Review: Bunk’d ‘Live From Camp Kikiwaka’

Two things happen at Camp Kikiwaka every summer. Someone gets food poisoning and Gladys says camp is going to close. This according to Lou, who tells the others not to worry when Gladys announces that this will be the last summer at camp.

While food poisoning is more or less a certainty, when Gladys shows off the camp’s new website it becomes painfully obvious why there haven’t been any registrations for the next summer. The new promo video for the site is one long 1980s cliche complete with phrases like “nuclear arms race,” “hacky sacking,” “totally tubular and “acid washing jeans.”

Emma, Xander and Lou decide the best way to update the video with something from “this century” is to host a web cast. But the web cast hits a snag when Gladys starts auctioning off items in the camp right in the middle of the web cast. Bickering between the Ross clan and company only make the web cast worse as people walk off with items Gladys has auctioned off. When Emma and Xander try to show off their tether ball skills, they have to use a brick instead of the tether ball Gladys sells for five dollars.

It turns out the best way to make the web cast a success was to not try because when Emma, Xander and Lou inadvertently film themselves making up and having a heart to heart about their friendship the web cast audience responds. Three-hundred camp registrations later, Camp Kikiwaka is saved.


Episode Notes

  • After hearing Zuri’s attempt at stand-up comedy, Tiffany calls her Lamy Schumer.
  • Nashville star Charles Esten played Morgan Ross in four episodes of Jessie, but doesn’t reprise his character in this episode.
  • Lou’s way of saying she is mad is to say she is “like a mule chewing on bumble bees.”
  • When Gladys agrees to redo the camp promotional video, the only change is that she is joined by the campers, who are dressed in 1980s workout clothes. When asked how it’s an update, Gladys says they are going to be doing The Running Man instead of the Moonwalk. The Moonwalk was popularized by Michael Jackson in 1983, the Running Man by his sister Janet Jackson in 1986.
Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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