Diff'rent Strokes: Episode Guide 


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Note: the episodes are listed in their original production order - the order in which they were made


Season 1 (1978-1979)


#1. Movin' In (Pilot) (original airdate: 11/03/78 - #101)

Multi-millionaire Phillip Drummond, who has agreed to the death-bed wish of his housekeeper to raise her two small sons as his own, welcomes 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis into his lavish penthouse. Anxious to make them feel at home, he showers them with gifts and love -- and is puzzled when he learns that the boys are planning to sneak from the lap of luxury back to Harlem. Aiding Drummond in his effort to make the street-wise, ghetto youngsters feel welcome in the affluent white world are Drummond's new housekeeper Mrs. Garrett and his 13-year-old daughter Kimberly.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Ben Starr


#2. The Social Worker (11/10/78 - #102)

Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; he has heard Drummond tell a social worker that "black children belong with black families."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Ellen Travolta as Ms. Aimsly, J.A. Preston as Geoffrey Thompson and Fran Bennett as Olivia Thompson

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Budd Grossman


#3. Mother's Last Visit (11/17/78 - #103)

Mr. Drummond's socialite and rather snobbish mother arrives and finds there's a lot she doesn't like about her son's new sons, but she soon learns a valuable lesson about what's really important in a person.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest stars: Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Drummond and Richard Fults as Doorman


#4. The Spanking (12/01/78 - #104)

Arnold ignores warnings and continues to drop water balloons from the balcony. Mr. Drummond's decision to punish Arnold for the prank with a spanking becomes a learning lesson for Willis too, when he insists that he be the one to spank Arnold -- but where's Arnold?

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest stars: Frank Farmer as Policeman, Jerry Marshak as Little Boy, and Weldon Bleiler as Maintenance Man

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Fred S. Fox and Seaman Jacobs


#5. Prep School (11/24/78 - #105)

When Mr. Drummond tries to get Arnold and Willis into an exclusive prep school, it turns out to be just a little too exclusive for everyone's tastes.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, and Todd Bridges

Guest Star: Howard Morton as Miles Bordinay

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Teleplay by Alan Rosen and Fred Rubin and Michael Russnow
Story by Michael Russnow


#6. Goodbye Dolly (12/08/78 - #106)

When Arnold loses his favorite doll, he makes sure that his misery is shared equally by the various members of his household, who soon try everything to get it back.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: Jack Riley as Miles Monroe

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Albert E. Lewin


#7. The Trial (12/15/78 - #107)

When Arnold is in trouble for putting his goldfish in Mr. Drummond's hot tub, Willis insists that it is wrong to convict him without a trial. The whole family, with Mrs. Garrett as judge, comes up with an important verdict.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Alan Rosen & Fred Rubin


#8. The Fight (01/05/79 - #108)

Willis puts Arnold in training to fight the local bully, but Mr. Drummond insists more civilized solutions be employed.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Sandy Keith


#9. The Club Meeting (01/12/79 - #109)

Willis invites his neighborhood club from Harlem to visit, but things get out of hand when he tries to impress them with his new wealth.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest stars: "Pop" Atmore as Bubba, Anthony Thompkins as Vernon, Brian Salmon as Charles, and Tony Williams as William

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Tom and Helen August


#10. The Woman (01/19/79 - #110)

Mr. Drummond's intention to marry an attractive widow doesn't meet with his children's approval, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly devise a scheme they hope will turn his "romantic" proposal into a disaster.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: Elinor Donahue as Diane Sloane

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Ronald Alexander


#11. No Time For Arnold (01/26/79 - #111)

A lonely Arnold comes up with a method of gaining his family's attention. Unfortunately his plan works a little too well; he ends up with everyone's attention, including the family doctor.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Albert E. Lewin


#12. The Relative (02/02/79 - #112)

LaWanda Page guest stars as a cousin of Willis and Arnold who, after seeing the boys in their comfortable new surroundings, knows she should stay closer to her long-lost little relatives.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: La Wanda Page as Myrtle Waters Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Fred S. Fox and Segman Jacobs


#13. The Tutor (02/09/79 - #113)

Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who does practically everything but teach.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: Barry Diamond as Danny Rose

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Sandy Keith


#14. The New Landlord (02/16/79 - #114)

The kids devise a scheme hoping to make Arnold convince the new landlord to let the family keep the penthouse.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Jack Riley as Charles Sutton, Erica Yohn as Emily Sutton, and Deborah Zon as Barbie

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Norman Liebmann


#15. Willis' Privacy (02/23/79 - #115)

To get rid of his pesty little brother, Willis divides the bedroom in half and spends more time at his friend's house.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: Anthony Thompkins as Vernon

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Alan Rosen & Fred Rubin


#16-17. Retrospective (12/29/78 - #116 / one-hour episode)

Mr. Drummond and family gather around their Christmas tree and recall the many humorous incidents that the family has shared since Arnold and Willis moved in. This special one-hour episode features highlights from previous shows.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Directed by Herbert Kenwith
Written by Budd Grossman, Howard Leeds, and Ben Starr


#18. Mrs. Garrett's Crisis (03/02/79 - #117)

When Mrs. Garrett decides her life as a housekeeper is unfulfilling, she ends up being a guest in the Drummond home, and then makes an important decision concerning the future.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae


#19. The Job (aka Willis' Job) (03/16/79 - #118)

In order to earn the money to buy disco skates, and to prove a point to Mr. Drummond, Willis gets a job...but is fired on his first working day.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae


#20. Getting Involved (04/06/79 - #119)

When Arnold is witness to a hold up, the robber tries to ensure that the youngster will not identify him.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Ron Feinberg as Detective Morrison, Carl Byrd as Mr. Adams, Mr. Kwambe as Lawrie Osag, John Mayer as Photographer, and Michael Lamont as Officer


#21-22. The Trip (Special with "Hello, Larry") (03/30/79 - #120 / one-hour episode / crossover with Hello, Larry)

The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Hello, Larry Cast: McLean Stevenson as Larry Alder, Kim Richards as Ruthie, Donna Wilkes as Diane, Joanna Gleason as Morgan Winslow, and George Memmoli as Carl


#23. Willis' Birthday (04/13/79 - #121)

Willis is hurt when he thinks his family has forgotten his upcoming birthday. After dropping several unsubtle hints he discovers that not only has everyone remembered, but also his fondest wish has been granted -- a birthday party in his old Harlem neighborhood.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Anthony Thompkins as Vernon, Brian Salmon as Tiny, Tony Williams as Charles, LaShonna Dendy as Francine, Betty Bridges as Mrs. Brooks, Carl Mathis Craig as Policeman, and Scorpio as Luther

Note: Betty Bridges is Todd Bridges' mother.


#24. The Girls School (aka Garrett's Girls) (05/04/79 - #122)

Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

The Facts of Life Cast: Felice Schachter as Nancy Olson, Kim Fields as Tootie Ramsey, Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann Weaver, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Jennifer Rooney as Jennifer, Peter Hobbs as Mr. Robinson, Laura Shuman as Laura, and Jack Riley as Mr. Crocker

Notes: This was the pilot episode for The Facts of Life series. The school was called Eastlake and not Eastland in the pilot episode. This episode was taped April 19th, 1979.


Season 2 (1979-1980)


#25. Arnold's Hero (aka The Hero) (10/24/79 - #201)

Arnold's wildest dream is realized when he comes face-to-knee with "The Champ" -- special guest star Muhammad Ali. When the meeting arranged by Mr. Drummond between Arnold and his idol, Muhammad Ali, falls through, Kimberly and Willis concoct a wild scheme to insure that Arnold's dream will come true.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Charlotte Rae, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Muhammad Ali as himself, James Cromwell as Father O'Brien, and John Starr as the Waiter


#26. Arnold's Girlfriend (Part 1) (09/21/79 - #202)

Arnold has appendicitis and Drummond has to deal with the bigotry of Fred Tanner, a potential housing project investor whose daughter is the key to getting Arnold to sit still for the operation.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Dabney Coleman as Fred Tanner, Rachel Jacobs as Alice Tanner, Kip King as Dr. Padnick, Bill Henderson as the Attendent, and Elaine Appleton as Nurse

Note: Originally aired as an one-hour episode, the premiere of the 2nd season.


