List of Diff'rent Strokes episodes
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The following is a list of episodes of Diff'rent Strokes, an American sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. This list includes synopses and air dates. Episodes are in air date order.
|1||24||November 3, 1978||May 4, 1979||September 14, 2004||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|2||26||September 21, 1979||March 26, 1980||January 31, 2006||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|3||22||November 12, 1980||May 20, 1981||July 17, 2012||Shout! Factory|
|4||26||October 1, 1981||May 20, 1982||November 20, 2012||Shout! Factory|
|5||24||October 2, 1982||May 14, 1983||--||--|
|6||24||October 1, 1983||May 19, 1984||--||--|
|7||24||September 29, 1984||May 4, 1985||--||--|
|8||19||September 27, 1985||March 7, 1986||--||--|
Season 1: 1978–79
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
"Diff'rent Strokes Pilot"
|November 3, 1978||0101|
|Wealthy Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) prepares to take in two boys from Harlem, Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis Jackson (Todd Bridges), who were the sons of his late housekeeper. Mr. Drummond plans to have the boys live in his Park Avenue apartment with him, his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), and new housekeeper Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae). Arnold appreciates Mr. Drummond's offer to take him in, but Willis wants to move back to their former home in Harlem. Arnold helps convince him otherwise.|
|2||"The Social Worker"||November 10, 1978||0102|
|A social worker (Ellen Travolta) suggests that Willis and Arnold should live with a black family instead of with the Drummonds, and Arnold gets the impression that Mr. Drummond agrees with that.|
|3||"Mother's Last Visit"||November 17, 1978||0103|
|Mr. Drummond's mother visits and is surprised when she sees that his new sons are black, so he tries to make her get over her racial prejudices.|
|4||"The Prep School"||November 24, 1978||0105|
|Mr. Drummond enrolls Arnold and Willis at his former school, but the headmaster makes arrangements for them to fail their entrance exams.|
|5||"The Spanking"||December 1, 1978||0104|
|Arnold hides from Mr. Drummond, so that he will not get spanked for misbehaving, but Willis decides to dole out the punishment himself.|
|6||"Goodbye, Dolly"||December 8, 1978||0106|
|Arnold's prized doll is sold, and Arnold has trouble going to sleep without it, so Mr. Drummond hires a private investigator to track down the doll. The P.I. decides to have a replica made instead, but Arnold knows the difference.|
|7||"The Trial"||December 15, 1978||0107|
|Arnold is accused of putting his goldfish Abraham in the hot tub, and he is put on trial by the Drummond family to prove his innocence.|
|8||"The Retrospective" (1)||December 29, 1978||0116A|
The Drummond family recall past events on their first Christmas with Willis and Arnold.Note: Originally shown as an hour-long episode.
|9||"The Retrospective" (2)||December 29, 1978||0116B|
More recollections of past events by the Drummonds.Note: Originally shown as an hour-long episode.
|10||"The Fight"||January 5, 1979||0108|
Arnold is forced to deal with a bully at school; Mr. Drummond doesn't want him to fight, but Willis thinks fighting is the only option.Note: This is the first mention of the bully known as "The Gooch", who is often discussed on the show but has never appeared in person.
