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"A Valentine's Day Tune" is the 13th episode of the fourth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on February 14, 2000.


In this Valentine's Day spin on A Christmas Carol, Pepper Ann is visited by the ghosts of her past, present, and future to see why she hates Valentine's Day, what others think about her hatred of the holiday, and what will happen if she doesn't change her ways.


With Valentine's Day approaching, Pepper Ann is grumpier than ever; having a strong dislike for the holiday despite everyone including her friends enjoying the festivities. All of her school activities are muddled by the Valentine's decorations as she angrily lambasts the holidays, much to Milo and Nicky's displeasure, and comes home to Lydia trying to bake a reasonable cake. At night, Pepper Ann is visited by a spirit resembling Effie Shrugg who tells her that she will be haunted by three spirits who will change her ways or else face doom.

Pepper Ann awakens to the sight of Stan "The Cookie" Cookerstein, the first boy she ever had a crush on who takes Pepper Ann away to the past. One year after Lydia and Chuck's divorce, Pepper Ann attempted to bring them back together via Valentine's Day. Though both of them saw right through it, they admired her creativity. Sometime later, Lydia buys a locket that she once wanted as a child and decides to give it to Pepper Ann, who carelessly put it away without a second thought. Pepper Ann is brought back home where she is visited by the second spirit, Brenda.

Brenda takes Pepper Ann downstairs to show her that Lydia is hard at work baking and then shows bully Shelf McClain longing for a Valentine. At the dance, Milo and Nicky are disappointed that Pepper Ann did not come as they brought gifts for her and become sad and miserable while Craig decides to leave as well. Pepper Ann is visited by the third spirit, later revealed to be Vera, who shows that in the future, she becomes a Nobel prize winning scientist like she dreamed, but becomes a literal cold hearted person who despises all forms of love among her employees.

Pepper Ann awakens in a brighter mood and helps Lydia bake a proper cake for the holiday before heading to school. She happily greets Milo and Nicky who are surprised by her sudden change in tune. At the dance, Lydia's cake is such a hit that Dieter does not want to eat it for its design. Pepper Ann discovers that Milo and Nicky did not prepare any gifts, somewhat confusing her, but Craig arrives to play a song that he had written for Pepper Ann. Shelf, who angrily denounced getting a Valentine's card, privately declares his love for the holiday.


Desk Gag

"Cool, a mood ring!"


  • The episode is obviously a riff on A Christmas Carol.
  • Craig finally performs the song he had prepared for Pepper Ann since "The First Date Club".
  • This episode features the return of characters Effie Shrugg and Brenda, referencing the events of "Effie Shrugged" and "Old Best Friend".

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Season 3: "You Oughta Be in Musicals!" • "Dances with Ignorance" / "Girl Power" • "Beyond Good and Evel" / "One of the Guys" • "The Wash-Out" / "Def Comedy Mom" • "The First Date Club" / "Unicycle of Life" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "Effie Shrugged" / "Mom Knows What P.A. Did Two Nights Ago" • "The Spanish Imposition" / "Single Unemployed Mother"
Season 4: "Burn, Hazelnut, Burn" / "Career Daze" • "G.I. Janie" / "Miss Moose" • "Pepper Shaker" / "Flaw and Order" • "Baggy Bean Buddies" / "The Beans of Wrath" • "The Velvet Room" • "One Angry Woman" • "The Sellout" / "The Telltale Fuzzy" • "A Valentine's Day Tune" • "Sammy's Song" / "Permanent Record" • "Live and Let Dye" • "Remote Possibilities" / "Considering Constance" • "To Germany with Love" • "Bye, Bye Trinket" / "P.A.'s Pop Fly" • "My Mother, Myself" • "The Amazing Becky Little" • "The Untitled Milo Kamalani Project" / "Guess Who's Coming to the Theater" • "The Great Beyond" / "Jaybirds of a Feather" • "The Way They Were"
Season 5: "The One with Mr. Reason" / "Sense and Senselessness" • "Forging Ahead" / "Reality Bytes" • "Carmello" / "Strike it or Not" • "Complimentary Colors" • "The Merry Lives of Pepper Ann" • "A is for Average" / "Alice Kane Went Down to Calcutta" • "Spice of Life" / "T.G.I.F." • "Dear Debby" / "Too Cool to Be Mom" • "Moose in Love" / "Two's Company" • "Zen and the Art of Milo" / "That's My Mama Destructo" • "Unhappy Campers" / "Searching for Pepper Ann Pearson" • "The Word" / "The Perfect Couple" • "The Finale"

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