I’m pretty sure the Mancusi family has been mentioned before. They own a ton of pets, including hamsters, dogs, cats and snakes. They’re also going away for a week and their pet-sitter cancelled at the last minute. Jessi usually sits for the Braddock family, but they’re going on vacation. Originally she planned on enjoying her free time, but she takes the pet-sitting job when no one else can do it.
Jessi does a good job watching over the pets (natch), though she does have a habit of inviting other people over to check out the animals. Mary Anne stops by with the Perkins girls and flips out when she realizes the lid to Barney the snake’s cage is missing. She keeps freaking out, but then Myriah remembers that snakes are cold blooded and helps them find him.
One thing that does bother her is that one of the hamsters sits by itself. None of the other reindeer will let it play in their games…oops, I mean it’s lonely. It’s also really fat too, but she keeps an eye on it. It starts acting weird, so she calls her mom, she comes over and they go to the vet. Turns out the hamster is a female and pregnant. Jessi takes care of the hamster until the Mancusis get back. They offer free hamsters, so she and Mallory both get one.
The other plot surrounds problems in the BSC. Everyone is sick of doing their job for some reason or another. Kristy is acting bossy, Dawn hates the way they bitch over her collecting dues and even Claudia is sick of people calling outside of meetings. They decide to vote and they all end up voting the same people back into the same jobs, so everyone makes up.
*Why do we keep hearing about how Jessi doesn’t have any free time? She does ballet after school, has school, works extensively with the Braddock family and still has free time for other sitting jobs. That sounds like a lot of time to me.
*How is Jessi a good substitute for a full time pet-sitter? Are we really supposed to believe that those dogs only needed walking once a day, after school? There’s no mention of her stopping by on the way to school or later in the day, just after school.
*I’m kind of annoyed that Jessi kept asking people to come over and see the animals or letting them into the house. I’d be more than annoyed if she was working for me.