Uaaah okay now I have to do a feelings post on these three darlings.
Mabel, Grenda, and Candy are the most adorable little girls ever on TV and I’m so glad they exist as sympathetic characters instead of ‘weirdos’.
Grenda is big and butch and has a lizard, all of which are very taboo traits for a young girl to have, and the writing does show that she is bullied for these things.
Candy is shown as obviously foreign, probably having learned english as a second language, and shows an interesting and unusual train of thought - trying out things in a junior science kind of way.
Both these characters would probably have been scripted as unsympathetic on any other show, but they aren’t. They become Mabel’s friends within the first two minutes of showing up.
And the way Mabel reacts to them.. just.. “I’ve found my people”. She recognizes them as kindred spirits and tries to win a competition for THEIR SAKE.
It’s just a really good, sweet portrayal of girl friendships.
I prolly cried a bit.