Remember when in as told by ginger when it got hella dark towards the end and there was that episode where Ginger knew there was something wrong but she didn’t know what and she didn’t feel right and she thought it was 100% to do with her boyfriend Darren seeming distant. Then Darren breaks up with her because there’s ‘someone else’ and she’s really upset but then so is he and he goes to her best friend’s house and he’s crying and he’s like she didn’t feel okay she really didn’t feel okay. Then ginger is curled up on her bed and her mom comes upstairs and is like I heard what happened are you okay? Then ginger just isn’t responding and is burning up and turns out her appendix ruptured and so she’s rushed to hospital and there’s this whole sad montage sequence where she might by dying and it’s underscored by this somber acoustic song she’s been writing for her grunge band through the episode and it pans across all these people in waiting rooms and praying in the hospital chapel and then lands on her mom crying outside alone whilst Ginger’s having the surgery and it goes through snapshots of her life whilst she sings about all the things she hasn’t done yet and all the roads she hasn’t travelled and then this really poignant part where it flashes forward to her as an adult in a laundromat and she’s looking for jobs in a newspaper and then looks into the washing machine and sees her younger self trapped in there and tries to get her out. And then it just cuts to black and we’re all like oh shit is Ginger dead and turns out she survived and then the episodes following that follow whether or not Ginger is so messed up by being broken up with for someone else by not only her boyfriend but her best friend that she at fourteen is scared she’s never going to be able to commit to anything again. Did I mention this was a fucking cartoon on Nickelodeon?
The Gripling Siblings' Respective Interests In The Foutley Siblings, and Blake's Questionable Behavior Regarding Carl
Courtney and Blake Gripling have respective interests in two people who happen to also be siblings, ironically. In some ways, they’re interested for similar reasons, while being interested for completely opposite ways in others. Courtney and Blake are rich and naive to the how the middle and lower classes operate. Courtney’s especially interested in the lifestyle most of her peers lead, being a minority as a rich girl, and chooses to seek knowledge and experience the middle class lifestyle vicariously through Ginger. There are moments when it seems as though Blake’s trying to fit in by conforming to the lifestyle of his peers, such as “doing his part for casual Fridays.” In the first episode (Ginger the Juvey), he gets ready for a play date with Carl (and Hoodsey) by changing into something more casual. When he gets dropped off at Carl’s, he asks Winston if he looks “cool enough to play with.” While Courtney and Blake enjoy and prefer being rich, they obviously have an interest in the lifestyle of their peers, and want to fit in. But why Ginger and Carl? I think it’s safe to say that Courtney admires Ginger’s personality. In the first episode, Courtney tells Miranda, “There’s something about her (Ginger).” In “The A Ticket,” Courtney’s intrigued by Ginger’s behavior, which she refers to as “Gingerisms.” Courtney often applauds Ginger when she does something noble or brave; especially if it’s something Courtney feels she could never do. For example, in “Piece Of My Heart,” Courtney seems to think it’s brave that Ginger’s willing to go to the Sady Hawkin’s dance without a date, saying that she didn’t think she could ever go alone. In “New Girl In Town,” she applauds Ginger for being brave in making “the initial offer of friendship” with the new girl in town, Letitia. Later in the episode, Courtney decides to go through with the party at Letitia’s, because she got to thinking about what Ginger said, and it managed to make her feel “guilty,” “spineless” and “amoral,” according to Miranda. In “Driven To Extremes,” Courtney’s the first one to follow Ginger’s example in moving her desk back to the center of the room, despite their substitute teacher’s demands that they keep their desks lined up, facing the wall. In the same episode, Courtney has a look of admiration on her face during Ginger’s protest against toilet papering the substitute’s house and throwing eggs at her. In “Fast Reputation,” Mipsy picks on Ginger by using Ginger’s “niceness” to her advantage, and saying that “nice girls finish last.” Miranda laughs, but Courtney doesn’t. When Miranda suggests Ginger do something that would involve breaking school rules, so Miranda wouldn’t have to see her for a few days, Courtney tells Miranda that Ginger wouldn’t break school rules because she’s a “nice girl.” However, Courtney doesn’t say this sardonically. If anything, it seems that she finds this an admirable facet of Ginger’s personality. Blake, on the other hand, appears to be drawn to Carl because he’s a “bad boy.” Whereas Ginger’s the show’s goody-two-shoes, Carl’s the one who’s always getting himself into trouble. It’s no wonder that Blake, being a rather mischievous boy himself, would be so eager to befriend Carl, of all people. In the first episode, he actually turns down Carl and Hoodsey’s offer to hang out, because he’s “bent set on stirring up a bit of mischief” at Courtney’s birthday party. In “Piece Of My Heart,” he’s intent on finding out what Carl and