|11||"The Club Meeting"||January 12, 1978||0109|
|Arnold and Willis invite their old friends from Harlem to their new Park Avenue home, and let their wealth go to their heads.|
|12||"The Woman"||January 19, 1979||0110|
|Mr. Drummond wants to marry a woman (Elinor Donahue) who has plans to send the kids away to boarding school.|
|13||"No Time for Arnold"||January 26, 1979||0111|
|Arnold fakes bedwetting to get some attention, but when the secret comes out, Willis decides to play a trick on his brother to get even.|
|14||"The Relative"||February 2, 1979||0112|
|A distant relative (LaWanda Page) visits Arnold and Willis and overstays her welcome.|
|15||"The Tutor"||February 9, 1979||0113|
|Mr. Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who has very unorthodox methods for getting them to learn, but with his help he discovers a mental block that prevents Willis from remembering things that happened in the year his father died.|
|16||"The New Landlord"||February 16, 1979||0114|
|A new landlord tries to have the Drummonds thrown out of their penthouse apartment, because he doesn't like children.|
|February 23, 1979||0115|
|Willis is tired of having Arnold around, and tries to get away from him.|
|18||"Mrs. Garrett's Crisis"||March 2, 1979||0117|
|Mrs. Garrett experiences a midlife crisis when she feels her life isn't as exciting as her friends' lives, but she soon realizes how much she is needed by the Drummond family.|
|March 9, 1979||0118|
|Willis is hired and fired from a new job – all in one day – and tries to hide it from Mr. Drummond since he thinks he'll be disappointed in him.|
|20||"The Trip" (1)||March 30, 1979||0120A|
|The Drummonds visit the Alders in the first of three crossovers with the series Hello, Larry.|
|21||"The Trip" (2)||March 30, 1979||0120B|
|A continuation of the Drummonds' trip.|
|22||"Getting Involved"||April 6, 1979||0119|
|Arnold witnesses a crime and goes to the police, although a threatening phone call forces Mr. Drummond to prevent Arnold's involvement.|
|23||"Willis' Birthday"||April 13, 1979||0121|
|Willis wants to have his birthday party back in Harlem with his friends, but Mr. Drummond is apprehensive about going there.|
|24||"The Girls School"
|May 4, 1979||0122|
Mrs. Garrett decides to take charge of the chaotic dormitory at Kimberly's school.Note: This episode is the pilot for The Facts of Life.
Season 2: 1979–80
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|25||"Arnold's Girlfriend" (1)
|September 21, 1979||0202|
|Arnold is too scared to go to the doctor after he suffers appendicitis, but his fear goes away when he meets a young girl named Alice who is having her tonsils out, and they plan to share a room together in the hospital. However, her father (Dabney Coleman) decides against it when he finds out Arnold is black.|
|26||"Arnold's Girlfriend" (2)
|September 21, 1979||0203|
|In an effort to be together since her dad is racist, Arnold and Alice run away. After finding out that the kids are gone, both their families frantically search for them before Arnold's appendix bursts.|
|27||"Feudin' and Fussin" (1)||September 28, 1979||0204A|
The Alders visit New York in this second crossover with Hello, Larry, as the Drummonds help Larry get a job hosting a talk show.Note: Basketball player Meadowlark Lemon guest stars.
|28||"Feudin' and Fussin" (2)||September 28, 1979||0204B|
|Larry does well with his talk show tryout, but his family isn't so keen on packing up and moving to New York City.|
|29||"Mrs. Garrett's Romance"||October 12, 1979||0205|
|Mrs. Garrett dates a much younger man, but finds out he's really looking for a mother instead of a lover.|
|30||"The Birds and the Bees"||October 19, 1979||0208|
|Arnold is given conflicting stories about where babies come from.|
|October 24, 1979||0201|
|In order to get boxer Muhammad Ali to visit Arnold, Kimberly and Willis tell him that Arnold is dying.|
|32||"The Adoption" (1)||October 31, 1979||0206|
|The time comes for Mr. Drummond to officially adopt Arnold and Willis, but a man named Jethro Simpson (Whitman Mayo) claims to be their relative and tries to interfere with the adoption in order to obtain an inheritance coming to the boys.|
|33||"The Adoption" (2)||November 7, 1979||0207|
|When it looks like Willis and Arnold will legally have to live with Jethro, the truth about him is revealed, and the boys are able to officially become members of Mr. Drummond's family.|
|34||"Father and Son Day"||November 14, 1979||0209|
Willis trades in Mr. Drummond for another man to win an athletic competition.Note: Baseball player Reggie Jackson guest stars.
|35||"Thanksgiving Crossover" (1)||November 28, 1979||0211A|
|The Alders visit the Drummonds in the final Hello, Larry crossover, when Larry and Mr. Drummond argue over a potential business deal.|
|36||"Thanksgiving Crossover" (2)||November 28, 1979||0211B|
|Despite the ill feelings between Larry Alder and Mr. Drummond, the two families get together for Thanksgiving dinner.|
|37||"The Rivals"||December 5, 1979||0210|
A girl feigns interest in Arnold so she can get close to Willis.Note: This is the last episode featuring Charlotte Rae as a cast member.
|38||"Hot Watch"||December 12, 1979||0212|
|Arnold and Willis find a lost watch in the building, but soon become suspects when it's discovered the watch was taken from a burglarized apartment.|
|39||"The Dog Story"
"A Dog Story"
|December 19, 1979||0213|
|Arnold may have been bitten by a rabid dog, and he tries to do whatever he can to prevent getting rabies shots.|
|40||"The Election"||January 9, 1980||0214|
Mr. Drummond runs for political office.Note: Nedra Volz joins the cast as the second housekeeper, Adelaide Brubaker.
