Robyn Jacobs is having trouble hanging on to her school work. First, she loses the text of a speech about highway safety. Then, she misplaces a report she and Jessie Morales wrote about Huck Finn. Her father gives her a few pointers about organization and suggests that Robyn put each of her projects in different colored folders. But Mr. Jacobs has given the last several folders to Robyn’s sister, Melanie. Robyn goes to Melanie’s room to retrieve them. Once there, Robyn demands Melanie’s last two folders and reads her private diary.
Matters worsen when Robyn divulges the contents of what she read to Jessie and Eugene the next day at Whit's End. Melanie leaves, anguished and angry, vowing revenge against her big sister. And revenge is what Melanie pursues.
First, Robyn and Jessie’s report mysteriously disappears. Then, Eugene gets a love note written in Robyn’s handwriting. Finally, Robyn rushes in to deliver her award-winning speech, only to discover that it has been replaced by her report on Huck Finn. She is utterly humiliated.
This embarrassment causes her to think seriously about how she treated Melanie. Robyn feels so bad, she actually buys Melanie a real diary — which makes Mel feel about two feet tall for playing all those pranks on Robyn. Both the Jacobs girls learn an important lesson about revenge, empathy — and love.
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- How else could Robyn have been better organized?
- Is revenge really "sweet" in the long run?
- What’s the best way to handle someone who has hurt you?
- This episode marks the first appearance of Melanie Jacobs, who had never been even mentioned on the program previously. Melanie's existence makes the line in #107: “Bad Luck” about Robyn being "the Jacobs girl" somewhat questionable in retrospect.
- Based on her reaction to Eugene's monologue during a conversation at Whit's End, Jessie appears to still be enamored with Eugene — an infatuation that began after her "breakup" with Jimmy Barclay in #117: “The Trouble with Girls”.
- Robyn's habit for forgetting her homework was previously mentioned in #107: “Bad Luck”.
- In this episode Eugene states he doesn't keep a diary but simply memorizes everything. However, in #267: “It Ended with a Handshake” it's made clear Eugene does in fact keep a diary on his computer of his complete life in Odyssey — information from which he inputs into the Imagination Station to see parts of his life before and after this episode.
Eugene Meltsner: I believe enough substantial research has been done to determine that there is indeed a relationship between sensory stimulation and memory enhancement.
Jessie Morales: I love it when you talk like that, Eugene... I don't know what you're saying, but it gives me chills.
Eugene Meltsner: Well, it was well written... though conquer isn't spelled with a K... Come to think of it, neither is obstacle.
Melanie Jacobs: Getting mad won't help... but getting even will.
Eugene Meltsner: I believe you see, that we must be plain in our speech and clear in our understanding. It's my experience, well not my personal experience but I have read about these kids of things. That these sorts of things should be nipped in the bud. To borrow the antique colloquialism.
Chris Anthony: Oh, hi, this is Chris! I was trying to find a word on my electronic pocket computer-dictionary-thesaurus-encyclopedia word search-corrector.