ALEXA & KATIE: Episode 1.3: Basketball

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Content: +2 Moderately questionable elements.
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What You Need To Know:

In the ALEXA & KATIE episode “Basketball,” Alexa wants to try out for the basketball team, but her cancer doctor tells her she can’t. Alexa wants to play because it’s her favorite sport, and she wants to make the team to prove her rival Gwenny Thompson wrong. Alexa decides to train Katie for the team so she can play instead of Alexa. However, the idea of Katie playing basketball only makes Alexa miss it more.

The “Basketball” episode of ALEXA & KATIE is well written. It’s sometimes silly but in a very funny way. In between the comical bits, there’s a poignant, touching story that’s sure to bring a few tears along the way. The “Basketball” episode shows children that petty rivalries are a waste of time and energy. Katie demonstrates sacrifice and friendship when she agrees to play basketball and risk humiliation to make her best friend, Alexa, happy. Other than the teenage rivalry and some narcissism, the “Basketball” episode of ALEXA & KATIE continues to deliver wholesome entertainment without the expected objectionable elements that many teenage comedies sadly contain.

Content:

(BB, C, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Light moral and Christian worldview; exhibiting friendship and sacrifice; for example a friend joins the basketball team because her friend cannot and doesn’t throw her friend under the bus when people find out she is bald and assumes she has cancer

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
No real violence, but some aggressive basketball scenes

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Narcissism, but rebuked.

More Detail:

In the ALEXA & KATIE episode “Basketball,” Alexa is disappointed she can’t try out for the basketball team in high school because she’s recovering from cancer, so she decides to train Katie for tryouts so she can prove to her rival she won’t be defeated. The “Basketball” episode of ALEXA & KATIE is funny and exciting and extols sportsmanship, friendship, courage, and perseverance, but it does include a petty teenage rivalry.

The episode begins when Alexa’s rival, Gwenny Thompson, approaches her at lunch and trash talks her because she isn’t playing basketball. Alexa is upset because she wants to try out for the school basketball team but can’t because her doctor hasn’t yet cleared her to play sports.

Alexa comes up with the idea to train Katie to play basketball, and Katie agrees. Katie gets better at basketball. She also gets tips from Alexa’s older brother, on whom Katie has a crush.

Katie goes to a practice trying out, and the coach asks her to come back for real tryouts. However, Alexa gets upset and runs off the court. Alexa and Katie talk later, and Alexa tells her that it’s hard for her to watch Katie play the sport she loves.

Katie assures Alexa she isn’t going to quit basketball and is going to continue to play in her honor and to prove Gwenny Thompson wrong. At the basketball tryouts the next day, Katie doesn’t make the team. However, Katie blocks one of Gwenny’s shots into the basketball hoop. Everyone cheers, but when Katie jumps in the air her wig comes off, revealing that she shaved her hair in solidarity with Alexa. The episode leaves off with the school assuming that Katie is the girl at school with cancer instead of Alexa.

The “Basketball” episode of ALEXA & KATIE is well written. It’s sometimes silly but in a very funny way. In between the comical bits, there’s a poignant, touching meaty story that’s sure to bring a few tears along the way.

The “Basketball” episode shows children that petty rivalries are a waste of time and energy. Katie demonstrates sacrifice and friendship when she agrees to play basketball and risk humiliation to make her best friend, Alexa, happy. Other than the teenage rivalry and some narcissism, the episode is wholesome without any of the expected objectionable elements that many teenage comedies sadly contain.

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