Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Well, we all make mistakes; or, BSC #19: Claudia and the Bad Joke

Sometimes, although not nearly as much as when I’m watching the John Hughes oeuvre, I wonder where the parents in Stoneybrook are. Not necessarily the parents of the BSC’s charges, but the parents of the BSC members. I know that they show up for advice, or to punish the BSC members for not doing their homework. But when something serious is going on, where are they? Seriously.

So, the BSC gets a new client; Betsy Sobak looooooves practical jokes and making everyone else’s lives hell, as several peripheral characters tell Claudia. But she shows up to her job as prepared as she can be, but by the end of the job, she’s in the hospital with a broken leg, thanks to the little scamp. So, Claudia’s out of babysitting commission for, like, 3 months. And she’s thinking about quitting babysitting. Understandable. Then, Mrs. Sobak calls back to get another sitter – woman’s got balls – and the BSC declares practical joke war. Now, here’s where I go, “The FUCK?” Now, I was a goody-goody, but I would have said, “I’m sorry, ma’am, but we cannot sit for a charge that puts any member in physical danger.” And, if I were a parent of a baby-sitter, I’d be all “You are forbidden from sitting for little devil child from hell whose parents never taught her mumble mumble swear mumble…”

So, blah, joke war. Stupid. Finally, Kristy wins it by really embarrassing little Betsy in public and being kinda cruel. And the big moral is…Claudia was embarrassed and that’s why she thought about quitting. But don’t worry, she’s sticking around, stinky cast and all.

Dumb.

8 comments:

PoBaL said...

With a bloody thumb!
In the popcorn!!

cara said...

I remember being really grossed out by the description of Claudia looking back at her mangled, broken leg when I read it. Ew.

Tiff said...

yeah, this one was a little heavy on the gross-out factor, in general...

Sara said...

Remember the part where one of the Pike kids makes a tennis-ball ice cream sundae? I remember the line: "it SLURPED across the table."

Ewwww.

Natty said...

I loved this one! I wanted to be in a cast sooooo bad. Because a cast is cruise-control for cool... when you're 13 and have never been in a cast before. It's like the biggest Bandaide evah.

Kristen King, Inkthinker said...

I vividly remember Kristy sneaking the thumb out if her pocket and working it up through the flaps in the bottom of the popcorn container, and Betsy shrieking when she grabs it.

Kristen King, Inkthinker said...

Was it also this book when the kid hid in the coat closet and the sitter couldn't find her even though she looked three times because the kid stepped into the boots and stood inside the coat on the hanger? I was always very impressed with that hiding spot.

metamorphstorm said...

The parents in Stoneybrook just can't be bothered with their kids. The BSC parents are never really around, they never say "no" to the girls' many children-inclusive parties, orchestras, etc. (and seriously, nobody even thinks it's weird they'd include kids in everything? 'Cause in the modern world, it would be)...

And then you get people like Watson Brewer, smart enough to make millions but can't be bothered to see his own kids even when he only has them two weekends a month. (We always get the stupid Kristy-baby-sits-Karen/D.M./E.M./Andrew-chapters!)