When Calls The Heart (2014) s06e00 Episode Script

The Greatest Christmas Blessing

1 Are you ready for an inspirational story? This one is called "The Greatest Christmas Wish.
" "Once upon a time, there was a magical town "where wishes big and small could always be found.
"And living within this magical place, "was a little girl full of wonder and grace.
" [SURPRISED] Ooh! You really like this story, don't you? [SIGHS] "Her Christmas wish, she decided this year, "wouldn't be for herself, but for all she held dear.
"For the greatest Christmas wish will hold much joy, "and be the perfect present for every girl and boy.
" [WHISTLES "JINGLE BELLS"] [DOOR OPENS] You got the cinnamon? Right here.
Good.
What's wrong? Wilma just told me she's bringing mashed potatoes instead of pumpkin pie on Christmas Eve.
We're gonna be short on desserts.
My mother's figgy pudding is all you're going to need for the feast.
How's that coming? Well, the recipe's coming back to me, mostly.
You need some help? You only have four more days to pull this off.
You worry about those other dishes.
[SIGHS] Is that all the cinnamon you're gonna add? Have a little confidence.
Oh, certainly.
That's exactly what I have.
I just can't remember if my mother added salt.
Hmm.
Maybe I can convince Mrs.
Wolfe to bring a pumpkin pie instead of string beans.
None of us have had it easy, but being a single parent from the get-go seems especially hard.
She seems to be holding up well.
[KNOCKING] Hi.
We have a few things for you.
Oh, come on in.
Thank you.
It's just a few things for the baby.
That's very sweet of you.
I'll take them upstairs, it's heavy.
Oh, no no no.
Florence, that's all right.
I've got it.
Light as a feather.
Elizabeth, the only thing you should be taking upstairs is your baby.
Well, my baby isn't due for another month, so.
I'm just fine.
Between teaching and getting ready for the baby, you already have your hands full.
I can do it.
See? Well, you're truly amazing.
Just doing the best I can.
And thank you.
Of course.
[DOOR CLOSES] [EXHAUSTED BREATHING] [SIGHS] So the big day is almost here.
You excited? [ALL] Yeah! And later, we'll put your wishes on the wishing tree.
Yes, Opal? But the wishing tree isn't up yet.
Oh, but I hear it's coming this morning.
Now, put some thought into your wish.
What's your Christmas wish, Mrs Thornton? It's to have a healthy baby.
My mom says that Mountie Jack can see the baby from heaven.
Do you think that's true? I do.
So do I.
[DISTANT CAROLLING] Who's singing? ["GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN"] Remember Christ our Saviour.
Who are they? I don't know.
They're headed to town.
Yeah.
Can we go see what's going on? [BOTH] Yeah! Let's finish our ornaments first.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy Come on.
Everyone inside.
Let's get warm.
Here are two for you, for the wishing tree.
Oh, here you are.
For the wishing tree.
Thank you, Rosemary.
Choose your wish wisely.
I will.
[LAUGHS] Oh, Wilma.
Hi.
Here you are.
[GROUP SINGS "GOD RES YE MERRY GENTLEMEN"] This day is born a Saviour Of a pure virgin bright To free all those who trust in Him From Satan's power and might O tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy Watch your step.
Thank you.
Yeah, of course.
Nothing like carolling in the morning to clear out your lungs.
[LAUGHS] Oh, this is our mayor, Abigail Stanton, and Sheriff Bill Avery.
Hello, Mayor Stanton.
Sheriff.
Please, call me Abigail.
My name is Lillian, and this is my sister, Grace.
Good morning.
Good morning, Grace.
And this is Lee, and Rosemary Coulter.
Hello.
Oh, look at all these lovely little faces.
I was on my way back from cutting the wishing tree and I found them on the side of the road.
Yeah, the wheel on our wagon broke.
Yeah, it's in pretty bad shape.
Someone was riding a little too fast and hit a hole.
Truly, that hole came out of nowhere.
Well, I can have a few of my men pull it into town if you like.
That's very kind, thank you.
Well, in the meantime, why don't you and the children come in the cafe and have some hot chocolate? [CHILDREN] Yes! [UNCOMFORTABLY] No, thank you.
We don't want to trouble you.
Well, I'm having a special today.
Chocolate is free.
- [CHILDREN] Yes!!! - Woo-hoo!!! Well, in that case.
Okay children, come on in.
Take a seat anywhere.
Mind your manners, everyone.
Thanks.
Oh, you're welcome.
Have a seat.
I'll get you some nice hot chocolate.
Let us help you.
Oh, no, it's fine.
Oh, we appreciate your charity, but we would really like to lend a hand.
Okay, the kitchen is this way.
That's it, easy does it.
Here we go.
Got it? Okay, guys, just into the middle of the street.
There you go.
That's it.
Thanks, fellas.
Careful.
Good.
Whew.
All right, I'll head out and grab their wagon now.
Okay.
Oh, take Michael and Kurt with you, and before you go [GASPS] Did you get 'em? It wasn't easy, lemme tell ya.
That's okay.
[LAUGHS] Thank you.
Yeah, anytime I can help.
Now go on, get outta here.
All right.
Well, it looks like hot chocolate agrees with them.
Not just them.
[GULPS] Sorry.
So where are you headed? Brookfield.
We're opening an orphanage there.
Oh.
So, are these children Yes.
We started an orphanage earlier this year in Fairview, but we ran out of money.
So, we're moving to Brookfield to the house I grew up in.
So you're going home.
It was never my home.
[DOOR OPENS] Can I have a muffin to take with me? Millie look! Thank you.
[DOOR CLOSES] He looks so familiar.
- Is that him? - Gowen, Gowen.
I've got an ornament for you.
No, no thank you.
Yes, you can put it on the tree.
No, no, thank you.
Oh, well.
Good morning you two, would you like an ornament for the tree? So, how long have you been on the road? About 12 days.
That's a long time.
Just need a couple more to get to Brookfield.
Where you coming from? Fairview.