|41||"Friendly Mate"||January 16, 1980||0215|
|Willis and Arnold set Mr. Drummond up on a blind date, but confusion arises when the dating service thinks Mr. Drummond is black, and he also ends up with a second date for the same night.|
|42||"Poor Drummond"||January 23, 1980||0217|
|Circumstances have the family thinking they're on the verge of financial ruin, so Arnold and Willis try to put their dad on welfare. However, a man from the welfare office thinks something is fishy and investigates.|
|43||"Big Business"||January 30, 1980||0216|
|Arnold and Willis go into the brownie business, but get in over their heads when they alienate Kimberly and overwork Adelaide, so they're forced to make the brownies themselves.|
|44||"Return of the Gooch"||February 6, 1980||0218|
|Arnold takes martial arts lessons to defend himself against the Gooch, and gets in trouble when Willis convinces him he has a "killer foot".|
|45||"Valentine's Day Retrospective"
|February 13, 1980||0219|
|Arnold and Willis accidentally get locked in the basement of their apartment building, so they recall previous emotional events to pass the time until someone lets them out.|
|46||"Skin Deep or True Blue"
|February 20, 1980||0221|
|Kimberly's new love interest is found out to be a bigot when he won't let his sister (Melora Hardin) go on a date with Willis, so Kimberly comes up with a way to teach him a lesson.|
|47||"Teacher's Pet"||February 27, 1980||0220|
Arnold's teacher begins favoring him after she dates Mr. Drummond.Note: Arnold's friends Dudley (Shavar Ross) and Robbie (Steven Mond) appear for the first time; Mary Ann Mobley, who eventually took over the role of Mr. Drummond's wife Maggie in Season 8, plays Arnold's teacher.
|48||"The Slumber Party"||March 12, 1980||0222|
Willis' friends and Kimberly's schoolmates clash over who gets to do what in the apartment, and ruin Mr. Drummond's date in the process.Note: Mindy Cohn, Julie Anne Haddock, Kim Fields, and Molly Ringwald appear as their characters from The Facts of Life (Natalie, Cindy, Tootie, and Molly, respectively).
"Arnold Faces Fatality"
|March 19, 1980||0223|
|Arnold's beloved goldfish Abraham dies, so the family tries to hide it from him until they can get a replacement. When Arnold becomes suspicious, and happens to notice Mr. Drummond's will, he jumps to the wrong conclusion and thinks that Mr. Drummond is dying.|
|50||"The Squealer"||March 26, 1980||0224|
|Willis joins a gang called the Tarantulas, but Mr. Drummond forbids him to associate with them. Unfortunately, Willis defies his orders and eventually finds himself in jail.|
Season 3: 1980–81
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|51||"The Bank Job" (1)||November 12, 1980||0302|
|Arnold wants to impress Tootie with his "riches" when the Drummond family goes on a trip, so he goes to the bank to make a withdrawal, but gets trapped during a holdup by robbers.|
|52||"The Bank Job" (2)||November 12, 1980||0303|
|Mr. Drummond and his sons are held hostage during a bank robbery, but quick thinking by Arnold and Mr. Drummond saves the day.|
|53||"Small Claims Court"||November 19, 1980||0305|
|Arnold takes a toy store owner to small claims court over a faulty train engine.|
|54||"Substitute Mother"||November 26, 1980||0306|
|Arnold wants a temporary housekeeper (Denise Nicholas) to become his, Willis's, and Kimberly's new mother while Adelaide is away. When Adelaide plans to return early, Arnold gives her the impression that she's being replaced permanently.|
|55||"The Accident" (1)
|December 3, 1980||0307|
|A trip to Disney World is canceled when Mr. Drummond is hospitalized after being hit by a drunk driver in a car accident and loses his memory.|
|56||"The Accident" (2)
|December 3, 1980||0308|
|Mr. Drummond may lose all of his assets if he cannot recover his memory. When he starts to remember details about Kimberly and not about Willis and Arnold, they decide to leave and go back to Harlem.|
|57||"Little Mother"||December 10, 1980||0310|
|Kimberly's friend is pregnant, and everyone thinks Kimberly is the one who is expecting.|
|58||"Football Father"||December 17, 1980||0304|
Phil bribes a hard-nosed football coach (Greg Mullavey) into letting Arnold join the team by buying new uniforms for them, but he regrets his decision when he finds out how the coach is motivating the kids.Note: Todd Bridges does not appear in this episode.
