Anne With An E: Season 3, Episode 2 “There Is Something at Work In My Soul Which I Do Not Understand” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Anne and Cole at the gates of the orphanage.
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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.


Network
CBC/ Netflix
Director(s) Kim Nguyen
Writer(s) Jane Maggs
Air Date 9/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Winifred Rose Ashleigh Stewart
Young Anne Elizabeth Gnidash

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Recap

Just Throw Until Something Sticks: Rachel, Muriel, Matthew

While Rachel is excited to play matchmaker, Muriel just wants to get a printing press to work. A task she takes up with Matthew who realizes, as I’m sure most viewers have, that Muriel is very much like Anne. Almost to the point of you wondering if she could be distant kin?

But, while Matthew and Muriel bond, including him giving advice on the prospect of Rachel finding her someone, and dealing with a change from her norm, things go awry. Nothing major, however. Just Rachel upset that Muriel was getting dirty and wasn’t being ladylike.

All Good Things Have To Be Ruined By Somebody: Elijah, Sebastian, Mary, Gilbert, Winifred

Winifred Rose (Ashleigh Stewart) as she plays with a skeleton.
Winifred Rose (Ashleigh Stewart)

Elijah comes to Gilbert and Sebastian’s home and, at first, it is a joyous occasion. One that connects Mary to her new and old family but with the concept of being the old family, Elijah rebels. He drinks, curses at his mom, insults Sebastian and his relationship to Gilbert and makes it clear he can’t deal with Delphine having the life he didn’t. Especially not dealing with the shame and being raised by her father.

So, he decides to steal some of Gilbert’s father’s things and head off. Dampening what was a perfect day for Gilbert. You see, he met a woman. Someone who works at the doctor’s office, and they even go on a date – Gilbert’s first. One which is a bit awkward but that’s because Winifred, Gilbert’s date, is eccentric. Not in an Anne or Muriel sort of way, in terms of being talkative, but she does share their imagination and distaste for the social customs imposed on women.

Oh, and as for whether Gilbert should expect a second date? Well, we’ll see.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Is Winifred Dr. Ward’s nurse or secretary? If not a niece?

Shifting Through Trauma To Learn The Truth: Cole, Marilla, Matthew, Anne

Anne finds her way back to Saint Albans Orphanage, the place where, from three months to the age of 13, she lived off and on. From what we see, the place hasn’t changed, but Anne has. She has a family now, friends, like Cole who escorts her, and joy in her heart.

Yet, places hold memories, and even with three years passing, and so many triumphs, it is hard to move past the cruelty she experienced there. Of which she is given more by a callous matron who makes it seem Anne was abandoned. But, luckily, Cole knows just the right things to say so that Anne doesn’t see her imaginations as delusions. The kind made to cover up the truth.

But, while the orphanage has nothing, there is the church. However, with Anne’s article coming out, on the Mi’kmaq, Marilla finds an excuse to end the search for Anne’s birth family. One that Matthew, more than likely, may circumvent so she can continue.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Nightmares aren’t so scary without the protection of the dark.
— Anne

The best part of knowing the rules is finding acceptable ways of breaking them.
— Miss Rose

Review

Highlights

Winifred & The Diversity of Women on Anne With An E

Isn’t it wonderful that this is a show filled with women who have personality of various forms? If you want someone eccentric, there is Muriel, Anne, and now Winifred. A person outspoken, forward even? There is Rachel for you to identify with. Then Marilla is all of those people are far too extroverted for you, and you are more someone who keeps to themselves. And that’s not forgetting Josephine, who also is in this episode.

And that’s another thing which makes Anne With An E so wonderful, in nearly every episode we get a diverse group of women, and young adults, who each represent a different take on life and have varied goals. Making Winifred a welcome inclusion for as much as she can be grouped in with Anne and Muriel, she shows there isn’t just one way to be eccentric.

Elijah’s Feelings Of Betrayal

While a bastard for what he did to John’s room, including stealing, a part of you has to understand his reasoning for lashing out. He is the son who is trouble, brought trouble, and was a mark on his mother’s reputation. And even if she was kind, the outside world wasn’t, and he bore as much of the pain as she did. Heck, maybe more for he got it from adults and children while children may not have dared said a word to Mary.

