The Facts of Life: Episode Guide 


Notes: The first and second seasons are listed in their original broadcast order. This is how the episodes are on the DVDs. The rest of the seasons are listed in their production order (the order in which they were made). This is the order that is used in syndication and the order that Comcast uses. We are working on separate guides for both.


Pilot episode - The Girls School (aka Garrett's Girls) (May 4th, 1979 - shown as an episode of the series Diff'rent Strokes)

Mrs. Garrett decides whether or not to become the housemother at Kimberly's school.

Diff'rent Strokes 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: The school was called Eastlake and not Eastland in the pilot episode. This episode was taped on April 19th, 1979. Julie Piekarski got her part on April 13th, 1979.


Season 1 (1979-1980, 13 episodes)


#1. Rough Housing (original airdate August 24th, 1979 - production #101)

Mrs. Garrett deals with Cindy, who is insecure after being nominated to compete against Blair for the title of Harvest Queen.

Directed by Nick Havigna
Teleplay by Brad Rider
Story by Brad Rider and Glenn Padnick

Special Guest Stars: Conrad Bain as Mr. Drummond, Todd Bridges as Willis, Gary Coleman as Arnold, and Dana Plato as Kimberly

Notes: There is a blooper at the end of the show during the rolling of the credits. Guest star Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes accidentally spilled a glass of punch on the table.

Miss Mahoney is 32 years old. This is the first of four episodes Jenny O'Hara appeared in as Miss Mahoney.


#2. Like Mother, Like Daughter (August 31st, 1979 - #102)

Parent night is headed for disaster when Blair's attractive mother runs into an old high school beau whose wife is at home with the flu.

Directed by Jim Drake
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Pam Huntington as Monica Warner (Blair's mother) and Donald May as Justin Branch (Nina's father)

Notes: Blair's mother is played by Pam Huntington in this episode, in later episodes she would be played by Marj Dusay. Blair's mother has been married and divorced 3 times and is a former Eastland student.


#3. The Return of Mr. Garrett (September 7th, 1979 - #103)

Mrs. Garrett's ex-husband surprises everyone by proposing to her.

Directed by Jim Drake
Written by Martin A. Ragaway

Guest star: Robert Alda as Robert Garrett (Mrs. Garrett's ex-husband)

Notes: Mrs. Garrett has been divorced from her husband for 3 years. Molly's hamster's name is Harvey. Mr. Garrett is a gambler who teaches Tootie how to play poker.


#4. I.Q. (September 14th, 1979 - #104)

Tootie finds her friends' I.Q. scores and blabs the information, turning midterm week into a disaster.

Directed by Jim Drake
Written by Jane Gould & Shelly Landau

Guest stars: none


#5. Overachieving (March 12th, 1980 - #105)

Tootie's father, an intellectual snob, thinks Mrs. Garrett is a bad influence on his daughter and threatens to take her out of Eastland.

Directed by Lee Lochhead
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest star: Robert Hooks as Mr. Ramsey

Notes: This is the only episode appearance by Tootie's father. He was known as "Rifle" Ramsey at Syracuse University where he played football. Tootie's parents are lawyers. Natalie's sister is a stewardess.


#6. Emily Dickinson (March 14th, 1980 - #106)

Blair's creative solution to one problem lands her smack in the middle of another that could compromise the honor of the entire school.

Directed by Lee Lochhead
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest star: Duane Ladage as Jason (Blair's boyfriend)

Note: The name of the poem Blair plagiarizes is "Beauty Crowds Me Till I Die" by Emily Dickinson.


#7. Dieting (March 21st, 1980 - #108)

Sue Ann places her health in jeopardy when she decides to go on a crash diet.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Martin A. Ragaway

Guest star: Greg Bradford as Steve


#8. The Facts of Love (April 4th, 1980 - #111)

After a sex education lesson from Mrs. Garrett, Blair accepts a date to 'Make-out Mountain' with delivery boy Steve and his van.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Rowland Barber and Jerry Mayer

Guest star: Greg Bradford as Steve

Note: Mrs. Garrett is a registered nurse.


#9. Flash Flood (April 11th, 1980 - #112)

When Mr. Bradley rescues Blair and Tootie from a rising flood, Blair is more than pleased to express her gratitude.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Vincent Bufano as Soldier and Bern Bennett as T.V. Announcer

Notes: Blair's horse is named Chestnut. Tootie's rabbits are named Romeo and Juliet. Molly's ham radio call sign is K6YVV. Her ham buddy's is WKYVV.


#10. Adoption (April 25th, 1980 - #109)

Mr. Bradley's assignment to have his class trace their roots causes Natalie to search for her birth mother's name.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Migdia Chinea Varela

Guest stars: none

Note: Blair calls a Judge Garfield. Natalie was born September 2nd, 1966 in Manhattan.


#11. Running (May 2nd, 1980 - #110)

Mr. Bradley's tactics to retain the state track championship have Sue Ann and Cindy competing with each other.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Warren Murray

Guest stars: none


#12. Molly's Holiday (June 4th, 1980 - #107)

Molly's parents are getting a divorce so she and the girls cook up a scheme to reconcile them.

Directed by Gary Shimokawa
Teleplay by Albert Lewin
Story by Skip Usen & Albert Lewin

Guest stars: William Bogert as Mr. Parker (Molly's father) and Lee Crawford as Angela (Mr. Parker's girlfriend)

Note: Sue Ann is from Kansas City.


#13. Dope (June 11th, 1980 - #113)

Blair and Sue Ann decide to join an exclusive group of girls whose favorite pastime is smoking marijuana.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Hilary Horan as Tumpy and Helen Hunt as Emily

Notes: This episode was postponed from April 25th, 1980. Mrs. Garrett wants to buy the girls a new stereo. Eastland has their first drug bust and expulsion in 54 years. Sue Ann's mother is 41 years old. Sue's Ann's dog's name is Tiger. The New Yorker poster stays on the set through season 7. That stereo stays on the set thoughout the whole series. The bookcase by the door has been moved from the previous episodes.


Season 2 (1980-1981, 16 episodes)


#14. The New Girl (Part 1) (November 19th, 1980 - #201)

Mrs. Garrett's decision to make roommates of streetwise new student Jo and snobbish Blair causes a headache for the start of the new semester.

Directed by Bob Claver
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Gary Coleman as Arnold, Peter Fox as Officer Barry Shuler, and Reb Brown as ID checker

Note: This is Nancy McKeon's first episode. Jo's name is "Joanne". The girls visit The Chugalug Bar.


#15. The New Girl (Part 2) (November 26th, 1980 - #202)

Mrs. Garrett tries to pick up the pieces after a scandalous scheme lands Jo, Blair, Tootie and Natalie in jail and expelled from Eastland. Mrs. Garrett negotiates a plan for reinstatement, but the girls can't decide if its terms are worse than life behind bars.

Directed by Bob Claver
Written by Jack Ellinson

Guest stars: Hugh Gillin as Howard, Molly Ringwald as Molly, Susie Goddard as Tough Girl, Amy Gibson as Margo, Rene Lampart as Boy, Bunny Summers as Matron


#16. Double Standard (December 10th, 1980 - #204)

Blair is positive her childhood friend Harrison Andrews will ask her to the country club cotillion, but is devastated to learn that for some unfathomable reason, he has invited Jo.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest star: Grant Wilson as Harrison Andrews

Note: Mrs. Garrett's word in Scrabble is "zephyrs".


#17. Who Am I? (December 17th, 1980 - #205)

Tootie has an identity crisis when her new black boyfriend questions the motives of her white friends at Eastland.

Directed by Lee Lochhead
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Erik Moses as Fred, David Coburn as Carl, Tan Adams as Julia, Shawntee Northcutte as Madge, Cheryl Epps as Terry, Tim Clark as Boy #1, Gary Dubin as Boy #2

Notes: Mrs. Garrett is the Jitterbug Queen of Appleton, Wisconsin. Tootie has 2 brothers. The name of the disco song at the end of the episode is needed if anyone has any information, please let me know!


#18. Cousin Geri (December 24th, 1980 - #206)

A lifelong conflict is resurrected for Blair when her handicapped cousin Geri, an aspiring comedienne, pays a surprise visit on the eve of an award banquet honoring Blair.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel

Guest stars: Hugh Gillin as Howard and Geri Jewell as Geri

Note: This is Geri Jewell's first appearance as Geri - she makes her television debut. Blair introduces her as 'Geri Warner'. In later episodes, she is called 'Geri Tyler'.


#19. Shoplifting (December 31st, 1980 - #203)

Jo convinces Tootie and Natalie that money is no object for Mrs. Garrett's birthday present. Jo's desire to give Mrs. Garrett a gift to rival wealthy Blair's, provides Mrs. Garrett a birthday surprise none of them is likely to forget.

Directed by Lee Lochhead
Written by Sally Sussman

Guest stars: Dick O'Neill as Henry Douglas, Hazel Shermet as Saleslady, and Brad Trumbull as Guard

Note: The girls shoplift at Harrison's department store.


#20. Teenage Marriage (Part 1) (January 7th, 1981 - #207)

When Jo's boyfriend Eddie pops the question, Jo is torn between her own feelings and the efforts of her Eastland schoolmates to dissuade her from marriage.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Clark Brandon as Eddie, Brian Fuld as Bink, Bella Bruck as Woman Attendant, Mark Savalle as Waiter

Note: Eddie's last name is Brennan.


#21. Teenage Marriage (Part 2) (January 14th, 1981 - #208)

Mrs. Garrett and the girls come up with delay tactics to hold off the marriage until Jo's mother can be contacted.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Hugh Gillin as Howard, Clark Brandon as Eddie, Bill Dana as the Manager

Note: Jo and Eddie go to the Ritz Motel.


#22. Gossip (January 21st, 1981 - #209)

Frustrated by her exclusion from the older girls' activities, Tootie's talents for eavesdropping and gossip ignite conflict and place Mrs. Garrett's future at Eastland in doubt.

Directed by Lee Lochhead
Written by Paul L. Friedman & Gayle MacDonald

Guest stars: Hugh Gillin as Howard, Kenneth Mars as Mr. Harris, Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy, Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann, Felice Schachter as Nancy


#23. Breaking Point (January 28th, 1981 - #210)

Blair thinks being elected student council president is the most important thing in the world until a real tragedy strikes, forcing everyone to reassess their priorities.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest star: Denise Halma as Cynthia


#24. Sex Symbol (February 4th, 1981 - #211)

After Natalie's first real date with a boy from neighboring Bates Academy, she receives a barrage of offers from his schoolmates who have heard she has quite a reputation.

Directed by John Bowab
Teleplay by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters - Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel and Sally Sussman
Story by Sally Sussman

Guest stars: Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy, Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann, Felice Schachter as Nancy, Dan Spector as Neil, Holly Gagnier as Helen


#25. The Secret (February 25th, 1981 - #212)

Jo wants her father to attend an award ceremony where she will be honored, but is afraid that her classmates will find out about his disreputable past.

Directed by John Bowab
Teleplay by Jerry Mayer
Story by Jerry Mayer and Robyn Knapton

Guest star: Alex Rocco as Mr. Polniazek

Notes: Jo's full name is Joanna Marie Polniaczek. Blair's father has Warner Textile Mills in Miami, Florida. In the closing credits, the name is spelled "Polniazek" - in later episodes it would be spelled "Polniaczek". This is Alex Rocco's first of many appearances as Jo's father.


#26. Bought and Sold (March 4th, 1981 - #213)

Blair becomes a sales rep for a cosmetic company and sets out to give Natalie a makeover as a demonstration for prospective buyers, her classmates.

Directed by John Bowab
Teleplay by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters
Story by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters and Susan Haven & Philip Ross

Guest stars: Zsa Zsa Gabor as Countess Calvet, Todd Bridges as Willis

Note: Natalie is charged $87.42 for her new look.


#27. Pretty Babies (March 11th, 1981 - #214)

A top fashion photographer is coming to Eastland to find the new face of the '80s and Blair is positive she's it. The photographer surprises everyone by choosing Tootie, but the price of her photo session proves costly.

Directed by Bob Claver
Written by Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel

Guest stars: Felice Schachter as Nancy, John Mark Robinson as Jonathon Dutton, Michelle Downey as Rena

Notes: Blair is a junior. Tootie is 12 years old. The original airdate for this episode should possibly be switched with Bought and Sold.


#28. Free Spirit (March 18th, 1981 - #215)

Mrs. Garrett's son, Alex, visits Eastland, and no one is more taken with the young musician than Natalie.

