Anne (2017) s02e10 Episode Script

The Growing Good of the World

- Alright, hold on to here, alright? [MISS STACY] Everyone? Students, gather your things and be on your way.
- Class is dismissed for today.
- [DIANA] Oh, dear.
- [GILBERT] I need you to stay still.
- [MISS STACY] Let's get you home.
- [GILBERT] Don't apply too much pressure.
Cole, I'm so, so sorry.
Everything I care about is gone.
No sculpting, no school I don't I don't think there's a place for me here I don't think there's any place for me in this world.
It's not what the world holds for you, it is what you bring to it.
And you bring so much.
We'll figure it out.
Alright? - [SNIFFLING] - We will.
First thing we'd climb a tree And maybe then we'd talk Or sit silently And listen to our thoughts With illusions of someday Casting a golden light No dress rehearsal This is our life You are ahead by a century You are ahead by a century And I never like to be the bearer of bad news, but I had to make the sacrifice.
I saw what I saw, and you needed to know.
This is a lot to digest.
- I'll have to speak with my husband.
- I'm sure he's not to blame.
Miss Stacy is unbridled.
This we know.
Speak of the devil.
[SIGHING] Billy! Oh, my word! What happened?! [CROW CAWING] [SOBBING AND SNIFFLING] - [SNIFFLING] - [ALL CRYING] Did you find Cole? He must be as shattered as - [SOBBING] - Nothing will ever be the same.
- Watch your fingers.
- You watch them.
You're the one with the hammer.
What's next? You sure you don't mind? I got quite the list.
There's a lot need fixing around here for a long time now.
You can take advantage of me.
I don't mind.
Maybe you'll reduce the rate of my room so I could stay another night.
They're gonna wonder what's become of me at the laundry.
I haven't missed a day in six years.
Let 'em wonder.
What's next? The chimney's been smoking something awful.
I'll take a look if you'll put up some coffee.
[GRUNTING] [CAWING] Ah! [PANTING] [SIGHING] [WHINNYING] If we ever have a story club again, I shall write the most tragical tale about all of this.
[DIANA] Coming, Anne? I'm going to stay for a little while.
I'm hoping to see my fox.
[BIRDSONG] I'm so sorry, Anne.
So very, very sorry.
This is all my fault.
- I ruined things - I wanted you to like me, - and was selfish about Cole! - I should never have gone to his house.
- I ruined everything.
- I was trying to help.
[BOTH] If I could take it all back, I would.
Do you know if Will Cole be punished? It's clear Billy's actions precipitated the incident.
I, on the other hand, am on probation.
- Probation? - Yes.
In addition to my suspect teaching methods and lack of control over the classroom That had nothing to do with you.
Apparently "home wrecker" has been added to the list of infractions.
I don't understand.
Neither do I.
People think what they want to, despite the truth.
I figure the writing's on the wall.
What do you mean? I expect to be let go.
In any case, until they decide my fate, I won't be teaching.
- [CAWING] - [MOOING] [CLUCKING] [WHINNYING] She's going to be so happy.
- Anne? - She fell.
Anne? - Are you alright? - [SOBBING] Thank you, Matthew, thank you Oh, oh.
There there now.
Come on.
Everything's alright.
No! Nothing is! What's happened? What's wrong? [SOBBING] There, there.
I don't know what I'm doing here anymore, Dad.
What am I supposed to want? I wish you were here.
How am I supposed to do all this by myself?! [SIGHING] My word.
I'm about to be late for work.
I guess the girls won't complain.
At least I'm going in today.
I'll walk you.
I want to investigate, see what's around here for work.
Allow me.
You vying for a prize or something? Just trying to earn my keep.
What makes you think I'm going to keep you? What I want to know is how it is that someone didn't snap you up and marry you.
We should go.
[BACKGROUND CHATTER] [MARY] Not much to it, I'm afraid.
You must find it underwhelming after everywhere you've been, the exotic ports of call.
This place ain't no worse than some.
But why choose this if you've got options? You want a better life.
- I do.
- You could go anywhere.
I could.
The Bog ain't nothin' but hardship.
Nothin' but trouble.
But you're here.
Like I said: trouble.
Look at this beauty.
Tells me a story of hope in this place.
I suppose so.
Comfort, anyway.
I should go.
See you later, then? I'll get fixings for supper.
[LAUGHTER] [NO AUDIBLE DIALOGUE] Lower-school children will practice their cursive, beginning with the letter A.
Upper-school children should read chapter nine.
But we already read that chapter when Mr.
Phillips was here.
Repetition is the key to learning.
Now hold your tongue.
I will brook no further disruption in this classroom.
- [DOOR SHUTTING] - Ah! Wait until you hear! If you could refrain from scaring the life out of me, I might be better able to converse.
