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Malcolm Stoddard ...
Malcolm McEwan
Aunt Abigail
Harmony Cramp ...
Joel Blake ...
Hetty King (credit only)
Lally Cadeau ...
Peter Donaldson ...
Reverend Leonard
Mr. Lawson (as Les Carlson)
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Mrs. Biggins
Maja Ardal ...

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Instead of taking care of a husband, Janet's spinster sister, Abigail Ward, has funneled her energies into being a meticulous homemaker despite not really enjoying it. Things may change when into her life returns Malcolm McEwan, an old beau who has been away from Avonlea for seven years. He has returned to make good on a promise: Abigail's father would not allow the two to marry until Malcolm made a fortune, which he has now done in Yukon gold. He now wants to marry Abby as he calls her. Abby is in a quandary. She likes having the attention of a man, but realizes that she and Malcolm are extremes in personality (he loud and brash, she overly meticulous). But mostly, she fears two things: that she will lose her independence, and if she truly does fall in love with him all over again that he may run off much like he did seven years ago. Malcolm's return not only affects Abby, but also Alec, who is feeling restless about the choices he's made in life. Written by Huggo

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2 April 1990 (USA)  »

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The Georgian style print on the wall of Aunt Abigail's house, seen as she's unpacking crates of household furnishings, is of Thomas Gainesborough's famous painting of Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire. Painted in 1787, the portrait is famous partly for having been stolen multiple times, first, from Devonshire House, and later from the London gallery of Thomas Agnew & Sons. See more »

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Old boyfriend shows up after many years
2 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Abigail's old boyfriend Malcolm McEwan shows after many years and wants to re-new his relationship with Abigail.

Abbey is upset he left years ago and they have not had any contact. He tells her he left because her father did not like him because he was not rich. Now he is rich and came back to propose marriage and can buy her anything she wants. She is not interested she still is in shock and angry that he did not contact her plus he is clumsy and tracks mud on her carpet which makes her mad.

Felicity and Sara are very happy about this man coming back to their aunt who lives along and is set in her ways.

It shows Malcolm going to church with Abigail singing louder than everyone and showing off in general.

These stories end nice but I don't like the way they use Christianity, churches and the people etc. They are all in church singing but there is no preaching and the song words have nothing to do with God. The church goers are gossipers and look for mistakes others make in the lives.

I find this offensive. The series is good but it must have been written by an atheist or a person who does not believe in religion or know people that are good kind and sincere that do go to church. I hope the viewers find a real Christian who loves Jesus and wants to help others.

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