Dan is overjoyed but Nat is skeptical when a young "old friend" from Boston appears at Plumfield with talk of going west for high adventures. Jo struggles as students are withdrawn from Plumfield for lack of an experienced teacher.
When Nat finds a poor black family camping in the school woods, Jo takes them into the house while trying to find employment for them, but unexpectedly discovers that prejudice can take many forms. [This episode as well as 'The Christmas Angel', 'Philanthropy', and 'Bluffing' comprise the two DVD set with UPC 066805306860.]
Nic and the boys go to get a Christmas tree but bring back a severely beaten woman. Preparations for an annual Christmas pageant are further complicated by emotional issues of some facing a first Christmas without cherished loved ones. [This episode as well as 'Emancipation', 'Philanthropy', and 'Bluffing' comprise the two DVD set with UPC 066805306860.]
A gift of two hundred books to Plumfield School prompts Franz to assign a project on philanthropy which the students turn into a competition. But Jo's horse Penny falling ill with pleurisy results in the demonstration of spontaneous philanthropy and the value of reading. [This episode as well as 'Emancipation', 'The Christmas Angel', and 'Bluffing' comprise the two DVD set with UPC 066805306860.]
Self-delusion strikes Laurie, who doesn't see that his recent infatuation with poker is disrupting his relationships with his family, and Anthea, who doesn't see her papers plagiarize Nat's abilities. [This episode, 'Emancipation', 'The Christmas Angel', and 'Philanthropy' comprise the two DVD set with UPC 066805306860.]
Asia'a father who's a vagrant whom she hasn't seen in years comes to town. He tries to reconcile with her but she doesn't want anything to do with him. Jo invites him to dinner and he says he'll be there but doesn't show up.