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Anne with an E: Season 2/ Episode 3 ” The True Seeing Is Within” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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After slipping and being messy for so long, finally people are catching onto Nate and Mr. Dunlop – but will they stop them before they run off with $1700?


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Ken Girotti
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel Jr.
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Malcolm FrostTom McCamus

Planting Roots: Mr. Dunlop, Nate

Say what you will about Nate and him being a con artist, but Mr. Dunlop seems to seriously love Green Gables and the town. I’m talking to the point it seems he’d rather take out Nate, and add another body to his conscious, than perhaps scam these people. Why? Well, that isn’t gone into. We don’t know anything about Nate or Mr. Dunlop’s past besides the little nuggets Nate dropped.

What is perfectly clear though is that Mr. Dunlop feels like he belongs for the first time in a long time. Which could very well factor into his future plans.

Commentary

Mr. Dunlop looking menacing.

To be honest, I kind of felt bad for Mr. Dunlop. Especially as it became clear, without knowing the truth yet, Marilla and Matthew wanted to wash their hands of him and Nate. Because you could easily fathom an Anne-esque tale about his background. Him truly being an orphan who turned to crime in order to survive on the streets. For with no place feeling like home, no sense of belonging, there was no shame or regret. People were just random faces with money to be taken.

Yet, boarding at Green Gables, Anne cracked something open in him. Perhaps he figures if this little girl could find such immense joy in this simple town, so could he. For hasn’t he lived as a thief and scum of society long enough? This was a real chance to start over but the younger Nate ruined it. That poor soul hadn’t grown tired of grifting and taking advantage of the innocent. His soul, not lost to crime but in slumber had yet felt a gentle push to awaken, unlike Mr. Dunlop.

And I could go on and on but the point is, I wish we got more information about these two in the episode, especially considering…

It’s Been 13 Years: Anne, Diana, Mr. Frost, Aunt Josephine

Though the original point of Anne going to Charlottetown was to see Aunt Josephine and send off a letter, her talking about a town, a little more than a decade ago, being bamboozled sparks curiosity. The kind which has Diana and Anne seek out a local newspaper’s archives but, while Charlottetown is fancier than Green Gables, and its surrounding area, it is no city.

Luckily, the man who reported on the Gold Fever, as it was called, is still is in town. A man named Mr. Malcolm Frost. Someone who has lost himself to the bottom of his latest drink but still has his wits about him. Still not so lost in his own despair that when Diana and Anne accost him, he turns them away. In fact, he adds fuel to their, well mostly Anne’s, fire.

Leading her to piece together all that she has heard and questioned to the point of realizing both Mr. Dunlop and Nate are grifters. However, thanks to being children, and making her look bad, Mrs. Barry hears not a word Anne tries to squeak out.

Commentary

Journalist Malcolm Frost.

Okay, I get Mrs. Barry being upset and refusing to listen, but Anne didn’t get the chance to tell Aunt Josephine? Someone who would have shooed away Mrs. Barry trying to silence her favorite person? Also, though a minor thing, how come Aunt Josephine didn’t talk about Anne, and the rest of the girls’ stories? The ones she asked to be sent to her?

Oh, and I do hope Mr. Frost isn’t a one and done character. He lit a fire that no one, but Aunt Josephine, has really catered to. Not to downplay Matthew, Jerry, Gilbert, or Diana, but while they admire Anne’s eccentricities, imagination, and curiosity, Mr. Frost tapped into something deeper. He challenged her to not just be herself, but also trust her intuition. Which in the times she lives in? A young girl with no title or money? Who knows what him doing that one thing may lead to. And because it is so hard to not want to see Anne live in a self-actualized way, it makes it where when she meets anyone who isn’t awestruck but pushes her to be better and more herself, you want them to stick around forever and ever.

Never Underestimate Children’s Intuition: Jerry, Anne, Marilla, Mr. Barry, Matthew, Nate, Mr. Dunlop

With Anne being silenced, she finds herself unable to warn Mr. Barry as he hands all of the towns collective money to Nate. Then, to make things worse, no sooner than she is in the house and telling Marilla everything, Nate and Mr. Dunlop tie them up and beat it. Leading to Jerry, who was on his way home, confronting them and being that the boy can’t fight, never mind take a punch, one hit and he is out for the rest of the day and well into the night.

