Sweet Valley High #99: Beware the Baby-Sitter

SVH099Synopsis: Ugh, why isn’t this miniseries over yet? I’m sick to death of the twins being in this fight and Margo being insane. Just get it resolved already.

Elizabeth: Things have gradually been getting better between the twins, and one day they actually speak to each other and finally make up. Hooray! Not for long, though. Liz goes to Jessica’s room one night for something and finds the letter Todd wrote two weeks ago while Liz was still on trial for manslaughter. She can’t believe Jessica would betray her and keep the letter (uh, dead boyfriend, Liz). She storms into Jessica’s room the next morning and yells at her. Liz goes to Todd’s that night and gives him a big kiss. Things are back to normal and it suddenly doesn’t matter that he cheated on her with her twin sister. Olivia Davidson and her new boyfriend, Harry, are having a costume party, and Liz and Todd decide to go together.

Jessica: Jessica is still dating James and she thinks he’s in love with her. James, on the other hand, is getting freaked out. Margo is acting weirder every day, and James starts to think twice about telling her everything he learns about Jessica. Besides, James is starting to care about Jessica. They decide to go to the costume party as Cinderella and Prince Charming. Jessica plans to wear a pair of earrings James gave her, but at the last minute puts on a pair she got from Sam. When Jessica comes downstairs to meet James that night, she’s shocked to see Liz wearing a nearly identical costume.

Winston: His parents are out of town for a week and Winston is looking forward to being a teenage slob. Then an awful neighbor comes over and shoves her eight-month-old baby at him. She says she suddenly has to catch a plane and she’ll be back tomorrow night. For some reason, he thinks he shouldn’t tell anyone what’s happening, so when Maria comes over the next day, Winston hides the baby in a closet. For real. It doesn’t matter, because Maria hears the baby crying and helps Winston out. He still doesn’t tell his parents, though. The baby’s mother doesn’t come back the next night, or the next. Winston has been skipping school to take care of Daisy, but the third day, he decides to go back. He puts the baby in a duffel bag and takes her with him. This whole thing is so Saved by the Bell. To be honest, I started to just skim this storyline when I got to the part where Winston tries to hide the baby from Mr. Belding Mr. Cooper.

Margo: Even though she hates children and usually ends up killing them, Margo gets herself a job at a daycare center. She talks to James every night, and makes him tell her exactly what Jessica will be wearing to the costume party, right down to the earrings. Then she makes sure she has an identical costume. Margo is at work one day when Winston comes in and tells her about Daisy and asks for some advice. Margo recognizes Winston as Liz’s date at the Fowler wedding.

The outcome: Liz feels out of sorts at Olivia’s party so she goes outside for a walk in the garden. She senses someone watching her, and then Jessica comes out of the shadows. She doesn’t say anything before going inside to the party. Liz is freaked out when she sees Jessica’s rhinestone earrings; she was sure she saw Jessica wearing the pearls Sam gave her. Jessica is standing by herself when someone grabs her. It’s Josh, the brother of the little boy Margo killed in Ohio. He’s been trying to find Margo all this time and he’s tracked her to this party. Unfortunately, Margo and the twins are all dressed alike. After he grabs Jessica, she screams and a crowd gathers around, including another princess who looks like Margo. Josh is super confused.

The next day, Margo shows up at Winston’s house and cheerfully demands that he go out and do something relaxing while she watches Daisy. Winston is a fucking moron and just leaves the baby with a complete stranger. Margo immediately starts freaking out as soon as Winston is gone. The baby starts crying, so Margo dumps her in a crib upstairs and starts pounding on its bars. The doorbell rings, and Margo answers it to find Liz. Margo is totally insane, so she just slips past Liz and runs away. Liz follows the sound of the screaming baby, trying to remember where she’s seen the weird girl before. She finally remembers a dream she had in which a Jessica with black hair was going to kill her. That’s right, Liz is a psychic.

Maria shows up and Liz leaves, but she tells Maria it’s important she talk to Winston as soon as possible. Of course, Winston fails to call Liz before he and Maria go off to give Daisy to Margo, who has promised to hand the baby over to Social Services. When he gets back to his house, he finds Daisy’s mother waiting for him. (There’s some explanation for why she’s been gone for a week without communication, but I can’t be arsed to sort through it.) They all hop in the car and hurry back to the daycare center, where they rescue Daisy from Margo, who was clearly about to smother her with a pillow. It’s clear to me, anyway. Not to Winston.

To put the final part of her dastardly plan in motion, Margo writes a letter to Ned. She claims to be with some kind of consulting group or something and wants to talk to him. She’s rented a room in San Francisco for Ned and Alice for two nights.

Party costumes:

  • Olivia and her boyfriend, Harry – Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa (winners in my book)
  • Steve and Billie – Mickey and Minnie Mouse (winners in actual book)
  • Bruce and Pamela – a sultan and a harem girl
  • Rosa – wears her witch costume from Macbeth
  • Lila and Tony Alimenti – Scarlett and Rhett
  • Robin Wilson – a mime
  • Winston, Maria and Daisy – Lucy, Ricky and Little Ricky
  • Annie Whitman – a gypsy
  • Enid – Amelia Earhart

Quotes:

[Elizabeth’s] new blue maillot looked great – sexy, but in an understated way. Enid sighed…

The whole first chapter seems to be nothing but Enid telling Liz how great she looks.

