The New Adventures of Old Christine

Season 4 Episode 13

Notes on a 7th Grade Scandal

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2009 on CBS
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While trying to make a good impression at Ritchie's Junior High Parents Orientation, Christine realizes that one of the fathers there wronged her in junior high. Barb shows New Christine how to be more assertive.

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  • A man from Christine's past shows up.

    6.5
    I loved Richard laughing when the professor mentioned masturbation and intercourse. I can admit to that happening to me in my life.



    This was a decent episode that didn't really have too many memorable lines, but did have some fairly funny parts. Wanda Sykes was great here, just being her usual angry self. The New Adventures Of Old Christine has borrowed storylines from Seinfeld in the past, but this was not nearly as good as when Kramer saw Grosbard at the airport. Still, the man had some funny lines such as believing that sleeping with him would be a compliment. Overall, a fine episode.moreless
  • Very funny comedy at the school.

    7.5
    There were lots of good comedic moments in this episode, particularly the scenes at the school. Barb was also brilliant when she got the movie tickets off the rude teenager. New Christine was not so funny. Christine behaved in just the way I knew she would at the junior high school when she met up with an old schoolmate, Todd Watski. He spread gossip about her when they were at school and then proceded to do the same thing at the meeting. Christine got her revenge by writing graffitti in the boys' toilets but the principal caught her. There was a scene toward the end where Christine was exactly like a sulky teenage girl caught by the principal. Brilliant!moreless
  • Very funny comedy at the school.

    7.5
    There were lots of good comedic moments in this episode, particularly the scenes at the school. Barb was also brilliant when she got the movie tickets off the rude teenager. New Christine was not so funny. Christine behaved in just the way I knew she would at the junior high school when she met up with an old schoolmate, Todd Watski. He spread gossip about her when they were at school and then proceded to do the same thing at the meeting. Christine got her revenge by writing graffitti in the boys' toilets but the principal caught her. There was a scene toward the end where Christine was exactly like a sulky teenage girl caught by the principal. Brilliant!moreless
  • Very funny comedy at the school.

    7.5
    There were lots of good comedic moments in this episode, particularly the scenes at the school. Barb was also brilliant when she got the movie tickets off the rude teenager. New Christine was not so funny. Christine behaved in just the way I knew she would at the junior high school when she met up with an old schoolmate, Todd Watski. He spread gossip about her when they were at school and then proceded to do the same thing at the meeting. Christine got her revenge by writing graffitti in the boys' toilets but the principal caught her. There was a scene toward the end where Christine was exactly like a sulky teenage girl caught by the principal. Brilliant!moreless
Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Todd Watski

Guest Star

Ryan Sparks

Ryan Sparks

Teenager

Guest Star

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Principal Merrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Christine: Well, there won't be any more rumors spread about me at the school. I approached Todd Watski like an adult, and we talked it out. We really connected.
      Matthew: Oh, God, what did you do?
      Christine: I let him touch my boob.

    • Christine: How is sleeping with you a compliment?
      Todd: I think we see me differently.

    • Principal Merrow: What you need to do is to express to Mr Watski, how you felt when he said those things about you.
      Christine: He's just so mean to me.
      Principal Merrow: Boys can be difficult at his age.

    • Lindsay: We heard you slept with [Todd] last night.
      Christine: What? I didn't sleep with him.
      Lindsay: That's what people are saying.
      Christine: What people?
      Marly: Well, Todd Watski told us and then we distributed it via the earthquake phone tree.

    • Christine: I have overcome a lot of my insecurities to accomplish a lot in my life: I own a gym, I am a mother, I'm divorced, I don't have a boyfriend, and I'm a part-time alcoholic.
      Todd: Wow. You're like Mary Tyler Moore.

    • Barb: Hey, jackass. You cut us, and now the movie's sold out.
      Teenager: (on the phone) I don't know, some old lady.
      Barb: (into his phone) Hey, he's going to have to call you back. (She closes the phone.)
      Teenager: Hey!
      Barb: I'm sorry, I just need to explain to you that it's not polite to cut into a line, and there's sort of a social contract that we all must abide by in order to maintain a polite society.
      Teenager: What does that mean?
      Barb: It means that you're going to give my friend the tickets, or this old lady's going to be waiting for your ass in the parking lot.

    • Christine: So after I said no to Todd Watski, he told everyone that he touched my boob. And I got the reputation for being easy.
      Richard: But, you are easy.
      Christine: Now I'm easy.

    • Christine: [Todd] ruined my life in 7th grade.
      Matthew: Is that our neighbor who used to pay you $3 to run through the sprinklers?

    • Lindsay: Christine, we see what you're doing.
      Christine: I'm not doing anything.
      Lindsay: You're kissing up to Principal Merrow to get preferential treatment for your kid.
      Christine: Oh, yeah, I'm doing that. And it's working.

    • Principal Merrow: You know, this evening is all about helping the kids and the parents get through this transition we call Junior High. You know, it can be pretty tough on the kids.
      Matthew: Yeah, your body grows, your confidence shrinks, and suddenly no one's afraid of the light-saber you claim to have in your pocket.

    • Matthew: Where's my name tag?
      Lindsay: Oh, sorry. I never know which members of your ragtag band of misfits are going to show up.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode has many references to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.First, after Christine describes herself, including that she's a divorced single mother and a "part-time alcoholic", Todd remarks she's like Mary Tyler Moore. Later, when Christine notices all the women at school staring at her, Matthew suggests, "Maybe they're waiting for you to throw your hat." This is the final shot in the opening theme on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.The final line of the theme is, "You're gonna make it after all," which Matthew tells Christine after she fools around with Tod.

    • The title refers to Notes on a Scandal, a 2003 novel by Zoë Heller.

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