|December 31, 1980||0311|
Mr. Drummond doesn't want Willis to see his girlfriend Charlene because it's interfering with his schoolwork, so the two make secret arrangements to be together.Note: Janet Jackson makes her first appearance on the show as Charlene.
|60||"Count Your Blessings"||January 7, 1981||0309|
|Arnold is heartbroken when he finds out he will not do much growing when he gets older, so Mr. Drummond arranges for a business associate's handicapped daughter (Melanie Watson, in her first of four appearances as Kathy) to show him how fortunate he really is.|
|61||"The Loan"||January 14, 1981||0312|
|Arnold wants to help a young doorman get started in business, so he loans him some money to bet on a sure thing.|
|62||"Roots"||January 21, 1981||0313|
|Willis' friends think that he and Arnold have lost touch with where they came from, so they adopt a more Afro-centric attitude and alienate the rest of the family.|
|63||"Junk Food Junkie"
"The Junk Food"
|February 4, 1981||0314|
Arnold is made to give up junk food, which is difficult since his school has junk food vending machines, and having them removed may hurt his chances at winning a school election.Note: Dody Goodman makes her first appearance as Mr. Drummond's sister Sophia.
|64||"The Bus"||February 11, 1981||0315|
|Protestors threaten Arnold and his classmates when they become part of a school integration program.|
|65||"The Older Man"||February 25, 1981||0316|
Kimberly dons a wig for a class play and ends up getting a date with an older man, so Arnold and Willis try to put a stop to it.Note: Lisa Whelchel and Mindy Cohn (from The Facts of Life) guest star as Blair and Natalie, respectively.
|66||"Where There's Hope"||March 4, 1981||0317|
|Arnold is adamant about not wanting a pesky young girl at his birthday party, but things become serious when he finds out the girl is very sick, so he pays her a visit at the hospital to cheer her up.|
|March 11, 1981||0301|
|Arnold is trapped on a ledge 30 stories up after he tries to impress his family, a reporter, and football player Ed "Too Tall" Jones with his magic act.|
|68||"Drummond's Fair Lady"||March 18, 1981||0319|
|Mr. Drummond recommends a woman for a position at his company, but runs into opposition from his coworkers, because of her sex, and his children, because they think she's using him.|
|69||"The Ancestors"||March 25, 1981||0320|
|Mr. Drummond finds out that his ancestor was a slave trader, which affects his plans to build a community center in Harlem.|
|70||"Almost American"||May 6, 1981||0318|
|backdoor pilot for a potential series focusing on the immigration and naturalization class, but it was never picked up. The Drummonds have a very small role in this episode.|
|71||"Room for One More"||May 13, 1981||0321|
|Arnold tries to get Mr. Drummond to adopt Dudley when he finds out his foster father (Le Tari) may not be able to keep him.|
|72||"The Athlete"||May 20, 1981||0324|
|A fast-talking baseball coach woos Willis for a high school team, and uses expensive gifts and deception to attain his goal.|
Season 4: 1981–82
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|73||"Growing Up"||October 1, 1981||0322|
|With Arnold's help, Willis gets everyone out of the house so he and his girlfriend Charlene can make love for the first time. However, when the moment occurs, things don't go as smoothly as he expected.|
|74||"First Day Blues"||October 8, 1981||0402|
Willis has trouble making friends at his new school, until it's discovered that he's rich, so he gets asked to buy marijuana for a party.
