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The Brain Game 

The gang studies for SATs. Mary Cherry gets them to compete on a quiz show against her mother. Lily fears that Josh will make a fool of himself, since his only field of expertise is chickens. Carmen falls for her Mexican dance instructor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Esposito
Harrison John
Carmen Ferrara
Nicole Julian
Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino (credit only)
Mary Cherry
Jane McPherson (credit only)
Mike McQueen (credit only)
Bobbi Glass
Cherry Cherry
Pablo (as Mario López)


Mary Cherry fails to win over the judges of "Pop Tarts" talent show with her rendition of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus". After being humiliated by them, Mary Cherry decides to assemble a team to compete on a local cable academic-challenge program in hopes that she'll be discovered for her looks and "personality". Cherry Cherry has to attend Kennedy High after her low SAT score comes back to haunt her. She wants in on her daughter's team when Josh also tries out for it. Josh turns to Harrison to help him get onto Mary Cherry's team to prove he isn't just another dumb jock. Harrison discovers that Josh has an uncanny knowledge of chicken that gets him on Mary Cherry's team. Carmen decides to ditch studying for the SAT's in favor of Salsa lessons, which she isn't very good at but falls in love with her instructor Pablo, who can't speak much English. Lily becomes afraid Josh will make a fool of himself on "The Big Head Challenge", hosted by Ed McMahhn, deciding not to go. Cherry Cherry ... Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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27 April 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Brooke McQueen: [as Josh and Cherry Cherry square up] Do you know what the worst part of this face-off is?
Sam McPherson: Yeah. One of them has to win.
Brooke McQueen: Yup.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Rock Me Amadeus
Written by Rob Bolland and Ferdi Bolland
Performed by Falco
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