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Old 01-22-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Which two-part episode scared you the most?

Which two-part episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" seem the most frightening?

"The Bicycle Man" where Arnold and Dudley hang out after school with the owner of the local bicycle shop Mr. Horton, who is a pedophile.

"Hitchhiking" where Arnold and Kimberly end up hitchhiking and are picked by a man named Bill who takes them to his house and ties up Arnold and tries to rape Kimberly.

"Sam's Missing" where Sam is kidnapped by a man who's grieving over the loss of his son and taken to the man's house as his new "son."

I think it's a toss-up between the Hitchhiking episode and Sam's Missing episode. Because they were most dangerous. I don't think Mr. Horton would've actually hurt Arnold or Dudley or anything. I think he was just a sick and sneaky man with horrible intentions, but he didn't seem like he would try to harm them.
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Probably the "Sam's Missing" ones because the actress playing Maggie gave a pretty convincing performance of a sobbing mother.
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Probably the "Sam's Missing" ones because the actress playing Maggie gave a pretty convincing performance of a sobbing mother.
I agree. That's one of the reasons I think Mary Ann Mobley was a better Maggie than Dixie Carter.
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I agree. That's one of the reasons I think Mary Ann Mobley was a better Maggie than Dixie Carter.

Really? Mace and Night hawk, I'd like to hear more about why you think she was better.
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I always felt the Bicycle man episode was weird. Why create a episode like that?


I make sure I skip that one in syndication
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I always felt the Bicycle man episode was weird. Why create a episode like that?
The idea was to educate children about stranger dangers.
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Really? Mace and Night hawk, I'd like to hear more about why you think she was better.
Well I wasn't saying that Mary Ann Mobley was a better Maggie than Dixie, in fact MAM was just average at best playing her, Dixie Carter was best I guess because she was the original.

What I meant was that the "Sam's Missing" episodes left an impression on me because as a kid back then it scared the crap out of me and MAM's acting all hysterical and sobbing was unnerving to me.
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Well I wasn't saying that Mary Ann Mobley was a better Maggie than Dixie, in fact MAM was just average at best playing her, Dixie Carter was best I guess because she was the original.

What I meant was that the "Sam's Missing" episodes left an impression on me because as a kid back then it scared the crap out of me and MAM's acting all hysterical and sobbing was unnerving to me.

OK. Point taken. I see what you mean. I kinda of thought the same thing when I was younger.

Take note some of you guys. People can have a conversation respectfully on topics whether they agree of disagree.
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What's incidental is that Encore Black for the past two days, showed the "Hitchhiker" two-parter. I find if funny that for an otherwise family friend show like Diff'rent Strokes (even though I understand what the producers' intent was, to educate) they had a lot of inherently traumatizing and disturbing "very special" episodes. Why did all of these episodes have to involve the Drummond--Jackson kids getting kidnapped!

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Which two-part episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" seem the most frightening?

"The Bicycle Man" where Arnold and Dudley hang out after school with the owner of the local bicycle shop Mr. Horton, who is a pedophile.

"Hitchhiking" where Arnold and Kimberly end up hitchhiking and are picked by a man named Bill who takes them to his house and ties up Arnold and tries to rape Kimberly.

"Sam's Missing" where Sam is kidnapped by a man who's grieving over the loss of his son and taken to the man's house as his new "son."

I think it's a toss-up between the Hitchhiking episode and Sam's Missing episode. Because they were most dangerous. I don't think Mr. Horton would've actually hurt Arnold or Dudley or anything. I think he was just a sick and sneaky man with horrible intentions, but he didn't seem like he would try to harm them.

I assume when you mentioned that you didn't think that Mr. Horton wouldn't have hurt the boys then you meant physically? I hope that's what you meant because I have to say that he indeed harmed them by giving them alcohol, asking them to sneak around and lie to their parents, have them watch kinky cartoons and look at adult pictures. And, his intensions were VERY HARMFUL but thankfully the police got there in time but not before he gave Dudley some kind of pill to make him sleepy so he could no doubt touch him or full on rape him. I sat down with my 10 year old niece to watch all of these episodes after finding out she liked the show. I wanted to be sure that she knew about this garbage out there. There is nothing smarter than arming kids with knowledge and not just by words, but by epsiodes such as these on any show. I think DS did a fantastic job at proving their points, although not easy to watch.
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What's incidental is that Encore Black for the past two days, showed the "Hitchhiker" two-parter. I find if funny that for an otherwise family friend show like Diff'rent Strokes (even though I understand what the producers' intent was, to educate) they had a lot of inherently traumatizing and disturbing "very special" episodes. Why did all of these episodes have to involve the Drummond--Jackson kids getting kidnapped!
Having the regular stars of the show seeing them in danger felt more logical storywise than having a one-off character who the audience isn't invested in getting kidnapped.

Would minor characters like Robbie, Lisa or Kathy being in the same situation get the same emotional impact? meh we don't know.
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I have no desire to watch the Mr. Horton ep because it's too creepy
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I assume when you mentioned that you didn't think that Mr. Horton wouldn't have hurt the boys then you meant physically? I hope that's what you meant because I have to say that he indeed harmed them by giving them alcohol, asking them to sneak around and lie to their parents, have them watch kinky cartoons and look at adult pictures. And, his intensions were VERY HARMFUL but thankfully the police got there in time but not before he gave Dudley some kind of pill to make him sleepy so he could no doubt touch him or full on rape him. I sat down with my 10 year old niece to watch all of these episodes after finding out she liked the show. I wanted to be sure that she knew about this garbage out there. There is nothing smarter than arming kids with knowledge and not just by words, but by epsiodes such as these on any show. I think DS did a fantastic job at proving their points, although not easy to watch.
Yeah, I mean that Mr. Horton seemed like he wouldn't hurt them physically or trap them there like Sam's kidnapper or Bill did. But the fact that he didn't hurt them doesn't make it any less sick. Especially when you think about the fact that Arnold and Dudley trusted him and he took advantage of their trust in order to try and molest them. That's very disgusting to me. But I like The Bicycle Man episodes more than I like the other ones because The Bicycle Man is informative and funny at the same time. The other ones are too serious, but then again how can you make episodes about kidnapping and rape funny? lol
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Yeah, I mean that Mr. Horton seemed like he wouldn't hurt them physically or trap them there like Sam's kidnapper or Bill did. But the fact that he didn't hurt them doesn't make it any less sick. Especially when you think about the fact that Arnold and Dudley trusted him and he took advantage of their trust in order to try and molest them. That's very disgusting to me. But I like The Bicycle Man episodes more than I like the other ones because The Bicycle Man is informative and funny at the same time. The other ones are too serious, but then again how can you make episodes about kidnapping and rape funny? lol

What was funny about the Bicycle Man?
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To be honest, I haven't seen the episodes in about two years, but I remember laughing at some of Arnold's reactions to the cartoons, but I don't remember laughing once at The Hitchhikers or Sam's Missing. I'm not saying The Bicycle Man was LOL funny but there were some humorous one-liners if I remember. I'll have to re-watch it.
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