#27. Arnold's Girlfriend (Part 2) (09/21/79 - #203)

Arnold's life is endangered when the kids find out they can't share a room in the hospital and run away on the eve of Arnold's surgery.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Dabney Coleman as Fred Tanner, Rachel Jacobs as Alice Tanner, Kip King as Dr. Padnick, Bill Henderson as the Attendent, and Rana Ford as Nurse Dener


#28-29. Feudin' and Fussin' (09/28/79 - #204 / one-hour episode / crossover with Hello, Larry)

Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV big-wig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the "Hello, Larry" family to the big apple for a special one-hour episode. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show house may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be rooting for him to win the job.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Hello, Larry Cast: McLean Stevenson as Larry Alder, Joanna Gleason as Morgan, Kim Richards as Ruthie, Krista Errickson as Diane, and Meadowlark Lemon as Meadowlark

Guest Stars: Bobby Ramsen as Ted Green, Bobby Herbeck as Stage Manager, and Gloria Carlin as Dr. Watkins


#30. Mrs. Garrett's Romance (10/12/79 - #205)

The Drummond household's curiosity over Mrs. Garrett's new beau turns first to surprise and then to alarm. Mrs. Garrett is in a dither over her first date with Leon, especially when it is followed by a very important question.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: Philip Charles MacKenzie as Leon


#31. The Adoption (Part 1) (10/31/79 - #206)

The Drummond family celebrates the day Arnold and Willis are supposed to be officially adopted until the visit of a "relative" leaves their plans in jeopardy. Whitman Mayo guest stars as Jethro Simpson, who sees his way to go from junk to jewels in a last will and testament leaving a fortune to Willis and Arnold.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Whitman Mayo as Jethro Simpson, Sue Ann Gilfillan as Ms. Harrison, Stymie Beard as the Man, James Reynolds as Mr. Payton, and Bob Rockwell as Mr. Bishop


#32. The Adoption (Part 2) (11/07/79 - #207)

It appears that Mr. Drummond's attempts to adopt Arnold and Willis will be aborted by a conniving junk dealer until the boys take matters into their own hands. Whitman Mayo guest stars as "long-lost relative" Jethro Simpson who has arrived with a letter supposedly written by the boys' father, leaving Arnold and Willis in his custody.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Whitman Mayo as Jethro Simpson, James Reynolds as Mr. Payton, Bob Rockwell as Tom Bishop, and Walter Stocker as the Narrator


#33. Birds and Bees (10/19/79 - #208)

Willis' fishy version of the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions and Mr. Drummond on tender hooks. Arnold repeats his "knowledge" to a neighbor's daughter, but the girl's mother is not amused.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: Enid Kent as Mrs. Martino


#34. Father and Son Day (11/14/79 - #209)

Willis' cut-throat competitiveness with another boy at his gym leads him to a decision that he will very much regret, especially after it hurts Mr. Drummond and gives Arnold the right to say "I told you so." Baseball great Reggie Jackson makes his acting debut (note he did appear on an episode of The Love Boat earlier as himself, but this was the first time as a character) playing a key, but unsuspecting role in Willis' questionable scheme.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Reggie Jackson as Larry, Mark Davitt as James Hamilton, Sr., and Erik Moses as James Hamilton, Jr.


#35. The Rivals (12/05/79 - #210)

Arnold and Willis' relationship is threatened when a fickle female classmate, the object of Arnold's affection, turns her attention toward Willis. Arnold's first love is also his first lesson in jealously as he competes with Willis for the same girl.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Star: Donniece Jackson as Lurleen


#36-37. Thanksgiving Crossover (11/28/79 - #211 / one-hour episode / crossover with Hello, Larry)

The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly plan a second Thanksgiving feast with friends Diane and Ruthie. But even the huge Drummond penthouse isn't big enough to hold the exploding tempers that threaten Phil and Larry's long-standing relationship, on a special one-hour episode featuring the stars of "Hello, Larry." Morgan and all the kids get caught up in the feud when Larry learns friendship doesn't necessarily make for good business.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Hello, Larry Cast: McLean Stevenson as Larry Alder, Joanna Gleason as Morgan, Kim Richards, as Ruthie, Krista Errickson as Diane, and William Pierson as Bartender


#38. Hot Watch (12/12/79 - #212)

Discovered in the wrong place at the wrong time, Willis and Arnold become prime suspects when their neighbor's apartment is robbed and they're caught with one of the stolen items. Mr. Drummond is convinced of his sons' innocence even though Willis' fingerprints are all over the place.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Gordon Oas-Heim as Mr. Hanlon, Elizabeth Talbot Martin as Mrs. Benson, Elaine Appleton as Tenant #1, and Diane Duncan as Tenant #2


#39. The Dog Story (aka A Dog Story) (12/19/79 - #213)

Arnold saves a dog's life, is bitten and then the dog is needed to save Arnold. The Drummond household members frantically search for the ungrateful canine, while Arnold faces a series of rabies shots or death.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: James Hong as Mr. Lee, Dorothy Meyer as Mrs. Keith, Gracia Lee as Woman #1, and Olive Dunbar as Woman #2


#40. The Election (01/09/80 - #214)

Drummond puts his convictions on the line to run for city council, and rooting him on are Arnold, Willis, Kimberly, and an "unexpected" new addition to the household. Nedra Volz plays Adelaide Brubaker, the small but sassy housekeeper who helps Drummond mobilize the family for a "win."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, David Sheehan as Roger Murdock, Charles Thomas Murphy as Jerry Fuller, and Jesse Goins as the Cameraman


#41. Friendly-Mate (01/16/80 - #215)

Mr. Drummond is in "double-trouble" when Willis and Arnold decide to get him a date. Feeling a little lonely, Drummond tells the kids what he needs is a little companionship, so they decide to call a computer dating service.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Vonetta McGee as Lucille, Bobbi Jordan as Joan, and Lee Crawford as Robin


#42. Big Business (01/30/80 - #216)

Willis and Arnold scheme to make extra "dough" by selling brownies, only to discover they can't stand the heat of big business and may soon have to get out of the kitchen.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker


#43. Poor Drummond (01/23/80 - #217)

A crucially important business deal keeps Mr. Drummond on edge and Arnold and Willis wondering whether they pack for a California vacation or move back to Harlem.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Charlotte Rae

Guest Stars: Robert Rockwell as Tom Bishop and George Pentecost as E.G. Stilson


#44. Return of the Gooch (02/06/80 - #218)

The "Gooch" is back and this time he's terrorizing Arnold, but Arnold plans to be ready when the bully strikes. In building Arnold's confidence, Willis convinces him that his martial arts lesson has given him a "killer" foot.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Soon Teck-Oh as Mr. Kim, and Curtis Wong as Karate Assistant


#45. Valentine's Day Retrospective (aka Valentine's Vigil) (02/13/80 - #219)

Arnold and Willis are trapped in the basement and while they await rescue they reminisce about their recent past...both the good times and the bad. Arnold insists he must wear his Superman outfit to the family's Valentine's Day trip to the circus; the resultant search leads to the basement and a locked door. This show highlights some of the best moments from the past episodes.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: David Bond as the Janitor


#46. Teacher's Pet (02/27/80 - #220)

Parent-teacher night leads Mr. Drummond to a romance with Arnold's teacher and poor Arnold to the jealousy of his classmates. Arnold tries every trick in the book to win back his classmates, including one which may have him expelled.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Nedra Volz

Guest Stars: Mary Ann Mobley as Miss Nancy Osborne, Steven Mond as Robbie Jason, and Shavar Ross as Dudley Ramsey

Note: Mary Ann Mobley would later play the role of Mrs. Drummond in the final season.

This is the first appearance of Robbie (Steven Mond) and Dudley (Shavar Ross) as Arnold's friends.


#47. Skip Deep or True Blue (aka Guess Who?) (02/20/80 - #221)

Kimberly's new beau, Roger, suggests pairing his sister with Willis for a double-date, until he finds out the color of his true love's brother. When Kimberly discovers her new friend is a bigot, her face burns red and then a far darker shade.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Grant Wilson as Roger Morehouse and Melora Hardin as Emily Morehouse


#48. The Slumber Party (03/12/80 - #222)

Leaving Willis in charge of the house for Kimberly's slumber party is a mistake Mr. Drummond soon regrets as the ensuing chaos disrupts his own date with a lovely lady. The Facts of Life stars Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Julie Anne Haddock, and Molly Ringwald guest star.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Kim Fields as Tootie Ramsey, Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker, Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Green, Carol White as Valerie, Frank De Vol as Sasha, Don Draper as the Captain, Anthony Thompkins as Vernon, Tony Williams as Charles, and David Coburn as Jimmy

Notes: Natalie's middle name is given as Leticia/Latisha.


