Jem

Season 1 Episode 9

The World Hunger Shindig

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 26, 1986 on ABC
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The World Hunger Shindig
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Philanthropist Miss Sally Brand is throwing a huge hunger bash at the Houston Astrodome that features Jem and the Holograms as the headliners. British teen idol Shawn Harrison is among the other acts; his budding romance with Kimber is nearly sabotaged by his old flame, Pizzazz. She and the other Misfits want to claim the Hologram's spot on the concert album so that they can become internationally famous. As for Eric, he has his own plans for making a profit out of the concert.

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  • The Holograms in Texas, and the story is just passable

    8.0
    Writer Mary Skrenes sends the ladies to Houston, where the participate in a world hunger benefit concert. The Misfits are invited to perform but can only be featured on the concert album if a band drops out.

    The episode opens with good pace, introducing the episode's important secondary characters: the concert promoter Sally Brand and Kimber's love interest for this episode British "teen idol" Shaun Harrison. The meat of the story is given in just a few seconds of dialogue and the Holograms are introduced to a roaring crowd for a song. However, the tempo is lost once the Holograms' helicopter lands and they sing "We Can Make A Difference," a song that wonderfully features Britta Phillips' high range but whose pensive seriousness really puts the brakes on the story's tempo.

    The Misfits are as usual quite hilarious. Their greedy number "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" offers the unaltruistic and selfish take on giving. Although not fantastic, it is the best song of the episode.

    "Share, a Little Bit of Yourself," is cloyingly sweet, and thankfully the Misfits try to cut in with lines like "give all you can afford. "

    The show's Texans are depicted as very stereotypical, with terrible drawls, constant use of double negatives and words like "savvy," and all wearing blue jeans and stetsons. However, these stereotypes are not used for the purpose of comedy, humiliation, or degradation, so it is, for me, forgivable.

    I do not understand why the character CB Dodd, an oil man interested in the recording industry, was introduced to Jerrica. Perhaps he is interested in investing in Starlight Music, but it is not explained.

    Also, Rio's presence isn't clarified. He and Jerrica briefly talk but seem to be too busy for each other. Perhaps the writer wanted to show some of the difficulties working adults face with relationships.

    Eric Raymond's comeuppance at the episode's end is very well written with smart dialogue and witty jabs from Pizzazz.

    A good episode with a socially relevant message. Its frayed edges and so-so music can be overlooked.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]

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Shawn Harrison

Guest Star

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Zipper

Recurring Role

Marlene Aragon

Marlene Aragon

Ellen Sue Tanner

Recurring Role

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