Out of the Past
Season 2, Episode 25
Jem and the Holograms - Most Precious Gift

Jem and the Holograms - Most Precious Gift

Air date January 8, 1988
Written by Michael Charles Hill
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Hollywood Jem (Part 1): For Your Consideration

Out of the Past is the twenty-fifth episode of the second season, and the 51st episode overall, of the Jem animated series.


The Holograms find Emmett Benton's old diary. Reading it, they are reminded about how they first met, the origin of Starlight Music and how Synergy came into existence. They also discover that Jacqui Benton, Jerrica and Kimber's mother, recorded a master tape of her concert in the '70s before dying in a plane crash. But when Eric Raymond turns out to have the only copy of the tape, he asks for a million dollars in return or to have controlling interests over Starlight Music. He burns the tapes when Jerrica refuses to give into his blackmail.

Defeated, Jerrica returns home, but her friends reassure her that there is still a way they can retrieve the tapes thanks to the passage in Emmett's diary about how he programmed Synergy with his wife's likeness and recordings, and deduce that the tapes are located somewhere deep within Synergy's stored memory. Aja is able to retrieve the recordings and they listen to one of the songs together, deeply moved.

The Holograms release a posthumous tribute album of Jacqui's music, which becomes a massive hit. At the release party that night, Jerrica, Kimber, Aja and Shana toast their friendship, recalling the pledge they made with their mother and foster mother so long ago.

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  • This episode finally explains the backgrounds and origins on how these characters knew each other (nothing before this episode hinted at Aja and Shana being foster children that were adopted by the Bentons).
  • It is revealed that Aja and Rio became close friends due to their shared love of technology.



  • There is no explanation of how the chest ended up in the loft of Starlight Mansion, as the building was originally owned by Howard Sands. Although there is a possibility said items could have been in storage somewhere before they moved in.
  • There are a couple of references to the Transformers cartoon (also produced by Sunbow) in this episode:
    1. When the girls are reading Emmett's diary, we can see him in a flashback where he is performing some tests while building Synergy. The word "robot" appears on his computer's screen and a hologram of a robot which looks very similar in design to a generic Transformer, is generated in front of him.
    2. In a shot where Emmett is supervising the movement of the Rockin' Roadster (along with other items) into the Starlight Drive-In, the trailer used by the moving company is very similar in design to Optimus Prime's vehicle form, even having the correct coloring (red, blue and chrome), although in different places.
  • While Kimber was reading the diary, she seemed a bit hesitant to finish all the way through, probably because her father's death had a lasting impact on her and it would've been to painful for her to go on.
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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