1600 Penn – Recap & Review – Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury

photo: nbc

photo: nbc

1600 Penn
Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury

Original Air Date: Mar 21, 2013

Colleen – TwoCents Reviewer
Colleen@thetwocentscorp.com

As we begin tonight’s episode, we see Skip on a job interview. What does he want to be more than anything in the world? An astronaut! What is the problem with this? Skip hasn’t graduated college! What does Skip do to try and fix this? He goes to his father, the President, and asks him to change the law about being a college graduate to become an astronaut, which Dale will not do. What will Skip do next? We are about to find out!

Becca has been appointed to a committee by her father. She, of course, has to do a lot of research and put together an absolutely huge binder of information and ideas that she is going to bring to the meeting. Becca has admitted she had to do a lot of editing in order to limit it to one binder.

Emily, Dale and the rest of the family are shocked to find out that Skip did not take the job over at NASA. Skip sees it as a waste of time because he will never become an astronaut. They are even more shocked to find out that Skip was a mere three credits shy of graduating college. What is between him and that diploma? He has yet to write a twenty-five page paper for a sociology class he had taken. Emily tries to convince him the paper is nothing and that he can do it.

We see Marshall in his office on the phone with someone when he gets several different interruptions. He looks completely frazzled and ready to get away. Marshall agrees to talk to Becca, but she has to walk with him – wherever it is that he is going. We find out that he has made up a person by the name of Reba Cadbury. It is his secret escape so that he has time to breath and do things he would otherwise not get done. What do you think about this? Would you ever do this so that you could just get away without others knowing what you are doing?

Henry Winkler is this week’s guest. He plays the head of the committee that Becca has been appointed to. After the press conference where Becca is introduced, he tries to get rid of her. He takes the binder that she made, sarcastically saying that he will go through it. I get the feeling here that he does not like Becca one bit. He even shows sarcasm when he says he likes the President. What do you think of his character?

Becca goes to her father to complain about this gentleman. He tells her exactly what she told him earlier. Becca seems to be a little bit happier and more confident afterwards.

Skip is doing anything and everything in order to procrastinate from writing this paper. First he tries to write a science fiction story. When this does not work, he starts thinking that it is time to clean. Apparently for Skip, this is the ultimate in procrastination.

Marshall and Becca are talking when we find out that Becca has taken on the persona of Reba Cadbury. She has taken it on herself to write emails in Reba’s name to the head of the committee regarding the ideas that “she” has. It becomes that much more difficult when he calls and asks to talk to Reba. Becca uses a fake British accent in order to talk to him – and sets up a meeting that she knows she will never be able to go to because it means exposing her ruse.

Marigold comes in and asks how Skip gets away with not writing his paper when she cannot even get into writing a book report on Dune. Their talk turns into an epiphany for him. He sees himself as a role model to her. This is what he needs in order to do this paper. He asks Emily to lock him in the baby’s room and only bring him food until he finishes it.

The head of the committee goes on MSNBC. He talks about Reba’s/Becca’s ideas. Marshall calls and says the situation is not blowing over. Even Emily and Dale are convinced that this woman is real after hearing everything and seeing the Wikipeda page!

Skip is still trying to write the paper. He is going stir crazy being locked into the baby’s room. Emily sees what is going on through cameras that are in the room. Skip asks her to hit him when she comes in to check on him. When she does, he hits her back. Emily holds him down, telling him to say that he can do it. Next thing we know, Skip’s paper is done! He has finally done it!

Becca called and canceled Reba’s meeting with the head of the committee. But then Xander says that their father wants to see Reba. The ruse is going to up. Becca goes to see her father and tries to tell him about her not being real – until Marshall comes in with a fake announcement that Reba is dead. After he reads it he admits that Reba is not real. However, Marshall and Becca did not coordinate stories and fake calls Reba’s family.

In the end, he gets Becca a baby gift. What do you think of him now? We also see that Skip has gotten his diploma! Marigold has also completed her book report, all because of Skip! Skip’s newest epiphany? He wants to be a teacher!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Do you think we will see Henry Winkler’s character again next season?

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2 Responses to 1600 Penn – Recap & Review – Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury

  1. Jan S says:

    Please do some editing: the word you want is “ruse”, not “rouse”!

  2. Rita says:

    I love this show. It makes me laugh. Each character is unique down to the 2 children. So far each subject line has been different but has flown from one episode to the next. Funny and clean. Please come back next season. Can’t wait to see what happens in the Daddy department.

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