AidelMaidel: HELP! - UPDATED
Why do I say over-ritualized? Because Aidel is in a blind panic because she's stuck in Midtown with no bedikah cloth. Not only that, I hear some scorn in her voice when she describes the old lady at the Judaica store who told her to just use her underwear. "How frum is that?"Aidel seems to be saying. You can almost see her nose wrinkle.
However, the old lady at the Judaica store is right! Any clean white cloth will do! It doesn't have to be a special, fresh from the bag, bedikah cloth! Once RenReb even used her husband's dirty undershirt!
[If anyone's curious, writing this post did ick me out a little. If you don't know what a bedikah is, find a Jewish woman and ask her.]