Popular (1999–2001)
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"Popular" does Dickens' Christmas Carol. Everyone is invited to Sam and Brooke's first joint annual Christmas party. Carmen breaks her ankle and can't try out for Glamazons. For being a Grinch, Nicole's visited by the ghosts of Christmas.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Brooke McQueen
... Sam McPherson
... Lily Esposito
... Harrison John
... Carmen Ferrara
... Josh Ford
... Nicole Julian
... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino
... Mary Cherry
... Jane McPherson
... Mike McQueen
... Roberta Glass / Nurse Jessi Glass
... Emory Dick
... Marley Jacob
... Principal Cecilia Hall


This Christmas episode is the show's take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's the last day before Christmas and everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit. Everyone, except for Nicole, who hates Christmas with passion ever since her best friend and mentor Marley Jacob died from anorexia on Christmas, a year before. Nicole was just a book nerd back then but the death of her friend changed her completely and she decided to immediately take over Marley's position of the school's queen bee. The gang is invited to Christmas family dinner at Sam and Brooke's place and even April Tuna's geeks are welcomed. Meanwhile, Nicole becomes meaner than ever and teases Carmen, who now walks on crutches. She has broken her ankle while practicing for the Glamazons hoping that they'll let her try out for them again soon. Competitive Nicole then steals money from the blind Principal Hall's charity box to fill up her own charity box. Later, she humiliates Ms. Glass, who took up a second job as a ...

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9 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Poppita Fresh: Yeah, I think Carmen's great, and she's pretty and she's nice and she can shake her ass like nobody's business. I say in the spirit of the season, let's do it.
Brooke McQueen: Okay then, it's unanimous.
[looking over at pained expression on Nicole's face]
Brooke McQueen: Right, Nic?
Nicole Julian: Sure. I'll put Carm on the squad. When hell freezes over, and/or Melissa Joan Hart gets nominated for an Oscar.
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O Come, All Ye Faithful
Performed by the cast and choir
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already-floundering show shoots itself in the foot with Christmas episode
11 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Yeah, I was very enthusiastic about POPULAR back there in the beginning, but the series has quickly disintegrated into a collection of irksome characters, or rather, caricatures. Fortunately, the two female leads remain as POPULAR with me as in the beginning, and little Tamara Mello as Lily is excluded from my criticisms as well, but that other lot... They're fast becoming one big bothersome mess.

So, in the spirit of Christmas, because of a delusional dream, super-nasty Nicole now decides that Carmen gets to try out as a cheerleader? As nasty as Nicole is, she wouldn't possibly have stuck to this decision two seconds after having woken up. This is just a weak plot development after yet another schmaltzy Christmas episode, a cloying, irritating American TV habit which dictates that everything must smell of roses and peace and brotherly love come Yuletide. The theme of the show is the division caused by popularity and its outcasts. Nicole Julian is already a totally laughably over-accentuated character, and here the scriptwriters lets her get undermined so easily. After all that, (viewers would know what I'm talking about) she is suddenly so ineffectual? The one moment she is spewing that wonderful line re Melissa Joan Hart (see the quote here on the site), the best thing about the episode, and then she is suddenly reduced to being swayed by a guilty conscience because of a dream? Venomous nasty- to-the-core Nicole?

Beware those Christmas episodes. From experience with other TV shows, some of the stupidest (I'm allowed bad grammar if I've had to endure this weak link episode) viewing on television.

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