You Go to School Where?
School has begun again. Robyn Jacobs and Dale Jacobs visit Whit's End for their just-established, "time-honored" tradition-the annual back-to-school chocolate soda. While there, they run into Esther Langford and her mother, Helen. Esther has never been to Whit's End before, so while Robyn shows her around, Whit and Dale talk with Helen and learn that she home schools Esther. Dale is intrigued — he needs material for a newspaper story and thinks home schooling might be a good subject. But Whit comes up with an even better twist for Dale's article: Since neither Robyn nor Esther is looking forward to the prospect of going back to school, why not have the girls switch places for a day, then report on their experiences? Everyone is game, and Robyn and Esther step into each other's shoes for a day.
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- What does "the grass is always greener on the other side" mean?
- Why is it important to learn from others?
- What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of home schooling? Of public schools?
- Erin Bolte makes her AIO acting debut in this episode. She would soon go on to play the role of Melanie Jacobs, Robyn's younger sister.
- This episode was created at the request of fans who wanted a character who was homeschooled. After it aired many homeschoolers complained that it was not an accurate portrayal of homeschooling. Because of this the episode was pulled after its fifth broadcast.
- This episode was released on Official Podcast 57 after receiving the most votes in a poll deciding which unreleased episode should be given out on the podcast.
QuotesJohn Whittaker: Say, who's this handsome young gentleman you've brought with you?
Robyn Jacobs: He's not a handsome gentleman, he's my dad!
Dale Jacobs: Oh, thanks a lot, Robyn!
Dale Jacobs: <after Robyn clears her throat loudly> Oh, uh. I think we're being paged.
Dale Jacobs: We are actually here to engage in a time-honored tradition.
John Whittaker: Really?
Robyn Jacobs: Yeah, our annual back-to-school chocolate soda!
John Whittaker: Oh? How long have you had this tradition?
Dale Jacobs: What time is it now?
John Whittaker: How do you like school this year, Robyn?
Robyn Jacobs: You're kidding, right?
John Whittaker: Sorry, I guess that was a pretty dumb question!
Dale Jacobs: It means that Esther learns at home, instead of going to a real- uh, I m-mean a regular-, uh, formal school. Help?!
Helen Langford: You actually jumped her and beat her?!
Robyn Jacobs: Yeah. How else are you going to win at checkers?
Helen Langford: Perhaps some math problems would be best.