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 »


Lily Esposito: You missed it in Bio. I took the Fifth on the frog.
Carmen Ferrara: [brightening up] You refused to slice and dice? That's so cool. Good for you.
Lily Esposito: Because of you. 'Cause though you think you didn't win, you did, Carmen. Yeah, you did, you tried. You stood up for yourself, and that's the real victory. The failure's in letting the moment pass you by.
[as Carmen sobs quietly]
Lily Esposito: What I'm trying to say is I took my moment because of what you did. There are different types of cheerleaders. Maybe you didn't make their ...
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