"A Penny Earned"
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by B.W.P.
A Penny Earned. Hmmm... It's hard to decide
how much you like this episode, as it's very entertaining
but certainly very reminiscent of other episodes. Penny is
an interesting character. And while I enjoy her relationship
with Connie, Wooton's relationship with her can be annoying
at times. Also, the end was predictable. The character of
Jacques Henri seems stereotyped, but he delivered a few
funny lines throughout the episode. Overall, a pretty good
episode that can be stale but is still entertaining and has
a good lesson.
Review by Peachey
Keen (Town of Odyssey)
I liked this one better than A
Penny Saved. The moral was better for one thing. But this
episode seemed like a mix of Love is in the Air, What are
you going to do With Your Life, The Benefit of the Doubt,
and Eugene's Dilemma. A little distracting listening to it.
Review by whittaker96 (Town
I also liked this one better
than Penny Saved. The moral WAS more clear. This episode
reminded me of "It Began With a Rabbit's Foot...and It Ended
with a Handshake." Penny was looking for a job, except Whit
wouldn't give her a job, but he found some guy with some
kind of European accent who conveniently enough had a store
that had work that Katrina or Penny could do. I really think
Penny could be a great addition to the cast, but PLEASE,
PLEASE, PLEASE, WRITERS, DO NOT HAVE HER MARRY WOOTON!
Victoria could have become a Christian and made her way back
to Odyssey...and I love Melissa Disney's voice, but
anyways...NO WOOTON AND PENNY. PLEASE!!!! I love Penny
whenever Wooton's not saying something about how much he
secretly loves Penny. I love Wooton whenever he's not saying
something about how much he secretly loves Penny or
something goofy to lighten the mood. Wooton today seemed
more like normal Wooton; the jokes were never too crazy, and
I'm enjoying the new relationship he and Connie have helping
Penny (which we've also seen in Plan B and Like Father, Like
Wooton). Andre Stojka has been fantastic in Anger
Mismanagement and now A Penny Earned. If he keeps having
episodes like that, I'll get more used to him. The art
gallery guy made me miss Kenneth Mars. Oh, so just
wondering, Connie lives in an apartment now? Did she move
out? Or does she still live with her mother? 'Cause what
Odyssey needs is some June Kendall. And some story arcs. But
anyways, I'm glad Penny stayed in Odyssey and we'll see how
her gallery exhibit does in Childish Things. Looking forward
to next week's Never for Nothing! I'm thinking that's one of
the best Album 54 episodes...
Review by Jesus'
I thought, for a while at the
end of the episode the Penny might actually be leaving! it
was short lived excitement.... No, really, I liked this one
alot more than A Penny Saved, like the posters above me
said. It just seemed a little bit childish to me, a roman
mural on the walls in the apartment? It seemed like she gave
up really easily though, unless I missed something, this all
took place in a matter of a few days? Oh yeah, is Penny
really that gullible? I mean you're putting the grades in to
the computer, and a student who's failing happens to walk in
to the room, so you let him input the grades, AND you turn
around because "it makes him nervous to be watched?" Maybe I
was expecting to much from this episode, but then again,
I've never really liked Penny that much. Over all, it was a
decent episode, but not one of my favorites.
Review by EMBEE (Town
I liked this episode. When I
thought she was going to leave, part of me was like, "Oh,
that's a little sad. I liked her." And another part of me
was like, "YES! NO MORE PENNY AND WOOTON TOGETER!" So now
that she's staying, my emotions are mixed. I like her
character. I've even grown to like her voice, even though it
annoyed me at first. She makes a great friend for Connie, I
think. But I cringe almost every time her name comes out of
Wooton's mouth. I don't think I'd mind if she and him were
just friends (as long as they weren't super silly and
annoying all the time), but I just can't stand the idea of
the two of them as a couple. I'm extremely nervous about
where the writers may be going with the two of them. Please,
can we just have Victoria back?
Otherwise though, a good episode. Good writing, strong
morals. I especially liked that Chris pointed out that
things don't always happen the way we want. And that French
guy needs to show up in future episodes. Like others have
said, he reminds me of Fred Holstein. To me, he even sounded
almost like he could have been played by Kenneth Mars.
Review by Dallas R. (Town
This one was definitely
better. The theme was good, and though a bit predictable, I
thought it showed good emotions from all of the actors. I
don't know what to think about Penny. Connie needs this
friend... But Wooton shouldn't have this friend... She
really is a great foil for Connie, which I appreciate. I
don't know. When she was leaving, I was sort of okay with
the idea. My only thought was that I wished they had
addressed her Christianity before she left.
And that's another thing! Is she a Christian now or
something? They aren't even acknowledging it that she isn't,
and she talks about prayer in this episode, but they never
address whether or not she has really become a Christian
now. If she is, I guess I'm not as opposed to her and Wooton.
I still can't believe they dropped the ball on that last
episode title. "A Penny Saved" Ahh! How much more obvious
could it have been. But nope. Not even mentioned at all.
Review by LizzieG (Town
At the beginning, it seemed
like Connie was pushing Eugene into being "too kind" to
Penny. Hmmm. And Penny letting some random guy input the
grades? Errr…. (Yep, called it).
I was that surprised Whit didn't offer Penny a job at Whit's
End, considering how many times that's been done in the past
for people who have trouble finding work (regardless of
their skills). Connie's desperation to find a job for Penny
reminded me of her similar desperation to find a job for
Mitch back in the day. In that second-to-last scene, Jacques
reminded me of Fred Holstein, particularly in the latter's
first appearance: non-native English speaker saves the day
by showing up at Whit's End with a job for the unemployed
A very nice, well-paced episode with good chemistry among
all the actors. Penny and Wooton didn't annoy me at all. I'm
glad they've mellowed out a bit since their cringeworthy GRC
scenes. In fact, Wooton's sadness over Penny's departure was
rather touching. I think I'm definitely growing to like
Penny (in part, perhaps, because Connie and Katie like her
so much ).
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