#49. The Will (aka Arnold Faces Fatality, or Drummond's Will) (03/19/80 - #223)

Arnold fears that his loved ones are checking out of his life when he stumbles upon Drummond's will and then uncovers the fact that his goldfish has given up the ghost.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker and John Starr as the Messenger


#50. The Squealer (03/26/80 - #224)

Willis seeks comradeship as a member of the Tarantulas, a street gang, but finds only deceit as he gets caught in a web of misplace loyalties. Willis allows himself to be arrested rather than "squeal" on his fellow-gang members by telling the truth.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Ron Feinberg as Detective Morrison, Dan Spector as Lenny, Michael Twain as Mr. Clark, David Coburn as Jimmy, and Erik Moses as Mike


Season 3 (1980-1981)


#51. It's Magic (aka The Magician) (03/11/81 - #301)

Arnold's "famous" magic disappearing act, designed to impress a magazine reporter and special guest star Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, leaves him dangerously high and dry, with no place to go but down -- about 30 stories.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Ed "Too Tall" Jones as himself and Veronica Redd as Ms. Buxton


#52. The Bank Job (Part 1) (11/12/80 - #302)

Willis accompanies Arnold as he sets out to withdraw some money from his bank account to pay for his first "real" date, but two bank robbers force a change of plans when they attempt their own, very large withdrawal, in the first episode of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest stars: Kim Fields as Tootie Ramsey, Mike Cavanaugh as Woody, Jesse Goins as Thomas, Dick O'Neill as Captain Burns, Billy Beck as the Guard, James Reynolds as Mr. Gibson, John Starr as the Man Teller, Elaine Appleton as Lillian, Delores Cantu as Alicia, Kurt Smildsin as Policeman #1, and Geoff Edwards as TV Reporter


#53. The Bank Job (Part 2) (11/12/80 - #303)

Drummond offers himself and his company airplane as hostages to protect Arnold and Willis, but his sons' future hangs in the balance when the robbers announce their own very different choice of hostages, in the conclusion of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest stars: Kim Fields as Tootie Ramsey, Mike Cavanaugh as Woody, Jesse Goins as Thomas, Dick O'Neill as Captain Burns, Billy Beck as the Guard, James Reynolds as Mr. Gibson, John Starr as the Man Teller, Elaine Appleton as Lillian, Delores Cantu as Alicia, Kurt Smildsin as Policeman #1, Geoff Edwards as TV Reporter, Justin Mastro as the Delivery Boy, and Victor Rivas as the SWAT Man


#54. Football Father (12/17/80 - #304)

After Arnold fails to measure up to the demands of the basketball, baseball and volleyball teams, Drummond convinces the boy to try football on for size and then pays the coach a clandestine visit to ensure Arnold a place on the team.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Greg Mullavey as Coach Slattery, Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Le Tari as Mr. Ted Ramsey, Pat Mulligan as Mr. Green, Shavar Ross as Dudley Ramsey, Meeno Peluce as Miller, and Angela Newell as Cynthia Needleman

Note: This is Le Tari's first appearance as Dudley's father, Ted Ramsey.


#55. Small Claims Court (11/19/80 - #305)

Arnold has his day in court when an unfortunate "train" of events puts him at odds with a less than understanding merchant.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Paul Kent as Judge Roscoe C. Briggs, Milt Kogan as Mr. Haskell, Lennie Bremen as Mr. Newhouse, Jilia Calderon as Mrs. Spangler, and Shirley Neal as the Clerk


#56. Substitute Mother (11/26/80 - #306)

Arnold falls head-over-heels for a temporary housekeeper and embarks on a romantic scheme he hopes will make her a permanent member of the Drummond household.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Denise Nicholas as Sondra Williams and Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker


#57. The Accident (Part 1) (12/03/80 - #307)

The festive family celebration of Drummond's 50th birthday suddenly becomes a disaster after a drunk driver puts Drummond in the hospital, unconscious, his life hanging in the balance, in the first episode of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Robert Ginty as Ron Connolly, Tom Rosqui as Dr. Benson, Gino Gallego as Nurse #1, Rana Ford as Nurse #2, and Cyndi Cardinal as Telegram Girl

Note: Originally aired as an one-hour episode.


#58. The Accident (Part 2) (12/03/80 - #308)

When Drummond finally comes to, he is suffering from amnesia and unless he can regain his memory, he may lose not only his business, but also custody of Arnold, Willis and Kimberly.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Robert Ginty as Ron Connolly, Tom Rosqui as Dr. Benson, Gino Gallego as Nurse #1, Rana Ford as Nurse #2, and Cyndi Cardinal as Telegram Girl


#59. Count Your Blessings (01/07/81 - #309)

Arnold tries a regimen of stretching exercises and a change of diet to speed his growth, but Drummond finds he must go to a very special source to get the boy to accept that he will never be tall.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Melanie Watson as Kathy Gordon, Joan Welles as Dorothy Gordon, and Rhoda Gemignani as the Doctor

Note: This is Melanie Watson's first of four appearances as Kathy Gordon.


#60. Little Mother (12/10/80 - #310)

Kimberly's efforts to help a pregnant girl friend have Willis and Arnold convinced the Kimberly's the one expecting.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Kari Michaelsen as Ellen Marshall and Claude Earl Jones as Ed Marshall


#61. First Love (12/31/80 - #311)

Drummond orders Willis to spend more time with his studies and less time with his "first love," but Willis and Arnold concoct a plan they're sure will fulfill the wishes of both father and son.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Janet Jackson as Charlene DuPrey, and Arthur Burghardy as Mr. DuPrey

Note: This is Janet Jackson's first appearance as Willis' girlfriend Charlene DuPrey.


#62. The Loan (01/14/81 - #312)

Arnold learns the true value of a dollar when Drummond turns down his request to lend $4,000 to the apartment building doorman anxious to take part in an attractive business deal.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Tommy Aguilar as Mannie and Dave Johnson as the Announcer


#63. Roots (01/21/81 - #313)

Willis and Arnold turn the Drummond household upside down as they try to prove to their old Harlem neighbors -- and themselves -- that they haven't lost tough with their cultural roots.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Lee Chamberlain as Dr. Chadway, Erik Moses as Oscar, and Tony Williams as Charles


#64. Junk Food (aka Junk Food Junkie) (01/28/81 - #314)

Arnold's poor dental checkup and a visit by Drummond's health-conscious sister, Sophia, launches Drummond on a campaign to have "junk" food machines banned from Arnold's school, even though Arnold's drive for his class' presidency may depend on keeping the machines in place.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Lillian Lehman as Miss Rawls, Shavar Ross as Dudley Ramsey, and Steven Mond as Robbie Jason


#65. The Bus (02/04/81 - #315)

Arnold's excitement at being one of a small group of students in an exchange program with an all-white school is turned to fear by a threatening phone call from a zealous busing opponent.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Hector Elias as Mr. Martinez, Cal Gibson as Mr. Davis, David Moses as Mr. Robinson, David Partington as Picket #2, Russell Shannon as Picket #1, Saundra Sharp as Mrs. Robinson, Perla Walter as Mrs. Martinez, and Virginia Wing as Mrs. Chung


#66. The Older Man (02/25/81 - #316)

Through Blair's makeup artistry, 15-year-old Kimberly discovers she can pass for 20, but when she accepts a date with a 25-year-old and the passes start flying, she finds there may be more to being older than looking it.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Green, Lou Richards as Mike, Mickey Morton as Man #1, Julia Calderon as Woman #1, Bobby Herbeck as Man #2, Verda Bridges as Woman #2

Note: Verda Bridges is Todd Bridges' sister.


#67. Where There's Hope (03/04/81 - #317)

Arnold's tenth birthday party means a lot to him, but for some reason it means a whole lot more to the one person he's determined won;t be invited -- a pesky young lady who always tries just too hard to be friends.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Monika Furness as Susie Moore, Brad English as Mr. Moore, Pat Finley as Mrs. Moore, Shavar Ross as Dudley Ramsey, and Edward Neely as Chubby


#68. Almost American (04/01/81 - #318)

Arnold's dejection at being grounded for a "D" on a history test turns to inspiration after an immigrant studying for naturalization introduces him to another perspective on America.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Maureen McNamara as Catherine Armstrong, Richard Yniguez as Rudy, Rob Ari as Miles, Rosalind Chao as Ming Li, Ernie Hudson as Kwame, Anna Bjorn as Kristin, and Brad Trumbull as Detective Simpson.

Notes: This was the unsold pilot episode of a potential series.

Rosalind Chao would later play Miss Chung, Arnold's teacher.


