Anne With An E: Season 3, Episode 1 “A Secret Which I Desired to Divine” [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Anne (Amybeth McNulty) on her horse Belle.
Anne (Amybeth McNulty)
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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.


Network
CBC/ Netflix
Director(s) Anne Wheeler
Writer(s) Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date 9/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ka’kwet Kiawento:io Tarbell
Tillie Glenna Walters
Billy Christian Martyn
Jane Lia Pappas-Kemps
Moody Jacob Ursomarzo

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Recap (with Commentary & Spoilers)

A New Year Means New Friends: Ka’kwet, Billy, Ruby, Anne, Gilbert

Ka'kwet (Kiawento:io Tarbell) meeting Anne, and experiencing Billy being rude.
Ka’kwet (Kiawento:io Tarbell)

While the boys are playing hockey, and Ruby tasked with writing about it but instead gawking at Gilbert, we learn many of the sticks are made by a local indigenous group known as the Mi’kmaq. People who, unfortunately, by the likes of Billy, are disrespected, but others like Gilbert treat them with respect.

He is soon joined by Anne who, naturally, is oh so curious since it seems she has read about the indigenous nations but hasn’t had much of an opportunity to interact with anyone. Making her quite lucky that, despite her father being uncomfortable, Ka’kwet is able to convince him to let Anne visit and interview them. Leading to Anne making a new friend who may give Diana some competition.

Commentary

Is it terrible that, outside of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, I struggle to think of another production which focused on indigenous people? At least with respect to their customs and giving you an idea of what their lives are/were like, past or present. Which makes Ka’kwet’s inclusion so eye-opening and almost puts you in an Anne mindset of wanting to know everything.

Not to say the Mi’kmaq people can speak to the experience of being indigenous in Canada, at the time, but it really says a lot that Anne With An E. Think about it, in a period piece, we have Black characters, who have established lives outside of Anne, gay characters who are allowed to experience every emotion ranging from mourning a wife to being joyous for they have a community, and now there are indigenous characters.

People who, in my experience, are often left out of the diversity or inclusivity conversation. I’d dare say they don’t even really get the token treatment. So here is hoping Ka’kwet, like Sebastian, is seen often and presented just as vibrant.

Settling In & Being Joyous: Marilla, Sebastian, Mary

Marilla holding baby Delphine.
Marilla: I never knew what all the fuss was about until now.

Despite the change in scenery and colors of faces, Sebastian and Mary are having the time of their life. Their baby is healthy, they have a place to stay in which Gilbert, currently, isn’t fussing, and then there is Marilla. Someone who acts like, after Rachel’s 10 kids, that she has never held a child before and experienced joy.

But, with baby Delphine, who she helps out with three times a week, she gets to live vicariously in a way. Experience what it would be like to be a grandmother, maybe an aunt, and as much joy as it brings you, it also reminds you of how many missed opportunities came from Michael’s death.

Commentary

Can we just hone in on Marilla? This baby thing really has me wondering how Rachel’s kids see her, and what is her relationship to them? Of the ten, I don’t think we’ve gotten to know any, and it pushes you to wonder if, or when, they show up, how will they interact with her?

I ask this since, with 10 kids, all boys if I recall correctly, likely there had to be at least one who was closer to aunt Marilla than his own mother. If not loving how quiet it was over there compared to all the noise which was Rachel’s home. But, who knows? While friends since grade school, Rachel can be a bit much and maybe the two of them were on a break at one time.

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

With spring possibly on the horizon, love is already starting to present its scent. Hence Josie trying to stake her claim when it comes to Billy, even if Billy’s sister Jane doesn’t like her, and the revival of the Notice Board. A place where people, with some subtlety, take note of claims amongst each other. To which Tillie has two.

As for Ruby and Anne? Well, neither have one though Anne does have the attention of one boy, who she curves. Also, Diana is quite popular as well. A boy named Moody, lower class, has an interest in her, and Jerry also takes note of her beauty as well. But, right now, Diana is more worried about going to school in Queens and avoiding being shipped off to Paris in 180+ days for finishing school.

