Pamela’s Prayer: Part 4
Later, after a montage of Freddy learning the ropes at Wayne’s Christian Film Emporium and Purity Mastery Hub, Wayne is all set to watch a new Christian film with Pamela. Now, I will happily admit that I was a big nerd in high school, and really did go out to the movies with my parents for fun, but even I think that sounds like the most boring thing in the world, unless you are using the film for Bad Movie Night.
Pamela actually blows Wayne off! Not because her father is a smug blowhard who drives her up a wall or anything, but because Jessica has a boyfriend and Pamela is sad.
But lo! The next day, a teary Jessica shows up at Casa Buckland (which, not to be a jerk or anything, but it may just be the ugliest house on the planet). And she tells Pamela a sad story:
Jessica: Last night, we went out for pizza and then we took a drive. We stopped and parked and made out and it was great. Then he said our relationship had reached a turning point and if we really loved each other we should… I can’t believe it happened. If I had said no, he would have thought that I didn’t love him. Oh, I should have known better after what he did to you. I feel so guilty; what am I gonna do?
Let’s be clear: the movie in no way wants us to think that this might have anything, ever, to do with the word “rape.” This is not about the dangers of date rape, but the dangers of dating a guy, or dating any guy, because he might, one day, guilt-trip you. And hell, for once, I agree with a Christian film when it comes to sex: I don’t think it’s rape, either. No matter her feelings of guilt now, Jessica didn’t say no at the time. Jerry’s a manipulative dickweed, but he’s not a rapist.
And speaking of manipulative dickweeds, Wayne learns of the event that evening from Pamela…
Pamela: She just wanted Jerry to love her, Dad, she didn’t want anything bad to happen.
Wayne: What are you talking about?
Pamela: Jessica…*sighs, sinks into chair*…went out with her boyfriend.
Wayne’s purity translator immediately alerts him that “went out with” means “had sex with.” We know this because the music of sadness and regret begins to play as Wayne, too, sinks into a chair.
You can tell by the look on Wayne’s face that he is coming to terms with the fact that Jessica’s entire life is now ruined forever, because she had sex with her boyfriend.
Pamela: She feels so guilty, she won’t forgive herself. What can I tell her?
Well, my first instinct is that she should make sure Jessica used protection, and if she didn’t, the window is still open for the morning after pill. But I have a funny feeling that my first instinct is not very RTC of me.
Wayne: The Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery to Jesus.
Consenting sex between a boyfriend and girlfriend isn’t adultery, Wayne. Just so we’re clear.
Wayne: They said, “The law of Moses says to stone her.”
“But not the guy. Because guys can have as much sex as they want.”
Wayne: Jesus knew what they were up to. He said, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” One by one, they all left. Just the woman remained. Jesus said to her, “Did anyone condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.”
“And you should know that, since you’ve been standing here this whole time, Jesus!”
Wayne: He said, “Neither do I.” But then he gave her a command…
Pamela: “Go and sin no more”?
So, Pamela, give Jessica a command. That should do nothing but strengthen your friendship!
Isis-sama asked about Wayne approving of a friendship between his pure daughter and sinful Jessica, who enjoys kissing boys. But, to give Wayne credit (and I don’t like it any more than you do), he uses the nightly Pamela Prayer to ask Jesus to comfort Jessica. Which, admittedly, is kinda sweet.
Still, though, I can’t help but feel that Wayne sees the silver lining in all this: Jessica now serves as a perfect object lesson for Pamela. If you go out with a boy, you will regret it. (It also doesn’t hurt this lesson that Wayne puts two and two together, realizing that Jessica’s Jerry and Pamela’s Jerry are the same Jerry.)
Next in our round of admittedly nice things, there is a snafu at the Christian Film Library and Kiss Prevention Center, as a film fails to arrive at its destination on time. Wayne kinda scolds the pastor for not telling him sooner, but blows him off so he can attend his widowed mother’s birthday dinner. Frederick, however, actually cares about the business, and after Wayne leaves, he grabs another copy of the film and drives it to the church, which doesn’t seem like a huge thing until you realize this necessitates a four hour round trip.
Damn, but that is some good brown-nosing. Well played, Freddy. Well played.
Wayne finds out the next morning, and, although Frederick tries to politely decline, pays him for the extra hours.
Wayne: The pastor said four kids made a profession of faith after seeing the film.
I am so sure.
Wayne once again gives Freddy the Approving Nod. Yes, he will do just fine for Pamela, just fine.
Yet somehow, I can only think that this is what is in Wayne’s mind…
Graduation time! Jessica and Pamela enter together, and Jessica looks happy as a clam, so…I mean, honestly, she seems fine to me. Looks like sex didn’t tarnish her forever, after all. Go figure.
Pamela and Freddy catch each other’s eyes across the gym, and exchange nods and smiles. Pamela turns back with the oddest little smile on her face.
Is it just me, or does that look say, “Well, I could do worse…”
You are seriously not going to BELIEVE what happens next!
(And the next installment will be up much quicker, I promise!)