Avonlea (1990–1996)
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Stranger in the Night 

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Alec struggles to finish harvesting the hay before the rain comes, and is assisted by a mysterious young stranger named Caleb. Other strangers enter the plot as the truth about Caleb's past unfolds.


Allan King


Janet MacLean, Lucy Maud Montgomery (novels)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Burroughs ... Hetty King
Bruce Greenwood ... Caleb Stokes
Mag Ruffman ... Olivia Dale
Gema Zamprogna ... Felicity King
Zachary Bennett ... Felix King
Harmony Cramp Harmony Cramp ... Cecily King
Lally Cadeau ... Janet King
Cedric Smith ... Alec King
Marilyn Lightstone ... Muriel Stacey
John Friesen ... Archie Gillis
Bob Bainborough Bob Bainborough ... Constable
Brian Kelly Brian Kelly ... William McMillan
Bryan Renfro ... Arthur McMillan
Alex Floyd Alex Floyd ... Baby Daniel
Ryan Floyd Ryan Floyd ... Baby Daniel


The almanac is forecasting a rainstorm through Avonlea, which is bad news for Alec as if so, he will lose his hay crop if he can't harvest it before the rains. Alec is already short of manpower with Felix working at the hotel and Felicity concentrating on her studies. So Alec believes it is providence when a stranger named Caleb Stokes takes refuge from the possible storm in the King's barn. Alec offers Caleb a short term job haying, and lodging in the barn, both which Caleb readily accepts. Although Alec appreciates the hard work and knowledge with which Caleb does his farm work, others are a little more suspicious of the stranger, namely Janet for who the safety of her family is foremost, and Hetty who is just naturally the suspicious type. Caleb is not forthcoming with information about himself, but the Kings can see that he is a man with two sides: he is obviously well read and well educated, yet seems to thrive doing farm work. These opposing aspects raise more questions than ... Written by Huggo

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13 February 1994 (Canada) See more »

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Ontario, Canada See more »

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Excellent episode
11 April 2016 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Caleb is a stranger that shows up in Avonlea. He does not know anyone and only has the property in his back pack that is his.

He is young, slim and tall. Alec King needs to get hay out of the field before it storms and all his kids are busy doing something. He finds Caleb in his barn trying to find protection from the storm.

Caleb ends up staying in the barn. Mrs King is leery of strangers and no one knows anything about him.

Caleb works for Alec. He is an excellent worker and honest. Later some men come looking for him to fight. Alec helps fight the men off because they both attacked Caleb. It comes out later that Caleb had been in jail and was released. His family owned a big farm but he sold it and did not go back.

This story is very tender. It tells of a young man trying to make a business on his own and people who supported him lost money and now want to get even.

Caleb tells the Kings what happened in his life and they want to give him a chance and keep him on. Caleb decides he does not want to put their family in danger from more people coming after him. He is a kind decent hardworking man. Very good episode.

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