However, after Jerry gets knocked out, Mr. Dunlop seems like he may really try to play a hero. He takes out Matthews gun, that he stole, and tries to get the town’s money back. But, when he tries to fire on Nate, and the gun doesn’t do a damn thing, he gets knocked into the hole Nate did and he seemingly makes off with the money.

Leaving Matthew, after Marilla and Anne alert him to what happened, searching throughout the night for him but only getting Mr. Dunlop.

Commentary

Jerry talking to Anne.

Big question: How screwed is Mr. Barry and his family? Maybe also the Cuthberts too but since Mr. Barry was the one who was really pushing for all this, what may happen to him and his family? For, just taking note of how Anne was treated for being a weird redhead, imagine how Diana is going to be treated. She is the daughter of the man who made all of their families spend $150 on some swindle.

Not to forget, when it comes to the Cuthberts, they housed these people for months. Much less, they didn’t put any of their money in and if people at the bank talk, it may even be known they paid off their debt and had cash left over! I’m not sure how petty everyone might be, or malicious, but neither family might be that safe for quite some time.

And let’s not forget about Mr. Dunlop here. While the Barry and Cuthbert family are in trouble, it should be interesting to see how he is handled. Will there be real justice or mob justice? May Anne step in or will he just disappear and just be, as Anne said, part of a lesson? Stay tuned…

Miscellaneous Commentary

Matthew and Jerry

Matthew saying Jerry has nothing to apologize for.
Matthew: You didn’t do anything wrong, my son.

Though neither have gotten to play a major role thus far, I have to highlight the scene in which Jerry is crying after Nate bullied him and Matthew consoled him. Like in the first season, there is something so wonderful and gentle about Matthew you have to love and with Jerry, that scene of him crying and later on trying to be machismo and fight Nate, it shows you how well rounded the character is. A young man who is open about his feelings, able and willing to cry before others, and at the same time brave enough to play David in a David vs. Goliath scenario.

Also, while it was featured in another episode, I loved that Matthew gave Jerry the chalkboard Anne used to use. It was probably so he didn’t have to carve into the barn, but also so that maybe the next generation could be smarter than him. Which, as also seen with Marilla, though conservative in a way, both really value the idea of their kids, Anne directly and Jerry because he basically lives there, being capable of more than they were.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

