A 16-year-old girl sues her date when he stands her up for the prom. Is she a heroine or a troublemaker? The answer is never in doubt in "Stood Up!," today's simplistic "ABC Afterschool Special" (3 p.m. on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42).
Lucy Deakins ("The Boy Who Could Fly") is high school junior and budding photographer Becky, thrilled when senior gymnastics star Garrett (Spike Alexander) asks her to his prom.
Becky earns money for a dress and on the big night eagerly waits for her escort. And waits. She learns later that he took his old girlfriend.
What to do? What any red-blooded American would do these days, apparently--sue.
In the teleplay, written by Peg Haller and Bo Schneider and directed by Aviva Slesin, there's no question that Garrett is an arrogant jerk, but why have Becky's photographer mentor (Jan Miner) comment, upon hearing who the girl is going to the prom with, "Oh, an athlete "--as if she's just stepped in something? Cheap shot. She doesn't know him.