We are told that the spare room at Ike's has served many purposes.
Over the years it has been a game room, a study, a sewing room,
and a beauty parlour.
It was here, in her beauty parlour, that Olivia asked Cora
Beth for a permanent wave, when she was feeling restless in The
Rebellion. Olivia said that she needed a change, and a change
she did, indeed get.
When Esther smells something burning in the back of Ike's
store, goes to investigate and finds that it is Olivia with perming
rods sticking out all over her head with wires attached everywhere,
all she can say is "Good Lord".
After taking the rods out, Olivia looks in the mirror and
coments in horror that she now has "smelly little bed springs"
all over her head. At home, Elizabeth and Erin begin laughing
at her, whilst Elizabeth tells her she looks like Shirley Temple
now, causing Olivia to run out of the house with a scarf around
her head. She runs into Mary Ellen who also laughs.
As for John, he tells her that her hair was the one thing
he asked her not to change. Couldn't she have changed her dress
or her shoes
anything but her hair? Finally Olivia approaches
Verdie in the hope that she might know how to straighten frizzy
hair. Olivia has heard that Verdie's people have a recipe for
straightening hair. Verdie's answer, however, is to wrap it all
up in a pretty turban until it grows out!
The goodnight sequence here is quite funny with Elizabeth
telling her mother that John Boy says that there are four different
types of hair. John Boy dutifully continues that there are indeed
four different kinds of human hair:
- Short and crisp.
- Straight and lank.
- Long and coarse, wavy and curly.
- And a special fourth kind called frizzy.
John calls out to the children that their mother can no longer
hear them as she has her head under the covers. Elizabeth calls
out "Goodnight Mama" to which John replies "Frizzy