All we can do is our best […], regardless of what we know or don’t know. – Anne

Highlights

  1. Dunlop and Nate story being over and us now witnessing the aftermath. Of which it is hard to predict what could come of the town being swindled.
  2. Another person seeing value in what many don’t find to be fortunate traits of Anne. Then, on top of that, Mr. Frost encouraging Anne, as Aunt Josephine did, to take what she has and expand on it. Hold it as something sacred and never let the world suppress it or make her believe she would be better off without it.
  3. Jerry and Matthews’ father/ son type relationship and seeing someone like Jerry be both this emotional kid and also have his machismo moments too. Leading me to hope he gets to do more than be in the barn or on the Cuthbert stoop.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 7 “A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good”Anne’s feminist manifesto causes great calamity, and amongst that chaos she somehow gains favor with one person and loses a friend.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel, Jr.
Air Date (CBC)11/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
HarmonDavid Ingram
  • The Longevity Of The Family Business: Harmon, Prissy
  • Never Enough: Jerry, Anne, Diana
  • A City Girl In A Small Minded Town: Matthew, Marilla, Muriel, Rachel, Anne, Josie, Gilbert
Season 3, Episode 6 “The Summit of My Dreams”While love is in the air, some experience disappointment and another an outright scandal on this episode of Anne With An E.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Amanda Fahey
Air Date (CBC)10/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
LyudmilaTheresa Tova
  • Making Mary Proud: Anne, Marilla, Matthew
  • Love & Disappointment: Anne, Gilbert, Winifred, Ruby, Moody, Charlie, Lyudmila, Rachel, Muriel, Matthew, Jerry, Diana
  • A Scandal Which Shall Not Be Swept Under The Rug: Billy, Josie, Anne
Season 3, Episode 5 “I Am Fearless And Therefore Powerful”Lack of sex education makes an upcoming dance tricky, as does Sebastian relying on two older women to take care of a child.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Naledi Jackson
Air Date (CBC)10/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
CharlieJacob Horsley
AlukBrandon Oakes
  • This Is Too Much: Rachel, Marilla, Sebastian
  • The Birds, The Bees, And Someone Being The Bee’s Knees: Charlie, Anne, Jerry, Diana, Ruby, Gilbert, Muriel
  • 4/6/1899: Gilbert, Sebastian, William, Eliza, Anne
Season 3, Episode 4 “A Hope of Meeting You in Another World”Family is a strong focus as Ka’kwet leaves hers, Anne discovers the fate of her biological family, and we meet Jerry’s alongside one of Rachel’s sons.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Tracey Deer
Air Date (CBC)10/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
CalebKevin Forster
  • Love Is Not Quantifiable, And Therefore Not Finite: Muriel, Caleb, Rachel, Marilla, Anne, Ka’Kwet, Winifred, Gilbert, Sebastian, Matthew
  • Sometimes It Is Best To Lie Now And Apologize Later: Anne, Jerry, Diana
  • Love Heals Better Than Time: Sebastian, Elijah, Anne, Marilla
Season 3, Episode 3 “What Can Stop The Determined Heart”Devastating news comes to Avonlea but, luckily, the community comes together to help ease the pain. If just for a day or two.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date10/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
JocelynNicky Lawrence
ConstanceLisa Codrington
  • The Prejudice Is Strong: Josie, Rachel, Ka’kwet, Mary
  • A Deadly Diagnosis: Dr. Ward, Anne, Gilbert, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew, Mary, Elijah, Jerry
  • Gather Together In My Name: Anne, Gilbert, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew, Mary, Jocelyn, Constance, Rachel, Diana, Minnie May
Season 3, Episode 2 “There Is Something at Work In My Soul Which I Do Not Understand”Anne takes the first step to learning about her past, and it is a bit of a traumatic experience. As that happens, Elijah returns and Gilbert gains a crush.
Director(s)Kim Nguyen
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date9/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Winifred RoseAshleigh Stewart
Young AnneElizabeth Gnidash
  • Just Throw Until Something Sticks: Rachel, Muriel, Matthew
  • All Good Things Have To Be Ruined By Somebody: Elijah, Sebastian, Mary, Gilbert, Winifred
  • Shifting Through Trauma To Learn The Truth: Cole, Marilla, Matthew, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Growing Good of the World” [Season Finale]The fate of Ms. Stacy, Sebastian’s relationship with Mary, Cole, and Gilbert deciding whether to stay or leave Avonlea is decided – with no cliffhangers.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/8/2018
Actors Introduced
ElijahAraya Megesha
  • Prepping For A Promising Future: Rachel, Marilla, Anne, Cole, Josephine, Diana, Ms. Stacy
  • The Town Hall Meeting: Ms. Stacy, Rachel, Marilla, Matthew, Gilbert, Anne
  • Honoring a Promise: Gilbert, Sebastian, Mary, Elijah, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 9 “What We Have Been Makes Us What We Are”In the new teacher, we see what could be Anne’s future. Including still not fitting in, being a bit of a trailblazer, and her best intentions making things a bit worse.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Muriel StacyJoanna Douglas
  • Meet Ms. Muriel Stacy: Anne, Ms. Stacy, Gilbert
  • Broken Promises: Gilbert, Mary, Sebastian
  • Sometimes The World Changes too Fast For People: Rachel, Cole, Anne, Marilla, Billy, Ms. Stacy
Season 2/ Episode 6 “Protest Against Any Absolute Conclusion”As Anne adjusts to her new haircut, we finally get to see Michael! Also, we get to understand, through Michael, why Matthew likes Anne so much.

Director(s)

Ken Girotti

Writer(s)

