6teen/The Khaki Girl
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The Khaki Girl is the sixteenth episode of the first season of 6teen.
At the Galleria fountain, Jude watches and laughs as Stanley the brat falls into the fountain pool while trying to fish out a coin when he sees Starr, the cashier from the Vegan Island food court eatery, also laughing at Stanley's misfortune. The smitten Jude and Starr meet up, and they discover their common love of "fountain diving" and reminisce about the first time they met outside the Things That Beep store. Starr asks Jude if he wants to be her boyfriend and he eagerly accepts, and they make a date to catch a surfing movie at the Gigantoplex.
Jonesy lands a job selling a half-beef, half-turkey snack food called "Roast Burkey Chunklets" at the food court and scores a success, with patrons (including Jude, Jen, Nikki, Wyatt and Coach Halder) clamoring to try the new food item. Jonesy then asks Jude if he could store the Chunklets stock in the freezer inside the Stick It's storage area, then reminds him to make sure to set the freezer to maximum to keep the Chunklets fresh. After getting advice from Jonesy on what to do on his date with Starr, Jude agrees, but as he's about to plug in the freezer, Starr comes by to pick him up for their movie date and he drops everything and forgets about the plug—which would later prove disastrous.
The Khaki Barn announces its annual Khaki Girl contest, where the winner will receive a $500 shopping spree and have her photos put up at the store. Caitlin, with encouragement from Jen, immediately and eagerly signs up, but her ex-friend Tricia overhears the announcement and signs up moments later, merely to spite Caitlin and as an attempt to show her up (which Tricia admits to after Nikki calls her on it). Jen then puts Caitlin into training for the contest and disallows her from eating any junk food, including the Chunklets (which ends up inadvertently saving Caitlin later on). As a side bet to the contest, Caitlin adds that if she wins, Tricia has to wear the Big Squeeze lemon hat (which she had mean-spiritedly teased Caitlin about earlier) for a full business day at the mall, and Tricia counters with her own stipulation—if she wins, Caitlin has to make free drinks for her for one year, with a smile.
During the contest itself, Nikki (who is now wearing a turtleneck sweater and a thick hoodie indoors after coming down with severe chills) and Jen are there to support Caitlin against Tricia while Tom, the Khaki Barn's effeminate district manager, announces the rules and points out that any slip-up by either contestant would result in her disqualification. Caitlin outdoes Tricia at every event in the contest, and realizing that she's about to lose, Tricia decides to cheat by spilling some bottled water on the catwalk during the final event, causing Caitlin to slip and fall. Jen and Nikki catch Tricia committing the infraction, but Tom does not, and he disqualifies Caitlin and declares Tricia the winner. Jen attempts to protest Tricia's unfair win, but she suddenly comes down with stomach cramps before she can do so and she has to head for the mall washrooms.
Jonesy returns to the Stick It to pick up more Chunklets for sale at his food court kiosk, but he gets hit by a very rank odor the moment he opens the freezer, discovering to his horror that Jude had forgot to plug the freezer in and the Chunklets had become rancid. In the meantime, Tricia is enjoying her contest-winning photo shoot at the Khaki Barn when she suddenly becomes sick and vomits all over Tom as he shoots her pictures, setting off a chain reaction as Tom and every other person in the store also begin puking. Back at the food court, while Jonesy looks for Jude, other people are also coming down sick, with some also throwing up, while long lineups are developing at the washrooms and Nikki, still suffering from chills, has locked herself in the Khaki Barn's elite washroom—it turns out that everyone who had eaten the Chunklets after they'd been left at the Stick It has developed food poisoning.
At the Gigantoplex, Jude and Starr are enjoying their movie and Starr gives subtle hints that she wants to be kissed, but Jude's stomach begins acting up and, as he attemps to kiss Starr, he becomes the latest victim of the Chunklets and pukes in her face, sending Starr running, screaming and covered in vomit, from the theatre. Several areas of The Galleria, including the washroom area and the food court, are then shown closed off for emergency maintenance as vomit spills have to be cleaned up, while Caitlin returns to the Khaki Barn and, after seeing Tricia in a fetal position on the floor in pain from food posioning, discovers to her delight that she has been declared the new Khaki Girl instead of Tricia.
Jonesy finally catches up to Jude and confronts him about the rancid Chunklets, showing him the freezer plug Jude had forgotten to plug in. Jonesy adds that he got fired from his food court job as a result of the food poisoning scare, but he and Jude manage to smooth things over after they talk about Jude's disastrous date with Starr. Back at the Big Squeeze, Caitlin talks with the gang about her new Khaki Girl status and how it happened, and the friends enjoy a laugh and some karmic justice as they watch a humiliated and angry Tricia, paying the price for cheating in the Khaki Girl contest, stalk around the mall wearing the lemon hat.
- Although Mandy made her first appearance in "The Girls in the Band", this is the first appearance in which she has a speaking role
- Gwen, Tricia's other best friend, makes her first appearance in this episode
- Starr talks with Jude about the time they first met at Things That Beep in "The Five Finger Discount", when Jude was despondent about the sale of a talking massage chair called "Betty" that he had developed feelings for
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Jude puking in Starr's face (off-screen) at the Gigantoplex