A Little Credit, Please
Connie comes down to breakfast one morning and gets a wonderful surprise: Her mother has gotten her a gift, her first credit card. June makes it clear that Connie must use the card responsibly. Connie agrees to do so.
Meanwhile, at Whit’s End, Bernard Walton enters with a new window-washing assistant, Simon, a young man from Australia. Bernard then asks Eugene how he is doing now that Katrina has left, but Eugene sidesteps the issue. Bernard goes to work as Connie enters. She, too, asks about Eugene’s state of mind. Eugene also avoids her and sets off to work. Later, Tom enters to find Connie on the phone, ordering clothes from a catalog and putting them on her credit card. Unfortunately, Connie has started making many purchases with her new card, “just to see if it’s working.”
Across town, Simon tells Bernard that he’s been reading up on Bernard’s power spray washer. Simon would really like to use it. Bernard tells Simon that the power spray washer is tricky, Simon needs to learn the basics before he moves on to the more advanced stuff.
That evening, Connie is shopping at the mall when she runs into Eugene. After some small talk, Connie manages to pry out of Eugene that he is miserable now that Katrina is gone. Connie invites Eugene out for dinner (which she pays for with her credit card). Eugene admits that his life feels empty without Katrina. In fact, his life stinks. Connie tries her best to comfort him.
The next day, however, Connie needs comforting herself. She remembers that she needs to buy her mother a birthday gift. When she tries to purchase one at the Electric Palace, though, she is told that her credit card is over the limit. Connie leaves the store in a huff and runs into Simon outside.
Simon is preparing to wash the Electric Palace’s front windows with Bernard’s power washer, against Bernard’s orders. Things go from bad to worse for both of them when Simon asks Connie to hold the washer while he turns on the power. Neither he nor Connie can control the mechanism. It gets away from them, smashing one of the windows! Simon and Connie learn valuable lessons about handling responsibility, while Eugene decides to do something radical to give his life a change: He grows a mustache.
- Why did June get Connie a credit card?
- Was it a good idea? Explain.
- Why was Eugene so unhappy when Katrina left?
- What does the Bible say about credit?
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|Jack Allen||Bernard Walton|
|Katrina Shanks||Bernard Walton|
|Jason Whittaker||Connie Kendall|
- The character of Simon Birtles in this episode was actually played by an honest-to-goodness Australian boy who had lost most of his accent from living in America.
- Eugene uses the distress call "HELP" for the first time at the end of the episode rather then his usual alternative, "ASSISTANCE."
- This episode marks Tom's first appearance since #291: “A Name, Not a Number, Part 2”. Tom even mentions that it has been a while since he has seen everyone at Whit's End.
- Connie mentions in the restaurant that Eugene is doing an analysis of soil deposits around Odyssey. This is likely the reason he would begin analyzing the mineral in the Underground Railroad tunnel four episodes later in #327: “Moving Targets”, and could have been inspired by the important part soil and dust on Eugene's car played previously in “The Perfect Witness”.
- The restaurant that Eugene and Connie visit in this episode is possibly the same one that Eugene and Katrina would later visit in #731: “More Than a Feeling”; the two also ate there in #335: “Love is in the Air, Part 1”, with Katrina remarking that they were not able to sit at their regular table (something Eugene mentions in this episode).
- In this episode, Connie purchases a gift for her mother's birthday. Her mother's birthday would be celebrated again in #588: “Broken-Armed and Dangerous”.
- At one point, Eugene calls Connie "Miss Kendable," although this may not be a goof. He could've possibly said that by accident.
- Bernard and Connie both call the Electric Palace "Rathbone’s Palace," which is technically not the name of the store (though Bart himself uses it).
Connie Kendall: So, what'd they say?
June Kendall: Your card couldn't be authorized because you went over your credit limit.
Connie Kendall: I did?
June Kendall: Yes. And I'm very surprised.
Connie Kendall: Why? How much was my credit limit?
June Kendall: Two hundred and fifty dollars.
Connie Kendall: What? That's a mistake!
June Kendall: For whom? Are you sure you haven't spent that much?
Connie Kendall: In only a couple of days? No way! I just bought a few things,that's all. Not two hundred and fifty dollars' worth.
June Kendall: Connie, my guess is, if you looked through your receipts, your "few things" cost more than you thought.
Connie Kendall: I can't believe it!
June Kendall: Believe it.
Connie Kendall: But... where am I going to get that kind of money when the bill comes?
June Kendall: That's a very good question. I can't wait to hear your answer.
Connie Kendall: I talked Jason into letting me work more hours over the next couple of weeks.
Eugene Meltsner: And why, may I ask?
Connie Kendall: I got a little carried away with my new credit card.
Eugene Meltsner: Ooh.
Connie Kendall: And I'm gonna have a whopper of a bill coming at the end of the month.
Eugene Meltsner: I see.
Connie Kendall: Boy, I've learned my lesson about credit cards. In fact, I'm not even carrying it around anymore. I'm gonna keep it at home until I'm absolutely sure I need it.
Eugene Meltsner: Good idea.
Bernard Walton: Whether you meant it or not, you played out a Bible teaching in what you did today.
Simon Birtles: I did? That's weird!
Bernard Walton: Eh, not "weird," Simon. Happens all the time around here.