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Old 11-27-2019, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default Where Were The Sweathogs' parents?

Aside from Mrs. Horshack (who we only got to see because she was part of the failed Horshack spinoff pilot), we never ever saw any of the other Sweathog parents.

There was even an fourth-season episode where they had a parent-teacher night and apparently, none of their parents were there. Or at least we never saw them.

I think it would have been interesting to see what they would have been like.
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Definitely an unsolved mystery. Though Horshack's much married mom was seen a few times, we never saw the parents of the other sweathogs. Not even Beau's parents were seen or mentioned in the fourth season.
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We really only have clues about them.

Barbarino's mother was a saint.

Epstein's parents were Jewish and something else.
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We really only have clues about them.

Barbarino's mother was a saint.

Epstein's parents were Jewish and something else.
Sra. Epstein was Puerto Rican, I believe but we never saw her or Barbarino's sainted mother!

Of course, the fact that the Sweathogs' folks NEVER seemed to come to school even during times of duress on their sons' parts much less for parents' night, sporting events,etc. is a good indication that they'd long checked out of their sons' lives . Thus, the sons managed form their OWN family by re/creating themselves as Sweathogs- even capping it off by dragging Horshack along as their annoying tagalong kid brother [would any REAL criminal gang have recruited Horshack instead of just beating him up for kicks?] the Kotters' (taking turns) as their de facto, permissive if not coddling 'mother' and Mr. Woodman as their stern 'father' that they rebelled against.
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I dont think there was ever a reference made to Freddie's parents on the show
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Thus, the sons managed form their OWN family by re/creating themselves as Sweathogs- even capping it off by dragging Horshack along as their annoying tagalong kid brother [would any REAL criminal gang have recruited Horshack instead of just beating him up for kicks?]
You're probably right.

I've always contended that if the Sweathogs acted the way they did in a real NY 1970s school, they would have gotten beaten up, each and every one of them.

In the early episodes, Epstein was portrayed as being more menacing and was the closest they came to conveying any real kind of menace, but eventually, Epstein became more like Chico Marx and was pretty harmless for the most part.
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