So, the time has come for my first Super Special recap. So, the simplest way to do this is to go through each of the many plot lines. Oh, and the title of this books should have been Ann M. Martin Hates Mallory, too.
The basic premise is: one of Watson’s distant relatives wants to leave him a big-ass cabin on a lake in Mass. He’s not sure, so he’s taking his family, the entire BSC and a couple extra kids to the cabin for two weeks for a test run.
The BSC stories:
Mallory: She sucks. The whole time she has problems with bug bites. So she goes around with a towel under a hat and a bug net? I’m still not sure how all that worked. But she complains and whines the whole time, and everyone is embarrassed by her. (Because heaven forbid they show concern that a friend of theirs is having a hard time.)
Jessi: She meets a boy who’s cute, but she feels all guilty, cause she’s absolutely positive that her sort-of long-distance boyfriend isn’t looking at other girls. [Remember Quint? She met him in the New York super special, and he’s older and a ballet dancer who’s studying at Julliard. And he’s straight. I’m so sure he’s waiting around for his Connecticut “girlfriend.” Have you seen the movie Camp? Cause I’m picturing him like Vlad, getting very, very lucky as the only straight boy for miles. So yeah.] Turns out that she doesn’t really like Daniel, and he has a girl back in Boston [whose name is Carol, cause he’s dating a thirty-year-old secretary. Odd name choice ANM. S’all I’m saying.], so all of Jessi’s stress is stupid.
Kristy: She finds a tiny mototboat and learns how to drive it [when I was thirteen, there was no way I was allowed to drive a boat without an adult with me. Just sayin.’] Oh, and she creates a trip journal and nags everyone to write about how cool the lake is, all in a transparent attempt to get Watson to accept the offer.
Dawn: Is an idiot. She is obsessed with a non-existent lake monster and finding the “mystery of Shadow Lake.” Well, she sorta finds one, and is a complete flake thinking she sees monsters and ghosts all over the place.
Mary Anne: babysits a lot. I can’t remember any other part of that plotline, so it must have been really exciting.
Claudia: She decorates the little boat to enter in the boat parade. As the lake monster.
Stacey: She and Sam finally hook up, after he pesters her to no end, cause apparently he’s 5, not 15. And seriously, what 15 year old will date a 13 year old. Not gonna happen. I don’t give a shit if she’s a sophisticated New Yorker.
Um, Karen, Hannie Papadakis and Nancy Dawes find a house in the woods and turn it into a cliché, while David Michael, Linny Papakakis and Nicky Pike try unsuccessfully to build a fort. Seriously, why would you bring this many kids on your vacation? Are you feeling okay? Do you need to lie down? How about some Valium? Would that help curb these self-destructive urges?
Emily Michelle: is a baby. She has no plotline, silly.
Oh, and for some twisted reason, they bring Boo-boo. The crazy cat. Why? Why not have somebody check on the cat? Or send it to a kennel? Who brings their crazy cat? And this is coming from someone who is way too attached to her cat.
In the end, Watson decides to keep the cabin. Hooray.