Elizabeth opened her mouth to tell Maria everything, but she stopped herself. She didn’t know for sure that the curly-haired girl had done anything wrong. She would tell Winston, certainly, but it wouldn’t be right for her to spread rumors that could hurt somebody’s reputation.

Well, you kind of know that she left a screaming baby with a complete stranger without saying a word. What kind of reputation do you think this chick has?

The Cover: Aw, Liz and Todd look cute for once. Margo looks like she’s showing this kid some crazy dance, but kid has to pee and doesn’t feel like dancing. I have no idea who that kid is supposed to be. Just a daycare client, I guess. Hey, look at the bulletin board. Do you think Olivia painted those?

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Comments
  • Megan August 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “That’s right, Liz is a psychic.”

    Nooooooo!

    So…
    * Bruce and Pamela – a sultan and a harem girl–The rich guy and the alleged super-slut? Nice.
    * Lila and Tony Alimenti – Scarlett and Rhett–A bitch (though I love her) and the guy who (arguably) rapes her? Nice again.

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  • Sandy August 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah, Lila and Tony? And I’m with you, Shannon, when is this series going to end???? And you’d think Josh would go to the police about his brother’s murder.

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  • DarfurHerald August 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Does Enid have a lesbian fetish for Liz?

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    Rachel Reply:

    No they are just best friends.

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  • Lori August 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Ah Margo no one loves you like I do.

    The baby stuff was so boring but I love the Saved by the Bell reference.

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  • Lindsay August 29, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Why are Steve and Billie there?! They are freaking college students. Go to your own party, losers.

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    Meredith Reply:

    As I recall, Steven wanted to go to keep an eye on Jess and Liz, I think

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  • the es word August 29, 2009 at 9:32 am

    LOL @ “Winston is looking forward to being a teenage slob.”

    I, too, hated this mini-series — it went on for far too long. At least “Return…” is concise and to the point, albeit downright trite at that point. I thought it was total bee ess that Josh could determine who was who because of their EARRINGS. Yeah, okay.

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  • Shannon August 29, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Megan, their costumes are hilariously appropriate.

    Sandy, I guess Josh just thought he could do a better job than the police, ha. You know how these kids are.

    DarfurHerald, yes. I believe she does.

    Lori, lol. Margo is such a badass.

    Lindsay, SERIOUSLY! Of course, there’s no explanation for why Steve and Billie are there. I’m more pissed that they won the costume contest with their Mickey and Minnie costumes. Lame.

    S Word, I haven’t read “Return of the Evil Twin” yet, but just the title tells me it’s going to be frustrating and super snarkable. And yeah, I can’t believe anyone noticed any of their damned earrings.

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  • Sadako August 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Just saying hey and welcoming you to your new site–love the new look!

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  • Jenn October 10, 2010 at 1:46 am

    He puts the baby in a duffel bag? Poor baby!

    “Even though she hates children and usually ends up killing them, Margo gets herself a job at a daycare center.” This sentence cracked me up.

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  • Nikki August 10, 2012 at 3:58 am

    i’m going through all these just so i can laugh at what you say about the covers

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  • Callie November 22, 2012 at 1:45 am

    It’s so crazy Steven has always hung out with the twins friends for some reason! He’s a sophomore in college but up until this Billie girl, he’s always dated high school girls. It’s weird to me.

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  • Kylie90210 May 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    This whole Winston baby sitting storyline is, ugh. Just ugh. SO many things. Anyway, I guess they needed a filler book, but can’t wait for the next one!

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  • IN LOVE WITH MATTHEW!!!! October 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    When this series was new, there was a number to call titled “I Love Books”. It was so popular in that pre-Internet age that callers became instructed to “limit your call to one a month” so others could get through. It always began describing what SVH’s Margo had done latest. Eventually it became so popular that it came apart at the seams and had to be discontinued altogether.

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  • Kim December 7, 2015 at 12:56 am

    “Liz goes to Todd’s that night and gives him a big kiss. Things are back to normal and it suddenly doesn’t matter that he cheated on her with her twin sister.”

    Seriously, does she ever even find out that they were hooking up while she was on trial?

    “Margo is acting weirder every day, and James starts to think twice about telling her everything he learns about Jessica.”

    Why is he telling her this information anyway? Is she blackmailing him to do it or something? I don’t get it.

    “When Jessica comes downstairs to meet James that night, she’s shocked to see Liz wearing a nearly identical costume.”

    For Liz and Jessica to be “so different” they sure seem to have the exact same taste in men and clothes.

    “She finally remembers a dream she had in which a Jessica with black hair was going to kill her. That’s right, Liz is a psychic.”

    I think it’s interesting that Margo is always described as “a girl who looks like Jessica with black hair” even though Jessica and Elizabeth look exactly alike. Maybe Liz is sensing both Margo & Jessica are out to get her.

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