One of the best episodes from the not-bad 5th season
Season Five for most situation comedies usually spells lethargy, especially if there are kids in the cast who are growing older and becoming more restless within the confines of their G-rated TV personas. Anissa Jones was approaching thirteen in real-life, but her television alter-ego Buffy was unceremoniously held back at around age ten, still in pigtails and occasionally lugging around doll Mrs. Beasley. Still, one is hard-pressed to separate Jones from Buffy Davis as she approaches the part with so much youthful conviction. Here, Buffy hopes to join a club known as the Mod Maidens (who include Kathy Richards, future mom to Paris Hilton, and acting-wonder Pamelyn Ferdin), but she's too young according to the strictly observed "main rule". Uncle Bill--his heart in the right place--schemes a little on the side to get his niece in, but when this backfires, Buffy has to act in a rather mature way and rise above the other girls (who are supposedly older but not acting like it). In the standard 'second plot', Jody wants to join the Daredevils and asks Uncle Bill to help him like he helped Buffy, but when his uncle says no more meddling, Jody has to be mature enough to understand. These situations were subtle forms of teaching kids how to act responsibly--I don't know if that worked...after all, it didn't help Jones in real-life.
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