Popular Season One
1 "Popular, Round One"- September 29, 1999
It is said that first impressions last, and that is the first lesson the kids of Kennedy High learn on their first day of school. We are introduced to Sam McPherson, a h2-willed reporter, along with her small circle of unpopular friends: Carmen Ferrara, a pretty girl desperate for a spot on the cheerleading squad; Lily Esposito, a passionate activist; and Harrison John, the geeky guy who is in love with the head cheerleader. On the other side of the cafeteria sit the popular kids - Brooke McQueen, the head cheerleader and Queen of Kennedy High, along with her cohorts: Nicole Julian, the evil power-hungry best friend; Josh Ford, the popular jock boyfriend; Mary Cherry, the dim-witted millionaire heiress; and Sugar Daddy, the wannabe gangster. The two groups collide and come to realise they are a lot more similar than they previously believed.
2 "Mo' Menace, Mo' Problems"- September 30, 1999
They say that the truth will set you free, but that does not stop it from hurting your feelings. After learning that she did not make the cheerleading squad, Carmen decides to skip classes - making Brooke feel guilty. Sam tries way too hard to impress the popular crowd and Mr. Grant, which creates upset amongst her friends. While both the popular and unpopular crowds are in for a surprise that will flip their high school lives around.
3 "Under Siege"- October 7, 1999
Both Mr. Vincent and Coach Peritti are in fierce competition to win over Josh's stardom. Sam gets involved in a class scandal and goes way too deep. Lily's personal beliefs force her to carry more "pet weight" than expected. And the McQueen/McPherson clan are in for a nightmare.
4 "Windstruck"- October 14, 1999
Temperatures are rising and winds are getting h2er than ever. But could it be that the truth is rising through the rumours? Josh experiences a "personal moment" with Sam which leads to the revelation of an even bigger secret that involves both Brooke and Josh. Lily must swallow her h2 opinions and beliefs in order to keep her new job. Meanwhile, Sam begins connecting with Josh and Harrison connects with Brooke.
5 "Slumber Party Massacre"-October 21, 1999
Can the ultimate slumber party ultimately lead to disaster? Carmen decides to have an all-girl slumber party for her sixteenth birthday and decides to invite Sam and the popular girls. Sam believes Carmen is making a huge mistake, and is proven right when the popular girls take advantage of Carmen's amicable nature. Harrison is desperate to become Brooke's leading man, but how far is he willing to go? Meanwhile, Sam spots her mother in a sticky situation.
6 "Truth or Consequences"- November 4, 1999
Food, food everywhere and not a piece to spare? All hell breaks loose in Kennedy High's cafeteria and both Brooke and Sam are responsible. Its midterm week at Kennedy, and the popular kids have the "perfect" plan to get the "perfect" grade. But when Sam digs deep to decode the in crowd's agenda, everything goes up in flames.
7 "Queen B."- November 11, 1999
Homecoming Queen, a title every girl dreams about. A title that is destined to create a full on war. Brooke, Mary Cherry, Poppy and Carmen find themselves in a "dog eat dog" competition to win the title of being Kennedy High's homecoming queen. But when a devastating photo threatens Brooke's status, Sam is put in odds.
8 "Tonight's the Night"- November 18, 1999
The sex issue is spreading through the halls of Kennedy by a hot new song, but do the students really want to talk about sex? Brooke and Sam both make a bet in which Brooke must win Josh's affection without intimacy and Sam must get a boyfriend. Sugar Daddy hits things off with an online buddy, but is shocked to discover the charming woman's identity. Harrison and Lily's friendship heats up, leading both asking the burning question.
9 "Wild Wild Mess"- December 2, 1999
The Guest Principal Election is destined to create havoc within the halls of Kennedy High, and thats what exactly happens. Brooke strains her relationship with Josh, since she fears she might be pregnant. The unpopular kids decide to elect George Stephanopoulos for Guest Principal with the help of Harrison's mother. But an unexpected secret threatens Harrison's status. Meanwhile the popular kids want the "lovely" Gwyneth Paltrow as Guest Principal and go to desperate lengths by kidnapping her personal shopper.
10 "Fall on Your Knees"- December 9, 1999
It's that time of the season, Christmas! The perfect time for giving, caring, and joy. The perfect time for Nicole to crash the Christmas Festivities. Nicole finds herself becoming the female Scrooge for the holidays and is shortly afterwards haunted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. But will Nic learn how to give instead of receive?
11 "Ex, Lies and Videotape"- January 13, 2000
This just in, one of the hottest media producers' wants both Sam and Brooke to work together! Is this assignment destined for a disaster? Both Brooke and Sam must put aside their differences in order to create a story for Entertainment Today revolving around Josh. But soon Josh and even Brooke and Sam realise that the media can go to far to cover a story. Meanwhile, Carmen discovers she has a new fan-club run by April Tuna. Uh-oh?
12 "The Trial of Emory Dick"- January 20, 2000
Payback can rhyme with a total itch. But is revenge really that sweet? After a Biology fallout, Emory Dick sues Kennedy High. This creates a full on strain between the populars' and unpopulars' as the two groups battle to win the lawsuit case. But it appears as if Carmen is stuck in the middle, to which group will she stay true?
13 "Hope in a Jar"- January 27, 2000
It's time for the girls to choose their leading man as the Sadie Hawkins Dance is approaching. The awaiting dance has everyone worried about their looks and personalities, which creates a bit of trouble. Both Josh and Harrison compete for Brooke's affections and in the end, but both guys find themselves in a bit of "pain". Sam decides to have a "big" change when she goes to the dance with Josh. Lily decides to go with Emory and Carmen flies solo hoping that "special" someone will dance with her.
