In tonight’s episode of Anne, “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me,” Matthew (R.H. Thomson) is frantically trying to find Anne (Amybeth McNulty) and bring her home to Green Gables. As you may recall, the first episode ended with Anne being returned to the orphanage after being accused of stealing and losing Marilla’s brooch. At the end of the episode, Marilla (Geraldine James) found the brooch, which sends Matthew off on a journey to find Anne.
Here’s a scene from tonight’s episode. [Warning: minor spoilers ahead]
The second episode gives us our first look at just how unwell Matthew is. In his travels, Matthew has some type of cardiac episode, but that doesn’t stop him from his quest to track down Anne. The reason Marilla and Matthew decided to adopt a boy was to help Matthew around the farm because of his heart. Anne was mistakenly sent to the Cuthberts, and although she’s already placed strain on this brother and sister, there’s no denying that she has captured Matthew’s heart. Matthew didn’t want to send the girl away — something he made very clear — but Marilla insisted that lying and stealing would not be tolerated in their home. The moment Marilla realizes her error, Matthew is off.
Marilla knows that she was too harsh on Anne, and perhaps jumped to the worst conclusion immediately when the brooch went missing. It looks as if even the steadfast Marilla has been affected by this girl in the short time she was at Green Gables, and it’s already getting hard to imagine the home without her in it.
Anne also embarks on a bit of an adventure until she returns to Green Gables. She doesn’t want to go back to the orphanage, and finds some interesting ways to fend for herself. Her wild imagination and fondness for drama and poetry certainly come in handy.
Anne does end up back at Green Gables (it would be a whole other series if she didn’t), and begins to face some challenges from narrow-minded townsfolk. Despite some of the other kids not wanting to befriend the new girl in town, Diana (Dalila Bela) remains steadfast in her friendship.
Episode 2, “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me,” airs tonight at 8pm (8:30pm NT) on CBC.
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