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"A is for Average" is the 9th episode of the fifth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on November 6, 2000.


Pepper Ann takes a magazine quiz and is shocked to find that she's average.


Pepper Ann expertly times her day out. Leaving school to play soccer with her teammates, heading to Brain Dead to play Crunch Pod with Milo, going home to watch TV and finally heading to the salon to get her hair done. As she waits, she looks through a magazine that offers a quiz. She takes it to pass the time, but discovers that she is "average". She goes over it with Nicky and Milo who tell her that being average is not bad. Nevertheless, Pepper Ann decides to train herself to retake it, only to end up with average again, demoralizing her.

Pepper Ann begins to lose enthusiasm for everything. Her timing and skills are off, all because she believes that being average means that things are too hard for her. She tells Nicky that she has decided to drop out of advanced algebra and is taking art for delinquents. Principal Hickey finds her behavior unusual and calls her into his office one day. He tells her that her behavior, identified as "Mediocre Malaise", is spreading throughout the school and is affecting the students. Men in hazmat suits enter and attempt to take Pepper Ann, but she flees.

Pepper Ann finds Nicky, Tessa, Vanessa and Milo who are all off and depressed as well. She rounds up all the other students at school at the Greezy 'n' Cheezy and tells them that she was wrong to consider herself average and that they should all be the best regardless of what tests say. All the students stand up for Pepper Ann, but the whole sequence of events are revealed to be a fantasy and she leaves the class. Pepper Ann is beck to her excitable self and has a quick talk with Hickey who tells some visitors that Pepper Ann is "not an average student".


Desk Gag

"Scuff marks! ... Uh, I can't show 'em to you 'cause I can't pick 'em up."


  • On Disney+, the episode segment is second next to "Two's Company".
  • Pepper Ann is revealed to be very good at time blocking. This is a common technique among people with ADD, which the series continuously hints that she has.
  • The end of the episode is a parody of Sparticus.

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Season 1: "Ziterella" • "Romeo and Juliet" / "Food Barn" • "Old Best Friend" / "Crunch Pod" • "Psychic Moose" / "Doll and Chain" • "Megablades of Grass" / "Family Vacation" • "The Big Pencil" / "Sani-Paper" • "Uniform Uniformity" / "Snot Your Mother's Music" • "The Environ-Mentals" • "Crush and Burn" / "Soccer Season" • "Thanksgiving Dad" • "Sketch 22" / "Manly Milo" • "Have You Ever Been Unsupervised" / "The Unusual Suspects" • "Nicky Gone Bad" / "In Support of"

Season 2: "Quiz Bowl" / "License to Drive" • "Cocoon Gables" / "Green-Eyed Monster" • "Hazelnut's Finest" / "Cat Scan" • "An OtterBiography" / "GreenSleeves" • "Vanessa Less Tessa" / "Peer Counselor P.A." • "A 'Tween Halloween" / "Mash into Me" • "Presenting Stewart Waldinger" / "P.A.'s Life in a Nutshell" • "Like Riding a Bike" • "Radio Freak Hazelnut" / "Framed" • "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Milo" / "The Sisterhood" • "Impractical Jokes" / "Cold Feet" • "Doppelganger Didi" / "Pepper Ann's Day Off-Kilter" • "A No Hair Day" / "That's My Dad"
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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