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#4045-A, B and C (original three part mini-series, also combined three by three into full episodes)
#4046 (with some edits and released on VHS as a movie)
#5205-12 (with long added scenes and extended music videos)
The Battle Of The Bands
Written by Christy Marx

Synopsis:
Jem and the Holograms are getting ready to compete against the Misfits in the Battle Of The Bands. Before the contest Eric kidnaps Ashley, and gives Jem and the Holograms 30 minutes to get to the Starlight Drive-In, without a word to anyone. If Jem and the Holograms don't make it to the contest in time, Eric gets Starlight Music, and the Misfits get the Mansion and the movie contract.

Characters:
Jem/Jerrica and the Holograms, The Misfits, Synergy, Rio, Eric, Starlight Girls (Ashley, Ba Nee, Krissie, Deirdre, Terri, Lela, Anne, Marianne, Joellen, Becky, Nancy, Delaree), Howard, Danielle, Zipper, Malone private detective, Dumbo, Flak, Tork, Buster.

Focus on:
Synergy, Ashley, Eric.

Locations & vehicles:
Rockin' Roadster, Starlight Drive-In, Malone's car, Bureau of Records, Starlight Music, Zipper's truck, Starlight Mansion, Music Bowl, Zipper's motorcycle, police cars.

Songs:
"She's Got The Power" Jem and the Holograms
"Takin' It All" The Misfits
"Music Is Magic" Jem and the Holograms

Part of songs:
"Winning Is Everything" The Misfits (not included in the retakes version), "Music Is Magic" by Jem and the Holograms.

Instrumentals:
"Gettin' Down To Business" by Jem and the Holograms, "Music Is Magic" by Jem and the Holograms.

Genres:
Action, Drama, Humor, Romance, Message.

Original airdate:
29 December 1985, 5 January 1986, 12 January 1986.

Releases:
USA: Aired on TV. Released on VHS. Released on DVD.
Italy: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Synergy" (Synergy).
France: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Synergie" (Synergy).
Holland: Aired on TV. Released on DVD.
Sweden: Released on VHS. Released on DVD.
Denmark: Released on VHS.
Finland: Released on VHS.
Venezuela: Aired on TV. Released on VHS. The episode title was "Misfits Contra Holograms" (Misfits versus Holograms).
UK: Aired on TV. Released on VHS. Released on DVD.
Australia: Released on DVD.

Trivia:
This episode was made in several different versions. Originally it consisted of three segments, which were later put togheter to form this episode. The titles of the three segments were 13: Synergy, 14: Prisoners!, and 15: The Big Contest. It then had retakes made, including extended scenes. Read more about the different versions of the material in this episode on Retakes.

Starlight Music has a parking entrance which we never get to see again in the series.

The private detective Malone actually sees Synergy and figures out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person. He finds out Emmett Benton owned Starlight Drive-In. He takes a picture and gives to Eric. Eric actually keeps this photo and mentions it again in the later episode "The Presidential Dilemma".

Synergy is brought to Starlight Mansion. Until now she had been pretty much unprotected at the Starlight Drive-In.

This is the first time Synergy is being taken apart, it also happens in the episodes "Out Of The Past" and "The Presidential Dilemma".

When the reporter is standing in front of the Music Bowl, there are several people behind him that look like Jem and the Holograms and the Misfits, which are actually fans dressed out as them. This scene was actually cut out, probably because these fans looked so much like the real characters, that it could cause some confusion.

Zipper is a very good motorcycle driver.

Pizzazz talks right into the camera, to us viewers.

Eric actually hits Jerrica in the face, but Rio hits Eric back.

There is another sign on top of the Starlight Music roof, of Jem, than the one in the rest of the series.

There is a female character among the movie crew people, who has been re-used for later episodes, but as a new character. Apparently they used the same character model, but new colors. She shows up in the "The Jem Jam Part 1" and "Hollywood Jem Part One: For Your Consideration... ".

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