Jem

Season 1 Episode 15

The Rock Fashion Book

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 27, 1986 on ABC
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The Rock Fashion Book
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A book publisher hears about Jem and the Holograms winning a fashion show and signs them up to make a rock fashion book. The Misfits send Clash out to spy while they try to make their own rock fashion book. Their book is rejected. Pizzazz's father buys the rights to the Holograms' book where they use their new control to make the Holograms look ridiculous. The photographer has proof that Clash and the Misfits are responsible for accidents.moreless

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  • Solid episode, despite lack of relevance

    7.5
    Rick Merwin delivers a solid story, but it lacks the social message and moral that made Jem so great.

    The Holograms, with a contract from Arlington House publishers, set out to make a rock fashion book. This premise allows the storytellers to feature the rock stars in various scenic places, like the Grand Canyon, a marine aquarium, and Nassau. Not to be outdone, the Misfits strive to make their own fashion book, and their attempts are hilarious. They don skirted onesies and gaudy sunglasses for a beach shoot, their shots from a carnival are continuously interrupted by photobombers, and their manuscript is ultimately rejected by seventeen publishers.

    The music is mediocre. "Come On In, the Water's Fine," sounds like the songwriters made the best of the premise that was given them: write a pop song about being in the water. The other two songs are better. "We Can Change It," a song about the survival of a relationship, and its music video set in a photographer's red room work very well.

    This episode also contains some fun dialogue between Jem and Rio. First, after Jem is saved from being eaten by a whale, she asks Rio to hold her and says that "Jerrica wouldn't At the end, she assures Rio that Jerrica knows he acted very bravely while breaking the fourth wall and winking at the audience. Young viewers, who are in on her secret, may feel a closer bond to the heroine through that little moment.

    The episode suffers from a lack of a relevant message or any sort of meaningful urgency. The only urgency comes from the fashion book directors, who push the Holograms from one location to the next, making the story feel very rushed.

    Finally, the outfits worn by the Holograms for the book seem very plain and conservative by today's pop standards. Of course, this is from the Debbie Gibson era when female pop stars wore jean jackets, derbys, and side ponytails.moreless
Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Roxy/Roxanne Pelligrini

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips

Jem/Jerrica Benton [singing voice]

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Kimber Benton / Aja Leith

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Eric Raymond

Cindy McGee

Cindy McGee

Shana Elmsford

Ellen Bernfeld

Ellen Bernfeld

Pizzazz [singing voice]

Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Howard Sands

Guest Star

Bobbie Block

Bobbie Block

Sumi

Recurring Role

Cathianne Blore

Cathianne Blore

Robin

Recurring Role

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Marine park cashier

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