Was Gus caught in scandelous no-good cheating behavior? Read-on and you be the judge!
In the climactic moments of the fifth season episode Otherwise Engaged, Gus gives his prized red ring to Felicity and expresses his devotion to her. Following this episode, Gus leaves Avonlea for maritime work on the open seas. Although Gus gave this enduring promise of love, Felicity is shocked to her core the next time she sees him.
In the opening episode of the sixth season, The Return of Gus Pike, Felicity and Felix spot Gus frolicking with a mysterious woman in a Halifax market place. Shockingly Gus is flirtatiously feeding the woman strawberries. To make the scandal worse, the woman is Charlotte Aims-The wife of Gus's boss Captain Aims- who is graciously allowing him to stay at their Brisko street residence.
What a no-good two-timer! Right? How could there be any reasonable explanation for this scandelous behavior?
Apparently, even the writers had difficulty explaining this away. Following an off-camera moment, Gus and Felicity comment about having a good talk and resolving this issue, AND YET we never hear his explanation. This is likely because Marlene Mathews couldn't even give the sorry cheater an excuse.
The origin for this confusing story arc was derived from the original script for this episode where Gus wasn't just flirting with Charlotte, they were actually engaged!
In a September 1994 interview with Jackie Burroughs, Alexandra Heilbron revealed publicity materials to Jackie for the upcoming events of season six. One of the events provided a startling revelation:
There's something here about Gus being with another woman; about him coming back to Avonlea with his new fiancé.
Apparently, 'Return of Gus Pike' was originally going to feature Gus returning to Avonlea engaged to Charlotte Aims, despite giving his ring to Felicity in 'Otherwise Engaged' and pledging his committed devotion.
The story was obviously changed to a misunderstanding, but it's interesting to wonder how this cheating scenario would have been explained.
If Gus did return with a new fiancé, would it have changed your perception or respect for Gus Pike?