But we stopped in Birch Lake to pick up a couple of the boys from the government-run orphanage.
They were beyond capacity.
Well, wait.
You're headed to Brookfield from Birch Lake.
Why would you come through Hope Valley? It's not the direct route.
I thought we'd take the scenic route.
So, we'll need a new wheel.
Where's your blacksmith? He's out of town for the holidays.
You're kidding? When's he get back? Not til next week.
I told the children they'd be in their new place for Christmas.
Well, it won't be happening.
Well, is there a spare 42-inch wheel with a three-inch hub? [LAUGHS] Well, doesn't look like it.
How do you know so much about wheels? My adoptive father was an engineer.
He taught me a lot.
It's too bad he wasn't a blacksmith, too.
[LAUGHS] Yeah.
Elizabeth, you should be sitting down.
Oh, no.
I'm fine.
Look at you.
May I? Sure.
You're so close.
Oh, a month actually feels like a long time.
Do you think it's a boy or a girl? We'll find out soon enough.
Bye.
Bye.
In a month or so, all this attention will be on your baby.
Something to look forward to.
[LAUGHS] How's the baby's room coming along? Oh, it's coming along.
I just have a few final things to do.
I can't wait to see it.
Mmhmm, I'll have it ready soon.
And how's the Christmas Feast coming along? Well, the menu is ever-changing.
Why? I just assumed everyone would bring their favourite family recipe.
Yes, some people are having difficulty deciding what that might be.
Ah.
[LAUGHS] I'm so sorry that Becky won't be coming this year.
I know.
But I'm happy that she's getting to spend time with her aunt.
Hey mom, who are those kids over there? Oh, Cody, they're on their way to a new orphanage.
Their wagon broke down just outside of town.
Oh.
Hi.
My name's Cody.
I'm sure your mother is going to love it.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas Clara.
[LAUGHS] Oh, hi.
Hello.
Hello.
Hello.
Busy? Well, it is that time of the year.
Too busy for An early Christmas present? You want me to open it now? Mm-hmm.
I told you not to go overboard.
Oh, it's nothing special.
Come on, open it.
[TEARING UP] The Christmas performance of The Nutcracker in Union City.
You said you've always wanted to see it.
Thank you.
Yeah.
That's a neat sign.
It's from a parade we had last year.
What did you do for Christmas last year? We had a little tree, but we didn't really celebrate Christmas.
What? That's crazy.
Robert! It's no big deal.
But this year, Miss Lillian and Miss Grace said that we'd have real Christmas.
In Brookfield.
But that's not happening now, Jimmy.
Do you want to find some sticks for his arms? Sure.
Cody! You having fun? Are you okay? I remember when I didn't have a mom.
But you have one now.
Yeah, but What about these boys? Well, maybe one day they'll have a mom, too.
But until then, they have Lillian and Grace.
Yeah.
I don't think they'll ever be as lucky as me.
Oh, Cody.
I wish I could do something for them.
Well, who says you can't? Who would like more tea? Oh, please.
So, will you be staying in town for the holidays? We're not going anywhere on that broken wheel.
Hmm.
Although, on the plus side, you can be our guests of honour at the Christmas dinner this year.
Oh, sounds like fun.
May I please have a cookie? Is there a good place to camp nearby? There is no need to camp, I have plenty of room here.
Yes, and I can make room at my place.
That's very kind of you both, but we can't.
Sure we can.
Grace.
What? What? It's nippy out.
And we brought plenty of blankets.
And we've camped in cold weather before.
Okay, but now we don't have to.
Besides, I feel bad weather coming.
You do? Mmmhmm.
Storm's brewing.
Could be a few days, maybe a week.
Grace has an uncanny sense for the weather.
She's like, a human barometer.
Well, regardless of any of that, we won't take no for an answer.
Cody is getting along so well with the boys that they can stay here.
And the girls can stay with me.
Okay, so I'll go with the girls, and you can stay here with the boys.
Wonderful.
It's decided.
Okay.
But we'll want to give back for all your generosity.
That is not necessary.
Oh, please.
Let us share some of our Christmas spirit with your wonderful town.
[LAUGHS] Elizabeth.
How's your cookie? You're awfully quiet over there.
[CAROLLERS SING "HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING"] Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies With the angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King Christ, by highest heaven adored Christ, the everlasting Lord Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the virgin's womb.
[DOOR OPENS] [WHISPERS] We're gathering wishes for the children.
Okay.
Okay.
Come on, let's go! Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born King Well, I really should get back to work.
We have a lot of orders to fill.
You've been working really hard, Rosemary.
[LAUGHS] It's true.
Where's Dottie these days? Well, if you can believe it, business is so good, she's actually thinking of opening up another shop.
Really? Yes, she's in Union City right now checking out new locations.
Oh, in that case Rosemary, don't worry about taking me to Benson Hills.
Rosemary was going to take me to get a stroller.
And I still am.
Before Christmas, I promise.
Children, what are you doing? Hi, Mrs.
Thornton.
Well, hello.
Now, remember the idea is you're only supposed to take one ornament off the tree to make someone's wish come true.
We're taking down all our wishes.
Why? We want to change them.
We just have one wish this year.
It's from all of us.
It was Cody's idea.
You should be very proud.
I most certainly am.
Lillian, thank you for adding to our dessert menu.
It's my pleasure.
And speaking of desserts, Bill, how's yours coming? It's still a work in progress.
Hey Mom, can I go sledding with some of the boys? You have school in about an hour.
I know, but they've never been sledding before.
I'll be back in time for school.
Is it okay with you? I'll make sure they make it back in time.
[ALL] Yes! Come on, let's go! Thanks, Lillian.
Good luck.
Hmm.
What? Still stumped by the pudding recipe? No, it's these sisters.
They're going from Birch Lake to Brookfield, it just doesn't make sense that they'd travel so far out of their way to come through Hope Valley.
I get the feeling that something's not quite right with them.
I'll check them out.
Oh, that's all right.
I'll clean up.
Oh, nonsense.
What are we, girls? [BOTH] A team! [LAUGHS] Oh, well thank you.
