MaryEllens attempt to push herself too hard in studying for an important test leads to roller coaster ride of uppers and downers. In time she recognizes the danger, and with the support of family is able to break the cycle
Not one of the better episodes. The acting seemed a little stilted and forced, and the resolution was just a little too neat for my taste. The basic plot premise is good, and plays into what we know of MaryEllens character, that is very determined and singleminded, but sometimes a little self centered. It is interesting to see Jason beginning to develop into a sort of ham sandwich JohnBoy, and Ben starting to show a lot of the quiet, responsible qualities of the father. As alwasys, Ralph Waites bedrock understated role gives the show some real (as opposed to dramatic) moral significance
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