Hello! It’s Friday, which means we have survived another week! Hooray! It also means it’s time for another recap of Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures! Today we are up to Episode 3, which is called “Nobody’s Cupcake.”
If you missed the previous two recaps, you can check them out here:
Today in the Roberts household, it is the official Wear a Puppy Like a Wig Day. Ridiculous, yes, but also kind of endearing.
Stacie bursts into the room to announce that she has gotten Barbie accepted onto an “extreme” television reality contest -similar to Wipeout, or whatever that Ninja Warrior show is.
Barbie will be competing against a top social media influencer, who regularly appears on the show. She has a huge fanbase and the producers absolutely adore her.
It’s time to start training!
It’s interesting to see Barbie’s house from such a distance.
Barbie’s training hits a roadblock when she notices a spider, her biggest fear.
Princess Charm School flashbacks, anyone?
Barbie then deviates from her narration to tell a story about how her fear of spiders began. When exploring the jungle with her father, she came across a huge spider and has been terrified of them ever since.
I really liked how they explained this in the “draw my life” style. It’s really cute!
Outside their house, the social media influencer (I forgot her name), and the producer, are spying on Barbie’s training.
It’s time for the competition to begin! The two competitors will be collecting ingredients for cupcakes, which are scattered all over an obstacle course.
Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea are here to support Barbie.
So are George, Ken and Margaret. But where are Teresa and Nikki? I thought it was odd that they weren’t invited.
It’s time for the challenge to start! Barbie has trouble making it up the wall, but the influencer climbs up with ease. Almost as if the producers are making it easier for her…
The influencer has no trouble navigating around the other obstacles.
Things are getting worse for Barbie.
Attack of the giant chicken!
As expected, the influencer wins the first and second rounds. Despite having a harder time, Barbie isn’t giving up and finds creative ways around the challenges.
Sidenote: Is this the new Randy Bravo? Is this guy going to appear whenever there’s a sprinkle shortage or a new reality show to host?
It’s time for the final round. Barbie discovers that the producer has been sabotaging the game to ensure the influencer is crowned the winner. Stacie and Skipper encourage Barbie to give up, but as we know, that’s just not Barbie’s thing.
She uses her creativity to finish the round, even though she knows it’s been rigged against her.
The influencer isn’t happy.
However, there’s no time to stand around yelling at producers -it’s time for the next part of the challenge! The contestants have to bake the perfect cupcake using the ingredients they collected.
But wait! They must fight in an ultimate tug-for-war for the icing.
The influencer sees a (fake) spider, set by the producer for Barbie, and tumbles to her death.*
*Just kidding. She just hangs there until the competition is over.
Despite the challenge being set against her, Barbie is crowned the winner!
Overall, I liked this episode. I did. However, it seemed a bit repetitive and predictible. Barbie and the influencer face an obstacle. Influencer finds it easy. Barbie finds it difficult, but uses her secret knowledge / some kind of trick to work her way around the problem. Barbie is the winner.
Once again, I felt there was no character development -we never learnt why the influencer was so concerned about winning, for example. It would have been great if there was some “woe is me” backstory about how her parents always wanted her to be the best, or something like that.
I think I would prefer this series if there was some kind of ongoing theme or drama, instead of each episode just having a small storyline, unrelated to anything else. For example, throughout the series, perhaps Ken and Barbie develop feelings for each other and eventually begin their relationship (er, again). Or perhaps there is trouble with her sisters, parents, or friends. Something that continues along each episode!
I mean, even television sitcoms like Everybody Loves Raymond (my favourite) or The Big Bang Theory have some kind of “ongoing development!”
We’ll see what happens next time!