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Was Clarissa deliberately made less weird or more normal after the earlier episodes?Rick Fernandes responded:
Mitchell told me to tell you the reason she became more normal was the fact that he was in NY when the 2nd season was shot.
On the subject of the changes to the set, Rick Fernandes said:
The set changed for two reasons. First, we got a bigger budget (YIPPEE). Second, after shooting the first season the directors and producers felt for better shots and camera angles the set had to change slightly. For example, in Clarissa's room we redesigned the window so Sam could more easily get in and out of her room.
First, Clarissa seemed to be in junior high too long. Then when Clarissa changed schools, if in fact she ever did change, Ferguson seemed to be in the same school right away. There was no notice, and the school is still ``Thomas Tupper'', just no longer ``Junior High''. And finally... In ``The Zone'' (#148) Clarissa is shown borrowing an instrument from school two years earlier. We know that two years earlier she was at Thomas Tupper Junior High, but the initals on the instruments say ``T.T.H.S.'', indicating that she really was in the same school all along but in the later episodes it is rendered as a high school instead of a junior high.Gerald E. Peck responded with:
This may be stretching it a bit, but I know that at some schools the junior high and the high school are housed in the same building with an interconnection between the two. Perhaps the instruments were just kept at the high school and circulated throughout the school district.
The 1992 book Young Stars gives Melissa's height and weight as 5'1" and 90 lbs.
In ``The Zone'' (#148), when Clarissa checks with Marshall about getting some incense, I noticed a painting just outside the door. Either my imagination was playing tricks on me or that picture looked like a depiction of Clarissa's room with Clarissa sitting on her bed.
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