Directed by Bob Claver
Written by Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel

Guest stars: Tom Fitzsimmons as Alex Garrett (Mrs. Garrett's son)


#29. Brian and Sylvia (aka The Parkers) (March 25th, 1981 - #216)

Tootie and Natalie spend a weekend with Tootie's Aunt Sylvia, a news anchor in Buffalo. Sylvia and her husband Brian have a seemingly perfect marriage that is threatened when Sylvia gets a chance at the big time.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jack Elinson

Guest stars: Richard Dean Anderson as Brian, Rosanne Katon as Sylvia, Ja'net DuBois as Ethel, Anthony Holland as Ray, Peter Barth as The Stage Manager, Dudley Knight as The Announcer, Ron Sloan as Danny Robinson, Thos Peterson as Larry Baker

Notes: This was a spinoff attempt, the first of several for The Facts of Life. The setting is Buffalo, New York. Brian Parker was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (fictitiously for this episode of course). Ja'net DuBois makes a "Moving On Up" reference in this episode - this was an inside joke as she sang The Jeffersons theme song.


Season 3 (1981-1982, 24 episodes)


#30. Growing Pains (October 28th, 1981 - #302)

Tootie experiments with alcohol when she feels excluded by the older girls.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest star: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker

Notes: Tootie has braces in this episode - she was Baron Van Trapp in The Sound of Music at her camp during the summer. The girls are punished by Mrs. Garrett by having no tv, no dates, and they are grounded for 2 months.


#31. Fear Strikes Back (November 4th, 1981 - #306)

Natalie is assaulted on her way home from a campus party.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Louis Welch as Instructor, Paige Conner as Lucy


#32. A Baby in the House (November 11th, 1981 - #308)

Blair is forced to reexamine her friend's "perfect" life when the ex-Eastland student, turned teenage wife and mother, stops by for a visit.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Stuart Wolpert & Deidre Fay and Jerry Winnick
Story by Jerry Winnick

Guest stars: Heather Kerr as Alison, Danielle Nathanson as Emily, Kristin Nathanson as Emily

Note: Jo uses Natalie's Shaun Cassidy pillowcase as a diaper for the baby.


#33. A Friend in Deed (November 18th, 1981 - #307)

Blair inadvertently learns that her mother has a lump in her breast.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Marj Dusay as Monica Warner and Geri Jewell as Geri

Note: This is Marj Dusay's first of several appearances as Blair's mother.


#34. Front Page (November 25th, 1981 - #309)

Jo writes a story to get revenge on her overly critical journalism teacher.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Mike Mayer & Larry Swimer

Guest stars: Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy, Julie Piekarski as Sue Ann, Steven Anderson as Professor Gideon, Loren Lester as Roy

Notes: Mr. Gideon writes FACT on the chalkboard which stands for Fast Accurate Concise True. Robert Michael Gideon is 33 years old. The headline for the newspaper is 'Teacher Busted in Cocaine Raid'.


#35. Give and Take (December 2nd, 1981 - #303)

A financial disaster pushes Mrs. Garrett to the brink of an emotional breakdown, and the girls prove completely insensitive to her crisis.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest star: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker

Note: Mrs. Garrett gets a 2nd job as a night manager at a Howard Johnson - it pays an extra $400 a month than her job at Eastland.


#36. Sweet Sorrow (December 9th, 1981 - #310)

A class in simulated marriage teaches Jo some real-life lessons in love when she finds herself more attracted to someone in her class than to her longtime boyfriend Eddie.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Clark Brandon as Eddie and Shawn Stevens as Bob

Notes: Jo's partner is Bob Perkins and Blair's is Waldo Wilbur.


#37. From Russia with Love (December 16th, 1981 - #301)

Natalie concocts a scheme for a private weekend until a surprise visit from her over-adoring grandmother threatens to ruin her plans.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Jerry Mayer
Story by Jerry Mayer & Emily Mayer

Guest star: Molly Picon as Grandma (Mona)

Notes: Natalie wants to have a dinner date with Chip Douglas from Bates Academy in New York. Mona's husband is named Herman. Jo has no living grandparents.


#38. Dear Me (December 23rd, 1981 - #311)

The girls plan a weekend camp out with the boys from Bates Academy, but young Tootie is apprehensive about going along. A seemingly perfect excuse not to go makes the predicament worse.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Lloyd Turner & Howard Liebling

Guest stars: Felice Schachter as Nancy, Todd Hollowell as Zack (Zack Peters), David Wallace as Paul, and Philip Linton as Lenny

Note: Todd Hollowell would later play Tootie's boyfriend, Jeff Williams. Zack wants to go to Cooper's Rock. Tootie makes up a boyfriend named Teddy Lee Washington.


#39. Cousin Geri Returns (December 30th, 1981 - #305)

Blair fears that her cousin Geri is being set up for a fall when she begins dating Eastland's attractive French teacher.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel

Guest stars: Lou Richards as Mr. Palmer (Mike) and Geri Jewell as Geri

Note: Geri had recently appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.


#40. Legacy (January 6th, 1982 - #312)

Blair's decision to donate money inherited from her grandfather to the school library uncovers family secrets she doesn't know how to handle.

Directed by Judi Elterman
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Loren Lester as Roy


#41. Green-Eyed Monster (January 13th, 1982 - #313)

Natalie wants the lead role in a school play and she's not about to let anything or anyone stand in the way—including her best friend, Tootie.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters
Story by Bill Shinkan

Guest stars: Felice Schachter as Nancy, Hazel Shermet as Miss Downes, Heidi Helmer as Girl #1, Beverly Nero as The Pianist

Note: The girls are auditioning for South Pacific.


#42. The Americanization of Miko (January 20th, 1982 - #314)

Jo befriends a new Japanese student who's eager to become Americanized, but her protective father is against it.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Stephen W. Spears & Bill Shinkai

Guest stars: Mako as Mr. Wakamatsu, Lauren Tom as Miko

Notes: Miko does $462 worth of damage to Jo's motorcycle - she is from Tokyo, Japan.


#43. The Marriage Brokers (January 27th, 1982 - #315)

To the girls' delight, Mrs. Garrett's handsome visitor is more than a friend. Blair decides to find out how serious their relationship is.

Directed by Alejandro Rey
Written by Mitch Markowitz

Guest stars: Norman Alden as Ernest Melbourne, Scott Strader as Barnett Thornwood (III), William Marquez as Carlos, and Pepe Crow as Renaldo


#44. Starstruck (February 3rd, 1982 - #316)

Tootie gets the thrill of her life when her idol, rock star Jermaine Jackson, invites her to his concert for being his number-one fan.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Marvin Braverman and Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Story by Marvin Braverman

Guest stars: Jermaine Jackson as Jermaine, Rick Fitts as P.R. Man, Cheryl Epps as Terry, Pam Springsteen as Sally, Jere Fields as Georgia, Paris Robinson as Guard, Mark Davitt as Mark, Fitzhugh Huston as Fitz, Sal Landi as Sal, Marcus Wyatt as Young Boy, Tonia G. Smith as Fan #1, Sheila Monique as Fan #2, Danielle Bateman as Girl #1, Jill Tandy as Girl #2, and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri


#45. The Four Musketeers (February 10th, 1982 - #304)

To continue living with each other or to split up? That's the question facing the girls when the end of their probationary period gives them an opportunity to go their separate ways.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Susan Blackstone as Brenda

Note: This episode has the famous paint fight scene.


#46. The Affair (February 17th, 1982 - #318)

Natalie is crushed when she catches her father romancing a strange woman. But her toughest dilemma is deciding whether to confront him.

Directed by Asaad Kelda
Written by Migdia Chinea-Varela

Guest stars: Norman Burton as Dr. Green, Peter Reckell as Alan (Alan Cooke), Benito Prezia as Luigi

Notes: The girls eat at Pagliacci's in Manhattan. Alan is Sandra's brother - she attends Eastland. Natalie's parents will be soon celebrating their Silver Anniversary.


#47. Runaway (February 24th, 1982 - #317)

Determined to prove her maturity, Tootie goes off to New York City unescorted to meet with friends at a theater. A teenage prostitute teaches her a harsh reality.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bernard Burnell Mack

Guest stars: Lauren Tom as Miko, Tammy Lauren as Kristy, Darrell Fetty as Mike, Larry Gelman as The Man, Linda Darlow as The Waitress (Bernice), Belle Ellig as The Woman


#48. New York, New York (March 3rd, 1982 - #319)

Everyone hopes the feud between Jo and Blair will be calmed by a visit home, but instead the trip has all the makings of disaster.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Peter Noah

Guest stars: Alexa Kenin as Jesse, Dana Kimmell as Dina (Dina Becker), Jan Rabson as The Waiter, Bunny Summers as Hildy, David Bond as Checkers Player


#49. Kids Can Be Cruel (March 17th, 1982 - #320)

A vengeful Natalie is determined to get even with insensitive Blair, but she unwittingly entangles an innocent victim in her scheme.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Dan Frischman as Carl ('Rocky' Price), Scott McGinnis as Dink (Dink Lockwood), Marc Poppel as Tim (Tim Holifield), Wendell Baker as Boy #1, Andrew J. Lederer as Boy #2

Notes: The girls write in a slambook. Tim is going steady with Cynthia. Carl bids $25 on Blair's dinner box.


#50. Mind Your Own Business (March 24th, 1982 - #321)

A well-meaning Blair starts a battle over the right to privacy when she sneaks a peek at Natalie's diary.

Directed by Selig Frank
Written by Jerry Jacobius and Steven Gore

Guest stars: none


#51. The Academy (March 31st, 1982 - #322)

Jo coerces Blair into a date with a military cadet. Blair is in for a shock when she learns that the boy is a delinquent from New York City.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: David Ackroyd as Major Dorsey (Tim), Jimmy Baio as Buzz Ryan (Cadet Buzz Ryan), Peter Frechette as Knight (Cadet George Knight), David Hubbard as Chip (Cadet Chip Nelson), Ben Marley as Hank, and John P. Navin Jr. as Alfred (Cadet Alfred Webster)

Notes: This was a spinoff attempt. The boys attend Stone Military Academy.


#52. Jo's Cousin (April 14th, 1982 - #324)

Jo's 14-year-old cousin Terry is on the verge of womanhood and she desperately needs Jo's help to battle her overprotective father and brothers.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Donnelly Rhodes as Sal (Sal Largo), Megan Follows as Terry (Terry Largo), John Mengatti as Paul (Pauli Largo), Grant Cramer as Tony (Tony Valente), and D.W. Brown as Bud (Bud Largo)

Notes: This was a spinoff attempt. The Largos run a New Jersey gas station. Sal Largo is a widow with three kids.


#53. Read No Evil (May 5th, 1982 - #323)

When Jo discovers that several classic books and a magazine have been removed from the Eastland library, the entire school debates the issue of book banning.

Directed by Dolores Ferraro
Teleplay by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Story by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert & Hendrik Van Leuven

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Susan Davis as Betty, Ed Penn as Man 1, Beverly Dixon as Woman 1, W. Perren Page as Man 2, and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri

Notes: Ms. Magazine is banned at the school as well as 4 books including The Fixer, Catch 22, and Slaughterhouse Five. A faculty advisor replaces Natalie as editor of the school newspaper with Buffy Cline. Betty Schuster is Linda Schuster's mom.


Season 4 (1982-1983, 28 episodes)


#54. The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (Part 1) (September 25th, 1982 - #425)

Mrs. Garrett and the girls all have their own fantasies about a summer in Paris. Unfortunately, Mrs. Garrett's culinary school is a disaster and the girls' summer boarding is oppressive and located miles away from the city.

Written by Jerry Mayer & Jack Elinson, Linda Marsh & Margie Peters, Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Directed by Asaad Kelada

with Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon, Frank Bonner (as Garth Kiley)

Co-starring: Frederic Andrei as David, Jacques Ferriere as Pierre, Vivian Brown as Miss Southwick, Roger Til as Chef Antoine, Caroline Ducrocq as Angelique, Laurie Main as Reggie, Bernard Soufflet as The Innkeeper

Featuring: Philippe Brizard as The Bookseller, Dominique Bauguil as Georges, Pierry Dany as Mr. LeClair, Christian Baltauss as Andgre, Joris Stuyck as Ken, Chip Fields as Louise, Andre Phillipps as Vincent, Sally Marr as Claudia, Pierrino Mascarino as Sergio, Jon Lindstrom as Young Man, Dorothy Constantine as Conlessa

Notes: Originally aired as a 2 hour tv movie. Chip Fields (Kim Fields' mom) appears as Louise. Mrs. Garrett stays at the Hotel Le Petit Ritz. The girls are the Girard School.


