Is it though?
With these dual dueling downward spirals set spinning, Jessie’s circle around the drain quickens. Her eyes grow wide; her face feral and snarling. Her once docile fondness for math and music intensifies into hyperventilating twin fervors. Desperate to make it happen, she puts all other things aside, going instead for pleasures in the proverbial night. She’s about to lose control and she thinks she likes it.
This is where she and the episode rear up on the edge. Here are some things Jessie says as she makes for the brink:
“GREAT EARRINGS LISA ASK ME ANYTHING ABOUT GEOMETRY I’M READY I’M READY!”
“GREAT WONDERFUL TERRIFIC CHECK THIS OUT THE SQUARE OF THE HYPOTENUSE OF A RIGHT TRIANGLE EQUALS THE SUM OF THE SQUARE OF THE OTHER TWO SIDES BABY! YEAH!” (Is this even correct? I got a C in geometry.)
“YEAH WE’LL BE GREAT WE’LL BE AWESOME WE’LL KNOCK 'EM DEAD RIGHT? RIGHT? YEAH!”
And moments later, the climax. The collapse. The glow. The scene.
If you were in SBTB’s demographic sweet spot back then, and if, that day in November, you watched “Jessie’s Song” unfold in front of you, one of two things happened when Jessie fell apart: you either laughed a little and choked on a Cocoa Pebble because you were always a little prick, weren’t you? Or, you drew your couch blanket close, certain you just felt the cold winds of change blow through your house.