Episode 7: Second Chances
With Billy Hamilton now out of the picture, life for Elizabeth is starting to return to normal. Still feeling guilty about being duped by Billy, Elizabeth again tries to apologize to Jack. And while Jack does his best to smooth things over, his clumsy wording only offends Elizabeth, putting Jack back in the doghouse. Elizabeth vents her frustrations to Abigail, who not only lends a caring ear, but also shares a tasty pastry.
With her son and husband gone, Abigail is adjusting to an empty nest. Her one source of comfort however comes from cooking. Her husband and son both raved about her baking and Elizabeth even remarks that Abigail's cooking is better than anything she had at home, where her family employed the best chefs from the top culinary schools. Sensing an opportunity to start a new chapter in her life, Abigail decides she'll attempt to reopen the shuttered Coal Valley café. Abigail presents the idea to Mr. Gowen, who in turn agrees to let her open the café on the condition she split the profits 50-50, do all the repair work, and vacate her home for smaller accommodations above the cafe. Giving up her home seems like an impossible choice but it may also be the only way that Abigail can move on with her life.
Back in the classroom, Elizabeth has her hands full with one of her students, Bo Grady. After being told by the previous teacher that he was too dim to learn and not to come back to school, Bo is back in the classroom, although his struggles continue. Seeing potential in Bo, Elizabeth approaches his parents for permission to give Bo an intelligence test and pursue some newer methods to teach him to read. While at the home, Elizabeth stumbles upon Bo's collection of model airplanes. Bo explains that he was never taught to make the models and uses images in newspapers and magazines as his guide. The experience convinces Elizabeth that Bo is far more intelligent than anyone suspected.