Lost by a Nose
|The Present Long Ago||Lost by a Nose||The Last ‘I Do’|
In an attempt to reveal the discriminatory practices of the 'Young Miss Odyssey Modeling Contest', Liz Horton becomes a contestant and lets it get to her head.
Where are personality, talent, academics and beauty found all in the same room? The Young Miss Odyssey contest, of course! When Liz Horton discovers it's once again time for the infamous Young Miss Odyssey contest, she attempts to write an undercover story proving to the world that winning the competition has more to do with beauty than with personality, talent or academics.
To do this, however, she must enter the contest! While at the preliminary activities, she takes in many different levels of beauty. The prettiest girls in school all the way down to girls whom Liz and Mandy Straussberg label as having a lot of guts to even enter the contest are at hand. According to Liz and Mandy, to put it nicely, one of those girls (Gwen Kablonski) is kind of "unstunning."
Liz is very opposed to and negative toward the contest until Mandy shows her the list of finalists...and Liz is on it! Now all of a sudden, Liz is putting on makeup, hanging out with the popular kids, buying nice dresses and—-what’s that?! Oh no!! A monster zit has affixed itself right on her nose!! Now what will she do?! Mandy eventually gets fed up with Liz who has decided to quit the contest. (There is no way she can go in front of all of those people with the mother-load of all zits on her face!) However, Liz finds that Gwen, the “unstunning” girl, has also made it into the finals! How can that be?! After hearing Gwen’s poem in the final competition, Liz is reminded of what beauty truly is. She is also reminded that she has a creator who loves her more than anyone ever could, regardless of what she looks like on the outside.
 Discussion Questions
- Why do you think Liz got so obsessed with the contest?
- Why was Mandy so upset?
- Have you ever been embarrassed about what people may think of you?
- Do you think Brenda and Liz turned out to have more in common then they realized?
|Brenda Frazier||Tierra Abbott|
|Gwen Kablonski||Vanessa Marano|
|Liz Horton||Lauren Schaffel|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Nick Mulligan||Chris Castile|
- This was Nick's last appearance onscreen (so to speak) to date.
- Liz refers to the pimple on her nose as the "Pimple of Doom", a reference to the Indy film, Temple of Doom.
- Main article: List of Indiana Jones references
 QuotesGwen Kablonski: I see my face reflecting in the window as the rain falls. How many times have I seen that face staring in the glass? How many times have I wished that face was not my own? The rain fades softly away. A shaft of sun pierces the brooding clouds like a sword. And a thought pierces me as well. There is one who knows me deeper than the others. He knows how I cry inside while I put on a smile for the others. He knows how I remember mocking words and deeds. He knows how I dream of countries and castles far away. He calls me by name and smiles at me. He reaches out his hand for mine. He knows me. Because he made me. And now shows me life beyond the window.
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