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"Burn, Hazelnut, Burn" is the 1st episode of the fourth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on February 6, 2000.


Pepper Ann's disparaging review of a new action film prompts the movie's director to challenge Pepper Ann to make an action film of her own -- which falls apart when everyone offers their input on the project.


Pepper Ann is made the official film critic of the Hazelnut Middle School paper. Her criticisms are harsh, yet entertaining to her fellow classmates. One day, Pepper Ann is approached by film director Cameron Landisburg who tells her that he read her review of his most recent movie and criticizes her for not understanding the filmmaking process. Pepper Ann challenges him by saying that she could make a better movie than him and he accepts. Lydia initially supports Pepper Ann, but will not provide the funds to help make it.

Pepper Ann approaches Trinket to be her executive producer on the movie and agrees on a couple of conditions. Nicky informs Pepper Ann that she needs to write a script (she was going to improvise) and learns that rather than herself and Craig Bean cast in the leads, Cissy and Wayne Macabre would be the leads instead, much to her shock. Nicky fails to get a French bistro and they are forced to film the majority of it at a bowling alley. Pepper Ann is further annoyed to learn that Trinket hired Tessa and Vanessa to be script doctors.

A rough cut of the movie is put together, but Pepper Ann is devastated to learn that Milo, her director of photography, chose to go with a shaky cam style. Pepper Ann writes another article saying how wrong she was to judge other movie makes and gets a call from Landisburg congratulating her nonetheless. Pepper Ann and her friends watch the final cut of the movie and learn that it is not all that bad and they actually enjoyed it. Pepper Ann immediately starts thinking of a follow up and once again drags Milo and Nicky into it.


Desk Gag

"Look, a French Poodle!"
-Poodle speaks in French, with subtitles at the bottom of the screen reading "Pepper Ann is a most amusing show."


  • The episode's title is a reference to 1997 movie An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn.
  • The episode gives a very dated view of film criticism as it perceives that film critics do not understand the film process. While this may be true for Pepper Ann, a 12 year old girl, this is certainly not true for most people in the business.
  • Cameron Landisburg is named after film directors James Cameron, John Landis and Stephen Spielberg.
  • While Tessa and Vanessa James appear, they have no speaking lines.
  • On Disney+, this episode segment is placed first next to "The Wash-Out".

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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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