#55. The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (Part 2) (September 25th, 1982 - #426)

During the last few days of summer, the girls run away to Paris. Blair sets her sights on a French romance, Natalie and Tootie meet a famous author and Jo goes to the races with a French biker.


#56. The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (Part 3) (September 25th, 1982 - #427)

Mrs. Garrett struggles through French culinary school, Blair searches vainly for romance and Jo argues constantly with her new boyfriend. Natalie and Tootie fare better, inspiring a failing writer to put down the bottle and pick up the pen again.


#57. The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (Part 4) (September 25th, 1982 - #428)

Mrs. Garrett passes her French culinary exam and finds a special friend in the process. After searching for a French boyfriend, Blair finds her best day is the one she spends by herself. Jo has to decide if she should go home or stay in France with her new love.


#58. Ain't Miss Beholden (September 29th, 1982 - #403)

Jo's future at Eastland is in jeopardy when she learns her scholarship funds are drying up and that Blair may be her only chance to stay.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Stephen Neigher

Guest stars: Cheryl Epps as Terry, Jill Tandy as Girl #1

Notes: Jo wins a scholarship from the Warner Textile Foundation. Jo once hung out with a group of people called the Young Diablos in the Bronx.


#59. The Source (October 6th, 1982 - #404)

Natalie is under pressure to reveal her source for a controversial article on a schoolmate's secret abortion she has written for the school paper.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Peter Noah

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Lisa Lucas as Annie, Cheryl Epps as Terry, Dawn Schroder as Jenny

Note: Tootie's imaginary friend was named Louise and that is the fictional name Natalie uses for her article. The name of the school newspaper is The Eastlander.


#60. The Sound of Silence (October 27th, 1982 - #401)

Tootie's sudden personality change and slipping grades are the result of a hearing problem.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Kimberly Hill

Guest stars: Loren Lester as Roy and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri

Note: Roy works for Deforest Bakery.


#61. The Oldest Living Graduate (November 3rd, 1982 - #407)

Eastland's oldest living graduate, a rich eccentric, decides to leave her money to Eastland until Jo inadvertently changes her mind.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by John Markus

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Amzie Strickland as Marie Thornwell

Notes: Marie Thornwell is 83 years old - she graduated with the Eastland class of 1918. She wants Jo to join her Ladies of the Colonies club.


#62. Different Drummer (November 10th, 1982 - #408)

Blair thinks she's doing a good deed by tutoring a mentally retarded young man, but the naive student misinterprets her good intentions.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Dianne Messina & Lou Messina

Guest stars: Thomas Byrd as Leo, Loren Lester as Roy

Note: Roy and Leo work for Deforest Bakery.


#63. Dearest Mommie (November 17th, 1982 - #409)

An emotional confrontation with her adoptive mother sends Natalie on a desperate search for her natural mother.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Mitzi Hoag as Evie Green, Susan Blackstone as Brenda, Kimberly Craig as Girl #1

Notes: Natalie wants to write a column called Nat's Chat for The Beat Paper. Her mother is/was a nurse. Ellen's birth mother is named Ellen Manheim.


#64. A Woman's Place (November 24th, 1982 - #410)

Jo's got a new job, a new boyfriend and a new problem when her exceptional ability gains her a quick promotion over her boyfriend.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by David Chambers
Story by David Chambers and Ruth Bennett

Guest stars: Dean Simone as Doug, Pierrino Mascarino as Garo


#65. Daddy's Girl (December 1st, 1982 - #402)

Blair's close relationship with her father is tested when a tax audit uncovers her father's questionable accounting.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Howard Meyers & Paul Haggis

Guest stars: Nicolas Coster as Mr. Warner, Kenneth Tigar as Mr. Garfield

Notes: Blair gets a $10,000 a month allowance from her father - who calls her Princess.


#66. The Big Fight (December 8th, 1982 - #406)

Unsuspecting Natalie becomes a pawn in a young military school cadet's battle to win of the respect of his father.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: David Ackroyd as Major Dorsey, Jimmy Baio as Buzz, Eddie Deezen as Grusky, Peter Frechette as Knight, Bill Galligan as "Mongo" Morahn, Crispin Glover as Cadet #1, Ben Marley as Hank, John P. Navin, Jr. as Alfred, David Raynr as Chip, Barbara Stock as Nurse Barton

Note: This was a 2nd attempt at a spinoff of the Stone Hill Academy.


#67. For the Asking (December 15th, 1982 - #411)

An outspoken Natalie is determined to boycott the Sadie Hawkins Day school dance, but her one-man battle could leave her the odd woman out.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Nick Gore & Jerry Jacobius

Guest stars: Brian Robbins as Ben, Marc Jefferson as Boy #1


#68. September Song (December 22nd, 1982 - #405)

Mrs. Garrett is intent on getting in shape and unexpectedly gets a marriage proposal from her older jogging partner.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Peete

Guest star: Murray Matheson as Henry

Note: Professor Henry Clayton is 70 years old.


#69. A Royal Pain (January 5th, 1983 - #413)

Excitement reigns when royalty enrolls at Eastland, until Tootie accidentally discovers that the new student, a young princess, is a runaway who's getting ready to skip out again.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Heather McAdam as Alexandra (Alexandra Lamberti), Patrick Horgan as Alphonso, Jimmy D. Baron as Greg


#70. Magnificent Obsession (January 12th, 1983 - #412)

Blair is convinced that to hold on to a new boyfriend she has to be everything he wants her to be. But her behavior jeopardizes the respect of her best friends.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Gary Hudson as Chad Broxton


#71. Under Pressure (January 19th, 1983 - #414)

When Mrs. Garrett is diagnosed with high blood pressure, the girls will do anything to shield her from stress. But their good intentions lead to a lie, a cover-up and big trouble.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Sandra Kay Siegel

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Johnny Haymer as Officer Franklin

Notes: Mrs. Garrett's 1975 yellow Volkswagen convertible is stolen. Her license plated number is 845DUD.


#72. Teacher's Pet (January 26th, 1983 - #415)

Jo is furious when she learns secondhand that an inspirational teacher is leaving Eastland.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Deborah Harmon as Gail (Gail Gallagher), Susan Blackstone as Brenda, Edna Dix as Miss Barnett, and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri

Notes: Jo is reading The Grapes of Wrath. Gail is 26 years old. It's Blair's birthday. Miss Barnett is the English teacher for the rest of the semester.


#73. Let's Party (February 9th, 1983 - #417)

The girls learn a frightening lesson about drinking and driving when they join Tootie's college-age brother and his roommate for a big night on the town.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Kevin Sullivan as Marshall Ramsey, Michael Harrington as Paul (Paul Walsh), Kyle T. Heffner as George

Note: Tootie's father's name is Harrison and he lives in Washington, D.C.


#74. Best Sister (Part 1) (February 16th, 1983 - #418)

Blair's sister shows up at Eastland with news that she wants to become a nun.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Eve Plumb as Meg Warner

Notes: Jo goes to Connecticut to meet her college friend Jason at Yale.


#75. Best Sister (Part 2) (February 23rd, 1983 - #419)

When Jo decides that she wants to become a nun along with Blair's sister, Blair sees herself as the only one who can talk them out of it.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Eve Plumb as Meg Warner, Jon Caliri as Jason (Jason Sanders)

Note: On June 14, 1973 Blair's parents divorce became final.


#76. Guess What's Coming to Dinner? (March 9th, 1983 - #416)

Chaos permeates Eastland when Mrs. Garrett's attempts to entertain her French visitors who speak no English are met by a series of bizarre events.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Roger Til as Chef Antoine, Cynthia Latham as Mme. Gerarde, Maurice Marsac as Louie, Lilyan Chauvin as Marie


#77. Who's On First (March 30th, 1983 - #420)

When Cupid's arrow strikes, Natalie devotes all her time to her new beau, prompting a slighted Tootie into a deceitful course of action to regain her attention.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Kimberly Hill

Guest stars: Jeffrey Rogers as Gil, Dawn Schroder as Jenny, Cheryl Epps as Terry

Note: Dawn Schroder is Rick Schroder's older sister.


#78. Help From Home (April 6th, 1983 - #421)

Jo makes a shocking announcement that she's decided to get a job instead of going to college after a visit home reveals what a financial hardship it would be.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Heather McAdam as Alexandra, Claire Malis as Rose Polniaszek, Rhoda Gemignani as Evelyn, Ralph Manza as Mr. Baluducci, Fritzi Burr as Mrs. Waldman, Laura Summer as Emily, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaszek

Note: Jo's parents last names are spelled differently in the ending credits than in other episodes.


#79. Take My Finals, Please (April 27th, 1983 - #422)

In spite of Mrs. Garrett's opposition, the girls settle in for an all-night study session. As the hours slip away, every imaginable distraction impedes their preparation for final exams.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: none


#80. Graduation (Part 1) (May 4th, 1983 - #423)

Blair and Jo finally achieve a common bond when their graduation from Eastland causes a flood of preparations and overreactions from their parents and friends.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Kimberly Hill

Guest stars: Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri, Heather McAdam as Alexandra, Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Loren Lester as Roy, Laura Summer as Emily, Pamela Cohn as Lisa, Alan Bardsley as Delivery Boy, Claire Malis as Rose Polniaczek, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek

Notes: Originally aired as an one-hour season finale. Blair's parents are identified as Monica and Steve Warner - in later episodes it would be David Warner. Pamela Cohn is Mindy Cohn's older sister.


#81. Graduation (Part 2) (May 4th, 1983 - #424)

Mrs. Garrett, Natalie and Tootie are reassuring and calm during the hectic last-minute graduation preparations. Blair and Jo see how much more they learned at Eastland than just academics.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri, Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Loren Lester as Roy, Laura Summer as Emily, Pamela Cohn as Lisa, Jill Mallorie as Bonnie, Claire Malis as Rose Polniaczek, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek

Note: There was thought of having Nancy McKeon and Lisa Whelchel in their own series as they went into college as the Graduation episode was the highest rated episode of the 4th season.


Season 5 (1983-1984, 26 episodes)


#82. Brave New World (Part 1) (September 21st, 1983 - #501)

Mrs. Garrett is fed up, Tootie and Natalie are distraught, Jo faces expulsion from college and Blair is oblivious to it all, in the first of a special two-part story.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Joel Brooks as Raymond Garrett, David Tiefen as Guy with Towel, Harriet Ikenson as Female card player, Richard Kantor as Male card player

Notes: Originally aired as an one-hour episode. Raymond's wife Doris is from Massachusetts.


#83. Brave New World (Part 2) (September 21st, 1983 - #502)

Opening her own gourmet shop (Edna's Edibles) solves Mrs. Garrett's problems with Eastland, but leaves a tidal wave of housing troubles for Tootie, Natalie, Blair and Jo.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Roger Perry as Mr. Parker, Kres Mersky as Miss Aames, David Tiefen as Guy


#84. Gamma Gamma or Bust (September 28th, 1983 - #503)

College freshman Blair recommends Mrs. Garrett to cater a rush party for the sorority she's pledging. But in a fit of anger, she fires her with little regard for the consequences.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by George Tricker & Neil Rosen & Andy Borowitz
Story by George Tricker & Neil Rosen

Guest stars: Jami Gertz as Boots St. Clair, Jennifer Barlow as Alicia


#85. Just My Bill (October 12th, 1983 - #505)

Jo's in love, but when her regular guy turns out to be a rich kid, resentment sets in.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Dianne Messina & Lou Messina

Guest stars: Peter Nelson as Bill (William Ogden Smith IV), Frank Aletter as Mr. Smith, Joan Freeman as Mrs. Smith, Rene Assa as Jacques

Notes: Bill's parents are Ambassador and Justice Smith. They eat at Le Petit Moulan.


#86. What Price Glory? (October 19th, 1983 - #506)

Tootie discovers that her boyfriend, a college-bound star athlete, is illiterate. She has to decide whether to encourage him to learn to read, or help him cheat on a test he needs to pass in order to graduate.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Alan Spencer

Guest stars: Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri, Todd Hollowell as Jeff

Notes: Jeff is the star quarterback at Bates Academy. Tootie is a sophomore. Mrs. Garrett has a friend named Sylvia. Jeff wants to take Tootie to Jaws 1 and Jaws 2. Cousin Geri is referred to as Geri Tyler.


