I really dropped the ball on this website, didn’t I? I don’t think I’ve updated since September…ooops. And yet somehow, this website still gets at least 20-30 hits a day. That gives me joy.
Anyway, just know that it’s not from a lack of love that I quasi-abandoned this site, it’s because I’m now working two jobs and trying to plan for a fall wedding this year… so yeah. Stupid busy.
But I really enjoy working on this site, and I miss watching Busy and Amanda annoy me for half an hour, so I am back! I promise at least one monthly update. I know that’s shitty, but I think it’s reasonable for myself.
Anyway, it’s good to be back, and let’s get the ball rolling.
We’re now in Season Four… I can’t believe it, as the series is more than halfway over now. I find that this season the show takes a drastic change. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, it’s just….different. In addition to Amanda and Busy now sporting much more trendy hair styles and clothing, the story line’s seem a lot less endearing and more basic teen drama. I dunno how to explain it, maybe it’s just me but I prefer the earlier seasons. Not that these seasons don’t have some good moments, but a lot of random characters get introduced and it sort of draws away from Amanda and Busy’s friendship. Also, one thing I noticed is how Amanda and Busy kind of switch personalities. Amanda becomes a lot more confident in these seasons (to a degree, Amanda will always be a little self-doubting) but Busy seems to totally lose her identity and really questions who she is. Anyway, you guys decide for yourselves.
So yeah, new season, and now, a new opening!
…………Which I can’t link to as I can’t find it on YouTube. 😐 But since these episodes are on YouTube again, you can go watch for yourself. Basically instead of the photo booth intro it is now various clips from the episodes this season. Don’t worry though, that great song still remains.
So the episode opens with Amanda and Busy discussing clothing and their upcoming first day at their new school, Dorsey Jr. High. You’ll notice right away that the gals are sporting totally different hairdos. Busy has lost her moppy curls and has a straightened bob, while Amanda has cut off a chunk of her hair and has layers now. I have to say, I really enjoy Amanda’s style in these newer seasons, as she wears clothes I myself would’ve enjoyed in the mid to late 90s.
Much like every stupid Canadian tween show, there always has to be some dumb reason these kids can’t go to a real high school. In this case, it’s because of some “rezoning law.” Despite the fact that they live in Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, they can’t find a high school that will take them in. SURE. I literally have no idea why the show made them not go to a high school as they ended up at a new damn school anyway! At least with Degrassi they were still at the same school when they pulled this similar stunt. Maybe they didn’t want to have to get into serious high school story lines, and having them be in Jr. High was a way to keep them innocent for like a year longer… Anyway, moving on.
So Frankie barges in bitching about Busy using his razor. Busy mocks his lack of facial hair on account of his lack of masculinity, and Frankie uses this as the basis for the dumb plot of this episode. He tells Busy to watch her back, as the Famagletti’s go to Dorsey. The Famagletti’s are an Italian family who hate the Ramone’s for some reason, and Frankie goes on to tell how two of the Famagletti’s kicked the crap out of Manny and Dom, all the while this Godfather type music is playing in the background. He succeeds in somehow convincing Busy that they’re all at Dorsey, waiting to beat her ass. Does this look like dude you would actually believe?
Next day we see the girls walking down the hall at Dorsey, and I’m sad to say that we were not able to escape having to deal with Monkey Ears. In fact, you better learn to love him because he’s in the rest of the show all the way to the BITTER END. Plus, he’s now much more of a secondary character, as the show loves to add those in these last two seasons. He’s also about 10,000,000,000 x more annoying now. So yay, already lovin’ season 4.
Yep, here’s a man who definitely will not be having sex any time soon.
Amanda and Busy then arrive at Amanda’s locker (they aren’t together, much to Busy’s chagrin), when one of our new character’s makes an appearance. The show doesn’t come right out and say who she is, because of this stupid Famalgetti plot, but I’m gonna tell you her name is Carla Slavinski and I guess she’s sort of the antagonist, at least for Busy because these two never end up really getting along. Carla tells Amanda this is “her block” and steals Amanda’s locker away like a stupid ass hoe.
