Avonlea (1990–1996)

When She Was Bad, She Was Horrid: Part 1 

Sara resents Aunt Hetty for not letting her pick out her own clothes. When she meets a young runaway named Jo Pitts (who happens to looks just like her), she decides to trick her aunt by trading places with the girl.


Don McBrearty


Marlene Matthews, Fiona McHugh (developer) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview:
Sarah Polley ... Sara Stanley / Jo Pitts
Jackie Burroughs ... Hetty King
Mag Ruffman ... Olivia Dale
Zachary Bennett ... Felix King
Gema Zamprogna ... Felicity King
Lally Cadeau ... Janet King
Michael Mahonen ... Gus Pike
Don Francks ... Abe Pike
Barbara Hamilton Barbara Hamilton ... Mrs. Bugle
Elva Mai Hoover ... Mrs. Lawson
Kay Hawtrey ... Mrs. Sloan (as Kay Hawtry)
Colin O'Meara Colin O'Meara ... Buck Hogan
John Weir John Weir ... Sailor
Ron Tough Ron Tough ... Farmer
Jeff J.J. Authors Jeff J.J. Authors ... Purser (as J.J. Authors)




Sara is growing up, which Olivia notices. Hetty, on the other hand, still sees Sara as a little girl who needs to have decisions made for her. The two get into a major argument over a new dress for Sara. Both Olivia and Sara sees Hetty's control as exactly the way she treated Olivia and Sara's mother Ruth while they were growing up. The dress is only the impetus for a drawn out battle between the two. When Sara meets a tough runaway girl named Jo Pitts who has a striking resemblance to her, Sara gets into more trouble because of Jo. But Sara and Felix think that they can use Jo to help with Sara's problems with Hetty, Jo to act as Sara while Sara runs away. Jo, however, only has one thing on her mind, that being to steal whatever she can from the Kings. Meanwhile, Gus, with Sara in tow, is heading to the mainland on word that Ezekiel Crane is in trouble and requires his help. When they arrive, they find that it was not Ezekiel who sent for Gus. On her own while Gus deals with his ... Written by Huggo

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Felix is seen driving a cart with his horse Blackie hitched to it. In "Felix and Blackie" (#3.2) Felix and Blackie had an accident which Blackie did not survive. See more »


Sara Stanley: This ugly little pinafore has a very big hem. It will last you for years. You can go to college in it, you can get married in it, and then you can get buried in it.
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9 March 1992 (USA) See more »

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