#87. The Halloween Show (October 26th, 1983 - #507)

Mrs. Garrett, possessed? Halloween hysteria sets in when a customer mysteriously disappears.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest star: Ian Wolfe as Mr. Bigley, Stephanie Ridel as Gretel, Sean de Veritch as Hansel, and Loren Lester as Roy

Notes: Roy's bun tray reads "De Forrest Bakery" while his jacket reads "Deforest Bakery". Edna's Edibles used to be the old Gruber place in 1905 and was sight of The Halloween Massacres. Jo has a bandage on one of her fingers on her right hand.


#88. Advance Placement (November 2nd, 1983 - #510)

When high school junior Natalie is permitted to enroll in a Langley College course, her overblown feeling of superiority threatens to destroy her friendship with Tootie, Blair and Jo.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest star: Jami Gertz as Boots St. Clair, David Tiefen as Guy, Jennifer Barlow as Alicia, Lee Arnone as Customer #1, Kerry Michaels as Customer #2, Roger Perry as Mr. Parker

Notes: Tootie is a sophomore and Natalie is a junior.


#89. I'm Dancing as Fast I Can (November 9th, 1983 - #509)

Blair and Jo plan a birthday surprise for Mrs. Garrett. Their night out at a male exotic dance club uncovers a shocking surprise for Blair.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jim Geoghan

Guest stars: Woody Brown as Cliff, Larry Poindexter as Ken, The Men of Chippendales: Read Scott as The Cowboy, Roger Menache as Fireman Freddie, Hodari Sababu as Officer Bob; Dan Peterson as The Maitre d', and Philip Charles MacKenzie as the M.C.

Notes: This is Woody Brown's first of many appearances as Blair's boyfriend Cliff. Tootie is 15 years old.


#90. Small But Dangerous (November 16th, 1983 - #508)

Disregarding Jo's instincts, Mrs. Garrett and the girls befriend Kelly, a fast-talking street punk who ends up trying to extort protection money from them.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Andy Borowitz

Co-stars: Pamela Segall as Kelly Affinado
Guest stars: Larry Wilmore as Officer Ziaukus, Bob Tzudiker as Customer

Note: Kelly makes up a street gang called The Lords of Discipline.


#91. Store Games (November 30th, 1983 - #512)

The girls resort to espionage to save Edna's Edibles from financial ruin when a competing store woos away all of Mrs. Garrett's customers by copying Mrs. Garrett's recipes.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Andy Borowitz
Story by Andy Borowitz and Howard Meyers

Co-star: Pamela Segall
Guest stars: William Windom as Pete (Pete Dawson), Nancy Lenehan as Customer, Larry Wilmore as Offer Ziaukus

Note: Natalie names their computer Dirk. Pete takes Woody Russell's daughter Shelly's wedding catering job from Mrs. Garrett.


#92. The Second Time Around (December 14th, 1983 - #511)

Jo's plan to reunite her divorced parents hits a snag when her father announces he's contemplating marriage to another woman.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek and Claire Malis as Rose Polniaczek

Notes: Jo's grandpa Frank is mentioned. Charlie's potential bride is named Carol and has a daughter and a son who is 8 years old. Blair learned to play the accordion when she was younger.


#93. The Christmas Show (December 21st, 1983 - #515)

Blair fails to trick Jo into accepting money that would allow her to spend the holidays with her mother, but she does devise an offer in the true spirit of Christmas that Jo can't refuse.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Ian Wolfe as Mr. Lazzeroni, Bob Tzudiker as Customer

Notes: Jo buys her mom a $39.95 blouse. Blair is going to Vail to ski - her dad is in Tokyo and her mom is in San Moritz. Jo 'wins' a trip to Miami. Natalie gets a coat and a stero.


#94. The Chain Letter (December 28th, 1983 - #504)

The girls' sloppy work habits lead to the threat that Edna's Edibles will be closed down by the Board of Health.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest star: Peter Hobbs as Mr. Stevens (Klaus Stevens)


#95. Next Door (January 4th, 1984 - #513)

Tootie is the only one who may be able to walk a wary seven-year-old latchkey kid out of his apartment when an emergency mandates the evacuation of the entire block.

Directed by Linda Day
Written by Milt Rosen & Glenn Padnick

Guest stars: Jean Smart as Ellen (Ellen Slater), Taliesin Jaffe as Danny (Danny Slater), Cliff Norton as Mr. Hanson


#96. Crossing the Line (January 11th, 1984 - #516)

A friendship is jeopardized when Tootie questions Natalie's motives for accepting a date with her cousin, Michael.

Directed by Mark W. Travis
Written by Andy Borowitz

Guest stars: Todd Hollowell as Jeff, Peter Parros as Michael (Tootie's cousin), and Rob Stone as Harvey


#97. All or Nothing (January 18th, 1984 - #518)

When Jo is elected to the Langley College Board of Regents, she finds she has to battle the majority to bring some common sense to the proceedings. Jo protests when academic scholarships are cut in order to build a sports scoreboard.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Jami Gertz as Boots St. Clair, Erica Yohn as Loube, Fred Holliday as Hal, Thoams F. Wilson as Moose, Shannon Holt as Ashley, Joel Davison as Roger, Bruce Penhall as Steve (Steve Garland), John Randolph as Ward Beaumont

Note: Duke Patterson wants to donate a $500,000 football scoreboard to Langley College.


#98. A Death in the Family (February 1st, 1984 - #519)

The unexpected death of Natalie's father reinforces the bonds that she has with her Peekskill family.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Mitzi Hoag as Evie Green, John Shearin as Dr. Perkins (Steven), Edith Fields as Mrs. Block, Danna Hansen as Mrs. Kravitz (Florence), Walter Mathews as Golfer, Patricia Wilson as Women, and Molly Picon as Grandma

Notes: The girls are planning to a Miss Edible's contest and a float for the Founders Day Parade. Natalie receives a call from her Aunt Betty about her father's death. Natalie's parents were married for 25 years.


#99. Big Fish/Little Fish (February 8th, 1984 - #520)

Blair suffers an identity crisis when she realizes that Jo has taken her place as the most popular girl at school.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Co-star: Pamela Segall as Kelly
Guest stars: Dori Keller as Skip, Danny Scott as Hal, Ellen Wheeler as Cathy

Note: One of Lisa Whelchel's real-life talents is/was being a ventriloquist.


#100. Star at Langley (February 15th, 1984 - #521)

Blair is forced to compete for boyfriend Cliff's attention when a popular movie star enrolls at Langley.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Andy Borowitz

Guest stars: Jami Gertz as Boots St. Clair, Woody Brown as Cliff (Cliff Winfield), Robyn Bernard as Heather Hunt, David Teifen as Guy (Guy Reynolds), Ric Addison as Photographer (from US Magazine), and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri

Notes: Robyn Bernard is the sister of Crystal Bernard. Heather Hunt starred in Boogie Magic and Angels on Dirtbikes. Blair and Cliff have been dating for 5 months. Cliff's parents have been married for 32 years and live in Iowa.


#101. Dream Marriage (February 22nd, 1984 - #522)

A startling marriage proposal forces Blair to re-evaluate her goals.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Woody Brown as Cliff and Paul Tompkins as Phillip

Notes: Cliff gets a job offer from Dallas General (Hospital). Mrs. Garrett is a Democrat. The girls make a plan to reunite on January 1, 2000.


#102. Mother and Daughter (February 29th, 1984 - #517)

Tootie's inability to communicate with her visiting lawyer mother sparks an explosive confrontation.

Directed by Norman Cohen
Written by Jerry Mayer

Co-star: Pamela Segall
Guest star: Chip Fields as Pauline Ramsey

Notes: Mrs. Garrett calls Tootie's mom Diane - she is credited as Pauline in the closing credits incorrectly.


#103. All By Herself (March 14th, 1984 - #514)

Blair's zealousness usurps all of cousin Geri's responsibility for organizing a charity auction.

Directed by Judi Elterman
Teleplay by Bob Myer & Bob Young
Story by Bob Myer & Bob Young and Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner

Guest stars: Susan Davis as Winifred Morris, Kip King as the Florist, Ernie Sabella as the Husband, Mary Burk as the Customer, and Geri Jewell as Cousin Geri

Notes: Geri's last name is Tyler.


#104. Seems Like Old Times (March 21st, 1984 - #524)

Jo's love for her former Brooklyn beau is re-ignited during an unexpected visit, but a sobering secret could extinguish any possibility of a future for them.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Co-star: Pamela Segall
Guest stars: Paul Keith as Delivery Man and Clark Brandon as Eddie

Note: Eddie is married to an American girl he met while in Italy.


#105. Joint Custody (May 2nd, 1984 - #523)

The future of Edna's Edibles is jeopardized by the troubled marriage of Mrs. Garrett's son Raymond.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Joel Brooks as Raymond and Kim Darby as Doris


#106. The Way We Were (Part 1) (May 9th, 1984 - #525)

Amidst the frenzy of a closing school year, the girls take time to reminisce about the good times—at least until Jo and Blair go at it again for what may be the last time.

Flashbacks are shown as the girls get ready for summer vacation.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: none

Notes: Originally aired as an one-hour episode. Tootie has a cat named Jeffy who was never before seen and is never seen again after this episode.


#107. The Way We Were (Part 2) (May 9th, 1984 - #526)

When Tootie and Natalie try to convince Jo and Blair that they shouldn't let a minor mishap ruin their friendship, their advice seems to stir up more trouble than it solves.

More flashbacks as the girls reminisce.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: none


Season 6 (1984-1985, 26 episodes)


#108. The Summer of '84 (September 26th, 1984 - #605)

When Mrs. Garrett and the girls return from vacation, they reminisce about their summers.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: John Astin as Vito, Bruce Solomon as Bill Simpson, Jeff B. Cohen as Seymour Slavick, Seth Jaffe as Manager, Richard Stahl as Drunk, and Woody Brown as Cliff

Note: John Astin is Mackenzie Astin's father.


#109. Slices of Life (aka A Slice of Life) (October 3rd, 1984 - #604)

Jo's new pizza business using her family recipe gets out of control when demand far exceeds production.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Stephen Schubert as Ronald, Tony Longo as Hacksaw, Michael Zorek as Victor, Lisa Freeman as Sally, Bob Berger as Pledge (Whale Slime)

Notes: Tootie, Natalie, and Mrs. G go to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The name of the company Jo forms is Mama Rose's Original Bronx Pizza, Inc.


#110. Love at First Byte (October 17th, 1984 - #606)

When Natalie uses computer dating as the inspiration for her term paper, she uses Jo and Blair in her experiment without their permission.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Christopher Durham as Rex (Rex Winchester), Terence McGovern as Elliott Sincerro, Joe Brutsman as Doug, Leif Green as Chip, Charles Champion as Dale


#111. My Boyfriend's Back (October 24th, 1984 - #601)

Tootie has to make a big decision in order to gain acceptance from her boyfriend, Jeff, and his new college friends.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Todd Hollowell as Jeff, John Terlesky as Rich (Rich Thompson), Eileen Seeley as Ellen (Ellen Carter), Adrian Ricard as Customer #1, Mary Burkin as Customer #2, Phyllis Echlich as Customer #3

Notes: Nancy McKeon did not appear in the first two episodes of the sixth season. Producers threatened a lawsuit because she would not attend rehearsals. This was the first episode actually made of the 6th season. It's been 3 months since Tootie and Jeff last saw each other. Jeff is attending Penn St. University.


#112. Cruisin' (October 31st, 1984 - #609)

The girls take a cruise through downtown Peekskill on a Saturday night with the hopes of finding Mr. Right.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Paul Haggis

Guest stars: none (Mrs. G's date Dirk is uncredited)

Notes: The girls sing sing Sugar Pie Honey Bunch and Hot Stuff Baby Tonight. The 3 movies that are playing when they are crusing downtown Peekskill are: Irreconciable Difference, All of Me, and Rocky Horror. Mrs. G's date is named Dirk. The girls sing You've Lost That Loving Feeling and Dancing Queen by Abba is also played.


#113. Taking a Chance on Love (Part 1) (November 7th, 1984 - #607)

After Jo shares a doughnut with a professor, rumors of a budding romance spread across campus.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Gail Honigberg

Guest stars: Kristoffer Tabori as Sam Hall, Kelly Ann Conn as Penny, David Tiefen as Guy, Dean Cameron as Rick

Notes: Originally aired as an one-hour episode. Sam Hall is 30 years old, a widower, and has a 7 year old son named Robby.


