Season 2

Episode 205: “Operation Smile”

Episode 205: “Operation Smile”
Original Air Date:November 11, 1995
Written by::Glen Berenbeim & R.J. Colleary & Martha Williamson
Directed by:Nancy Malone
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
Robert J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:
Albert Turner Tone Loc
Ginger Terumi Matthews
Jeremy Barlow Miles Feulner
Emily  Kelsi Copier
Billy Barlow Jack Magee

GINGER (Terumi Matthews) works as an exotic dancer, in which unlikely venue she meets Monica. Ginger hires Monica to babysit her little daughter EMILY, who was born with a disfiguring cleft palate. Ginger fears other kids in her trailer park will taunt Emily, but Monica invites JEREMY, who befriends the little girl. When Jeremy learns about Operation Smile, an organization of doctors who perform pro bono plastic surgery, he suggests Emily as a candidate.

Ginger has taken Emily’s affliction as a punishment from God for past transgressions, and refuses to accept the charity offer. Jeremy leads Emily off to Nashville (and Operation Smile) anyway by stowing away on ALBERT’s (Tone Loc) pick-up. Albert is actually transporting stolen goods elsewhere, when Tess intercepts the entire crew. She confronts Albert and redirects their journey across state via a balloon. When Monica reveals herself to Ginger, she is angry that Ginger assumes her daughter is a punishment from God; she should know that Emily is a great gift. In the end, Ginger gratefully allows Emily to receive treatment.

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