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Episode One
Airing: Sunday, January 9, 2000
9 to 10 pm
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It is Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897, celebrating sixty years of her reign. No English monarch has ever ruled so long. Under Victoria, Great Britain has become the empire on which the sun never sets.

So London is in a festive mood and so is Eleanor, since Finn is returning from America for the final countdown to their nuptials. Too bad he shows up already married!

Infuriated by Finn's treachery, Eleanor makes a magnificent scene at a masquerade ball where Finn and his new bride are in attendance, openly declaring for all London to hear...that she and O'Neill had been lovers... and that he has betrayed her.

Meanwhile, the Thrift is having its own jubilee party, enlivened by Sidney's spiked punch. The fun is brought to a screeching halt by the discovery of a murdered ex-patient outside.

 
Episode Two
Airing: Sunday, January 16, 2000
9 to 10 pm
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Eleanor renounces her old life and goes to the country to recover from her heartbreak. From now on, she says, she is going to look out for herself, quit trying to save humanity, and close down her charity clinic in London's East End.

As our story resumes, the clinic is still not closed, but its small staff is having a terrible struggle trying to make do without her. Eleanor's father Robert is taking a hand, apparently thinking that Eleanor may change her mind and return.

But the most troubled member of a very troubled staff is -- surprisingly -- the usually calm and authoritative Nurse Carr, whose mentally ill mother is driving her to distraction. The nurse's desperate attempts to cope shed light on her home life, her secret admirer across the street, and the cruel Victorian approach to insanity.

 
Episode Three
Airing: Sunday, January 23, 2000
9 to 10 pm
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Eleanor is on a rest cure at the country estate of her old friend Isobel and her philandering husband, Charles. Neither Isobel's attentions, nor her husband's, nor a local bachelor's can console Eleanor. But a measles epidemic at the nearby school is just what she needs -- that and the out-of-wedlock pregnancy of one of the servants. Eleanor is back in her element, fighting for public health and enlightened attitudes toward women.

 
Episode Four
Airing: Sunday, January 30, 2000
9 to 10 pm
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Dr. Robert Bramwell, Eleanor's father, has borrowed to the hilt to finance a fashionable address for his medical practice. Moreover, he is about to fulfill his dream of marrying brewery heiress Alice Costigan (Maureen Beattie). But now back home, Eleanor is disdainful of the new office and oddly uncertain about Alice.

More openly ambivalent is Robert's patient Mrs. Talbot, a hypochondriac, who suddenly declares her passionate love to a startled Robert. An added complication is that Mrs. Talbot's husband is responsible for Robert's real estate loan. Worst of all, Mrs. Talbot is desperate to have her man.


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