The Southern Fried Rock of We Get it You're in Texas rages on the soundtrack as The Bumpkins sing, "So when I'm lonely and feeling down/I run back like a child to my little town, now/You can take me out of Texas, baby/But you ain't gonna take the Texas out of me." Original. As are the numerous establishing shots of the Lone Star flag, dry-looking stretches of uninhabited swampish land, and other general pollution-ridden, education-eschewing, death-row-advocating wrongs being perpetrated on unsuspecting citizens by the state's governor contemporary with the original airing of this episode. Oh, I'm sorry, was I editorializing? Well, it's either that or making fun of Elka's dead mom for twenty-two TV minutes, so save your emails, okay? Wow, thanks.
Elka steps into the Brownsville airport to find her friends dolled up in the we're-gonna-be-on-TV priss-wear they were saving for each other's upcoming deb balls but just had to wear right now. The Squiggly Hip Font of Character Introduction tells us that these folks are "Elka's friends," but then goes on to introduce them individually. Do you care? Okay: Aimee, Mauricia, Maria. The boy with the ponytail doesn't get a name, which is apparently MTV's version of fashion punishment for wearing a short-sleeved polo Izod on television in 1997. I think the proper punishment should have been "execution." Good thing we're in Texas! Apparently, Elka and Aimee are closer than close, as they hug big just as soon as Elka steps into the terminal. They grab her bags and they're off in someone's red Mercedes. Well, excuuuuuse me.
Elka voice-overs, "Being in Brownsville brought back so many memories about my mom" as they drive past a large billboard advertising, "42nd Annual St. Joseph Academy Style Show, March 21, 1997." A whole billboard. Amazing. What's also amazing was the clout it must have taken for Bunim-Murray to move Mother's Day from May to March just for the purposes of this plot arc. I was actually alive in 1997 and had a mother then as I continue to now, and I have to say I don't remember that Mother's Day was two months earlier than usual that year. Odd. But if MTV says it, it's gotta be true, right? ["I think it might be different in Texas. No, I don't. Stupid MTV." -- Wing Chun] Also on the billboard is a skyline of New York City and the words, "New York, New York," which is what the theme of the show is, I imagine. The show will be taking place at the Jacob Brown Auditorium. It's just too bad that no matter how fast Privileged Friend's peppy new Mercedes takes them there, they're already two months late.