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Culture Clash
Written by David Wise

Jem and the Holograms are shooting their new music video in New York. The Misfits plan to make their stay there a disaster. But that doesn't seem to be necessary, since Fitzgerald Beck, their artistic video director, is quite a disaster.

Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Eric, Video, Anthony, Fitzgerald Beck, Maria Castello, Alex Falk, bartender, reporter, technician, presenter, police detective, policemen.

Locations & vehicles:
New York, airport in New York, limousine, Maria's nightclub, garbage boat, hotel in New York, Castello Gallery in New York, Misfits' hotel in New York, theater in New York, Fitz' studio in New York, Misfits Music.

"Surprise! Surprise!" The Misfits
"I Believe In Happy Endings" Jem and the Holograms

Part of songs:
"I Believe in Happy Endings" by Jem and the Holograms, "Surprise! Surprise!" by the Misfits.

Humor, Action, Adventure.

Original airdate:
22 February 1987.

Released on VHS. Released on DVD.

Italy: Aired on TV. The episode title was "Arte Moderna" (Modern art).
France: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Vive La Culture" (Long Lives The Culture).
Holland: Aired on TV.
Venezuela: Aired on TV. The episode title was "El Debate Cultural" (The cultural debate).
UK: Aired on TV. Released on DVD.
Australia: Released on DVD.

Behind the Scenes:
An animation cel has shown up from this episode, which wasn't used in the episode. It looks like it belongs somewhere in the Misfits music video "Surprise! Surprise!".

Two sets in particular in this episode deserve a mention. These are quite different and cool designs, and each of Jath get their own matching version. Infact some of these seem to stand out so much in their design, that I'm surprised they later show up on only one character matched with completely different outfits for the others.

According to Fitz, great art doesn't happen without suffering.

Eric and Video are big fans of Fitz.

David Wise was also a writer of alot of Transformers episodes at the same time as he wrote a couple of episodes for Jem, infact he wrote more Transformers episodes than anyone else on the original series. So the robots included in this story is likely a homage to Transformers. They may not transform, but all of them move around alot and have cool unusual tasks that are more than oldfashioned stiff robots. He infact wrote a story also for Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers titled "Robocat".

In one scene we get to hear a part that is not included in the song "Surprise! Surprise!" by the Misfits, that says "wait till you see what's in store for you".

Fitz is in love with Jem, but Jem says there is someone else. Rio? But Rio is with Jerrica.

Although Fitz' work was supposed to be featured in the Jem and the Holograms music video "I Believe In Happy Endings", the only music video they do end up appearing in is the Misfits' "Surprise! Surprise!", even if not officially.

Again Jem gets handcuffed by the police, like in the earlier episode "Frame Up".

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