Season 1, Episode 3: Just Us and the Stars:
Summary: Grace and Jim go on their honeymoon at Bass Lake. Meanwhile, Pritchard, home alone, drives the Suttons up the wall.
Authors notes: Now that I have the premise of Grace and Jim being married, I am going to shorten my summaries so I have the energy to do more.
There isn't much to say about this episode except that we really never had a chance to flesh it out. To tell you the truth, I think we were a little afraid too, that's why we added the Pritchard sub-plot.
Season 1, episode 4: A Poor Teachers Wife
Summary: Grace, Jim, and Pritchard adjust to life together in a one room apartment.
Author's note: Summary says it all.
Pretty much a comedy episode until the end when Grace gets a little feed up. There is a really funny scene with Grace's first washing in the hotel bathroom down the hall that went, in script form, something like this:
*Grace in her bathrobe and with a towel turban walks out of the bathroom, looks both ways, and cautiously starts up the hall. Just as she gets to the apartment door, Callie rounds the corner. Grace embarrassed, bursts into the hotel room. Jim and Pritchard are there eating*
Jim: Grace, what's the matter?
Grace: Mrs. Cramp just saw me in my robe!
*Pritchard giggles, Grace glares at him*
Jim: Well, sweetheart, it could have been worse.
Grace: How so?
Jim: It could have been Mr.
*Jim and Pritchard burst out laughing, Grace goes huffily behind a changing board to get dressed*
Season 1, Episode 5: Trials:
Summary: Pritchard gives Grace and Jim a run for there money when he begins to revolt. Meanwhile, Hub finds the courage to tell Honey and Max that he has joined up for the war.
Author's note: I never did figure out why Pritchard revolted. My friend and I had a joke that Grace washed his lucky socks :laugh:. Also, Hub joining up for the war was a plot that almost didn't happen, but I am glad it did, and you will see why in the future.
Season 1, Episode 6: The Challenge
Summary: Grace is asked by Callie to get Max to write a story for the radio. When Max says he is too busy, he convinces Grace to try a hand at it herself.
Author's note: I always thought Grace would be a good author. The episode was quite comical. I remember some scenes where Toppy was helping Grace come up with story ideas and Toppy says something like "what about a mystery where a girl murders her overbearing mother" and Grace says, "Toppy, don't give me any ideas that could apply to my life!!!"
Season 1, Episode 7: A Miner's Son
Summary: Max decides to ask the aid of the New Bedford Dramatic Society again, this time with his script for the play "The Miner's Son". Grace convinces Jim to audition with her, which ends up causing trouble when he gets the main part and she doesn't get any.
Author's note: This episode was obviously a tie in to the Christmas movie where we first see Max's script for the play. The entire episode was kind of a joke with my friend and I. The fact that Jim, the guy who had to be dragged to auditions by Grace, gets a role and Grace doesn't is pretty funny. You have to admit that.
Season 1, Episode 8: Small Packages
Summary: Grace, who is very embarrassed to tell Toppy that she needs a new dress because her others have become increasingly tight, is urged by her friend to see Doctor Barlow, who informs her that there is another little Flett on the way!
Author's note: haha, this one brings back a LOT of memories! First, before I forget, I want to just point out that this episode is kind of a tribute to Honey's pregnancy with Zach. If I remember correctly, It takes the same amount of episodes between Honey and Max's marriage and Jim and Grace's marriage for both couples to become pregnant. This episode spurred our invention of a long lasting in-joke, the bacon apple. We were messing around with the scrip one day and I decided that Grace had a craving and at an apple and it tasted like bacon.
We were nutty kids!
Season 1, Episode 9: Setting Down
Summary: May tries to convince Grace and Jim that, with a new child on the way, a hotel is not appropriate to live in. But Jim won't accept May's kind offer of Bass Lake Cottage until May points out that someone living in the house would be a favor, since it is dilapidated now that no one uses it.
Author's note: I had to get Grace and Jim out of that hotel. I couldn't imagine three people living in one room. I have a hard enough time with just me in my room.
Ok, this is where the show starts to get better! It's all because of the introduction of my new favorite character:
Season 1, Episode 10: Forgive and Forget:
Jim happens upon his long lost sister, Judy, while in Pinebury who to his dismay is using her musical talents in a saloon. Judy, who is very independent and strong-willed, wants nothing to do with Jim or his older-brotherly advice, but soon finds that it might just what she needs.
Author's note: I really wanted to get into Jim's past. We don't really know much about it except about Kathleen. I decided that a sister would be just the thing he needed. It's hinted about in the episode that Jim and Judy had a fight when their parents died, but it will be fleshed out more in a season 2 episode. I am just going to warn you that the show's polarity kind of shifts from Grace and Jim to Judy, I think because we were excited to have come up with a new character.
This is Bryce Dallas Howard, the actress I had wanted to play Judy. I thought making her a red head would be interesting.
More so she could be feisty with an excuse. :laugh:
Season 1, Episode 11: Adjustments:
Summary: Judy, getting used to home life again, becomes good friends with another newcomer, Dr. David Barlow. David is fresh out of med school and preparing to take over for his father once he retires.
Author's note: This one was really an episode to introduce Judy even more to the audience. I remember there being a great scene when Judy goes to help the mission with Grace and sees the piano. She starts playing rag and everyone loves it. Then May and Toppy walk in and Judy doesn't notice. When she is done they are right behind her. Toppy claps, May doesn't. May states that she thinks that that that music is only suitable for ruffians, is which case Judy turns around and starts playing the Moonlight Sonata. Toppy cracks a smile and May says "That's better." Judy and Toppy become fast friends after that.
Season 1, Episode 12: Can't Let Go:
Summary: Early summer has come to New Bedford and it is an increasingly hard time for Jim because it is the time of year that Kathleen died. Also, Toppy, who is feeling as though she has an empty nest, looks for a roommate and finds her in Judy.
Author's note: I wanted to show that Jim still loved Kathleen. This leads to some sweet scenes of Grace helping him through this time. Also, I thought it would be fun if Judy and Toppy became a duo much like Grace and Toppy were.
Season 1 Finale: Reputations:
Summary: Judy's secret about working in a saloon gets out when an old lover, Paul, comes to town in search of work.
Author's note: I wanted to have kind of a reaction episode, where we see how various people react to the leak of information. Also created a tiny bit of tension for David Barlow who has fallen for Judy a bit, with the revelation of her past and the coming of her old lover.
Season 2 coming soon!