Popular (1999–2001)

Mo' Menace, Mo' Problems 

Josh is pressured to quit the musical. Brooke comforts Carmen. Sam and her friends aren't invited to Glamazons' exclusive party. Sam and her dreamy teacher Luke have dinner. Lily still won't dissect a frog. Jane and Mike have big news.


Michael M. Robin


Ryan Murphy (created by), Gina Matthews (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bibb ... Brooke McQueen
Carly Pope ... Sam McPherson
Tamara Mello ... Lily Esposito
Christopher Gorham ... Harrison John
Sara Rue ... Carmen Ferrara
Bryce Johnson ... Josh Ford
Tammy Lynn Michaels ... Nicole Julian
Ron Lester ... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino
Leslie Grossman ... Mary Cherry
Lisa Darr ... Jane McPherson
Scott Bryce ... Mike McQueen
Darryl Theirse ... Wayne Vincent
Diane Delano ... Bobbi Glass
John Caponera John Caponera ... Coach Francis Peritti
Hank Harris ... Emory Dick


Previously on Popular...in the second episode Carmen ditches school the day after the cheer-leading roster is posted, and is no where to be found. Nicole and Brooke deal with the backlash from their fellow classmates. In a rare occurrence in the series, we get to see the inside of the teachers lounge as they gossip about the students. The Drama teacher and Football Coach butt heads about Josh joining the school musical which also causes Sugar Daddy to confront Josh about it upset that he didn't tell him. In the wake of Carmen's disappearance and bravery to try out for the Cheerleading squad Lily decides to stand up for her beliefs choosing to oppose Ms. Glass refusing to dissect a frog. While editing Sam's interviews Harrison has her watch Carmen's, a revealing look as to why she wants to be a cheerleader so much stemming from her childhood. Mr. Grant reviews the interviews with Sam wanting her to go back to Brooke assuming she is going to her and Nicole's party. After having her ... Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Title taken from "Mo Money, Mo Problems," a 1997 single by The Notorious B.I.G.. See more »


Nicole Julian: [confronting a skanky girl who dared to give a disapproving glower] Okay, whatever! Listen up, mouth breather! If you and your Dress For Less friends do not stop sending those horrible hate mail, I will return to sender times ten. And to update, just 'cause we're friends, choppers!
[pointing out the girl's prominent front teeth, which she then lamely tries to hide]
Nicole Julian: Debbie Gibson is not coming back, and neither is acid-washed!
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References Liza with a Z (1972) See more »


Don't Call Me Stupid
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