Season 1 Episode
Recap: Ginger goes into her classroom and finds a vase of flowers on her desk, she asks the janitor, Gordon to come into the room, and they talk about her getting flowers everyday this week, they don’t know who they are from.
Val and Gary are having breakfast, but she isn’t paying any attention anything he is saying to her. After he goes to work she pulls out a bunch of books, she has hidden away in a cabinet, and begins to study history.
Ginger tells the class she wishes she knew who is giving her the flowers. The scene is pretty cute, the kids are very cute, especially the boy who says that he might have left her the flowers. After school she has trouble starting her car, another teacher, Arthur, comes by and suggests she look under the hood, but neither of them know what to do after that, so Ginger calls the auto club.
Gary gets home early and asks Val what she is doing, she tells him that she is trying to get her diploma. He asks her why she didn’t tell him, she tells him how dumb she feels compared to the other ladies in the neighborhood. He tells her that she is smart and that everyone would help her if she asked, she tells him that she is afraid that they would know if she failed.
The mechanic tells Ginger that her distributor cap is gone, he won’t be able to do anything till the morning, Arthur offers to give her a ride home. When they get to her house, he goes inside with her, he looks through their record collection while she makes coffee. Kenny gets home and asks if Arthur is staying for dinner, Ginger doesn’t want him to stay, and tells Kenny that he is weird, He tells them all about himself, finally Ginger’s hints at how late its getting and he goes home, suggesting that he pick her up in the morning, Kenny thinks it’s a good idea since he has to leave early. After Arthur leaves Kenny asks Ginger what’s wrong, she tell him about the gifts she’s been getting, she had thought it was him, she shows him the children’s books she got.
Gary finds Val asleep on the floor, with a book in her hands, he covers her up with his robe.
Ginger gets a phone call, no one answers but a kid calling for his mommy and daddy. When she gets into her classroom she finds a new bunch of flowers and another gift, she looks at the door and sees Arthur looking in, she runs to the door calling after him, but he runs off.
Val is testing herself, she test the timer and begins her work.
Ginger walks her class into the room, and sees that there is another gift.
Val doesn’t finish, she sits at the table overwhelmed. Karen rings the doorbell,, but Val doesn’t seem to be aware of it, Karen leaves a bunch of roses at the door.
Arthur is waiting at Ginger’s car after school, he tells her that he was embarrassed, she asks why he is giving her those presents, she tells him she doesn’t want them, he tells her that he only left the potholder. He runs off, when she demands him to admit that he was the one to leave the other gifts. When she gets home she gets another phone call, it’s the same person calling for their mommy and daddy.
When Gary gets home he asks Val how it’s going, she tells him that there is too much that she doesn’t know. He tells her that there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
Ginger tells Kenny that there is something familiar about all the gifts, she just can’t remember why. The doorbell rings, it’s a singing telegram, he sings happy birthday to her, even though it isn’t her birthday. She opens the box and the cake has a big number eight on it. Kenny tells her that they are going to go over and talk to Arthur and get this all sorted out.
At Arthur’s house, he tells them that his mother isn’t feeling well and won’t join them, I have a feeling that it’s probably a good thing she isn’t out there once they tell Arthur why they are there. Kenny tells him that things have gone too far. Arthur is still denying doing anything other than giving her that potholder. Ginger tells Kenny that it isn’t Arthur.
Val is stilling at the table thinking, she gets up and calls Laura, then calls Karen asking them to come over.
The police tell Kenny and Ginger that she probably know the person who is harassing her, and that she should make o list of everyone she knows, he’ll come back over and go over the list with her later. Kenny wants to stay, but she tells him to go to work, but to hurry home.
Richard goes over to Val’s and finds Laura and Karen trying to explain a math problem to Val. They tell him that she is taking her GED test in the morning, he helps with the math problem, and tells Laura that he wants his dinner.
Ginger gets home and looks through the mail, she opens an envelope and pulls out a cassette tape. She goes into the house and plays it, it plays a baby crying, someone singing a lullaby, and children laughing. She tries to call Kenny, but he isn’t available. She takes the tape out of the player and puts it into her purse and rushes out the door, only to find the police officer at the door. She plays the tape for him, he asks her what comes to mind, and if she remembers anything. She starts to cry and tells him that she does, he asks her if she would like to talk about it, she tells him that its personal, and gets upset when he tries to comfort her, I think that she might suspect him for a moment. She asks him to leave. Kenny calls but Ginger is too upset to answer the phone, she runs out of the hose and goes to Karen’s. She tells Sid and Karen about her mother forcing her to have an abortion when she was 16. She tells them that the corsage she got was just like the one her boyfriend had given her for their junior prom, and the perfume was the one he would. She tells them that she loved him, and she wanted the baby, who would be eight. Karen asks her if she knows where he lives, she says she doesn’t but she thinks that his mother still lives in the same house. She tells them that she never told Kenny about the abortion. Karen tells her that she will go with her to talk to his mother. They tell Ginger that she can stay over at their house for the night.
Gary drops Val off the next morning.
Karen and Ginger go to the mother’s house, she tells them about watching Johnny and Ginger grow up. She asks Ginger when she is going to have a family, Ginger tells her she wants to soon. She asks her where Johnny is, his mother tells her that after he came back from Vietnam, wounded he had complications, and died six moths ago.
Gary picks Val up after her test, he asks her how it went, she tells him that she finished and feels good about the test.
Back at Karen’s house, Karen say how sorry she feels for his mother, Ginger sits there quietly, then says she’s the one who’s been sending the gifts, she runs out of the house and goes back to Johnny’s mother, she tells her that she knows it’s her, and she knows how she feels. His mother asks how could you know how I feel. Ginger tells her that she wanted to keep the baby, but her mother when her mother found out she made her get rid of the baby. His mother tells Ginger that she killed her son and her grandchild. Ginger tells her that the baby was taken from her and she’s felt the loss just as much as she has. She tells her that she isn’t going to make her suffer anymore.
When Ginger gets home she finds Kenny at home, he asks her what happened, she tells him about Johnny and what his mother did, she tells him everything expect about the abortion, she tells him that his mother won’t bother them anymore.
Final Thoughts: I liked this episode, it could have gone so many different ways, if this show was on now the mother would have sent Ginger some really twisted stuff. I found this episode to be a bit similar to the episode of Dallas where Pam's "husband" came back to get money from the Ewing's.
Best Outfit: The dress is bad enough but why add the turtleneck?