My So-Called Life

Season 1 Episode 12

Self-Esteem

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 1994 on ABC
9.4
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Self-esteem is the lesson of the day for Angela's warped relationship with Jordan, Brian's unreciprocated devotion to Angela, Rickie's flair for the dramatic, and Graham's cooking expertise.

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  • The one where Jordan and Angela finally get together.

    9.6
    This is the one episode of My So-Called Life that I can actually, truthfully say I loved. I was just caught up in the love trouble between Angela and Jordan. I was watching it in my Creative Writing class because my teacher had brought it in, and this was the one episode that I didn\'t treat as free time in class. I was actually watching. And the entire class loved it. We wanted to know what happened next, and we had to know. The entire episode, we were quiet and watchful, which was very weird for us. And in the end, when Jordan held Angela\'s hand, we all cheered.moreless
  • Jordan Catalano hearts Angela Chase, except he doesn't want anyone to know about it.

    8.5
    Girl likes boy, boy likes girl, but boy is too embarrassed to walk hand in hand with girl in the school hallways. I was a bit annoyed that it took a while for Angela to stick up for herself. It was like she was fine with being his doormat every time he felt like making out with someone in the boiler room. Halfway through i wanted to slap him myself. What was his deal? Except i kinda know where he's coming from. Well that just blows everything bad i said about Jordan out of the water.



    Rickie was hilarious when he was making fun of his new English teacher. Because swear to God, i had the exact same type in high school and me and my friends used to do it all the time. But thankfully he never saw any of making fun of him. He was awfully scary. This was a good episode. The characters were great and the acting felt real. It's a bit disappointing that they stopped making the show.moreless
Shannon Leto

Shannon Leto

Shane

Guest Star

May Quigley

May Quigley

Ms. Lerner

Guest Star

Karen Malina White

Karen Malina White

Abyssinia Churchill

Guest Star

Lisa Waltz

Lisa Waltz

Hallie

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In one scene when Angela and Jordan are kissing, Angela is wearing a maroon turtle neck, but when Jordan gets called up the stairs by his friend, Angela walks out the door wearing a multi-colored sweater.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rickie: Where did you get Chinese food?
      Rayanne: Two words: Tino.

    • Angela:There's something about Sunday night that really makes you want to kill yourself...And that creepy '60 Minutes' watch that sounds like your whole life ticking away.

    • Angela: So I tried to be invisible. It's surprisingly possible. You just sit in the back and keep quiet and let the boys shout out the answers, which they will, even if they're wrong. Boys are less afraid of being wrong.

    • Rayanne: Angela, I can handle the boiler room. You, however, cant!

    • Angela: There are certain places in life. Certain places where only certain people go. Like, there's this line that you know not to pass. Like, there's this boiler room, in the basement by the north exit, where only certain people go. For only one reason...

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Mr. Katimsky: Who are you, Groucho Marx?

      Groucho Marx, an American comedian and actor, was known for his trademark painted-on moustache and eyebrows.

    • Angela (voice over): And that creepy 60 Minutes watch that sounds like your whole life ticking away.

      60 Minutes is an investigative television news program in the United States, which has run on CBS since 1968. The opening credits features a ticking watch.

    • Hallie: Say, what do we think of him?
      Graham: Stephan Dieter?
      Hallie: No, Rush Limbaugh.

      Rush Limbaugh is an American radio talk show host. He discusses current events and politics on his show entitled The Rush Limbaugh Show.

    • Hallie: Hey, doesn't this remind you of one of those Twilight Zone episodes? [...] No, wait, one of those human behavior experiments, to determine how long it takes till we turn into Lord of the Flies?

      The Twilight Zone was a science fiction TV series that often had unexpected twists.
      Lord of the Flies, a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding, is about a group of young boys stranded on an island who attempt to govern themselves and fail disastrously.

    • Rickie: Si, mi nombre es Enrique, and I want to live in America.
      This is an allusion to the 1957 Broadway musical and subsequent motion picture "West Side Story". Set among the Puerto Rican community of New York City, its hit-songs include the famous "I Want to Live in America", quoted here by Rickie who is half Hispanic.

    • The poem read by Mr Katimsky in English class is William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130. This poem is particularly known for being an unconventional tribute to his Mistress (commonly referred to as the "dark lady", she appears in sonnets 127 to 154) of whom he makes a realistic and flawed portrayal as opposed to the traditional romanticism seen in other love sonnets at the time, where the beauty of a woman was most frequently extolled and magnified through hyperbolically epic metaphors.

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