Episode Title: 4giving
This blog entry contains episode highlights related to Carla's character, Brenda.
Brenda is at home alone and takes the opportunity to snoop through her sister's bedroom closet, hoping to find some clue as to the status of Hillary's relationship with Bill.
She's still going through the closet when she suddenly hears the bedroom door open... and is relieved to learn that it's Celine. Celine tells her she knows that Hillary will be upset to know she's snooping through stuff.
Brenda says she just wants to know the truth and asks Celine to help her.
Celine at first looks through the top of the closet but eventually she stops and remembers that she hasn't told Brenda yet that she needs to leave the country soon.
She sits down and sentimentally tells Brenda that she should grab the opportunity to do what can be done today, because there may be no tomorrow.
Brenda stops searching with a puzzled look on her face, and turns to ask Celine what's wrong. When Celine doesn't answer right away, Brenda gets worried and asks again.
Celine looks away for a moment, then gets up, and changes the subject by searching through the closet again, saying nothing's wrong. Brenda knows there's something going on, but she doesn't push Celine anymore.
Later, as Brenda and Celine are walking down the street, Brenda says that Hillary is really good at hiding secrets because they found nothing. Celine tells her it's possible there's nothing to find, and coaxes Brenda into just relaxing and enjoying the day with her.
They stop to buy some ice cream, and Celine is quick to whip out her camera and snap a photo of Brenda and the ice cream vendor. She says out loud that she's really going to miss this, but quickly corrects herself when Brenda asks her what she means. She shifts Brenda's attention by snapping another photo.
Just then, Brenda notices Giselle and Lisa walking down the street and remarks to Celine that they're her sister's close friends and that they're sure to know what's going on between Hillary and Bill. She calls them over, and without much of a choice, the girls walk over to join Celine and Brenda.
Brenda starts by telling the girls that she knows Hillary has a secret. The two friends misunderstand, and are shocked that Brenda already knows, because Hillary had just told them that she plans to bake cookies as a surprise for her sister.
Giselle assures Brenda that she'll know Hillary's secret soon, maybe even before the end of the day. Brenda presses for answers, and even threatens to create trouble with the girls' parents, but Celine puts a stop to that nonsense, and insists that Brenda relax by playing a round of frisbee at the park.
Hillary's two friends manage to end the conversation without revealing more, thanks to Celine's intervention.
* * *
Celine and Brenda get to the park. Brenda starts tossing the frisbee around with the boys while Celine keeps snapping new photos. Brenda finally notices that Bill is not around and asks Ahmad where his brother is. Ahmad says Bill had just left. Brenda also notices that Hillary is missing as well.
Just then Lisa and Giselle arrive and Brenda demands to know where Hillary is. Giselle says Hillary's probably at the grocery with Josh. Brenda is surprised and wants to know why they're there, and if Bill is there as well.
Giselle backtracks and says that they're probably at home already. Brenda charges off to her house to confront her sister. Brenda finds no one at home, but she notices a jar of cookies on the dining room table, with a card for her from Hillary, saying "Cookies for you."
Brenda is touched by the surprise, and does not realize that Hillary had noticed earlier that afternoon that someone has gone through her closet.
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That night, the gang gets together at a nearby fast food because Celine has invited them all to a simple meal, not knowing that Celine is leaving the next day. Brenda arrives and immediately goes to thank Hillary for the cookies, who says that she and Josh worked on them together. Hillary is happy to hear that Brenda found the cookies delicious.
Brenda then quietly asks Hillary if she has something else to say to her. Hillary hesitates for a moment, then says there's nothing, then encourages her sister to go take a seat. Brenda smiles and turns to take her seat, but not before Celine snaps a quick photo of them together.
Just then, Blue raises his voice and proposes a toast to Celine, for treating them all out dinner like this. Everyone seconds the motion and Celine is touched.
Brenda gets up from her seat and says she's also thankful to have Celine, who is such a great friend to all of them. Celine fights back tears as her friends toast her and have fun, not knowing that Celine is leaving.
Later, Celine prepares a scrapbook with all the photos, and knows she'll really miss her friends, including Brenda, who is so obsessive compulsive and strict, but has such a soft heart.
Later that night, Brenda retreats to her bedroom with her jar of cookies. She once again looks at the card from Hillary, smiling as she bites into a cookie.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Episode Title: 4giving