There's an art thief in town, so George and Jim are on the case. There's also a new family in town -- the Cotton family. Jim saves the dad, Dave (Rick Schroder), from getting hit by a bus. Dave, his wife and their two kids, who are just Daphne and JJ's age, pursue a friendship with the Powells. Jim shies away from the idea at first, but Stephanie insists they give it a shot, since these are nearly the first guest stars who haven't been out-and-out hateful to the Powells. In the course of investigating the art heists, Jim starts to suspect Dave and questions him. It's not naïve Dave who is the thief; it's his wife. Stephanie confronts her new friend with the truth, but gives her time to come clean with her family. Wifey takes that opportunity to pull off another heist. Stephanie confronts Wifey in an alley as she's meeting up with her partners in crime. One of the guys takes a shot at Stephanie, so Wifey takes a bullet for her. She doesn't die though, because there are few consequences on this show.
Elsewhere, Daphne runs for student council at the encouragement of her Cotton, and JJ gets closer to his geek goddess after his Cotton prods him to do so. But the big news is that our Katie is a virgin. Well, she starts the episode that way. She ends it in bed with the Watcher "Joshua," who has just told the Evil Dr. RevCam King to take his job (and his green goo) and shove it. Sadly, like most men, "Joshua" falls asleep right after the loving. Katie gets up to putter around and, like you do, she picks his clothes up off the floor and smells them. And it's then that Stephanie's red journal falls to the floor. Poor Katie leafs through it, realizes what it is, and we watch with our hearts in our throats as her after-glow is doused with a bucket of icy betrayal.
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Hey, welcome back to the seven who aren't me who are still watching this show. I hope you had a nice time over the holidays and mini-hiatus. Happy New Year. You'll notice I am not grading this episode. I don't know what to do with it, so I'm leaving it up to you. Click on that episode report card up top and let me know what you think.
Recapper: Okay kids, who wants to go first?
Daphne: Can I?
Recapper: Take it away, kid. I'm going to get a cup of coffee and see if I can stay awake.
Daphne: I don't blame you. So everybody, you'll remember that before Christmas, we left off with Katie's boyfriend terrorizing me and wiping my mind back to before the pilot.
Recapper: Right, 'cause I was jealous.
Daphne: Yeah, so it was scary and suspenseful and looked like maybe the show was finally cutting some teeth. SUCKERS! We resolve that plot point in the cold open. My parents and JJ show me their super-powers, then we all join hands and my telepathy fills in the blanks, and I'm all better.
Recapper: Okay, so they share their memories with you, but that doesn't fill in your own memories. I mean, what about conversations with friends, crushes, feelings, things you learned at school? Surely there are going to be consequences, right?
Daphne: This isn't The Vampire Diaries. Quit dreaming.
Recapper: Sorry, I had a little bit of Christmas cheer left in me. Don't worry, it's gone now, though. Well, at least this means you can't ruin the one remaining interesting development.
Daphne: There is one?
Recapper: (Shhhh. Yeah, you can't tell everyone about the Watcher "Joshua" -- how he attacked you, and how he has powers, too.)
Daphne: (Oh, right. I know nothing about that -- nothing at all.)
Recapper: Okay Jim, you're up.
Jim: Gotcha. So George fills me in on an art heist in town. He wants me to get involved because this is the sort of stuff that needs a superhero.
Recapper: George thinks a kitten up a tree needs a superhero.
Stephanie: I know, right?
Jim: Hey, you said it was my turn. Anyhow, after we part, I'm walking down the street, minding my own business, when I see this guy is about to get creamed by a bus, so clearly, he's going to be connected to the art theft. But that's not the important point. The important point is: IT'S LITTLE RICKY SCHRODER!
Little Ricky Schroder: Hey, would you drop the "Little Ricky" stuff? I'm nearly 41 years old, a father of four, and have been married for 18 years. I hate when people call me Ricky, which I've made quite clear, at least since my NYPD Blue days. Besides, my character's name in this show is Dave Cotten.