Culture Clash
Season 1, Episode 25
Air date February 22, 1987
Written by David Wise
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Culture Clash is the twenty-fifth episode of the first season, and the 25th episode overall, of the Jem animated series.


An eccentric artist, Fitzgerald Beck, is the art director for Jem and The Holograms' new video. His art dealer is using his sculptures to smuggle stolen diamonds.

The Misfits find this out and set up the sculptures to explode onstage while Jem and the Holograms are filming the video, leading the police to believe it was Jem and the Holograms and Beck who put the diamonds there. Jem and the Holograms must team up with Beck to find the actual culprit before the cops catch them.

Songs featured


Jem: Who's practically made a career of getting us into trouble?
Aja, Kimber and Shana: The Misfits.

Fitzgerald: Jem, if anything had have happened...
Shana: You wouldn't have anybody to dump paint on!
Kimber: Or cut in the middle of the Pacific!
Aja: Atlantic.
Kimber: Whatever!

Kimber: So much for our glamorous image.
Aja: I think we lost that the day Fitzgerald Beck walked into our lives.

Video: Fitzgerald Beck's still not here.
Jem: Does this guy bother to show up for anything?

Roxy: Those no talents get the royal treatment and we get nothing.
Stormer: Looks like Eric botched it again.
Pizzazz: They better enjoy it cause I'm going to make sure their stay in New York is a disaster.


  • When Maria is told by hologram Eric that Fitzgerald revealed she was the one who stole the diamonds, she pushed hologram Eric away to run to her club; however, it would be impossible for her to touch him since the hologram has no physical form.


  • When Anthony is showing some of Beck's past performance works to the Holograms, a video of three men completely clad in white suits appears. This trio resembles real life band/company known as Blue Man Group.
  • The Holograms are interrupted when they try to sing "I Believe In Happy Endings" a total of three times in this episode. The first time is when paint is dumped on them, the second time is on a runaway barge and the third time on stage with the exploding gadgets full of diamonds.
  • At the end of the episode, Lin-Z introduces another look at the Misfits video, "Surprise! Surprise!" and another look at the Holograms' outrageous video hit, "I Believe In Happy Endings".
  • This is the final episode with a public service announcement at the end.
Season 1
The BeginningDisasterKimber's RebellionFrame UpThe Battle of the BandsStarbright (Part 1): Falling StarStarbright (Part 2): Colliding StarsStarbright (Part 3): Rising StarThe World Hunger ShindigAdventure in ChinaLast ResortsIn StitchesThe Music Awards (Part 1)The Music Awards (Part 2)The Rock Fashion BookBroadway MagicIn Search of the Stolen AlbumHot Time in HawaiiThe Princess and the SingerIsland of DeceptionOld Meets NewIntrigue at the Indy 500The Jem Jam (Part 1)The Jem Jam (Part 2)Culture ClashGlitter and Gold
Season 2
The Talent Search (Part 1)The Talent Search (Part 2)ScandalOne Jem Too ManyThe Bands Break UpThe FanFather's DayThe Treasure HuntAztec EnchantmentMusic is MagicThe Jazz PlayerDanse TimeRoxy RumblesAlone AgainKJEMTrick or TechratThe Presidential DilemmaRock 'n Roll ExpressMardi GrasThe Middle of NowhereRenaissance WomanJourney to Shangri-LaJourney Through TimeBritrockOut of the PastHollywood Jem (Part 1): For Your ConsiderationHollywood Jem (Part 2): And the Winner Is...
Season 3
The Stingers Hit Town (Part 1)The Stingers Hit Town (Part 2)Video WarsBeauty and the Rock PromoterHomeland, HeartlandMidsummer Night's MadnessThe Day the Music DiedThat Old Houdini MagicStraight from the HeartA Change of HeartRiot's HopeA Father Should Be...
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