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"Zen and the Art of Milo" is the 17th episode of the fifth season of Pepper Ann. It aired on November 15, 2000.


Milo is recruited to a "half Zen academy", but has trouble fitting in there. Pepper Ann does not make things easy when Milo decides to return to Hazelnut Middle School.


At the Semi-Zen Academy, a Master and Groundskeeper decide to go into town and buy a leaf blower for their garden. In Hazelnut, Milo coaxes Pepper Ann to have private time with Craig while he waits outside with her baton, only to upset a cotton candy vendor, an organ grinder and a monkey. The Master and Groundskeeper spot Milo in the middle of it all, but in a very zen like state. They approach him and impressed with his demeanor ask him to join their academy. Milo tells Pepper Ann and Nicky that he accepted already, upsetting the former.

Milo arrives at the Semi-Zen Academy only to learn that they strictly do meditation study, which he quickly grows bored with. At Hazelnut Middle School, Pepper Ann is convinced that Milo will return, despite his locker being given to Dieter. After their respective days, Milo meets with Pepper Ann and Nicky and admits that he is missing Hazelnut already. Upset by this, Pepper Ann claims that she does not miss him at all, causing Milo to lash back at Pepper Ann and making Nicky furious as she leaves the two.

Pepper Ann and Milo are respectively perturbed with each other's decision that it begins to affect their school work. The Master gives Milo some words of encouragement stating that even if it looks like he quit the academy, he knows that is not what happened. Mr. Finky relates to Pepper Ann how he broke up with his rap troupe, not because he was giving up, but because they knew he wanted to teach. At Pepper Ann's house, she and Milo meet up and resume their friendship while Nicky returns as well, having learned Farsi on the side.


Desk Gag

"The black velvet Fuzzy painting I've always wanted!"
(Fuzzy: "Get outta my face, see!")


  • On Disney+, the episode segment is second next to "T.G.I.F." and the last episode listed in the entire series.

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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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