All About Us

Sierra Meets Her Match

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 9/22/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Sierra is outraged to find that Belmont High has installed security cameras all over the place. She meets Logan Williams, a transfer student who proposed the idea for the cameras to cut down on theft at the school. Sierra immediately engages him in a heated argument and challenges him to a debate to be followed by a school referendum on the subject. Meanwhile Alecia's music teacher Mr. Miller assigns his students each a different song to perform. He challenges Alecia with a 19th century ballad, "Hard Times, Come Again No More." Alecia can't relate to the song at all and feels like she won't be able to perform it. Sierra and Logan prepare for their debate and campaign for their sides. Sierra tells the girls she can't believe how assured and single-minded Logan is about his beliefs. The girls smile and tell her that she is just like him. Sierra fears she may lose to his arguments. She and Logan have another violent discussion in the hall, but this one ends with a passionate kiss! Logan and Sierra agree the kiss will be a one time thing, but despite their constant fighting they can't keep their hands off each other. Mr. Miller encourages the frustrated Alecia to try to see her assigned song differently and make it her own. At Niki's urging, Sierra and Castelli use silly string to cover the camera lenses. Sierra then finds that her valuable organizer has been taken from her open locker, but without the cameras, there's no way to tell who took it. Logan admits he took it to prove his point about the camera's usefulness. Sierra is outraged by this tactic as a violation of her privacy. The girls are gathered at Alecia's when she comes up with her own arrangement of the song. After seeing it another way, she was able to better understand it. Sierra takes this lesson to heart and when it comes time to debate Logan, she says that she's switching sides and agreeing with his viewpoint. She's followed by Logan speaking, and he now says that she has swayed him over to her side. The two work out a compromise: cameras in the gym and on the lockers, but out of the cafeteria and classrooms. They agree to be just friends, but they are caught kissing by a security camera.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Crystal Grant

    Sierra Jennings

  • Alecia Elliott

    Alecia Alcott

  • Marieh Delfino

    Niki Merrick

  • Alicia Lagano

    Cristina (Cris) Castelli

  • Amy Engelberg

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Niki: The brain has no control over the heart. Notice how much deeper I've gotten since I've been studying the '60's?

    • Alecia: This song sounds like my grandmother's house smells.

    Notes (5)

    • In the dialog the girls mention that a new quarter has just begun at school, but there is still at least one more quarter to go after it.

    • The song Alecia is given to sing, "Hard Times Come Again No More," was written by Stephen Foster (1926-1864), who many consider America's greatest songwriter. Among his most familiar works are "Oh! Susanna," "Old Folks at Home" (better known as "Suwanee River"), "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Camptown Races." Foster is not mentioned as the song's author, however; it's simply referred to as "a very traditional 19th century song."

    • One of the students in Alecia's music class is identified as Ty Edwards, which is the name of the production coordinator of All About Us.

    • Featured Music: You Did Me Wrong by Divine Earth Essence Shake the Beat by Zivo & Human Beatbox What Are We Here For? by Russell Simins Jim's Problem by Russell Simins

    • This episode was supposed to premiere on Saturday, September 15, 2001, but in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. the previous Tuesday, NBC postponed its new fall programming. A repeat of "The Grass Is Always Pinker" was shown instead. That repeat was some of the first regular programming NBC or any of the major networks had put on the air since Tuesday morning when the attacks occured.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Sierra is arguing with Logan, she rather casually tosses off the idea, "Let's have a referendum," and one is scheduled almost immediately. It's very doubtful that in real life such a referendum could be suggested to a school administration and approved so quickly.

    Allusions (9)

    • Niki: Oh, FYI, your 'friend' is visiting in three days. "Your 'friend'" in this context is a euphemism for a woman's menstrual period. This is a phrase that has been around for a long, long time and was widely used in times when menstruation was not considered a proper subject for any kind of conversation, but it's still often used even to this day. (The term "FYI" means "for your information.")

    • Sean: Niki, can you give peace a chance? The slogan "Give peace a chance" was popularized by John Lennon in 1969. While still a member of the Beatles, John checked into a ritzy Montreal, Canada hotel with his new wife Yoko Ono and held what they called a "bed-in," a protest against the Vietnam war and a plea for international peace. While in bed on May 31, John and Yoko made a rough recording of a new song of his called "Give Peace a Chance," which was barely more than the title repeated over and over, with the many guests in the hotel room joining in on the vocal. The song was released under the name of the Plastic Ono Band and it reached no. 14 on the U.S. charts that year (#2 in the UK).

    • Alecia: Cool! I got the new Sarah McLachlan ballad. Sarah McLachlan is a singer-songwriter from Canada whose folk-pop style proved to be very popular in the late 1990's. She is also very well-known as the creator of the Lilith Fair, a touring performing festival featuring up-and-coming and established female musicians.

    • Cris: What's with the Mission Impossible bit? Mission Impossible was originally a TV series that ran from 1966-1973. It was about the adventures of a secret group of U.S. government agents who took on "impossible" espionage tasks, often involving the setting up of elaborate hoaxes, much breaking and entering, explosives, etc. A very succesful film of the same name was released in 1996 starring Tom Cruise. A second TV series of the same name ran from 1988-90 and a sequel to the film was released in 2000.

    • Alecia: Please, strangle that girl with her love beads. "Love beads" is a generic term for necklaces of beads worn by so-called hippies in the late 1960's. Though they never were universally popular, they have become a cliche when referring to the hippie lifestyle and manner of dress.

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