Green Apples

All Children Are Created Equally . . . With the Exception of Creed

Inside the school, Neil is explaining to the children about the composition of the sun. Creed Allen tries to push his way up to the front of the group to get a better view of Neil's presentation but Christy firmly orders him to the back. While looking at Christy, Neil jokingly tells the students that the nucleus is the part of the sun that gives the orders. During the course of her teachings, Christy had tried to point out to her students that everyone was created equally. In Cutter Gap, however, equality didn't come naturally as the mountain people had a firmly established hierarchy and knew their place in it . . .

Discriminating Doctor

As educated as he was, Neil was still a mountain man in many ways as he was no closer to accepting Daniel Scott as an apprentice than the rest of the cove. Christy watches as Daniel reads a passage from a medical book and asks Neil if he agrees with his proposed treatment. Neil mounts his horse and gives Dan a firm "no" before riding away . . .

A Little Respect, Please

As Miss Alice readies to leave on a monthly journey, Christy bemoans that fact that Neil won't accept Dan as a student. Alice thanks Fairlight for agreeing to stay at the mission until David returns. Christy points out that she's perfectly capable of managing on her own. She demonstrates her ability to handle Creed Allen by jumping out of her skin when he presents her with a frog hidden in a dinner bucket. Christy vows to turn Creed Allen into an angel and to get Neil to accept Dan Scott by the time Miss Alice returns. Fairlight laughs at the declaration and tells Christy that she'll fetch her some boots for when she walks on water as well. Christy assures Fairlight that anything is possible . . .

Practice Makes Perfect?

Fairlight gets another good laugh at Christy's expense when she overhears the teacher practicing her speech to convince Neil to accept Dan as an apprentice. Christy explains that she has to be prepared or Neil won't take her seriously. Fairlight points out that no one can talk Neil into doing anything and sermonizing certainly won't do the trick . . .

A Hot Meal Works Wonders Every Time

Dressed in her Sunday best, with her hair loose and flowing, Christy arrives at Neil's cabin with a basket over her arm. When she knocks on the door, she gets a response from beneath the house where Neil is making repairs. Christy stammers and stutters when Neil asks the reason for the visit and finally comes right out and asks the doctor how long it's been since he's had a good home-cooked meal. Inside, Neil hurriedly tries to neaten the place up and explains that he doesn't get visitors very often. Neil peers over Christy's shoulder as she stirs the vegetables and remarks how tasty the dish looks. Christy suggests that the doctor pick some flowers for the table and glancing down at his dirty clothes and body, Neil grabs a towel and soap and heads outside. Christy tries to concentrate on her cooking but can't help peeking outside the window where she has a clear view of Neil bathing in the river. The sight of Neil's nude body distracts Christy from her cooking until the smell of smoke brings her back down to earth. When Neil spies smoke pouring from his cabin, he jumps out of the water and rushes inside the house. Together, he and Christy manage to douse the flames from Christy's burning chicken . . .

Chicken a la Burnt

Outside, at a table set for two, Neil assures Christy that he loves her "flame-broiled" chicken and takes a bite to prove it. Christy contradicts him saying that the fowl is definitely burned and hopes that her blackberry cobbler will be more impressive. Neil tells her he is impressed by her presence and her friendliness . . .

Wined, Dined, and Danced

While Christy is clearing the table, Neil puts a record on the Victrola. Christy is surprised to discover that Neil has a phonograph and tells him the music is like magic. Neil asks Christy to dance and she accepts. After a few moments in his arms, Christy makes her move and tells the doctor that he works too hard and needs a helpmate. Neil assumes that Christy is applying for the position and agrees with her. Christy is ecstatic and assures Neil that "he'll" work hard. Neil is furious when he discovers that Christy was speaking of Dan Scott and tells her that he won't change his ideas for a cheap dance and burnt chicken. Christy storms off, telling Neil that he is a stupid, stubborn Scot who doesn't deserve Mr. Scott in the first place . . .

