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The Beginning
Written by Christy Marx

Synopsis:
Jem and the Holograms are a big rockband, and Jem thinks back on how it all began, with the unexpected death of Jerrica and Kimbers father. He left them two inheritances of his, the home for foster girls, Starlight House, and half of the music company, Starlight Music. The other half was left to Eric, who has taken control of the company, and plans to turn Starlight Music into the most powerful recording company in the country. Eric has arranged a battle of the bands in the park tomorrow, and the Misfits are going to win, because Eric made sure the other bands are so lousy that the Misfits will sound terrific. A little box arrives to Jerrica, that reveals the best inheritance of her father.

Characters:
Jem/Jerrica and the Holograms, The Misfits, Synergy, Rio, Eric, Starlight Girls (Ashley, Ba Nee, Deirdre, Terri, Lela, Anne, Marianne, Joellen, Becky, Nancy, Delaree), Howard, Mrs. Bailey, Zipper, Limp Lizards, Eric's secretary, The Leatherettes, The Space Cadets.

Focus on:
Jerrica, Synergy, Eric

Locations & vehicles:
Rockin' Roadster, cemetary, Starlight House, Starlight Music, The Misfits guitarshaped motorcycles, park, Starlight Express, Starlight Drive-In, Starlight Mansion, Misfits van, Rio's car, Zipper's place.

First appearance of:
Jem/Jerrica and the Holograms, The Misfits, Synergy, Rio, Eric, Starlight Girls (Ashley, Ba Nee, Deirdre, Terri, Lela, Anne, Marianne, Joellen, Becky, Nancy, Delaree), Howard, Mrs. Bailey, Zipper, Limp Lizards, Eric's receptionist, The Leatherettes, The Space Cadets, Starlight House, Starlight Music, Starlight Drive-In, Rockin' Roadster, Starlight Express, Misfits van, Rio's van.

Songs:
"Outta My Way" The Misfits
"Only The Beginning" Jem and the Holograms
"Winning Is Everything" The Misfits

Part of songs:
"Broken Glas" by the Limp Lizards.

Instrumentals:
"Outta My Way" by The Misfits, "Winning Is Everything" by The Misfits.

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

Original airdate:
6 October 1985.

Releases:
USA: Aired on TV. Released on VHS. Released on DVD.
Italy: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Gli Inizi" (The Beginning).
France: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Souvenirs, Souvenirs" (Memories).
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 "El Comienzo" (The beginning).
UK: Aired on TV. Released on VHS. Released on DVD.
Australia: Released on DVD.

Behind the scenes:
Christy preferred the design of Starlight House in front of Starlight Mansion.

The Starlight Girl, Deirdre, was named after the middle name of Christy's stephdaughter.

Ashley who was originally named "Heather" by Christy, was renamed by someone else at the production who wanted her to be named Ashley.

Nowadays Christy regrets not making less Starlight Girls, as she thinks five might had worked out better in the longrun.

Eric's secretary, was based on a secretary at a TV production company where Christy once worked.

Christy doesn't think the Rockin' Roadster is a cool car. She would have used a different kind of car.

Howard Sands was named after a real movie producer, but Christy twisted around the name.

Christy likes the Misfits song "Winning Is Everything".

When Ba Nee says she got money for walking Mrs. Ledger's dog, it's an injoke because Christy was at the moment married to an artist named Peter Ledger.

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 1: The Beginning, 2: The Challenge, and 3: Fire!. It then had retakes made, including extended scenes. Read more about the different versions of the material in this episode on Retakes.

Aja is the character we get to see first of all, as she steps out of the Rockin' Roadster and the public screams her name over and over. Then comes Shana, Kimber and Jem at last. I think this was a good idea by Christy to introduce the main characters and their name one by one.

Kimber is playing an acoustic guitar. Although in the later episode "Old Meets New" Kimber says "What good is a guitar if you can't plug it in". Aja goes around with a drum stick drumming on things. But in the later episode "Talent Search Part 1", Aja is, according to herself, hopeless on drums.

The first Starlight Girl that we get a close look at is Lela, and the first one who has a speaking line is Becky.

Starlight Music used to have a guard named Harry in the reception but Eric fired him when Emmett died.

The Misfits are introduced as they ride in on motorcycles shaped as guitars. The extra scenes explain them as their new "toys" which are to be used in their next photo session.

Jerrica thinks the Misfits and their music is trash.

Just when Jerrica has received the earrings, the wind blows open the window and the lights go out. Then a hologram of Synergy appears, almost suggesting that Synergy needed to pass through the window.

Jerrica asks Synergy the first time she wants her to project a hologram that talks.

When Rio saves Jerrica and the Holograms from falling off the cliff with the Rockin' Roadster, he ends up in the newspaper. The newspaper is "Daily Bugle" and says "Amazing Rescue" "Local youth Rio Pacheco saves rock group the Holograms from certain death", "Pacheco credits mysterious leadsinger 'Jem' with help in rescue", another article says "Hot new act wins band contest!".

In the music video of "Winning Is Everything" by the Misfits, Pizzazz wins the contest "Miss Punk International". Stormer is "miss conduct" and Roxy "miss information".

This is the only episode of the entire series that featured two Misfits songs that were new (not re-used) aswell as not duets with Jem and the Holograms.

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