The Lie

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd John Spencer is walking to school playing his harmonica when Bessie Holcomb sneaks up behind him and playfully steals his music notes. Bessie offers to return the sheets to John for a kiss and begs him to play a song for her. The two settle down on the swings and Bessie serenades John as he plays a tune on his harmonica. Christy interrupts the jam session with a surprise for John, a book about the life of Mozart. Christy and John stroll to the schoolhouse deep in discussion about a proposed book report as Bessie jealously looks on . . .

Hopeful Thinking

As Ruby Mae rambles on about her wonderful hope chest, Bessie begins to cry, admitting that she doesn't have one nor anything but a feather mattress to put in it. Ruby points out that Bessie has the most important thing, the boy to marry. Christy interrupts the twosome's giggle session about boys and advises Ruby Mae that she's too young to be thinking about marriage. When Bessie announces that she is going to marry John any day now, Christy can't believe that her father has given the girl his permission. She warns Bessie that marriage wouldn't be wise at her age but Bessie tells her that she is just jealous because she is an old maid schoolteacher . . .

Superior Conversation

Fairlight urges her husband to come out of the rain and have a bite to eat. Jeb, who is busily attending to his bee hives, jokes with his wife about the superiority of the male bees. Fairlight, good-naturedly teases him back, pointing out that the male species dies after mating . . .

Flowers for My Love

When Christy arrives at school the next morning, she finds her desk filled with flowers, courtesy of John Spencer. Christy assures the lovesick lad that the flowers are lovely and John declares that he'd do anything for her. Christy starts to protest when John declares his love for her but is interrupted by the arrival of the other children. Bessie becomes visibly upset when she sees the flowers but John just ignores her . . .

Welcome to The Neighborhood

Fairlight is startled when she walks outside the cabin and finds Dan Scott standing in the yard. She calls for her husband who welcomes Dan with the barrel of a gun. Dan urges Jeb not to shoot, introduces himself and explains to the couple that he came to call on them. Dan tells them that he wasn't sure of the cabin's location and assumed it was further up the road. He tells them that Alice and David invited him to build a cabin just over the rise and would like to be a good neighbor to them. After he leaves, Jeb forbids Fairlight to go to the mission by herself but Fairlight assures her husband that she'll be all right . . .

Sermon on the Mount

Christy and Alice are impressed by Fairlight's reading ability as she flawlessly finishes a piece from the Bible. Fairlight is thrilled to be able to read the words herself and explains the meaning of the passage, "Sermon on The Mount," to the two of them. Even though she believes that God wants her to love everyone, Fairlight admits that she is having a hard time accepting Dan Scott. When Fairlight points out that Dan is different from everyone else, Alice reminds her that God created no one race to be superior. Dr. MacNeill rides up and Alice asks the doctor why he has yet to initiate any kind of relationship with Dan. Neil explains that he's been busy but Alice sees right through his excuses and accuses him of procrastinating. Neil admits that he feels the man doesn't belong in the cove and won't encourage him to stay . . .

A Honey of A Conversation

Christy pays a visit to Dan as he is busily attempting to clear his land. When he mentions how glad he'll be when he has a well dug and will have access to water, Christy points out that he could get a drink at the Spencer's. When Dan hesitates, Christy tells him that she's on her way over there and invites him to accompany her. Jeb, who is still hard at work attending to his hives, greets Christy but ignores Dan. Christy proclaims what a good friend the Spencer's have been to her and how welcome they made her feel when she first arrived in the cove. She leaves the men to chat and Dan offers his assistance with the hives. He informs Jeb of some of the ways that bees were used in Kentucky and Jeb admits that he didn't know bees were good for anything but making honey . . .

Young Love

Christy pays Fairlight a visit and observes the children as they dance to the tune of John's harmonica. Fairlight admits that her son has loved music since he was a small child and tells Christy she's grateful to her for taking so much time with John. When Bessie arrives, Christy confides in Fairlight that the girl has been pressuring her son to get married. Fairlight is aware of the situation but admits that it's hard to hold back a young heart. Bessie pleads with John to meet with her by the river but he makes excuses saying that he has chores to do and wants to work on his songbook. Bessie gives Christy a hateful look before leaving . . .

