Strawberry Shortcake

Season 2 Episode 16

The Play's the Thing

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on CBS
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The Play's the Thing
A sudden rainstorm forces Strawberry to postpone the garden party that she was playing. Blueberry Muffin suggests a new plan for the day: dressing up in costumes to perform “Strawberryella.” Strawberry wants to use old rain coat she loves for her costume, but she’s worried about what her friends will say about it. It’s not long before she realizes that how she wears her costume matters more than what it looks like.moreless

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  • Fantastic!

    It's a toss up whether Dress Up Days or Seaberry Beach Party is my favorite second opener DVD but The Play's The Thing is hands down the best second opener episode in my opinion. If anybody is a fan of The Powerpuff Girls, they'll probably remember the rainy day episode. This episode of Strawberry Shortcake reminds me of that. Just a chance for some pure, silly, goofy, cute fun. A lot of good character moments abound in this episode. This episode also seems to be funnier than is normal for a typical Strawberry episode. I found it to be a nice touch when Angel Cake interrupted the fantasy sequence to complain when Blueberry, Ginger, and Orange drop out of character to apologize for making Strawberry cry. Huckleberry's firm complaint about being picked to play the prince is priceless. And dare I say it? That dancing sequence is lovely. There's an underlying lesson about not placing value on how a person dresses or on how well off he or she looks but on what's inside the person's heart. I wish more teenagers would learn that kind of lesson.moreless
  • Good lesson learned.

    When a storm interrupts an outdoor party, Strawberry Shortcake and company instead go to Blueberry Muffin's house for dress-up at the latter's suggestion. Of course, the title character must first sustain the others' laughter over wearing an old raincoat because she's got no more good ones. Skimming through costumes and books leads up to a play on the story Cinderella, or as Apple Dumplin' puts it, Strawberella.

    As agent_0042 hinted, anyone who's seen the Disney movie of the same story will have a good idea what the play's about; no prizes for guessing who fills in as the prince. "Not-so-nasty" and "slightly wicked"? Uh, you three HAFTA act that way, that's part of your respective characters. Hero or villain, those participants really know how to act. Good thing Blueberry Muffin, Orange Blossom, and Ginger Snap care in real life. One might think this play was an unconscious chance to let off steam.

    Oh dear. Seeing Huckleberry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake dancing, all the crazed fanfic shippers will come calling; no offense to them. Then again, Orange Blossom and Ginger Snap sounded pretty enthusiastic themselves about being the stepsisters. (How'd they get Peppermint Fizz to cameo as carriage driver?) "Beautiful You" would be a bad choice for hold-on music of any female-dominated show where the characters are just a group of bratty teenagers concerned too much over their external appearances. The inside counts, not the outside: Why doesn't society comprehend??!!! That's what I call a good lesson. Xenophobes, especially colonists, really should take it into consideration.

    What I found most disturbing here was Huckleberry Pie's first seconds within the entire episode. He initially refused to participate until Angel Cake bribed him with the treat of his namesake. Bribed?? Did the ends justify the means? Doubtful. First Huckleberry Pie dares his pals into joining him for walking down the Huckleberry Briar, now he refuses to be in a play. Makes me wonder if he's begun snapping under the pressure of being the token male?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the scene where we see Cola Chameleon sleeping, his striped tummy switches patterns for a split second.

    • This can be seen only in DVD. In the picture on the "Remembering Book" displayed right before the actual story starts, which shows Strawberry's friends, Angel Cake is replaced by Peppermint Fizz.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ginger Snap: Oh, Prince, you dance divinely! (sound of something hard)Ouch! (camera pans to Ginger's foot)

    • Custard: Puphorse, whoa! Stop, Puphorse, stop!
      Angel Cake: (as the fairy godmother) One more thing. My magic only lasts a while. You have to be home before eight o'clock.
      Custard: I thought it was midnight.
      Angel Cake: That would be past her bedtime. Eight o'clock's when everything changes back as it was and you -- you once again will be dressed in tatters and rags.

    • Strawberry Shortcake: I never knew you had so many books.
      Blueberry Muffin: I absolutely love to read. Don't you?
      Strawberry Shortcake: Oh, I love to read about anything and everything and all the things that happened once upon a time.
      Blueberry Muffin: Reading is the absolute most fun in the whole wide world.
      Strawberry Shortcake: When you read a good story, you feel like you can be anybody, do anything, go anywhere.

