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This article is about the episode from Pepper Ann. For the episode from Milo Murphy's Law, see "Family Vacation".

"Family Vacation" is the 9th episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on October 11, 1997.


The Pearson family takes a vacation, but between the lame car drive and Moose's neurotic friend, Crash, Pepper Ann wishes she could vacation by herself.


Pepper Ann is forced by Lydia to go to Lake Tammy for vacation. She allows her to invite Milo along for the ride while Moose invites her neurotic friend Crash who everyone cannot seem to correctly remember his name. As the group heads off, Pepper Ann is forced to sit in the backseat with Crash who seems to be afraid of everything, while Milo sits in the front with Lydia who, to Pepper Ann's surprise, actually enjoys her company and stories. Pepper Ann is further annoyed at the fact that everyone, minus her, is getting along quite well while she is having a hard time enjoying the drive.

They stop at a rest stop where Pepper Ann attempts to have fun there but unfortunately is having a more miserable time instead. She goes into the bathroom to complain to her reflection when her insults to Crash end up being heard by him (he had accidentally entered the girl's room) and he leaves crying. Pepper Ann imagines being taken away by a really cool biker gang, but her fantasy is cut short by the rest stop's employee. She finally decides to take control of her life by going out and telling her family that she wants things her own way. However, upon exiting, her family and the car are nowhere to be seen and the waitress tells her that they left.

Pepper Ann's reflection tells her that she can now control her life, but her fantasy involves working at the run-down diner and having Pink-Eye Pete as her lover. Pepper Ann breaks down and wishes that her family was still her. To her surprise, they were simply around the back trying to get the engine to work properly. Pepper Ann happily embraces everyone and admits that she would rather be there with them than being all alone. Everyone gets back into the car and down the road as Pepper Ann finally joins the festivities.




  • This is the first appearance of Crash and the start of the running gag involving the mispronunciation of his name.
  • Pepper Ann's fantasy nickname, Chili Anna, is a joke on her actual name.
  • The design for the head biker in Pepper Ann's fantasy would later be reused as the adult Craig Bean in the episode "The Finale". As a matter of fact, the head biker and Craig are both voiced by Jeff Bennett.
  • Nicky is absent from this episode.

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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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