Best Friends Whenever
Best friends Cyd Ripley (played by Landry Bender) and Shelby Marcus gain the power to leap forward and backward in time whenever they want – and sometimes when they don’t. Now they experience the twists and turns of friendship and high school and must decide between fixing mistakes in the past or catching a glimpse of the future, all while their friends, aspiring scientist Barry and his assistant, Renaldo (aka Naldo), scramble to figure out how Barry’s time travel invention went awry in the first place.
Friends since elementary school, the girls’ high school years begin as Cyd’s parents depart for an archaeological dig in Peru, and Shelby’s family agrees to let Cyd and her feisty dog, Diesel, live with them. While Shelby and Cyd are worlds apart in personalities, becoming roommates is a dream come true for the teens whose differences, quirks and all, ultimately benefit their friendship.
Shelby is an enthusiastic dreamer who’s hyper-organized and thrives on making nearly every moment a big, special occasion. Cyd is laid back and carefree and mostly driven by her immediate needs – sleep and food, especially extra guacamole whenever and wherever possible.
When the girls are not in school, they can be found in the family attic, which has been transformed into Shelby’s bohemian-chic haven and Cyd’s edgy, urban hangout space. There they can avoid Shelby’s pesky younger twin brothers, Bret and Chet. The twins, who both have a crush on Cyd, try to impress her with their assorted hobbies that usually leave the brothers at odds with each other, and near-miss disasters in their wake.
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Cyd and Shelby spend their off-school hours hanging out with their good friends, the socially awkward Barry and his fun-loving buddy Naldo, in Barry’s home science lab, which is his family’s converted motor home. It’s there that Barry’s invention accidentally zaps Cyd and Shelby with the power to time travel. Now whenever Cyd and Shelby simultaneously think of a specific time frame in the past or in the future, and somehow make even the slightest physical contact with each other, they are immediately transported to that era or point of time. The budding scientists Barry and Naldo are the only people who know Cyd and Shelby can time travel.
As Shelby and Cyd travel back in forth time, each experience – past, present or future – leads the girls to new adventures. Through it all, they know they can count on each other, and they discover how friendship can make every moment in life special.
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Sonja, STACKS Staffer