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Strawberry's House Pest
Guest

Season

1

Episode

8

Series #

8

Air Date

Oct 20, 2010

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"Strawberry's House Pest" is an episode of Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures.

Summary

When Strawberry offers to watch Jadeybug's cousins, her patience is pushed to its limits with their rude behavior and she tries to show them how far a little kindness can go.

Episode Review

Chammomile
Strawberry is in the middle of practicing her newest song for the upcoming Cafe Cabaret night when Jadeybug suddenly comes in to sit down and asks for some tea. Strawberry quickly makes some Chamomile tea upon noticing how Jadeybug seems nervous and jumpy, and offers to chat for a few minutes.

With hesitation, Jadeybug explains that her cousins were "invited" for the week to come over. She isn't happy about having to tell them they can't come over since her guest room is being "painted," nor does she have the heart to tell them she doesn't want them to come.

Strawberry offers to let them stay at the Cafe while they visit, but Jadeybug tries to talk her out of it. She tries to explain how poorly behaved they are but Strawberry refuses to listen to reason.

Later at Blueberry's, Strawberry is borrowing a book from her on how to be the perfect host. The berry girls get an idea to hold a Welcome Tea Party for their guests at the Cafe and work on gifts for them.

Come day of their arrival, Jadeybug is surprised to see how much work they have put into this and attempts to say something- but hurriedly stops when the bus arrives and her cousins step out. Just as the berry girls and Berrykins arrive, Jadeybug goes to greet them but they ignore her to ask for food. Strawberry takes this time to introduce everyone to each other and mentions being their host during the stay. Kadiebug and Sadiebug not only hand the bags to her, but plenty of other things as well.

As they head back to Strawberry's she explains that the guest room on the upper floor of the Cafe is for them when not visiting Jadeybug. But they quickly inform her they don't plan on hanging out with their cousin if they can have food there. The others think this is a joke but Strawberry notices the lack of surprise coming from Jadeybug. However, she decides to give the younger ladybugs the benefit of the doubt.

Back at the Party, Kadiebug and Sadiebug decide to check out what they got in the giftbags and argue over who has the
Straw
better things while Mr. Long Face pours them tea. Sadiebug suddenly demands for a straw while Kadiebug steals one from a nearby Berrykin and they start fighting over it as Strawberry insists they don't need straws for tea. Plum then reminds her that the book said one should tolerate their guests' quirks.

For a moment, peace floods the room after the straw the girls fought over breaks, but then they have a tea fight. Seeing this, Jadeybug admits how misbehaved her cousins are as she watches the Berrykin, influenced by the ladybugs, join in the food fight. Strawberry tries to stay positive though, so she refuses to give up.

The next day Strawberry goes to visit Orange to deliver some muffins with the twins behind her. But when they start
Unsure
to act up she quickly leaves for Sweet Beats Studio, where everyone else is in the middle of practice.

Growing bored the twins decide to "Show their moves", with only Plum seemingly amused by it while Strawberry gently tells her not to encourage their behavior. While they continue to dance, the girls start talking over the situation, believing it's going too far now. Strawberry does not want to believe they are bad, but they just took her bedroom instead of the newly-prepared guest room and didn't even ask to have it. She isn't sure what to think by now.

After the twins accidentally knock over the curtain, everyone calls dance practice over for the time being. Everyone finds it amusing- except for the frustrated blueberry.

Soon Strawberry appears to be getting used to the twins, but to her shock she comes home to find mud all over her kitchen and finds the twins have also gone through her fridge and made a mess. She tells them to lend her a hand but they refuse, so she sends them outside to allow her some peace to practice her song. But they overhear her and run inside, making too much noise in their attempts to "help her". To make them stop, she pushes a button to turn off the microphone, then nearly snaps at them. A moment later she calms down and tells them that she has a surprise for them and doesn't want it to be ruined when they ask why she quit.

It's then Mr. Long Face shows up to see how she is doing, he offers to watch the cafe and the twins while Strawberry goes off to have some time for herself. She doesn't wish to inflict them onto him but he knows exactly what will happen and refuses to let her say no. Gratefully she accepts his offer, but promises not to take too long since the twins will most-likely cause problems.
Mad

Unfortunately, this is proven true when she comes back to find Mr. Long Face making a run for it. Before he does, he warns her that the twins buttered the floor to make it slippery and she goes to check it out. Strawberry also finds the juice machine overflowing and this is enough to push her over the edge. She kicks them out of her home, declaring the cafe closed. Seeing how mad she is, the Berrykins apologize and offer to help her clean up the mess.

Kadiebug and Sadiebug feel no remorse as the juice and butter send them outside and they decide to leave when clean-up time arrives. However, the Berrykin do return as promised to lend a hand. Soon Blueberry shows up as well and suggests Strawberry just sends the twins home. Strawberry, although frustrated, refuses to just give up on them now and comes up with a new idea.

After cleaning, Strawberry sits the twins down and explains how unacceptable their behavior is. She tries to be nice about it, offering to give them another chance and even help them if they're willing to listen- but they accuse her of being rude and leave in a huff. They spend the following hour or so going to the other girls to ask them to stay whil they will be there, but each girl ends up giving them excuse after excuse; which doesn't surprise them.

At this point Blueberry decides to be honest and admits that nobody is willing to give them a chance when the others show up suddenly. They admit to lying, because of how inconsiderate and rude the twins are. This appears to finally sink in for them.

Talk
Back at the Cafe, Jadeybug is trying to comfort the flustered Strawberry. She comments that Strawberry held out the longest out of everyone who has ever watched them, and was the first person to not kick them out so she should feel proud of herself. Suddenly the twins appear again, but this time apologize for their behavior. The girls are confused by their half-decent apology but Strawberry decides to let them stay again. She will also teach them good manners, and if they behave she will give them singing lessons.

By the time of events arrival, Strawberry keeps true to her word and lets the twins perform with her.

Quotes

  • Strawberry: (angrily) The café is closed!

Lessons

The Ladybug twins learn that kindness is not something to be taken for granted. They should appreciate people who are willing to help them and show them courtesy, and return it.

Meanwhile, Strawberry learns that in an attempt to play the perfect hostess she let the twins walk all over her to ensure their own happiness. However, this upset others and caused her stress until she was pushed past her limits- which only left her miserable afterwards. She realizes that being a good host means taking care of others by not letting them have their way if it causes problems.

Trivia

  • This was Jadeybug's second major appearance in the series.
  • Likewise, the twins are formally introduced in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to show Strawberry getting angry at someone.
  • This is the first of a few episodes where the closing sequence features music that is not from the theme song.

Goofs

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