Like every other typical teenhood situation in the movies/on tv, there is one alpha female on the block who decides on what's hot and what's not. In Atlantica, that happens to be Pearl (who first appeared in the episode Red), and whom Ariel admires for her effortless cool... which is kinda understandable, since Ariel is quite the outcast among her merfolk peers.
When Ariel hears her sister Alana is going to a party at Pearl's house, Ariel shyly asks if she can come along. Pearl says yes, Ariel is excited, Alana decides to give her sister a makeover, and Flounder is skeptical about the whole thing (being a boy and all). Ariel and Alana ask their father for permission to go to the party, and it's granted because King Triton feels that it's okay as long as Pearl's parents will be around to supervise the party.
Later when Pearl comes by the palace to pick the two princesses up, she weasels Ariel into driving Triton's chariot to the party. Ariel and Alana are helpless to deny Pearl what she wants, and off they go. But then it turns out that there is no party at Pearl's house, and Pearl is in fact taking them to Eel-ectric City, the place so hoppin' that it's always boppin'. Flounder finds out about this and recruits Sebastian, so that together they can go after and rescue Ariel, though when they arrive things don't quite work out in the way they planned.
It's a lighthearted and modern episode in the sense that it pays homage to the typical teen drama where the unpopular girl wants to be popular and learns that it isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I like that despite all of Ariel's willingness to rebel and push her father's rules, there are some things that make even her uncomfortable, because they're just not worth it. And one more thing, you'd think that this episode would end with Triton scolding his daughters, wouldn't you? Heh.
|Ariel:||Let me steer!|
|King Triton:||Steer? My brand new chariot? You?|
|Alana:||Lucky for us, Pearl's parents say that everything's okay.|
|Ariel:||I know. Isn't it great?|
|Pearl:||Let 'er ripple!|
|King Triton:||(Ariel and Alana) listen to me, don't they? Don't answer that.|
|Barracuda:||If I were you, I'd be very impressed with me.|