is flabbergasted when he catches a glimpse through the window of Walt eating breakfast at Ruth-Anne's in his longjohns. Ruth-Anne later tells Ed as
her closest friend of this blossoming romance and asks him to keep it quiet
to avoid being the subject of town gossip. At a stuffy dinner party at Maurice's,
Ed has nothing to contribute to the conversation so, using the power of information
to become the star of the get-together, he reveals the scoop on Ruth-Anne and
Walt. Later, feeling sick and guilty about what he's done, he tries to quit
his job at the store and confesses to Ruth-Anne. While initially annoyed at
his lack of sensitivity, she clearly forgives Ed and rehires him.
Maggie's new home-kit
airplane arrives in a million pieces and she is bursting to start the assembly
with the aid of Maurice. Unfortunately, Maurice takes control of the project
and is overly meticulous checking Maggie's work, ruffling her feathers. Fed
up, she tells him she is sorry she ever asked him to help and he quits. Intimidated
by the enormous undertaking, she begs him to come back, but he insists that
she must have faith in herself. After working herself into a bit of frenzy,
Maggie finishes that plane, gets a seal of approval from the FAA inspector and
takes her baby out for a test flight.
Shelly is all
atwitter for the arrival of Father McKerry (guest star Tom
Mason) from Fairbanks to baptize Randi, but she is concerned that Holling,
an unofficial agnostic, will do something embarrassing. Luckily, "Father Kevin"
and Holling get on famously and end up drinking, arm wrestling, and playing
cribbage, while always in an intellectual religious debate. Shelly, unfortunately,
can't handle seeing a priest in such an everyday light and blames Holling. In
confession, she shares her concerns and the priest explains that he was chosen
by God as an imperfect human, but she will feel His presence at the baptism,
where everything goes smoothly.
Chris is awed by the ceremony of the Catholic church,
works the baptism with the good Father.
Lester has a pretty
daughter, Heather, 21.
Cicely's Black Hole: Doesn't anyone wonder what happened to Dave the Cook?
Ed's movie references:
"The Godfather," a "Death Wish" marathon.
Wines of the week:
Chateau Petrus '45, Pouilly Fuisse