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Ziterella is the 1st episode of the first season of Pepper Ann. It aired on September 13, 1997.


Every schoolbook photo to date has turned out bad for Pepper Ann. This year she is determined to get a good photo.

Unfortunately, she gets a pimple the day before it's time to take the picture, and she's too embarrassed to buy pimple cream.


Pepper Ann happily tells her friends Milo Kamalani and Nicky Little that she is prepared for this year's yearbook photo after having multiple failures in the past. Hazelnut Middle School principal Mr. Hickey confronts Pepper Ann about the upcoming photos and warns her that they are of the utmost importance. When Pinkeye Pete arrives, Pepper Ann fearfully runs to the bathroom (despite him not actually touching her) and suddenly notices to her horror that she has a pimple on her forehead. While Milo and Nicky have trouble seeing it, Pepper Ann is mortified and asks for help, but both have other matters to attend to. Thankfully, Pepper Ann has until tomorrow to figure out how to get rid of her pimple.

Pepper Ann is forced to go to Abe's Mall (the "Abys-Mal") to get pimple cream which is considered an unpopular shopping place. Her mother, Lydia, refuses to go, as she wants to finish her fashion photos, while her sister, Moose, and her aunt, Janie, both refuse to go for one reason or another and she ends up flipping a penny to decide. Pepper Ann walks the streets where she encounters Trinket St. Blair, Cissy Rooney, Tessa and Vanessa James, her uncle JoJo and various other people and creatures who apparently ask "where are you going?" though it is implied that she is imagining the majority of it. She finally gets to Abe's Mall where she hurriedly buys all of her things and flees back home where she happily applies the cream to her forehead. Her pimple miraculously disappears.

The next day, however, Mr. Hickey sadly tells the students that the second half of yearbook photos will not be taken due to Pinkeye Pete having given the photographer pinkeye. He desperately tries to call a new photographer so that he can get another Yearbook photo award. While in class, Pepper Ann's enthusiastic math teacher Ms. Stark, explains to the students about Abe's Mall and inadvertently reveals that Pepper Ann was there. The whole class begins laughing at her, or at least Pepper Ann thinks they are, before loudly admitting that she liked being there and that the prices were amazing, though her friends calm her down. Later, Pepper Ann sees Abe's Mall is the subject of a pop culture report as it is the hang out of rock band Flaming Snot. She is clearly seen in the background much to her displeasure.

Mr. Hickey exhausts every avenue and gets inspired to head to the mall to steal a photo booth, but while there ends up seeing Lydia's photos at the fashion boutique and hires her. The next day, Pepper Ann and her friends enter the gymnasium to get their photos taken and are surprised to see all of their friends including Pepper Ann's crush, Craig Bean, commenting on her sudden fashion status from the report. As Pepper Ann sits to get her photo taken, she is shocked to see that her mother is the photographer, scaring her and unintentionally giving her a goofy face. Mr. Hickey laments that he was unable to get the award for this year because of her.


Desk Gag

"Ooh, five bucks!"



  • When Abraham Lincoln on the penny starts talking to Pepper Ann, the penny's date changes from 1972 to 1997. The date then changes back to 1972 when Lincoln stops talking.
  • In the original English version of the episode, the shoppers in the mall groan in disgust after Lydia shouts that Pepper Ann has her first pimple. However, in the Spanish version, the shoppers cheer.
  • This episode, and the rest of the first season, clearly shows that the series is set in 1997, the year the series started.

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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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