By: Ally Bailey
Have you ever read Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld? If you haven’t, you should. I can’t think of a more honest piece of writing centered around the high school years, and it strikes an even greater chord with those of us that have gone to private school. But the reason I love Prep, the reason I think it is one of the best books of the 2000s decade, is because it screams the truth. Within the pages, you can taste high school. You can embrace the awkwardness and ride the highs. So when I was asked to write about my favorite OJIBG episode, I immediately knew which one I was going to write about, because it would be the one that spoke with the most verity.
Like most television shows that I like, I can’t get over the first season. I keep re -watching and re- playing them because I’m so fascinated by how the show first reeled me in, why I kept pressing ‘Play’ on my computer even though it was 3 a.m. and I had to go to school the next morning. So my favorite episode from the archives of OJIBG is ‘Misery in Mcmansions’ from Season 1. It’s the episode I see as the catalyst for the rest of the season’s plot (I could spoil what happens, but if you haven’t seen it I won’t ruin its sinful mysteriousness). But more importantly, it tells the truth. It lays out for its audience the hells and angst and grit of being a teenager in a way that almost palpably rings with honesty. There is something about this age, this uncharted territory between the playpen and the workplace, that fosters incredible creativity and wonder. And I think, out of all the OJIBG episodes, that this one captures a pristine glimmer of that state. We watch Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden because it’s cool, and it’s fun, but also because it’s just plain real. We wouldn’t watch it if it gave us a sterilize and censored version of what we knew to be true.