Important television flashback: Yesterday I was in shopping in Goodwill and remembered this episode of The Torkelsons in which Dorothy Jane buys a cotillion gown from the Salvation Army but she’s embarrassed because she can’t afford a dress from the mall like the other girls. (This was before hipsters adopted the practice of buying 90s clothes from thrift stores.) The dress had a stain on it but in a sweet mother-daughter moment Millicent re-fashions the dress into a “Dorothy Jane original cotillion gown” and covers the splotch with a big satin flower. When Dorothy Jane arrives at the dance we find out that the dress was donated by the school’s resident mean rich girl, who rips off the flower in an attempt to shame Dorothy Jane for shopping at Salvation Army for her cotillion dress. But then Dorothy Jane’s megababe next door neighbor Riley (ugh I was mad hot for Riley, but weren’t we all) steps in to save the day and asks her to waltz with him in the spotlight dance. And oh the tears little Bobbie Mcgee cried. This episode still resonates with me a decade and a half later. This is for those times you feel like Dorothy Jane Torkelson.