This is the story of the early 1900's founding of the town of Cicely, as related to Joel by Ned Svenbourg (Roberts Blossom), a 108 year old man who has returned to pay his respects at the gravesite of his long lost love. The town's co-founders are a lesbian couple who have journeyed from Montana to Alaska with a dream of turning a primitive backwater into a thriving colony of artists and intellectuals. Roslyn (Jo Anderson) is wise, brave, and determined while her partner Cicely (Yvonne Suhor), is delicate, beautiful, and elegant. The two inspire the crude town to unforeseen heights of culture and civility, but the forces of darkness are ever-present to threaten the light they have lit.
The show's regular cast all play turn-of-the century roles that in some way reflect the character of their modern counterparts.
This was a beautifully written and acted episode. Roberts Blossom was superb as the aged storyteller Ned, wistfully recounting the magic of days long since forgotten by all but him.
His best quote resonates:
-Ned: One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people- Well, two people can work miracles.
A truly inspiring tale that deservedly won 3 Emmy's.