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053: The Sacred Trust
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December 17, 1988

Heather tells Lucy a secret that Lucy had to promise to keep a secret. But since the secret involves Heather lying to her parents, Lucy must decide if she should tell or not.


Characters
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Character
Actor
App.
# 27
# 1
# 3
# 1
# 52
# 4


Production Team
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Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer
Director
  Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

Lucy is excited. She informs Whit that she and her best friend Heather are going to make a "sacred trust" with each other that night at Lucy's house. Explaining further, Lucy says that she and Heather will promise to absolutely never reveal secrets that they have told each other. Whit begins to caution Lucy against such an idea but something occurs to prevent him from finishing with Lucy.

Vicious vacuum is vandalizing the shop! Innocently, Connie begins to vacuum not realizing that the new resident mad scientist, Eugene, has "adjusted" it. With its greatly increased suction power, the vacuum eats everything in sight, including Whit's tie and a table cloth. It probably would have started on children next had Eugene not pulled the plug (too bad!). As you may have guessed, this is my favorite scene from the show. In fact, I enjoy the secondary storyline with Connie and Eugene much more than the main story of this episode.

Back to the main story, Lucy and Heather consummate their sacred trust that night. However, Heather reveals to Lucy a shocking act of disobedience that she committed--she and another girl had feigned a flat tire and gone dancing at a teen club where Heather (who is eleven) had met a boy. Not only that, but Heather is planning to do it again!

After Heather leaves the next morning, Lucy's mom notices that something is wrong and questions Lucy. I do not understand the joke about love and peace breaking out in the world if people could see a video of Lucy and Heather's sleepover. Huh? What could possibly influence people by watching two adolescent girls do each other's hair and giggle over boys? Just a thought...

Lucy ends up telling on Heather, and the friendship is dissolved. When Lucy talks to Whit, he is immediately able to guess why. It strikes me odd that Whit tells Lucy that he realized that would happen when he heard about the sacred trust. True, he was distracted when he tried to warn Lucy about it before, but it seems to me that a phone call could have taken care of it instead of allowing Lucy's heartbreak over losing Heather's friendship.

Speaking of Heather, this is the beginning of rather unpleasant characters bearing that name. The second Heather is heard making bad decisions in "Rights, Wrongs, and Reasons". And the third Heather is one of the most unpopular kids ever featured on the show, heard in various episodes from albums 29-33.

To end on a more positive note (and stray from the main story), I like the way Eugene referred to Whit's End as "Mr. Whittaker's End." I wish that could have been followed up with on future shows (like the way Eugene calls Whit "Mr. Whittaker").


Trivia
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In this episode, Eugene and Whit discuss how the "Environment Enhancer" does not contribute to the visual senses. Perhaps it is here where they thought of the Imagination Station.
- noname


Goofs
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It's probably a goof that Eugene and Whit say the EE doesn't contribute to the visual senses. Scenes in ep 46 make it clear that the user can see what's happening.

On the other hand, maybe they meant that the visual effects weren't that good (like bad virtual reality), and if so, that would make sense.
- Jonathan


Allusions
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The skit with Chris at the beginning is a spoof of the very popular film, "The Godfather".
- Jonathan


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