She Was Horrid: Part 1" (Episode 4)
- Double Trouble (1994), by Marlene Matthews and based on "But When She Was Bad... She Was Horrid: Part 2" (Episode 5)
- A Dark and Stormy Night (1994), by Gail Hamilton and based on "A Dark and Stormy Night" (Episode 7)
- Friends and Relations (1994), by Heather Conkie and based on "Friends and Relations" (Episode 8)
- Vows of Silence (1995), by Gail Hamilton and based on "Vows of Silence" Episode 9)
- The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King (1995), by Fiona McHugh and based on "The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King" (Episode 12)
- Old Friends, Old Wounds (1995), by Heather Conkie and based on "Old Friends, Old Wounds" (Episode 13)