Strangers With Candy: A Burden's Burden (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Jerri (Amy Sedaris) struggles with a lesson in motherhood on this "painfully special" episode of Comedy Central's demented ode to the after-school special. Clueless as to how to care for the baby that was assigned to her in Coach Wolf's (Sarah Thyre) health education class, Jerri takes Principal Blackman's (Greg Hollimon) advice and heads to the library to watch a film on single motherhood. The film seems to have little impact on Jerri, and after taking the baby home, Jerri nicknames it "Dizzy" when it falls into a laundry basket after being left unattended on top of a dresser. Subsequently learning that her family is housing criminal Cambodian war refugee Kim Luc in their basement, Jerri decides that the baby is cutting in on her social life and abandons Dizzy in the park. Discovering the abandoned infant in the park later that same night, Mr. Noblot (Stephen Colbert) and Mr. Jellineck (Paul Dinello) report the incident to Principal Blackman the following day. In an attempt at resolving the situation, Principal Blackman teams Jerri with Tammi Littlenut (Maria Thayer) despite Coach Wolf's insistence that Jerri learn to be responsible on her own. Quickly assuming the role of the abusive husband, Jerri gives Dizzy to Kim Luc to sell on the black market and books a cheap room at the Horizon Motel in hopes of seducing her new partner, though Tammi tips Principal Blackman off to the rendezvous behind Jerri's back. When Jerri notices Principal Blackman arriving at the motel, she rushes outside and pins the crime on Tammi, causing Principal Blackman to believe Tammi is lying when she reveals all-too-familiar sounding truth. Exhausted after her brief brush with motherhood, Jerri finally learns that it's much easier to be a single mother when you're neither single nor a mother.

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