Note: Gary Coleman does not appear in this episode. Kim Fields guest stars as Tootie.Clarence Gilyard appears in the locker scene.
|75||"The Model"||October 15, 1981||0323|
|Kimberly begins a modeling career.|
|76||"The Team"||October 29, 1981||0403|
Willis is upset when he doesn't make the basketball team because a white student takes his place, so he plans to take legal action.Note: Gary Coleman does not appear in this episode. Kim Fields guest stars as Tootie.
|77||"The Big Heist"||November 5, 1981||0405|
|Arnold attempts to steal an expensive comic book to get into the Gooch's club, and gets taken to court when he's caught.|
|78||"The Double Date"
|November 19, 1981||0406|
|Arnold gets his first date with a girl he likes, but things turn sour when Dudley butts in on them.|
|79||"The Ski Weekend"||November 26, 1981||0401|
|Kimberly goes on a ski trip with her friend, but doesn't let the family know that there will be boys there. Mr. Drummond and Willis end up surprising her by paying an unannounced visit, but get surprised themselves when they see the boys.|
|80||"The Health Club"||December 3, 1981||0407|
|Arnold and Willis try to get into Mr. Drummond's health club, but are turned away because they are African American. When Drummond is honored by the club, a confrontation takes place.|
|81||"The Burial Ground"||December 17, 1981||0409|
|Drummond's building project is discovered to be on the site of an Indian burial ground, which leads to a conflict with a member of the Indian tribe.|
|82||"Hello, Daddy"||January 14, 1982||0404|
|The son of a woman Mr. Drummond knew during the Korean War shows up claiming that Mr. Drummond is his father. This leads to a reunion with the woman, and the truth about who the father really is.|
|83||"Jilted"||January 21, 1982||0408|
|When Charlene feels Willis is taking her for granted, she dumps him. Willis soon hears she's seeing another guy and he decides it's time to move on, but Arnold has other ideas.|
"Arnold's New Friend"
|January 28, 1982||0411|
|Arnold gets reassurance from Kathy when he plays Abraham Lincoln in a school play, but when he tries to get her to use her crutches instead of sitting in a wheelchair, she is furious and blows his confidence before showtime.|
|85||"Dreams"||February 4, 1982||0412|
|Arnold begins having nightmares when he finds out Mr. Drummond is going on a business trip, so a therapist is needed to unlock Arnold's fears.|
|86||"Fire"||February 11, 1982||0413|
|A fire has the family trapped in the building, and when smoke starts coming through the vents, it makes everyone think the end is near.|
|87||"The Squatter"||February 18, 1982||0410|
|A woman (Audrey Meadows) becomes a squatter in the Drummonds' house after she is forced out of her apartment due to a condominium conversion Mr. Drummond is involved with.|
|88||"The Car"||February 25, 1982||0414|
|Willis takes the car out without Mr. Drummond's permission in order to pick up Charlene for a date, and gets in trouble when he hits a police officer's motorcycle.|
|89||"Crime Story" (1)
"Crime in the Schools"
|March 11, 1982||0415|
|Arnold and Dudley are harassed by two bullies who force them to give them their lunch and money. Willis decides to interfere and gets more than he bargained for.|
|90||"Crime Story" (2)
"Crime in the Schools"
|March 18, 1982||0416|
|After Willis is hospitalized for trying to stop the bullies, Arnold is asked to participate in a sting operation to nab them. When Mr. Drummond refuses to allow him to participate, Arnold takes matters into his own hands.|
|91||"B.M.O.C."||March 25, 1982||0417|
|Willis lets his potential membership in an exclusive club go to his head, but falls hard when he alienates the club members.|
|92||"Green Hair"||April 1, 1982||0418|
|Kimberly's hair turns green before a date, due to using a copper bowl affected by acid rain to wash her hair, which gets the Drummond family talking about how to help the environment.|
|93||"Have I Got a Girl for You"||April 8, 1982||0419|
|Mr. Drummond has a good time going out with a hairdresser, but when he doesn't invite her to a posh party, she feels like he is secretly embarrassed by her.|
|94||"Lifesavers"||April 15, 1982||0420|
|Willis saves Arnold's life, so Arnold feels obligated to dote on him constantly. In order to get Arnold off his back, he sets up a fake robbery at his job so Arnold can save him and even the score. When Arnold finds out what Willis is up to, he decides to have a little fun with the "robber", not knowing that a real robber has come to hold up the place.|
|95||"Stress? What Stress?"||April 22, 1982||0421|
|Willis finds out he has very high stress levels, so Mr. Drummond wants him to lay off on his extracurricular activities, much to Willis' chagrin.|
|96||"The Music Man"||May 6, 1982||0422|
|Willis forms a musical group and wants Charlene to join, but Kimberly ends up impressing his bandmates so much that they want her in the group instead.|
|97||"Short But Sweet"||May 13, 1982||0424|
|Arnold isn't interested in celebrating his birthday because he feels girls aren't interested in him, particularly one girl he really likes, but things change when he invites the girl to his party; however, his intentions aren't made clear and she comes to the party with someone else.|
|98||"On Your Toes"||May 20, 1982||0423|
|Arnold attends Kimberly's ballet recital and decides he wants to learn ballet, which makes Willis very uncomfortable and he tries to put a stop to it.|
Season 5: 1982–83
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|99||"Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade"||October 2, 1982||0501|
|Arnold tries to outdo Willis on an arcade game, but constant playing takes a toll on his schoolwork.|
|100||"In the Swim"||October 9, 1982||0502|
Kimberly decides to transfer to Willis' school, and gets into a confrontation when she tries to join the all-male swim team.Note: Mary Jo Catlett joins the cast as Pearl Gallagher, the third and final housekeeper.
