Poor Jimmy Barclay. His life is complicated by girls and bad cafeteria food. The Trouble With Girls has both Curt and Jimmy being hounded by girls who have crushes on them. One girl tries to kiss Curt and another sends him love letters. If the goal of this episode was to have the audience pity the boys it failed. It was just too funny a situation that there was no room for pity. But if the goal was to allow the audience to laugh at the situation and maybe learn something then this episode did a great job.
Whit tells us that girls like boys before boys like girls. While it’s true girls usually mature faster, this is an unfair comparison considering Jesse is simply older than Jimmy. Jessie is close friends with Jimmy’s older sister Donna so I’m assuming she would be about two years older than Jimmy. Nevertheless, Jesse’s enthusiasm and passion is entertaining if not a little frightening. Her dramatic descriptions of the deep love she has for Jimmy make you smile and are much appreciated.
But what was even funnier was the advice given by Connie and Eugene. Connie got her advice from a movie, so you know it’s going to be good. But it’s also messes with the Odyssey timeline. This episode is a remake of the episode Bobby’s Valentine from before Connie was a Christian. I can understand the pre-Christian Connie encouraging Jessie to trick Jimmy into liking him, but this episode clearly takes place after Connie has become a Christian because Eugene only arrived on the show in the episode of Connie’s conversion. In the remake it doesn’t make sense for Connie to encourage deception after she’s had almost 70 episodes to mature as a Christian. It makes perfect sense for Eugene, on the other hand, to use logic and science to try to manipulate human nature to achieve a desired outcome. Jimmy’s dishonesty of course leads to hilarious results. But in the end Jessie moves on to having a crush on Eugene.
The ending seems nice at first, until you realize what probably happened afterwards. Chris says she hopes Eugene will be able to handle the situation a lot better than Jimmy, with care and honesty. I’m not as optimistic as Chris. Let’s look at the reason Jimmy was dishonest with Jessie in the first place. It was all because of Eugene’s bad advice. We just learned in this episode that Eugene is terrible at giving relationship advice and would probably pretend to like Jessie to get rid of her. Either that or tell her to get lost and throw mud on her. Cutting off the episode there and leaving the audience to speculate how Eugene will react is slightly frustrating. It leaves the audience wanting more, but I guess that’s what a good episode is supposed to do. This episode gets 5 out of 5 stars.