So the girl’s go over to the locker Carla dumped on Amanda and apparently it reeks. Amanda goes to put her disc man inside, but then is greeted by some new chick who tells her not to do that because the locks don’t work at this ghetto ass school. Anyway, this is the show’s way of introducing another character, Nina Pepperman, who will become the girl’s bff for a bit of this season. So I’m gonna be super un-PC and point out that Nina looks like she has dwarfism to me. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all, she just looks like a little person. It would’ve actually been awesome if they had a dwarf as a friend on this show, not gonna lie. Would’ve been better than that annoying dude in the wheelchair in a future episode, but y’all will just have to wait and see for that one. So anyway, Nina walks off and everyone is all “SUP NINA” while the screen gets all glowy, so I guess she’s super popular or something.
Carla then like randomly runs up to Amanda and Busy and tells them that Nina Pepperman is stuck up and to stay away from her. I don’t get why they instantly didn’t tell her to fuck off after the stunt she pulled with the locker seconds ago, but I digress. Carla is kind of a loser; like she makes fun of the girls, but constantly hangs around them.
They arrive to class, and we see the main teacher for these seasons, Mr. Clemmer. He is an OCD candidate who seems to have to repeat everything twice. As he’s discussing random shit, Amanda accidentally hits her foot on her disc man causing it to turn on. Busy, sitting right behind her turns it off. Clemmer thinks Busy did it and asks her name, forcing her to say aloud that her last name is Ramone while the stupid Godfather music plays in the background. I’m already so bored of this stupid Famagletti subplot. Clemmer than tells everyone to get into groups of three and Nina joins up with Amanda and Busy. Carla being obviously friendless, has no group so Clemmer sticks her in their group and Carla starts annoying people right off the bat.
In the next scene Busy and Amanda are bitching about how annoying Carla is, while banging on the bathroom door to get Frankie out since he is “shaving” again. I feel like the shaving is a cover for something else he is probably doing, as he is at that very special age in a man’s life. Anyway, Frankie opens the door and warns them again that the Famagletti’s are on to Busy and she should be shitting her pants in fright at these fictional characters.
Next day is photo day and the four gals are all waiting around to git it done. Carla asks to borrow Amanda’s cover stick as she has “pores the size of dinner plates” (comment will become important later on) to which Amanda makes up some bullshit excuse because who would want to share their make-up with Carla? Nina goes up to get her pic taken and Carla starts going on about meeting up to do the project without Nina as I guess she hates her or something, and Busy and Amanda come up with an excuse not to hang out with Carla on account of her sucking. Amanda then goes up to get her picture taken, and see’s Carla fucking licking her hair for some reason which rightfully grosses her out and causes her to make a weird face.
Then Busy goes and shuts her eyes like a dolt.
After their shitty pictures, Amanda Busy and Nina take off to grab food and leave behind their photo IDs to be taken by ANYONE like possibly the FAMAGLETTI’S(except not).
So they go to this place called The Lakeview, which is a real diner in Toronto (and pretty damn good, went here once in like -30C weather…twas worth it) and sit around listening to Nina sound super pretentious talking about her past career as a barista. As a current barista I’ll tell you it’s nothing to brag about. Some shady looking folks walk in and Busy gets paranoid that it’s the Famagletti’s. Does she think they have a hit out on her or something? Nina then asks if they wanna go to some Japanese tea ceremony tomorrow because of course this 14 year old is into stuff like that. Anyway, they get on the topic of Carla, and start discussing how much of a loser she is, with Amanda and Busy chiming in with the “dinner plates” comment from before. Of course right as they are bad mouthing her, Carla walks in and hear’s everything. The girls don’t see her, and you can tell Carla is pretty hurt, but screw her, Carla was an asshole right off the bat. Zero sympathy. I also think it’s kinda hilarious that her friend is also smirking at the comments. Clearly everyone hates Carla.
The following day at school, Amanda and Busy are in the washrooms discussing some random crap, when all of a sudden Amanda finds a photo copy of Busy’s horrid photo from the ID pictures yesterday.
Geez, Busy looks high out of her mind in that picture.
They go confront the photographer about their IDs and it turns out someone has taken Busy’s as well as Amanda’s. The logical thought for them is to instantly go straight to thinking the Famagletti’s did this, when it’s pretty obvious who the damn culprit is. Monkey Ears than walks up to the girls brandishing a photo copy of Amanda’s ID. Turns out neither girl was immune to the attack, as both their pictures have been plastered up all over the school.
