Mandy is taking a high school class with Rodney Rathbone and notices how mean he is to everyone else, including her. She heads to Whit’s End after school to find that Connie is trying to be a world famous chef to impress her dad. She tells Eugene about Rodney and he agrees to help her. He first suggests that Mandy show kindness to Rodney, which doesn’t quite seem to work. Then Eugene begins to dish out advice from a psychology textbook that he’s been reading, but nothing seems to work. Finally, Rodney suddenly asks Mandy for help on an algebra test. Mandy helps him study and things seem to be taking a turn for the better as Rodney actually starts being polite to people. Then Rodney comes to her with a big problem. He has stolen the answer sheet for the test, he says, and feels guilty about it. He and Mandy go to the school to return it. Just as Mandy is returning the answer key, Rodney disappears and Miss Hamer shows up. Mandy gets in big trouble for stealing the answer key and Rodney doesn’t even seem to show any real remorse. Whit explains to her that only God can truly change someone. However, unbeknown to either of them, Rodney hides the stolen answers from his gang, complaining to himself about his own new found "conscience".
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- Why did Mandy want to change Rodney?
- How did Rodney respond?
- How did Rodney respond?
- How can you best respond to people who are mean to you?
Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Miss Hamer||Pamela Hayden|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
|Rodney's Friend||Katie Leigh|
|Principal Skinner||Will Ryan|
Mentioned in episode
|Bill Kendall||Connie Kendall|
|Tom Riley||Eugene Meltsner|
|David Straussberg||Rodney Rathbone|
|Bart Rathbone||Rodney Rathbone|
|Doris Rathbone||Rodney Rathbone|
- The character of Miss Hamer from this episode was named after Kathy Wierenga's roommate, whom people often call "Miss Hammer" by accident. Additionally, Miss Hamer's ordering Mandy to "March, march" is a reference to the real Miss Hamer's first name, March. Hammer would go on to play one-time character Bridget Becker in #491: “The Black Veil, Part 2”.
- This is, to date, the last episode featuring newly-recorded dialogue from Pamela Hayden. Interestingly, Hayden and Will Ryan — who portray Katrina Shanks and Eugene Meltsner respectively and both of whom act in this episode — would both disappear from the program either immediately after this episode or soon thereafter. Though Ryan would return five years later, Hayden has never acted in another episode since.
- Connie's decision not to go straight to college, mentioned here in this episode, was established in #406 – #408: “Malachi's Message”.
- The mistake Connie makes in this episode of substituting three cups of yeast for three cups of flour is the same mistake made by a girl in her cabin at the Timothy Center, Wendy Zannuck, earlier in the season.
- The TV show Mandy mentions after witnessing Connie's out-of-control bread is I Love Lucy — specifically the Season 1 episode "Pioneer Women," which features a giant loaf of bread that ends up reaching out of Lucy's oven and across her apartment.
- The music being played after Miss Hamer tells Mandy to march is from the TV show Hogan's Heroes.
Rodney Rathbone: Outta my way losers, I'm a busy man! I've got places to be, people to beat up, and problems to cause!
Eugene Meltsner: Well, take Miss Kendall. She was a snippy, argumentative agnostic when she arrived.
Connie Kendall: I heard that!
Eugene Meltsner: (whispers) But because people here cared about her, she eventually became the snippy, argumentative Christian...
Connie Kendall: I heard that, too!
Eugene Meltsner: (out loud) ...we know and love today!
Rodney Rathbone: Well, I haven't taken that class three times because I think the seats are well-cushioned!
Rodney Rathbone: Yeah, and I haven't been able to sleep real well the last few nights because I've been feeling guilty.
Mandy Straussberg: What about?
Rodney Rathbone: What, do you want an alphabetical list or one that goes chronically?
Rodney Rathbone: I just wanted help on my algebra, not a personality transplant!