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"Food Barn" is the second segment of the second episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on September 20, 1997.


Milo and Pepper Ann are assigned to work at a Costco-esque supermarket called Food Barn as part of their economics class, where Milo is favored over Pepper Ann by their boss.


Ms. Carlotta Sneed assigns the class with a week long project involving after school jobs to learn about economics first hand. Pepper Ann and Milo are assigned to work at Food Barn much to their dismay. Ms. Sneed reveals that she does not think that either of them is actually up to fully integrating into a capitalist environment, causing Pepper Ann to vow to prove her wrong. They meet with Bob, the Food Barn manager, who immediately takes a liking to Milo's lazy attitude and corner-cutting antics while mildly putting up with Pepper Ann's more by the book and responsible instincts.

Pepper Ann argues with her reflection about the situation. Despite her instincts telling her to quit, she refuses. Bob continues to get after Pepper Ann for minor offences while Milo keeps getting promoted. Pepper Ann is also accosted by Assistant Manager Millicent "the Militant" who has her wash her car and check on employee applications like clockwork. Nicky suggests asking Ms. Sneed to switch herself with Dieter (who has been eating the stock at Food Barn instead of working with Nicky), but Pepper Ann once again refuses.

Finally fed up, Pepper Ann makes a loud declaration in the store about working hard and not getting the credit she deserves. Her speech gets the arousing applause of everyone, except Millicent who promptly fires her. Pepper Ann gives her oral report to the class about her experience while Milo gives a less than impressive one, "It's not about what you know, but who you know". To Pepper Ann's surprise, she received an A+ while Milo got a C-. Ms. Sneed sympathizes with Pepper Ann's experience, having once held a job in her youth and fired by Millicent, and takes Pepper Ann on to help spread the message of economical capitalism much to her chagrin.



  • Nicky mentions a children's book author named Loco Yono, who is meant to be a parody of Japanese singer and artist Yoko Ono. An excerpt from her book reads "'It was not my fault,' cried the little Asian bunny, 'John made up his own mind'". This is a reference to the infamous, but false, claim that Ono was the reason for John Lennon splitting up The Beatles.

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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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