Sweet Valley High Super Edition #2: Special Christmas
The Big Deal: Christmas party at school, dance at Bruce’s house, welcome-back party for Todd at the Beach Disco. Sweet Valleyites really know how to do Christmas up right.
Christmas vacation seems to be shaping up nicely for the Wakefields. Jessica has a crush on the German exchange student, Hans, and is sure he’s drawn her name for Secret Santa. Liz is excited because Todd will be visiting from Vermont. Everything is wonderful until they get the bad news that Suzanne Devlin is coming to town. Ned and Alice tell Steve and the twins that they know how much trouble Suzanne caused before, but she really wants to come back and make it up to everyone so their hands are tied. Because apparently they are no match for a sixteen-year-old. Liz, Jessica and Steven plan to be mean to Suzanne so she won’t want to stay the whole two weeks.
The Pi Beta Alphas send one member to the mall every year to dress as an elf and hand out presents with Santa. Cara is supposed to do it, but Lila has her call Jessica and pretend to be sick. Jessica thinks she’ll only be there for an hour or two, but it turns out she’s stuck there all day and she misses the pageant to determine who is crowned Miss Christmastime and gets the honor of riding on a float in the Christmas parade. Instead, Jessica will have to be an elf on Santa’s float. Lila wins the pageant. Jessica’s plan for revenge is to steal Lila’s gown the day of the parade and replace it with her elf costume. It will be too late to do anything about it and Jessica will get to be Miss Christmastime. Very devious, Jess.
Alice tells Jessica to clean her room because that’s where Suzanne will be sleeping. First of all, Liz’s room is already clean. Second, I seem to remember Betsy Martin living in Ned’s study when she was staying with the Wakefields, so why can’t Suzanne just stay in there? No idea.
Liz and Jessica meet everyone at the Dairi Burger. Aaron Dallas is dating Patsy Webber, who is apparently notorious for being jealous, and Enid’s date is a college freshman named Chip Ettelson. The college boys just love them some Enid. The twins tell their friends Suzanne is coming back and everyone is upset.
Alice picks Suzanne up from the airport and thinks about how sick the girl is. She knows something but has been sworn to secrecy. Ugh, this family and their secret keeping. Suzanne tries to apologize to Liz for her behavior the last time she visited, but Liz shuts her out. Jessica and Liz notice Suzanne’s pills and assume she’s a drug addict. Todd comes over. Suzanne freaks out and drops a vase when she sees him. Turns out Todd and Suzanne ran into each other about a month ago at a ski lodge in Vermont. Todd realized he liked her and now he’s acting all weird around her. No reason given for why she freaked out if he’s the one with the crush. Jessica later overhears Todd asking Suzanne not to tell Liz about the ski lodge. She assumes they’re in love, which makes her furious on Liz’s behalf. She talks to Winston and Aaron and they agree to be “Secret Santas in reverse,” and send Suzanne really mean stuff and hopefully run her out of town.
Suzanne gets a note that says, “Suzy Devlin, go home. From your Secret Santas.” She and Liz both act like this is the worst thing ever. Liz feels bad for her and they have a heart to heart. Suzanne tells her she was going through a rough time with her parents before and that’s why she was so awful during her first visit. At this point, Jessica is the only Wakefield still interested in being horrible to Suzanne.
Jessica calls Aaron to tell him “the most perfect revenge scheme in the world!” Suzanne had called Aaron to ask him to lunch to apologize to him. Jessica instructs him to tell her he can’t make it, but he’d like to take her to a pre-party before the dance at Bruce’s house next week. Then, before the fake pre-party, he’ll call and say he can’t pick her up and she needs to meet him there. He’ll give her a fake address and she’ll get there and realize she’s been tricked and want to go home. Aaron does as he’s told and Suzanne has tears of happiness in her eyes when she accepts his invitation and that is the only time a Sweet Valley High book has really gotten to me and made me sad. Ironically, Suzanne thinks that if Aaron had refused her invitation to lunch, she would have given up and left Sweet Valley.
Suzanne collapses while helping the Wakefields decorate the Christmas tree. Steven and the twins are worried, but Ned and Alice still won’t admit they know anything about what might be wrong with her so Jessica assumes it’s all an act so everyone will feel bad and forgive her. Aaron puts his plan in motion and calls Suzanne and asks her to meet him at the fake address. Before she goes, she takes a pill – a new medication – and then has some champagne with Steven and the twins. See where this is going? She’s driving along when she gets dizzy and passes out, crashing the Fiat.
Ned freaks out when he finds out Suzanne had some champagne because her doctor just called and said she shouldn’t mix her medication with alcohol. Jessica does her “I didn’t mean to…” act and tells him where Suzanne was going. Everyone hops in the car and goes looking for her. Ned finally tells the kids that Suzanne has multiple sclerosis. They head for the hospital. On the way there, Todd realizes he’s in love with Suzanne. Suzanne just has a concussion and she’s fine. Steven, Todd and the twins go to Bruce’s party to tell everyone what happened and suggest they send her flowers or something.
Liz and Todd have a friendly breakup. Jessica’s Secret Santa was Winston. Jessica’s plan for Lila works and she gets to be Miss Christmastime after all. Suzanne’s doctor realizes he made a terrible mistake and Suzanne has mono, not MS. I’m not kidding.
The best Christmas ever was ruined.
We have kind of a running joke in our family that has someone always ruining Christmas or Thanksgiving, so maybe that’s why this line cracked me up.
Already that year they’d had a record amount of snow, and [Todd had] been out on the slopes most weekends since October.
I don’t even want to think about how this craziness affects the timeline. He moved in spring. Head hurts.
The Droids, Sweet Valley High’s own rock band, had even written a song for Todd and Elizabeth!
Because they’re the most awesome and terrific couple in town!
“I still think he’s incredibly cute and everything.”
This is Liz explaining to Enid that the spark is gone between her and Todd. I’m glad she still thinks he’s cute.
“The thing is, I’ve never really been the jealous type.”
This is Liz talking. No, really, it is.
Jessica and the Number 137:
“She must have a hundred and thirty-seven kinds of them in that little makeup case she’s keeping under the sink in the bathroom.”
“She must carry about a hundred and thirty-seven pounds of them around all the time.”
The Cover: Aw, what’s in the box?!