They freak out and tear down the pictures and then go to lunch. Turns out they are basically social pariahs now, as no one lets them sit with them except for good ol’ Carla.
They’re sitting around when suddenly some thuggish (for Canadians) guys stand up and Busy freaks out and takes off because she thinks it’s the Famgletti’s. But turns out they were just putting up a poster for their Christian rock band, at least that’s what I will assume based on this picture.
Amanda and Carla more or less shrug off Busy’s panic attack and carry on discussing how redonks it is that someone would want to trash someone else’s reputation. Carla then goes off to “gargle” and leaves Amanda with her trash like a common troll.
Later that night, Amanda is already ready to give up on Dorsey after being humiliated and wants to move in with her dad. Come on Amanda, you survived having your bra thrown around a classroom, I think you can handle this. Phyllis comes in and demands the phone since she and Mel are basically on the cusp of breaking up and she wants to yell at him for being late for the opera or some lame ass shit.
Over at the Ramone’s, Manny is over and raiding the fridge since he still can’t care for himself, despite nearing the age of 45. He asks Busy why she’s all mopey and she tells him the Famgletti’s are bringing her down. Manny is basically like “what the hell are you talking about?” and Busy brings up the Famagletti’s and how they kicked his ass once. Manny says the Famagletti’s are non-existent and no one ever kicked his ass, but you can totally tell Manny is one of those annoying alpha males who would never admit if they did lose a fight. Anyway point being, it finally took Manny saying something for Busy to realize Frankie was bullshitting the whole time. I feel like past Busy would’ve figured this out a lot sooner. Also we get some mini insights into the Ramone family as Lucy is now going to school and Sam has started grocery shopping, probably for the first time in his life. Yay Ramone family succeeding.
So now that the idiots have finally caught about the fictional Famagletti’s they then try to figure out who put up all the posters. First they come to Monkey Ears, but he tells them that he has better things to do, like run a shitty joke shop out of a suitcase at a junior high school. Then Carla comes up and basically implies that Nina did it, which makes absolutely no sense, but I guess if they believed some fantasy Italian mobsters could’ve done it than anyone could.
They all go into class and it seems like Busy and Amanda are seriously considering Nina as the culprit since she was away from school at her Japanese tea ceremony aka cosplay convention. Carla starts bitching that she was the only one who started their project and Nina goes to look at her work when suddenly 10,000 posters fall out of Carla’s binder. Wow… like who didn’t see that Carla was doing this from a mile away?
Amanda and Busy burst a blood vessel and freak out on Carla. At first she kind of tries to deny it, but then she comes out and says dem bitches had it coming because of their remarks at the diner. Somehow the music turns all guilty and regretful since they hurt Carla’s feelings but CARLA STARTED IT BY BEING AN ASSHOLE FIRST. If Amanda and Busy were just picking on some poor random weirdo that never bothered them than fine, they are bitches, but Carla was a jerk right off the bat with the locker shit and by being generally unpleasant to be around. They were never friends with her, if anything the only connection they had so far was being forced do a stupid project with her. Carla is apparently allowed to go around being a giant twat to everyone, but the second someone hurts her fee fee’s it’s not ok. Anyway, she has a major suck out and leaves the class, but not before calling Amanda and Busy “wannabes”.
Later on Busy is setting up her shaving cream trap she purchased from Monkey Ears to get back at Frankie for the Famagletti stuff. Amanda says how she feels bad about the Carla incident, but Busy has the same frame of thought as me in that Carla is a douche who deserves it. Frankie barges in to shave for the 100th time (how does he not have razor burn) and we hear him spray what looks like purple Gak all over himself. Remember GAK guys?? (let’s see just how many early 80’s babies read this)
The episode ends with Amanda and Busy trying to hold back Busy’s door while Frankie attempts to break through and beat their ass, all the while talking about what a freak Mr. Clemmer is.
Anyway, I find this episode truly annoying, mostly because of the stupid Famagletti plot line. But then again I find that when episodes have to introduce new characters they usually aren’t the greatest, so maybe that’s why. It just felt like too much stuff was going on in this episode.
I feel soooo rusty with the writing right now haha. Next episode is actually probably one of my favourite of this season so I am looking forward to doing that in March. Hope someone out there is still reading this!