There's going to be a town-hall meeting tomorrow night! We're holding a vote on removing Miss Stacy.
- Time for that trollop to go.
- Trollop? That's a nasty thing to say, Rachel.
It's true enough, that's what.
She went riding with Harmon Andrews, just as pretty as you please.
For heaven's sake, you don't know if there was impropriety.
She's a spinster in her childbearing years! Heaven forfend.
An attractive woman gallivanting with a married man! No one has you beat for hearsay.
I saw it with my own eyes.
And you'd better believe I went straight to his wife to tell her, too.
Miss Stacy assigned Anne an essay on the perils of gossip.
I daresay you could benefit from the same lesson.
I shouldn't expect you to understand anything about perilous threats to husbands.
Of course not.
What would an old maid like me know? [RACHEL] I won't apologize for having a powerful opinion! [MARILLA] How about for having a powerful prejudice?! Prejudice? You insult me.
Well, I believe it's my turn.
[RACHEL] My opinion is that your perspective is limited because you haven't lived a full life! So without a husband I may as well be considered an invalid? If you stepped outside your own door once in a while, you'd know better what was going on right under your nose.
- What is that supposed to mean? - Without me, you'd never know a thing that's going on in Avonlea.
All tucked away in your little coffin here at Green Gables.
You sure love to stop by my coffin unannounced and uninvited! I have put up with your judgments and-and assumptions I'm "put up with," am I? Your gossip and-and your bullying for 50 years! Bullying?! I never did take you to task for the way you spoke to Anne - the first day you met her! - She was being impertinent! You were unkind! Just as you're being now! Well! I think perhaps you're in a coffin of your own, a mental one.
You're close-minded, Rachel! You know what I am? I am leaving! Fine by me.
I'll ask permission via letter before I visit again.
If I ever visit again! Well, be sure to close the casket on your way out! [DOOR SLAMMING] There has to be something we can do to save Miss Stacy.
If this was a story, what would the hero do? But we're not heroes, Anne, we're just girls.
- Don't be ridiculous.
- I'm not ridiculous.
A hero is a person, and that person can be any person.
All I meant was that there's nothing we can do! The hero accepts the call to adventure.
So we have to convince the town to accept Miss Stacy and let her stay.
Not now, Moody.
The town hall meeting is tomorrow night.
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
Either way, I say we try.
Whatever you're planning, I want to help.
Everything went wrong after I dropped the light bulb.
I've got it.
I know what we're going to do! Huddle up.
[LAUGHTER] Here's what has to happen tomorrow.
[KNOCKING] You cannot let the narrow thinking of others chart your path.
You're packing?! Come in.
Believe me, if I could stay, I would, but the tide has turned against me.
Well, I happen to know a young, redheaded girl who had a lot to offer this community but was judged and blamed and tormented, too.
Was it that difficult for Anne? Folks said all kinds of things against her and thought the worst.
But she never gave up on herself.
Well I-I'd best be off.
I'll see you at the town hall meeting.
I wasn't invited.
A strong woman I'm acquainted with once said adversity can be a blessing.
- Cole.
- What? Cole's here.
- He's got a lot of nerve.
- [BILLY] I'll handle it.
What do you want, freak? I wanted to apologize.
I'm sorry for my actions.
Sorry about what happened.
That's not the kind of person I ever want to be.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that.
Now you should get the hell outta here.
Hey, Billy? You might wanna think about why you like to destroy things that aren't yours.
I don't have to think.
That's clear.
[PEOPLE SHOUTING] I think you and me should spend our lives together.
If you feel about me the way I feel about you, then will you marry me, Mary? That's no good at all! Ah I missed you so much.
I can't tell you how worried I was when you didn't come home.
I love you, sweetheart, I love you.
Bash? Bash! Who the hell is that? [PANTING] [WHINNYING] Yah! Yah! [PANTING AND GIGGLING] - Whoo! - [GIGGLING] [ANNE] Alright.
Everybody ready?! - Yes? - I can't tell if I'm scared or excited.
- We're going to get in so much trouble.
- What's our battle cry? - [RUBY] No idea.
- [MOODY] What? Save Miss Stacy.
[ALL] Save Miss Stacy! Get in.
We're going to Charlottetown.
- Now? - Yes.
- Why? - I'll tell you on the way.
You're coming with us.
You need to see Miss Barry.
She'll have some advice for you, I'm sure of it.
- You're driving there? - We're taking the train.
- I don't have any money.
- Neither do we.
- Then how - It's a caper.
It'll be fine.
- I'm already in enough trouble.
- So how much worse could it get? [STEAM HISSING] [MAN] All aboard! [SIGHING] Yeah.
- We're hopping a freight car?! - I can't breathe.
We're all going to die.
It'll be fine.