Now, your name is Millie, right? That's right.
I have hardly heard you say even two words since you've been here.
That's cause she doesn't talk.
Oh.
Well, what does Millie like to do? She likes to read.
Hmm.
Reading, huh? [KNOCKING AT DOOR] Come in.
Good morning.
Hello, Elizabeth.
This is Millie.
Oh hi, Millie.
Now, I just found out that Millie is quite the little reader, and I thought, who better to offer her a selection of reading material than you? Well, you have come to the right place.
I think you might be able to find something among those books over there.
So why don't you thumb through them and see if you can find something good? Here we go I just found out she doesn't speak at all.
Something medical? She hasn't been with them very long, so Grace doesn't know.
Well, maybe you should send them over to see Carson.
He might be able to examine her.
That's a wonderful idea.
Oh, and I almost forgot.
I made this for the baby.
Rosemary, thank you.
It's beautiful.
I'll just take it right up to the baby's room.
No, no, no.
I can do it later.
It's not a problem.
Well, it's fine.
I'll do it.
All right.
That is an excellent choice.
Would you like to borrow it? [SIGHS] Abigail, wait, wait.
Come here.
I think this is the one.
I can feel it.
There.
Oh, that should do.
Wait for me.
Hmm? Not quite there.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
I wrote down all my mom's ingredients, I just don't have the right portions.
Let me see.
Eggs, flour, figs, milk, butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, water, and dates.
Yeah.
What about the secret ingredient that goes into every homemade baked good? Secret ingredient? Love.
Funny.
It's not just an expression, Bill.
Well, if you find any at the store, make sure you pick me up some.
That's the point.
You can't buy it.
[DOOR CLOSES] Carson, Faith.
Hi, Rosemary.
This is Lillian and her sister, Grace, and this little one is Millie.
Hello.
It's nice to meet you.
I've heard about you two.
You run the orphanage, right? That's right.
We were hoping you could take a look at Millie.
Yeah, sure.
What seems to be the problem? Millie doesn't speak.
Or at least, we're told she hasn't spoken in quite a while.
We don't know what the problem is.
Well, Millie.
Why don't we go over here and take a look at you? Let's sit you up right here.
One, two, three! Well, you have some bright eyes, young lady.
Do you know what that tells me? It tells me you've got a lot going on right up here.
You're constantly thinking, aren't you? Thank you.
Open up.
Hmm.
Well, I'm gonna have to give this some serious thought.
Oh, well, not too serious, doctor? You remember what happened last time you did that.
Oh, I'll be fine, nurse.
Hmm.
[SNORES] [GIGGLES] [SNORTS] What happened? Who moved the barn? [LAUGHS] [CARSON] Did it happen again? [FAITH] It sure did.
I am so sorry, I am so embarrassed.
Excuse me, please.
She's able to make sounds, so if she spoke before, she probably still can.
Hmm.
Millie.
Can you say something? Anything? Even boo! I'll do some research and get back to you.
Thank you, Doctor Shepherd.
That was a very nice thing you did, taking down all of your Christmas wishes.
But now we have to make Christmas special for the orphans.
Well, you could get to know them.
Play with them.
I think they'd like presents.
Yeah.
What kid wouldn't like presents? [LAUGHS] That's true.
We could put all our money together and buy them toys.
But, the mercantile is low on toys, and if we ordered them, they won't get here in time.
What if we chose one of our own toys to give away? You mean like the ones we don't use much anymore.
Or ones you really like.
Wouldn't that be special? Like our kite.
It needs a new tail, but we could fix it.
I have some favourite dolls.
I have a dollhouse.
If I painted it, it would be as good as new.
That's a wonderful idea.
Now since this is the final day of school, consider this a take-home project.
I'll be around if you need any help, but I can already tell you're on the right track.
[MUMBLING TO HERSELF] Oh, Rosemary! Oh, hello.
Hi.
I just ran into Florence.
She told me that you and Abigail were swamped at the Christmas Eve feast.
Yes, indeed.
It seems every time I cross off a to-do, another three appear.
Just tell me what you need.
I want to help.
Wonderful, thank you.
Well, we definitely need help decorating the saloon.
Perfect.
And how are you with desserts? Not so perfect.
Decorations it is.
Let's see.
We'll need ornaments for the Christmas tree.
I was thinking snow-covered pinecones, white and gold ribbon, green garland, handcrafted snowflakes.
And table runners, preferably gold.
Candles, plates, silverware, drinking glasses, cups and saucers What am I forgetting? Perhaps I should make you a list.
A list would be great.
Come this way.
[FOOTSTEPS IN SNOW] There you are, and there you are.
Thank you.
Morning, Ned.
Good morning.
What do I owe you? That'll be 75 cents.
Thank you.
Hi.
[CASH REGISTER DINGS] That's very nice.
Thank you.
All right, take care.
Yeah.
Bye.
Good morning, Henry.
Morning.
Chilly out there.
Oh yeah? [DOOR CREAKS OPEN] What can I do for you? Well, that's that's a very nice book.
What would you like? Come on in.
I don't think she talks, Henry.
Oh.
Well, I think she'd like you to read to her.
Oh.
Would you like to sit? Well, it looks like a nice book.
"The Greatest Christmas Wish.
" All right.
"The young girl skipped through the magical town, "marvelling at the glittering snow on the ground.
"Passing the baker's shop, "she paused to see all the wonderful goodies "he made merrily.
"He called out in his cheery way, "what her Christmas wish was on this beautiful day.
"Laughing, she asked what he thought it might be.
"He wrinkled his brow and answered cookies and tea.
"She smiled and said, though that wish is just fine.
"However lovely, that wish is not mine.
" That's nice.
I hear your kids are doing something special for the orphans.
Yes, they are.
Is this all for your Christmas Eve dish? What? Oh, I was just asking you what you were making for the feast.
Oh.
Apple dumplings.
Ah! It's just, I've never seen you purchase these items before.
Well, they're sweet, sour, salty, crunchy, and that pretty much covers all of my cravings, Ned.