#69. Drummond's Fair Lady (03/18/81 - #319)

Drummond runs into some stiff competition to the candidate he's chosen to head a new division of his company -- his board members think the attractive young executive's sex disqualifies her -- and his family thinks he's being used.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Wendy Fulton as Rebecca Saunders, Russell Arms as Howie, Edward Penn as Marty, and Jimmy Weldon as Ben


#70. The Ancestors (03/25/81 - #320)

Drummond and his sister Sophia inherit a prime piece of land in Harlem from a long lost ancestor, but their plan to dedicate it to a cultural center in his name could spell disaster if the truth of their ancestor's life gets out.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Rick Fitts as Jason Collins, and Erik Moses as Oscar


#71. Room For One More (05/06/81 - #321)

A classmate, fearing his foster father's lost job means he's headed back to the orphanage, cons Arnold into getting Drummond to consider adopting him into their family.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Shavar Ross as Dudley, and Le Tari as Mr. Ramsey


#72. Growing Up (10/29/81 - #322)

His friends' stories of their sexual exploits convince Willis it's time he "became a man"--now he must convince his steady girl friend Charlene.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Janet Jackson as Charlene, Robin LaValley (off-camera voice), and Michael Chain (off-camera voice)


#73. The Model (11/12/81 - #323)

Kimberly hopes a summer job will make her more independent, but when it becomes an undreamt chance at international modeling, it may be more independence than her father will agree to.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Madlyn Rhue as Tina Claremont, Thyais Walsh as Beverly, and Laura Kamins as Carol

Note: This episode was made during season 3, but aired in season 4.


#74. The Athlete (05/13/81 - #324)

The coach of the city's top high school baseball team is after Willis and is prepared to do anything to make it possible for Willis to attend his school.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Jack Knight as Coach Stockwood and John Starr as the Mailman


Season 4 (1981-1982)


#75. The Ski Weekend (12/10/81 - #401)

Kimberly must face the biggest decision of her life -- whether to spend a ski weekend with a popular boy or turn down the opportunity to get away on her own and remain, in her mind, daddy's "little girl."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dana Kimmell as Michelle, Jon Caliri as Tony, and Mark Neely as Ron


#76. First Day Blues (11/05/81 - #402)

Willis has the normal jitters on his first day of high school, and in his hurry to make friends, hooks up with a bad group, goes overboard to impress them, and, for his efforts could wind up in jail.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Kim Fields as Tootie, Brian Whitley as Art, Paul Carafotes as Doug, Michael Sharrett as Henry, Renee Jones as The Girl, Joe DeCenzo as Julio, and Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as The Student


#77. The Team (11/19/81 - #403)

A happy household is torn by the repercussions of meeting racial quotas -- Drummond faces a lawsuit when he hires a black man from outside his company for a prized executive position and Willis seeks justice when told his color is the only thing preventing him from making the school's predominantly black basketball team.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Kim Fields as Tootie, Philip Sterling as Conroy, Todd Lookinland as Eddie, and Don Dolan as Coach Nichols


#78. Hello, Daddy (01/14/82 - #404)

Does Drummond have a third son -- there's a young man at the door who claims he does and that he is.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Nobu McCarthy as Hi-Sook Chun, and Keone Young as David Chun


#79. The Big Heist (11/26/81 - #405)

Arnold is elated when he's accepted into an "elite" club at school, but his membership could lead to consequences far beyond his wildest dreams when he learns he must commit a crime as part of his secret initiation.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Robert Rockwell as Tom Bishop, Rhoda Gemignani as Mrs. Craig, Fred Pinkard as Judge Biscaye, William Lanteau as the clerk, John Brandon as the Policeman, and John Moskoff as the Baliff


#80. Double Date (aka Blind Date) (12/03/81 - #406)

Arnold's big plans for his first real "date" are quickly deflated when parental-imposed restrictions threaten to ruin his encounter before it ever gets off the ground.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Dena Crowder as Diane, and Bobby Herbeck as the Waiter


#81. Health Club (12/17/81 - #407)

Arnold and Willis face a puzzling dilemma -- how to tell Drummond that the award he worked so hard for comes from a health club with a "restricted membership."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Macon McCalman as George Endicott, and Jack Knight as Mr. Barrett


#82. Jilted (01/21/82 - #408)

When Willis takes his steady girl friend for granted, his selfishness sends her out with another guy -- who won't ignore her, but there may be hope for happiness if a self-appointed Cupid succeeds in his plan.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Janet Jackson as Charlene and Dion Williams as Barry


#83. Burial Ground (01/07/82 - #409)

Arnold and Willis go on a hunger strike to save a historic landmark when they learn construction by Drummond's company may destroy what could be an ancient Indian burial ground.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Ned Romero as John Longwalker, and Charles Thomas Murphy as Cliff Hammer


#84. The Squatter (02/18/82 - #410)

Drummond learns the hard way that converting apartments into condominiums can mean hurting lots of innocent people when he becomes the unsuspecting "victim" of an eccentric tenant he's displacing.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Audrey Meadows as Mrs. Martinson, John McCook as Tom Wallce, Sam Ahamshak as the older Cop, Leonard Lightfoot as the younger Cop, Gary Krakower as the Cameraman, Robin LaValley as the Sound-Woman


#85. Kathy (02/04/82 - #411)

Arnold and his friend Kathy face big challenges in their lives and each holds the key to overcoming the other's obstacles, but when Arnold takes the first step forward, their entire relationship takes a big step backwards.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Melanie Watson as Kathy Gordon, Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Joan Welles as Dorothy Gordon, and Steven Mond as Robbie

Note: This is Rosalind Chao's first appearance as the teacher, Miss Chung.


#86. Dreams (01/28/82 - #412)

A cancelled fishing trip leaves Arnold having a series of bad dreams that the entire family loses sleep over, until a psychiatrist's examination reveals what really is causing his nighttime terror.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: Lee Chamberlain as Dr. Tucker


#87. Fire (02/11/82 - #413)

A fire traps Drummond and his family in their penthouse and has him "working" overtime trying to protect them without letting on that there's anything wrong.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, and Paul Kent as Chief Scott


#88. The Car (02/25/82 - #414)

When his girl friend plans on taking a drive with someone else, a "carless" Willis -- refusing to be outdone -- gets an idea for a real joy ride neither of them will forget.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Janet Jackson as Charlene, and Vance Davis as the Policeman


#89. Crime Story (Part 1) (aka Crime in the Schools) (03/11/82 - #415)

Arnold and his friend Dudley are scared to death by two teenage bullies who pose the intimidating demand "your lunch money or your life," in the first episode of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Shannon Presby as Eddie, and Sal Lopez as Roberto


#90. Crime Story (Part 2) (aka Crime in the Schools) (03/18/82 - #416)

Arnold doesn't know when to leave well enough alone -- after Willis comes to his rescue, he gets himself involved in an "undercover" scheme to capture the "punks" at school who have been harrassing him, in the conclusion of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Shannon Presby as Eddie, and Sal Lopez as Roberto


#91. B.M.O.C. (03/25/82 - #417)

Willis' obsession with joining an "exclusive" high school club rocks the Drummond household and leaves several victims in its wake, including a shaken Arnold who takes his brother's "insensitive" actions to heart.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Bobby Herbeck as the Waiter, Tony Lettieri as Charlie, Brian Whitley as Roy, and Rick Moser as Herman


#92. Green Hair (04/01/82 - #418)

An adamant Drummond ignores sister Sophia's pleas to get involved in a group effort to combat air pollution, until Kimberly becomes victimized by the unnatural phenomenon.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Damian London as Dr. Johannson, and David Wallace as Jeff


#93. Have I Got a Girl For You (04/08/82 - #419)

Aunt Sophia's matchmaking unites an unsuspecting Drummond with her "working-class" hairdresser, but a slip of Arnold's tongue ignites charges that Drummond is a snob -- turning a "budding romance" into a roaring feud.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dody Goodman as Aunt Sophia, Candy Azzara as Dolores, and Verda Bridges as Mary

Note: Verda Bridges is Todd Bridges' sister.


