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What's Up with Alex?
Season 2, Episode 59, 60, 61, 62
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Air date Pt. 1, April 10, 1994
Pt. 2, April 17, 1994
Pt. 3, April 24, 1994
Pt. 4, May 1, 1994
Written by Carin Greenberg Baxter, Kermit Frazier, Fracaswell Hyman & Candido Tirado
Directed by Maureen Thorp
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Missed deadlines...shirked responsibilities...easily irritable...one has to ask, "What's up with Alex?"

It seems that he has become irritated with everyone who cares for him. Could it be because he's just been accepted as a member of a street basketball team that participates in more, well, dubious, activities on their off-time?

Whatever the case, there are far more serious things going on at Hurston: somebody is breaking into students' lockers and stealing whatever they can find inside that is of value, including Tina's sheepskin jacket.

Who is stealing from students' lockers? How are these incidents connected to the basketball team that Alex is a member of? Only the Ghostwriter Team can get to the heart of the case.

Cast

Ghostwriter Team

Co-Stars

Plot

Part 1

Intro

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Story

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Part 2

Rewind

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Story

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Part 3

Rewind

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Story

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Part 4

Rewind

The show's narrator explains to the viewers, in case they have forgotten what has previously happened in the arc. The facts are: Someone is breaking into students' lockers at Hurston and stealing things like Tina's sheepskin jacket, along with an camera, tape player, and a gold bracelet. Tina and Hector secretly videotape things that are happening at Ralph's garage. They see someone selling a gold bracelet to Big Ralph. But Big Ralph got arrested and the locker thief got away.

Elsewhere, Alex made new friends with Kevin and Spencer. They ask Alex to play for the Dragons, the best three-man basketball team in their neighborhood. Alex has been hanging out with them a lot and thinks that Kevin is pretty cool. Alex learn that Kevin uses code names based on fairy tales for different things. He called his TV "magic mirror" and his grandfather's basketball trophy "Aladdin's Lamp". However, Alex learns that Kevin uses drugs and he's trying to get Alex to smoke pot. Alex has never smoked pot before and doesn't want to use drugs. He turns Kevin down and decides to stop hanging out with Kevin until stops doing drugs and Alex quits the Dragons.

Back to the case, the team ask Ghostwriter to looks for clues in the videotape of the thief who is selling to Big Ralph. They find out that the thief wears a Dragons' jacket. Now the suspects are Spencer, Kevin, and Victor. Spencer is the number one suspect because Tina and Hector saw him selling something to Big Ralph and when Tina questioned him about knowing Big Ralph, he got suspicious.

The team then ask Alex to talk to Kevin about the locker thefts. Later Alex sees Kevin carry out his TV from his place and follows him to an alley with a taller guy. It looks like Kevin is in big trouble.

Will Kevin be okay and can the team find out who is stealing from the lockers?

Story

Continuing from the last episode, Alex sees Kevin in trouble and he runs to help him. But Kevin isn't thrilled to see him and demanded to know if he was following him. Alex told him that he should be lucky that he needed help, but Kevin snaps back that he didn't need anyone's help, especially Alex's help. But Alex reminded him that the guy took Kevin's TV and Dragon's jacket and asks him if he was going to call the police and report it. But Kevin ask if Alex was crazy and revealed that the guy didn't steal from him, he was paying the guy back. Alex realizes that the guy who took Kevin's TV and jacket was a drug dealer and that Kevin was giving his stuff to pay him off. Alex tells Kevin that he needs to get help for his problem, but Kevin tells him to stay out of his business and walks away. After that, Alex rallies the team at his place.

At his and Gaby's bedroom, Alex explained to the team about Kevin's behavior. Gaby questions if Kevin knew Big Ralph,but Alex said that he didn't get a chance to ask him. Alex tells the team that Kevin isn't a suspect and is only selling his things to pay back a drug dealer. But Lenni believes that Kevin is desperate to steal from others if he was that desperate to sell his own things. Tina writes down on the casebook more evidence on Kevin that he sold his TV and jacket to pay for drugs as Alex told the team that he is unable to find out more about Kevin since he told Alex to stay out of his business.

Hearing Kevin's problem with drug, Jamal gives Alex a card belonging to their teacher Mr. Oliver, who works at Hurston as a drug counselor. Jamal tells Alex to talk to him as things are starting to get serious. But Alex is hesitant to talk to him as he feared Mr. Oliver talk to him about Kevin or he thinks Alex has a drug problem, or Kevin finds out that Alex told Oliver about his own drug problem. Jamal assures Alex that Mr. Oliver is both trustworthy and cool. Alex says that he'll think about it. But then, Lenni checks her watch and realizes that it was time to go home. Tina agrees and Jamal has to get home as Jeffery Baker was coming over to his place to work on their project. Gaby offers to walk the team out as Alex remains behind in his room, thinking about Jamal's offer to call Mr. Oliver. Then Ghostwriter appears on Alex's textbook with the words: DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP, which meant that ghost overheard the conversation about going to Mr. Oliver for help.

The next day, Alex is in a classroom with Mr. Oliver and he explains his problem. That he has a friend who is using drugs, though he didn't says Kevin's name.

  • On the old network called Noggin, this Arc was only ever shown once because the network didn't approve of the drug content.
  • This arc was the last appearance of Jeffrey Baxter and Victor Torres.