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"Career Daze" is the 2nd episode of the fourth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on February 6, 2000.


Thanks to a schoolwide aptitude test, Pepper Ann, Milo, and Nicki are assigned unlikely careers.


It is Career Day at school and all the students have been issued their suggested careers based on a computer algorithm. While Pepper Ann and Milo think the whole thing is pointless, Nicky tells them that they should do what the computer tells them. Pepper Ann gets a job as a middle school principal, Milo gets a job as a stockbroker and Nicky gets a job as a butcher. Pepper Ann is surprised by the career, but approaches Principal Hickey on it. During an argument between Mr. Clapper and Ms. Stark, Pepper Ann shows her ability to compromise and finds middle school principal appealing.

Meanwhile, Nicky is horrified at being a butcher (she is a vegetarian), but is surprised to discover that Milo has taken to being a stockbroker very well to the point that he even gave positive financial advice to Nicky's dad. Pepper Ann continues to work at being a better middle school principal to the point that Hickey runs away to play golf, Milo begins to become an expert that he starts to make decisions based on a spin board and Nicky cannot handle the pressures of working in a butcher shop.

C.J., the butcher shop owner, tells Nicky that she knows she is not cut out for being a butcher. Regardless of what a computer told her, she should follow her passion. Nicky agrees and leaves. It turns out that Milo's career as a stockbroker was doomed as his random decision making made some people poor while Pepper Ann, despite being great as a principal, realized that it would mean centering her career around middle school for the rest of her life and quits. Vera drags Hickey back to work, despite him whining and complaining.



  • Mr. Finky wears an obvious toupee in this episode.
  • This episode reveals that Ms. Stark and Mr. Clapper are most likely in a relationship.
  • When Nicky is trying to package the meats on a conveyor belt that increases in speed, she briefly recreates the famous conveyor belt scene from the I Love Lucy episode "Job Switching".
  • Hickey is shown to not want to return to being a principal and preferring nothing happening. This is ironic as in "Uniform, Uniformity", he was all for there being trouble so that it could give him something to do.
  • On Disney+, this episode segment is placed second next to "Def Comedy Mom".

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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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