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Episode 7.11: Return to Me - 4.4 out of 5 based on 9 votes

Felicity receives a mysterious call from Charleston and suspects that Gus might be alive.  

Writer: Raymond Storey 
Director: F. Harvey Frost 
Special Guest Star: Gema Zamprogna as Felicity King and Michael Mahonen as Gus Pike 
With: David Gardner as Horace Beck and David Ferry as Stuart McRae 
Original CBC Airdate: March 17, 1996 
Time Frame: Spring 1912


In the opening moments there are a few signs of what is to come: Felicity is on the beach wearing Gus's ring and Hetty is thinking about Gus and disapproving of Felicity's pending marriage to Stuart.

While Felicity is preparing for the wedding, she receives a call from a nurse in South Carolina. Felicity suspects that Gus is still alive and trying to contact her. Hetty and Felicity begin their voyage aboard the SS Savannah and meet a furniture salesman from Charleston, Horace Beck, who appears to play a caretaker role of sorts.

While questioning several people about Gus, Felicity finally finds a young sailor named Jimmy, who survived the Maid of Calais wreck and knew Gus Pike. Jimmy recalls that Gus refused a lifeboats and heroically stayed behind to send a signal, in hope that a vessel would rescue them. Jimmy claims that Gus drowned, but Felicity is unwilling to give up.

She follows a lead to a hospital, where the nurse, Megget Lydie, claims that she has never seen Gus. A young nurses aid, Odelia, is shocked when she finds Felicity searching for Gus, which raises Felicity's suspicion. Later that night, Felicity sees Odelia with Jimmy and the mystery deepens.

The next day, Felicity continues to search and finds Odelia at the church with Megget Lydie. Lydie finally folds and brings Felicity to her home. Felicity finally meets Gus, but is devastated when he doesn't recognize her and furiously tells her to leave.

Megget Lydie later tells Felicity that Gus was blinded after the wreck and that a troller picked him up while he was barely conscious. Horace Beck encourages Gus to give Felicity a chance and Gus finally allows Felicity to speak with him.

Gus tells Felicity to get on with her life, but Felicity claims that she won't go back to Avonlea without him. Felicity sends a message to Stuart, informing him that she's coming back to Avonlea.  She doesn't tell him however, that Gus will be coming with her; nor does she tell Gus that she is engaged to Stuart.


There is something so absurd about the obscure furniture businessman, Horace Beck. It's hard to believe that he would have all this time to run around and counsel complete strangers on relationships. I'm surprised he doesn't help arrange the wedding too.

Rhetorical Questions

Didn't Hetty and Felicity pack a lot of luggage on their trip?

Memorable Quotes

"What is this? Common brawling in the public road? Heavens to Molly! What have the Kings come to?" -Hetty King

"Return to me... Promise?" -Stuart McRae

"I've travelled Felicity and I've seen things... The southern cross in the night sky... The fire of Saint Elmo dancing on the water... I've seen the sun rising on old Spanish ports... And I'll never see again. I'll never see your face again." -Gus Pike

Sap Meter: 6 

Horace Beck's speech about love was ridiculously sappy.


(1) The events with Gus, Felicity and Hetty continue in the final episode and bring the series to a conclusion. Sullivan Entertainment released a video containing the current episode and the final episode So Dear to My Heart. The video includes cast interviews and a brief behind the scenes glimpse at the production of the series. The title of the video is 'Return to Me' and features newlyweds Gus and Felicity on the front cover (That doesn't give too much away does it?). This is an ironic title, considering that Stuart was the person who asked Felicity to return to him.

Grade: A


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    Felicity travels all the way to Charleston and finds....Mowgli? I'm sorry but Gus just looks weird. His deep orange tan and mop top seriously make him look like Mowgli.

    Anyway, this episode right here is where all my irritation with this season comes to a head. When this series came out I was in high school and it was a bit childish for me. However, growing up with younger siblings and the Disney channel, a few things got through my heavy metal consciousness. One was the Felicity/Gus thing. Coming in to this season, for some reason I was expecting Felicity to be searching for Gus, going to Jamaica or wherever, not believing he is dead. Finding him and bringing him home. Having his eyes worked on, and eventually gaining his sight and marrying Felicity. Why I thought this happens, who knows. Like I said, I wasn't paying attention, just pieced together what I thought happened from bits and peices. What we really get is just another Felicity hand-wringing over too many suitors. Again.

    And Gus! When did Gus turn into such an emo sorry sack? He was in the hospital/house for so long feeling sorry for himself, because of his eyes, and some nonsense story about survivors guilt that he couldn't save everyone via telegraph? What a loser. The whole thing about not wanting Felicity to know he was alive because he's blind is so ridiculous, and does nothing but make Gus look like just another white male who thinks he knows what is best for a woman regardless of what she wants.

    And his reaction to her finding him? I'll bet he sat in that room and thought of a dozen scenarios of how he would act if Felicity found him. And him screaming at her to get out was what he decided to go with. He finally had a chance to act it out and he mushes it all up by tripping over a stool or something.

    I just kept waiting all season for Felicity to grow a spine and GO LOOK for Gus, what a great season that would have been. It wasn't like he was that hard to find. Jimmy even says that the "all hands were lost" report was only the first. Did she even try to find out anything more after the report from "Ezekiel Crane" which was fishy in the first place. One hospital. That's all it would have taken. Make a damn phone call Felicity. Christ.