THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA: Episode 1.3: Haptics

"Overcoming Heartbreak with Love"

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What You Need To Know:

In “Haptics,” the third episode of THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA, Ashley’s friend Brooke comes up with an eight-step plan to mend Ashley’s broken heart after her crush, Tad, gets back together with his ex-girlfriend, Bella. The plan runs smoothly until Tad shows up at Ashley’s uncle’s house with Bella, and they display some affection in front of Ashley. Ashley’s friend encourages her to sing some karaoke in front of them to show Tad she doesn’t care about him, but the plan backfires. However, Ashley’s heartbreak makes her grow closer to her uncle and friends.

The “Haptics” episode of THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA is funny and provocative, with some good insight about how to deal with a heartbreak situation. Ashley demonstrates patience and self-control. She doesn’t lash out when she’s upset. Also, her friends and family support her when she’s sad and feels hopeless. In one scene, Ashley calls herself a bad feminist for making fun of the way another girl dresses. Otherwise, however, the “Haptics” episode of THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA has no objectionable content.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral, redemptive worldview, exhibiting patience, friendship, self-control, and recovery from heartbreak with the help of family and friends, plus a feminist element occurs when title character calls herself a bad feminist for making fun of the way another girl dresses

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No foul language

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No violence

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No sex

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No nudity

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No alcohol use

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No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

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In “Haptics,” the third episode of THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA, Ashley is trying to recover from her broken heart after the boy she likes gets back together with his ex-girlfriend. This episode is funny and would be most relatable for teenagers. It also displays strong aspects of friendship, patience, family, and self-control. Although this episode has some feminist elements, there aren’t any inappropriate elements for children.

The episode “Haptics” begins as Ashley and her friends, Brooke and Stick, are working together in the coffee shop. Ashley gets upset when she sees Tad and his girlfriend Bella hanging out, and Brooke decides to come up with a plan to help Ashley get over Tad.

Ashley’s uncle, Victor, is at the coffee shop the same time and sees that Ashley is upset. He asks his friend if he knows why, and he reveals that Ashley has “it bad over a boy.” Uncle Victor comes up with a plan to make Ashley’s favorite food and to set up a karaoke night at home.

Ashley and Brooke are excited about the little party. However, Tad and Bella show up at the party. Brooke insists that Ashley sing karaoke in front of Tad to prove she doesn’t care about him. However, Tad and Bella don’t pay attention at all when Ashley is singing, and she’s disappointed and hides in the kitchen.

While Ashley’s in the kitchen, she talks to her uncle, and he helps her feel better. Also, Stick helps Ashley with her project at work, and the two grow closer. At the café, Ashley tells Brooke she still wants to be friends with Tad, and Brooke tells her that she’s made it to Step 8. Now Ashley must accept that Tad is in a relationship and be happy for him over the decision he’s made. Ashley comes to accept this and is finally at peace.

This episode is funny and provocative, with some good insight about how to deal with a heartbreak situation. Ashley demonstrates patience and self-control. She doesn’t lash out when she’s upset. Also, her friends and family support her when she is sad and feels hopeless. In one scene, Ashley calls herself a bad feminist for making fun of the way another girl dresses. Otherwise, however, the “Haptics” episode of THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE OF ASHLEY GARCIA has no objectionable content.

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