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On this "painfully special" episode of
Strangers With Candy

    Noblet and Jellineck try to come up with a fantasy to enact in the Flatpoint High boiler room, but are interrupted by Principal Blackman who wants the secret love nest to himself and his lady. Jerri has a hot new secret love, too, a popular student named Laird. She's head over heels in love (or heels over head, in Jerri's case) and she couldn't be happier. Well, she could be happier if she could share her good fortune with the rest of the world, but Laird wants to keep their relationship to themselves. Whenever they rendezvous, Jerri has to hide in a locker, garbage can, air duct, dumpster, or some other degrading place. Jerri has promised not to tell anyone about their trysts, but Tammi Littlenut gets suspicious after helping Jerri to get out of Laird's locker and Jerri can't resist spilling the beans to "Nuttage". Meanwhile, Sara is beginning to feel used and unappreciated by Stew. He is currently unemployed and doesn't seem to be very motivated to find a new job. Stew resents even a hint that Sara may be pressuring him into reading the Want Ads. The next day, Mr. Noblet acts out a scene from Shakespeare's West Side Story and tells his class that the point of the story is to demonstrate that "death is preferable to having your secret relationship revealed."  Tammi confronts Jerri and tells her that Laird is being disrespectful to her and that she should respect herself by making her new love public. Tammi uses her own relationship with her Science teacher, Mr. Gwinette, as an example to Jerri. They are up front and out in the open, so why shouldn't Jerri and Laird come clean? And what better way to make themselves known as a couple than by showing up together at the school's upcoming "Fall Make Out Festival"? Sara discovers that Stew has brought his kids, Chuck and Patty, to live at the Blank household. When Jerri gets home and asks Stew where her mother is he responds, "Which one? Your real one, the dead one, or the one I have sex with?". She finds Sara in a distraught and vulnerable state so, seeing that she has the upper hand for once, she decides to offer Sara some guidance. After Sara tells her that she feels like Stew is taking advantage of her, Jerri tells Sara that she has to respect herself. Sara agrees with Jerri, then she tells Jerri to move out of the house to make room for Stew's kids. Tammi talks Jerri into going to the "Make Out" party, but Jerri will have to convince Laird to go with her. They meet in the Science Lab after sixth period and interrupt Noblet and Jellineck's little "Louis Pasteur" fantasy. Laird tells Jerri that he is planning on going to the "Make Out" party, but not with her. He's going with his buddies and if she doesn't like pretending that they're not having a relationship, then maybe they should really not have a relationship. Jerri's not the only one getting dumped, though. Back at the Blank house, Sara tries to talk to Stew but he just storms out of the house. Jerri and Sara commiserate over some prescription medication. It's the first time they've ever had something in common. They decide to go to the "Fall Make Out Carnivale" to take their minds off their heartache. Principal Blackman offers his "Make Out" services to Sara, but she tells him that she strongly opposes racial co-mingling. He agrees wholeheartedly, except for his uncontrollable desire for middle-aged white women. Stew shows up, not knowing that Sara would be there but to find someone to make out with. Sara suggests that he make out with her and he takes her up on her offer, but only on the condition that "nothing changes". Jerri goes over to Laird, who runs and hides behind a "Spin The Bottle" banner when he sees her coming. She joins him in his hiding place and they make plans to meet in the dumpster to make out. Jerri gives Laird an ultimatum first:  If she can't make their relationship public then she's going to just have to go on keeping it secret. Laird finds this compromise acceptable and Jerri has learned a valuable lesson about self respect... she doesn't have any.

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Episode Title: "Invisible Love"

Tony's Rating:

Original Airdate: 7/31/00

Production Number: 3-06

Directed by: Peter Lauer

Writers: Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
Additional Writer: Matt Lappin

Regular Cast: AS, DR, GH, LS, MT, PD, SC

Guest Cast:  Chris Carmack (Laird), David Pasquesi (Stew), Brian Keeler (Mr. Gwinette), Jake Patellis, Patrick Blindauer (Chip Beavers), Justin Daniel ("Mr. Nosey Eyes")

Flatpoint Lexicon:

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Additional Episode Information

Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) later worked with Brian Keeler's (Mr. Gwinette) wife, Peggity Price, in a stage play, but the two never discussed the SWC connection.
· Chris Carmack was featured in the Fall 2000 Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly catalog and in 2003 he appeared as Luke Ward in the first season of the FOX series "The O.C."
· Noblet's reference to "Shakespeare's West Side Story" played upon the fact that the Broadway and film musical West Side Story was based upon Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", which Shakespeare had plagiarized from an ancient romance called "Pyramus and Thisbe", a tale that has been famously recounted by Hyginus (Gaius Julius Hyginus: c. 64 BCE - 17 CE), Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso: 43 BCE – 17 CE), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400), Arthur Golding (1536-1605), and Thomas Bullfinch (1796-1867).  The 1960 musical comedy "The Fantasticks" (music: Harvey Schmidt; lyrics: Tom Jones) was loosely based on Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand's (1868-1918) "Les Romanesques".  Shakespeare had also burlesqued "Pyramus and Thisbe" in a scene of his play "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  I know, too much information, right?

On The 'Flatpoint High School' Sign:

The Best Things In This Episode:
· Jellineck and Noblet are interrupted whenever they try to find a quiet place to play out their little fantasies.
· Jerri and Sara share an almost-but-not-quite tender scene commiserating over their lost loves. Then they go off together to the "Make Out" party.
· Laird wants to take a dump with his buddies and hopes they didn't start without him.
· Tammi Littlenut and Mr. Gwinette's sick teacher/student relationship.

Closing Credits Dance Sequence:  A little secret "dumpster diving" and dancing.

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