This episode was great. It covered a lot of ground quickly, had nostalgic references, used outdoor stock footage, showed conflict and resolve, and managed to underscore the action with some great music. It shows continuity when reference is made that Tom's empty bunk is going to be filled. Or, that the spitball Tom shot at the ceiling is still there. The cast did a rundown of prior episodes mentioning Leslie's audition, the relay race, Sharon's birthday party, Tom leaving to go home, the overnight camping, and planting the garden. Curiously, though, they mentioned taking care of the dog (?) which hadn't happened, yet. Maybe this episode aired out-of-sequence ? Nostalgic reference is made by Domingo who uses the then-popular catch phrase "Try it, you'll like it" used to promote Alka Seltzer at the time. Curiously though, Stan and Leo seem to reverse character for a moment here. Leo gives out info on the nutritional benefits of eating carrots and Leo asks where did he get that from, that he sounds like an encyclopedia ! Conflict! Counselor Kim has to reprimand Jeff on his tardiness. Jeff gets a scolding from Mrs. Riggs also for sneaking back into camp after a night of partying into town. He had lied to her using the children as an excuse to go into town, and never even returned their books. Jeff also gets into an argument with his own cousin Suzanne, mad at him for being used. We get to see Chef Rijos give Stan and Suzanne the basic cooking course to cook something for the County Fair. Lovely music underscores the session. Everyone's loaded up and has cooked something for the Fair, only when they get there no table has been reserved for them. The application was never turned in because Jeff tucked it away in his jacket pocket and forgot about it.
The sad music envelops as the kids go around to see the rest of the Fair, and you could feel their disappointment. Everyone else is having fun except them. In the end, Jeff begs for a solution to the problem to help make up for it, and a makeshift table is set up for the kids to sell the stuff they've cooked for the Fair. The carnival type music is uplifting and the now their hearts are into enjoying the rides at the Fair. Very nostalgic. A day none of them will ever forget in life.moreless