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        This episode begins with Judy writing a long letter to daddy explaining all the thing that happened to her over the past several months. First, Judy tells him that there is only one week of school left until her graduation, and she also tells him that she received a letter informing her that a woman’s college has granted her a scholarship. Then Judy goes on to tell daddy about all the things that happened with her true love Jervis, how Jervis told her that he loved her and his marriage proposal, Judy’s rejection of his proposal because she loves him and feels he would be better off without her. She tells him that she couldn’t tell Jervis about her orphan background, and she asks daddy if she should try to conceal her past and try to live as a false Judy her whole life?

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        Judy also makes her final request of daddy, she asks him to come to her graduation ceremony and give her some advise on what to do, she tells him that he’s the only one she has now. later, Judy get informed by Mr Melnore that she’s been chosen to be the class valedictorian and will give the graduation speech. Then Julia gets a phone call and finds out that Jervis will be attending their graduation ceremony, and that Julia and Sallie shouldn’t tell Judy about it. After the phone call  Julia tells Sallie that her uncle didn’t sound very well at all. Judy then gets a letter directly from John Smith (daddy) telling her that he’ll come to her graduation and he’ll meet with her in-person for the first time.

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         On graduation day, Julia, Sallie, and Judy are waiting by the gate for their family and friends. The first to arrive is Bob and Jimmie and they give their best wishes to the girls, then Julia’s parents show up and they tell Julia that uncle Jervis won’t be attending because he collapsed as soon as he returned to New York. Julia’s parent tell her that Jervis is very sick and that he only has a 50-50 chance of a recovery and that as soon as the ceremony is over they’ll will leave for New York to see him. Julia rushes to Judy and tells her that she has to go see him because Jervis still loves her very much, but Julia’s mother runs over and tells Judy that this has nothing to do with her, Judy not knowing what to do runs off in tears.

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        Judy rushes to a phone and tries to place a call to Jervis but he’s so ill that he’s not allowed to have any calls or visitors. Judy decides to go to New York, and as she’s rushing to get a cab she decides that she should have told Jervis about her past so that she wouldn’t have hurt him so much. But, before Judy can get into a cab she’s intercepted by Sallie and her teacher and they tell Judy that she has she has to get her diploma and give the speech because daddy is waiting for her.

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         After Judy gets her diploma she has to begin her speech, as Judy is preparing to begin her speech she asks daddy to lend her his courage. Judy, after starting her pre written speech decides to put it away and begins to bare her soul to the audience. Judy tells the audience that at first she had doubts about the good will and charity of people but because of her guardian’s support of her for the last three years without asking anything in return gave her faith in the good will of people. Judy then tells the audience that she grew up in a orphanage and was very poor but thanks to her guardian’s support she has been able to attend this wonderful school. At that moment, Julia tells Sallie that she didn’t think that Judy would confess her secret in front of so many people, Sallie asks Julia if she knew Judy’s secret all along, and Julia admits that she knew Judy’s secret. Judy goes to tell everyone how thankful she is to everyone who gave her the support and courage to be finally be able to come to terms with her past and the courage to move forward without anymore secrets. When Judy finally finishes her speech most of the audience is in tears and they give her a standing ovation.

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         Once Judy steps down from the stage she is meet by Julia, Sallie, and her teachers. Julia tells Judy good job and now she doesn’t have to be afraid of anything anymore. Then Walter Griggs meet Judy and tells him that she must come with him because John Smith is very ill, Judy rushes off with Griggs. But Julia chases Judy down and she tells Judy that Jervis still loves her and that she has to go see him right now. As Judy gets into the car with Walter Griggs,  she tells Julia that she still loves Jervis very much, and that she should tell Jervis that for her and that she’ll go see him as soon as possible. This episode ends with Judy driving off to see her daddy (John Smith). Well, that’s all for now.

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       Throughout the entire series one of the major issues has always been whether or not Judy would ever be able to come to terms with her past?  Would Judy always hide from it and therefor always live in fear of being found out, or would she be able to transcend and embrace her past and let the chips fall where they may?

      When Judy found out about Jervis’s serious illness she assumed that he got ill because he was heartsick over her rejecting his marriage proposal, and she thought that if she had only told him about her background that he would have understood that she wasn’t the right person for him. Well, I think that she should have told him earlier about her background, but because of the quality of Jervis’s character I don’t think it would have mattered one bit to him.

       So, when Judy took the stage to give her graduation speech she decided to lay bare her soul to everyone, and when she told everyone about her background she held nothing back, no more lies, no more half-truths. But, Judy also expressed her overwhelming gratitude to everyone that made her transformation from a poor orphan girl to the educated young woman standing before you possible. Judy also tells everyone that with the love and support that she now has that she can finally release the negative feeling she has about her past and fully discuss them with everyone.

        As Judy is giving her speech, I found that watching the crowd’s reaction was priceless. Most of the crowd is touched at a very human level and brought to tears, but Julia’s mother is shocked that she would have the nerve to admit her low class origins. Julia on the other hand is happy and proud of the fact that Judy had the courage to tell her secret in front of everybody, and she tells Judy afterwards the she no longer has to live in fear. From the moment that Judy revealed her secret to the crowd, she was finally able to break free of the chains that anchored her to the past, in affect it released her from bondage. For Judy to be able to reach this point she had to come to the conclusion that most people are good at heart and will judge her on the content of her character and not her background.

         With only one more episode remaining it will be interesting to see how the various loose ends of the series are tied up; does Judy and Jervis get married, does Sallie and Bob’s relationship continue, will Julia and Jimmie stay together, and who exactly is daddy/John Smith.