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"Complimentary Colors" is the 7th episode of the fifth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on November 4, 2000.


Pepper Ann runs for student office against Alice Kane.


The students are annoyed at the fact that their textbooks have not been updated in years. As they are all called to an assembly, Principal Hickey tries to inform the students how important it is that they take their elections seriously after the last one was a travesty. He invites Congresswoman Barbara Reed to come and speak and she actually seems to get through to the kids. At home, Lydia tries to convince Pepper Ann that voting is important, despite the fact that she failed to vote last time, and claims that her vote "probably didn't matter". Pepper Ann challenges this and decides that she will take elections seriously.

At school, the only names running are Mark Hamill and Clowny Appleseed. Pepper Ann suggests that Nicky run, but she explains that student presidents hold no power and thus has no reason to. Pepper Ann confronts Hickey on this and after offering some ideas for the school, Hickey agrees to listen to her, but only if she actually wins. With no other option, Pepper Ann decides to run. Nicky and Milo are proud of her decision and decide to be her campaign staff. They help her decide her issues and have her talk to the students. However, Pepper Ann learns that Alice Kane is also running against her with less poignant issues. Nicky suggests a debate that will decide the public's perception.

Pepper Ann decides to listen to Nicky's advice and stick to the topics at hand. However, during the debate, Alice proceeds to toss shade at Pepper Ann by pointing out minor issues with her that leave her tongue tied. Alice proceeds to print unflattering ads against Pepper Ann. She tries to have similar ones made about Alice, but Nicky stops her; telling her to stick to the issues as people will listen to those. Pepper Ann decides to make a television ad and have it aired on public access television. The filming goes great, but when they air the ad, it turns into a smear campaign against Alice. Nicky, upset at her friends for the betrayal, quits being part of the team.

On the final day of the tally, Hickey announces that the winner was Mark Hamill. Nicky laughs at the irony, revealing that she voted for Hamill as an act of defiance against the two for stooping so low with their campaigns. To make it even stranger, Hamill shows up to accept the win, only to learn that it was not an award show (he was simply happy that he won something). Pepper Ann apologizes to Nicky for her behavior and she tells her that she can still do her part to improve the school. With Hamill as the school president, Pepper Ann gives the bake sale a try and they manage to accrue new textbooks, however Nicky is flummoxed that they now mention Clowny Appleseed.


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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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