Though, not to be outdone, Muriel Stacy also has some thoughts on love. Well, more so, while walking with Rachel, she puts out the idea she isn’t against companionship. Leading Rachel, who sees herself as quite the matchmaker, to get excited about pairing Muriel up. Making Muriel wish she kept her mouth shut.

And can you believe, amongst all of this, Anne’s birthday happens too? Which, at first, Anne’s birthday is quite wonderful for everybody. The girls, Diana and the rest, have a party for her with lots of little treats, and Marilla bakes a cake! Though, the one who really puts in an effort is Matthew with a charm bracelet that includes a charm similar to Anne’s old hat.

But, in all this joy over her 16th birthday, combined with Muriel asking the kids to talk about their lineage, Anne finds herself wondering about her parents: Walter and Bertha. Something she mentions to Matthew and Marilla in terms of finding her family, which leaves Marilla a bit slighted. Yet, with Matthew wanting Anne to be happy, he encourages her pursuit to head to the orphanage in Nova Scotia to see if there are any records of Anne’s birth family. Even if it may mean someone being discovered who could claim her.

Commentary

I’m waiting for the day, and reaction, when Ruby learns how much Gilbert likes Anne. For they have so many moments, including some right in front of Ruby, that makes you wonder how struck can someone honestly be? Yet, she is in love and with so many starting to pair up, Tillie even having two options, she likely doesn’t want to be left behind.

Speaking of Tillie, fingers crossed the boys aren’t messing with her. Considering the harassment Anne has gone through with them, and how much of an ass Billy and his friends are, it is sadly on the table. But, considering Tillie hasn’t been mistreated much previously, there is hope.

Like hope that Muriel talking to Rachel about companionship may bring her boys around. Since what better in is there, with the holidays passing, than a single, educated, woman looking for companionship? And while, yes, she is a widow, better a widow than divorcee right?

Leading to the need to wonder, with Ms. Stacy often feeling like a vision of Anne’s possible future, what does her life say about Anne’s? If anything at all? For with Anne still of the mindset she is ugly, and no one has any romantic interest in her, will she find anyone? Also, with this journey to find her parents, what will their stories be? Assuming anyone is alive, willing, or able, to recount them?

Which does lead to a bit of a fear I have. Anne with an E has a rather large cast and while it has balanced things out quite well, can it still going further? Especially with bringing in an indigenous character and respecting that culture, as well as providing information about it? Who is going to get lost in the mix or will it simply be that folks like Cole and Josephine may get one or two episodes and then are talked about in passing or updated through Anne reading letters?

Review Summary

Highlights

  1. We’re Three Seasons In And Anne Can Still Consistently Make Me Cry Without The Situation Being Sad
  2. Marilla Getting The Opportunity To Live The Life Michael’s Death Stole From Her
  3. Assuming We Get To Know Ka’Kwet Like We Did Sebastian, This Could Be Major Representation For Indigenous People
  4. The Possibility Of Jerry and Diana – At Last
  5. Tillie Getting Major Attention – To The Point She Is Finally Worth Noting

On The Fence

  1. Poor Ruby Still Dumbfounded By A Boy Who Barely Notices Her

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Anne With An E Directory

Creator

Moira Walley-Beckett

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
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
Caleb Kevin 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 Date 10/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jocelyn Nicky Lawrence
Constance Lisa 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 Date 9/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Winifred Rose Ashleigh Stewart
Young Anne Elizabeth 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 Date 7/8/2018
Actors Introduced
Elijah Araya 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Muriel Stacy Joanna 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 Date 7/6/2018
  • 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Mary Cara Ricketts
Dr. Ward Brian 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Marilla’s Mother Delphine Roussel
Woman in Blue Top Hat Joanne 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 Date 7/7/2018
Actors Introduced
Ruth Greta 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Sebastian Dalmar Abuzeid
William Barry Jonathan 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Malcolm Frost Tom 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 Date 7/6/2018
Actors Introduced
Cole Cory Gruter-Andrew
Hazel Yanna 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 Date 9/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ka’kwet Kiawento:io Tarbell
Tillie Glenna Walters
Billy Christian Martyn
Jane Lia Pappas-Kemps
Moody Jacob 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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