#94. Lifesavers (04/15/82 - #420)

A quick-thinking, fast-acting Willis saves Arnold from a newer-fatal accident and in doing so unleashes an adoring monster who dedicates his life to repaying his "hero."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Sol Trager as Mike, and Jack O'Leary as Mr. Kruger


#95. Stress? What Stress? (04/22/82 - #421)

Stress is diagnosed as the cause of hard-working Drummond's frequent attacks of pain, but suddenly young, healthy and "normal" Willis learns that he, too, is a prime candidate for the same debilitating "attacks."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker and James Cromwell as the Delivery Man


#96. The Music Man (05/06/82 - #422)

Willis sets what he's sure is a "cinch" audition for girl friend Charlene to sing with his musical group, but his "big plane" hit a sour not when Arnold's intervention threatens to destroy both Charlene's chances with the group and her relationship with Willis.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Janet Jackson as Charlene, H.B. Barnum as H.B., Darren Sullivan as Darren, Kerry Ashby as Kerry, and Art Wilson as Art


#97. On Your Toes (05/20/82 - #423)

A famed choreographer encourages Arnold to learn ballet, but his youthful dancing days could be numbered when Willis' taunting remarks convice Arnold to drop out of an upcoming recital.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Roger C. Carmel as Dmitri Kuznetsov, Lilyan Chauvin as Zenashkaya Rokova, Karin Vosberg as Becky, and Larry Rosenberg as Dancer


#98. Short But Sweet (05/13/82 - #424)

Arnold feels shortchanged -- he's growing older but he's not getting any taller and he's convinced that's the reason why he doesn't have a girl friend.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Nedra Volz as Adelaide Brubaker, Janet Jackson as Charlene, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Christy Murrill as Teresa, Dain C. Turner as Billy, Steven Mond as Robbie, and Danyetta Hughes as Kathy


Season 5 (1982-1983)


#99. Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade (10/02/82 - #501)

Arnold is determined to defeat brother Willis at his own game and dethrone him as local video game champ, but in doing so Arnold's passion becomes a destructive "addiction" that could have serious consequences.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Shavar Ross as Dudley, and Steven Mond as Robbie


#100. In the Swim (10/09/82 - #502)

Willis is completely supportive of Kimberly's transfer into his public school, until his sister's "innocent" actions begin getting him into hot water.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Janet Jackson as Charlene, Duke Stroud as Christopher Miles, Annrae Walterhouse as Muriel, and Kimberly Kodes as Jan


#101. Big Brother (10/23/82 - #503)

Arnold's got a "can't lose" plan for curing a new classmate's loneliness -- sharing big brother Willis -- but his kind of intentions leave Arnold feeling like the lonely, only child.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Joey Lawrence as Joey and Huntz Hall as Happy Wanderer


#102. Cyrano DeJackson (10/16/82 - #504)

Arnold's on the outs with his best friend Dudley after he innocently offers to help his bashful buddy win the heart of a young lady -- who falls for Arnold instead.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley and Nikki Swasey as Lisa


#103. Substitute Teacher (11/06/82 - #505)

Arnold and his buddies fabricate a "little white lie" in an attempt to get rid of an overly-conscientious substitute teacher, but their tell tale could result in more than just removing the teacher from the classroom -- it could destroy his entire career.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Mr. Wilkes, J. Jay Saunders as Mr. Langford, Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Shavar Ross as Dudley, and Steven Mond as Robbie


#104. The Peacemaker (10/30/82 - #506)

Willis' personal safety is in jeopardy when his noble attempt to mediate a feud between rival gangs backfires, forcing him to take a drastic step to insure his protection -- purchasing a handgun.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Cosie Costa as Crazy Larry, Jesse Aragon as Heraldo, Arlee Reed as Billy, Charles Holman Brown as Chuck, Bruce Kluger as Carl


#105. The Older Woman (11/13/82 - #507)

A false I.D. and a false bravado create real problems for Willis and a beautiful "older" woman when an evening on the town doesn't go quite as he had planned.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Janet Jackson as Charlene, Shari Belafonte-Harper as Monique, Nancy Morgan as Kate, Brian Whitley as Art, and Bobby Herbeck as the Pizza Man


#106. Memories (11/27/82 - #508)

A long lost trunk returned to the boys contains a tape recording of their deceased mother which brings to the surface a previously unrecognized problem that triggers uncharacteristic behavior from a usually happy-go-lucky Arnold.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: John C. Becher as Jack Darcy and Betty Bridges as voice of Mrs. Jackson

Note: Betty Bridges is Todd Bridges' mother.


#107. A Case of Overexposure (aka Overexposure) (11/20/82 - #509)

Arnold must face the bare facts -- his chances of winning a prestigious school election seem desperately slim, thanks to an "overexposed" candid campaign photo taken by sister Kimberly.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, and Nikki Swasey as Lisa


#108. Push Comes to Shove (12/04/82 - #510)

Arnold's unexpected confrontation with the new building manager's son leads to a chilling series of events that could get the entire Drummond family evicted.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Edward Andrews as Mr. Sloan, William Schilling as Louis Garth, and Brad Kesten as Bobby Garth


#109. The Executives (12/11/82 - #511)

Willis learns that even a little power in the wrong hands can be dangerous when he oversteps the bounds of his authority in his afterschool job at his father's office.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Art Kassul as Mr. Duffy and Erik Moses as James Hamilton


#110. Santa's Helper (12/18/82 - #512)

Arnold falls innocent victim to a beguiling street-corner Santa who has an ulterior financial motive for hiring him as a holiday "helper."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Star: Garrett Morris as Santa (Mr. Jones)


#111. A Growing Problem (01/08/83 - #513)

At 16, Willis thinks he's man enough and old enough to "top" a few drinks with the guys, but Drummond's objections send Willis storming out of the house intent on proving his father wrong.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Lawrence Monoson as Jerry


#112. Parents Have Rights, Too (01/15/83 - #514)

Drummond's plans for a quiet and private weekend "alone" don't quite work out as he had intended, when a storm sends Arnold, Willis and Kimberly home from a camping trip early -- catching him off guard in a compromising situation.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Louise Sorel as Robin Saunders


#113. Independent Woman (01/22/83 - #515)

A new job and a handsome new boss add up to trouble for an innocent Kimberly when her new employer starts displaying a more than casual interest in her -- hoping that his "special attention" will help land him a position within Drummond's prestigious company.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Todd Issacson as Brian, Panchito Gomez as Julio, and Catherine Curry as Jane


#114. The Bicycle Man (Part 1) (02/05/83 - #516)

Unaware that he's being lured into the carefully crafted trap of a child molester, Arnold eagerly agrees to perform a simple task in return for an overly generous reward from a "friendly" neighborhood merchant.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Gordon Jump as Mr. Horton and Shavar Ross as Dudley


#115. The Bicycle Man (Part 2) (02/12/83 - #517)

Arnold and Dudley's "friendship" with a local merchant reaches a dangerous turning point when, unbeknownst to the boys, the man, who is actually a child molester, is about to make his move.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Gordon Jump as Mr. Horton, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Le Tari as Ted Ramsey, and Brad Trumbull as Detective Simpson


#116. Family on Ice (02/19/83 - #518)

Kimberly is overjoyed when Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill sees great promise in her as a competitive figure skater, but she's even more astounded when Drummond agrees to let her leave the New York "nest" to train full time with the award-winning skater -- in Los Angeles.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Star: Dorothy Hamill as herself

Note: Dana Plato was training in figure skating for the Olympics when she got the part on Diff'rent Strokes.


#117. Hall Monitor (02/26/83 - #519)

Arnold's good intentions backfire when his efforts to help his handicapped friend Kathy adjust to life in public school cost him the esteem of his classmates and the friendship of pals Dudley and Robbie.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Melanie Watson as Kathy Gordon, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Joan Welles as Dorothy Gordon, and Steven Mond as Robbie


#118. The Cricket (03/05/83 - #520)

To try to curb Arnold's run of bad luck, Drummond gives him a pet cricket, but the Japanese "good luck charm" brings nothing but sleepless nights and dreams of "pesticide" to the rest of the household.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, and Nikki Swasey as Lisa


#119. Roommates (03/12/83 - #521)

The household's turned upside down when Drummond becomes Arnold's roommate for a week.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett


#120. The Reporter (03/19/83 - #522)

Determined to prove he didn't fabricate a story about drug abuse in his grade school just to win a journalism contest, Arnold takes his article to the New York City newspaper sponsoring the competition, and when they run his story on the front page, Arnold receives some unexpected more support from First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Mrs. Nancy Reagan as herself, Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, J. Jay Saunders as Mr. Langford, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, and David Mendenhall as Sidney


#121. Romeo and Juliet (04/30/83 - #523)

Arnold's Romeo is steeped in more turmoil than Shakespeare ever intended when he's tricked by his "best friends" into playing opposite arch-nemisis Lisa's Juliet.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Rosalind Chao as Miss Chung, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, Gary Waynesmith as Mr. Wether, and Paula Hoffman as Marsha


#122. My Fair Larry (aka My Fair Lady) (05/07/83 - #524)

School "thug" Larry coerces Willis into teaching him how to "make it" with girls, but things go from bad to worse when Larry's first target is Willis' sister Kimberly.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Andrew Clay as Larry, Jami Gertz as Lindsey, and Stephanie Williams as Stephanie


Season 6 (1983-1984)


#123. Rashomon II (10/22/83 - #601)

Drummond, Willis and Arnold bravely subdue a burglar who had been holding the family at gunpoint, but the arresting officer is befuddled when the three "crime fighters" relate differing versions of the apprehension.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Star: Terry Kiser as the Burglar


#124. Where There's Smoke (01/14/84 - #602)

Arnold and Dudley succumb to peer pressure and ignore warnings against cigarette smoking, only to have the harsh realities brought to light by Dudley's father -- a chronic smoker.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Le Tari as Ted Ramsey, Steve Rumph as Marty, Patrick Brennan as Howie, D. White as Glenn, and Marc Bentley as Blake

Note: This episode was postponed from 10/08/83.


