Headscratchers / As Told by Ginger

  • In the Lunatic Lake episode, Dodie's mom gets sick from eating bad clams that Carl suggested. And whenever Ginger talks to her, why does she act like a Jerk Ass to Ginger for no reason? Ginger didn't really do anything!
    • Knowing her, it's because Ginger is Carl's sister and because she is always a Jerkass.
    • In addition, Joann entirely blames Carl for being sick, even though it's technically the fault of the restaurant who served the clams.
  • How on earth did The Duchess get back to Principal Milty's house after his ladyfriend Georgia kidnapped a bunch of dogs, including her and drove them out of town in the first Camp Caprice special? Yes, there have been many well-publicized stories about dogs who have crossed state lines to find their way home, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule.
    • I always wondered that too - Carl and Hoodsey later on mention catching the dognapper after the Camp Caprice special but...uhm...what happens next? Is Muffin found? I think there was intended to be an episode about them starting the next grade or returning to school after a summer at camp caprice, but the only thing that even mentions it (Aside from heat lightning) is that Ginger joined the band just to see Sasha again.
    • Muffin was indeed found again, he is later seen in the episode "Next Question".
  • Did Blake skip a grade or two? The first season clearly says that he is in the fourth grade with Carl and Hoodsey, but his stated age in the first episode of "seven and three-quarters" should put him in second. While he certainly exhibits a lot of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, that does not always translate to phenomenal academic work.
    • I always assumed he was, we barely see anything to suggest that he's smart enough to have skipped second or third grade.
    • Maybe his dad hired a private tutor to start teaching him at age 3. It's one thing for Courtney to be an air head, but he expects Blake to take over the family business one day.
    • He actually could've skipped a few grades or got extra learning to the point where he could go up a few grades. This troper once met a girl who was a year younger then me in middle school, so it is possible. And even though Courtney is a somewhat air-head, doesn't mean the father will let his only son be dense.
  • Why did Claire Gripling get a facelift from a place called "Same Day Nip N' Tuck?" Surely they could have afforded a high-end surgeon...
    • Well she isn't the brightest bulb
    • Or maybe she was in a hurry?
  • Why did Noel break up with Carl. I never understood that.
    • Because one he was hanging out with a girl she didn't like and lied about it.
  • In "Deja Who?", the episode where Courtney makes Ginger "fill in" for her, the whole school "pretends" that Ginger really is Courtney. In one scene, Ms. Zorski takes attendance and Ginger calls "here" for Courtney and remains silent for Ginger. Ms. Zorski, with a knowing look on her face, remarks about Ginger being out so much and the class giggles. Lois later gets a call saying that she has been absent for three days in a row... One: Ginger is in junior high school, so she should have multiple teachers. Why would they all play along with the charade and mark her absent? Two: Why would Ms. Zorski seriously mark Ginger absent when she knew about what was going on? Three: Were Zorski and the other teachers really not willing to see through the fact (or anyone throughout the episode for that matter) that Ginger kept her hair red instead of dying it blonde like Courtney's hair?
    • I think it's hinted that Principal Milty is unofficially going along with the ruse because he really wants the Senator's son to attend. So for the week the rest of the teachers are told to just turn their backs and pretend Ginger is Courtney. The call probably came from someone in the administration office who wasn't in on the ruse and just saw that Ginger had been marked absent for three days in a row.
  • In the whole "Summer of Camp Caprice", why didn't Milty just tell Carl and Hoodsey upfront that he had a dog in the basement and they were hired specifically to clean the house up of the dog hair? (He didn't even have to say "I have a girlfriend who's allergic to dogs".) Carl and Hoodsey then could have been tasked with making sure she was alright, cleaning up after her, and giving the dog some exercise. If anything, he could have said "By the way - I have a dog, I want you to clean up the hair. She's in the basement, and I'm trying to keep her safe from the petnapper."
  • In "Gym Class Confidential" they make it a point that the puberty movie is a requirement for the 8th grade, but isn't that a little late? This troper remembers having to watch a similar movie in the 5th grade, and they're only seeing it now? On top of that, by 13 most if not all girls are usually well into puberty and should have already been going through the "changes" in their bodies, yet all the girls in the class act completely oblivious and seem shocked. At the very least they should have taken a 7th grade health class by now.
