Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Through Thick and Thin' Teaches Kids about Self-Image, Friendships

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Through Thick and Thin' Teaches Kids about Self-Image, Friendships

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Through Thick and Thin (4 p.m. Thursday, ABC) is the story of

twin sisters with two very different body styles. One's

dancer-thin. The other is heavy. With the help of a little

magic, they begin to understand each other and the source of

their adolescent angst.

Older teenagers are likely to find this Afterschool Special

pretty corny. But the tweenage and middle school crowd --

particularly girls -- should find the hour entertaining and

enlightening. It gives a dramatic tweak to a subject recently

explored in a Linda Ellerbee Nickelodeon special about selfimage

and personal appearance.

Brainy Trish (Annie Meisels) does well in school but at home

she binges on ice cream and cookies. Despite those sweets, she

suffers from an acid tongue. Meanwhile, sister Lori (Leslie

Hibbard) is popular with the high school in-crowd but not

particularly happy. Among other problems, she can't seem to see

through her vapid friends and mindless musician boyfriend.

Enter Aunt Rita (Anita Gillette), a free-spirited aunt who

whisks the two girls away on spring break to a health spa. There

they learn yoga, cleanse their pores and endure the benefits of

exercise. In a moment of exhaustion in the sauna room, Aunt Rita

-- who starts acting more and more like a character from

Bewitched -- conjures up a body swap.

Returning home, Trish and Lori have switched body styles. Now

it's Trish who is svelte and, as she soon learns, soughtafter by

her sister's fair-weather friends. Lori is dismayed by the extra

poundage and rejection by her looks-conscious peers. Both girls

learn lessons in character and true friendship.

Through Thick and Thin is good-intentioned TV. Behind the scenes

are a director and producers from such features as Steel

Magnolias and What's Eating Gilbert Grape? It's not as

heavy-handed as some TV shows that have treated eating disorders

like the disease of the week. A case in point is the TV movie

For Love of Nancy (9 p.m. Sunday, ABC), about parents who get a

court order to protect their anorexic daughter.

But older viewers who watch would do well not to study the

production too closely, including the obvious padding used for

extra poundage.

The setting is the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The

subject is a wedding filled with pomp and circumstance. Weddings

of a Lifetime (8 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime) chronicles the ceremony

as well as what led up to it.

Real-life husband and wife Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and

Kristina Wagner (General Hospital) return to host this edition

of the cable series. One wedding highlight is a performance of

By Heart by recording artist, Jim Brickman.

The bride is Midshipman First Class Tracy Hoyte, who will

attend flight school in Pensacola, where she hopes to get her

wings by 1998 and become a naval aviator. The groom, Ensign

D'Earcy Paul Davis (Paul) is now serving in the U. …

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