Sardines? They go with the pickled eggs! Carbonated water.
On the house.
For you.
Thank you.
Enjoy.
Hello.
- Hey.
- Hey.
You ready? I might need another hour or maybe two.
Like the night air, our business is brisk.
Ooh.
Still can't believe you got those tickets for me.
Why? Well, I never really knew you appreciated "The Nutcracker".
I mean, it is ballet.
Ballet? You knew that, right? 'Course.
[LAUGHS WEAKLY] You two are going to "The Nutcracker"? Jessie got us tickets.
The Christmas performance in Union City.
At the Vogue? Mmhmm.
Oh my goodness, that's their big show.
Ball gowns, tuxedos, it's a very fancy affair.
[NERVOUS] Uh-huh.
I have to get back to work.
Okay.
I'll see you in a bit.
Mmmhmm.
Jessie I could get this tuxedo here in two days, if you're interested.
It's on special.
Oh, wow.
And, how much does that cost? Oh, uh, there's the price.
You know what? That's okay.
Uh, I have a suit already.
It'll work just fine, I think.
All right.
Thanks though.
Mmmhmm.
So, we can't find anything physically wrong with Millie.
So, do you think it's psychological? What can you tell me about her upbringing? We know she lived in a couple of other orphanages.
Oh, that had to be hard.
Yeah, it is.
Don't worry, it's fine.
Fine? What did I miss? Grace and I were orphaned.
I was seven and she was five.
Our parents died of tuberculosis.
And we ended up in different orphanages.
Oh, my.
So you both know what it's like, then.
Well, I was adopted when I was 8.
You know, no one no one ever picked me.
So, we lost touch.
But when I was old enough, I set out looking for her, and it wasn't easy.
But this past February, she found me.
I was working as a waitress in a seafood restaurant.
It was the happiest day of my life.
Mine too.
[LAUGHS] And soon after, we decided we'd open our own orphanage.
You know, we want to do this differently.
So, you're moving the orphanage to the house that you grew up in.
Wait, so this is the first Christmas that you two have spent together since you were kids? Yeah, it is.
It's not exactly what you were thinking it'd be, I'm sure.
Oh, we're together and that's all that matters.
Well, I think you two might find that Christmas in Hope Valley is pretty special.
So it's a Christmas stew then.
- Great.
- Wonderful.
Ladies.
Hi.
Bertha has decided not to make a roast.
It's a Christmas stew now.
Oh, sounds good.
What is Christmas without a roast? I'll make it.
When I asked people to bring their favourite holiday dish, I didn't realize they'd have such a hard time deciding.
Too many to choose from.
I guess.
But it's made the menu for the Christmas Eve feast a moving target.
I just hope Ned has all the ingredients I need.
The shelves are starting to look a little bare.
And you have a few more mouths to feed.
Oh, with Lilly and Grace and their children, you're right.
Their stories checked out by the way.
What did you find out? I wired Birch Lake and Fairview.
And? Well, it turns out these sisters recently closed their orphanage, and then they picked up a couple kids in Birch Lake about six days ago.
Good.
Now you can focus on more important things, like your figgy pudding.
I think I got it figured out.
[LAUGHS] Elizabeth, how are you doing? Hi.
I'm all right.
Oh, are you sure? What's wrong? I'm just scared.
Why? I don't feel ready.
For the baby? What does that say about me? Well, I can tell you, not feeling ready is pretty normal for your first child.
Abigail, I can't even bring myself to set up the baby's room.
[SIGHS] Oh.
I always thought I'd be doing it with Jack.
Not having him here, it's just overwhelming.
Well, one day very soon, when you're holding your baby, the only thing you will be overwhelmed by is how much you love him or her.
I should really be getting home.
Oh.
Thank you.
Abigail! I spoke with Florence and Molly, and they have agreed to help us set up the saloon for the Christmas Eve feast.
What is it, Abigail? Do you have plans tonight? No, why? [JESSE] Lee, I don't think this is gonna work.
Oh, come on down.
Let's have a look.
Right? Okay.
[LAUGHING] I told you this wasn't gonna fit.
Uh I thought maybe Rosemary could let it out a bit, but No, that's not gonna work.
How are the shoes? Oh, well the shoes actually fit fine.
Oh, well, that's one thing.
We got the shoes.
[ALL] Yeah.
[LAUGHS] [SOFT KNOCK AT DOOR] Hi.
That's really very nice of you but you don't have to Ah-ah-ah-ah! We won't take no for an answer so don't even try.
We have everything you'll need.
I've got a selection of drapery, regardless of whether you have a boy or a girl.
And here are three selections of wallpaper for you to choose from.
Your choice.
But this one's the best.
All right, ladies.
Let's get to work.
This was your idea, wasn't it? Well, I know you are strong, Elizabeth.
But, together, we are stronger.
[INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF "DECK THE HALLS"] [BOTH GASP] Ah, yes.
There we go.
Okay.
Good.
[LIGHT HAMMERING] Good, good.
Yes.
Open your eyes.
So? What do you think? Oh It's beautiful.
Really? Because I could switch out the curtains.
[TEARING UP] No, no, no, no.
It's perfect.
Thank you all.
So much.
Elizabeth.
We're family.
And this is what family does for each other.
It's just missing one thing.
What's it missing.
Oh, I told you we should have brought flowers.
There.
Now the room is complete.
Lee.
Have a seat, I've got pancakes.
Get em while they're hot.
Oh, I would love to sweetheart, but I have to go to work.
[DISAPPOINTED] Oh.
Come on, girls.
We're leaving.
Wait, what? You're leaving as well? Yeah, I'm going to Abigail's.
What, no! You can eat here.
Oh, thank you so much, but I have a morning ritual with Thomas, one of our boys, and I really don't want to miss it.
Well, if you're going to Abigail's place, I can drop you off on my way to work.
Oh, that would be great.
Thanks.
Great.
Come on, girls! Can we stay for a while? No, we're going to Abigail's to see the boys! [ALL] Aww You know what? Why don't you leave them here with me? Are you sure? They're kind of, you know, a handful.
