Max Hampton gets himself into a real "pickle." The class clown can sure work a crowd – but a good homework assignment? Forget it. He's more interested in joking about Mandy, who is the teacher's pet. His teasing of Mandy finally gets him more than detention: Mrs. Sweeny assigns them to work together on a project.
While Max only wants to do as little work as possible and have fun, Mandy does everything she can to make the project perfect. After seeing Mandy trying to do the whole project herself, Whit confronts her. "We’re supposed to help people despite what we think of them," he says. Mandy begins to see how Max needs encouragement, so she secretly gets him a birthday gift. She works more on Max’s part of the project until she realizes that trusting him might be the best encouragement she could give.
The due date for the project arrives. Max discovered that the gift was from Mandy, and he decided to actually complete his part...an electric-powered mouth that can crack walnuts! However, when Mandy calls him up to demonstrate it, it explodes. Mandy still praises Max for his work, and both students learn a lesson.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Why did Max tease Mandy about being a “perfect” student?
- How did Mandy try to help Max?
- What should you do when you disagree with your friends?
Heard in episode
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Max Hampton||Jeffrey Noah|
|Mrs. Sweeny||Florence Stanley|
- This is the only episode written by Torry Martin that does not feature his signature character (Wooton Bassett).
- This episode bears a great deal of similarity to #64: “The Greatest of These” — another episode about students who don't work well together completing a disastrous science fair project.
QuotesMandy Straussberg: <about Whit> I hate it when he doesn't scold me!
Max Hampton: I'm not working with her!
Mandy Straussberg: And I'm not working with him!