"Deputy for a Day"
"Deputy for a Day"
Written by: Edgar Lyall
Directed by: Alan Simmonds
Aired on Nickelodeon: May 7, 2000 at 8:00 p.m.
My Overall Opinion of the Episode:
This is one of the best episodes that highlight the relationship
between Caitlin and Jim. Ken Tremblett (Jim) and Lindsay Felton (Caitlin)
do a great job portraying both the tension and the love that exists between
the two characters.
Philip Akin - Mr. Watson
Nathaniel Arcand -- Garth Crowchild
Cynthia Belliveau -- Dori Lowe
Randy Birch -- Al MacLeod
Andy Maton -- Don Anderson
Lindsay Felton -- Caitlin Seeger
Brendan Fletcher -- Eric Anderson
Jeremy Foley -- Griffen Lowe
Lyne Tremblay -- Ms. Tretiak
Ken Tremblett -- Jim Lowe
Stephen Warner -- Brett Stevens
"Wishing for a Sail" -- Dig Circus
"Livin' Right" -- Cindy O'Neil
It's "Fathers Take Your Daughters to Work Day" at High River High
School. Caitlin, however, catches the bus to school because she doesn't
want to go to the sheriff's office with Jim. Griffen points out that Caitlin
is the only girl on the bus! Meanwhile, Jim and Dori believe that Caitlin
forgot that it was "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." Jim decides to pull
the school bus over with the police lights flashing thinking that Caitlin
will "get a kick out of it." Caitlin, however, doesn't like it at all. She
goes with Jim, but she has a bad attitude that only gets worse as the day
progresses. A major confrontation eventually erupts between them. Caitlin
confesses that she didn't forget that it was "Take Your Daughter to Work
Day." Jim is very hurt by this. He tries to take Caitlin back to school.
Caitlin, however, has other ideas. She handcuffs herself to the inside of
Jim's police vehicle. An emergency suddenly arises when Jim is called to
a serious accident. He tries to pull an injured person out of a vehicle
before it explodes. Caitlin is unable to help because she is handcuffed to
the inside of Jim's police vehicle. However, she manages to pick the lock,
and she is able to help Jim rescue the injured person. They all escape just
before the vehicle explodes in a huge fireball! (See the image at the bottom of this page!)
After all this, Caitlin's attitude changes. A deep bond begins to form between
Jim and Caitlin. Caitlin even begins to develop a genuine appreciation for
the work that Jim does.
1. After Caitlin repeatedly challenges Jim's authority and disobeys
his orders, an intense argument erupts between the two of them. Jim says,
"I don't care how much you complain, and I don't care how many stunts
you pull! If you wanna' be in this office, then you have to follow orders!"
Caitlin snaps back, "I told you I don't follow orders!" Jim responds,
"Then you won't learn anything here!" Caitlin says, "I don't wanna' learn
anything here!" Jim asks, "So what's the point of doing this?" Caitlin
answers, "I don't know! You pulled me over! I was on my way to
school. I didn't even want to come here!" Jim says, "I thought you just
forgot." Caitlin responds, "I didn't! I've done my time in police stations!
I don't need to do anymore!" Jim says, "I know you've had bad experiences.
I was hoping this could be different. Hoping we could even have some fun
together." Caitlin, however, is not all that receptive. She snaps back,
"Getting ordered around isn't any fun! Face it, Jim! Outside of liking
doughnuts, you and I have nothing in common!"
2. After the adventures of the day are over, Caitlin finds that
she has developed a new and deep respect for Jim and for the work that
he does. Her closing epilogue expresses her feelings: "This morning, the
last thing I wanted to do was spend the day in a sheriff's office. But
tomorrow, it'll feel weird not being here. Funny what a difference a day
makes. Who knows? Maybe some day I'll even become a law-abiding citizen!
Hey, stranger things have happened!"
3. Griffen and several other guys are in for quite a surprise
when they arrive at school. When they go to the gym, they are shocked
to find that a woman ballet teacher named Ms. Tretiak is substituting,
and that her goal is to use ballet as a means of teaching them how to improve
their basketball skills. At first, the guys react very negatively. They
cannot understand what ballet has to do with basketball. Much to their
surprise, however, the ballet teacher is able to use ballet to teach them
how to improve their game.
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