Girls can be competitive. When it comes to guys, girls can be particularly competitive – this is one of the central themes of basically any teen comedy of the past…well, eternity. In "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," social competition becomes a matter of life and death. The two main characters unintentionally become fierce competitors in the brutal game of popularity, and when it becomes apparent that an eligible bachelor is the prize, they pull out all stops. What results is a chain of events that is by turns horrible and hilarious; all we can say is, may the best girl win!
In the world that Fitzgerald constructs, competition is a fundamental element in all female relationships.
Marjorie's competitive nature prevents her from maintaining any significant relationships, even with her so-called "friends."