I'm not sure exactly what is supposed to be emerging in this episode, but it's a decent hour so I can forgive the puzzling title. As last week, we have two stories running in tandem. One sees Olivia take a lad named Sam Miller under her wing while the other sees Marcia Woolery flit back into John-boy's life - with a twist, of course.
The Sam and Olivia story is a bit wishy-washy but it is very much in character. Far more is shown of Olivia's stint in the classroom than in 'The Sermon', and I particularly liked the newspaper-cutting class. GW-lookalike, Sam, is a handsome and strapping lad and would have made a decent love interest for one of the girls, but instead he has to settle for a trip to town and a pair of glasses. Considering this was the actor's first TV role, he does quite a decent job. The story does imply that Rosemary Hunter cannot distinguish between learning difficulties and poor eyesight, which I'm sure is not what the writers intended. Interestingly, they'll use much the same storyline in the last of the TV movies.
In their first two scenes, Marcia and John-boy pick up exactly where they left off at school, with Marcia leading our hero on at every opportunity, then throwing him back whenever he gets close. As soon as Marcia's new boyfriend shows up, however, she changes character completely and becomes all meek and dependent. I'm not convinced the change was meant to be this stark, but that's certainly the way it comes across. The college dance scene was fun and I enjoyed the flirty job interview.
There's no John this week, so Zeb takes the fatherly role instead. We do have a whole raft of credited guest slots, but for some reason only a handful are listed on this website. And did Jim Bob actually do an impression of Esther when he was trying those glasses on or did I imagine it? Teehee indeed.