|In an attempt to reveal the discriminatory practices of the 'Young Miss Odyssey Modeling Contest', Liz becomes a contestant and lets it get to her head.
"An Ugly Child"
Written By: Shadowpaw
Does anyone else find it odd that of the first five episodes this season, four went out of their way to date themselves? In "A Glass Darkly" we find out it's January, "The Present Long Ago" looks back on an event that happened on Valentine's Day, and this episode takes place during the first week of March. Not that big of a deal, except that "The Last 'I Do'" which follows these shows is another Valentine's Day show and subsequently occurs before this episode's events. It's no secret that Odyssey time does not follow real time, but if someone sits through and listens to these episodes in the order in which they aired, they are bound to get confused. I wonder if they will rearrange the episodes on album 44 so that this episode comes after the two Valentine's Day shows? In the grand scheme of things it's a minor thing, but these minor things always manage to bug me (and I imagine other people too) more than they should.
But what's important is the show itself: which was your average slice-of-life show. It was nice that the same "Young Miss Odyssey Modeling Contest" that was started way back in "A Model Child" was the event occurring here, though it appears to be much more organized and not just a scam devised by Bart Rathbone. And while I know many parents and kids alike are opposed to such contests, they are very common and need to be addressed... even if the message or theme appears to be obvious before hearing the show. However, for an episode that highlights how unimportant looks are, Liz manages to put down a lot of people in the show. She basically tells Gwen that she is ugly, doesn't think the winner is very good looking, and casually refers to the fact she and Mandy are not attractive. If looks are so unimportant, then why does Liz feel it's necessary to be so vocal about how ugly she thinks everyone is? Not only that, but she told Gwen that she was not very good-looking seconds after getting introduced to her. Maybe I'm crazy, but aren't the opinions about one's physical appearance the kind of thing that goes unsaid?
And, as I've said before, I do not like shows where Liz is the center of attention. Somewhere along the line she went from being the bratty, obnoxious snob to Mandy's best friend and I still hate it. Considering Brenda Frazier is very much in that role now, you'd think that the final scene where Brenda is crying and Liz goes to comfort her would have served as the perfect opportunity for Liz to be empathetic. I mean, Brenda IS Liz, only not as terrible of a person. Liz was just evil incarnate, and anyone who can listen to "You Win Some, You Lose Some" without feeling anything but disdain for her is a better person than I. If she had some epiphany and changed her ways, so be it... but we've never heard of such an event happening. As it is, along with basically everything that happened during the last half of 1999 and the first half of 2000, those shows have completely been blacked out of AIO continuity. Maybe we're better off for it, but so many things happened at that time that shouldn't be over looked.
In the end, the show was still an average show with a few negatives that I wanted to address. I did really like the poem by Gwen and I'm happy to see Nick again, plus Mandy was a delight as usual. Also, considering the topic of modeling had already been addressed in "A Model Child", this episode still managed to distinguish itself from it and not feel entirely like the team has run out of ideas.
Gwen Kablonski (the 'unstunning girl')is a friend of Tamika and reappears in 'Bringing Up Dads'.
- Abbey Magger
Mandy-"In times like these you need two things-Courage,and heavy make up.
- Abbey Magger