Keith Saunders (Chuck Campbell) is a young man who wants to be a bit more popular, and a bit more appealing to certain members of the opposite sex. He gets a potion from Sardo (Richard Dumont) that gives him great results, but there's a horrible side effect. The potion also brings out a darkness that must be defeated, somehow. While he's trying to make himself cute and likable for Shelly (Eleanor Noble), Keith fails to notice the lovely Mariah (Cara Pifko), who already likes him for who he is.
Directed by D. J. MacHale and written by Alison Lea Bingeman, this is a fun riff on Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and also serves as a nice lesson about never forgetting that beauty is only skin deep.
Campbell is decent in the lead role, although there's not a huge difference between his pre-potion and post-potion look, as far as I can tell. He's likable though, and doesn't become TOO cocky when his wish seems to come true, which makes it easier to root for him when things take a turn for the worse. Pifko is very sweet as the girl who likes him for who he is, Noble is fine as the rather fickle object of Keith's affections, and Dumont has fun, once again, in the role of Sardo.
All in all, this is a great episode, one of the best from the second season.
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