#114. Taking a Chance on Love (Part 2) (November 7th, 1984 - #608)

Jo's relationship with her professor grows serious when his son makes Jo contemplate her future.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Gail Honigberg

Guest stars: Kristoffer Tabori as Sam Hall, Matt Shakman as Robby Hall, David Tiefen as Guy, Kerry Michaels as Customer

Note: Jo is 19 years old.


#115. E.G.O.C. (Edna Garrett on Campus) (November 14th, 1984 - #610)

Mrs. Garrett decides to take a Shakespeare class with Jo and Blair, but she feels out of place in a classroom setting. Broadway star Clive Revill makes a special appearance.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Janis Hirsch

Guest stars: Clive Revill as Professor Ryan, Toby Alexander as Alan Peterson, Ed Karvoski as Romeo, Claudia Templeton as Girl #1, Rick Simone as Student #2, Roz Witt as Registrar


#116. Dear Apple (November 21st, 1984 - #611)

Jo vents about a fight she's having with Blair to the school computer and is surprised by its very human advice.

Directed by John Bowab
Teleplay by Paul Haggis
Story by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Tony Pope as the Computer, Ken Daly as Guy #1, David Wakefield as Guy #2, David Datz as Teacher

Notes: Jo's computer code is 40YT55 (?) - it's name is Steve. Blair enters a Helen of Troy contest. Blair wants a Damn Yankees poster. Louie is the Langley Lion's mascot.


#117. Talk, Talk, Talk (November 28th, 1984 - #614)

Jo is forced to go on the air live for five hours at the campus radio station. Mrs. G and the girls come to her rescue as they frantically try to help her fill the airtime.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Michael Zorek as Victor, Colby Chester as Professor Dugan, Steve Susskind as Thaddaious, Joanne Giudici as Stacey, Peter Sebastian as Brad

Notes: Tootie has her braces off. Natalie requests that "Eye of the Tiger" be played. Natalie is on a bowling team called the Hurricanes. The school radio station is WLG. Jo has to keep playing Mad Dog's Can't Wait until more records arrive.


#118. Smile (December 5th, 1984 - #602)

Natalie gets a chance at her big break in journalism, but she may lose out on the job—as well as her boyfriend.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Teleplay by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters
Story by Mark Miller

Guest stars: Casey Siemaszko as Brian, Rob Fitzgerald as Buddy, Kelly Ann Conn as Paula, Kelley Dunn as Alice

Note: Nancy McKeon did not appear in this episode as she was holding out in a contract dispute - this was the 2nd episode of the sixth season to be produced.


#119. The Rich Aren't Different (December 12th, 1984 - #613)

Blair shocks everyone by the serious action she takes to seek retribution from Jo for borrowing and breaking her watch.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by J.P. Duffy

Guest stars: Andrew Cassese as Craig, Elliot Reid as the Judge, Albert Popwell as the Bailiff, Ruth Manning as Mae, William Pierson as John, Greg Winfield as the Process Server

Notes: Blair's watch costs $300 - it plays Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees. Mrs. Garrett studies Algebra with a young tutor named Craig.


#120. Christmas in the Big House (December 19th, 1984 - #615)

In the spirit of Christmas, the girls and Mrs. Garrett get involved in putting on a show for an orphanage, only to have their good intentions land them in jail.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Guest stars: Todd Susman as Assistant Warden Yeager, Bruce Glover as Convict #3, Stanley Ralph Ross as Convict #1, Michael Milhoan as Convict #2, Starr Andreeff as Melissa, and Joann Willette as Didi

Notes: Charlotte Rae (Mrs. G) sings O' Holy Night, Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon (Natalie and Jo) sing We Need a Little Christmas, Kim Fields (Tootie) sings Jingle Bell Rock, and Lisa Whelchel (Blair) sings I'll Be Home for Christmas


#121. Me and Eleanor (January 2nd, 1985 - #616)

Natalie assumes she'll once again write Tootie's performing entry for the Peekskill Theatre Competition until Tootie decides to go it alone.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Paul Haggis

Guest stars: Mackenzie Astin as Andy, Cathleen Cordell as Mrs. Pickering, Kres Mersky as Mrs. Jenkings, Shane McCabe as Mr. Burgess

Note: This is Mackenzie Astin's first episode as Andy (Andy Moffett).


#122. Working It Out (January 9th, 1985 - #603)

Blair's irrational behavior and obsessive dating concerns Mrs. Garrett and the girls.

Directed by Asaad Kelada
Written by Linda Marsh & Margie Peters

Guest stars: Matthew Beck as Chaz, Paul Richards as Ron, Tom Eplin as George

Notes: Natalie is a senior and Tootie is a junior. Jo performs surgery on a piece of sausage as she thinks she might want to be a surgeon.


#123. Jazzbeau (January 16th, 1985 - #617)

When Natalie and Tootie read that an old friend passed away, they remember the summer they met Art Jackson and learned he was once a great jazz singer.

Directed by Ellen Chaset Falcon
Written by Rich Lombardo & Patrick Cleary

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Bill Henderson as Art Jackson (Arthur "Art" Jackson - Jazzbeau), Timothy Stack as Carl, Steve Gagnon as Ken, Jan Burrell as Jan, John Gowans as John, John Bernabei as Bernie, Pat Benson as Pat, Betty Bunch as Betty

Notes: Andy is 11 years old. Natalie and Tootie flashback to their summer in the Poconos when they worked for Uncle Max. Arthur "Jazzbeau" Jackson dies at age 71.


#124. Two Guys From Appleton (January 23rd, 1985 - #618)

The high school sweetheart Mrs. Garrett ran out on suddenly appears and makes Mrs. Garrett a proposal she can't refuse. Ryan Cassidy makes his debut as Kevin, son of Mrs. Garrett's former beau and a new friend to the girls.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Paul Haggis

Co-star: Ryan Cassidy as Kevin
Guest stars: Dick O'Neill as Ted, Eve Smith as Eve, Ruth Gillette as Ruth, Ryan MacDonald as the Reverend

Notes: Ryan Cassidy joins the cast as Kevin Metcalf. Jo gets Mrs. Garrett and Ted a road hazzard kit for their wedding gift.


#125. With a Little Help from My Friends (January 30th, 1985 - #619)

Blair's plans for a perfect day with boyfriend Nick keep getting delayed because he has to wait for a friend, who Jo fears is the campus drug dealer.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Co-stars: Ryan Cassidy as Kevin, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Tom Byrd as Nick, John Ingle as Father Donovan


#126. Gone With the Wind (Part 1) (February 13th, 1985 - #621)

When the girls find out Natalie's grandmother's condominium is available, they jet to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Kimberly Hill

Co-star: Ryan Cassidy as Kevin
Guest stars: Mark Tymchshyn as Ben Rutlege, Michael Damian as Flyman, David Wallace as Morgan Wilson, Mike Jolly as John, Jeff Robie as Peter, Robert Rusler as Neil, Edith Diaz as Sal, Rick Moser as Leion, Dawn Schroder as Dawn, Justin Williams as Mark

Notes: Jo has green eyes. The name of the bar they go to is the Red Claw. Michael Damian sings She's In a Different World.


#127. Gone With the Wind (Part 2) (February 20th, 1985 - #622)

The girls meet the boys in Ft. Lauderdale during spring break. Jo is swept off her feet by a local rock star (Michael Damian) and Blair gets serious with an unlikely guy.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Kimberly Hill

Guest stars: Mark Tymchshyn as Ben Rutledge, Michael Damian as Flyman, Mike Jolly as John, Jeff Robie as Peter, Robert Rusler as Neil, Rick Moser as Leon, Edith Diaz as Sal, Flo Di Re as Bobbie, Chip McAllister as Terry

Notes: The name of the Hurricane is Anna. Flyman's name is Billy. Ben proposes to Blair - they would have to live in Alaska 2 years as his construction job is there, they decide to wait and see how things are in 2 years.


#128. A Man in the Attic (February 27th, 1985 - #623)

Kevin's apartment search ends when Jo finds him a spot in Mrs. Garrett's empty attic. The arrangement becomes uncomfortable when he makes a move on Jo.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Paul Haggis

Co-stars: Ryan Cassidy as Kevin, Mackenzie Astin
Guest star: Lisa Hunter as Diane

Note: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode.


#129. The Last Drive-In (March 13th, 1985 - #624)

The girls plan one last outing to the local drive-in before it closes, but a quiet night at the movies goes awry.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Paul Haggis and Kimberly Hill and Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Martin Garner as Mr. Lowell, Moon Unit Zappa as Sondra, Michael Milhoan as Officer, Gary Quinn as Richard, Richard Cerenzio as Tim, Cary Stratton as Ralph, Lyla Oliver as Mrs. Miller, Patrick McCollum as Steve, Evan Arnold as Phillip

Notes: The drive-in is called The Blue Dell Drive-In. A Woody Woodpecker clip is shown. The movie being shown is Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.


#130. Sisters (March 20th, 1985 - #625)

Blair's mother and Jo's father bond during an alumni weekend at Langley. Blair and Jo fear the budding romance could make them sisters.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young

Guest stars: Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaszek and Marj Dusay as Monica Warner

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. Charlie drives a Toyota. Jo and Blair eat Milk Duds. Jo's father's name is spelled differently in the ending credits.


#131. It's Lonely at the Top (March 27th, 1985 - #626)

Blair runs the store in her own way while Mrs. Garrett is out of town.

Directed by John Bowab
Written by Jerry Mayer

Co-stars: Ryan Cassidy as Kevin, Mackenzie Astin as Andy Guest stars: Nicolas Coster as Mr. Warner, Bill Dana as Mr. Mancuso, Dean Hamilton as Garth, Peter DeLuise as Fielding, Marcie Barkin as Miss Burton

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. Blair is older than Jo. Jo makes a lion float. Langley beats Braddock 8-2 in a hockey game. Blair wants to work as an intern for Gunderson Mills in their design department.


#132. Bus Stop (May 8th, 1985 - #620)

The Mrs. Garrett and the girls plan a surprise graduation party for Natalie who in turn shocks them with the announcement of her plans for college.

Directed by Judi Elterman
Teleplay by Kimberly Hill
Story by Brian Pollack & Rick Shaw

Guest stars: Mitzi Hoag as Evie Green, Kerry Noonan as Ann, Joshua Davis as Lou, George O. Petrie as Walt


#133. The Interview Show (May 15th, 1985 - #612)

Mrs. Garrett and the girls reveal secret chapters in their lives when a former Eastland girl, now a celebrated author, interviews them for her latest novel.

Directed by John Bowab and Stuart Wolpert
Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert

Guest stars: Judith Cassmore as Beth McNeil (the interviewer), Mark Burke as Robert, Ken Daly as Student #1, David Wakefield as Student #2

Notes: Beth McNeil is from the Eastland class of '69. Tootie is a junior, this is her 6th year at Eastland. She had the lead in South Pacific and was the first black Juliet in Eastland history.


Season 7 (1985-1986, 24 episodes)


#134. Out of the Fire... (Part 1) (September 14th, 1985 - #701)

The girls return from a carefree summer vacation to find a devastated Mrs. Garrett rummaging through the burnt remains of Edna's Edibles, her livelihood and their home.

Written by Paul Haggis
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Armin Shimerman as Mr. Smith, Robert DoQui as Jack Humphries


#135. Into the Frying Pan (Part 2) (September 21st, 1985 - #702)

The girls and Mrs. Garrett hire George Burnett a young, inexpensive contractor to reconstruct Edna's Edibles into their new business venture, a trendy gift, card and clothing boutique called Over Our Heads.

Written by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney as George Burnett
Guest stars: Dave Shelley as Zeke (Zeke Higgins), Richard Brestoff as Armand, Laura Esterman as Ms. Resnick, Jerry Anderson as Jones, Stuart Fratkin as Delivery Boy (Vincent Pizza) Notes: This is George Clooney's first episode. The former Edna's Edibles is located on 918 High Street. George's address is 819 High Street and he has his newspaper, The Kuwait Times, delivered to the store address by mistake.


#136. Grand Opening (Part 3) (September 28th, 1985 - #703)

Construction is finished and Mrs. Garrett and the girls are preparing for the grand opening of their new shop. But the opening day of their business may be its last.

Written by Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney as George, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Greg Monaghan as Joe Kramer, Thomas Hill as Clark, Ruth Gillette as Ruth, Eve Smith as Eve, Douglas Warhit as Otto, Lenora May as Lily, Sarah Abrell as Customer, Paul Comi as Phillips, Patrick Cleary as Garage Sale Patron


#137. Teacher, Teacher (October 5th, 1985 - #705)

Jo's lifelong dream of becoming a teacher is called into question when a major company makes a tempting offer.