#125. The Goat (10/15/83 - #603)

Arnold's first day at junior high is emotionally devastating when he's shunned for not measuring up to the expectations that everyone had for Willis Jackson's brother, but Arnold devises a risky scheme that he feels certain will elevate his prestige.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, Sarina Grant as Mrs. Harris, Martin Ferrero as the Coach, and D. White as Glenn


#126. The Lie (10/29/83 - #604)

Willis' seemingly harmless disregard for the truth turns dangerous when a self-serving lie about knowing CPR jeopardizes Arnold's life.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley and Macon McCalman as Dr. Kalsa


#127. Coming of Age (12/03/83 - #605)

Kimberly's 18th birthday present from daddy -- a trust fund -- will make her a wealthy woman, but her free-spirited dreams of independence could be cut short when Drummond discovers just how she intends to spend her "fortune."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Rhoda Gemignani as Mrs. Valenti, Pierrino Mascarino as Mr. Valenti, and Dana Kimmell as Michelle


#128. Mr. T and mr. t (10/01/83 - #606)

Arnold's ecstasy over meeting his hero Mr. T goes from elation to emulation when the young girl he's trying to impress snubs him in favor of his idol. Former bouncer and bodyguard Mr. T, who came to national prominence as Sylvester Stallone's opponent in "Rocky III" and was the star of the hit television series "The A-Team," makes a special guest appearance as "The A-Team's" B.A.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Mr. T as himself, Shavar Ross as Dudley, and Joel Brooks as the Director


#129. Assert Yourself (12/10/83 - #607)

Arnold turns a pal into an opponent when he resigns as Dudley's campaign manager and declares his own candiacy for class president.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley and Albie Polinsky as Norman Corman


#130. Drafted (11/12/83 - #608)

When 13-year-old Arnold is notified to register for the draft, Drummond's over reaction to the obvious error turns Arnold's dreams into nightmares.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Ken Olfson as Mr. Cribbs and Alan Blumenfeld as Doug Gordon


#131. The Van Drummonds (11/19/83 - #609)

A short visit to the United States by Phillip Drummond's Dutch cousin Anna and her son Hans becomes an eternity for Arnold and Willis, who are made scapegoats for cousin Hans' mischief. In the episode, Conrad Bain and Dana Plato each take on a demanding dual role assignment. Bain, the temperate wealthy urbane widower Phillip Drummond, doubles as the stern disciplinarian "female" country cousin from Holland, Anna Van Drummond, and Ms. Plato, takes on the added challenge of portraying Kimberly's mischievious "male" cousin Hans.

Cast: Conrad Bain (as Mr. Drummond and Anna Van Drummond, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato (as Kimberly and Hans Van Drummond)


#132. Mrs. Z (12/17/83 - #610)

Drummond's provided with police protection of a most unusual kind after his charitable philanthrophy leads to a $1,000,000 extortion threat against him.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Sheron Chambers as Mrs. Z, John Brandon as Detective Hensen, Edward Lynch as the Extortionist, and James Gallery as Mr. Philbrick


#133. The Moonlighter (11/26/83 - #611)

Arnold is disappointed to discover that his favorite teacher moonlights as a cocktail waitress, but he's stunned when he learns why she has to work the second job. Actress sport commentator and film producer Jayne Kennedy guest stars as Arnold's moonlighting teacher.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Jayne Kennedy as Mrs. Jenkins/Vickie, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, Zachary Charles as Mr. Nevins, Harvey Solin as Maitre'd, and Geri Mamo as Tanya


#134. The Houseguest (05/05/84 - #612)

Willis and Charlene's budding young love begins to wilt when she moves in as a temporary houseguest at the Drummond's. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson's younger sister, returns in her role as Willis' girl friend Charlene.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Janet Jackson as Charlene, Danny Cooksey as Sam, Renee Jones as Rosalyn, and Calvin Mason as Ron


#135. The Senior Class Queen (01/07/84 - #613)

When Kimberly starts a campaign to open the school's Lettermen's Club to female membership, an embarrassed Willis retaliates with chauvinistic aplomb by becoming the first male contestant in the Senior Class Beauty Pageant.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: George Pentecost as Mr. Havermeyer, Reginald T. Dorsey as Wally, Scott Strader as Jeff, Dawn Schroder as Vicki James, and Sherry Yi as Kitty Lee


#136. The Boyfriend (05/12/84 - #614)

Blinded by love, Kimberly takes an enormous and deceptive risk when she talks her father into allowing her to move into an apartment, allegedly with her girl friend.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Bob Dubac as David and Dana Kimmell as Michelle


#137. Drummond's Lady (01/21/84 - #615)

Arnold unwittingly solves his father's dilemma -- trying to make romance and finance go hand-in-hand -- when Drummond finds himself falling for an attractive local television aerobics instructor that his company is attempting to turn into an international success. Veteran Broadway and television actress Dixie Carter is introduced in the role of fitness instructor Maggie McKinney.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Dixie Carter as Maggie McKinney, Pamela Newman as Daisy, and Eric Lantis as Rodney


#138. The Hitchhikers (Part 1) (01/28/84 - #616)

Kimberly and Arnold break a long-standing family rule and face death when, on their return from a shopping trip, they find themselves short of cash and decide to hitch a ride home rather than call home for assistance, in part one of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, and Dixie Carter

Guest Star: Woody Eney as Bill


#139. The Hitchhikers (Part 2) (02/04/84 - #617)

Hitchhiking leads to kidnapping for Arnold and Kimberly, but Arnold escapes and he is so disoriented he is unable to remember the location of the kidnapper's apartment so that the police can rescue Kimberly who's till being held captive, in the conclusion of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Don Dolan as Detective Carlson, Florence Halop as Mrs. Gruber, Shashawnee Hall as the Policeman, Lennie Bremen as the Man, and Woody Eney as Bill


#140. Hooray for Hollywood (Part 1) (02/11/84 - #618)

Upset over Maggie breaking off their relationship, Drummond chases her to Hollywood to win back her heart, but while he woos Maggie, Arnold and Dudley sneak away from a studio tour to find the star of "Knight Rider" and wind up in a life threatening situation, in part one of a special two-part episode, "Knight Rider" star David Hasselhoff makes a special appearance as himself.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, John Mansfield as the Director, Frank Richards as Security Guard, Jim Hurts as Adult Monster, David Anthony as Baby Monster, Starwill Reed as Phantom of the Opera, Johnny Silver as the Man, Robin LaValley as Tour Guide, Myles O'Brien as Assistant Manager, and David Hasselhoff as himself


#141. Hooray for Hollywood (Part 2) (02/18/84 - #619)

Arnold's joy over being saved from an explosion by "Knight Rider's" David Hasselhoff quickly turns to dismay when he learns his father is getting married and a little brother comes along with the package, in the conclusion of a special two-part episode. "Knight Rider" star David Hasselhoff makes a special appearance as himself.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Howard Stevens as M.C., John Mansfield as the Director, Frank Richards as Security Gurd, Bobby Herbeck as Mel, Steve Brady as the Waiter, and David Hasselhoff as himself


#142. The Wedding (Part 1) (02/25/84 - #620)

Maggie's reaction to a proposed pre-nuptial agreement threatens to hamper Phillip's happiness -- but could eliminate Arnold's fear about "inheriting" a strict new mother and a pesky little brother, in part one of a special two-part story.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Carol Bruce as Miss Gilbert, Robert Rockwell as Tom Bishop, and Joe Ross as Mr. Simpson

Note: This originally aired as an one-hour episode.


