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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow
Salonomatic

Season

1

Episode

5

Series #

5

Air Date

Oct 15, 2010

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"Hair Today Gone Tomorrow" is an episode of Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty adventures.

Summary

Lemon Meringue worries about her place in the community after her new machine makes her salon more efficient and herself less essential.

Episode Review

Strawberry shows up for her appointment at Lemon's Salon to see the others still awaiting their turns. With Lemon's recent amount of clients all wanting to look nice for the opening of Mr. Longface's croquet court, she's been very busy. It's then her equipment turns against her and goes haywire. While the other girls find amusement in this, they are pretty shocked by their horrendous hairstyles from the resulting equipment failure. Nevertheless, with Plum saying that it could be a new look for them, they still wind up laughing as Lemon tries to fix everything.

Afterwards, the girls go over to find the doors of the croquet court locked and Lemon worries she made them late. Strawberry doesn't think so though, and asks for a lift for a better look. She finds Mr. Long Face obsessively cutting the courts grass to perfection, which is why nobody is in there playing. Not seeing anything wrong, the girls ask to play but he refuses so that the Berrykins with him can keep working.

With their plans canceled, Strawberry suggests they go on a picnic and everyone leaves to get ready. Lemon decides not to go though, wanting to do some work at the Salon to make it run a bit smoother. Strawberry offers to bring her some sandwiches later and leaves.

Ad
Lemon proceeds to work very late into the night while trying to fix everything when she notices an ad in the nearby magazine that may solve all of her problems.

Sometime later, when the new object arrives, she invites the others to see the "Salon-o-matic". Despite her eagerness to see it work, the others are somewhat apprehensive and make Strawberry test it. Just by pressing a button, her hair is washed, dried, styled, and she's given a manicure. Enticed by this the other girls give it a try while Strawberry spots the magazine Lemon bought the device with and asks to borrow it.

Strawberry purchases "The Wonder Waffler", which is supposed to make perfect waffles with the butter and syrup already included. Blueberry proceeds to borrow the magazine as well to find the "Clean-o-matic", something she decides to purchase when the others ask to borrow it. 

While things run smoothly, Lemon finds herself bored. She is given much more time to do other things and has no clue what exactly to do to fill it. Nothing seems right, like when she tries to work at Strawberry's cafe and while she does a fine job, she isn't having any fun. She then tries to be a dance teacher at Plum's Studio, and with the same results tries to work at Orange Mart. By now Orange encourages her to try to make a new business if she wishes to work more.
Ferry

It's then Lemon's Ferry Boat Service is born. In order to support Lemon's career change, the girls pay her daily visits but she is fairly suspicious over this. She realizes that a Ferry isn't needed, and she wishes for her friends to not go out of their way so much and decides to close it down for the time being.

Eventually, Blueberry and Orange start to worry and they head back to her place to find her packing. Seeing as she has no way to contribute anymore, Lemon is heading to Berry Big City in hopes of finding work there. But she does promise to visit on occasion. In a last minute effort to keep Lemon from leaving, the girls come with a plan to sabotage their hairstyles and claim the Salon-o-matic had something to do with it. Then she would realize it wasn't needed and stay there. Lemon does fall for this trick, but they feel remorseful and Blueberry begins to wonder if Strawberry would have been fine with this plan.

As things seem to return to normal, Lemon happens to spot a bunch of screws hidden beneath a magazine. She recognizes them and realizes that the other girls sabotaged her machine to make her think she would be needed.

Clippers
Meanwhile, Strawberry is trying to get Mr. Long Face to realize how silly it is trying to make the lawn perfect. After he resumes spouting about the perfection she grabs the clippers right out of his hands and promises the Caterpillar with a picnic and boat ride, reminding him that she and everyone else care about him more than a perfect lawn. It's then Strawberry realizes this is what Lemon has to hear though, so she rushes right over just as Lemon is finalizing her leave.

Strawberry is shocked to learn of Lemon plans and quickly tells her there are ways of feeling useful. She brings up her plans to get rid of the waffle maker because it was too perfect. It lacked that touch she brought to what she made, and comically this leads Blueberry to wonder if she should get rid of the Clean-o-Matic- much to Plum's dismay. Strawberry reassures Blueberry that the Clean-o-matic doesn't have to be returned, then resumes clarifying her point that they love Lemon and wish for her to stay.

Lemon agrees as Mr. Long Face shows up and apologizes for not visiting her Ferry while it was open. Lemon then asks for his help to the Post Office to return her salon-o-matic. But as they push it out the door the machine suddenly takes off and heads straight to the croquet court. The top comes off and the girls chase it around until Lemon finally reaches the switch. She apologizes for this, but to their surprise the lawn has been trim to a perfect, proper length. Seeing this, Lemon gives Mr. Long Face the piece so that he can use it for mowing and he decides to open the croquet court once and for all. In honor of this, they allow Lemon to hit the very first ball, which she does; unfortunately, in the wrong direction.

Quotes

  • Strawberry: Oh. Where do I begin? One, the machine is lousy at conversation, and boy is it useless at giving advice. Two, it doesn't tell you how nice you look or offer any fashion hints. Three, it won't laugh at any of our jokes. Four, it doesn't fit in a sleeping bag for sleepovers, and it won't even respond when you sent it an invitation. How rude. Five, it doesn't have a shoulder to cry on. And six, and this is by far the worst. It never hugs.

Lessons

The girls and Mr. Long Face both learn a few lessons in this episode.

Lemon began to fear for her self-worth after the Salon-o-Matic took over for her. But eventually she learns that the love her friends have for her could never change because of an efficient machine and it can't replace what she offers in return. 

The girls (minus Strawberry) discover that instead of trying to deceive Lemon to make her consider staying, they should have been hones with her to begin with.

Strawberry learns that sometimes, people just need to be told how much they are appreciated.

Mr. Long Face learns a lesson in obsessing over perfection. He isolated others and caused them to worry about him when it hindered progress.

Trivia

  • When Plum gets her badly messed up hairdo, she resembles a Troll character.
  • This is currently the only episode in the series to end with a vignette transition instead of a fade out transition.

Goofs

  • Raspberry's wet hair appears to be a bit too "different" in color.
  • Lemon mentions returning what is left of her Salon-o-matic. However, realistically speaking most products can only be returned with the whole thing intact.

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