    • Seems odd sense plenty of the girls are developing breasts and Ginger has leg hairs. I suppose the town isn't called Sheltered Shrubs for a reason.
    • We were shown such a film in school when we were fourteen but I remembered being taught a little earlier at eleven. I got the impression that Macie was more worried about the graphic imagery in the film, rather than what the film would teach her. As a bookish person, she'd know the facts. But she seems anxious about what the film will show. It's established that she's a very squeamish person, so the idea of graphic imagery would be terrifying for her. I think the girls allude to a childbirth depiction in the film, which is what Courtney threw up over.
  • Why exactly doesn't Lois want Ginger to save her legs? All she really says about it is once you start you can't stop and a girl who shaved her legs got her rodeo pony stolen from her or something?? It's fairly normal for girls Ginger's age to start shaving, isn't it?
    • It's sort of like those parents that don't want their kids to wear deodorant and there are some parents in real life who don't want their kids to shave or wear makeup or perfume or cologne. It's their parenting style. My mom was the same with makeup and me.
    • Lois also doesn't want the girls wearing make-up until they get to high school. Perhaps Lois doesn't want the girls growing up too fast.
  • Does anyone else find Carl's alleged atheism strange. He mentions "The Big Guy" multiple times throughout the series in a non-sarcastic way and in the finale he even scoffs at nondenominal weddings. Aside from that he's literally seen psychic powers and, especially, proof of the afterlife, which isn't necessarily proof of god but I think it would make someone very open minded to the concept.
  • I need to ask this, and someone might give me an answer or might not agree with me, but... how in the seven sections of hell are Dodie and Ginger still friends?! No, I'm serious. Dodie is a self-centered, diva, ignorant brat and Ginger is an understanding, smart, talented and nice girl yet they stayed friends for 56 episodes? How? Dodie is not a good friend. This troper can only count a few times where Dodie has actually been there for Ginger and even then she was still annoying. But I know of times where she's stabbed her in the back: the time she told Miranda about Ginger's hair legs and fear of the tooth fairy, where she nearly had a panic attack when she found out Ginger had found out she was Jewish, something that wasn't an issue to begin with and I'm surprised no one called Dodie out on her almost anti-Semitic reaction, the Easter ham episode, getting all upset when Ginger had a crush on the new students, giving Ginger that terrible advice to ask a grown man out on a date, and the worst of them all, trying to break up Ginger and Darren! And, I know Macy was a part of that, but it's been shown Macy is at least very anti-social and can be very weak yet she is still there for Ginger and can defend her. Dodie talked Macy into because she was jealous, for no reason, and worked with Ginger's two worst enemies to break them up and even tricked another innocent guy into believing Ginger still liked him. And it wasn't like she hated Darren, he was one of her friends! That should've ended their friendship then and there, but no, next episode their bestie's acting like nothing happened and it's only brought up once. This is a toxic friendship to me and I understand if people do not agree with me. I understand if you say they were friends since kindergurdian or that Dodie has been there for her, but to me and a lot of other people, I think Ginger should've dropped Dodie after the breakup scandal and befriended Courtney. Now Courtney was a true friend... but that's a story for another time.
    • While I think Dodie is very awful, consider that she has come through for Ginger on several occasions. She's the one that reminds Ginger when she's been acting too much like Courtney, helps Ginger out in preparation for a slumber party with the popular girls, done lots of favours for her etc. And if you want to get technical, Dodie didn't panic over Ginger being Jewish. She panicked because she was afraid of things changing - namely Ginger ignoring their traditions (you suddenly can't bake cookies with your best friend if you're Jewish?) I get the impression that the three girls had been friends since childhood and ties like that don't go away so easily. Dodie does have a good side and you could get the impression that Ginger empathises with her, as her bad side is influenced by her rotten mother. For instance, she apologises for being rude about Carl at Lunatic Lake and does undergo some Character Development as episodes go on. Judging by the Distant Finale, Dodie probably matured and became a better person once she was away from her mother's influence.
    • And let's not forget that Ginger's no saint either. She's been in the wrong plenty of times, but friends forgive.
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