TV Recap: “It’s So Raven” – Raven and Booker find themselves on a runaway cable car in “A Streetcar Named Conspire”
disney channel wasn’t kidding when they aired a new episode of The Raven’s House April Fool’s Day. Titled “A Streetcar Named Conspire”, the episode took Raven and Booker to San Francisco, thanks to special effects that weren’t as compelling when the original It’s so raven broadcast. There have been teases for this episode since the start of the fifth season, with an opening credits sequence featuring Raven and Booker screaming while riding a runaway cable car. You’ll find out why they got into it in the first place in this recap.
Raven has a video call with Nia (we don’t see her) in the living room and Booker keeps interrupting her, asking Raven to help her find some lost items. Booker packs his bags to return to Chicago and Raven becomes emotional at the thought of being away from him. While he is packing, she asks him if there is anything missing in San Francisco. “Ivy and Neal are pretty cool, I’m going to miss them,” he says. She is hurt that he didn’t say he would miss her.
Alice blushes downstairs when Victor enters the living room dressed as a train conductor. His doctor recommended that he take up a relaxing hobby, and he settled on model trains, asking Alice to go shopping with him. She doesn’t want to go and when Raven comes down the stairs upset about Booker leaving, Alice suggests that she show her a nice day in San Francisco and make her think that every day will be like this. She tells Raven that she’s an expert at this type of trickery, showing off her skills by walking out of the model train store telling Victor it’s next to a pet store that sells snakes.
After a morning of activities, Raven and Booker arrive at the Chill Grill for lunch. Booker sits with Neal and Ivy while Raven brings them food, learning that they will be going to a music festival later. He sees a cute girl named Cami and develops a quick crush, handing her a napkin dispenser when she asks for ketchup at their table. Ivy tells Booker that Cami only dates the coolest guys. “And girls,” adds Neal, “I don’t like to use labels, but they have a word for people like that: popular.” Booker brags about being cool at his school in Chicago and gets up to ask him out, bringing a bottle of ketchup to his table and saying “I thought I’d come over here so we could ketchup.” Cami isn’t impressed by the corny joke, but doesn’t dismiss Booker, saying she’s going to the concert that afternoon when he asks if they can hang out. At Ivy’s suggestion, Booker comes up with a plan to get so boring that Raven won’t want to spend the rest of the day with him, freeing him to go to the concert.
Alice and her doll Tasha are in Booker’s room planning where the resort she wants to build for her doll will go. Victor returns from the store with boxes of model train kits and places them on his blueprints. Alice plans to use her powers of deception to get what she wants by offering to help Victor build his model train. Later we see that they have built a mini San Francisco for the passing train, which includes The Chill Grill. Alice points out that Victor would probably get an article in a model train magazine if he had a more exotic location, like a beach resort. He agrees with her.
While having lunch with Raven, Booker tries various ways to annoy his mother, but none work. In desperation, he squirts ketchup on Raven’s top, but she says she’ll just go and attack the lost and found at the Chill Grill. Booker is sad as Ivy and Neal leave the restaurant for the concert. Outside, Raven and Booker board a cable car to head to Pier 39 and Raven advises the driver to brag about how good San Francisco is as they ride. Sitting down, Raven asks Booker what could be better and he says “Hanging out with my dream girl”, which she thinks is nice because she thinks he means her mother. When the cable car stops at Golden Gate Park, everyone gets off and Raven asks the driver what’s going on there. He talks about the concert Neal, Ivy and Cami are attending and Booker suggests they go, but Raven makes him stay. “I met the love of my life at this concert,” the driver tells them. “Unfortunately, he met my brother,” he reveals, explaining that his ex-boyfriend is now his brother-in-law. As the driver gets the cable car moving again, Booker gets up and grabs the lever to stop it. Raven pushes it forward and they fight on it until it breaks, sending them hurtling down a steep hill without being able to stop. The driver remembers that there is an emergency stop and stops it. Raven apologizes to Booker, realizing he had another place he wanted to be. She gives him permission to go to the concert and he runs to it.
While this was happening, we saw Alice playing with the cable car in Victor’s miniature San Francisco, with many things happening to the model having happened to Raven and Booker as well. Victor shows Alice what he has set up, a beautiful resort for Tasha, which he has set up in a lawn chair. “You made me a doll resort?” she asks. Victor pulls out his plans and reveals that he knew what she was doing all along. He asks her in the future to just ask for what she wants, not to trick people into doing it.
The concert is over and Booker returns to the Chill Grill with Ivy and Neal. He arrived just as the concert was ending and didn’t see Cami, but he says it’s okay because he got to spend some more time with them. “You make San Francisco fun. I wish I hadn’t left tomorrow. Ivy suggests he stay and Booker didn’t realize staying was a possibility. He’s torn between going back to his life in Chicago or staying, but when Cami walks in, her decision seems to be made.
Raven is in the living room sad that Booker is leaving when he walks in and announces he wants to stay. Raven is ecstatic and rushes upstairs to unpack Booker’s things. Privately, Victor asks Booker if he’s met a girl, suspecting that’s why he’s staying. “No, I met the girl,” Booker corrects him.
As Booker climbs into bed, Alice tucks Tasha into her doll compound, apologizing that it’s in Booker’s room. He says he’s not mad about it, but Alice suggests that Tasha might be. “I’d sleep with one eye open if I were you,” she told him as she left. As Booker tries to lie down, he feels Tasha watching him. When he hears the doll laughing, he rushes over to ask Raven if he can sleep in her room tonight.
The Raven’s House will be back on Friday April 8 with the fifth episode of season 5 entitled “Clique Bait”. Here is the official description of the episode:
Booker gets in trouble trying to impress a girl. Meanwhile, Raven attempts to prove to Victor that Alice is lying.