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"Doll and Chain" (stylized as "Doll + Chain") is the 7th episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on October 4, 1997.


Pepper Ann learns a lesson in responsibility when she's assigned to care for a plastic baby doll.


At home, Pepper Ann displays an aloof attitude which contradicts her claim about being responsible. At school, the new teacher Mr. Sherman Finky gives the class an assignment: take care of a little doll over the weekend. Pepper Ann, who gets a doll named Erma, is unimpressed with the assignment as she once again claims that she is totally responsible. However, Nicky points out that Pepper Ann is already not carrying Erma right and Trinket and Cissy remind Pepper Ann of a couple of times she had taken "responsibility" of certain things only for them to get out of hand. Dieter then arrives and sells Pepper Ann an impressive baby stroller, but the stroller proceeds to roll down the street and Pepper Ann gives chase. The over the top, and clearly imagined, scene ends with the stroller ending up on a boat that is suddenly abducted by aliens much to Pepper Ann's horror.

The last part is revealed to be Pepper Ann practicing her excuse to Moose who points out that the stroller is in the backyard. Pepper Ann goes out to it, but finds that Erma's head is missing. After digging in the backyard, the head is found to be among the croquet set. Pepper Ann reattaches the head, but Erma suddenly begins crying. She tries and fails to get Erma to stop before finally giving up on her. Realizing that she is not as responsible as she had once claimed, Pepper Ann leaves the still crying Erma on the steps of a neighbor's house, later revealed to be Nicky's.

Pepper Ann returns home now claiming that she is not responsible, only for her to be doing things around the house responsibly, including making dinner for the family. Lydia comments on Pepper Ann's ability to take care of everyone and is invigorated to go and retrieve Erma who after hugging her suddenly stops crying. Pepper Ann proceeds to accomplish other things with Erma by her side and come the start of the school week, presents Erma who is now dressed to look like Pepper Ann. Mr. Finky praises Pepper Ann's assignment, util Nicky asks Pepper Ann if she remembered to do her science project. The final shot is of Pepper Ann's house inexplicably blowing up.



  • While all the dolls have names, Pepper Ann's doll is the only one to have it printed on its belly.
  • Among the flash cards that Nicky makes for her doll one of them features Cokie Roberts, a famous journalist.
  • Barfy the Friendly Purple...Thing is a parody of Barney the Purple Dinosaur.

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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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