14 "Caged!"- February 3, 2000
As if getting locked in the girls bathroom wasn't bad enough.. But what if your deepest secret was threatened to be exposed? When the boys realise that the girls have gone a little chaotic, they decide to lock the girls in the Novak to teach them a lesson. Hours later, Nicole has an interesting plan. After stealing secrets from an assignment in class, she posts the secrets in the Novak for each girl to respond. When the secrets come full circle, everyone's life is destined to changed.
15 "Booty Camp"- February 10, 2000
Everyone has a right to their own opinions, but some opinions shouldn't be spoken out loud. And that is what the kids of Kennedy High are learning. After Brooke and Nicole's fallout, the two are no longer on speaking turns. But their rivalry gets more heated when Nicole bullies Freddy Gong. Lily wears a sexy outfit that creates uncomfortable reactions from the boys. But most importantly, Ms. Glass's brother is recruiting new members for his "Booty Camp". Who will get a surprise invite?
16 "All About Adam"- February 17, 2000
Tall, dark, handsome and possibly the first male cheerleader? Could Kennedy High get even more twisted? Newcomer Adam joins the Kennedy High scene, where he befriends Brooke to express his secret desire to become a male cheerleader. Nicole, Poppy, and Mary Cherry are not at all interested in Adam joining the squad - until Adam exposes heavy dirt on the three girls. Meanwhile, Brooke's loyalty to Carmen is put on backburner when Carmen submits a photo of Sam for the new "Power Girl" commercial.
17 "Lord of the Files"- February 24, 2000
There is an attractive fellow wandering the halls of Kennedy High, but how could he share the same last name with that weird Lunch Lady? The women of Kennedy are in a full-on war to win the affections of Calvin Krupps, the school's new vice-principal. This leads to all of the girls signing up for Calvin's new tai-chi class, but a few girls go a little to far to impress him. Harrison's newfound passion for music leads him to write a song that parallels Josh and Carmen's roller-coaster relationship. It is further complicated as Brooke finds herself still attracted to Josh...
18 "Ch-Ch-Changes"- April 20, 2000
Everyone must face changes in life, and some are destined to cause havoc. Beloved shop teacher Mr. Don, makes the shocking announcement that he is becoming a woman, leaving the class very confused. Despite a possible social downfall, Harrison along with Sam, Carmen, and Lily support the transformed Ms. Debbie. Meanwhile, Cherry Cherry becomes the new home economics teacher and teaches her class a positive lesson which teaches the popular kids to accept Ms. Debbie as well.
19 "Hard on the Outside, Soft in the Middle"- April 27, 2000
Is it true that blondes have more fun? That is the question Sam, Lily and Carmen begin to ponder. After the three girls experience several fallouts due to their hair color, the unpopular girls make a bet with the popular ladies that blondes do have an advantage. This creates huge shock waves through Kennedy with the blondes becoming brunettes and the brunettes becoming blondes. The only downfall: the losers get Mohawks. Meanwhile, Sugar Daddy and Josh compete for the affections of an attractive foreign exchange student.
20 "We Are Family"- May 4, 2000
Jane and Mike's wedding is approaching. Sam and Brooke are making plans on how to stop them. Nicole gives Sam a wig in trade for a column in the paper. Nicole refuses to give Lily and Carm their wigs, and along with Mary Cherry they decide to torture them for that. Cherry Cherry hires Erik Estrada to play the cop that abused her, since he looks so much like him. Brooke and Sam's plan fails. Mike and Jane say that they want to adopt the girls. Brooke tells Jane that she'd love to be her daughter, leaving Sam by herself. Erik Estrada buys Mary Cherry's acceptance with his original CHiPs jacket, a piece of his table at Hollywood Squares and an interview for E!. Carmen and Lily shave half of Mary Cherry's head to get their wigs back. Brooke tells Sam that she misses a mom, since her real mother abandoned her. Sam tells Harrison that she's afraid of losing her mother to Brooke. Sam asks Nicole to help her ruin the wedding, but Nic tells Jane and Brooke Sammy's plans. The next morning, Brooke finds a note from Sam saying that she left.
21 "What Makes Sammy Run"- May 11, 2000
Sam is missing. She ran off to San Francisco to find Brooke's mother, who denies having a daughter. Her coldness gives her in and she admits to be Brooke's mom, and says it's too late to go back. The girls are worried that Sam might have been kidnapped and be in danger, so they try to go on with Jane's bridal shower acting like nothing happened. The boys try to go in Caesar Crouton's Breast 'n Thighs Chicken Buffet / Strip Club, but they're underage and not even fake id's can get them in. After Brooke asks them to throw a bachelor party to her dad, they finally have a chance of getting in there. Mary Cherry wants to get back at her mother for denying her existence on TV. She discovers that Wanda Rickets has been living secretly in the girls bathroom since she ran away from her house, making tons of money as a teen trash, so Mary Cherry and Nicole decide to join her as strippers, and Mike is arrested for all the minors in the strip club. Just as Jane is about to have a collapse from Mike's arrest and Sam's kidnapping, Sam shows up. Cherry Cherry decides to pay for everything (the arrests, the wedding, and everything else) as long as they make a double wedding. Sam finally accepts Brooke as her sister.
22 "Two Weddings and a Funeral"- May 18, 2000
Its Mike and Jane's plus Cherry Cherry and Erik Estrada's double wedding, but before the ceremony begins tension arises. The gang seek revenge on Ms. Glass after she ruins their skip day which leads to unexpected consequences, Brooke begins reconnecting with Josh, Carmen reveals a life changing secret, and a ghost from The McQueen's past returns to stir the pot.