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The Day The Music Died
Written by Roger Slifer

Synopsis:
Jerrica has been under alot of pressure lately. Riot invites Jem to a cruise to Mexico, before she is able to turn him down they have set sails. Now Jem is gone, and without their leadsingers, the other members of the groups, the Holograms and the Stingers, can't put on a new concert or cut a new record. To be able to support the Starlight Girls, Kimber is forced to sell Starlight Music to Pizzazz's father. And since the Holograms, Rapture and Minx are under contract, they are all forced to join the Misfits.

Characters:
Jem/Jerrica and the Holograms, The Misfits, The Stingers, Rio, Eric, Lin-Z, Starlight Girls (Ashley, Ba Nee, Krissie, Deirdre, Terri, Lela, Anne, Marianne, Joellen, Becky, Nancy, Delaree), Harvey, Emmett (pictured only), Jacqui (pictured only), judge.

Focus on:
Jem, Riot, Pizzazz

Locations & vehicles:
Starlight Mansion, Starlight Music, concert stage, limousine, Glitter 'n Gold Roadster, small island in Mexico, cruise ship, court in LA, Mexico, boat, boat rental in Mexico, more boats, concert stage in LA.

Songs:
"Under My Spell" The Stingers
"Top Of The Charts" The Misfits
"All's Right With The World" Jem and the Holograms

Part of songs:
"Under My Spell" by the Stingers.

Instrumentals:
"Bad Influence" by Jem and the Holograms/the Misfits, "It's Fun To Be Scared" by Jem and the Holograms.

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

Original airdate:
24 February 1988.

Releases:
Released on DVD.

International:
Italy: Aired on TV. The episode title was "Jem É Scomparsa" (Jem has disappeared).
France: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Le jour oú la musique s'est arrêtée" (The day the music stopped).
UK: Aired on TV.

Trivia:
The Jem theme is interrupted in the middle by Kimber who has a message and speaks right out to the viewers, like several. So do some other characters in this episode, Raya, Pizzazz and Riot.

One of the frames that are seen for less than a second says things like "Universal Leader", "Picture", "Reel No", "Color", "Length", "Roll", "Subject", "Splice" and other things.

Roger Slifer is the only writer other than the main writer who ever included the Misfits in the same episode as the Stingers. That's alot of characters to fit into an episode.

Kimber admits she sometimes takes things a little too personally.

Regine is mentioned in this episode, which means this episode takes place after "Straight From The Heart" where Regine is introduced. Although most episode orders place this episode before that episode, including the official production numbers.

When Raya joined Jem and the Holograms it was the happiest day of her life.

Jem bets on number 22 on the roulette table. Maybe her lucky number?

The Misfits apparently rather let the Holograms and Rapture and Minx join the Misfits than Clash.

When joining the Misfits, the Holograms are using their outfits from when they played the mean sisters in "Beauty and the Rock Promoter".

Kimber Benton has her own office with a sign on her door at Starlight Music.

Kimber is not afraid of heights.

Harvey Gabor owns Starlight Music in this episode. Harvey is acting pretty cold towards Kimber when she is about to lose everything in court. Even though Kimber and Harvey got along pretty well in the episode "Father's Day" also written by Roger Slifer.

Riot thinks he's smarter, stronger and more clever than Rio by far.

Minx sees Riot as her guru and inspiration. Ever since Rapture first laid eyes on Riot she knew they belonged togheter (not in a romantic way of course).

Kimber almost reveals that Jem is her sister, but stops herself.

We get to see a glimpse of Starlight Music's address on the postcard when Rio holds it. It says 1848 Brook, Los Angeles, Ca..., 90015

Spoiler: Kimber, Aja and Rio can't recognize Jerrica's handwriting.

Spoiler: Riot is so egotistical, according to Minx, that he signs everything he writes with a little R in a circle.

Spoiler: The Misfits actually rename Starlight Music, to Misfits Music.

Pizzazz is on the cover of a magazine called "Pop-Time". Jem is on the cover of magazines called "POP!", "ROCK-OUT", "Starscene" and "VID".

The song "All's Right With The World" by Jem and the Holograms is re-used. Previously appeared in the episode "The Talent Search Part 2".

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