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?

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  • Very disappointed to find out Gus was a phony. All these years I thought Gus Pike was an honorable man, a man of his word. He duped us all, sad to say. This might be why he don't want to return in the last episode. It wasn't because he was blind. It was because he was cheating on Felicity, first with suzette then with this married woman, and probably other woman.:(

  • Gus Pike also bailed on Felicity in Happy Christmas Miss King. Word is Michael Mahonen was holding out for more money. You'd think he wouldn't mind less pay to have a reunion with the cast, not to mention his on-screen wife. Some may point out that Sarah Polley was absent as well. But I'll give her a pass since she surprised me, as well as Felicity, when her character returned for Felicity's wedding with enthusiastic support in the series finale.

  • I just watched this episode the other day, and I'm sorry, but the acting to me is cutesy flirting. Even when Charlotte brings in her husband, she slyly says "Come along Gus". All I can think is reverse sister wives!
    Gus mentions several times how much he loves Felicity, the plot of him coming back with someone to whom he is engaged does not make any sense for his character. The only way I could see this is if he felt responsible for someone's husband and/or fiance being killed and wanted to take responsibility. Similar to Alec in Evelyn, but with the relationship going further.

    This episode felt jilted regarding it's plot, even as a kid, I remember thinking the cut from Gus and Felicity talking, to Gus saying "Glad we got to talk" was random.

    And if they wrote to each other, wouldn't they know that they would both be in Halifax (aka Toronto's distillery district) at the same time?

  • That's very true Michael about bailing on Felicity. I think Mahonen said later that he regretted the decision, and it likely hurt Happy Christmas Miss King (ahem, I mean an Avonlea Christmas) because they had to rewrite the script.

  • I laughed at your mention of Sister Wives and Charlotte saying "Come along Gus." That's too funny. I'm surprised that Captain Aims wasn't suspicious, or maybe he was fine with it? This whole thing gets weirder the more I think about it. Avoiding that pivotal scene where Gus explains it all was really a major cop out by the writers. Felicity looked like she was going to kill him, but somehow they had a "good talk" and all was fine? That might have worked in Return to Me but it doesn't work here.