Yet, there is also the issue of Sebastian. I think him genuinely wanting to include Elijah in this family forced him to recognize he is the problem. For if Sebastian pushed him away or was antagonistic, he could be blamed for the sorry relationship Elijah has with his mother, sister, perhaps the world.

But with being welcomed, even offered a place to stay, work, and experience a taste of what his mother has found, it forces him to reflect on himself. It makes Elijah the person who doesn’t belong, has to change, and after fighting against people looking down on him and rejecting him, the love Sebastian offers is probably repulsive. So all he can do is try to make himself hated so the feelings he has inside match what is given externally.

Anne’s Past Showing Us How Far She Has Come

Young Anne (Elizabeth Gnidash) being bullied.
Young Anne (Elizabeth Gnidash)

With seeing a young version of Anne and the bullying, as well as being reminded how she’d isolate herself and use her imagination to escape, there was such devastation. Because, while Anne talks about her trauma nearly every season, and we get a handful of flashbacks, we’re reminded that no matter how good things are, a lot of it is sourced in how bad things were. Take Anne helping Ruby’s family when the fire happened, a major turning point for how people saw her, that came from an incident when she was working for a family. If not her saving Minnie May when she was sick.

When you really look into it, Anne has tried her best to take all the things from the orphanage, and the places they sent her, and make the best out of it. However, outside of shelter, the orphanage itself is just a building of despair that no family, friends, potential love interest, what have you can fix. For as much as she tries to focus on the good, the bad still lingers in the darkest parts of Anne’s memories and imagination.

Matthew & Muriel’s Time Together

While Marilla has friends in Sebastian and Mary, Rachel, Muriel to a point, and is social with others, the same can’t be said for Matthew. Outside of Jeannie, and his sister, he doesn’t really have any relationships with adults. Jerry is his right hand, Anne is his heart, so he and Muriel spending time together seemed like the start of something sweet.

Plus, being that Muriel is alone, and Matthew can act as both a father figure or much older brother, it gives her someone to speak to. Especially if Rachel is so gung-ho on setting her up.

Gilbert’s First Date

With so much focused on how Gilbert’s growing up, will he or won’t he with Anne, it can be forgotten that he is a child. One who, up until now, seemingly hasn’t had a date. Which seems like a bit of a shock but let’s not forget these are different times and Gilbert is choosy. Based on his interest in Anne, and now Winifred, he doesn’t like the average girl or someone who is googly-eyed for him like Ruby. He wants them a bit weird, challenging, and knows how to make spending time with them a memory rather than something to do.

So while this may derail the Anne x Gilbert train a bit, maybe forever, it is nice to see he isn’t tethered to Anne and can have a life, love life included, outside of her. Also, how Mary gets to play the role of the mother he didn’t have growing up when it comes to talking about Winifred and navigating dating.

Understanding The Fear Of Things Going So Well For Marilla

Marilla being maternal does seem like the source of her worry for Anne, right? Yet, let’s also take note of how good things were when Michael was alive and how one death irrevocably changed her life. Also, in the last season, when we were introduced to the physical form of her mother, Marilla had a moment to understand her mother and her sickness. So imagine having some empathy for your mother and the closest thing to a child you can have venturing off with boys you know, but aren’t necessarily Billy’s size and can take on grown men?

To me, Marilla fears the worst, beyond Anne finding blood relations, so she was just looking for an excuse that even Matthew couldn’t fight against. For the devastation of losing Anne she saw when her mom lost Michael, and while Marilla and Matthew are older than their mother when she lost a child, the effect might be the same. If not worse since they would have no one to help run things and just the thought of Matthew, with his renewed faith in life, to regress? That might be two deaths for Marilla to deal with rather than one.

For just think about it, since Michael, and pushing away John, do you think she ever loved someone, beyond Matthew, ever again? If not was willing to deal with the vulnerability of loving someone who, would venture out in the world and have options of what they could do and go? Which isn’t to say she isn’t fond of Jerry, Rachel, or Rachel’s children, but there is a boundary when it comes to Jerry and Rachel. One Anne has long crossed despite the high fence Marilla has long had up.

 

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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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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Understanding The Fear Of Things Going So Well For Marilla
87 %
Gilbert’s First Date
85 %
Matthew & Muriel’s Time Together
84 %
Anne’s Past Showing Us How Far She Has Come
90 %
Elijah’s Feelings Of Betrayal
89 %
Winifred & The Diversity of Women on Anne With An E
88 %
New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.