    • Huckleberry Pie: You are not your clothes
      You are not your hair
      You are not the dress
      Your mother made you wear
      Rich or even poor
      I couldn't really care
      You're still simply beautiful you

      Strawberry Shortcake: You could be a prince
      With the finest clothes
      But it wouldn't make you any nicer
      I suppose
      If you looked down on us
      While turning up your nose
      You would not be beautiful you

      Both: It's not how much you sparkle
      That makes you like a star
      It's what's inside your heart
      That tells you
      Who you are

      Strawberry Shortcake: Clothes don't make the kid
      It's the other way around
      This is what
      I've finally found

      Huckleberry Pie: That it's not about the way you look
      It's about the things you do

      Both: That make you beautiful you

      Huckleberry Pie: I am not my clothes
      And I am not my crown

      Strawberry Shortcake: And I am not my rags
      'Cause in my heart
      I wear a gown

      Both: So let's go out and play
      Like we've never had a care
      About the things we think
      We're supposed to wear

      Huckleberry Pie: 'Cause it's not the way you look
      Strawberry Shortcake: It's the things you say and do
      Both: That make you beautiful
      That make you beautiful
      That make you beautiful you

    • Strawberry Shortcake: If my clothes were nice
      Not just nice but clean
      If my shoes were polished
      Like you've never seen
      Would I be as happy
      As a shiny clam
      'Cause the world would see me
      As I really am
      If I glittered
      Would I be as good as gold
      If I sparkled
      Wouldn't I feel bold
      What if the side of me would never hide
      The pretty me that's left inside
      If I glittered
      I can see myself
      With no cares at all
      'Cause I'm all done up
      And goin' to the ball
      And on my lovely gown
      The moonlight shines and glints
      Till it catches the eye
      Of the handsome prince
      If I glitter
      Then I'll get to dance
      If I sparkle
      Fun will have a chance
      Now my outside shows what's in my heart
      Just little me who wants her life to start
      If I glitter
      If I glitter
      And if I shined, they'd really see
      That there was so much more to me

      GS and OB: She's nothing, and she'll always be
      Strawberry Shortcake: If I glittered
      If I glittered

  • NOTES (7)

    • This is the only episode where we have the chance to see Apple Dumplin' not wearing any headgear.

    • Despite Peppermint Fizz's appearance, she has no dialogues in this episode.

    • Strains of the tune "Dance of the Sugar Berry Fairy, an instrumental tune available on the Berry Merry Christmas album, can be heard a couple of times in this episode.

    • Before deciding on Cinderella, Strawberry and her friends consider the following stories for their play --- Rapunzel, a book of animal stories, Hansel and Gretel and The Trojan Horse.

    • The characters' roles in the play are as follows:

      Strawberry Shortcake - Cinderella (or rather, Strawberella)
      Custard - herself/temporary carriage driver
      Pupcake - himself/temporary horse
      Apple Dumplin' - queen
      Ginger Snap - the smaller-footed stepsister
      Orange Blossom - the larger-footed stepsister
      Angel Cake - fairy godmother
      Huckleberry Pie - prince
      Peppermint Fizz - carriage driver
      Blueberry Muffin - stepmother

    • Featured songs: "If I Glittered" and "Beautiful You".

    • This is one of two episodes released on the Dress Up Days DVD.


    • Strawberry Shortcake: I can't believe I'm going to a fancy dress ball.
      Fairy Godmother: Yes, yes, yes. No, no, no. Not like that you're not. (She waves her wand and puts Strawberry in a beautiful dress and glass slippers.)

      In "The Play's the Thing," Strawberry and her friends put on a play of the Cinderella. Though there are many versions of this tale, the events of the play seen in the episode are most similar to the version of the story popularized by the Disney Cindrella. In this tale, Cinderella lives with a mean stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. She wants to attend a fancy ball being held by the prince, but is told that she can't go because she doesn't have an elegant dress. A fairy godmother then appears to her, giving her a marvelous dress, glass slippers and a stagecoach led by a horse (Pupcake as Puphorse in the Strawberry Shortcake version, with Custard as the driver.) She is warned that the spell will wear off by a certain time (midnight in the Disney story, Strawberry's eight o'clock bedtime in the show.) Cinderella dances with the prince and is later identified by a lost glass slipper, which only fits her.

      Disney's version of the story is followed by two direct-to-DVD sequels --- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and the 2007 Cinderella III: A Stitch in Time.