Teleplay by Bruce Ferber & David Lerner
Story by Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Irene Tedrow as Grace, Ian Giatti as Stanley, Joyce Bulifant as Margaret, John DeMita as Mr. Horn (Tom Horn), Hakeem as Ralph, Penina Segall as Emily, Dinah Lacey as Jenny, and Jason Bernard as Frank

Notes: Jo spells her name 'Polniaczek' on the chalkboard. Natalie works for Pet King. Jo is offered a job by Jordan Technical Industries (JIT). Penina Segall is Pamela Segall's (Kelly Affinado) younger sister.


#138. Men For All Seasons (October 19th, 1985 - #704)

Natalie wants to sell the Langley swim team's beefcake calendar in the shop against the wishes of the college, causing conflict with her new business partners.

Written by Fredi Towbin & Larry Strauss
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney, Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Yves Andres Martin as Denny, Jane Kean as Mrs. Andrews, John D. Lemay as Bruce, Frances Megan as Jill, Sandra Evigan as Susie


#139. A New Life (October 26th, 1985 - #706)

Blair's 42-year-old, socialite, soon-to-be-divorced mother shocks Blair with the news that she's pregnant.

Written by Linda Elstad
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney, Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Peter Michael Goetz as Fred Burnett

Notes: Blair receives a letter from Ben Rutledge. Monica's soon to be ex-husband is named Steve and she is 42 years old.


#140. Doo-Wah (November 2nd, 1985 - #709)

Despite the girls' objections, Andy enters them in a teen magazine contest to sing backup for rock star El DeBarge.

Written by Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney as George, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Murphy Dunne as Barry, Lee Wilson as Stacy, Siedah Garrett as Rhonda, Ray Combs as Technician, El DeBarge as Himself

Notes: The competing groups are Cardiac Arrest, Commotion, and Sexy Lingerie. The girls (Sexy Lingerie) win and they sing "You Wear It Well" with El DeBarge.


#141. Come Back to the Truck Stop, Natalie Green, Natalie Green (November 9th, 1985 - #708)

Natalie hits the road looking for interesting people to write about, but instead winds up at a truck stop creating a story involving the girls, George and Mrs. Garrett.

Written by Michael Maurer
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: George Clooney
Guest stars: Randal Patrick as Bill, Connie Danese as Waitress, Gary Lee Davis as Homer, and Charo as Herself

Note: The episode takes place at Bernie's Truck Stop Cafe.


#142. Born Too Late (November 16th, 1985 - #710)

Tootie coaches Andy on how to land a role in the school play and win over the leading lady, but her efforts backfire when Andy falls for Tootie instead.

Written by Bob Brush
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Elizabeth Kerr as Edna Fisher, Jerome Courshon as Customer

Notes: Mrs. Garrett has a bird named Basil from Ted. Andy wants to be in the play Westside Story and play Riff (the leader of the Jets). Andy is in the 7th grade and is 13 years old.


#143. 3, 2, 1 (November 23rd, 1985 - #711)

Jo and Blair fight over a newsworthy editorial for the Langley television station, while Mrs. Garrett, Tootie and Natalie present a behind-the-scenes look at their trendy boutique.

Written by Paul Haggis
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, George Clooney
Guest stars: Suzanne Snyder as Penny Caminiti, Phil Redrow as Professor Jordan, Bo Anthony as Cam (Cam Quinn), Kerry Remsen as the Stage Manager, Jeffrey Fox as the Director, Bill Collins as the Cameraman


#144. We Get Letters (November 30th, 1985 - #707)

The girls question Mrs. Garrett's integrity when an old friend accuses her of having a 15-year affair with the woman's late husband Jack.

Teleplay by Susan Beavers
Story by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, George Clooney
Special Guest Appearance by Anne Jackson as Gwen (Gwen Schaeffer)
Guest stars: Casey King as Jim, Jane Anderson as Karen


#145. Ballroom Dance (December 7th, 1985 - #712)

After suffering through lessons and a partner with two left feet, Jo is determined to dazzle at her ballroom dance recital.

Teleplay by Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Story by Carlo Allen
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, George Clooney
Guest stars: Alan Campbell as Chuck, Nat Bernsein as Mr. Nathan, Jean Sincere as Mrs. Solomon, Diane Racine as Mrs. Flynn, Andre Tair as Jack Hilkirk, Barbara Arms as Edie Hillkirk


#146. Christmas Baby (December 14th, 1985 - #715)

Blair's pregnant mother is about to make an unexpected Christmas delivery six weeks early. Blair fears that she can't live up to her role as coach and surrogate father.

Written by David Lerner & Bruce Ferber
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney as George, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Patrick Baldauff as Doc, Bill Applebaum as Mitch, Francesca Roberts as Vera, and Noelle North as Bailey (voice)

Notes: The hospital is called Morgan Hills Medical Center. Monica's name is Monica Eloise Warner Longdale Hochwood, the baby is 6 lbs., 12 oz. and namer after her grampa.


#147. Tootie Drives (December 21st, 1985 - #713)

Tootie's anxiety over getting her driver's license is compounded when she's forced to take her test in a car borrowed from Natalie's job.

Teleplay by Paul Haggis
Story by Paul Haggis and Stuart Wolpert
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Richard McKenzie as the Inspector, Laura Waterbury as Mrs. Crawley, Paul Nesbitt as Mr. Crawley, Jake Jundef as Derek

Notes: Natalie is a greeter at a funeral home. Tootie is 16 years old.


#148. Stake-Out Blues (January 11th, 1986 - #716)

When Over Our Heads becomes headquarters for a police stakeout, the girls help to capture the crooks and dodge Mrs. Garrett's suspicions.

Written by Jake & Michael Weinberger
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: George Clooney, Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Ann Nelson as Sarah, Demetre Phillips as Detective Scott, Arthur Malet as Max, and John C. Becher as Everett

Notes: Mrs. G was in junior high school in World War II. Tootie's parents are lawyers.


#149. The Agent (January 18th, 1986 - #717)

Tootie wants to launch the stand-up career of a funny Langley business student by turning Over Our Heads into a comedy club for her new client's debut.

Written by Jack Elinson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Jeffrey Joseph as Eddie Davis (Robert Davis), Jim McCawley as Himself, Tyler Linkin as the Juggler

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. Jim McCawley was the talent coordinator for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 9 years.


#150. The Reunion (February 1st, 1986 - #719)

To make an old girlfriend jealous, George concocts a scheme for his high school reunion to have Jo act as his fiancee, a wealthy Duchess.

Written by Racelle Friedman
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, George Clooney
Guest stars: Liz Keifer as Belinda (Belinda Michaels), Harry Basil as Howie (Howie Plotnick) , Mike Pniewski as Crusher (Warren Polaskey), Grant Heslov as Jonathan Spencer

Note: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. The name of Peekskill High's mascot is the Pirates. Jo's name is Whtieny Worthington. Natalie's name is Marsha Beagleman and Tootie's is Lorraine Gibbons.


#151. Concentration (February 8th, 1986 - #718)

On her way to accepting an award, Blair is trapped in an elevator with a concentration camp survivor whose troubled past makes her rethink her values.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Nehemiah Persoff as Sam, Georgia Schmidt as Elderly Woman

Notes: Mrs. Garrett is in New Jersey, the area code is 609. The girls go The Palace hotel. Blair is receiving an award at the Junior Entrepreneur Annual Awards Banquet for contour top sheets.


#152. Atlantic City (February 15th, 1986 - #721)

During a weekend in Atlantic City, Blair catches gambling fever, Natalie and Tootie fend off a casino rat and Jo is reunited with rock singer Flyman, a former beau she met on their spring break adventure.

Written by Paul Haggis
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Michael Damian as Flyman, Tom Dreesen as Mr. Julius, Aaron Seville as Colin, B.J. Turner as Dealer, Gloria Rusch as Gloria, Ed Galloway as Ed, Kim Morgan Green as Morgan

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. They go to the Mediterranean Hotel.


#153. The Lady Who Came to Dinner (February 22nd, 1986 - #722)

The girls' attempt to surprise Blair for her 21st birthday with an offbeat theme party ruins her hopes for a quiet dinner. But the real surprise is when the woman hired to entertain the guests refuses to leave.

Teleplay by Bart Lindsay & Robert Billson
Story by Patrick Cleary
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, George Clooney
Guest stars: Betty Kean as Louise Le Beau, Christopher Carroll as Stanley, Cristy Dawson as Francine

Notes: Mindy Cohn and Charlotte Rae do not appear in this episode. Natalie is in Ft. Lauderdale with her grandmother.


#154. The Candidate (March 1st, 1986 - #723)

Natalie's outrage over the construction of an amusement park in quiet Peekskill turns into an all-out political battle that could turn Natalie into the town mayor.

Written by Michael Maurer
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Thom Sharp as Mayor Callahan (Henry), Michael Orion as Bob, Barry Cutter as the Reporter

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. The name of the amusement park they want to build is Howieland - the mascot is a kangaroo.


#155. Big Time Charlie (March 29th, 1986 - #720)

Jo's father visits with news of a fortune he made in the stock market, but he spends more money than time with Jo in an attempt to rebuild a long-neglected relationship.

Written by Bob Myer & Bob Young
Directed by Steven Robman

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaszek, Gary Erwin as Delivery Man

Notes: Charlotte Rae does not appear in this episode. Natalie returns from Miami. Charlie wins $300,000 from a magazine publishers company. He buys Jo a new helmet, sweaters, and a mink coat.


#156. The Graduate (Part 1) (May 3rd, 1986 - #724)

As graduation from Eastland draws near, Tootie is faced with a major decision. Should she follow her dream and tour with a production of The Wiz or attend college like her parents expect?

Written by Barry Vigon
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Chip Fields as Diane, Noelle Harling as Leslie, Brian Greene as Accordion Player, Stephen Breithaupt as the Waiter, Charles Summer as the President

Note: Chip Fields is Kim Fields real-life mother. Mrs. G brings zucchini. Tootie wants to play Dorothy in The Wiz with a touring company. Tootie's parents are lawyers. Natalie's literary name is Daphne.


#157. The Apartment (Part 2) (May 10th, 1986 - #725)

Tootie and Natalie decide to move into their own apartment. But their romantic illusions are shattered by the reality of roaches and rusting pipes.

Written by Jane Anderson
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Lu Leonard as Estelle, Eugene Lebowitz as Lenny

Notes: Mrs. Garrett calls from Wisconsin. Lenny is the super of the building.


Season 8 (1986-1987, 28 episodes)


#158. Out of Peeksill (Part 1) (September 27th, 1986 - #801

Mrs. Garrett faces an emotional crisis when she is torn between remaining in Peekskill with the girls or following the man she loves to Africa.

Written by Richard Gurman & Paul Haggis
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Special Guest Appearance by Charlotte Rae
Guest stars: Eve Smith as Eve, Ruth Gillette as Ruth, Beverly Leech as Blonde Girl, and Robert Mandan as Bruce

Notes: Originally aired as a one - hour episode. This is Cloris Leachman's first episode. Dr. Bruce Gaines is from Chicago and has been in the Peace Corps for 20 years. He wants to go to Africa for a 2 year commitment. Edna's middle name is Ann.


#159. Out of Peekskill (Part 2) (September 27th, 1986 - #802)

Cloris Leachman joins the series as Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann, who makes an auspicious entrance into the lives of Blair, Jo, Tootie and Natalie.

Written by Richard Gurman & Paul Haggis
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Special Guest Appearance by Charlotte Rae
Guest stars: Charlie Dell as the minister, Eve Smith as Eve, Ruth Gillette as Ruth, Marc Mantell as Paramedic #1, Richard M. Newkirk as Camper, and Robert Mandan as Bruce

Note: Jo catches the blueberry bouquet and is the first of the girls to get married.


#160. Ready or Not (October 4th, 1986 - #803)

The girls worry that Tootie and her new boyfriend, Rudy, are going to shift their relationship into high gear, especially when Beverly Ann spots Tootie's latest purchase, a sexy negligee.

Written by Jane Anderson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Claude Brooks as Rudy, Lois Nettleton as radio voice


#161. Another Room (October 11th, 1986 - #805)

When Beverly Ann suggests converting the dusty attic into a loft for Tootie and Natalie, the girls agree to split the construction costs. Jo is forced to make a sacrifice when she can't come up with her share.

Teleplay by Michael Maurer & Martha Williamson
Story by Katherine Green
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Kent Perkins as Virgil

Notes: Natalie works at a cannery. Jo and Blair have known each other for 7 years. Jo sells her motorcylce to Hank for $946.17.