Naledi Jackson

Air Date

7/6/2018

Noted Actors

Michael

Charlie Benger

  • The Return of Gilbert and Arrival of Sebastian: Anne, Sebastian, Marilla, Gilbert
  • Preparing For Christmas: Anne, Gilbert, Cole, Billy, Rachel, Sebastian, Marilla, Matthew
  • Matthew Hits Center Stage: Michael, Anne, Rachel, Matthew
Season 2/ Episode 5 “The Determining Acts of Her Life”Being that Anne is a girl of a certain age, and obsessed with romantical things, the idea of a first kiss both intrigues and haunts her.
Director(s)Norma Bailey
Writer(s)Amanda Fahey
Air Date7/6/2018
  • Back in Avonlea: Gilbert, Sebastian
  • Oh To Be Beautiful & Desirable: Diana, Anne, Josie, Jerry, Billy, Marilla
  • A Friend Indeed, But Sometimes That’s Not Enough: Marilla, Cole, Diana, Josie, Billy, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Struggling Against the Perception of Facts”As we’re introduced to the Black part of Prince Edwards’ Island, Cole has a theory about Mr. Phillips and Marilla is clued in on what’s wrong.
Director(s)Amanda Tapping
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
MaryCara Ricketts
Dr. WardBrian Paul
  • A White Wedding: Prissy, Mr. Phillips, Cole, Anne
  • A Trip To the Oculist: Marilla, Rachel, Sebastian, Gilbert, Matthew
  • You Gotta Find Your People: Sebastian, Gilbert, Dr. Ward, Mary
Season 2/ Episode 7 “Memory Has As Many Moods As the Temper”As Diana’s world gets shook, and Cole comes to a realization, we learn more about the aftermath of Michael’s death.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Marilla’s MotherDelphine Roussel
Woman in Blue Top HatJoanne Boland
  • A Jealous Teacher: Gilbert, Mr. Phillips
  • Coping The Best Way I Can: Marilla, Matthew
  • There Is More Than One Way To Express Yourself: Aunt Josephine, Cole, Diana, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 4 “The Painful Eagerness of Unfed Hope”Alongside Gilbert finding direction for his life, Anne tries to push Matthew in one which may make him happier.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Jane Maggs
Air Date7/7/2018
Actors Introduced
RuthGreta Onieogou
  • Doctor Blythe: Ruth, Gilbert, Sebastian
  • A Time To Put Away Childish Antics: Mr. Barry, Mrs. Barry, Diana, Minnie May
  • Apologies For What Was and Wasn’t Done: Jeannie, Matthew, Anne
Season 2/ Episode 1 “Youth Is The Season of Hope” [Season Premiere]As we return to Green Gables, and Anne’s whimsy ways, the boarders begin their final act of trickery to con the entire town.
Director(s)Helen Shaver
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
SebastianDalmar Abuzeid
William BarryJonathan Holmes
  • A Boy With Options: Sebastian, Gilbert
  • And For A Time, It All Seemed Good: Anne, Marilla, Nate, Jerry, Matthew, Mr. Dunlop
  • Easy Money: Nate, Mr. Dunlop, Anne, William, Rachel
Season 2/ Episode 3 ” The True Seeing Is Within”After slipping and being messy for so long, finally people are catching onto Nate and Mr. Dunlop – but will they stop them before they run off with $1700?
Director(s)Ken Girotti
Writer(s)Kathryn Borel Jr.
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Malcolm FrostTom McCamus
  • Planting Roots: Mr. Dunlop, Nate
  • It’s Been 13 Years: Anne, Diana, Mr. Frost, Aunt Josephine
  • Never Underestimate Children’s Intuition: Jerry, Anne, Marilla, Mr. Barry, Matthew, Nate, Mr. Dunlop
Season 2/ Episode 2 “Signs are Small Measurable Things, but Interpretations are Illimitable”As gold fever continues throughout the town, Anne may have found a kindred spirit and Gilbert continues to have his eyes opened thanks to Sebastian.
Director(s)Paul Fox
Writer(s)Shernold Edwards
Air Date7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
ColeCory Gruter-Andrew
HazelYanna McIntosh
  • What Can Happen Over The Course of a Harvest: Cole, Anne
  • Welcome to Trinidad: Sebastian, Hazel, Gilbert
  • The Gold Rush Doesn’t Hit All: Mr. Berry, Nate, Mr. Dunlop, Thomas, Mrs. Berry, Marilla, Matthew
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Wherever You Are is My Home” [Season Finale]Anne: Season 1 comes to what feels like an abrupt end that could leave you slightly uneasy about one of the storylines for season 2.
  • When The Weight Of The World Comes Crashing Down: Anne, Marilla, Matthew
  • The Kindness of Friends and Deceitful Acts of Strangers: Anne, Jerry, Marilla
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Remorse is the Poison of Life”For those wondering what life could have held for Marilla if it wasn’t for her brother’s death, this episode is for you.
  • The Heart Is a Longing Organ (Marilla)
  • Grief Is the Price of Love (Anne, Gilbert, and Ms. Josephine Barry [Deborah Grover])
  • Back Together Again (Anne and Diana)
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Tightly Knotted to a Similar String”Off the top of my head, I cannot think of another show which consistently has me smiling a goofy smile, laughing, and crying, from episode to episode. Hell, I can’t think of many movies that can do that without someone dying or someone going through something awful. Yet, somehow this show can make you cry simply out of seeing McNulty, as Anne, smile. So with having no knowledge of the source material, or past adaptations, I can only look toward McNulty as the reason for this being such a overwhelimg good program. I’d even argue it is better than This Is Us since it doesn’t try so hard.
  • Episode Focus: Young Love (Matthew, Marilla, Anne, Diana, and Gilbert)
Season 1/ Episode 4 “An Inward Treasure Born”With school becoming another place of torture, Anne avoids it at all costs. However, after a heroic deed forces one of her classmates to live with her, it seems she brings another person to #TeamAnne.
  • Episode Focus: Who Would Ever Want To Go To School? (Anne, Marilla, Jerry, Diana, Gilbert, and Ruby [Kyla Matthews])
Season 1/ Episode 3 “But What Is So Headstrong As Youth”There are a lot of firsts in this episode. Anne’s first day of school, perhaps the first boy to have a crush on her, and also there is even a first for Marilla as well. The first time she really thought about being a mum.
  • Episode Focus: A First Time For All Of Us (Anne & Marilla)
  • Subplot 1: You and Your Eavesdropping (Matthew, Jerry [Aymeric Jett Montaz], and Anne)
Season 1/ Episode 2 “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me”Anne continues to pull on your heart strings as she tries to find a place to call home for while her imagination is a wonderful place to escape, she needs somewhere to unlace her boots.
  • You Have Been Missed: (Anne, Marilla, Matthew, and Diana [Dalila Bela])
  • The Things Anne Always Wanted: (Anne, Matthew, and Marilla)
Season 3, Episode 1 “A Secret Which I Desired to Divine” [Series Premiere]Anne With An E returns and everyone’s favorite heroine, now with a stable home, is curious as to what life would have been like if her parents lived.
Director(s)Anne Wheeler
Writer(s)Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date9/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ka’kwetKiawento:io Tarbell
TillieGlenna Walters
BillyChristian Martyn
JaneLia Pappas-Kemps
MoodyJacob Ursomarzo
  • A New Year Means New Friends: Ka’kwet, Billy, Ruby, Anne, Gilbert
  • Settling In & Being Joyous: Marilla, Sebastian, Mary
  • To Look Forward, You Have To Know What’s Behind You: Anne, Marilla, Matthew, Tillie, Moody, Jerry, Jane, Diana, Mrs. Berry, Mr. Berry, Rachel, Ms. Stacy, Ruby
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” [Series Premiere]You ever see a description in which they note “Based off the classic […]” and you begin to think to yourself, “By whose standard?” If only because: A) You’ve never heard of it and B) You’ve read many a classic before which was shite? Well, strangely enough, Anne is more so an exception than following the rule of using the word “Classic” as a cheap marketing ploy. For truly, this adaptation allows you to understand why the source material is considered a classic.

