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"Crunch Pod" is the second segment of the third episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on September 27, 1997.


When Pepper Ann inadvertently beats Milo's high score on a video game, Milo gets jealous and challenges Pepper Ann to a rematch.


Pepper Ann excitedly awakens one morning for the Crunch Pod video game tournament at the arcade of which Milo has won four years straight. She hurries over to his house and immediately puts him on a strict "training" regiment before they head out. They get to the arcade where Milo begins the tournament and once again wins. As he speaks to the spectators about his reason for playing and how he cares more about the game than winning, Pepper Ann gets distracted by a free game and begins playing it. Suddenly, she ends up earning the high score and is crowned the new champion, though Milo at first does not seem bothered by it.

Soon everyone begins congratulating Pepper Ann from friends to teachers, but she becomes nervous around a clearly irritated Milo. He tells Pepper Ann and Nicky that he is not bothered, but when Craig Bean comments on Pepper Ann's feat, Milo angrily tells Pepper Ann that she is nothing compared to him. This culminates in an argument at Burger Fortress which leads to an imaginary, sword fight between the two friends. Nicky has the two calm down and demands that they look for a way to make up. The two agree and decide to simply have a rematch at the arcade.

Pepper Ann and Milo begin playing Crunch Pod in an intense neck and neck competition. As the spectators chant for the two, Nicky, finally fed up, literally pulls the plug on the game and angrily tells them to start being friends again. Pepper Ann and Milo are shocked by her sudden anger and take it as stress. The two ironically tell her that it is "just a game" and walk her out of the arcade. The spectators immediately turn on the owner due to the botched competition. As the three friends walk down the street, Pepper Ann and Milo comment on how they are always there for Nicky and then proceed to get into another argument while tugging Nicky back and forth.




  • Pepper Ann's score technically should not count towards the title of Pod Champ since she played the free game after the tournament was over.
  • This is the first time Nicky mentions getting chased by a swan which would end up becoming a running gag throughout the show.
  • Milo claims that he found his hat in the garbage. However, in the episode "The Sellout", a flashback reveals that Pepper Ann and Nicky got it for him for his birthday while in "The Way They Were", it is revealed that Nicky gave it to him after she used to wear it.
  • Burger Fortress could be a parody of Burger King.

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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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