#162. Off-Broadway Baby (November 1st, 1986 - #807)

When Tootie auditions for her first Broadway show, she is shocked to find herself desperately attempting to undermine the competition.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Barbara Sharma as Elayne, Tom Henschel as Stage Manager, Darrow Igus as Police Officer, and Stacey Q as Cinnamon

Notes: This is Stacey Q's first of two appearances as Cinnamon. She sings Two of Hearts in this episode (available on Stacey Q's Greatest Hits). Tootie's # is 316 and her name is Ginger Currien, Cinnamon's name is Helen and she is #314.


#163. The Little Chill (November 8th, 1986 - #808)

A reunion with the girls from the Eastland Academy proves revealing as each one discovers the truth behind the exaggerated stories of their lives after high school.

Written by Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Guest stars: Julie Anne Haddock as Cindy, Julie Piekarski Probst as Sue Ann, Felice Schachter as Nancy

Note: 3 girls from the first season return for this episode. Cindy Baker is a cover model. Nancy is 3 months pregnant and about to be married to Roger Butler. Sue Ann is a gopher. Jo and Blair have been roommates for 6 years. Blair is not a real blonde. Beverly Ann is from Appleton, her ex's name is Frank.


#164. The Ratings Game (November 15th, 1986 - #809)

When Blair decides to computerize her date-rating system, Jo does a little tampering with the disk.

Written by Ross Brown
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Kevin Blair as Doug (Doug Larson), Bradley White as Bob, Larry Spinak as Don, Paul Feig as Ron

Notes: Doug has a motorcycle. Jo has a cousin named Mike who lives on Tellum Avenue in the Bronx. Natalie has a date with Snake.


#165. The Wedding Day (November 22nd, 1986 - #811)

The girls and Beverly Ann are worried when Jo offers to marry an illegal alien in order to keep him from being deported.

Teleplay by Ross Brown and Michael Poryes
Story by Shirley Brown
Directed by John Bowab

Special Guest Star: George Clooney
Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest stars: Nick Corri as Enrico (Enrico Quinterez), Robert Phalen as Arnold Jensen, Lewis Dauber as Floyd Barton


#166. Fast Food (November 29th, 1986 - #810)

Much to her distaste, Blair has to get some hands-on work experience for one of her college classes. She ends up working for Natalie as a counter girl at Senor Sombreros.

Written by Michael Maurer
Directed by Marian Deaton

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Orson Bean as Oliver Thompson, Alan Blumenfeld as Mr. Simmons (Jerry), Meg Wyllie as Mrs. Webster, Blake Clark as the Trucker

Notes: Oliver Thompson is one of Tootie's professors. The girls eat Nilla Wafers. Blair is 22 years old. Beverly Ann's ex-husband is named Frank.


#167. Where's Poppa? (December 6th, 1986 - #804)

Blair barricades herself in the girls' bedroom when her father, whom she idolizes, is indicted for an illegal stock deal.

Written by Micki Raton and Irma Kalish & Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest star: Nicolas Coster as David Warner

Notes: Tootie's parents are criminal lawyers. Beverly Ann has no children. David Warner, Sr. is Blair's grandfather.


#168. Write or Wrong (December 13th, 1986 - #806)

Natalie sees red when her poetry is plagiarized. The culprit ends up being closer than she imagined.

Written by Jane Anderson & Ross Brown
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: George Clooney as George, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Billie Bird as Polly, Dennis Drake as Jack

Notes: Beverly Ann gets a piano. Polly is Andy's grandmother.


#169. Seven Little Indians (January 3rd, 1987 - #812)

The girls and Beverly Ann are terrified when a bizarre chain of events is linked to a mysterious killer on the loose in Peekskill.

Written by John Boni
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Special Guest Star: George Clooney as George
Guest star: Maurice LaMarche as Rod Sperling

Notes: Andy is 'killed' by 'Rube Goldberg', Natalie by fuzzy dice, Blair is moussed to death, Beverly Ann is poisoned, and Jo is 'croaked'.


#170. The Greek Connection (January 10th, 1987 - #813)

When Tootie tries to join a sorority and Natalie goes on assignment to uncover the unscrupulous ways of the Greek system, trouble arises between them.

Written by Sara V. Finney & Vida Spears
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Penelope Ann Miller as Kristen Morgan, Brenda Lynn Klemme as Debbie, Lela Rochon as Diana, Kristen Cumming as Becky, Signy Coleman as Amy

Notes: Blair plays field hockey. The sorority is Gamma Gamma Mu. Natalie's fake name is 'Natasha'.


#171. Post-Christmas Card (January 17th, 1987 - #815)

A New Year's resolution to upgrade her professional image gets Natalie into financial hot water when she receives a pre-approved credit card.

Written by Matt Geller
Directed by John Bowab
Co-star: Mackenzie Astin
Guest star: Charles Levin as Looney Lou


#172. A Star is Torn (January 31st, 1987 - #816)

Tootie finds it difficult to be sympathetic when rock star Cinnamon gets cold feet and backs out of a national concert tour.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Special Guest Star: George Clooney as George
Guest stars: Stacy Q as Cinnamon, Sam Whipple as Stan

Notes: This is Stacey Q's second appearance as Cinnamon. She sings We Connect in this episode (available on Stacey Q's Greatest Hits). Blair names worms Rockerfeller and Vanderbilt. George quits his job at the hardware store. George will be a roadie for Cinnamon.


#173. A Winter's Tale (February 7th, 1987 - #814)

A ski weekend turns into a lesson in love for Blair when the girls and Beverly Ann get snowed in at a cabin that was double-booked by four young men.

Written by Bob Underwood
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Doug Savant as Dwayne, Tom Hodges as Ernie, Mark Savalle as Hopper


#174. Cupid's Revenge (February 14th, 1987 - #817)

Old loves reappear and new romances abound for Beverly Ann, Blair, Jo, Tootie and Natalie when they receive a mysterious Cupid statuette.

Written by John Boni
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Orson Bean as Oliver Thompson, Woody Brown as Cliff, Todd Hollowell as Jeff, Loren Lester as Roy

Notes: Cliff receives an offer to go to Houston to medical school. Jeff is studying marine biology.


#175. The Facts of Life Down Under (Part 1) (February 15th, 1987 - #825)

The girls, Beverly Ann and Andy fly to Sydney to celebrate an anniversary with Koolunga, their Australian sister school. Blair and Jo get involved with jewel thieves and the police.

Written by Gordon Cotler
Directed by Stuart Margolin

Co-starring: Mario Van Peebles as Dave Johnson, Joss McWilliam as Nick Aintree, Jay Hackett as Kevin Colton, Andrew McKaige as Ren Calley, Noel Trevarthen as Roger Pitt, Misty Bernard as Jane Willis, Sally Martin as Gwen Pitt, Barabara-Jane Cole as Miss Carstairs, Gary Waddell as Hugo, Kristopher Greaves as Danny, Melissa Bickerton as Helen Brown, Martha Westbrook as Betty Owens, Joan Bruce as Mrs. Winters, Annie Bryon as Counter Girl, Dan Holiday as Aussie Passerby, John Faasen as Choral Director, Tony Deary as Opal Merchant, Bernard Curran as Henry, the Hotel Clerk; Bevan Wilson as Gerber, Steve Dodd as Aborigine One, Soul Bellear as Aborigine Two, Laurie Moran as Mr. Calley, Danny Caretti as Waiter

Notes: Originally aired as a two hour movie. There is a 14 hour time difference between Sydney and Peekskill. Koolunga is Eastland's sister school in Australia. Beverly Ann divorced a year ago.

The Australia movie was originally planned as as a trip to Italy (The Facts of Life Goes to Venice). There was a heightened sensitivity to terrorism against Americans due to some incidents in Europe at the time, and the producers devided to go to Australia instead. It was originally going to have Charlotte Rae in it. The plot and some scenes are similar and would have included: Blair and Jo get involved with a jewelry heist and the police, Natalie leads a tour group around Venice, Tootie falls for a Gondolier, and Mrs. G finds a lost love.


#176. The Facts of Life Down Under (Part 2) (February 15th, 1987 - #826)

Blair and Jo are being pursued by two men, both of whom claim to be the police while accusing each other of being a jewel thief. Blair and Jo have unwittingly planted a sought-after stone on Natalie who is off with Tootie. Meanwhile, Andy convinces Beverly Ann to take him to a sheep ranch owned by her old boyfriend.


#177. The Facts of Life Down Under (Part 3) (February 15th, 1987 - #827)

Blair and Jo, pursued by the police and a gang of jewel thieves, manage to lose them. Meanwhile, Natalie is touring the Outback with a cattle rancher, Tootie is viewing ancient caves with a handsome American anthropologist who lets her think he is an Aborigine and Beverly Ann rekindles an old flame.


#178. The Facts of Life Down Under (Part 4) (February 15th, 1987 - #828)

Blair and Jo elude the jewel thieves and arrive at their Australian sister school where they hope to find Natalie with the precious stone. The excitement comes to head when the girls, the police and the thugs all show up.


#179. '62 Pick-Up (February 21st, 1987 - #819)

When Bobby Rydell and Fabian come to Peekskill for a concert, Beverly Ann, Andy and the girls go back in time and indulge in a '60s-style fantasy.

Written by Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Fabian as himself, Bobby Rydell as himself

Notes: They sing Hot Rod Lover and Let's Put the Fun Back in Rock 'n Roll. The girls are known as the Sha-la-la-la-la-las - Blair is Pinky, Jo is Frizzo, Natalie is Frenchie, and Tootie is Didi.


#180. Boy About the House (February 28th, 1987 - #818)

It's instant motherhood for Beverly Ann when she decides to adopt Andy after his foster parents split up.

Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Jay Johnson as Ray Rollins, Jean Sincere as Dorothy Newell

Notes: Andy's foster parents are splitting, Andy is 13 years old and has 4 sets of foster parents in 6 years. Natalie works at Senor Somberos. Blair does some ventriloquism with 'JoJo'. Jo is yearbook editor.


#181. Ex Marks the Spot (March 7th, 1987 - #820)

Beverly Ann is forced to confront her past when her ex-husband, Frank Stickle, suddenly appears and wants to get back in her life.

Teleplay by Michael Maurer & Michael Poryes
Story by Katherine Green & Richard Gurman
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Dick Van Patten as Frank Stickle, Orson Bean as Oliver Thompson, Lois Nettleton as Noreen Stickle, Jeffrey Alan Chandler as the Doctor, Randy Brenner as the Orderly, Takayo Fischer as the Nurse


#182. Younger Than Springtime (March 21st, 1987 - #821)

Jo is outraged when Blair unwittingly sets up Jo's newly single father with a 23-year-old friend.

Written by Lawrence H. Levy
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek, Susan Walters as Cynthia Parks, Linda Henning as Margaret Parks

Notes: Cynthia is 23 and Charlie is 51.


#183. This Is Only a Test (April 18th, 1987 - #822)

The day before her law school admissions exam, Blair discovers that it is her test score and not her parents' wealth that will decide whether or not she is admitted.

Written by Ross Brown & Martha Williamson
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest star: John O'Leary as Elmore Rusk


#184. Rites of Passage (Part 1) (May 2nd, 1987 - #823)

Jo declines to give her college graduation speech, only to discover that her grandfather has traveled all the way from Poland to see her speak.

Written by Matt Geller & Racelle Friedman
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Nicolas Coster as David Warner, Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Sheldon Leonard as Josef Polniaczek, Claire Malis as Rose Polniaczek, Ben Piazza as Dean Howard Jones, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek

Notes: Andy's name is Andrew C. Moffet. Joseph Polniaczek is Jo's Grandfather from Poland who she hasn't seen in 15 years when she was 7 years old - Jo is named after him. In a early episode, Jo mentions that she has no living grandparents - so this is an inconsistency in the writing. Jo is to become the first Polniaczek to graduate from college. Tootie makes it into summer stock at Williamstown Theatre.


#185. Rights to Passage (Part 2) (May 9th, 1987 - #824)

Summer brings a season of change as Beverly Ann, Blair, Tootie and Natalie make their vacation plans, and Jo debates whether or not to accept a job offer in Los Angeles.