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6 Comments

  1. Outside of The Outsiders, in middle school, I don’t think a single one of those were ever in the curriculum where I grew up. Granted, I went to multiple schools since my family moved fairly often, but some of those I haven’t even heard of. But, then again, my interest in books have mostly been young adult novels, memoirs, and movies based on books coming out soon.

  2. I read “Jane Eyre” on my own, after I left high school. I’ve actually never read “Middlemarch”, I only know of those quotations from the TV miniseries and references in other books.

    I tend to read more often for recreation than I watch television and I went through a phase where I went through a lot of the classics (the fact I can now get them for free as e-books has meant I’ve read more old books)

    I’m sure “Jane Eyre” is often a studied text in Australia too, but different schools are at liberty to choose assigned texts from a range of works.

    The classic books I studied in high school were “Pride & Prejudice”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Frankenstein”, “The Merchant Of Venice”, “The Crucible”, “1984”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “The Outsiders”, “Z For Zachariah”, “The Hotel New Hampshire”, “The Chrysalids”, “The Harp In The South”, “A Difficult Young Man”, “Down By The Dockside” and “Heat & Dust”

  3. You are quite well read. Were these titles what you read in school or on your own? Jane Eyre is something some schools have on their curriculum in the US, but it depends on which school you go to (mine wasn’t one of them).

  4. The episode titles in Season 1 of “Anne With An E” were all quotes from Charlotte Bronte’s novel, “Jane Eyre”.

    The episode titles for Season 2 thus far have been quotes by George Eliot, taken from her novel “Middlemarch”, I believe.

    1. Interesting and astute observation, Benjamin. One wonders whether or not Season 3 titles will continue paying homage to great English female writers of the Victoria era ?

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