The Unforgettable April Fool’s Day Episode of As Told By Ginger

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In the midst of the popularity of Nickelodeon’s animation lineup, Nicktoons, As Told By Ginger was a show that dominated when it came to surreal pre-teen struggles. Ginger Foutley, a slightly awkward, yet smart and responsible pre-teen took on the ultimate battle of junior high: crushes, mean girls and the constant pressure to gain popularity. By her side stood her best friends Dodie, an over dramatic girl who desperately craves popularity, and Macie, a small and nasally girl who’s obsessed with health risks. The trio of friends have had their share of situations, drama and has even had their friendship tested. But among all of that, was the ultimate and twisted mind game of a prank that was played on April Fools Day.

In season 2 episode 10, Ginger plays what was suppose to be the ultimate April Fool’s Day prank on Dodie, to get her back from the year before. I’m talking love games, and things could get pretty messy. It all started when Ginger forged a love letter that is supposed to be written by Dustin, the weirdest guy in their school, to Dodie. But when Dodie reveals that she has actually had a secret crush on him for awhile, Ginger realizes that her April Fools prank may have backfired. Even worse, Dustin ends up declaring his love for Macie in his very own letter. This causes drama between Dodie and Macie and things get crazy, all while Ginger is feeling guilt and regret because her prank caused major conflict between her best friends. Or so we thought it did, but there was a huge twist revealed that ended up being a prank on not only Ginger, but to the viewers that watch. And the mastermind behind it all was Darren.


If you’ve watched the entire episode from beginning to end, then you remember when Ginger was telling Darren all about her prank. Which isn’t really smart on Ginger’s end, because lord knows why she would even tell Darren, who’s also a member of their friendship circle. Darren pretty expressed to Ginger about how he doesn’t think her prank is a good idea and that she’s “playing with fire”, but little did we know, he was serious. Serious enough to let Dodie, Macie and Dustin know about the whole thing beforehand and be able to plan his very own prank with the help of those three, that made Ginger’s prank look amateur. Towards the end of the episode when Darren’s prank was revealed, Ginger attempted one last try at getting her friends good by fake crying and expressing how much their prank caused her emotional turmoil and distress. Really Ging?

Darren won me over with this episode. His character is always winning me over with his words of wisdom and keeping Ginger and the girls from freaking out, but I feel like he took a stand this time. He saw something that would potentially be a dangerous game played by Ginger, and put his own little fun twist on it. Plus, it taught Ginger a lesson and pretty much saved her behind. I’m starting to wonder what if Darren didn’t play his prank back on Ginger? What if Dodie really got that letter by surprise, and really thought Dustin liked her, only to find out he doesn’t? If you’re a fan of the series like myself, then you know the over dramatic level that Dodie is on. The love games that were played could have done some real damage.

Of course, there is always that meanwhile side of an episode of As Told By Ginger. Carl and Hoodsey play their own prank on their arch nemisis Blake Gripling, which backfires on them as well. What a lousy year that was for the Foutley kids to pull April Fools pranks. Carl tells Blake that he sold is beloved tonsils, only to find out that Hoodsey’s mother Joann actually threw them away on accident. This led to Carl and Hoodsey searching the dump and getting trapped in it. There’s a lesson in this episode for those who are planning to come up with their own devious pranks: keep it to yourself or it might backfire! Don’t make the same mistake Ginger did.


As Told By Ginger “Of Lice And Friends” Recap: Learning That Gossiping & Having Lice Sucks at an Early Age


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Lessons were easily taught in a variety of cartoons that I watched growing up. In this episode of As Told By Ginger, we learned why gossiping can possibly harm even the most popular girl in school. Also, Dodie is a supreme jerk. “Of Lice And Friends” is As Told By Ginger’s 5th episode from the show’s first season. Chet Zipper must abandon his morning announcements job and hand it to another student at Lucky Junior High, and that student is Dodie Bishop. Dodie, being the one who loves announcing things and just talking a lot in general, is of course thrilled and honored to be handed the role but instead of morning announcements she turns it into a gossip hour. Ginger being the good person that she is, doesn’t like how Dodie is using her powers for the evil doings of embarrassing and exposing others. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the students learn that lice is on the loose at their school, and Dodie has discovered a list of students who have it and planned on announcing it to the entire Junior High. Courtney Gripling happened to be one of the students who were curse with the lice-filled hair, but her reputation was saved as Ginger stopped Dodie from becoming an even bigger jerk. Meanwhile, Carl and Hoodsey planned on opening a lice farm and looked to Blake Gripling for an investment. Little did they know, Blake Gripling would soon be competing with them with his maggot farm.

I’m pretty sure this is one of the earliest episodes where I realized that Dodie is not at all a good person. I mean she is the type of character that would step on the backs of their friends in order to climb to a higher social status. But whether you admit it or not, Dodie taught us a valuable lesson. The lesson that gossiping can do some serious damage to people. Imagine having something so personal about yourself just out there, and the person with the biggest mouth just expose it. I’ve met some gossipers back in my Junior High days, but I knew not to ever trust them and to watch them closely. What’s even shocking was the fact that Dodie idolized Courtney and that still wouldn’t have stopped her from revealing to the entire school that she has lice. I felt so bad for Courtney during this episode. Even Ginger went into paranoid mode after she hugged her on account of her being afraid that she might have gotten lice from that one little hug. Gossiping alone with friends can seem harmless, but it could eventually get around and someone’s reputation could be at stake. Even though Courtney’s name wasn’t read off from the lice list, other students names were and that was real low of Bishop. Where the heck was the school staff to stop this little Perez Hilton?!

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