According to Jim

Season 4 Episode 20

Spelling Bee

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2005 on ABC
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Jim's pride in Gracie's new-found spelling-bee aptitude quickly turns to dismay when he has to drive her to tournaments all over the state.

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  • Gracie becomes a whiz at spelling to the delight of Jim and Cheryl, but their delight turns to regret when she turns out to be so good that they have to keep driving her to competitions.moreless

    I'm a big fan of this series, and this episode pretty much sums up more of what the show is about: being a parent and the creative ways to survive it. Gracie becomes so charming and much more dimensional than just a kid spewing funny lines when she reveals how good she can spell plus there's a sense of pity for Jim and Cheryl as they end up dragging themselves out of bed to get her to her competitions. As it turns out, Gracie is just doing it to go to Red Lobster, her favorite seafood restaurant, and mine too, which helps solve the problem up until Red Lobster offers a lifetime deal that Gracie can't refuse. This is a classic and wonderful episode that sums up so much of the show's appeal and charm.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Gracie has been spelling words for 4 hours)
      Jim: Here is the word... PLEBEIAN!
      Gracie: Can you use it in a sentence?
      Jim: Okay... Gracie, spell PLEBEIAN!

    • Gracie: Can mom make popcorn shrimp?
      Jim: If your mom could sleep in on a Saturday morning, she'd catch the damn shrimp herself. But you know what that means? You gotta.... you know.
      Gracie: What are you saying?
      Jim: I'm saying, kid, it ain't your night.
      Gracie: Are you telling me to take a dive?
      Jim: You know what 'take a dive' means?
      Gracie: Daddy, I know what 'insouciant' means, of course I understand 'take a dive.'
      Jim: Okay then. Here's the thing. You've gotta go out there and lose one for your pop. For tonight only, wrong is right, and right is very, very wrong.
      Gracie: That's a paradox.
      Jim: (looks in dictionary, Gracie points the word out to him) Yes it is.

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