#143. The Wedding (Part 2) (02/25/84 - #621)

Their family and friends assembled, Phillip and Maggie meet at the altar, only to realize each has made a major mistake, in the concluding part of a special two-part story. Charlotte Rae, Dody Goodman, Janet Jackson and Nedra Volz, each of who had appeared in recurring roles on "Diff'rent Strokes," return as their original characters for the Drummond nuptials.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Pat Cranshaw as Mr. Clemens, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Garrett, Dody Goodman as Sophia, Janet Jackson as Charlene, Nedra Volz as Adelaide, Le Tari as Ted Ramsey, Pamela Newman as Daisy, and Robert Rockwell as Tom Bishop


#144. The Honeymoon's Over (03/03/84 - #622)

Arnold and Pearl fall into a depression when Maggie and Phillip return from their honeymoon with a temporary eviction notice for Pearl, and orders for Arnold to babysit for his "tag-along" little brother Sam instead of going to a party.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley and Andre Fox as Angela


#145. The Bar Mitzvah Boy (03/17/84 - #623)

In a quest for religion started by Maggie and his father, Arnold thinks he has found it after attending an impressive bar mitzvah where his friend "Becomes a man" at age 13. Milton Berle in a rare serious role makes a special guest appearance as Rabbi Morris.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, John Hancock as Reverend Thomas, Steven Mond as Robbie; Robbie Preston Williams, Leona Baxter, Margaret Jenkins, Jozella Reed, and Cynthia Wakefield as The Ladies of Song; and Milton Berle as Rabbi Morris


#146. Kathy's Olympics (03/24/84 - #624)

The money for the National Wheelchair Games that Arnold's class has raised and entrusted to him is missing--leaving Arnold embarrassed and his family "in the dumps." Melanie Watson returns in her recurring role as Kathy, Arnold's classmate and chairperson of the fund-raising drive.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dana Plato, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Melanie Watson as Kathy, and Steven Mond as Robbie


Season 7 (1984-1985)


#147. Bed-Wetting (10/13/84 - #701)

The Drummond household is faced with Sam's bed-wetting problem trying everything from scolding to fawning, only to have Sam become more frustrated and hurt.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter


#148. Blue Collar Drummond (03/09/85 - #702)

When Drummond is accused of being out of touch with his employee, he secretly takes a job in one of his own factories working on an assembly line. Much to his surprise, his job is threatened when he makes suggestions to boost morale and improve production.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Barney Martin as Jack Perkins, Jack Riley as Pete, Lee Weaver as Joe, Ron Karabatos as Harvey, and Marcelyn Ann Williams as Ellen


#149. Undercover Lover (10/20/84 - #703)

Willis becomes the middleman in a police effort to halt use and trafficking of drugs at his high school.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Anne-Marie Johnson as Denise, Brian Robbins as Skyhigh, Nadia De Leye as Shari, Steven Tash as Weasel, and Michael Zorek as Benjamin


#150. Arnold's Strike (10/27/84 - #704)

Arnold risks expulsion from school when he leads a strike against some new rules he feels are "unfair."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Dick Sargent as Mr. Stone, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, Zero Hubbard as Henry, and Tyren Perry as Jennifer


#151. Tonsils (12/08/84 - #705)

Drummond is a tower of strength for Sam as he prepares to have his tonsils removed, but what will happen when Drummond finds out he is to be Sam's roommate while having some "minor" knee surgery.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Christian Brackett-Zika as Morty, Marla Pennington as Nurse Joan Felming, and Tom Henschel as Dr. Glassman


#152. Arnold and Lisa's Mother (10/06/84 - #706)

Arnold thinks the school science fair is the perfect opportunity to sabotage the project of his least favorite female classmate, but with a closer look he wonders if her aggravating behavior is really a cry for help.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Emily Yancy as Mrs. Hayes, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, and Robin LaValley as Mrs. James


#153. The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson (11/24/84 - #707)

When Arnold is appointed judge of the school court, he is suddenly faced with jeopardizing a longtime friendship or losing a date with the school heartthrob--everyone has their day in court.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Dick Sargent as Mr. Stone, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Tyren Perry as Jennifer, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa


#154. A Haunting We Will Go (09/29/84 - #708)

When Arnold and Sam creep through the crevices of the neighborhood's haunted house they find the ghost boasts a bounty of surprises--the biggest being a love for people and contempt for war. In a rare television appearance, Ray Bolger guest star as Clarence Markwell the supposed "late" owner of the manor.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Dixie Carter, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: John Astin as C.W., Shavar Ross as Dudley, Corey "Bumper" Yothers as Matt, Ray Bolger as Clarence Markwell


#155. Arnold Saves the Squirrel (01/12/85 - #709)

When Sam visits a taping of "The Sandy Squirrel Show" he is overcome by the news his favorite television idol is about to be cancelled, but it's big brother Arnold to the rescue as he rallies the Boy Scouts of Manhattan to demand the Squirrel be given a reprieve.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Chuck McCann as Sandy, Steve Franken as Anderson, LaGloria Scott as Marilyn, and Patrika Darbo as Mother


#156. Sam's Father (11/03/84 - #710)

Sam must choose between a penthouse apartment and a honky-tonk club when his real father comes knocking on the Drummond's door, wanting to take Sam with him. Singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton makes a special guest appearance as Sam's father, Wes McKinney.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Star: Hoyt Axton as Wes McKinney


#157. Carmella Meets The Gooch (11/10/84 - #711)

"The Gooch" returns to taunt Arnold and take on a new target--Sam, only to face his first challenge in the Drummond's new neighbor, an Italian foreign exchange student. Martine Allard from "The Tap Dance Kid" makes a special appearance as the Italian student, Carmella Robinson.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Star: Martine Allard as Carmella


#158. Arnold's Songbird (12/15/84 - #712)

In order to be elected the entertainment chairman for a school charity fundraiser, Arnold promises to get a celebrity--but when it's time to deliver, he's forced to look to his nemesis Carmella for help, hoping she can save the day. Martine Allard from "The Tap Dance Kid" makes a special appearance as Arnold's rival and the Drummond's neighbor.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Martine Allard as Carmella, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, Steven Mond as Robbie, and Keelie as Suzzanne


#159. Arnold The Entrepreneur (11/17/84 - #713)

Entrepreneur Arnold reluctantly allows Sam to be a part of his new scheme, when Sam realizes only Arnold will reap the profits, he breaks up the partnership and becomes the competition. Herve Villechaize guest stars as a "victim" of Arnold's sales pitch.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Edie McClurg as Betty, Janna Lowell as Ellen, William McDonald as Joe, and Herve Villechaize as himself


#160. The Gymnasts (12/01/84 - #714)

Drummond's surprise meant to encourage an Olympic hopeful felled by a tragic accident backfires when the young man instead becomes embittered at meeting the 1984 Men's Olympic Gold Medal-winning Gymnastics Team--until Willis and Sam take on the challenge of setting things right. Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Scott Johnson and Peter Vidmar guest star as themselves and display some of the moves that made them champions. Regi Green guest stars as the embittered paraplegic.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Regi Green as Stuart Thompson, Steve Brady as the Guard; and Bart Conner, Timothy Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Jim Hartung, Scott Johnson, and Peter Vidmar (The U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team)


#161. Sam Adopts A Grandparent (01/19/85 - #715)

The Drummonds are concerned when the normally lovable Sam battles with a cynical senior who rejects the Cub Scout's "Adopt A Grandparent" program, leaving Sam with a tainted view of older people.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Maxine Elliott as Mrs. Gail, Stephen Dorff as Scott, Robin LaValley as Mrs. Anson, Troy Slaten as Lionel, and John McIntire as Mr. Hunter


#162. Baseball Blues (01/05/85 - #716)

Sam persuades a reluctant Mr. Drummond to become the coach of his bad news baseball team and then regrets it after he winds up on the bench. Lance Parrish, catcher for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers, guest stars as himself as he gives a few pointers to Sam and the rest of his desperate team.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Lance Parrish as himself, James Staley as Ted, E.E. Bell as Joe Blake, Scooter Stevens as Clarence, Verda Bridges as Umpire, and George Fulton as Rodney

Note: Verda Bridges is Todd Bridges' sister.


#163. Sam's New Pal (02/02/85 - #717)

Sam is taken aback when he realizes his new "buddy" is a girl, but Mr. Drummond is even more dumbfounded when the kids want to have a sleepover. Soleil Moon Frye, the star of NBC's "Punky Brewster," guest stars in a totally different role as Sam's new pal, Terry Harris.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Soleil Moon Frye as Terry Harris and Ron Masak as Ray Harris


#164. Happy Birthday Drummond (01/26/85 - #718)

Kimberly returns home from school in Paris to surprise Drummond on his birthday prompting Arnold and Willis to try and match her special gift--they decide to change their name to Drummond--until Willis suddenly has second thoughts.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Star: Dana Plato as Kimberly


#165. Russian Embassy (02/09/85 - #719)

When Arnold's rocket for his school project is accidentally set off and lands atop the Russian Embassy, the state department is led to suspect the Drummond's participation is foul play.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Patrick Cronin as Jenkins, Leon Askin as Doshenko, and Cameron Young as Armstrong


#166. Cheers To Arnold (02/16/85 - #720)

Arnold's attempt to stop a friend from drinking backfires as he's left standing in the boy's bathroom holding a bottle of booze when the teacher walks in, in a special episode dealing with teenage alcoholism.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Bobby Jacoby as Ricky, James A. Watson, Jr. as Mr. Hawkins, Steven Mond as Robbie, Nikkie Swasey as Lisa, and Harry Varav as Doug


#167. A Camping We Will Go (02/23/85 - #721)

