Melanie Jacobs is ecstatic. Her pen pal, Jenny Roberts, a girl Mel has never met, is coming for dinner. But when Melanie meets Jenny, she is taken aback. Jenny is blind. Jenny lost her sight to a disease when she was seven years old. Melanie tries to be friendly, but she is unable to get past the fact that Jenny can’t see.
What makes Melanie really upset, however, is that Robyn seems to be getting along better with Jenny than Melanie is. The two Jacobs girls take Jenny all over town and to all sorts of events, including a soccer match and a carnival. At the carnival, Jenny plays a trick on Melanie in the Maze of Mirrors. This sends Melanie over the edge. She lashes out at Jenny and Robyn.
Later, at home, Jenny apologizes to Melanie and reads her a letter she was going to send before her visit, a letter revealing that she is blind. Jenny says Melanie has to realize that she’s the same person who wrote all those letters, she loves to laugh and play and have fun, and they can do all those things together. Jenny adds that she knows Mel is scared of Jenny’s disability and offers to help her get over her fear. Melanie agrees, and the two of them stop being pen pals...and start becoming good friends.
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- Why did Melanie react the way she did when she learned Jenny was blind?
- Why was Melanie angry that Robyn and Jenny got along so well?
- Do you know any special people like Jenny?
- How do you treat them?
|Ann Jacobs||Ann Ault|
|Dale Jacobs||Phil Lollar|
|Jenny Roberts||Natalie Babbitt|
|Linda Roberts||Vaughn Taylor|
|Melanie Jacobs||Erin Bolte|
|Mike Roberts||Tom Williams|
|Robyn Jacobs||Sage Bolte|
- This episode introduced Jenny Roberts, who was the first handicapped character to regularly appear on AIO.
- It was also Robyn's last appearance on the show not counting flash back episodes until B-TV: Live many years later. It was also Melanie's last appearance on the show not counting flashbacks.
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Jenny Roberts: I want you to do something for me Melanie.
Melanie Jacobs: What?
Jenny Roberts: I want you to close your eyes real tight, no fair peaking.
Melanie Jacobs: Oh,this is one of those pretend I'm blind, so I know how you feel games, right?
Jenny Roberts: No, I just want you to keep your eyes closed while I read you something.
Melanie Jacobs: But how can you read if you're blind?
Jenny Roberts: I wrote this in braille on my computer, please just listen, OK? It's a letter I was gonna write before I found out I was coming to visit.
Melanie Jacobs: Ok, my eyes are closed.
Jenny Roberts: "Dear Mel, Hi Ya! I got your letter today and made me laugh when my Mom read it to me.
Melanie Jacobs: Your Mom has been reading my letters to you!!!
Jenny Roberts: Just listen. "I Guess your now wondering why my Mom read your letter. Well, it's like she always says, "An once of truth is worth a pound of excuses." Or maybe it was "Feed a cold and starve a fever." Or "A burdened hand catches the early worm." Anyway you know how Moms are , she's always good at giving me advice.