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"Vanessa Less Tessa" is the 9th episode of the second season of Pepper Ann. It aired on October 10, 1998.


Pepper Ann uses what she learned from her favorite sitcom Crazy Twin Shenanigans to get Vanessa to reconcile with her sister Tessa.


Pepper Ann adores the sitcom Crazy Twin Shenanigans, though it clearly gives her the wrong idea of twins, which Nicky is quick to point out. At school, the two spot real twins Tessa and Vanessa James arguing about something and then splitting up. Pepper Ann, believing that the sitcom has informed her enough, decides to try and get the two back together by speaking to Vanessa. Vanessa thinks that it is easier to just apologize, but Pepper Ann thinks it is better to get caught in shenanigans; even though Tessa and Nicky believe that an apology is better.

Pepper Ann dresses up like Vanessa and tries to be her new twin. Through a series of "antics", Pepper Ann tries to bring Tessa and Vanessa back, but each ploy just makes things worse for the two and backfires horribly, such as Pepper Ann sending the wrong message around the school, having Vanessa sleep in her pantry and finally trying to use the intercom system at school; the last one resulting in Pepper Ann, Nicky, Tessa and Vanessa getting sent to detention. It is at this point that Pepper Ann admits that she has never seen the last ten minutes of any episode as she was called away for dinner each time.

Nicky finally has Pepper Ann watch the last couple of minutes of each episode where, to her surprise, they all end with Gina and Tina apologizing to each other. Pepper Ann apologizes to Vanessa and she and Tessa apologize to one another. Pepper Ann once again takes the credit for the revelation with Milo, who was at the Cheezy & Greezy this whole time, agreeing. Pepper Ann gets furious however when she realizes that Tessa and Vanessa were fighting over who was the cutest.


Desk Gag

"The letter Q!"


  • Crazy Twin Shenanigans is most likely a reference to shows like Sister, Sister.
  • Nicky gets sent to detention in this episode. However, in "Permanent Record", Nicky claimed that that was her first time.
  • This is the first mention of Stewart Waldinger who makes his first actual appearance a couple of episodes later in "Presenting Stewart Waldinger".

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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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