Accidental Assignation

A full moon is up and so is Christy, unable to sleep because of the brightness. As she stands on the mission porch, she glances over at David who is working on a sermon. She invites him to take a walk with her but he refuses telling her that he has an early morning tomorrow. He instructs her not to stay out too late and retreats inside. Christy, too restless to sleep, takes a stroll and ends up down by the river where Neil encounters her by accident. Guessing that his thoughts were centered on Margaret, she encourages the doctor to discuss his feelings. Neil admits that the discovery of his wife's existence has thrown his life into turmoil. Bessie spies the two embracing one another as Christy tries to comfort Neil . . .

Hiding From Love

Fairlight ushers Zady and the younger children off to school and prepares to collect a bucket of water. Bessie pops up and asks about John's whereabouts. Fairlight informs the disappointed girl that her son has long since departed for school. Bessie tells Fairlight that John leaves early so that he can be with Christy who is nothing but a dirty sinner. Fairlight is appalled by Bessie's words and tells the girl that her mouth should be washed out with soap. After Bessie leaves, Fairlight calls out to John and announces to him that she knows he's out there. When John reveals himself, Fairlight asks him why he's sneaking around like a thief. John blurts out that he isn't going to marry Bessie because he's in love with someone else. Fairlight tries to point out that love isn't all flowers and moonlight but John hurries off to school . . .

Dial D for Disaster

Inside the mission, Miss Alice excitedly answers the ringing phone but the call is for Dr. MacNeill. Alice assumes the news has to do with Margaret but after listening to what the caller has to say, Miss Alice can only close her eyes and pray to God . . .

A Token of Affection

Neil comes galloping up to the mission carrying a bouquet of flowers. He asks David about Christy's whereabouts and is promptly told that the lady has already left for school. Neil starts to explain to David that the flowers are a gift to thank Christy for her kindness but is interrupted by Alice, who brings news of a train derailment in El Pano . . .

Wounding Words

That afternoon, as the children depart for home, Christy tries to dissuade John from staying after school. As Christy tries to tell him that the relationship between them could never be anything other than teacher and student, she is interrupted by Bessie, who orders Christy to leave John alone. She announces that Christy is only playing with his feelings and is making a fool out of him. John won't listen and tells the jealous girl that she's the one who is being a fool, chasing after someone who doesn't care about her. When Bessie asks John if he still loves her, he declares that perhaps he never did. After John leaves, Christy tries to console Bessie and tells her that John didn't mean what he said. Bessie vows to make Christy sorry for stealing her boyfriend away from her . . .

We're BEEholden

Christy pays a visit to the Spencer cabin in order to seek advice from Fairlight about the situation with John. Lulu and John greet Christy and John informs her that his father is out hunting and his mother is collecting grains. As Christy tries to reason with John about his treatment of Bessie, Lulu becomes intrigued by a bunny rabbit and follows the critter as he hops away. When the bunny takes a breather underneath one of Jeb's hives, Lulu tries to pet the rabbit and accidentally knocks over the stand that the hive is resting on. Lulu's screams catch the attention of Christy and John who frantically try to get the bees of off the hysterical young girl. A smoking broom does the trick and Christy and John carries the girl to the cabin porch. John hesitates when Christy instructs him to fetch Dan but she convinces him of the urgency of the situation. When Dan arrives, he checks Lulu's pupils and instructs John to find some bee balm, willow bark and mill flower to make a poultice for the stings. He soothingly tries to reassure a scared Lulu as he runs a sharp knife over the top of her skin to remove the stingers. When Jeb and Fairlight return home, Jeb goes berserk at the sight of Dan so close to his daughter and orders the man to get away. After John explains to his father how Dan saved Lulu's life, Jeb tries to thank him for his actions but Dan says nothing and leaves the Spencer's cabin . . .

Malicious Gossip

Sunday arrives and Neil and Alice still haven't returned from El Pano. As the church service begins, Kyle Colburn glances around the room, searching for his daughter. He tells John, who is seated next to him, that he's glad to see him as his presence means that the he and his daughter didn't elope. John informs Mr. Colburn that he and Bessie are no longer seeing each other. Bessie finally arrives and takes a seat in the back and begins whispering to the woman seated next to her. The juicy gossip is passed along from person to person until it reaches Ruby Mae who glances at Christy in horror after getting the scoop. When the commotion causes the singing to cease, David asks Bessie why she interrupted the service. Bessie stands and informs the congregation that she saw Christy down by the river, wallowing in sin with a man, who she identifies as John Spencer . . .

Say It Isn't So

After the sermon, Christy draws Bessie aside and tells her that she must realize what she said inside wasn't true. With the congregation watching, Bessie doesn't answer and walks away. Christy is hurt by the fact that so many of her friends and neighbors believe the terrible lie . . .

