Smart Guy

Season 2 Episode 19

Strangers on the Net

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 04, 1998 on The WB

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  • Great episode and probably the most valuable of the whole series for parents and kids to watch.

    Probably a first in its time to be a family show warning about predators on the internet. Without going into too many graphic details, this episode of "Smart Guy" shows kids why it's never good to jump to a wrong conclusion in thinking somebody on the internet is a friend. T.J. and his friend Karen buy bootleg games from a guy named Marki412 in a kids' chat room. When they meet to buy the games they find out Marki412 is an adult, who smooth talks his way into gaining T.J. and Karen's trust. He warns them that if they tell their parents about him, they'll get in trouble for buying bootleg games, so T.J. and Karen keep him a secret. When they go to buy another new game from Mark, they find he's building a virtual surfing game. However he tries to convince T.J. and Karen to take off their jackets and jeans to make the visual effect believable, and shows them pictures of other kids he got to take their clothes off for the image in the game. T.J. gets he and Karen out of there and tells his dad what happened, and they find that Mark is on probation for doing this very thing before. High praise to "Smart Guy" for maintaining their show at a level for kids while simultaneously in this episode, warning them why it's never good to keep 'friends' met online a secret from their parents.
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