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Episode 4 - Y-N-V?
(2008), Not Rated [Solid G-NR*] (14.2min)

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Influence Density
April 4, 2001
April 4, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

Episode 4 - Y-N-V?

(2008), Not Rated [Solid G-NR*] ... and they pound each other

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sonlight Pictures, Cloud Ten Pictures
Distribution (US): Sonlight Pictures
Director(s): Pete Bauer
Producer(s): Dea Bauer, Pete Bauer
Writing Credits: Pete Bauer
Film Editing: Pete Bauer
Viewed at Cloud Ten Pictures Online Screening Room

This analysis was made possible by the professional courtesy of Cloud Ten Pictures.

  Cloud Ten Pictures is launching a special Dove™ Foundation Family approved series for television, five episodes of Nikki & Babs: DOs & DOUBTs. They have invited the CAP Movie Ministry to prepare analyses of each of the episodes. This is analysis of the fourth episode: Y-N-V?.

Nikki (Dorothea Bauer) is recalling her history with Babs (Tiffany Ross) and remembers how she has envied Babs for a long time. Babs has done so many things in her so far short life. But now comes an opportunity for Nikki to let Babs envy her. An opening at the local Christian radio station, WYNV for an intern just opened up. Babs' friend, Ariel told Babs while Babs was sitting with Nikki that she was leaving for college and that the move would leave an internship open. One internship. And both Nikki and Babs want the job. Now the friction starts.

The theme of this episode is James 4:1 - 3. Pete Bauer evidently used paraphrasing of the ESV Bible. Nikki usually reads a verse or two from the Bible at the end of each episode. What she read in this episode 4 was:

You covet but you do not receive. You envy but you cannot obtain. You ask but you do not receive because you ask wrongly.

If one compares the above paraphrasing with what the KJV says, the little difference is appropriate for the intended audience.

As promised a comparative of four of the five episodes of Nikki & Babs - DOs and DOUBTs follows.

The span of scoring across the four episodes is still realtively inconsequential -- 83, 83, 84, 92. Except maybe for this episode with a final score of 92, again there is hardly enough scoring difference for a comparative to be useful. But, as promised, I will, continue with the comparative through the five episodes. Only if Pete Bauer gets dirty in the episode 5 will the comparative show much of anything useful. So far, it shows an nine-point spread over the four episodes. Good job, Pete!

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
This time Nikki and Babs really get into it. Tooth and nail. After a lengthy verbal attack of each other, Nikki drags Babs to the floor and they pound each other. Not good role modeling to be sure. One might think "I'd do the same" but then might be a good example of asking yourself WWJD. [Rom. 12:18]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 77 out of 100
An animated argument is what started the fisticuffs in which Nikki and Babs participated. Much of it was rather hateful and all of it borne of accusations. Here is a good portrayal of what Jesus addressed when He warned us of making judgments based on mere appearances. [John 7:24]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
No assaults on morality and decency applicable to this investigation area were found.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Same here.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100


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  • James 4:1 - 3 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. ["Members" in James 4:1 is melos meaning limbs, members of the human body. As applied to the verse it means 'inside you.' "...your lusts that war in your members" then refers to in your body, your emotional heart where your lusts lie. Melos also has a sexual definition but it does not apply in this context.]
  • Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
  • John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Niki & Babs: Dos & Doubts - Y-N-V? (Episode 4) (2008) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 77 out of 100
  • fighting to settle conflict

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 77 out of 100
  • animated arguing with name-calling and mistrust based on accusation

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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