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- Production Date:
- Mar 91
- Broadcast Date:
- ?? ??? 91
- Running Time:
- 11:31 + 14:01 = 25:32
- ``Dress for Excess''
- ``The Lasting Image''
- ``School Picture Day''
- Plot Synopsis:
- Clarissa and her bud Jody are on a mission
to wear the most outrageous outfits they can think of
on the dreaded... School Picture Day.
- Ferguson is involved with saving the planet
(partipicating in the Endangered Species Walk-a-thon)
and is generally brown-nosing;
Janet and Clarissa go goo-goo over the school picture of
Janet's old boyfriend, Joey Russo (especially his eyes);
Marshall's jealous of Joey --
plus, his school picture is missing from the yearbook,
causing Clarissa to ponder her very existence.
- Opening Scene:
- ``Hey! What's the 4-1-1?''
/ Three days of the year that really burn me up:
New Year's Eve, Ferguson's birthday, School Picture Day.
- Closing Line:
- [Janet:] ``Joey Russo always loved my sweater vests!''
[Then Marshall chases Janet around the kitchen
as Clarissa shouts, ``Get her, Dad!''
- ``All My Darlings'' (All My Children)
- Other Cut-away Segments:
- Computer Stuff:
- ``Blaze-o-Rama'' interactive simulation
- Sam's Entrances:
- None; Sam not in this episode.
- Names for Ferguson:
- Fish face
- demon hamster-head
- brown-nosing dweeb
- Ferguson (to Janet)
- Ferguson (to Jody)
- two-faced weasel
- pip-squeak (``no pip-squeaks allowed'')
- Marshall's Designs:
- Janet's Work:
- Alexa Junge
- Kenneth Frankel
- Guest Players:
- Theresa Tirino as Jody
- Opening Credits:
- Closing Credits:
Created By Mitchell Kriegman
Jody Theresa Tiriro
Produced By Mitchell Kriegman
Story Editor Mitchell Kriegman
Written By Alexa Junge
Director Kenneth Frankel
Line Producer Sarah Condon
Associate Producer Chris Gifford
Theme Song Performed By Rachel Sweet
Theme Music Composed By Rachel Sweet
Production Design Byron Taylor
Lighting Director Dick Weiss
Costume Designer Lisa Lederer
Production Manager Jim Moroney
Unit Manager Jacqueline Davies
Art Director David Ellis
Associate Director Jim Scurti
Casting Rich Ross
Talent Coordinator Todd Denkin
Stage Manager Joshua Berger
Technical Director John M. Lutz
Technical Manager Tim Rounds
Audio Mark Schultz
Video Pete McIntyre
Cameras Rudy Carames
Boom Operators Mark Deadman
Bob Van Dorn
Lighting Board Operator Sean Mallon
Lighting Director Assistant Chris English
Video Tape Lonnie Blackburn
Utility Steve Bunnell
Paintbox Artist St. Mars
Editor Rick Fernandes
Offline Editor Keith Bozarth
Post Production Sound Mixer Grant Maxwell
Post Production Supervisor Donick Cary
Post Production Coordinator Cynthia Albanese
Chyron Francie Elikan
Electricians John Boyd
Make Up Liz Spang
Hair Tish Simpson
Wardrobe Supervisor Jackie Lafler
Wardrobe Assistants John Cox
Property Master Deborah Witt
Props Steve Clark
Stagehands Ed McMillan
Production Coordinators Randy Koshinskie
Continuity Margo Kent
Video Game Created By Tim Burns
Additional Music By Dan Vitco
Children's Education Provided By On Location Education
They Might Be Giants Poster
Courtesy Of Elektra Entertainment
Special Thanks To Jen Mac Industries
Executive Producers Geoffrey Darby
In Association With Nickelodeon (R)
(C) 1991 MTV Networks
- Character Names:
- Aunt Doherny, probably Marshall's aunt
- Felice Mumpkin (???), stood next to Clarissa in last year's
- Jody, Clarissa's friend
- Wade, Jody's brother (an authentic Elvis impersonator)
- Mrs. Flecker, Clarissa's teacher last year
- Cindy Schiller, having a ``sweet sixteen'' party
- Principal Merkin (Dr. Merkin), Clarissa's principal
- Jimmy Meeka, class clown (in Janet and Marshall's school)
- DiVecci twins, Vicki and Kiki
- Joey Russo (``Joey the Jerk'' to Marshall),
old boyfriend of Janet's [see
``Janet's Boyfriend'' (#127)]
- Donny Snedecor, old boyfriend of Janet's
- Evelyn Potter (???), see below
- Ernest, Evelyn Potter's son (helped spread rumor about
Clarissa going to school naked)
- Buffy Snow (ditto)
- Mr. Futtstein, Clarissa's teacher
- Mrs. Loeder, Clarissa's teacher
- Real-World References:
- Echo and the Bunnymen,
(by name and indirectly:
``Do I look like the King?''
