Season 1 Episode 28

Over A Barrel Part 2

Aired Unknown Apr 18, 1993 on PBS
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Over A Barrel Part 2
The team is frustrated when the garden is closed. They decide to start their own investigation to find out who dumped the barrels dumped illegally. Tina's brother gets into a fight with her family and Lenni gets a mysterious phone call.

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  • Team must find a "whodunit" and the barrels are still there.

    I wasn't too enthusiastic about environmentalism on "Ghostwriter" because it was constantly preached to us in school so often that this could be repetitive. But the mystery behind the person who dumped those barrels makes the story compelling. With the vibrant cast of kids working on the case, "Ghostwriter" is never dull to watch. My siblings and I loved watching all members of the team in fierce action.

    Alex is being a wonderful older brother, always caring and concerned over Gaby who's been sick due to contamination from toxic waste barrels found in the garden. Rob has to wrestle over the phone to just find someone to take away the barrels. Sally encourages the kids to keep on fighting. When the team gets an investigator to examine the lot, she tells them it will take 6 months. The show took one more step past the morals on the evils of pollution. It's also wrong to "pass the buck" onto someone else and the Ghostwriter team is determined to find the "whodunit" and make that person remove the barrels ASAP.

    While the team is looking for the company that made the perc chemicals, Tina is having problems at home. Her rebellious older brother complains about the traditions of their Vietnamese home. Tina makes a wise comment. "All of my friends have to listen to their parents and go to school". Regardless of ethnic backgrounds, respect is appreciated and expected in everyone's families. (Jake Long, I hope you're taking notes.) The scene where Tuan is strumming his guitar for Linda is just touching and deeply understanding.moreless
Marcella Lowery

Marcella Lowery

Grandma CeCe Jenkins

David Lopez

David Lopez

Alex Fernandez

Blaze Berdahl

Blaze Berdahl

Lenni Frazier

Todd Alexander

Todd Alexander

Rob Baker (1992-1993)

Mayteana Morales

Mayteana Morales

Gaby Fernandez (1992-94)

Tram-Anh Tran

Tram-Anh Tran

Tina Nguyen

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    • Alex: How long will that take?
      Officer Cole: About six months.
      Everyone: What?!
      Officer Cole: You won't believe how many sites there are like this but we have to take care of the most dangerous ones first.

    • Tuan: They're down on anything that is the "old way". I don't care this much about how children obey their parents in Vietnam. I'm an American.
      Tina: So are my friends. And they have to go to school and listen to what their parents say to them too.

    • Sally: We're not going to let a little bit of disappointment stop us like that are we? I mean that would be like letting the bad guys win.
      Jamal: Yeah. Let's start our own investigation. I'll bet we can find the sucker who buried those barrels.

    • Tuan: (Sings) Lets got back to Kenwan Bridge,
      Let's go back just for fun.
      The wind blows in the bamboo tree
      Pagoda tall, the rooster crows
      Let's go back just for fun
      Come on let's go.

    • Rob: So how are you feeling?
      Gaby: (talks very fast) Listen, Alex. We have to make a sign for the garden because kids are climbing over the fence because it's dangerous and the sign that the government put up just isn't working.
      Everyone: She's fine.

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