The small cages were from "The Tale of Watcher's Woods". See more »
Ms. Valenti and her reflection in Cindy's mirror are both facing the viewer's right. The reflection, a mirror image, should face left. Additionally, the reflection of the picture in the bathroom clearly has a different background than the picture itself. See more »
How can you be so vain and not have a mirror in your bathroom?
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"You can be young for all eternity, isn't that wonderful?"
I enjoy this tale a lot that's about an evil old witch masquerading herself as a beautiful woman who runs a beauty boutique that she has owned for a very long time by stealing the youth of the unwitting young girls that work for her, whom she weirdly refers to as "beauties." With the help of her magic hypnotising mirror she performs a strange ritual where she transforms three girls into dogs which are then sacrificed to preserve her own beauty and unnatural life. And I don't say "dogs" as in those who could be considered ugly, I mean that she full-blown performs an Animorphs on their asses and changes the bitches into four-legged shaggy bitches, which may be ironic or poetic!! Can the precocious young plain Jane who's the latest to fall into her clutches summon enough willpower to break through her illusion and foil the beast in beauty's disguise latest ritual as well as learn a valuable lesson in inner beauty along the way? So I really could not believe that Andrea Lui who played the bitchy coworker at the boutique was only twelve at the time of filming, I would have put her as at least seventeen! I liked the performance of Jayne Heitmeyer as the villainous blonde harpy Ms. Valenti. She's so vain and well-spoken and vaguely sinister, everything she says to the girls has positively huge undertones of "I'm going to steal your soul to keep my youth!" And she cuts such a striking and hilariously on-the-nose figure in her floor length dark gown with concealing hood and black velvet murder gloves, it's seriously just like if Evil-Lyn took up a job as a hair dresser! And she was quite beautiful and alluring in her manner. You could totally buy her as somebody who lured ugly ducklings to their doom with the promise of beauty! There's a touch of the Dorian Gray thing to the story, I liked the touch of how a regular mirror would reflect the nasty truth of all of Ms. Valenti's many self portraits and photographs, that she was really a hideous old woman. And it was a very nicely done special effect when her mirror is shattered and she does an Indiana Jones and withers into an old lady, then a skeleton, then explodes into dust, it is pretty gruesome! So like most in the series it's a simple story but I love it, beauty is the focus of the episode and for what it is they explore the theme well and it has a nice moral, and it goes out on a snappy thoughtful line! Well-made fun tale.
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