Strangers with Candy: Jerri Is Only Skin Deep (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Jerri's (Amy Sedaris) desperate bid to become homecoming queen yields predictably disastrous results in this episode of Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy. Encouraged by Orlando (Orlando Pabotoy) to nominate herself as homecoming queen, Jerri's hopes are quickly dashed when Mr. Noblot (Stephen Colbert) intercepts the note detailing her intentions and relays to Jerri that "You're only as ugly as we think you are." After dumping the current ballots in the trash, Jerri's realization that she must run against somebody is satisfied when she chooses unattractive do-gooder Becky Ann Bedecker (Rebecca Rich) as her opponent. Following a lecture by Mr. Jellineck (Paul Dinello) on the importance on the "inner beauty" category, Jerri rushes home to discover that even her own brother Derrick is planning on voting for Becky, despite her homeliness. Attempting to win over the hearts of her classmates by volunteering to entertain a handicapped young boy with a chicken and a weasel, the pantomime act quickly turns into a horrific, blood-soaked nightmare, leaving Becky to come to the boy's rescue. Recalling Coach Wolf's (Sarah Thyre) advice to "help others by talking about yourself," Jerri's speech at the homecoming assembly vividly recalls her life as a runaway and elicits a standing ovation from the sympathetic crowd. Despite her moving speech, Principal Blackman (Greg Hollimon) decides to give the homecoming queen crown to Derrick's girlfriend Yasmine (Sabine Singh) anyway, despite the fact that she never even entered the competition.