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (``Jackie O.''),
Lost in Space
(``Warning, Will Robinson, warning!''),
- ``When life hands you a menu, don't just order soft-boiled eggs.''
- Mr. Futtstein
- Lyrics and Poetry:
- Clarissa ``raps'' a little of Salt-n-Pepa's ``Shake Your Thing''
[from their 1988 album A Salt with A Deadly Pepa]
- Basic outfit for first half of show:
over a brown, long-sleeve shirt with black collar and wrists;
black leggings, pink socks, and black shoes;
hair in a ponytail, globe earrings.
- Black leather jacket with silver studs, red fright-wig.
- Purple fez hat with silver crescent insignia and black tassle.
- Black hat with pink, red and blue flowers on it,
black scarf with gold dots, and dark ``granny'' glasses.
- Big, black analog watch on her left wrist
(visible only after opening credits).
- Black Elvis-style jacket with silver studs.
- On the couch with Ferguson and Aunt Doherny:
Blue robe with white polka-dots and trim
over white and purple striped pajamas.
- Last year's school picture & shot where Clarissa screams:
Navy blue cardigan over light blue button-down shirt,
dark blue skirt, dark blue knee socks;
hair in ponytails on left and right side.
- ``Salute to World Leaders'' outfit:
Black, Chinese-style, long-sleeve shirt
with ``genuine Mao Tse-Tung collar''
(over red, plaid, long-sleeve shirt),
``real Gandhi trousers'' (blue sweatpants),
``actual Jackie O. pillbox hat'' (black, but not perfectly round),
``a pin like Barbara Bush wears at Christmas'' (gold brooch),
and the same big black analog watch on her left wrist.
- Second half of show:
White socks with black horizontal stripes
red button-down shirt with little black dots all over it
and big black buttons,
over black, long-sleeved sweater;
black leggings with red roses and little white dots,
hair pulled back, white and black headband
(a checker-board pattern,
but folded so it looks like black diamonds on a white band);
silver hoop earrings with black question-marks hanging in the center,
yellow fish-shaped thing attached to a braided strand of hair
on her left side (our right);
same bracelet-type things as in the
opening scene of ``Revenge'' (#101).
- Same sweater, leggings, earrings and hair-style as #5,
but with blue-jean cut-offs rolled up just above the knee,
blue socks and black shoe-boots.
Later, she adds a blue jacket (sort of navy-style),
then, briefly, the purple fez from #1 and a red satin-like kimono.
- Clarissa's outfit for school picture day
(previewed for Janet the night before):
Big orange coat, blue overalls, brown and white plaid shirt;
necklaces with cross insignia (?), locket (??), and peace-sign;
black and gold baseball-style cap.
- Favorite Lines:
- ``I don't know why we should celebrate the birthday
of that demon hamster head.'' - Clarissa
- ``Salt-n-Pepa say shake your groove thing. Ow!
