Ashley Jenkins is suing Tom Riley for unfair and biased treatment when he was her coach! To fight this, Tom hires Eugene as his lawyer! The problem is that Tom didn't choose Ashley to play in the All-Star softball game and Ashley assumes it's because Tom doesn't like her. Worse yet, she lost her one chance to be scouted by the Briarhurst Academy recruiters. While Eugene and Tom prepare their case, Ashley and her father rehearse Ashley's testimony. Ashley explains to Bill how much she liked Tom Riley as a coach at the beginning of the season.
Then she explains how things changed halfway through the season - the same day that Bill voted for the new proposed highway to Connellsville that will run right through Tom Riley’s farm. When Tom did not choose Ashley as the Coyotes’ representative at the All-Star game, Ashley and Bill assumed that it was because Tom was mad at Bill’s decision.
Eugene prepares a detailed defense case and Whit agrees to moderate a meeting between Tom and the Jenkins'. There, everyone finds out that Tom had noticed Ashley's talent on the softball field and began to push her harder and expect more of her. He didn’t choose her for the All-Star game because he thought she wasn't ready for the pressure and intimidation from the older kids. Tom apologizes to Ashley for taking her chance to attend Briarhurst Academy, but Whit arranges for her to meet with one more scout who hadn’t left town yet.
In the end, both Tom and Ashley learn a valuable lesson about communicating.
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|Ashley Jenkins||Brice Keltner|
|Bill Jenkins||Corey Burton|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Tamika Washington||Courtney Brown|
|Tom Riley||Walker Edmiston|
|Walter (c)||Bob Luttrell|
- There are several things here that may be considered goofs:
- First, over 10 years ago, Bill retired to spend time with his grandchildren. Now, he's got a daughter approaching college.
- Second, is the way Bill acted. In past episodes he's level-headed - here he's not. He's sympathetic to Tom and Whit and the gang in the past - even going to bat for Tom against Dr. Blackgaard on the phone - here he's suing Tom for a lot of money.
- Lastly is the road. Tom's land is protected by the state, and has been for a while. There wouldn't have been a vote to put a road through his land.
QuotesEugene Meltsner: I'm still wondering why your team seemed to be so baffled by the opposing pitcher's curve ball. Solving it was a matter of simple physics.
John Whittaker: Eugene, they don't allow calculators in the batter's box.
Tamika Washington: But you're not a lawyer!
Eugene Meltsner: Well, heh heh, not in the "professional" sense, of course but...but I took a civil law class during my time at college, and since then, I've continued to study law books for light bedtime reading.
Tom Riley: Hire a lawyer or hire Eugene... pull a horse's tooth or get kicked by a cow...
John Whittaker: Oh yes, Eugene gets excited about things, but he is a good person to have on your side.
Tom Riley: Well, I'm sure that's true, but I feel like I just let a pyromaniac borrow my lighter.
Bill Jenkins: This is Eugene Meltsner we're talking about... he's about as intimidating as an unsalted cracker!
Eugene Meltsner: Wait! Don't you want me to tell you about subsection D?
Tom Riley: I'll talk to you later.
Eugene Meltsner: But it has pie charts!