People do it all the time.
I read about it in a book.
- [RUBY] Mm-hmm.
- A book? Y-you've never done it?! How hard could it be? Just gotta get the timing right.
I'll go first.
- It'll be fine.
- [RUBY] Hey, we shouldn't [DIANA] Anne! - Now, Ruby.
- No! No.
No ! - Come on, Ruby.
- [ANNE] Be careful.
- [GRUNTING] - [ANNE] Got it? Alright.
- Come on.
Come on.
- Go on.
- Oof! - Oh! Come on, guys.
Come on, come on.
Let's go.
Go get Moody! Come on.
Oh! Oh! - [TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING] - [LAUGHTER] - Oh! - We did it! [BELL CLANGING] [TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING] [BACKGROUND CHATTER] - [ANNE GASPING] - [MOODY] What? What are you doing here? I figure I should ask you the same question.
I hope you find Sebastian.
I hope he'll forgive me for being so selfish.
I'm sure you can make things right.
As someone who's used to putting their foot in it, I can tell you an apology can go a long way.
Oh, yeah.
Well, good luck with your mission to save Miss Stacy.
- I can't believe you hopped a freight.
- Me neither.
- See you on the other side of the war.
- See you.
You know Gilbert has a crush on you, right? What?! No, he doesn't.
See you at the afternoon train.
Say hello to Aunt Jo for me! And it's not true! - What's not true? - Nothing.
Cole was just being ridiculous.
Let's go.
I know you.
Hello again.
What's all this, then? Let's talk numbers.
[KNOCKING] Gilbert? Have you seen Bash? I was hoping he was here.
He was, but and he saw my son and ran off before I could explain.
I never told Bash I had a child, let alone a grown one.
May I ask why not? Because she's ashamed of me.
Gilbert, this is my son, Elijah.
I'm not ashamed of you.
Except when you run with the wrong crowd like you've been doing.
- You wanna speak this now? - [DISTANT WHINNYING] I'm going.
- You just got here.
- I got business.
Can't get no peace here no how, you frettin' all night over some man.
He's bootlegging.
I hate this place sometimes.
Is that why you didn't tell Bash? I didn't tell him because I was worried that he would think less of me if he knew I'd had a child out of wedlock.
That's the truth of it.
You must've been a baby yourself.
Sorry if that sounded forward.
It wasn't my choice, but folks like to judge.
Bash would understand.
I know he would.
You have any idea where he might've gone? He barely knows the Bog.
I went looking for him last night, but - It was freezing last night.
- It was.
Poor Sebastian, he hates the cold.
He hates the cold.
[GIRLS] Oh! Does anyone else feel as triumphant as I do?! - [LAUGHTER] - Oh, my - Moody! - Oh! Oh, no.
- Moody, are you alright? - Yes.
Are you sure? No, no, no, no [EXCLAMATIONS] [BACKGROUND CHATTER] - Have you seen Sebastian? - Gimme my five bucks back.
We didn't want to turn him out, but we didn't want to scare off the customers neither.
- He's here? - Mm-hmm.
Where? [JOCELYN] Drunk as a skunk.
Oh, Sebastian! Hey, Bash, wake up.
Wake up.
Mary, honey, you don't want to get mixed up with the likes of him.
- I do.
- He's a drunkard.
I'm not a drunkard.
I'm heartbroken.
It's not what you thought.
[GILBERT] That man you saw was Mary's son.
Her son? Your son? Does that mean you can marry me? [CHUCKLING IN DISBELIEF] Marry you? [LAUGHTER] [GROANING] - What're you doing here, Blythe? - Oh.
I guess I have a wedding gift for you.
This is the deed to the farm.
I'd like you to sign onto it, because you're my partner.
My family.
I want you to have a stake in the land, fair and square.
[CHUCKLING] We're in this together.
We are.
And, hey, I'm sorry.
I'm not changing the plan.
- [BIRDSONG] - [MAN] Hmm.
How did the madcap caper go? My, my, this is a dreadful turn of events.
What are you going to do? I might be out of ideas.
But you're never out of ideas! - Ahem.
- [RUBY WHIMPERING] It's all my fault.
- It was an accident.
- My whole life's an accident.
Rollings, do we have any ladders? I'm giving you children train fare to get home.
You've had enough adventure for one day.
- Thank you, Aunt Josephine.
- Mm-hmm.
You won't tell Mother and Father about all this, will you? And reduce your opportunities for other enriching adventures? - Never.
- [DIANA LAUGHING] Cole's going through so much.
Were you able to comfort him? He knows I understand him and support him.
I know I disappointed you.
At your soiree.
I got the impression that I'd disappointed you.
No, it's just at the time, I didn't know how much I didn't know.
And now? I'm sorry.
My thinking was narrow.
