Ah this episode takes me back! This was one of the episodes I had on VHS as a kid. I pretty much know the storyline backwards I watched it so many times, but I still wanted to watch it again (though it was not as good as the other episode I had, Britrock).
Bob Merrit is a Broadway producer whose career is at death’s door. He needs a Broadway hit if he is to survive. His eureka moment? The revelation that a Broadway hit needs music – good music! Mind. Blown. So all he needs now is a popular rock music group who can write, sing and perform and apparently have nothing to do.
Both The Misfits and Jem and The Holograms find out about this at the same time, and both decide they should be in it. The Misfits also get back to the topic of who Jem is, where she came from, why no one knows her real name. Eric Raymond comes up with an idea to sabotage Jem – offer $100,000 to whoever can find out her real identity.
This creates a press furore and the paparazzi stalk Jem and The Holograms everywhere, plus all kinds of crazies get all up in Jem’s business, trying to get her to reveal her real name.
Both Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits get to tryout for Bob. For some reason, we see Jem and The Holograms and Rio arriving in New York via helicopter, but no Jerrica. Then Jerrica and Rio, and The Holograms rush to the theatre, complaining about being held up in the airport (I’m such a nitpicky biatch, I know). Eric points out to Jerrica that their lead singer is missing so Jerrica goes to ‘find’ her. And no one, including Rio finds it remotely odd that Jem arrived separately and is just be lurking around the theatre somewhere.
Roxy tries to mess with the sound booth so that Merrit won’t be able to hear Jem singing, but she screws it up, and sets alarms blaring. She almost manages to catch Jerrica changing into Jem, but turns away at the last second. And then she blames the whole sound screw up on Jem.
After the auditions, Bob Merrit plans to announce the winner live on Lin-Z Pierce’s show. JATH are the winners, surprising exactly no-one. Pizzazz can’t take the humiliation of losing and having the Holograms celebrate in front of her on live national TV, so she simply walks over to the fire hose in the TV studio and starts hosing everyone. Pizzazz kind of reminds me of Grace Jones. I could see her trying that if she got irritated enough.
After getting soaked, Bob has a change of heart – sort of. The Misfits can be the understudies, so if anything were to happen to the real stars, they would go on instead. The Misfits seem ok about this, but to me that’s even worse. I mean would anyone have bought tickets to go see Bradley Cooper’s understudy in The Elephant Man? No you go and see the famous stars.
Jerrica and the Holograms ask Synergy for advice, who tells them that they need to keep her a secret because if her technology fell into the wrong hands it could be disastrous. Jerrica catches Rio in her room and assumes he’s spying on her, trying to find out about Jem. She angrily tells him to get out and then goes missing when she’s supposed to be at a rehearsal at the theatre. Real professional Jem.
Rio and the Holograms go to look for her in Central Park. It’s taken a long time but finally Rio knows something is up. He finds Jerrica in the park and comes right out and asks her if she and Jem are the same person. Synergy creates a hologram of Jem, who is then chased out of the park by crazies trying to find out her name. Rio apologises to Jerrica, saying he was wrong. I almost feel sorry for him… but then I remember he is a hypocrite who hates liars but knows he’s cheating.
The next bit makes no sense whatsoever. The Misfits brainstorm over how they can ensure that the Holograms don’t show up for the performance. Pizzazz gets Stormer to type a letter from Rio to Jem, asking Jem to meet him in the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Jem goes to meet Rio, and Pizzazz locks her in the crown room and takes the last boat back to Manhattan.
Jem is now trapped in the Statue of Liberty’s crown. Her only hope is two construction workers still on the island. She throws down one of her earrings and tells Synergy she needs them to help her, so Synergy creates a hologram of jem asking the workers to help her and leads them into the statue. They recognise her, and one of them realises he can force her to tell them her name in exchange for their help.
When Jem hears this, she has an idea, and tells them if they take her to the mainland she’ll show them her other face. When they get to the boat (oh also, she doesn’t bother picking her earring up I noticed), the nasty construction worker pushes the other guy out of the boat, not wanting to share the reward money. He then takes Jem back to the mainland, where she shows him her other face… she gets Synergy to make her look and sound like him. He’s so shocked he backs away from her (himself) and falls into the water, where she throws him a swim ring and races to Broadway.
So as if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, we’ve got more: ‘Deep breath’… she manages to get a cab immediately – in New York, for god’s sake – and it just so happens to be the same cabbie that picked her up from the airport before. They get stuck because there’s some kind of Chinese New Year street parade going on, so Jem gets out and borrows some kid’s skateboard, promising him tickets to her new show. She then skateboards downs the steps into the subway, throwing her token at a subway worker, and then leaping from skateboard, over the subway barrier, and lands again on the skateboard, skating into the subway train. She’s chased out by crazies/fans, runs into a building having a hang glider convention on the top floor, steals someone’s hang glider (admitting to him that she has no idea how to fly a hang glider) and finds her way to the theatre, landing on the roof. Synergy changes her costume for her and is ready to go on stage. Oh and all while wearing hot pink high heels.
- Who Is She, Anyway? – The Misfits
- Can’t Get My Love Together – Jem and The Holograms
- Broadway Magic – Jem and The Holograms