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Heartwarming / Superbook (2011)

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"I think it looks beautiful."

  • "The First Christmas": Chris, knowing that King Herod is seeking to slay baby Jesus before He can fulfill the prophecy about Him becoming King of the Jews, is fretting about how God is going to ensure His Son's safety, even despite Joy, Joseph and Mary letting him know that they believe in God's plan for the as-yet unborn child. What reassurance is he given? Witnessing the angelic host, led by Gabriel, as they appear to the shepherds to inform them of Jesus' birth and then congregate at the manger where the family is.
    • The modern-day plot of the same episode centers on Chris looking forward to an annual competition at the mall where a shopper with a winning ticket gets to climb a mountain of fake snow for a chance to win lots of gifts. After Superbook brings the kids back to the present, Chris—having come to understand by this point that Christmas shouldn't be about what one can get for oneself—elects to give his ticket, the winning ticket, to a poor boy who he'd seen at the mall's window earlier in the episode, while he himself goes home and sets up a Nativity scene for his mother—something he'd previously rushed away to avoid doing.
    Chris: You know what? Every Christmas since I can remember, I wanted to win a chance to do this. To me, this was the ultimate, what Christmas was all about...but it's not. (sees the boy, goes over and gives him the ticket) Merry Christmas.
  • "He is Risen": Amid the dark and gloomy scenes of Jesus being on the cross, there's one moment just like in the original scripture that really stands out—the moment when He entrusts His mother Mary into the care of His disciple John. The response from John really clinches it, providing a visual example of how far he's come from being John the Son of Thunder to John the Beloved.
    Jesus: (wearily) Woman, behold your son. John...behold your mother.
    John: From this day forward, I shall care for her as if she were my own.
    • That moment also establishes how close the relationship is between Chris and his mother Phoebe, who's been drawn into the episode's adventure with the kids. Prior to the adventure's beginning, Chris and Phoebe were having an argument over his selfishly wanting to skip dinner with a visiting relative; but now, witnessing Jesus's care for His own mother even as He's dying, Chris silently walks up next to Phoebe and reaches for her hand...and she, in turn, without even looking at him, grasps his hand tightly. Chris might be a self-centered kid at times, and Phoebe may have to come down hard on him as a disciplinarian, but when it comes right down to it, they're still mother and son and they love each other.
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  • "For Such a Time as This": Joy, Chris and Gizmo arrive in the Persian empire and are immediately separated by the palace guards to become servants in separate areas. Joy is taken to be a chambermaid to Queen Esther herself, and during their first meeting Esther hands Joy her crown. Joy, caught up in the moment, tries on the crown, only to realize her faux pas and apologize while taking it off. Esther's response? To take the crown and put it back on Joy's head herself.
  • "Peter's Denial": At the beginning of the episode, Chris has deeply wounded Joy by pretending he doesn't know her in order to not lose face with a bunch of cool kids, and Joy naturally feels betrayed. Yet near the end of the episode, when Chris falls off the disciples' boat and is in danger of drowning, what's Joy's first reaction? To order Gizmo to go get him, and then when Chris eventually comes to the surface, she grabs him and pulls him to safety. Just the look she gives him in the latter moment lets it be known that, hurt feelings or no, she still cares for him (even if there's a little delay on Chris's part to admit his wrongdoing or on Joy's part to verbally offer forgiveness).
    Joy: Gizmo, get Chris!
    Gizmo: Joy, if you do not want to be with Chris, what makes you think he—
    Joy: GET HIM!
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  • "Ruth": The entire scene where Boaz comes to claim Ruth as his bride. No words are spoken between them. None are needed.
  • "Naaman and the Servant Girl": Throughout this episode, Naaman and his wife have been angsting over the fact that his having leprosy means he can no longer hold her, lest she contract the deadly, contagious, incurable disease too. As in the original story, the Israelite servant girl who's been working for the couple suggests that Naaman should seek out Elisha the prophet to be cured of his leprosy. Well, once Naaman finally gets cured, the first thing he does upon reaching home? He gives his wife a long-awaited hug, and extends it to the servant girl too. See it here.
    • Even before that, the episode's opening scene has a bit that serves as an Adaptation Expansion of how the servant girl came to be working for Naaman. As a prisoner of war, she was being argued over by two Syrian soldiers who both wanted to have her as their personal slave (and, it's rather creepily implied, as a little more than that)—only for Naaman, captain of the Syrian army, to pull rank on the two soldiers and claim her for himself...before then telling her, in a kind and fatherly manner, that she'll be kept safe as long as she follows him. That act of kindness is implied to be why she later mentions getting healing from Elisha when Naaman gets sick.
  • "The Good Samaritan": At the start of the episode, Joy is dismissive of a schoolmate, Samantha, who's been taking all the ketchup packs from the local pizza parlor, despite Chris's suggestion that maybe the other girl might be hungry. After the requisite Superbook trip where they learn about the titular parable, Joy demonstrates that she's learned the story's aesop (that we should help others regardless of how different they are from us) by inviting Samantha and her little brother to share pizza with them.
    Samantha: But—you don't even know me.
    Chris: We live right nearby. We're practically—
    Joy: No. We are neighbors.
  • "Peter's Escape": At the end of the episode, convinced that prayer can make a difference in the difficulties of the world when all else appears hopeless, Joy, Chris and Gizmo engage in prayer for all the world's suffering that Joy saw earlier via a virtual-reality helmet she was using for a school assignment. We see a view of the outside of the house, where the Spirit of God shines like a bright light from the dwelling as the kids are praying...and then we see similar lights coming from other homes in Valleyview as numerous other voices join the kids' voices in praying the Lord's Prayer.

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