I understand so much more now.
Life is short and the world is wide, dear heart.
- [BACKGROUND CHATTER] - All aboard! [ANNE] Go, go.
- Here, I can take that.
- Thank you.
Cole! Hurry, you'll miss it.
- Hurry! What are you doing? - I'm not going back.
What? Aunt Jo said I could live with her.
But your family I know.
But I can be free here myself! I need to be who I am.
- All aboard! - [WHISTLE BLOWING] I'll miss you.
All aboard! Final call! Go.
It'll be fine.
This is good.
ANDREWS] Therefore, we are of the opinion that Miss Stacy has proven that she is neither qualified nor an appropriate person to shape the young minds of Avonlea.
Thank you, Progressive Mothers.
Thank you.
Minister please remind our fine community what we should expect from a teacher.
A teacher is expected to enforce rules and keep order.
They must teach obedience, faith, respect for elders, and morality.
These are the tenets of education.
Children should be silent, show respect, be honest - Careful.
- punctual, clean and tidy.
- Watch your step.
- The goal of education is to create a better workforce, with an emphasis on good behaviour.
And the ability to follow directions and utilize memorization.
There is no place for nonsense games and activities.
Memorization and recitation ensure proper education.
- Like this.
- Understanding concepts, or ideas, is not valuable in our goal [RUMBLING] [MURMURINGS] [DOOR CLOSING] Miss Stacy! If you don't mind, we're conducting a meeting! I don't recall your presence being requested! Indeed, my presence was not requested, but I feel I have a right to speak on my own behalf.
[RACHEL] Ahem.
It would be easier on all of us if I left.
You cannot imagine that I want to cause dissent in your community, or that I appreciate being accused of purposefully doing so.
I'm here tonight because I asked myself a question that I ask you now: What is the most important thing to focus on regarding your children's education? Petty jealousy? Prejudice? Fear? The important question to ask yourself is: Are your children learning? I believe the answer is yes.
We have to hurry.
Change is uncomfortable, because the future's unknown.
Yet the future is riding in fast, like a train.
And to the best of my ability, I am here to bring your children forward to meet it.
I understand my methods are unusual, but hands-on learning and active engagement have proven more effective than rote memorization.
Why not encourage them to think for themselves? Why teach only what has come before? Recently, somebody dreamed the telegraph electricity, a steam engine.
Not that long ago, I bet train travel felt too fast, a dangerous innovation, but can you imagine your lives without it now? Dreamers change the world.
Curious minds propel us forward.
My intention is to build strong students with bright futures, not just for them, but for everyone.
That is why I'm here.
[MURMURINGS] What you've just witnessed is the effect of Miss Stacy's methods in action.
She taught us about electricity, but she also showed us the spirit of enthusiasm and curiosity that we needed to make this happen.
Miss Stacy is an inspiration.
We learned more from her in a week than we learned in a year.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.
Different isn't bad, it's just not the same.
There's always another way to look at things.
I returned to Avonlea because I needed what has always been here.
But why would I stay if I can't grow? Miss Stacy supports my ambition to become a doctor.
I believe that she is our chance to help us realize our dreams and become more than we are now.
As someone who lived without change for the bulk of my life and then had great change thrust upon me I can attest that it is the only way to grow and learn.
Let's put this to a vote.
All in favour of keeping Miss Stacy? - [MEN] Hear, hear.
Hear, hear.
- [WOMEN] Yes.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER] [LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER] We did it! - Oh! Good morning, Miss Stacy! - [CHATTER AND LAUGHTER] [ANNE] We're so excited to have you back! - [KNOCKING] - [FOOTSTEPS] No letter? Just some flowers for my mental coffin.
I'll put up some tea.
Did you hear the news? We're taking a trip to Charlottetown.
Have you a mind to tell me why? I do indeed.
[BIRD CALLS] Can we visit Cole and Aunt Josephine while we're in Charlottetown? I suppose we might.
But may I remind you that you are still under punishment for your little adventure.
It was worth it.
I agree.
Step up.
I, Sebastian, take thee, Mary, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health to love and to cherish, till death us do part.
And, Mary, wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death you do part? [SNIFFLING] I will.
I now proclaim Sebastian and Mary husband and wife.
It was a lovely service.
It was lovely.
Remember when I said that an apology can go a long way? For the short time we have left in class together, I resolve to be less obnoxious.
I'll be sticking around, so you've got your work cut out I'm really glad you found your vocation.
I found mine, too.
- What? You go.
- What? You first.
I'm gonna stay and work the farm with Bash like we planned.
College will wait its proper turn.
So you're not leaving school early? I want to be with my family.
[CHATTER] Your turn.
I've decided I'm going to be a teacher, just like Miss Stacy.
Tragical romance and all? Remains to be seen.