Alex befriends the new girl in school, who has her own "unique" style, and one that Alex tries to emulate. Meanwhile, Vince gets fired from the Plant for his consistent screw-ups, and now he's more determined than ever to identify Alex.

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Alex befriends the new girl in school, who has her own "unique" style, and one that Alex tries to emulate. Meanwhile, Vince gets fired from the Plant for his consistent screw-ups, and now he's more determined than ever to identify Alex.

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...Lets just say this was one of the down moments of the show
26 April 2014 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Okay let me get one thing perfectly clear - I like this show... a lot. It's absolutely perfect for me to watch when I have nothing else to watch. But even as a kids show it holds up pretty well and has a nostalgic charm to it all. This episode however, while it isn't the worst I would definitely say it was up there with which episodes p!ssed me off the most.

Okay so the story - Alex meets a girl named Lindsey that everybody objects to. Why? She wears goth make-up, has tattoos and piercings. Anything else like her character? Nope just all based on the way she looks. Alex begins to warm up to her so much that she decides to have the same get-up (think of it as a cross between Punky Brewster and every Alternative model you've ever seen... And yes it is as funny as it sounds). This causes outrage in her parents but Alex still refuses to see why this is so controversial. When they decide to get Lindsey over for lunch. Turns out to get along quite a bit with her parents - Wow! I guess the person people had no reason not to like in this episode they had no reason to not liking them. Then there is the forced part where she says she wants the old Alex back and this moral is done and thankfully my DVD crashed before I could see it.

Okay! My big gripe with the episode is that everybody and I MEAN EVERYBODY in this episode puts down the character of Lindsey for literally no apparent reason. I don't know if in the 90's this was more controversial but... All the dialogue seems to be some way of calling her weird or in some way be the kind where you can guess around the corner what is going to happen next. "Oh she's a bad influence!" WHAT DOES SHE DO THAT IS SO BAD! Look and act differently? What's wrong with you? Didn't this kind of get contradicted in "New Kid In Town". Plus in Alex's little friendship group she has someone that fits into the category of goth even though she doesn't wear Gothic stuff - Robin.

The whole "I like the old Alex better" line is one that I really hated. I mean it doesn't sound like the character talking - it sounds like the writers wanted the most contrived and forced resolution to the problem. Then Alex and the friend must stop being friends after one little fight because!... The writers don't want to unintentionally encourage children to start dying hair, getting body parts pierced and other such stuff.

I guess you might be wondering if an episode can cause 2 paragraphs of full-out rage if there is anything worth watching in this episode. Well

  • There is! After Vince tries to get a new plan to find and capture


Alex and you think "Seriously, how many times have we been over this?" he actually gets fired after Danielle looks back at how many other times this has worked in the past... I love you! I mean I did not see this coming. I know what you're thinking! How can a guy who has one objective for three seasons, fail over and over again, get the company he works for to have millions of dollars wasted possibly not get fired for it?... I DON'T KNOW I thought it would be one of those shows where even though they failed endlessly, there aren't any consequences for it.

So all in all. This was Season 3's bad episode. I mean with Season 1 it was the pilot and with Season 2 there's the Secret World Of Ray Alvorado. If you're looking at this show then this episode will p!ss you off if you're one of those "I see nothing wrong with what she's doing so why are they going apesh!t over it?" You will hate it. I liked the subplot of Vince getting fired but that's it.


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