Are you kidding me? They're little angels.
And besides, I've got all these pancakes.
I'll drop them off at Abigail's on my way to work.
Thank you.
HmmMmm.
Shall we? All right, girls.
Breakfast is ready.
[ALL] Yay! Close your eyes, please.
All right.
For the surprise.
Oh? Are they closed? Shut tight.
Promise? I promise.
Okay.
Open them.
Oh? What do you think? You're wearing my How do we look? [LAUGHS] Like you are ready to go out on the town.
You know, I wore that dress a few Christmases ago.
I'm wearing that one this Christmas, and I might wear your dress next Christmas.
So I guess that makes you Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future.
[GIGGLES] Hi.
Of course.
Thank you.
Hi.
I see you're out for your daily walk.
Yes, well, my doctor has been very firm about me getting enough fresh air and exercise.
Sounds like a wise man.
Yes, very wise.
Let's not have you catch a chill while you're following orders.
Thank you, Carson.
And how about your fruit and vegetables? Are you getting enough? I know it's tough with it being winter.
Abigail has been keeping me in constant supply thanks to all the canning she did this fall.
Wonderful.
Don't forget our appointment next week.
It's on the calendar.
Okay then, we'll see you at the feast.
Wouldn't miss it.
- Okay.
Bye.
- Bye.
Hi.
Don't worry, Thomas.
She'll be here.
There she is! I told ya.
I wouldn't miss this.
I have it ready.
Okay, let's do this.
All right.
"Thomas Baker.
" There you go.
[SIGHS] Crisis averted.
Why do you think his mom started doing that? I don't know, but it's really sweet of you to keep up the morning tradition.
[LAUGHS] Well, I mean, you can do it too.
I think it's more special for him if only one of us does it.
But, if need be, I will jump in.
[LAUGHS] So, how'd it go? I'm worried.
You're always worried.
And you're never worried enough.
We could be in serious trouble.
Bill.
What are you doing? Getting more baking supplies.
I thought you said you had it figured out.
I was wrong.
It's still missing something.
Hmm.
Oh, Ned.
Do you have any stockings? How many do you need? Eight.
That's a lot.
It's for the children that came to town.
I'll check.
Thank you.
Why eight stockings? Because there are eight of them.
There's seven.
Eight.
There you are.
Oh, thank you.
That'll be $2.
Here you go.
Thank you.
I was told on those wires that the sisters left with five, and picked up two more.
Then you were given bad information.
Or you miscounted.
I know how to count to eight.
[FOOTSTEPS] Hi.
Hi.
What is it? Nothing.
Not bad.
My shirt fits you perfectly.
It really does.
You don't happen to have a fancy coat and pants, do ya? No, sorry.
Hmm.
You know? Henry left a coat here.
I wonder if that would fit.
Here, this is it.
Here, try that.
Hey.
Yeah.
That works.
Yeah? Isn't it a little too short though? Looks good enough.
You'll be a trendsetter.
Yeah.
What about the pants? Hmm, pants.
You know, there is one other guy in town I can think of that might be the same size as you.
"The young girl proceeded to make several more stops.
"A seamstress, cobbler, and hat-maker shops.
"They all noticed the twinkle in her pretty blue eyes, "and asked what she wanted for her Christmas surprise.
"She shook her head and gave them no clues.
"They shouted out" A bonnet? A dress? "Perhaps new shoes?" "She smiled and said "Though those wishes are fine, "however lovely, those wishes are not mine.
" Is that all right? That stew smells delicious.
It was my Mom's favourite recipe.
Do you two remember anything from your Christmases together? Growing up? Our last Christmas I was only five, so no, not much.
Do you remember the matching pyjamas? Yeah, that's right! Matching pyjamas for the both of you? For the whole family.
Oh.
We would all wear them on Christmas day.
[CHILDREN LAUGHING] One moment.
Bill, what's going on? I'm trying to count these boys that came with Lillian and Grace.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
I'm Robert.
[LAUGHS] Bill.
I've lived here for a long time? Oh, right.
That means there's five boys and three girls.
It's eight.
Abigail was right.
Of course she was.
[LAUGHS] Bill.
Lee wants your pants.
Excuse me? Your fanciest pair.
Please.
[SIGHS] Well, the baby's room is ready, Jack.
But I'm not sure that I am.
[SIGHS] Oh, sorry Bill.
The oven is taken.
Oh, that's fine.
Can I talk to you for a second? Sure.
I got a wire confirming what I told you.
Lillian and Grace left their orphanage with five kids.
They picked up two more in Birch Lake.
Where did the eighth kid come from? I don't know.
They're not telling us something.
I'm sure there's a simple explanation.
I don't share your optimism.
Well, I guess the only way we find out is to ask them.
Just keep this under wraps for now, until I do some more digging.
Okay.
Thank you so much for helping, Clara.
Oh, no problem.
What would Christmas be without a last-minute order? [LAUGHS] Exactly.
This is going to bring happiness to some people who desperately need it.
Mm.
That's what Christmas is all about.
Speaking of which, how is the big Christmas Eve feast coming along? [LAUGHS] Oh, there is so much to do.
But, Lillian and Grace and the children have offered to sing Christmas carols at it.
I hear Abigail is having trouble with people changing their minds on the dishes that they're bringing in? It is true.
But, so far, she has arranged for 12 appetizers, 11 side dishes, and 10 soups and salads.
And a partridge in a pear tree? [GIGGLES] I'll have to check on that.
Opal, what's going on? I've got a lot of toys, and I don't know which one would make a special Christmas present.
Oh well.
I can think of one way you could decide.
How? Just ask yourself which present would make Christmas special for you.
These children are just like any other children.
[EXCITEDLY] I've got it.
Thanks, Mrs Thornton.
You're welcome.
Rosemary.
[LAUGHS] Elizabeth, I am so sorry.
I didn't even see you.
I have a million things to do.
But I haven't forgot my promise.
It can wait.