Hoodsey are up to. He’s happy when Carl agrees to let him join in on their newest plan. When they’re carrying out their mission, Blake declare’s that it’s “thrilling. Positively thrilling.” Toward the end of the episode, he suggests considering future escapades. In addition to mischief, Carl and Blake seem to have other common interests, like petrified eyeballs. Blake doesn’t seem to mind things that others might be repulsed by. To the contrary; he seems intrigued by them. For example, in “Fast Reputation,” he looks excited when Carl shows him the jar full of lice and explains the lice-circus idea (even though he acts smugly and spends the rest of the episode competing against Carl and Hoodsey). He competes against them by supplying maggots with food dye so they’ll turn into flies with colorful wings. He’s also one of the few people who aren’t bothered by—and, to a greater extent, are actually interested in—Carl’s behavior and eccentricities, in general. His “Carlisms,” if you will. I often see comments or hear complaints about how rude and snobbish Blake can be toward Carl, and while I won’t dispute this behavior, I just want to explain how Blake came to act this way toward Carl. In the first episode, Blake’s so excited when Carl approaches him on the playground that he loses control, excitedly exclaiming, “Carl!” (before turning to Hoodsey and greeting him by crossing his arms and purposefully pronouncing his name wrong). When Carl asks if Blake would like to play with them, Blake exclaims, “Would I!,” before catching himself and responding again with, “I mean, what an intriguing idea,” while trying to appear less excited. Later in this episode, it’s shown that he’s very excited for his play date with Carl (and Hoodsey, who he’d probably prefer were elsewhere). When it turns out that Carl and Hoodsey were only playing a prank on Blake, tricking the boy into thinking they were going to hang out in Carl’s dog house to lure Blake out of his tree house, he decided to get revenge by stealing the petrified eyeball.
In “Deja Who?” Blake gives Carl a resume for position as “new best friend;” but Carl crumples it into a paper ball, so he follows it up with a “business card.” In “Piece Of My Heart,” he suggests considering future escapades, but Carl tells him that “this is a temporary arrangement,” and they’ll go back to being sworn enemies the next day. It can be inferred that Blake acts the way he does toward Carl because Carl constantly refutes Blake’s efforts to befriend him. It can also be inferred that Blake’s behavior is a front against/defense mechanism toward Carl’s teasing and pranks.
Moving onto my second part of this essay, I’d like to elaborate on Blake’s questionable behavior regarding Carl.
In the first episode, in the scene wherein Blake’s getting ready for his play date with Carl, a photograph of Carl in a picture frame can be seen under Blake’s mirror. I think the fact that this is in the first episode is especially significant because we know for a fact they were trying to establish something right away. Blake’s obsession with Carl is made obvious right off the bat.
In “Dare I, Darren,” Blake looks thrilled when he wakes up after having his tonsils removed and sees Carl looming over him. He quickly sits up and opens his mouth, starting to say Carl’s name in the same excited manner he did in the first episode, but Carl presses a finger to his mouth to hush him. Blake smiles against his finger and lies back down, looking content.
In “Blizzard Conditions,” he tries to contact Carl via walkie-talkie when the Gripling’s limo gets stuck in the snow. When he finds the walkie-talkie, he kisses it and rubs it against his face, saying, “Hello, old friend. Deliver us from this peril.” Ginger answers Carl’s walkie-talkie and says he isn’t there, and Courtney proceeds to talk to her. Blake wrestles Courtney for the walkie-talkie, insisting that Carl will want a hand in rescuing him. This shows that he doesn’t just care about “being delivered from peril,” but specifically being saved by Carl, if only to interact with him.
In “About Face,” Blake’s supposed to be developing photos of Carl playing Parrot World with Polly Shuster in order to frame Carl on the grounds of cheating and break-up him and Noelle. What we see is Blake pacing around his tree house, which is covered in pictures of Carl—not playing Parrot World with Polly; just random pictures—repeating Carl’s name over and over, and asking himself why he still finds himself haunted by those same two words: “Carl Foutley.” Due to Blake’s actions in “Wicked Game” and “About Face"—as well as the misunderstanding in "Butterflies Are Free (part 2),” where Noelle sees Carl (along with Hoodsey, Blake and Brandon Higsby) interacting with Polly—he effectively breaks Carl and Noelle up. It’s probable Blake just sought an opportunity to sabotage Carl, but, from a certain perspective, it seems as though he had an ulterior motive.
In “The Wedding Frame,” the movie that ended it all, there’s a heart-warming moment where Blake hugs Carl and cries in his arms. Carl looks slightly shocked for a moment, but just let’s it happen and proceeds to comfort Blake. I think the fact that this happened in the final movie is significant. It’s like everything they went through throughout the series built up to this moment.
I think Blake’s obsession with Carl is most likely platonic, but it’s interesting to consider everything from a certain perspective.