Read of the Day: “7 of the Most Scandalous Moments in Baby-Sitter’s Club History”
5:30 pm, September 6th | by Colette McIntyre
Stoneybrook, Connecticut may have been an idyllic town where the Baby-Sitter’s Club giggled about boys, doodled horses, and played hopscotch with kids, but Ann M. Martin’s wholesome characters sometimes found themselves in some tricky situations. The series would go on to have spin-offs like “The California Diaries” that dealt with more mature themes head-on and without tidy resolutions, but there was nothing quite like the original series, that handled such issues with kid gloves and high-minded morals.
Here’s a list of the best moments where the PG-rated sitters verged into some PG-13 (-ish) territory. Mallory fans: you may need to sit this one out.
1. Kristy + Bart = ?
As the BSC’s fearless leader, Kristy was not one to break any rules, but when she did, she swung for the fences. When her longtime crush and rival softball coach, Bart Taylor, invited himself over one Saturday night to “watch the game,” things turned steamy fast. In the midst of tongue-wrestling, Kristy’s mom and stepdad walked in and sentenced her to a weekend imprisoned in her bedroom.
If this was “Gossip Girl,” Bart would have found a way into her bedroom and into her softball shorts, but since this is the BSC, the book ends with them putting on a talent show together with a bunch of kids. Huh. Still, the fact that the holier-than-though BSC president was still a victim of hormones is delightfully refreshing.
2. Dawn and the We Love Kids Club
Consider this a crash course on credit card fraud. Dawn, ever the flip-flopper, is torn between California and Stoneybrook. Since she’s on the West Coast for now, she decides her heart belongs in the suburbs after her dad announces his engagement to his latest whitebread girlfriend.
Dawn steals her dad’s credit card, books a one-way plane ticket (quaintly done over the phone), and returns to the land of charity car washes and snowball wars. There was some serious brass balls on display in this book, especially from save-the-earth, hemp-wearing Dawn, but of course, it’s all washed away the moment the “Full House” music comes on and Dawn learns a very important lesson on identity theft.
3. Mary Anne Breaks The Rules
Mary Anne may have been the BSC’s meekest member, but the fact that she had a Southern-fried bohunk for a boyfriend was something she probably lorded over the rest of the club. So she decides to bring him to a baby-sitting job one day because she thinks the kid needs a “male role model” in his life. Sure, Mary Anne, whatever you want to call it.
The kid’s mother comes home and assumes some hanky-panky is going on, and from then on, Mary Anne is branded as the village tramp. Again, the story wraps up quickly and conveniently in the end, and MA gets her good name back, but you’d think the BSC would have a hard and fast no-boyfriend-on-the-job rule from the start. This is a business, not a brothel, Kristy.
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