Nonsense, Elizabeth.
I only have three four.
Four more errands to run.
But then I am all yours.
Rosemary, really.
I don't mind.
Elizabeth.
I am taking you to Benson Hills today.
You can count on it.
[LAUGHS] [CHILDREN LAUGHING] Whoa! Nice throw! Ha, ha, ha! Here you go.
You're quiet.
Just thinking.
About what? Mom and Dad.
This time of year always makes me miss them more.
Me too.
Do you remember much? Mom smelled like lilacs.
I remember how much she loved that bush out front.
And I remember her running outside with a broom, to shoo Dad away every time he got too close.
That man loved to prune.
See, this is why I don't talk about them.
There's nothing wrong with tears, Grace.
They don't change anything.
Sometimes they make you feel better.
You should try it sometime.
Can I talk to you both in the parlour? Absolutely.
Okay.
The roast is in.
Hi.
Can we all have a seat? Sure.
What's going on, Bill? Something didn't sit right with your story of how you ended up here.
And then I found out you have an extra kid.
So I did a little digging, I contacted every Mountie station within a hundred mile radius.
This is from Woodman Falls Mountie station down south.
A little girl named Millie missing from her orphanage.
Lillian and Grace are accused of taking her.
You took her from the orphanage?! No.
We can explain.
At this point, you'll have to tell it to a judge.
You two are in serious trouble.
I'm taking Millie back.
This isn't what it looks like, okay? The train to Woodman Falls arrives in one hour.
Please, don't take her.
The coach to the station arrives in a half hour, and Millie and I will be on that.
It was my fault! I hid Millie in the wagon! Don't take my sister! When Charlotte came to us in July, she told us about her little sister, Millie, and how they'd been split up.
We promised we would find her, and we've been searching for Millie ever since.
So when we found her at the Woodman Falls orphanage, we contacted the director, who said that if we filed the correct paperwork, he would transfer her to us.
It took time to get all the documentation that the government requires, but we filed.
All we needed was the director's signature.
By the time we got there, the director had taken a new position, and the new director refused to honour what the other one said.
So you took her.
No, um We wired a judge.
But he wired back and said that we'd have to wait a month for him to be in town.
So then you took her.
Bill, let them talk.
No.
We left her there.
Or so we thought.
We told her that we'd come back for her in a month, after we set up the orphanage in Brookfield.
And that we would fight it in court.
And when we tried one more time to convince Ms McCutchen to let Millie go Miss McCutchen is the new director of the Woodman Falls orphanage.
Millie snuck out.
Me and the rest of the kids hid her in the back of the wagon with us.
We didn't find her until the wagon wheel broke, and I was unloading the kids to see if I could fix it.
When we got to town, we were scared and we didn't know what to do, but we are not lawbreakers.
Bill They're here now.
At least let them spend Christmas together.
Pretty please? I mean, what's a couple extra days? I've already sent a wire informing them that I'll be taking Millie back today.
If it's as you say, then you shouldn't be in big trouble.
But I have to take her back.
Thank you.
What is it? You look like our dad.
It won't always be like this.
You be brave and you'll get through it.
We have to go.
We'll get you back.
Promise.
Bye, Millie.
Can you say goodbye? You can talk.
I know you can.
I'm sorry.
Come on.
Look.
We know where she is.
We're going to raise money and hire a lawyer, okay? [CHILDREN] Millie! Oh, Millie! Thank you.
I'll wire the Woodman Hills Mountie station and let them know that I missed the train.
I'll get her there after Christmas.
This only buys you a couple days.
[PANICKED] My roast! Oh, excuse me children! [PANICKED] Oh, oh! [GASPS] Maybe people will like it well done? Not that well done.
No, I'm sold out.
What about a turkey? No, no.
I've got nothing.
And I'm closed on Christmas, so my next shipment isn't due for a couple of days.
Oh, I need a main dish for the feast tonight.
Do you have any idea where I can get another roast? A long shot would be Benson Hills, I suppose.
Oh, great idea.
Let's wire them.
Are you going to try making your figgy pudding again? I don't know, it's not coming out right.
Figgy pudding? Figgy pudding was our favourite dessert.
What do you say you give it another shot? Why not? Group project! Oh, wait, no, no.
I wasn't I didn't mean It's going to be fun together.
Fine.
Well then, let's be organized about this, shall we? I'm gonna need two cups of flour from you.
Two cracked eggs from you, please.
And one tablespoon of ground nutmeg from you, please.
Are you sure you don't mind? It's Christmas Eve.
Oh, shush, shush, shush.
We'll be there and back in no time.
Rosemary! I have a huge favour to ask you.
Yes, of course.
I need to get a roast by tonight.
Oh yes, I heard about the mishap.
Ned is out.
He wired Benson Hills, the butcher there has one.
He's holding it for me.
I have to pick it up by 5:00.
Well, take Abigail.
My stroller can wait.
No, no, no.
I can take both of you.
We just need to find a bigger car.
[ENGINE PUTTERS] And I know just the person who has one.
Oh.
Oh, oh, oh! Mmm.
That's what I'm talking about.
What did I do different? I'm looking for Sheriff Bill Avery.
Well, you found him.
I'm Agnes McCutchen.
I'm here to pick up Millie and return her to my orphanage.
How did you get here so fast? I left last night, once I heard that Millie was here.
I've dealt with Lillian and Grace, I know how much they want that little girl, so I left nothing to chance.
And, sure enough, once I reached Buxton, I wired the Mountie Station, and they informed me you had missed your train.
I'm guessing those two women had something to do with that.
I was going to take Millie back after Christmas.
Now you don't have to.
Once I collect Millie, we'll be on our way.
This one and her sister should be arrested.
Not if their story holds up.
Even if what they say is true, they should have brought Millie straight back.
How? Our wheel was broken.
Are you going to arrest them, or are you going to find a lawman who will? Shouldn't this be about what's best for the little girl? Believe me, it is.
I get it.
You were young and inexperienced, you don't understand.
Understand what? Millie doesn't talk.
I can see that.
