Styling her hair while looking into a mirror, Judy remarks to her younger sister Penny, “I wish you’d fix yourself up once in a while. I don’t like to see you going around acting like a boy – you know what I mean. You could be so beautiful. You ARE so beautiful. It’s time you started realising it”.
Penny runs off, saying she likes the way she is and maybe she’ll stay that way forever.
Later a cosmic storm hits the planet. The Robinsons batten down the hatches but Penny is caught outside. She and Debbie the Bloop find a solid-platinum-framed full-length mirror. A bolt of lightning from the storm then ‘activates’ the mirror.
Penny falls ‘into’ the mirror and passes into another dimension. She can see Dr Smith on the outside but he can’t see her. She tries to leave but can’t. Inside the mirror she meets a boy. He tells her there is no way out. He says. “Haven’t you ever wondered what’s on the other side of mirrors? Well, this is it. When anything gets lost it ends up here.” The boy then uses a slingshot to subdue a one-eyed hairy beast.
Smith tries to smash the mirror from the outside but ends up falling in. He believes it’s all a dream. Dr Smith finds a handheld canon (gun) and uses it to shoot into his reflection from a puddle on the ground. Instantly he is transported out of the mirror back into the world outside.
Realising she now knows the way to leave, the boy pleads with her to stay with him, promising Penny she’ll never have to grow up. Penny says back she WANTS to grow up. She points the cannon at her own reflection, telling the boy to do the same and follow her out. Penny shoots and is instantly transported outside. We watch as the boy picks up the gun and looks into the puddle of water. But he has no reflection to shoot into.
Ps. Penny Robinson (actress Angela Cartwright) did of course grow up. These pictures are from her foray into modelling in the 1970’s.
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