Melissa is wearing that goofy green hat seen in a few interviews thus far, but she's not in an interview. She's talking to Julie in the bedroom. Melissa feels that she is "the poster child of every girl out there who opens a magazine and feels ugly because she's not there." Julie busts out a scrapbook she made by tearing pictures out of magazines, and it's supposed to represent what she wants to look like. Dude, that is (and I feel I am overusing this word this week) sad. I mean, there was a time when I was confused and easily manipulated by the mass media into thinking that I needed to somehow remake my body to look like the women in those magazines. But then I turned fourteen! I mean, really. Julie is entering her second decade and she hasn't figured it out yet? Clearly, she is not down with the cause. Melissa is, though, and she's even taken her hat off to tell Julie that her scrapbook is the root of all evil in her mind. In an interview, Melissa says that there is a "white standard of beauty," and that she's not it, but that she does feed into it and it's her problem. See, now that I can relate to. Melissa tells Julie that they have developed a weird bond, based on "ugly girl power." In an interview, Melissa says that once she fully understands happiness and sadness, she can tackle issues of beauty, but she can only handle so much trauma. Melissa tells Julie that so much work needs to be done in her own head, but she's happy it's there and knows it will come out some day. I have no idea what that means.
Melissa is now talking to Danny about her problems. She says that she has suppressed everything for twenty years, and that things happened in her childhood to make her who she is today. In an interview that we actually haven't seen before, Danny says that Melissa had a bad relationship with her dad and covered it up, and now that she has time to sit around and think about it, it's getting to her and she's going off the deep end. Melissa tells Danny that she tells herself not to be sad, and that she's scared to be sad, and when it happens, it freaks her out. To illustrate how freaked out she is, we get some more shots of red traffic lights, and then some crosses. Hope you enjoyed Danny this week, because that's about the extent of his appearance in this episode.