So she needs to learn how to sign.
What kind of training do you and your sister have in that? Running an orphanage is hard.
Being an orphan is harder.
I don't know where you got your license, but being an orphan doesn't qualify you to run an orphanage.
No.
But giving these kids real love and emotional support does.
Millie needs the professional services I can provide at my orphanage.
More than anything, what she needs is her sister.
Are you going to do your job? Charlotte says that Millie can speak.
The doctor in town says she has no physical problems.
Just talk to him.
Please.
If you don't retrieve her, I will wire the Mountie station in Buxton.
Millie's at a friend of mine's house with the other girls.
You go with Lillian to talk with Doctor Shepard.
I'll get Millie.
I'll bring her to you there.
[CAR ENGINE PUTTERS] All right.
There you are.
Thank you.
Ooh.
Okay.
I will go buy the stroller, and you two get the roast.
- Mm-hmm.
- Okay.
We'll pick you up in front of the shop.
All right.
No, no, we're here, we're here! Abigail Stanton.
You're holding a roast for me.
I was holding a roast for you.
I sold it five minutes ago.
[GASPS] Are you kidding? Sorry, Ma'am.
It was a hot commodity.
I had a grandmother waiting for an hour to see if you'd make it.
I couldn't say no.
Oh, well.
I guess you couldn't.
Do you have a turkey? Sorry, Ma'am.
Sold out.
A chicken? What do you have? You know what? Bill's pants fit you like a glove.
Between my shoes, Carson's shirt, Henry's jacket, and Bill's pants, you have an outfit.
I feel like a human puzzle.
[LAUGHS] Well, there's one more piece to the puzzle.
Here.
These are, uh, my dad's cufflinks.
I wore 'em on my first date with Rosemary, so I know they're good luck.
Thanks, Lee.
For everything.
Yeah.
You're welcome.
Now go on, get outta here.
I got a lot of work to do if I'm gonna get to that feast on time.
I'll see you later.
Okay.
Chestnuts! Excuse me, Sir, would you like some chestnuts? Look, sweetheart I miss you, Jack.
Your strength.
Your laughter, your presence.
Could really use all of that right about now.
I just wish you were here.
Take a walk with me.
Come on, let's go.
[ENGINE PUTTERS] Elizabeth.
Hi.
Are you okay? Couldn't be better.
Did you get the roast? Not quite.
[LAUGHS] Salami.
A salami? [LAUGHS] Millie seems like a very bright girl who can make sounds.
I think her problem is purely psychological.
Charlotte says she used to be a chatterbox.
She stopped talking on the day they were told they were going to different orphanages.
All the kids brought to me have suffered a lot.
All I can do is help them function in society, which is what I'm trying to do with Millie.
Well, how much are you helping if she's still not talking? She's been at my orphanage for over a year, and she's never uttered a word, so I have to assume she never will.
That is why she needs to learn how to sign.
I am trying to teach her.
But she's resistant.
The other director was ready to transfer her to us.
Well, there's a reason why he left.
He wasn't cut out for the job.
What is the harm in letting Millie stay with her sister for a little while? My job is to prepare my orphans for life in the real world.
And for Millie, that means getting along without words.
You can afford to be sentimental.
I can't.
Where is she? She's at the saloon.
Saloon? She's getting ready for the feast with the rest of the orphans.
Can you at least let her stay for that? No.
It's time to go.
I will get her myself.
[ENGINE PUTTERS] You know what I love about Christmas? There are so many things.
You can pick just one? It's the feeling.
The feeling? Of being with family and friends.
Oh, the feeling I feel right now.
Aww Yes, exactly.
And of making other people happy.
And reliving old traditions.
Creating new ones.
[LAUGHS] Like Christmas salami.
Precisely.
[ALL LAUGH] Oh, Sheriff.
Mrs.
Blakely sent us to get your figgy pudding.
Girls, I'm a little preoccupied right now.
But the feast is about to begin.
Well, that's all right.
Nobody eats dessert first.
Oh, I do.
Especially if it's figgy pudding.
All right.
Just go get it.
Thanks, Sheriff.
You sure you don't want to let her spend a happy night with the others? It'll make leaving that much harder.
Rosemary, are you okay to drive in this? Yes, I'll be fine.
Maybe we should pull over.
I don't think that would be much safer.
Well, go slow.
[BOTH] Oh! Okay, just a little bump.
Just a little bump.
[MOANS] Ooh! Okay, Elizabeth, this is not the time to be overly overdramatic.
Abigail? What does labour feel like, exactly? [MOANS] Like that.
No, no, no Elizabeth.
You cannot go into labour right now.
Rosemary, I'm afraid it doesn't work that way.
I'll be fine.
We can make it ho [MOANS] [ALL SCREAM] Ahhhhh!!!!!! How can you keep them apart? I tell you what, when I have an opening, you can come live in my orphanage to be with your sister.
Okay? Sheriff! Telegram arrived for you.
You're not going anywhere tonight.
This is from Benson Hills Mountie station.
"Heavy storms headed your way.
" Told ya.
"Roads not safe.
" Benson Hills? Rosemary borrowed my car to take Abigail and Elizabeth there.
She what? Abigail was picking up a roast.
Have they come back? I haven't seen them.
I was wondering why they weren't here to help set up.
Okay, I'll get my car.
No.
It's too dangerous to drive.
It's not safe for Elizabeth to be out in this weather.
It's not safe for anyone.
We go to Benson Hills by horse.
Okay, well, let's go.
Doc, you should come, too.
Of course.
Get inside.
Come on.
Oh, I am so, so sorry.
It's okay, Rosemary.
The road is slippery.
I think we should get back in the car.
She's in labour.
We need to find shelter.
Now, I think there's a hunting cabin nearby.
Okay, which way? That way.
Are you sure? Pretty sure.
Good enough.
Let's go.
Okay.
Here we go.
Here.
I've got you, Elizabeth.
I've got you.
I've got you, I've got you.
Thank you.
Ho, ho.
Straight ahead's the fastest road to Benson Hills.
