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"Like Riding a Bike" is the 15th episode of the second season of Pepper Ann. It aired on November 28, 1998.


Pepper Ann is horrified when Lydia starts dating her science teacher, Mr. Carter, and tries everything she can think of to break them up.


Following the intro and finding maracas, which are revealed to belong to Dieter, Pepper Ann voices her belief that Mr. Carter is out to get her. Later that night, Lydia tells her and Moose that she is going to a PTA meeting. She arrives home later than planned, but brings Mr. Carter with her, much to Pepper Ann's confusion. Unlike his strict self at school, Mr. Carter is very jovial and kind to her and despite having brought pizza with him, on taco night, Pepper Ann decides to go up to her room; having lost her appetite.

Meanwhile, Stewart has asked Nicky out and she decides to do a "trial run" with him to see how she feels. She begins to weigh the pros and cons of dating him. Milo is attracted to Gwen Mezzrow, but she does not like him. However, their feelings begin to swap daily and are never in sync. Lydia and Mr. Carter, whom she calls Roland, begin to go out more, angering Pepper Ann as they have not been to a PTA meeting in a long time. After Lydia comes home late again, Pepper Ann demands an explanation and learns that she and Mr. Carter are, in fact, dating.

Ironically, Pepper Ann's classmates are happy with this development as Mr. Carter has become a much nicer teacher and has begun giving passing grades to everyone, but Pepper Ann insists that this is about keeping things the same and tries to dig up dirt on Mr. Carter. All this fails and Lydia sets up a day for Pepper Ann and Moose to hang out with Mr. Carter. While Moose is obviously having fun, Pepper Ann makes up stories about Lydia to break them up. Mr. Carter reveals that she knows she was lying and is not trying to replace her father. Pepper Ann solemnly tells Lydia that things are changing and that is what is bothering her.

Pepper Ann learns that while Nicky has chosen not to pursue a relationship with Stewart, she still thinks about him. She tells her that she should pursue a relationship with him regardless because that is what makes her happy. Realizing that this the lesson, Pepper Ann returns home to talk to Lydia, only to learn that they have broken up; not because of Pepper Ann, but because they were at different points in their life. Lydia resumes taco night for the family. Sometime afterwards, Mr. Carter, Stewart and Milo are drinking cocoa together and lamenting their love loss, except for Stewart who is simply tired as Nicky is making him learn Italian. Mr. Carter tells them that love is "like riding a bike" before deciding to pursue Abriola Stark.


Desk Gag

"Ha ha, cool maracas!"


  • Craig Bean is credited, but does not appear in the episode.
  • This episode actually continues directly after the intro.


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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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