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Sibling Rivalry
Season 02, Episode 15
Ren & Louis(Sib Wars)
Air Date November 3, 2001
Writer Sarah Jane Cunningham
Suzie Villandry
Director K.C. Lynn De Stefano
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Sibling Rivalry was the fifteenth episode of the second season of Even Stevens. It originally aired on Disney Channel on November 3, 2001.

PlotEdit

Ren and Louis are fighting as usual when Donnie shows them a tape of a TV show, "Sibling Sessions". He suggests they appear on it to help them solve their differences.

Ren agrees and so does Louis, once he learns that he'll get free tickets to Magic Mountain. Elsewhere, Donnie needs the help of Nelson when he dates a girl who can't speak English.


SynopsisEdit

Another morning at the Stevens household, and Ren and Louis are fighting over use of the bathroom. Donnie shows Ren and Louis a videotape of a talk show named "Sibling Sessions" involving two other siblings in dispute. Ren feels that by appearing on the show they could settle their differences peacefully, while Louis insists that the boy is a sell out, until he hears that the prize for appearing is two tickets to an amusement park. Meanwhile, Nelson visits to tell Ren about Mandy Sanchez's continuing flirtations with Bobby Deaver(see Devil Mountain), and finds out about Donnie's failed efforts to learn French in order to woo a beautiful exchange student named Sandrine(Danica McKellar). Nelson, who has no problems speaking French offers to join their date as a translator, and exploits Donnie's stupidity in order to spend time with her.

Before Ren and Louis go on the air, they find out that due to low ratings, the talk show dramatically changes it's format from a serious public affairs program to a cheesy game show called "Sib Wars." The host even goes as far as to wear a bad rastafarian wig. Ren is repulsed by the decision, but when Louis essentially calls her a coward, she changes her mind, and the battle is on. During the show, they both find that in the first round, contestants are required to answer a series of questions, something Ren thinks she'll beat Louis at with ease, until she finds out how absurd the questions truly are, and that they seem tailor-made for Louis or somebody like him. In the second round, both battle each other in a boxing ring with a plank diagonally across a pit filled with "a pudding-like substance."

The third round requires that one sibling humiliates the other severely, and is to be taped the next day. Louis only has a videotape of Ren brushing her teeth that he shows Twitty, until they spot Bobby Deaver in the halls with Mandy Sanchez passionately kissing her directly on the lips, something Ren never got from him. This seems like gold. Despite being humiliated by Ren over his bedsheet, when Ren goes on camera to say hi to Bobby, who she plans to take to the amusement park if she wins, Louis refuses to show the tape and forfeits the game. At home Ren visits Louis realizing this is something he usually wouldn't do. Louis reaches under his bed and gives her the videotape he was going to use against her, and the scene is cut to Ren breaking up with Bobby in school the next day. Louis tries to comfort her, but then persistently nags her into taking him to the amusement park, something she's uncertain she'll be in the mood to do for a long time.

CastEdit

TriviaEdit

  • When Louis and Twity are backstage where Ren is about to be seated on the "Throne of Shame," the director's chair in front of the TV has the name "Sean McNamara: Executive Producer on it. McNamara is the real-life executive producer for Even Stevens.


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