Episode 10 – Adventure in China

episode10_3OMFG YES!! After the last episode, full of Texan stereotypes, now we go to China! Who is up for a drinking game for every Chinese stereotype? I’ll simply mark them as (D) as we go along.

JATH are flying to China, having been personally invited to perform a concert on the Great Wall (D). The Misfits are also going there, as Eric has managed to get them a tour over there instead of a concert, which they’re pissed about. I thought bands made the bulk of their money from touring, shouldn’t that be a good thing? Ha and they’re also welcomed with a sign saying “Misfats” – oh hohoho, those Chinese and their mispronunciation problems (D)! As if many Westerners were able to speak more than three words of Mandarin or Cantonese, if that (FYI, I know “xie xie ni”, which I learnt from Rush Hour).

Jem runs into problems when she’s asked to take off her Synergy earrings to go through a metal detector at the airport and says she can’t. Everything is starting to get a bit tense until an official comes in and says she can go through with them. But Eric and the Misfits have noticed and start wondering what could be up with those earrings.

episode10Later on, JATH are relaxing in a mineral spa before their concert, when Jem comes in and takes them off to go bathing. She doesn’t transform into Jerrica when she takes them off, so why didn’t she want to at the airport? Oh well, whatever. Roxy comes along and steals them while Jem isn’t looking.

With Jem now ‘missing’, JATH are forced to step down from performing, so the Misfits offer to perform instead. There’s a bit where the official says “Well since Jem and the Holograms lack a sense of obligation…” Have to admit, I’m pretty surprised he didn’t use the word “honour” actually.

episode10_2As they watch The Misfits performing, JATH notice that they’re all wearing earrings that look like Jerrica’s Synergy earrings and figure out that one of them must be wearing the real pair. When JATH go to confront The Misfits, Pizzazz throws her earrings to Roxy and Roxy and Stormer jump in a rickshaw (D) and a rickshaw chase follows, complete with a Misfits music video featuring Chinese acrobats (D).

JATH chase the Misfits in a cable car, and Roxy (it’s always her) fiddles with the controls of the cable car to scare Jerrica and the girls. Somehow Jerrica has found the time to change outfits in all this – does she even need Synergy? By the way, I love Jerrica’s outfit here, so preppy and cute!

JATH chase The Misfits through a practising martial arts class (D), destroy an ancient religious statue in the process (luckily, no one is around to see it) and then onto a train. The Misfits throw each of the pairs of earrings through the windows of the train. Interestingly, The Misfits also have several costume changes during this chase.

episode10_5One pair of earrings land on some excavation site, and are taken to a museum, another changes hands several times and are picked up by a manufacturer, who copies the design and mass produces them (D), and one pair is picked up by a garbage collector who brings them home to his daughter.

Aja can apparently read and understand some Chinese. I wonder if she’s actually Asian, it’s never really clear. Anyway she picks up a magazine to practise and sees a picture of a pair. The girls head to the factory and get the original pair that was thrown through the window. But they’re copies and not actually Synergy.

episode10_7Next they decide to visit a museum and see another pair that was found on the excavation. Of all the bright ideas, they decide to just try and steal them out of the museum. OMG, so idiotic. But then what’s even more idiotic is when they go to see the curator, who examines them more closely and realizes, oh no, they’re just a cheap pair of earrings that are not actually from the Ming Dynasty (D). Quelle shocker!

They’re not the real earrings either and JATH realize they have to back out of the concert. Nearby the concert, there’s some fight going on with some kids. The little girl who received the earrings from her father is being bullied by a gang of other kids telling her to hand them over. Jerrica goes to talk to her and the girl, Lin, shows her her earrings, which she says are ‘good luck’ charms. Jerrica tells her that Jem has had some bad luck, and Lin gives her her good luck charms.

episode10_8Jerrica is just about the call off the concert, when Synergy makes contact, and transforms Jerrica into Jem, and JATH play the concerts and stick it to the Misfits.

Thoughts overall on this episode are, although there were quite a lot of stereotypes packed in, I suppose it could have been a hell of a lot worse, i.e. everyone wearing those cone-shaped hats, everyone knows martial arts, mystical happenings, etc.

Plus, I look forward to having a similar drinking game when JATH visit another country!

Songs in Episode 10:

  • You Can’t Catch Me – The Misfits
  • Something Is Missing In My Life – Jem and The Holograms
  • Love Unites Us – Jem and The Holograms

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