A camping trip with Arnold and Sam intended to strengthen Drummond's relationship with Sam goes awry when Sam's real father shows up and invites himself along. Singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton makes a special guest appearance reprising the role of Wes McKinney, Sam' real father.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Star: Hoyt Axton as Wes McKinney


#168. Beauty Is In The Eye of Arnold (03/02/85 - #722)

Arnold is faced with a dilemma when his friends insist he take a cute cheerleader to the dance instead of the girl Arnold really likes who they consider an "ugly duckling."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Dixie Carter

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Bobby Jacoby as Ricky, Jonnetta Thomas as Molly, Rahkel Bouchet as Beverly, and Tammy Townsend as Sara


#169. Street Smarts (03/23/85 - #723)

Although Arnold boasts he held his own in a mugging, Drummond fears the incident goes deeper than Arnold will admit and becomes concerned when he finds Arnold has sought a dangerous method of protection.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Michael Tucci as Office Jim Coletta, James A. Watson as Mr. Hawkins, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Bobby Jacoby as Ricky, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, and Steve Brady as the Mugger


#170. A Special Friend (05/04/85 - #724)

Arnold and Sam's new friendship with a street performer gets mired in fear and confusion when they discover she has epilepsy.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Mary Jo Catlett, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Lori Lethin as Karen Kimball, Natalie Core as Grace, Vivan Lord as Evelyn, Rachel Wells as Officer Torres, and Dana Plato as Kimberly


Season 8 (1985-1986, now on ABC)


#171. Love on the Run (10/11/85 - #801)

Sam and Arnold fear that the time their parents are spending apart is a symptom of an ailing marriage and the boys attempt to give them a dose of romance, hoping it will be the cure that will keep them from divorce. Dana Plato makes a special guest-starring appearance as Kimberly Drummond, who has returned home from being away at school in Paris.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Jo Catlett, and Mary Ann Mobley

Guest Stars: Dana Plato as Kimberly and Charlie Brill as Joe


#172. Bully For Arnold (10/04/85 - #802)

Guarding the school bully's girlfriend, Ramona, seems like a simple task to Arnold, until his natural Jackson "charm" creates some problems--Ramona falls head over heels for him--and Herman, the bully, wants to rearrange his face.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Forest Whitaker as Herman, Beverly Brown as Ramona, Marc Copage as Brad, and Jason Hervey as Charlie


#173. Arnold's Job (10/25/85 - #803)

Arnold's dream of becoming an "overnight" success as a photo-journalist run headlong into reality when he gets his first job on a local newspaper.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Mary Ann Mobley

Gust Stars: Peter Hobbs as Sid Franklin and Beau Bishop as Jerry


#174-175. Sam's Missing (Parts 1 and 2) (09/27/85 - #804 and #805)

Sam becomes the victim of a bizarre kidnapping in the special one-hour, eighth season premiere episode of "Diff'rent Strokes." The Drummond's worst fear is realized when they learn that Sam's trip to the market ended when the youngster left the store with a stranger. The distraught Drummonds seek the aid of the police in their frantic search to find Sam before it's too late.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, Mary Jo Catlett, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato

Guest Stars: Michael Durrell as Detective Harris, Ronne Troup as May Brown, Donald Thompson as Bobby Brown, Michael McManus as Cal, Ernie Sabella as Ben, Daniel Martinez as Officer Fernandez, Betty Kean as Sally Winkle, Ned Bellamy as Bum/Officer Fletcher, Sam Shamshak as Man/Ned Cedars, Sergeant Aaron Williams as himself, Jeanne Mori as Newscaster, and Royce D. Applegate as Donald Brown


#176. It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Want To (12/13/85 - #806)

Drummond has "insured" that Sam will have an unforgettable birthday party by arranging for a local television personality to be the main attraction, until the swash-buckling "Captain Jack" steals the show and the birthday boy jumps ship.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Mary Ann Mobley

Guest Stars: Bruce Mahler as Captain Jack, Ellen Regan as Louise Frankel, Ian Fried as Freddie, Hakeem as Richie, Gabriel Damon as Timmy Frankel, and Tracey Jones as Mona


#177. Willis Goes to College (10/18/85 - #807)

Willis takes a big step when he leave home for college, but fears his initiation to dorm life is only one of the freshman experiences he may not be ready to handle.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, Mary Jo Catlett, and Todd Bridges

Guest Star: Gary Hays as Doug Dixon


#178. A Tale Of Two Teachers (11/08/85 - #808)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars as a high school English teacher who gives Arnold a "classic" punishment for "goofing off" in class and the freshman quickly learns his lesson when his penace is teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" to his rowdy classmates.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Mr. Wilkes, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, and Courtney Witas as Louise


#179. Speak No Evil (11/29/85 - #809)

Father and son are feuding over First Amendment rights when an outraged Arnold objects to a white supremacy organization speaking at his high school and a discerning Drummond can't support Arnold's fury on the basis of the American right to free speech.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Jason Hervey as Charlie, Helen Page Camp as Mrs. Gordon, and Robert Vega as Mr. Lopez


#180. So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star (11/15/85 - #810)

Superstar saxophonist Clarence Clemons guest stars as a music instructor who "backs up" Arnold after he claims to be an expert sax player in order to impress a girl. Clarence Clemons, the "Big Man" for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band makes his television acting debut.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Clarence Clemons as Mr. Kingsley, Shavar Ross as Dudley, Jason Hervey as Charlie, Steven Mond as Robbie, Toy Newkirk as Beverly, and Steve Brady as Jay Thompson


#181. Bulimia (01/17/86 - #811)

Arnold suspects that Kimberly has an eating disorder when his slender sister is secretly gorging himself, but not gaining any weight. Arnold seeks Drummond's help in confronting Kimberly with her problem and the family comes together to help her fight the eating disorder, bulimia.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Star: Dana Plato as Kimberly


#182. Arnold's Bad Rep (12/06/85 - #812)

Arnold succumbs to peer pressure and boasts he went "all the way" with his girlfriend, but his lie puts him in a more awkward position once the girl finds out about his claim to fame.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Macki Burke as Vicky, Jason Hervey as Charlie, Bobby Jacoby as Ricky, and Steven Mond as Robbie


#183. Arnold's Initiation (01/10/86 - #813)

Arnold's initiation into the "cool" club at school jeopardizes his friendship with the mildly-retarded dishwasher at the Hamburger Hangar, after a prank Arnold "must" pull causes the man to lose his job.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Todd Bridges, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: John Schuck as Carl, David Paymer as Mr. Wallace, Jason Hervey as Charlie, Moosie Drier as Jon, and Christopher M. Brown as Randy


#184. Sam's Big Brother (01/24/86 - #814)

Arnold's preoccupation with girls and school leaves younger brother Sam alone and bored--until Willis steps in, takes over as "big bro" and causes a row when Arnold decides to fight back for the title.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Todd Bridges

Guest Star: Hakeem as Richie


#185. Arnold's Tangled Web (01/31/86 - #815)

To prevent Dad from seeing his "F" in geometry, Arnold arranges to have Drummond's signature forged on his report on his report card, but the scheme backfires when Drummond insists on a personal inspection of Arnold's grades, on "Diff'rent Strokes."

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Chick Vennera as Spider, Jason Hervey as Charlie, and Bobby Jacoby as Ricky


#186. Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown (02/07/86 - #816)

Sam's contempt for a classmate who incessantly insults and badgers him is pacified when he learns that the boy is an orphan who's jealous of Sam's "perfect" family life.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Mary Ann Mobley, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Shelley Smith as Summer Hartwig, David Paymer as Mr. Wallace, Carl Steven as Kurt, Matt Shakman as Barry, Ian Petrella as Alex, and Bill Willens as Ray Sabille


#187. The Big Bribe (02/21/86 - #817)

A date with a gorgeous girl has Arnold walking on a cloud, until he learns she was bribed by Willis to go out with him.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Todd Bridges

Guest Stars: Jason Hervey as Charlie, Tyren Perry as Phyllis, and Robin Givens as Ann


#188. The Photo Club (02/28/86 - #818)

Arnold is disgruntled over being partnered with archenemy Lisa in photography class but his frustration soars when the two are accidentally locked together in the basement darkroom.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, and Mary Jo Catlett

Guest Stars: Jason Hervey as Charlie, Nikki Swasey as Lisa, and Robin LaValley as Mrs. Walters


#189. The Front Page (03/07/86 - #819)

Arnold's feature story about his high school football team threatens to turn into a controversial expose for the school newspaper when he witnesses team members buying steroids.

Cast: Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, and Danny Cooksey

Guest Stars: Shavar Ross as Dudley, Ralph Seymour as Artie, Peter DeLuise as Darryl, Reginald T. Dorsey as Clint, and Todd Jefferies as Ted


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