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Wind at My Back

The Wild Blue Yonder (Season 4, Episode 10)
TV Episode | 60 min | Drama, Family

Grace is chairing her 20th class reunion committee, with Marjorie being her chief volunteer "slave". The reunion is a time for her class to reflect on their lives. Marjorie is happy with her life with Ollie, but is concerned about ...See moreGrace is chairing her 20th class reunion committee, with Marjorie being her chief volunteer "slave". The reunion is a time for her class to reflect on their lives. Marjorie is happy with her life with Ollie, but is concerned about continually not being able to make ends meet. She also wants to start a family, which Ollie does not want to do until they are financially solvent. Ollie, on the other hand, is unhappy with the path he chose for his professional life, stating that if he had to do it all over again he would choose to be a pilot. This unhappiness spills over into his personal life which in turn concerns and affects Marjorie. As Grace complains that no one in New Bedford from their class has made anything important of their lives that would be inspirational enough to be the keynote address for the reunion, Fred Wales, an old classmate and renowned pilot, makes an emergency landing in New Bedford with his business partner, Warner Shank. Fred's arrival stirs up the 'what I should have done with my life' amongst his old classmates, especially Ollie, who is quietly envious of Fred. His arrival also stirs up ideas amongst the younger generation of what they can do with their lives, especially Fat and Maisey who both want to be pilots when they grow up. Fred is the obvious choice for the reunion's keynote address. Warner is an opportunistic businessman who will seize any opportunity to make a dollar, and on this trip he is using Fred as his glitzy front man - this glitz which hides a poor business plan - to start a new airline serving Northern Ontario. The glitz does not work on May, who Warner wants as a major investor; May sees that Warner is on to a good idea, but that he is not the one to execute it and she decides not to invest. So Warner moves onto the next person from who he can make some money, namely Ollie. He encourages Ollie to build a plane that he has designed, promising him wealth and fame if he does. Ollie, excited that he may be able to break out of his rut, works on his plane with fervor with help from Fat and Maisey, but on its showing to the press, the plane malfunctions badly. Ollie is humiliated, that is until Warner encourages him some more, telling him to make a few modifications to the design which they can ultimately patent. Fred, whose worldly and famous fa├žade masks some deep seated loneliness and unhappiness of its own, wakes Ollie up to the fact that Warner is just using him. Marjorie, seeing how destructive this series of events has had on her husband, seeks help from the only person who can get Ollie out of his funk, that person being Grace. Written by Huggo See less
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13 cast members
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Shirley Douglas
May Bailey May Bailey   See fewer
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Kathryn Greenwood
Grace Bailey Grace Bailey   See fewer
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Dylan Provencher
Hub Bailey Hub Bailey   See fewer
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Tyrone Savage
Fat Bailey Fat Bailey   See fewer
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James Carroll
Max Sutton Max Sutton   See fewer
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Robin Craig
Toppy Bailey (credit only) Toppy Bailey (credit only)   See fewer
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Dalene Irvine
Maisey McGinty Maisey McGinty   See fewer
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Neil Crone
Ollie Jefferson Ollie Jefferson   See fewer
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Sally Cahill
Marjorie Jefferson Marjorie Jefferson   See fewer
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Lynne Griffin
Callie Cramp Callie Cramp   See fewer
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Douglas O'Keeffe
Fred Wales Fred Wales   See fewer
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Ian D. Clark
Warner Shank Warner Shank   See fewer
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Kevin Hare
News Reel Reporter News Reel Reporter   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 6 votes