Before a gallery exhibit of her work, Penny tries a variety of methods to decide whom she can trust in life.
Penny Wise decides to find a way to tell if she can trust people or not after her previous experience with Dr. Trask. She gets a book on facial expressions and motions and evaluates almost everyone she meets, making them very uncomfortable.
On her "date" with Wooton, she translates his facial expressions, making the "date" very uncomfortable. She does the same when she is interviewed for a job. The contacts of Mr. Henri, her boss-to-be, are bothering him and causing him to blink a lot, and Penny ends up translating that as a sign of nervousness. She walks out on the job because she believes that Mr. Henri cannot be trusted.
Whit and Connie then show Penny how wrong it is to translate people's feelings only on their expressions and movements. She then apologizes to Wooton, Eugene, and Mr. Henri, who in turn asks her to come work at his art gallery. She accepts the job, and her art is exhibited at that art gallery.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- Was Penny wrong to study body language?
Heard in episode
|Penny Wise||Kimmy Robertson|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Wooton Bassett||Jess Harnell|
|Jacques Henri||Dan Hagen|
|John Whittaker||Andre Stojka|
|Harlow Doyle||Will Ryan|
Mentioned in episode
|Benjamin Trask||Penny Wise|
|Jack Allen||Connie Kendall|
|Joanne Allen||Connie Kendall|
- This episode has significant connection to The Green Ring Conspiracy (Saga).
- Jacques Henri references author Charles Dickens when he messes up the idiom "hurts like the dickens".
- The book "Don't Get Fooled Again" is a reference to the The Who song of the same name.
- Jacques Henri references the artist Van Gogh.
Jacques Henri: I have known my share of temperamental artists, and she is certainly one of them.
Connie Kendall: So what are you gonna do with all these confused feelings while Penny figures things out?
Wooton Bassett: I'm gonna wait and silence my body language.
Connie Kendall: How are you gonna do that?
Wooton Bassett: Oh, I'm thinking about wearing a space suit whenever I'm around her.
Connie Kendall: Take Eugene and Wooton. They're afraid to be seen by you by fear that you'll misread their expressions and gestures.
Penny Wise: They are?
Connie Kendall: Isn't that right, Eugene?
Eugene Meltsner: The word fear may be extreme. Anxious, nervous, disconcerted, discomforted, annoyed, vexed. Any of those are better words.
Connie Kendall: Whatever. Wooton?
Wooton Bassett: No, I think fear sounds perfect.
John Whittaker: When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became mature I put away childish things. I wonder how much it is.
Connie Kendall: Two hundred and fifty dollars.
John Whittaker: Maybe I'll just read it in my Bible.
Connie Kendall: You don't get wisdom by following a check list; it's not a paint by number process. Things like wisdom and knowing who to trust come from knowledge and experience and discernment—and, because you're a Christian, help from the Holy Spirit.
Penny Wise: Good, 'cause I hate Paint by Numbers.