A Man of Many Talents

At Dan's place, Christy admires a carving of a bear and Dan tells her that he made it with her in mind as she reminds him of a mama bear who always protects her cubs. Christy sighs and tells him that she wishes she had something encouraging to tell him about his apprenticeship. Dan smiles and thanks her for trying. After Dan leaves, Christy gazes at Dan's carvings and realizes that the man is lonely . . .

A New Friend

With a gun in hand, Bird's-Eye watches Dan as he treks through the woods to Hattie McHabe's cabin. The sound of singing draws Dan inside the cabin and Hattie invites him to share a meal with her. Dan hesitates and explains that he hasn't met many folks in the cove yet and tells Hattie that he's building a cabin on the mission's property. Taking his hands in hers, Hattie says grace then introduces herself. Dan does the same and Hattie smiles and welcomes her new friend. Bird's-Eye watches the exchange from a distance . . .

Silence is Not Golden

Fairlight is silent as Neil fills her basket with medicine for the mission. When he tells her that her silence is so loud that it hurts his ears, Fairlight retorts that her thoughts and his ears have no business together. Neil tells Fairlight that it'll be awhile before he steps a foot on the mission again . . .

Medical Emergency

Neil forgets his promise when he receives word that a child is sick at the school. When he arrives, he finds Christy with George O'Teale cradled in her arms. Neil examines the boy and orders Rob to take the children outside. When Rob wonders if he should send them home, Neil gives him a firm no. After Rob collapses, Neil tells Christy to check the children for a rash and to hang a white cloth from the flag pole announcing a quarantine. When Christy asks Neil if the illness is scarlet fever, he can't give her a definite answer but tells her that no one will leave the mission until he finds out . . .

A Deadly Intruder

Christy is frightened as she strings the cloth up the flag post. During her tenure at the cove, she fought ignorance, superstition, intolerance, and dirt. But now, something silent and deadly is taking hold of the children and she ishelpless to do anything about it . . .

Hitting Close to Home

David arrives as Christy begins burning the children's contaminated clothing. Neil orders him to leave but David tells the doctor that it's his mission and sick or not, it's his place to serve the children. Neil goes ballistic when he sees Ruby Mae drinking out of the same dipper as another child and takes his frustration out on Christy, telling her that if she'd taken better care of the children instead of campaigning for Dan Scott than perhaps they wouldn't have a medical emergency on their hands. Christy leaves without saying a word and David informs Neil that Christy does indeed have a gourd with each child's name on it but it's difficult to break a habit that has existed for years. Neil is not appeased and points out that it's important that Christy realize that bad habits can be deadly. David tells Neil that Christy is all too aware of that fact as her baby sister died of scarlet fever . . .

Color Blind

Hattie is ecstatic when Dan picks her a bouquet of sunflowers to use as dye for her new apron. Hattie asks Dan to explain the color of yellow to her and turning her face to the sun, he compares yellow to the warm, bright rays on her face. When Hattie hears a twig snap in the woods, she realizes that the noise was made by Bird's-Eye Taylor and calls out to him. Hattie declines Bird's-Eye's offer to fix her roof explaining that she has a new friend to help her now. She introduces him to Dan but Mr. Taylor refuses to grasp Dan's outstretched hand. Dan becomes aware of the illness in the cove when Bird's-Eye points out that Dan seems to have arrived at the same time as the fever. When Dan leaves to go to the mission, Bird's-Eye informs Hattie that Mr. Scott is a colored man and therefore, inferior to himself. Bird's-Eye leaves after Hattie disagrees with his remark . . .

Garlic Won't Help and Neither Will You

The school has been turned into a makeshift hospital and Christy and Fairlight diligently tend to the needs of the sick children. When Fairlight glances outside the window and sees Dan Scott approaching, she alerts Christy who rushes outside. Dan offers Neil a basket full of garlic to make a poultice and tells he that he's had experience with scarlet fever and small pox and offers his assistance. Neil orders the man not to come any closer and tells Dan that they are not dealing with small pox. Christy offers to talk to Neil and hurries after the doctor . . .

