Avonlea (1990–1996)

Old Friends, Old Wounds 

Marilla Cuthbert dies suddenly, meaning Rachel, Davey, and Dora may have to leave Green Gables unless Gilbert Blythe can find a way that they can stay.


George Bloomfield


Heather Conkie, Fiona McHugh (developer) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Sara Stanley
Jackie Burroughs ... Hetty King
Patricia Hamilton ... Rachel Lynde
Jonathan Crombie ... Gilbert Blythe
Mag Ruffman ... Olivia Dale
Zachary Bennett ... Felix King
Gema Zamprogna ... Felicity King
Lally Cadeau ... Janet King
Bruce Boa ... Mr. Harrison
Kyle Labine ... Davey Keith
Ashley Muscroft Ashley Muscroft ... Dora Keith
Paul Haddad Paul Haddad ... Theodore Simpkin
Maja Ardal Maja Ardal ... Mrs. Potts
Elva Mai Hoover ... Mrs. Lawson
Roger Dunn ... Bert Potts




Marilla Cuthbert passes away after taking a fall at Green Gables. Without Anne, who is recuperating from scarlet fever, or the children with him, Gilbert Blythe returns to Avonlea to pay his respects and deal with Marilla's estate. Two problems arise for Rachel. As Marilla was the guardian for young Davey and Dora Keith, Rachel is unsure if she can look after the children on her own. And although Gilbert and Anne would allow Rachel to stay at Green Gables for as long as she wished, Marilla died without a valid will. As such, Green Gables is bequeathed to Marilla's closest relatives, the McNeill family in Nova Scotia, and they plan to sell. Although Gilbert is trying to raise enough money to buy the property himself, he may be beaten to it by John Harrison, Rachel's nemesis, who bought Rachel's property for a song when her husband Thomas died. Rachel's own son in Prince Albert is unwilling to help in any way. The townsfolk rally to try and come up with a solution to beat John Harrison.... Written by Huggo

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Colleen Dewhurst was originally scheduled to appear in an earlier season 3 episode, but due to her death the script was scrapped and rewritten as this tribute episode to explain the death of Marilla Cuthbert. See more »

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5 April 1992 (Canada) See more »

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