Written by Michael Poryes
Directed by Marian Deaton

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Jonathan Perpich as Eric Sandler, Adam Carl as Jeremy Bennett

Notes: Natalie quits her job at Senor Sombereros. Blair gets a 42 on her LSAT. Jo gets a job offer in LA. Natalie decides to go back to school full time. Blair gets into Langley Law School


Season 9 (1987-1988, 24 episodes)


#186. Down and Out in Malibu (Part 1) (September 26th, 1987 - #903)

A mugging in California leaves a destitute Jo seeking shelter at a police station where she meets Richard Moll and is hired to watch his house while he's away filming. The news that she's living with a man brings the rest of the group out west.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Sandy Simpson as Paul, Johnny Dark as Sergeant Canfield, and Richard Moll as himself

Notes: Nancy McKeon broke her foot when she was doing the tv movie "Strange Voices" just before the 9th season, so that is a real cast she wears in this episode.


#187. Down and Out in Malibu (Part 2) (October 3rd, 1987 - #904)

Water damage to Richard Moll's house dampens the girls' visit to California when they learn the astronomical cost of the repairs.

Written by Ross Brown
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Sandy Simpson as Paul, Nancy Everhard as Cindy Garver, Clyde Kusatsu as Budget Bob, Greg Norberg as Sergeant Wells, Rusty Coleman as the Delivery Boy, Richard Moll as Himself


#188. Rumor Has It (October 17th, 1987 - #901)

A wife's accusations threaten Blair's law school career as she finds herself in the middle of a heated marital conflict.

Written by Michael Poryes
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Franc Luz as Professor Katt, Bonnie-Campbell Britton as Rebecca, Evonne Kezios as Amanda, Charles Summers as Dean Stanton, Frances Megan as Jane, Judson Allen as Scott Travis, David Arnott as Nick Drexler

Notes: Jo has a broken foot. Natalie is a freshman in college. Blair takes a course in contract law.


#189. Before the Fall (October 24th, 1987 - #905)

When Natalie goes undercover as an R.O.T.C. cadet in order to get a story for the paper, she sees a little more action than she bargained for.

Written by R.J. Colleary
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Patrick Cronin as Chris Morgan, Babette Props as Jody (Jody Fletcher), Sarina Grant as Sgt. McNamara (Maryanne), Dennis Haysbert as Sgt. Evans (William)


#190. Sweet Charity (November 7th, 1987 - #907)

Jo gets a position as assistant to a hot-tempered social worker, only to find that she'll be out of a job if she doesn't come up with a way to bail out the financially-ailing community shelter.

Written by Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Paul Provenza as Casey Clark, Bumper Robinson as Todd, Elmarie Wendell as Jackie

Note: Andy is 14 years old.


#191. Up From Down Under (November 14th, 1987 - #910)

A mischievous visitor arrives unexpectedly from Australia claiming to be an exchange student at the Eastland School.

Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin as Andy, Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Mike Preston as Kevin McKenna, Ken Lerner as Max, Troy Evans as the Policeman

Notes: This is Sherrie Krenn's first episode as Pippa McKenna. She comes from the Koolunga school in Australia (Eastland's sister school which was featured in The Facts of Life Down Under movie). Pippa's mom was born in the US and had died. Kevin McKenna is a minerologist in the Outback.


#192. The More the Marrier (November 21st, 1987 - #908)

After Tootie's boyfriend, Jeff, breaks their date for the Winter Carnival, she takes Blair's advice and accepts another date, forcing Jeff to make some serious decisions.

Written by Lawrence H. Levy
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Paul Provenza as Casey Clark, Robert Romanus as Snake, Todd Hollowell as Jeff, Clarence Gilyard as Matt, Don Gibb as Wendell

Notes: Pippa is in Washington - she does not appear in this episode. Natalie mentions Snake. Oliver has a a 14 year old niece named Laurie. Jeff proposes to Tootie.


#193. A Rose By Any Other Age (November 28th, 1987 - #902)

A dating prospect for Blair turns into a brief but troublesome relationship for Beverly Ann.

Written by Mark Tuttle & Barbara Berkowitz
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest star: Jeff Allen as Larry Preston

Note: Beverly Ann has a brother.


#194. Adventures in Baileysitting (December 5th, 1987 - #912)

When Blair agrees to baby-sit her little sister, she discovers what commitment and motherhood really mean. Tootie gets engaged.

Teleplay by Jeri Barchilon
Story by Jeri Barchilon & Michele Gendelman
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Marj Dusay as Monica Warner, Evelyn Guerrero as Mrs. Martinzez, Ashleigh Sterling as Bailey, Sabrina Wiener as the Little Girl

Notes: Tootie goes to pick up her engagement ring. Beverly Ann and Pippa have had the measles.


#195. It's a Wonderful Christmas (December 12th, 1987 - #909)

Feeling unneeded by her Peekskill family, Beverly Ann succumbs to the holiday blues, until Santa Claus guides her through a Christmas fantasy.

Written by Marilyn Anderson & Renee Orin
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Co-stars: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Chuck McCann as Santa Claus, Don Dolan as the Policeman

Notes: Beverly Ann's best friend is Marjorie. Natalie is going to Florida with Snake. Beverly Ann gives Tootie Andy's Caspter the Friendly Ghost lunchbox.


#196. Golden Oldies (January 2nd, 1988 - #906)

A discussion on retirement sends Beverly Ann, Blair, Tootie, Natalie, Andy and Jo on a fantasy trip 40 years into the future.

Written by John Boni
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest star: Bill Macy as Harold


#197. A Thousand Frowns (January 9th, 1988 - #911)

Seeing that Andy is in need of a little brotherly companionship, Jo introduces him to Rick, a friend from the shelter.

Written by Harvey Weitzman and David DiGregorio & Arnie Wess
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Paul Provenza as Casey Clark, Scott Bryce as Rick Bonner

Notes: This is Scott Bryce's first appearance as Rick Bonner. Rick is soon to be 30 and was a concert pianist.


#198. Something in Common (January 16th, 1988 - #917)

When Jo introduces her father to her fun-loving boyfriend Rick, he takes an instant and inexplicable dislike to the likeable young man.

Written by Michael Poryes
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Scott Bryce as Rick Bonner, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek

Notes: Kim Fields does not appear in this episode (the only episode she did not appear in). Andy's room is in the basement. Charlie is pushing 52 and is given a saxophone as a gift. Beverly Ann suggests they close the store and turn it into Andy and Pippa's room.


#199. Peekskill Law (January 23rd, 1988 - #918)

Blair accepts a position as a law clerk only to find herself involved in a scandalous murder trial.

Written by Mark Tuttle
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Franc Lutz as Richard Katt, Alan Autry as Clark Darrin, James Staley as Barkley, Tony Steedman as the Judge, Kathleen Connell as the Secretary, John Wesley as Crandall

Notes: Andy went skiing with Jeremy, he does not appear in this episode. The name of the law firm is Harrison and Joseph. Tootie's parents are lawyers.


#200. A House Divided (January 30th, 1988 - #913)

When Natalie and Tootie have their boyfriends over for a friendly dinner, they discover that the two can't stand each other.

Written by Mark Tuttle
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Todd Hollowell as Jeff, Robert Romanus as Snake, John Del Regno as Ralph


#201. The First Time (February 6th, 1988 - #915)

Natalie discovers the joys and responsibilities of sexual maturity. On their first anniversary as a couple, Natalie and Snake decide to become intimate.

Written by Ross Brown
Directed by Marian Deaton

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest star: Robert Romanus as Snake

Notes: Lisa Whelchel does not appear in this episode (the only one she was not in). The original story was supposed to revolve around the Blair character but she wanted nothing to do with it because of her strong beliefs against it. When this episode originally aired on NBC, they had a 2 second disclaimer at the beginning of the episode saying it wasn't intended for all audiences. This episode apparently was the highest rated single episode during the original run of the series.


#202. Let's Face the Music (February 13th, 1988 - #916)

While Pippa rehearses with her all-girl heavy metal band, Blair, Jo, Tootie and Natalie prepare for their appearance at a fundraising event with makeovers at a famed beauty salon.

Written by Phil Doran & Douglas Arango
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Mackenzie Astin as Andy, Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Peter Marc as Mr. Wayne, Warren Burton as Sergio Pavan, John Kassir as Andre, Tuesday Knight as Amy, Hannah Cutrona as Meena


#203. Less Than Perfect (February 20th, 1988 - #914)

Blair is injured in an automobile accident, leaving her with a nasty gash across the forehead. She must come to grips with her vanity.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by Valentine Mayer

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Paul Provenza as Casey Clark, Ron Fassler as Dr. Nichols, Catherine Paolone as the Nurse

Notes: Blair drives a red porsche.


#204. Till Marriage Do Us Part (February 27th, 1988 - #922)

Jo and Rick are married, but no sooner than they say 'I Do,' Rick is offered a European concert tour.

Written by Ross Brown
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin as Andy, Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Scott Bryce as Rick Bonner, Todd Hollowell as Jeff, John Ingle as the Minister, Twyla Littleton as Wanda, Claire Malis as Rose Polniaczek, Paul Provenza as Casey Clark, Alex Rocco as Charlie Polniaczek, Robert Romanus as Snake

Notes: Casey's parents are divorced. Charlie and Rose were married for 8 years. Rick is leaving for a month for Europe to tour with the American Philharmonic Orchestra. Their marriage vows are "Marriage is a wonderful thing."


#205. Present Imperfect (March 5th, 1988 - #920)

Tootie has a lot of explaining to do when an ugly pendant given to her by her formidable grandmother-in-law is irreparably damaged.

Written by Kathy Lette
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa, Mackenzie Astin as Andy
Guest stars: Beah Richards as Grandmother, Todd Hollowell as Jeff, Devon Odessa as Alexis, Cindi Dietrich as Karen, Nick Katt as Mark, Gregory Martin as Larry, Mike Finnerman as the Deliveryman

Notes: Grandmother Rogers is from Buffalo. She calls Jeff 'Jefferson'.


#206. On the Edge (March 12th, 1988 - #919)

Jo witnesses firsthand the incredible stress social workers bear when she attempts to talk a colleague out of committing suicide.

Written by R.J. Colleary
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin, Sherrie Krenn
Guest stars: Alexandra Borrie as Sandy, Suzanne Krull as Melissa, Jane Dulo as Mrs. Beets, John Harnagel as the Policeman, Sonya Winton as Annie, Sidney Chankin as Mr. White


#207. Big Apple Blues (March 19th, 1988 - #921)

When Natalie decides to leave the safety of Peekskill to try her luck in New York City, she finds the artist's life in SoHo isn't all pretty pictures.

Written by Martha Williamson
Directed by John Bowab

Guest stars: Richard Grieco as Ben, Michelle Little as Claire, Terrah Smith as Nina, David Spade as Scott

Notes: This episode was a spinoff attempt. Natalie's father was a surgeon.


#208. The Beginning of the End (Part 1) (April 30th, 1988 - #923)

Eastland is on the brink of financial disaster when Blair decides to purchase the school in order to keep the Eastland tradition alive.

Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by John Bowab

Co-stars: Mackenzie Astin as Andy, Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Sam Behrens as Wes Mitchell, Nicolas Coster as David Warner, Kathleen Freeman as Noreen Grisbee, Mayim Bialik as Jennifer Cole, Seth Green as Adam Brinkerhoff, Juliette Lewis as Terry Rankin, Meredith Scott Lynn as Ashley Payne, Marissa Mendenhall as Sam Bellanger, Jason Naylor as Beldon Glover, Danny Dayton as Mr. Avery, Richard Mehana as Mr. Plimpton, Patrick T. O'Brien as Mr. Copeland, Shirley Prestia as Miss O'Donnell, Sal Viscuso as Frank Payne, John Welsh as Mr. Morehead Note: The final 2 episodes were a spinoff attempt and aired as a hour long episode.


#209. The Beginning of the Beginning (Part 2) (May 7th, 1988 - #924)

Blair takes over as headmistress of Eastland and finds herself dealing with students who have more on their minds than studying.

Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by John Bowab

Co-star: Sherrie Krenn as Pippa
Guest stars: Sam Behrens as Wes Mitchell, Kathleen Freeman as Noreen Grisbee, Scott Bryce as Rick Bonner, Mayim Bialik as Jennifer Cole, Seth Green as Adam Brinkerhoff, Juliette Lewis as Terry Rankin, Meredith Scott as Ashley Payne, Marissa Mendenhall as Sara Bellanger, Jason Naylor as Beldon Glover, John Buchanan as Steve, Russ Jolly as the Guy, Lawrence Lowe as the Chicken, Larue Stanley as the Waitress

Note: The girls go to the Chug-a-lug bar, the same one the girls went to in the 2nd season.


  • 209 total syndicated half-hour episodes, 2 of which were 2-hour movies and several others that aired as one-hour episodes.

  • Also see The Facts of Life Episode Guide at TV.com and epguides.com


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