The Guitarist

Directed by

Jeff Margolis


Richie for President


When the Clock Strikes Twelve

The Guitarist is the 8th episode of Season 5 of Kids Incorporated and 86th episode overall. In this episode; the kids have to bring a fill-in guitarist in when the regular guitarist is out of town; only to learn that he's in a wheelchair.

Plot SummaryEdit

The episode opens with the kids singing "Help"; a song that quickly proves appropriate for Kids Incorporated. With guitarist Brian going with his family to visit his grandmother, the band needs a temporary guitarist. First to arrive is a kid known as Dude (when Richie asks if that was the name his parents gave him, Dude responds that it's the only name he goes by); and begins complaining about the song they were preparing to rehearse ("I Think We're Alone Now"). Dude apparently prefers songs with titles such as "I'd Pierce My Nose for You" and nearly gets in a fight with Richie before doing his audition. Apparently, Dude forgot Kids Incorporated is not a heavy-metal band; as his guitar playing would have fit well had that been their genre. Instead, Dude gets unplugged.

The next audition proves far worse; with a kid using her teeth to pluck her guitar. Riley then introduces a kid named Tommy Martin (in wheelchair). The kids then practice "I Think We're Alone Now", with Tommy impressed but self-conscious about not being able to walk. He does acquit himself well on the guitar solo; and the kids are impressed enough to bring Tommy in (granted as a temp). However, the rehearsal of "Man in the Mirror" in the garage proves far less successful (Tommy starts off playing off-beat; then a string breaks followed by Stacy nearly tripping over a wheel), and the continued self-consciousness causes Tommy to blow up and roll out ("Love Will Save the Day"). Ryan manages to track Tommy down for a quick man-to-man talk; encouraging (while showing some tough love) him but to Ryan's frustration, the message about facing your fears didn't seem to stick ("With or Without You").

Back in the garage; it looks like Kids Incorporated's back to square one (Richie suggests an accordion player; and after trying to defend the idea by saying it's better than nothing; Kenny retorts "I'd rather have nothing"; Stacy mentions she has a guitar-playing Wisconsin). However, Tommy eventually decides to conquer his fears and returns; leading to closing song "Man in the Mirror".

Kid Cast Edit


  • Glen A. Fagin - Dude
  • Jade Calegory - Tommy Martin

Adult Cast Edit

  • Moosie Drier - Riley

Dancers Edit

  • Dee Caspary
  • Nicole Cropper
  • Kimberly Duncan
  • Brian Poth
  • Gina Marie Vinaccia


  • "Help" (The Beatles cover; performed by Devyn)
  • "I Think We're Alone Now" (Tommy James and the Shondells cover {also recorded by Tiffany}; performed by Stacy)
  • "Love Will Save the Day" (Whitney Houston cover; performed by Connie, Stacy, Richie, Kenny and Ryan)
  • "With or Without You" (U2 cover; performed by Ryan)
  • "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson cover; performed by Kenny)


  • "Love Will Save the Day" was previously used in Season 4's "Trouble's Cooking"; but with an additional verse used here that was not used in the previous season's episode.
  • Devyn is the only member who didn't sing lead in "Love Will Save The Day".
  • Both Glen A. Fagin and Jade Calegory would appear in later episodes of Kids Incorporated.