The School. A bell rings. Katie comes up to Jessie with a newspaper in her hand, asking if she's seen the review. But just as Jessie gets a look at it, Sarah -- who is reminding me more and more of Cordelia in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye -- comes up to the two of them complaining about a teacher named Binder. Sarah starts talking only to Katie, waving her arms in Jessie's face, and making in-joke kind of conversation. Jessie looks a little uncomfortable. Katie explains what happened in their Western Civilization class, and stops Sarah's strange re-enactment with a curt "I know." Then she continues to show Jessie the review in the school paper, which is good, describing Grace as poised and in total control. Sarah sulks. The teenagers do a lot of pouting in this show. Of course, Sarah can't help telling Jessie that the paper mentions the fact that her costume got stuck on the scenery. In response, Jessie bangs her head on her locker. Katie tries to make her feel better by saying that when Jessie started singing, everyone forgot about the scenery tug. Sarah: "But, come on, it was so funny, I don't think anybody's ever going to forget about it." Ouch. Why are teenage girls so nasty to one another? Not a single woman I know escaped this sort of thing growing up. I had this one friend who used to make me walk behind her and my other friends on our way home. Honestly, I was being punished -- who knows for what? It continued like this all through junior high and then, two years ago, this girl turned up as my neighbour here in Toronto. And every time I saw her walking her squawking little dog I wanted to scream. Right. The recap. That's what I'm doing here. Okay, Jessie wants to make sure Sarah's going to fix her costume for tonight's performance. Sarah's response: "Well, gee, Jessie, it's always got to be about you, doesn't it?" Cow. Jessie looks really, really uncomfortable, until Sarah announces she was kidding, making a joke about as funny as sitting on a red-hot poker that just escaped the fireplace. Katie puts her hand on Jessie's shoulder and says, "Don't worry, Sarah can fix it. She can fix anything."
Once and Again
Episode Report CardRagdoll: B | 588 USERS: B-
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Once and Again