Startling News

Upon their return to the cove, Neil and Alice are met by Zady and Lulu. Zady informs Neil about Lulu's experience with the bees and Daniel's heroics and asks him to check her sister over to be sure that she is all right. Neil jokingly asks Alice if he should examine the girl as he wouldn't want Alice to think that he doubts Daniel's judgement. When asked why the two girls aren't in school, Zady informs them that there is no more school as the residents no longer want Christy to be their teacher . . .

Meeting With a Married Man

Outside the school, Christy slowly lowers the flag. Creed and Burl offer to help and tell Christy that they will miss her and bemoan the lost opportunity to learn. Christy assures them that they'll have another teacher soon but they sadly reflect that no one would be as good a teacher as Christy. When Christy sees Dr. MacNeill galloping up to the schoolhouse on his horse, she retreats inside. Neil follows and Christy urges him to leave, fearing that someone might see the two of them together as Bessie did down by the river. Neil assures Christy that they have nothing to be ashamed of as all they did was talk, but Christy points out that Neil is a married man and being seen with him is worse than being seen with John. Neil again assures Christy that they did nothing wrong but Christy points out that no one would believe that. David nosily eavesdrops from the back door . . .

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Bessie tries to convince John that Christy is a bad person but he tells her that her thoughts are sick. He tells Bessie that it is clear to him now that whatever they had was built on lies and was as fragile as a spider's web. Bessie calls to John as he walks away but John doesn't stop . . .

Broken Friendship

Christy finds Fairlight down by the river washing clothes as Jeb fishes and the children play. Fairlight tries to ignore Christy and declares that she has a lot of chores to do but finally relents and agrees to speak with her. She informs Christy that John told her that he wasn't with her by the river but Christy can see that Fairlight doesn't believe her son. Fairlight tells Christy that she touches a place deep inside her son's heart and she can see, when Christy listens to John's music, that she feels the same way. She confesses that she's grateful to her for teaching her to read and for helping save Lulu's life but she and Jeb have decided to respect Uncle Bogg's wishes to keep away from Christy. Fairlight returns to her wash and Christy sheds a few tears as she watches the happy family from afar. As Bessie makes her way down the river, she catches a glimpse of Christy as she brushes away a tear . . .

A Fresh Start

Jeb takes a stroll over to Dan's place where the man is splitting logs to build a cabin. He tells Dan that he owes him for saving his daughter's life and that he intends to repay his debt. When Jeb asks Dan how much he charges for his services, Dan proclaims that he doesn't want his money, only a chance to be a good neighbor. Jeb invites him to the singing that is being held at his place but Dan tells him that he is rushing things a bit. Jeb, compromises by inviting Dan to call him his first name . . .

Do the Right Thing

On her way to the Spencer's, Alice runs into Christy and is surprised to find that she is not already at the singing. Christy tells Alice that she isn't welcome there and that Fairlight never wants to see her again. Alice assures Christy that isn't the case and advises her to tell the truth . . .

The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But the Truth

The singing is in full swing when Christy arrives, but the festivities quickly cease when her presence becomes known. Christy hands Alice a pie and prepares to leave when David speaks out in her defense. He declares that Christy is a fine, honorable woman whom he is proud to know. Neil chimes in and says that it is he who must speak in Christy's defense. Before Neil can admit that it was he who was down by the river with Christy, Bessie interrupts and says that David is right about Christy. It is she, Bessie, who sinned, for Christy was at the river by herself, not with John Spencer. Kyle threatens to whip his daughter for telling such a lie but Christy stops him saying that his daughter didn't tell the truth in the beginning, nor did she tell the truth just now. Christy announces to everyone that Bessie didn't see her by the river by herself, but with Dr. MacNeill. After Neil verifies Christy's story, she continues, saying that the two of them met by accident, talked for a while, and then went their separate ways. She instructs them to dismiss her if they truly believe that the incident is reason enough to do so . . .

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Everyone settles down and the merrymaking begins once more. Fairlight apologizes to Christy and points out that it would serve her right if Christy never spoke to her again. Christy smiles and tells her friend that it would be difficult to have reading lessons without speaking to each another. She thanks David for standing up for her and David declares that he meant every word of his speech. Christy can't help thinking how strange love really is. Love made David her knight in shining armor, Bessie, her enemy, and Neil, even more a mystery.

Caroline Kent