At the end of the last episode, we learned that summer is almost over, which means that Leia will have to return to Chicago and leave all of her new friends. The rest of the group is also coming to terms with the end of summer, and panicking about the plans that they didn’t see through.
Ozzie frantically catches up on his summer reading, while Nate, who was supposed to get in football shape over the summer, tries to do a whole summer’s worth of working out in a single day.
That ’90s Show season 1, episode 9 recap – Conflicting scheduling. The standard sitcom dilemma.
Jay plans a picnic in the woods with Leia for their last Saturday together, which Leia is excited about. That is until she remembers that she had already agreed to sneak into the country club with Gwen that day.
Rather than disappointing either her best friend or her boyfriend, she decided to make both plans work. She goes on the picnic with Jay and tries to get him to hurry through the motions so that she can get through the picnic as fast as possible.
Unfortunately, Jay ends up getting them lost in the woods. He suggests they just have their picnic where they are, and then find their way out.
But Leia says that will take too long. She admits to Jay that she had double booked the day, and now was too late to meet Gwen.
She apologizes and the two of them eventually get out of the woods with the help of Leo’s second appearance on the show. It seems that Leo also happens to be wandering around the forest.
He doesn’t know where they are either, but he does happen to know exactly where his car is.
That ’90s Show season 1, episode 9 recap – Best friends fight
Leia hurries to the country club, but Gwen is mad at her for ditching the plan and won’t talk to her. Gwen has Leia thrown out of the country club, since it’s a country club and they do things like that.
Worried that she has ruined her friendship, Leia returns to the basement, where she finds Nate on the couch. Nate, after doing an entire summer’s worth of working out in a single day, is too sore to move.
Leia tells him about her falling out with Gwen, and Nate tells her that even though Leia is the one leaving, Gwen isn’t going to have an easy time without her. He tells Leia that most people don’t get Gwen like she does.
Gwen shutting Leia out could be her way of trying to cope with her friend having to leave once the summer is over. Inspired by her conversation with Nate, Leia sneaks into Gwen’s bedroom where she forces them to talk.
Leia tells Gwen that she’ll never be able to get rid of her as a friend. The two of them make up and promise to keep in touch throughout the school year.
Meanwhile, Jay goes to the basement to find Nate still stuck on the couch. He tells Nate about the day, and admits that trying to have a relationship with Leia while she’s in Chicago all year is going to be more challenging than he thought.
He tells Nate that he thinks he and Leia are going to have to have a serious conversation as the episode comes to a close.
That ’90s Show season 1, episode 9 recap – Only one episode left…
There’s only one episode left after this one. It’s more and more common for shows these days to have fewer episodes per season.
And yet it still feels like the ending of the season has come up surprisingly quickly. It’s not exactly fair to continually compare That ’90s Show to its predecessor.
But the original series had at least 22 episodes a season, with most seasons having somewhere between 25 and 27 episodes. The long running season was more of the standard at the time, especially on broadcast television.
This has been criticized in recent years, as the high episode count each season would lead to a lot of filler content that didn’t always move the main plot forward. But for a sitcom, where spending time with the characters was always more of the appeal than seeing where the story went, the seasons that would have over twice as many episodes really helped to endear the characters to the audiences.
It feels like That ’90s Show is only just beginning to really see what they can do with their characters, and the season is already coming to a close. It’s a sign of the changing times in television in general and will most likely continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.
But in a show like this one, that is a deliberate throwback to a different time, (and an earlier style and format), the smaller episode run feels like a drawback rather than a feature, the way it does on most modern series. At least it seems that Netflix is aware of this potential problem, as the second season of the series is expected to be longer.
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