Season 2 Episode 18

The Brain Game

Aired Unknown Apr 27, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The Brain Game
Desperately seeking to be popular again, Mary Cherry fails in an audition to a teen talent show. But that didn't stop her, and she decides to put a team of students together to be in "The Big Head Challenge." Everybody is studying for the SATs and they all think it would be a nice way to test their knowledge at this competition.moreless

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  • carmen takes salsa lessons from mario lopez. the rest of the gang is studying for SATS, and josh doens't think he is smart enough to date lily. so he goes on a game show and faces off against other ppl and in the end, the team wins.moreless

    i think this season is so different than the first season. carmen really goes into her own and takes dance lessons with Mario Lopez.this season, although more plot oriented the whole gang gets along so there is none of that unpopular vs popular theme anymore.

    Lily is obsessed with her SATs and she doubts her relationship with Josh b/c he isn't as smart as she is. to prove his intelligence he goes on a game show with Brook, Sam, Nicole and Mary-cherry to face off against Mary cherry's mom's team. to get ready for this face off, harrison helps josh study for the game show. this never would've have happened in the first season. ties are formed between all the ppl in the group, especially with Nicole being harrison's bone transplant donor.

    i thought that josh's secret knowledge about poultry was really weird and random.moreless
Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon


Guest Star

JM J. Bullock

JM J. Bullock

Judgey Judge

Guest Star

Alyson Reed

Alyson Reed

Stern woman judge

Guest Star

Delta Burke

Delta Burke

Cherry Cherry

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Cherry Cherry: (to Mary Cherry) If I had it to do all over again, I would have taken you to the hospital when your appendix burst and I wouldn't have tried to run you down with the car when you stained my chinchilla coat.

    • Harrison: You ordered chicken at a time like this?
      Josh: Ye-ah, especially if I've got to keep up my strength for the face-off, now that I'm going to be studying "Han Solo."

    • Mary Cherry: Okay, Teen Tartz judges, I know that you're all just jealous of my Teen Tight ass!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The beginning scene with "Teen Tartz," was a spoof of the WB show "Popstars."

    • One of the categories chosen by Sam is "Popular Stars of the WB," an obvious reference to the show's network.

    • Mary Cherry: (answering a question) Who is Cherry Cherry.

      Given the peculiar syntax of this answer, this is an obvious Jeopardy answer; a game show where contestants are given the answer of quiz questions, and they must answer the question in the form of a question.

    • Josh: The tribe has spoken.

      This is the famous line directly taken from the popular reality series Survivor where contestants are 'stranded' on an island to compete for a million dollars. On the show the line is a line of closure as a contestant to eliminated from the competition based on the votes of the other competitors.

    • The reason that the first scene of this episode was shot in a different style was because it was a parody of the WB's "Popstars" and therefore copied the "realistic" filming style/feel of that realty show.