"The Easy Way"
"The Easy Way"
Written by: Adam Mann
Directed by: Jane E. Thompson
Aired on Nickelodeon: January 28, 2001 at 8:00 p.m.
My Overall Opinion of the Episode:
Lindsay Felton has always done a great job portraying the tough
and aggressive side of Caitlin's "in-your-face" personality. This episode
is one of the best examples of that.
Philip Akin -- Mr. Watson
Cynthia Belliveau -- Dori Lowe
Lindsay Felton -- Caitlin Seeger
Brendan Fletcher -- Eric Anderson
Jeremy Foley -- Griffen Lowe
Tania Saulnier -- Taylor Langford
Ken Tremblett -- Jim Lowe
Stephen Warner -- Brett Stevens
"Wishing for a Sail" -- Dig Circus
Eric is two weeks late on his poem assignment and Mr. Watson
tells him that he will fail the class if he doesn't get it done. Eric
will get kicked off the football team if he fails. Mr. Watson tells Caitlin
to tutor Eric. Caitlin writes a sample poem to show Eric how to write
poems but she destroys the poem after it is finished. She tells Eric,
"I showed you how to write a poem. Now you can do your own." Caitlin accidentally
forgets her notebook. Eric looks through it and steals one of her poems.
He uses the poem for his assignment. Mr. Watson is so impressed with
the poem that he tells Eric to read it to the whole class. Caitlin, of
course, realizes that it is her poem and she is furious! She aggressively
confronts Eric after class is over, but she doesn't tell Mr. Watson. Taylor
and the cheerleaders are so impressed by the poem that they use it as
a cheer. In the end, however, Eric apologizes to Caitlin and he tells Mr.
Watson that he didn't write the poem.
1. Caitlin's opening prologue: "Teachers expect you to open
up and tell them everything about yourself, who you are, what you want
to be. And they give you a grade on it, as if they can grade you on your
2. Caitlin is furious with Eric for stealing her poem. She
grabs him in the hallway after class and shouts, "You jerk!" Eric claims
that it was Mr. Watson's fault. He says, "If he hadn't made me read
it out loud, you would have never found out." Caitlin tells Eric that
the notebook was hers. It was private and he had no right to go through
it. When Taylor and the cheerleaders later use the poem as a cheer,
Caitlin says to Eric, "Everyone thinks you're some kind of football bard.
You couldn't write a grocery list!" Eric becomes so angry with Caitlin
for that remark that he tells her that he is going to milk the poem for
everything that it's worth.
3. Eric sees Caitlin talking to Mr. Watson. He walks up to
her afterwards and shouts, "You told him? I'm gonna' get booted off
the team, Caitlin! I have to play football, do you understand that?!"
Caitlin angrily shouts back, "My notebook was private! Do you understand
that?!" Eric says, "You know the one thing that I ever
liked about you was that you fight your own fights. I never figured
you for a squealer!" Caitlin stops dead in her tracks. She turns around
and coldly states, "I didn't tell him." Eric responds, "Thanks." Caitlin
then bluntly declares that her decision to not tell Mr. Watson had nothing
to do with a desire to protect Eric or his football career.
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