Scottlet Fever

A group of the children's parents gathers outside the schoolhouse. Swannie O'Teale insists that she be allowed to take her children home but Neil refuses, saying that none of the children can go home until he finds out what is causing the fever. When Bird's-Eye points out that the cause may not be a "what" but a "who," Uncle Bogg chimes in and says that everyone thinks that Dan brought the fever. Bogg's speech causes a stir among the women and Mary Allen tells the doctor that she's not leaving her children anywhere near Daniel Scott. Neil manages to quiet them down and tells them that he's in charge and they'll do what he says unless the want a full-blown epidemic on their hands. He orders them to go home and reluctantly they leave. Christy admonishes Neil for his treatment of the concerned parents but he points out that they are looking for someone to pay for the sickness and that someone could very well be Dan Scott . . .

Go While You Still Can

Dan is shocked when Christy tells him that the community believes that he is the cause of the scarlet fever. Christy suggests that he leave as she fears for his safety should one of the children die. Dan leaves his basket and sack and departs. Curious as to the contents of the sack, Christy peeks inside and sees several of Daniel's animal carvings . . .

Shiny Green Apples

Fairlight admires the carvings which Christy has spread out on a table outside. She searches for the carving of a fox which she plans to give to Zach. When she peeks beneath the table, Christy finds Creed Allen holding the fox. Christy orders the boy to return the carving to her but he wants it for himself and claims that Zach is too sick to play with it. When Christy repeats her request, Creed throws the fox on the ground and runs away. Christy sighs and asks Fairlight what she should do about a child who constantly wants what he isn't suppose to have. While peeling an onion, Fairlight relates the story of her brother Charlie, who was just like Creed as a child. One day, he wanted one of the shiny green apples that his mother was saving for an apple pie. She refused to give her son an apple and sent him outside while she baked the pie. Later on, when the pie was cooling, she went outside to give Charlie the spoon to lick. Charlie was no where to be found and was never seen again. Fairlight tells Christy that some folks said that a bear got him while others said that they saw him years later working in the mines. Fairlight tells Christy that wherever her brother is, she's sure that he has a craving for a shiny green apple. David interrupts Fairlight's trip to the past and tells the two ladies that Creed Allen is missing . . .

Come Out Creed

Everyone searches the mission for Creed Allen but Christy soon realizes that the boy is not on the premises. Neil warns Christy that they must find the boy before he infects the entire cove. Christy volunteers to search for him but David tells her that Neil needs her help at the mission. David mounts his horse and leaves to search for Creed . . .

Not You Too!

Neil coldly tells Christy that she is needed inside the school. As she and Fairlight tend to the children, Christy hears someone crying. When she lifts aside one of the blanket dividers, she sees Ruby Mae, who is now infected . . .

It's Official

The children's parents return to the school and set up a campsite outside as John softly plays a tune on his harmonica. Christy rests her head on the side of the door and listens for a moment. Ruby Mae calls out to Christy as she makes her rounds and tells the teacher that she is cold. Christy starts to leave to find a blanket but Ruby Mae begs her not to go. Christy covers Ruby Mae with a shawl and turns her attention to Mountie. After seeing the little girl's rash, Christy informs Neil who tells her that the affliction is indeed scarlet fever and asks her to pray . . .

Could I Have This Dance?

As the night wears on, John continues to play his harmonica while Christy and Neil doze. Rob wakes up when he hears Ruby Mae crying and tells the girl not to be frightened. When Ruby asks Rob if he's scared he tells her no, not when he thinks of his father and how much he loves him. When Ruby Mae confesses that she doesn't want to die without having had her first dance, Rob takes her hand and the two of them move in time to the strains of John's harmonica. Christy watches the two of them as they dance and tells Neil that if anything happens to any of the children she won't be able to forgive herself. Neil apologizes for accusing her of causing the fever and tells her that he was upset that she only wanted to dance with him to achieve her goal of getting Dan to be his apprentice . . .

