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"The Environ-Mentals" is the 14th episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on November 8, 1997.

Plot

Pepper Ann tries to make the 'Clean Up Lupkin Park' talent show the coolest event of the year, while trying to hide an embarrassing family tradition. Meanwhile, Milo's art gets him beat up, criticized, and chased down by everyone in town.

Synopsis

Pepper Ann reminisces on when she was seven, she and Lydia would perform "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" while dressed in red sequin dresses and beehive wigs. She states that now she is twelve she is aware of how dumb it was. In the present, Lydia finds the dresses and has her and Moose perform with her. While Pepper Ann enjoys it, she does not think it is cool and tries to hide it from everyone. At school, the students must present a new banner for the "Clean Up Lupkin Park" event. Milo's becomes infamous as it apparently scares everyone (it is never shown) and throughout the episode tries to get people to understand it only to get a similar reaction.

Aunt Janie reveals her plan to make "Clean Up Lupkin Park" fun, but Pepper Ann bluntly admits to her no one actually likes to clean up and that she should add a show of some kind. Mistaking her words, Janie decides to add a talent show and, with Lydia's support, they decide to have Pepper Ann set it up, much to her chagrin. While Janie announces her new plan at the Environ-Mentals gathering, Lydia comes in with ideas of her own that end up getting unanimous support from the other members which slightly bothers Janie. Pepper Ann and Nicky begin auditioning candidates (which include JoJo, Vera, Ned and Cissy) for the talent show who, in Pepper Ann's eyes, are seen as being lame. However, she passes them anyway as she does not have the heart to turn them down.

Pepper Ann decides to spruce up the talent show by inviting Craig Bean and his band to perform to which he agrees. However, while getting to the show, Craig spots one of Milo's drawings and is shocked into losing his voice. Nicky deduces Pepper Ann's avoidance of the talent show and tells her that if she likes doing what she does then that is all that matters, though Pepper Ann still thinks she needs to keep her reputation clean. Milo begins doing caricatures at the event and once again gets criticized. A large and intimidating man is upset by the caricature he drew of his girlfriend and begins chasing Milo. Janie finally stands up to Lydia's constant changes and demands and says that all she cares about is protecting the environment and does not want the media attention that she is trying to enforce.

The talent show is turning into a disaster and Pepper Ann is fed up. When Lydia and Moose come in suggesting that they use their talent to save the show, Pepper Ann shoots them down as she does not want to be embarrassed. She encounters Milo, who is still being chased, and the two share a heart to heart resulting in Milo embracing his art and Pepper Ann deciding to do the show after all. Pepper Ann, Moose and Lydia perform to a hip hop version of "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" as they are joined on stage by Milo, Nicky, Janie, JoJo, Ned and the angry boyfriend in a spectacular finale. As Pepper Ann summarizes what she has learned, Janie reveals that they need to clean up the park. Pepper Ann, Milo and Nicky start cleaning up well into the night.

Cast

Desk Gag

"All right, Mardi Gras beads!"

Trivia

  • This is the first episode since "Ziterella" that has been a full half hour episode as opposed to two eleven minute episodes.
  • Early in the episode, Pepper Ann gets macaroni stuck in her hair and it remains there for a number of scenes. However, when Moose finally brings it up, she just so happens to not have any macaroni visible in her hair.
  • It seems strange that Pepper Ann still has an issue with what it means to be cool as the episode "Snot Your Mother's Music" had her realizing that no one can be cool all the time.

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Characters
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Episodes
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"

Locations
Hazelnut Middle SchoolPepper Ann's House
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