Post by maxptc on Apr 23, 2022 7:21:02 GMT
In all seriousness: Annie leads off the scene by saying she's never been bowling before. It's fair to assume she knows nothing about the game or its scoring and terminology. (Personal experience: I've been bowling several times in my life. The first few times, I didn't know anything beyond "Put your fingers in the holes, throw the ball underhand, and try to knock the pins over." Since then, I've slowly picked up some of the terminology, but I still don't really understand the scoring system.) She has others showing her the absolute basics: first Margo, then Winsbury (who may have other motives, to be fair). She tries it out and does comically poorly (as I'm sure most people do on their first try). Renard then makes a logical observation (despite not knowing much about the game himself) which hasn't occurred to Annie, and she finds a small success. In summary: Annie has plenty of strengths, but this scene makes it pretty clear that bowling is not one of them.
"Double strike" is the term for two strikes in consecutive frames. It's shown as a sound effect, but I imagine one of the other kids calling it as such, which is why Annie reacts to the term. Her comment doesn't make much sense because she's clueless about bowling.
Furthermore, if Janet had done something so physics-defying as knocking over the pins in two different lanes with a single throw, I think the other kids' response would have been something like "That's impossible, how did she do that?!" Instead, Margo looks slightly surprised and then disappointed, as she realizes that she's not going to beat Janet today. (Incidentally, knocking over the pins in two different lanes wouldn't help Janet's score more than a regular strike; it would basically just be showing off. Which, to be fair, probably is the sort of thing Janet would do.) Then too, I think Tom would have shown something so cool-looking (like he did with Janet's fancy shooting), rather than having it happen off-screen and merely showing Margo's reaction. Finally, it's not 100% clear, but it looks like the lane they're using is the only lane with pins set up. If the other lanes are empty, then Janet can't have knocked pins down in two lanes at once.
All this to say: I'm not opposed to believing that Janet may have supernatural powers of aiming, but I think the archery is stronger evidence than the bowling, and even the archery isn't knock-down proof.
I mean, I take Annie at her word that she saw a single throw get two strikes. They are having this hang out session with a fire witch and a magic teddy, both of whom do things that could cause a reactions but cause limited reaction, so I don't think they would freak out about in group magic, even if it showed itself in a crazy rad trick shot. I read it as the gag was not showing the crazy impossible throw. As for the empty lanes, if we are adding off panel action, they were clearly knocked over before.