Episode 5 of Anne starts with a spelling bee, and it’s Anne versus Gilbert in this battle of wits. Check out the opening scene from “Tightly Knotted to a Similar String.” [Warning: minor spoilers ahead]
Although Anne would typically take great satisfaction in her academic victory, something has her stomach in knots.
She wakes up that night, certain that she’s dying. Marilla tells her that she’s now entering womanhood, and that what is happening is completely normal. Of course Anne dramatically insists she’s not ready to be a woman yet; she still has many goals set out, especially when it comes to school. Marilla assures her that it isn’t the end of the world.
We get a glimpse into Gilbert’s home life, and it’s not all sunshine and roses. Gilbert — much like we saw with Anne in Episode 3 — has been forced to grow up too soon.
Marilla tells Rachel about the recent melodrama, and they share a brief moment of menopausal sisterhood that is rather amusing.
Anne is distracted at school the next day, and freezes when the teacher asks her a question. Gilbert offers her some helpful advice — not at all in a condescending manner — but she takes it the wrong way.
Anne’s sour mood is lifted when Marilla tells her that she can have Diana over for tea, which leads to another of the most iconic moments from the books.
Matthew also reconnects with someone from his past, and it leads to him talking more than we’ve ever seen him talk before.
Episode 5 holds so many special, emotional scenes, and the ones with Matthew really, really shine. I think it’s my favourite yet. Oh, and have tissue on standby. You might need it.
Watch “Tightly Knotted to a Similar String” tonight at 8pm (8:30pm NT) on CBC.
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