I Need Your Help

The next morning, David informs Christy that Creed is nowhere to be found. When Fairlight mentions that the boy is probably hiding somewhere where no one will look for him, Christy takes off at a run to Dan's property. She tells him that she has a feeling that Creed might be hiding somewhere around his cap and requests his help in finding the boy who could possibly be ill with the fever. Dan agrees to help look for Creed and the two of them begin to search . . .

Life Saver

Daniel finds Creed Allen unconscious, lying face down across some rocks in the middle of the river. Dan examines the boy and quickly immerses him in the cold river water. Christy tries to stop him but he informs her that Creed is burning up and must be cooled off immediately. After dousing the boy with water, Dan lifts him up and he and Christy race back to the mission. Christy tells Neil how Daniel saved Creed's life but Neil isn't so sure. He examines the boy and tells Dan that he took a big chance when he submerged him in the cold water but did the right thing. However, he warns everyone that Creed isn't out of the woods yet . . .

It's a Miracle

When Creed goes into convulsions, Neil quickly fills a syringe and injects the solution into the boy's arm. The medication stops the convulsions but Creed stops breathing as well. When Neil's attempt to revive the boy fails, Fairlight takes him in her arms and announces that he isn't gone. She rocks him as everyone lays their hands on him and prays. After a few moments, Creed makes a noise and opens his eyes. Everyone looks at him in amazement as he asks Christy for an apple . . .

From Doctor to Teacher

In a few days, Creed is up and around and telling the children about his dream of heaven. When Christy follows Neil outside, he tells her that it's taken years to win the respect of the people in the cove. He's afraid to take Dan on as an apprentice because there's no guarantee that he'll keep that respect if he does so. Christy points out that this is the first time since his wife left that he is letting someone else into his life, someone that he might come to care about. Dan searches through his medical book, trying to figure out what Neil used to revive Creed Allen. When Neil informs him that the book is outdated, Dan points out that he gave it to him and it's all that he has. He tells Neil that if this had happened back in Kentucky, he'd be digging a grave right now. He points out that he just witnessed a miracle and that Neil holds the knowledge that made that miracle possible in his hands. Dan informs the doctor that he wants and needs that knowledge and won't leave until Neil tells him that he doesn't have what it takes to make a good doctor. Neil wonders if he has what it takes to become a good teacher and Dan assures him that he does if he could just see past the color of his skin. Neil hesitates for a moment and then begins to explain to Dan what he used to treat Creed Allen . . .

Let's Go Home

Inside the school, Neil tells all of the recovered children what terrible but brave patients they were. He instructs them to thank David, Christy and Fairlight for their efforts and to give a special thank-you to Dan for saving Creed's life. Neil then announces that Dan has something very important to say. When Dan informs everyone that the quarantine is over and that they can go home, the children race outside to be embraced by their parents . . .

Black Is Beautiful

As they stroll through the mountains, Hattie tells Dan how much she used to love watching the birds up in the trees and asks him to describe the one overhead. Dan starts to describe the bird's color but Hattie interrupts and instructs him to tell her about THE bird. Dan continues and then informs Hattie that he is a Negro and that he was afraid to tell her because she was the only person who saw him for whom he was as opposed to what he was. He tells Hattie that he doesn't want to lose her friendship but the fact remains that he is a colored man. Hattie tells Dan that Bird's-Eye told her that he is the color of midnight and midnight has always been her favorite time of the night . . .

Some Things Never Change

School is back in session and Creed Allen, once again, disrupts the class with his chatter. When Christy instructs the boy to pay attention and turns her attention to the blackboard, Creed Allen shoots a spitball to her behind. Christy, realizing that if you can't beat them, you join them, hits Creed with a spitball of her own . . .

A Respectful Ending

The children gather around the flagpole as Christy explains what an honor it is to be in charge of raising the flag. Christy assigns the task to Creed and Miss Alice arrives home in time to see the boy raise the flag. Miss Alice embraces Christy and tells her how proud she is of her accomplishments . . .

Caroline Kent