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.