Tuesday December 25 8:00 PM / 7:00c


Walking back to the café, Elizabeth and Abigail discuss Caroline’s arrival and her plans to move Cody and Becky to Davenport. When they return to the café they are surprised to find Caroline and the children inside sitting together. Cody immediately runs to Abigail and asks if it’s true that they are going to live with Caroline. Abigail takes a deep and tells him yes before he storms off upstairs. In his room, teary eyed, Cody tells Abigail that he doesn’t want to leave. Abigail tries to console him, promising to write, to visit and to keep his room exactly as it is now. Downstairs Caroline admits to Elizabeth that she didn’t think her arrival would cause so many hurt feelings. Realizing that her niece and nephew are deeply upset about the prospect of moving, Caroline turns to Becky and inviters her to breakfast the next day. Caroline hopes that they can get to know each other and that maybe she’ll be able to convince Cody and Becky that the move will be good for everyone.

Down at the mine, Jack returns the money Roy had left for Edith. Jack explains that Edith didn’t want the money but that he thinks Roy should keep trying. Exasperated, Roy says he wasn’t ready to settle down and that they should never have gotten married. Roy’s convinced that it’s too late for him and Edith, but Jack things they still have a chance. Jack tries to encourage Roy to at least talk to Edith, but Roy doesn’t see any point. Just then Jack pull out Edith’s locket with the picture of Roy and his son. Jack tells the young man he doesn’t need to be the perfect father or husband, he just needs to try.

At the saloon, Abigail angrily confronts Caroline about the scene in her home. Both she and Caroline agreed that Abigail would tell the children about Caroline and the move to Davenport. Abigail tells Caroline that despite being their aunt, she doesn’t seem to know what’s best for the children. Abigail tells Caroline that moving the children to Davenport is not, in her mind, a good idea. Caroline, feeling she’s tolerated enough, gives Abigail until Tuesday to pack the children’s things and, if Abigail is not satisfied with that, Caroline promises they can leave sooner.

The next morning at breakfast, Caroline does her best to get to know her niece and nephew. Caroline’s promises that Cody can keep playing baseball and that Becky can have a new pink wardrobe do little to convince the children. While resigned to their fate, neither Cody nor Becky is thrilled at the prospect of life in Davenport. Just then Elizabeth arrives to hurry the children off to school. As the children leave, Elizabeth glances at their plates and sees that they’ve hardly eaten. Caroline has also taken note and realizes that it’s not the food the children don’t like. Elizabeth explains that Cody was just starting to adjust and make friends, while Becky just discovered her passion for science and math. It’s then that Caroline explains that science and math will not be part of Becky’s future. The social season is about to begin and Caroline intends on presenting Becky as a debutant. Elizabeth is sure they will find time for both but Caroline is certain that being a debutant is far more important than studying math and science. Elizabeth is then left to contemplate such a talented young girl being robbed of the opportunity of an education.