"Mother of the Year"
"Mother of the Year"
Written by: Jana Veverka
Directed by: E. Jane Thompson
Aired on Nickelodeon: May 13, 2001 at 8:00 p.m.
My Overall Opinion of the Episode:
This was a very moving episode overall, but some parts were weak. The
story line has Dori trying too hard to be a mother to Caitlin. The episode
could have been much better if Dori had realized that she could never replace
Cynthia Belliveau -- Dori Lowe
Lindsay Felton -- Caitlin Seeger
Jeremy Foley -- Griffen Lowe
Ken Tremblett -- Jim Lowe
"Wishing for a Sail" -- Dig Circus
"Bad Grades" -- Jeremy Foley. Stephen Warner, and Chris Powell
"Pics and the Beach" -- Honeysuckle Serontina
"Forgotten Land" -- Keen
Caitlin fails math class and is forced to retake it in summer school.
She asks Griffen to forge her report card so that Jim and Dori won't find
out about it. Griffen agrees to do it only if Caitlin agrees to help him
promote Dori in a local Mother of the Year contest. Caitlin agrees to these
terms in spite of the fact that she is having a hard time with Mother's Day
because it reminds her how much she misses her mom. Caitlin doesn't feel
comfortable promoting Dori as her mother because Dori isn't her mother. Friction
between Dori and Caitlin quickly develops after Dori discovers that Caitlin's
report card is forged. The conflict intensifies as Caitlin struggles with
balancing her love for her mother with her love for Dori, and as Dori tries
to figure out what her role in Caitlin's life should be.
1. Caitlin reads a script about Dori that Griffen wrote for the Mother
of the Year contest. Griffen records with the video camera while Caitlin
reads, "And, of course, she's wonderful with animals! She's the best vet
in the county! And, of course, when my horse Bandit got attacked by a rabid
wolf, mom saved him." Caitlin suddenly stops reading and exclaims, "Wait!
Cut! I can't say that! Dori didn't save Bandit! Bandit saved me and I
saved him! And I can't call her 'mom' because she's not my mother!" Griffen
says, "Well, then make something up! A mother-daughter moment! Being part
of a family means committing forgery for the ones you love." Caitlin shouts,
"The only mother-daughter moments I've ever had are with my real mother!
If Dori is so special then you don't need my help to prove it! This whole
thing is stupid! You know, if my mother were alive, she'd win Mother of the
2. Dori begins to tutor Caitlin in math but it doesn't go well. Dori
says to Caitlin, "Every time I reach out to help you, you put up these walls!"
Dori tells Caitlin that they should try to connect like a mother and a daughter.
Caitlin angrily responds, "Well, you can't do that, can you? I've had a
mother, but you've never had a daughter! I'm going to study on my own! I
can never learn anything from you anyway!"
3. Dori sees the video of Caitlin talking about Dori. Caitlin walks in
on Dori while Dori is watching it. Dori is deeply hurt by the comments on
the video and she walks out of the room crying. Caitlin destroys the tape.
Caitlin later has a talk with Dori. Caitlin says, "I'm sorry. I've never
seen you cry before. I didn't want to help Griffen with the contest because
I didn't want you to win." Dori says, "This isn't about the contest. It's
about how we treat each other." Caitlin says, "When my mother was alive,
I thought she was the best mom in the world. I never thought that I could
find anyone to replace her. And then I found you. And that scares me. Do
you hate me?" Dori says, "Of course not. I love you." Caitlin responds,
"I love you too."
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