Theme: Beauty should be defined by what's on the inside, not outward appearance. While engaging in a soda drinking contest at Whit's End, Melanie Jacobs and Tracy converse about Monica Winters, who they see approaching the shop.
Monica is only 11, though she looks and dresses like she's 16. Monica comes inside to wait for her mother, and refuses anything to eat or drink because she is on a diet for the Young Miss Odyssey Modelling Contest.
In "Sixties-Something" Bart Rathbone is at it again. He has the whole town whipped up in a frenzy over a ‘Remember the Sixties’ movement. Everyone is walking down the street in sandals, bell-bottomed jeans, paisley shirts, Nehru jackets, turtlenecks, and psychedelic headbands.
Bart tries to get Whit to join in the fun, but Whit flatly refuses. Connie, however, wants to know more. She goes to the library and checks out a volume of poetry and essays about the ‘60s written by a man named Josh Guthrie. She searches him out.
Connie finds him directing a rehabilitation clinic under an assumed name. Asking Guthrie about his beautiful writing, Connie finds out that he has completely disassociated himself from the ‘60s. That turbulent decade left him and thousands like him as strung-out “junkies.” They wanted freedom without responsibility. Guthrie tells Connie that they ended up with a drug epidemic, AIDS, and self-absorbed people. While everyone else is grooving to the tunes, he wants Connie to remember both sides of the story. Connie promises that she will. She tells Whit that she wants to introduce Josh to the true source of peace, freedom, and love: Jesus Christ.