Do what you wanna do!'' - Clarissa
- ``Our mission: to seek out racy combinations;
to boldly wear patterns no one has worn before.'' - Clarissa
- ``Mom looks like she swallowed a frog or ate a pound of blood.''
- ``Naked!?'' - Janet
- ``Of all the things I'm going to do,
'naked' is definitely not one of them.'' - Clarissa
- ``Did she just upchuck on your ballgown, or what?'' - Jody
- ``This is dire! I swear!'' - Jody
- ``A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.'' - Clarissa
``Princes don't shine shoes; they have slaves. ---
I wonder what Dad is doing?'' - Ferguson
- ``Without the Constitution, we'd be a nation of cheaters, liars,
and shoplifters!'' - Clarissa
- ``Why is she bummin', Jody? For what reason is she bummin'?'' - Janet
- Favorite Scenes:
- Other good stuff:
- Weak Points and Mistakes:
- In the ``Salute to World Leaders Outfit'' scene,
Gandhi's name is misspelled ``Ghandi'' on-screen.
- Ferguson's birthday is given in this episode as Feb 13th.
This doesn't jive with evidence given in
- The day on which Clarissa's school picture is to be taken --
``Friday'', April 7, 1991 --
was actually a Sunday.
[Thanks to Adam Lieberman.]
- When Clarissa first introduces Jody, she looks at the camera
and looks like she's about to say something,
but they quickly cut to another shot before she does.
Later, as Clarissa is going through her ``parallel universe'' spiel
in the bathroom,
Jody keeps looking at the camera with a puzzled look on her face,
as if she's wondering who Clarissa's talking to.
These scenes make it unclear whether Jody knows about the ``interface''
between Clarissa and the audience.
This issue was touched on briefly in the
``Interview'' with Mitchell Kriegman.
- When Jody first mentions her brother-in-law Wade, the Elvis impersonator,
she rushes the ``in-law'' part so much it sounds more like she saying
``my brother Mowade''.
- In this episode,
Clarissa and Janet go ga-ga over Joey Russo's picture in the yearbook
(especially his eyes) and Marshall mentions Joey's ``perfect jawline''.
But when we finally see him in
``Janet's Boyfriend'' (#127),
he really isn't anything special (IMHO).
- In the opening scene,
Clarissa asks us, ``What's the 4-1-1?''
Later, Jody asks Clarissa the same thing.
This phrase was also used in later episodes.
DYN: Recurrent phrases.
- Aunt Doherny appears in this and a few other episodes.
DYN: Other connections between episodes.
- This isn't the only episode in which
the concept of a ``parallel universe'' appears.
DYN: Recurrent phrases.
- After Clarissa tries on Jody's brother's Elvis-style jacket,
she says, ``Jody, Jody, Jody...''
Could this possibly be a nod to
whose catch phrase was ``Judy, Judy, Judy''?
(BTW, he never actually said this on-screen.)
- Clarissa alludes to Star Trek twice in this episode.
DYN: Various lists
for other references to Star Trek in CEIA.
- In this episode, Clarissa chases Ferguson all over the house
and Marshall chases Janet around the kitchen table.
DYN: Various lists
for other instances of high-speed chases.
``School Picture'' (#102).
- When she hears the rumor that Clarissa is going to go to school naked,
Janet uses ``the three-name call'' (``Clarissa Marie Darling!'').
DYN: Recurrent phrases
for other instances of Janet using Clarissa's full name.
- Cher is also mentioned in
``Urge to Drive'' (#104)
``Dear Clarissa'' (#162).
- Clarissa says that being strict is part of a mother's job description.
She expands on this in later episodes.
DYN: Various lists.
- When Clarissa is trying to convince Janet to let her dress how she wants,
she says, ``It's not like I'm getting my nose pierced!''
``Cool Dad'' (#112)
``Alter Ego'' (#157)
she actually wears a nosering, but it's a clip-on.
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