Black Knight June 18, 2022 Share June 18, 2022 10 hours ago, andromeda331 said: The Sleepover is such a good episode. Poor Rita she was such a cool kid and so nice. Trying to help Brandi and her brother even after the crap that Brandi and her friends put her through. Are we suppose to think that Brandi maniuplated Ariel to kill Rita? She spent a few minutes on it and then claimed to stop but then told Ariel they were done as friends. It really looked like it. Ariel was so stupid to be so desperate to be friends with such a horrible person. Realistic though. To continue though as adults? That's pathetic. I'm not sure why they had Rita's mom having an affair with Tiffany's father. It didn't go anywhere. Also as great as it was to tell her that college would be great. What about the next six years that Rita would have had to put up with? That's a long time to wait for things to get better. No, I didn't get the impression Ariel killed Rita because of Brandi's urging. I don't think even Brandi herself really meant it. She was just kind of pushing boundaries like kids do, looking to see who would push back and at what point. Six years is and isn't a long time, depending on perspective. Rita herself, as something of an old soul, seemed to have the perspective to be able to take comfort in what her mom said. And she tried to convey that to Ariel, but Ariel couldn't see it then. I think the most devastating moment of the episode for me is when adult Ariel sobs during her confession, "I didn't know you live through it." That's something that usually has to be learned through age, though. Most kids won't know it, or find it very comforting if they do get told it. But it always makes me very sad when I read about a child who's taken their own life, because it's nearly always over something that could be lived through no matter how much it sucks at the moment. If Ariel had chosen to fling herself over the cliff in despair instead of pushing Rita over, I'd feel the same. As for Brandi's parents, I'm not sure if there's a statute of limitations on child abuse, but Brandi and/or her brother would have to be willing to testify. I don't get the impression Brandi would be willing to do that and her brother doesn't seem capable of it at the moment. 2 Link to comment
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