This road's longer, but it's in better condition.
Well, I know Rosemary.
She definitely would have taken the fastest route.
Pretty sure Abigail would've gone that way.
We should cover both.
I'll go this way.
Lee, fire three shots if you find them.
Okay, got it.
Okay, here we go.
Come on.
Come on.
Yah.
[HEAVY BREATHING] Oooh! It's okay, it's okay.
Oooh! I'm all right.
I'm all right.
I'm all right.
Let's go! Giddy up! I don't think Rosemary had a scarf on.
Never wears mittens, she must be freezing.
They have each other, Lee.
And they're smart, capable women.
This weather doesn't care how smart and capable you are.
We have to find them.
We will.
Okay, come on.
H'yah.
Hey, guys, come with me.
Let's go sing.
When I'm scared, it helps when I hold my bear real tight.
Like this.
It's a nice one.
It is.
Would you like to try? Psst, Charlotte.
Come.
Come on.
Okay, guys, let's sing the one about the angels.
Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing over the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains Glo-ori-a, in excelsis Deo Glo-ori-a, [MOANS] It's all right.
Are you ok? in excelsis Deo Do you want to rest? Okay, okay, up you go.
Sweetly, sweetly through the night And the mountains in reply Echoing - Careful.
- Nice and slow.
Glo-ori-a, Let's go! In excelsis Deo I think it's this way.
Glo-ori-a in excelsis Deo There! There! There it is! [LAUGHTER] All right.
Now, careful, careful.
All right, come in.
Come in.
What do we do now? Okay, uh, let me think.
Sure, take your time.
[MOANS LOUDLY] Ohhhhh! Uh uh Oh, Rosemary, take that pot and fill it up with snow.
[CONTINUES TO MOAN LOUDLY] Okay, hang on.
What are you doing? [PANICKED BREATHING] That'll do.
All right, Elizabeth Hold on, hold on.
Here we go.
Here we go.
Oh, Rosemary, Rosemary, I think we're gonna need some more wood.
More wood, got it.
Okay, just breathe.
[BREATHING] Carson, look! Yah, yah.
Come on! [SIGHS] They're on foot.
Why would she leave the car? I told her if there's ever an accident to stay put.
It looks like they went this way.
Rosie! Rosie! H'yah.
Okay.
Good girl, good girl.
Okay, okay.
[AGONIZED WHIMPER] You're doing great.
You and your baby are doing fine.
You can get through this.
We've done all that we can do now.
Okay It's up to you.
- Okay.
- Okay.
You can do it.
You are the strongest woman I know.
All right.
We're gonna do a big push.
You ready? Okay.
All right.
Okay, take a deep breath.
Here you go.
Woah, woah, woah, woah, woah.
H'yah, h'yah, h'yah.
Come on, come on.
Woah.
Wait.
Do you smell that? It's smoke.
It's coming from over here.
Let's go.
H'yah.
You think? [BABY CRYING] She had the baby.
Yes! Let's move gentleman.
Okay.
[BABY CRYING] [KNOCKING] Who is it? Rosie, sweetheart.
It's me.
I've got Bill and Carson with me.
Come in.
Oh I have a beautiful baby boy.
[LAUGHS] Shut the door.
May I take a look? Aw Nicely done.
Well, Elizabeth did most of the work.
Oh.
You were talking about her.
[LAUGHS] He's beautiful.
And I know just what to call him.
As if we had any doubt.
Jack.
[LAUGHS] [ENGINE PUTTERS] They're back.
[EXCITED CHATTER] You had the baby.
She had the baby! [JOYOUS LAUGHTER] Oh, excuse us.
Hi.
Well How is Elizabeth? She's doing well.
Good, good.
Now, we didn't have the Christmas Eve feast.
We couldn't, seeing as we were all so worried about you.
But we did save all of the food.
Mm-hmm.
Well then, we'll have a Christmas feast.
Wonderful.
Which reminds me.
Christmas Salami.
O-oh.
[LAUGHS] Why not? Wonderful.
The roads are passable.
It's time to go.
Hello.
You made your Christmas wish yet? I did, too.
Would you like to know what mine was? That someday, you'd read this book to me.
"At last, it was Christmas Day.
"But no one could agree "on what the little girl had wished for under the tree.
"The jeweller guessed rubies, the cook, ancient spice.
"While the scholar thought a new book would be nice.
"They all waited and waited, excited to see "what the lovely wish was, she had made so happily.
"Talking and singing to pass the time, "though the little girl was late, no one seemed to mind.
" Go ahead.
"They talked about family and sang songs of love.
"While eating a feast and giving thanks to above.
"After waiting for hours, the girl finally appeared.
"And as she told her Christmas wish, "the crowd all cheered.
" I'm sure your father would be very proud of you.
Thanks.
Millie is now officially in your care.
Thank you.
I'm glad it all worked out.
Yes.
Sisters belong together.
I see how you care for these children.
They're lucky to have you.
We're lucky to have them.
We had a little adventure, didn't we? I promise you will always be loved and you will always be taken care of.
And even though you can't see him, I promise that your daddy is here watching over us.
And he always will.
Hi.
Brought you some food.
Abigail.
I imagined it would be wonderful, but I never knew it would be like this.
Oh You can't know until you're actually holding your baby.
Thank you for helping me bring him into the world.
It was my pleasure.
You are always there for me.
And I always will be.
Oh.
"The Greatest Christmas Wish wasn't about a new bonnet, "dress, or shoe.
"It was about the miracle of Christmas "that made it come true.
"It wasn't about dozens of boxes wrapped in bows.
" "Or found in stockings stuffed with goodies "all the way up to their toes.
" "It wasn't baked in an oven or found upon a shelf.
" "It wasn't bought in a store, or made by an elf.
" "Though it may have been wished by one, "it was meant for many.
" "And after all the fuss and fret, it didn't even cost a penny.
" Thank you.
"For the Greatest Christmas wish wasn't about any material need.
"It was about spending time with friends, "the best family indeed.
" [SIGHS]