The Novak. Mary Cherry is posing for Nicole, who is taking her picture for the yearbook. Okay, while there are lots of high schools that are small enough and cool enough to allow you to create and choose your own yearbook photo, that privilege is usually reserved for graduating seniors. Fair enough, though. This upcoming "hiatus" that Popular is taking for February sweeps indicates that we might not be seeing these kids through to their senior year, so they might as well try to cram in an entire high-school experience into the rest of the television season.
But then something happens that makes me think there might be hope for Popular yet. Mary Cherry is wearing an Ossie Clark jacket for her photo. She complains bitterly that the fringe weighs so much she's throwing her back out just extending her arm. An Ossie Clark reference is the coolest pop-culture reference yet. For those of you who don't know Ossie Clark, he was a swinging sixties designer who died too young to do ready-to-wear, license a perfume, or any of that other stuff that makes one an ubiquitous name brand. To own an Ossie Clark piece these days is like owning a Vermeer. Every time they profile a supermodel in Vogue, she's usually talking about her collection of vintage Ossie Clarks. Whoever decided to throw an Ossie reference into this episode has my undying respect.
Nicole takes a photo with her Polaroid, and neither of the girls can decide if the shot is "too spontaneous or too calculating." They decide to try another outfit, so Mary Cherry hits the button on a remote control, revealing a secret compartment in the Novak containing a bevy of designer outfits. They take some more shots until there's a knock on the door. It's Lily "Honesty is Sexy" Esposito, waiting to use the restroom. "I'm sorry," says Mary Cherry. "But the Anne Heche Society for the Sexually Confused is meeting in the cafeteria." Hee! At last someone finally remembers that Lily used to be on the fence, so to speak. MC closes the door on her and bemoans the fact that she'll never take a school picture that captures her devastating beauty. Nicole reminds her that these things take time.
There's another knock on the door. This time it's not Lily. It's a hunky U.S. Marshal, who informs Mary Cherry that he's been ordered by the court to seize all her assets. Mary Cherry informs the officer that there must be some mistake. "We have more money than God!" she tells him. Not so, according to the hunky U.S. Marshal. Cherry Cherry is bankrupt, and they're taking everything in order to pay off her debts. He sees her stash of designer outfits, and his fellow female Marshal who doesn't get any lines starts loading them up.