Mistaken for Good
|To Mend or Repair||Mistaken for Good||Sergeant York, Part 1|
Jay's visit to a nursing home takes an unexpected turn when an old woman mistakes him for her grandson -- and offers him money as a birthday present.
Jay comes into Whit's End to stop for a soda before continuing carrying a load of things for the retirement home. He chugs down his soda and keeps walking. He finally gets to the retirement home and drops off the stuff. He runs in an older woman named Helen Wilson, who mistakes him for her grandson, Humphrey. She insists on her giving him some birthday money, which was $20.00. She kept insisting, so he took it.
Jay goes to the store and buys comic books, and Vance King sees him. He asks Jay where he got all the money. Jay told him, and Vance suggested that they go down again and get more money. Jay didn't want to, but Vance threatened him by telling him that he'd tell on Jay. Jay had to agree, so they went the next day. They kept on bringing her gifts to get money, but soon Jay got tired of taking money from Mrs. Wilson. He told Vance to go in alone. Then all of the sudden, Mrs. Kramer comes out of another room and demands to talk to him. She says what a nice boy he is, how he comes to see her all the time and brings her gifts. She told him about her real grandson, Humphrey, Mrs. Kramer said Mrs. Wilson felt lonely. Jay feels guilty about taking money, and tries to tell Mrs. Wilson to be careful with her money and who she gives it to. She doesn't get the hint and proceeds to show her the things her late husband gave her. She shows him a pair of earrings he gave her when they first met. The earrings looked like flat bicycle tires, to symbolize their first meeting. She also tells Jay about a music box that he got her. It played Clair de lune, her favourite. It got broken years ago, she told him. Jay decides to buy her one, but doesn't want anyone to see him buying it, so he sends Olivia Parker to J & J Antiques to buy it. She gets it and meets him outside the retirement home in the bushes. Vance finds them, and wants to know what's going on. He thinks Jay went without him to get more money for himself. Jay talks to him, and they all go inside to see Mrs. Wilson. But to their surprise, Whit is with her! He and Mrs. Wilson are old friends. Vance tries to act innocent, and wants to leave. But Olivia insists on giving the music box to Mrs. Wilson. Then Mrs. Kramer comes in. Olivia gives the music box to Mrs. Wilson, and everyone loves it. Then Jay asks for the money. He had decided earlier that the only way to stop taking money was to get caught. Olivia tells Mrs. Wilson that Jay didn't want money, but she insists. Mrs. Kramer asks if the buys have been taking money all along, and Mrs. Wilson says yes. Whit takes the boys out to talk to them and Olivia stays with Mrs. Wilson.
Later, Jay comes into Whit's End to get another soda. He is covered in paint, because he had been painting the retirement home as punishment for taking money from Mrs. Wilson. Whit remembers that Mrs. Wilson had told him that Jay had told her to be careful with her money. Whit commends him on telling her that. Jay shrugs it off and says to not tell anyone that he was being nice.
 Discussion Questions
- Was it wrong for Jay to keep coming back for the money?
- Why or why not?
|Jay Smouse||Whit Hertford|
|Helen Wilson||Linda Porter|
|Olivia Parker||Kelly Stables|
|John Whittaker||Andre Stojka|
|Vance King||Jason Marsden|
|Mrs. Kramer||Mitzi McCall|
 QuotesMrs. Kramer: I've been watching you visiting Mrs. Wilson a lot lately.
Jay Smouse: Uh, you have?
Mrs. Kramer: Yes. And she thinks you're her grandson, did you know that?
Jay Smouse: Wellll...
Mrs. Kramer: But you keep coming back anyway, and I've only got one thing to say.
Jay Smouse: Now, look, I wasn't--
Mrs. Kramer: You have got to be one of the nicest kids I've met in a long time.
Jay Smouse: What?
Mrs. Kramer: For someone your age to take interest in an elderly woman, well, it's a beautiful thing. It restores my trust in the youth of today.
Jay Smouse: Make way, make way, Atlas is entering the building.
John Whittaker: Jay! Here, let me help you with that.
Jay Smouse: No, don't do it, it's carefully stacked. I'm a human Jenga puzzle.
Vance King: I thought that was you! ye- what did you do to your eye?
Jay Smouse: Uh, freak spit ball accident?
Vance King: Huh.
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