|101||"Cyrano De Jackson"||October 16, 1982||0504|
Arnold tries to help Dudley woo classmate Lisa, but the plan backfires when Lisa thinks Arnold is the one who likes her.Note: This is Lisa's first appearance on the show. Dana Plato does not appear in this episode.
|102||"Big Brother"||October 23, 1982||0503|
|A classmate of Arnold's (Joey Lawrence) is given a lot of attention by the rest of the Drummond family, leaving Arnold to feel unwanted.|
|103||"The Peacemaker"||October 30, 1982||0506|
Willis tries to negotiate peace between two rival groups of students at his school, but when one of the students has his stuff stolen, Willis becomes the prime suspect and is forced to get a gun to protect himself.Note: Comedian Andrew Dice Clay plays one of the students, Larry.
|104||"Substitute Teacher"||November 6, 1982||0505|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays a substitute teacher that makes life hard for Arnold and Dudley, so they try to make things difficult for him. When one of their schemes leads to Arnold getting hit by accident, they go to the principal and tell him that it was done on purpose, which gets the teacher in trouble and nearly costs him his job.|
|105||"The Older Woman"||November 13, 1982||0507|
|Willis wears a fake mustache to get into a club, and lands a date with the waitress (Shari Belafonte).|
|106||"A Case of Overexposure"
|November 20, 1982||0509|
|When Kimberly submits a candid picture of Arnold with his butt exposed to a photo contest, he is infuriated and demands that Kimberly withdraw it, but the picture remains in the contest by mistake and almost ruins Arnold's chances to win the class election.|
|107||"Memories"||November 27, 1982||0508|
|Arnold takes it hard when he hears his mother's voice (Betty A. Bridges, Todd Bridges' real-life mother) again on an old audio tape.|
|108||"Push Comes to Shove"||December 4, 1982||0510|
|Arnold's confrontation with the son of the new building landlord leads to Mr. Drummond punching the landlord in the face, and almost gets the family thrown out of the building.|
|109||"The Executives"||December 11, 1982||0511|
|Arnold, Kimberly, and Willis get jobs at Mr. Drummond's company, but when Willis finds out that minority kids don't have the same opportunities at employment, he goes undercover to see for himself and goes too far.|
|110||"Santa's Helper"||December 18, 1982||0512|
|Arnold helps out a streetcorner Santa Claus (Garrett Morris), who takes advantage of Arnold and his family's kindness by robbing the Drummonds.|
|111||"A Growing Problem"||January 8, 1983||0513|
|Willis is forbidden to go to a party when Mr. Drummond finds out there will be drinking there. After Willis disobeys and is caught, he decides to move in with a friend (Lawrence Monoson).|
|112||"Parents Have Rights Too"||January 15, 1983||0514|
|Mr. Drummond sneaks around behind the kids' backs while dating his tax attorney (Louise Sorel), and invites her over to the apartment while the rest of the family's away. But when they return early, Mr. Drummond has to explain her presence.|
|113||"Independent Woman"||January 22, 1983||0515|
|Kimberly stops working at Mr. Drummond's company and takes a job at a burger place, but is sexually harassed by her boss. When he finds out that Kimberly's family is wealthy and live on Park Avenue, he apologizes and ends up becoming romantically involved with her, for the purpose of advancing in her dad's company. Arnold soon learns what he is up to and tells Kimberly.|
|114||"The Bicycle Man" (1)||February 5, 1983||0516|
|Conrad Bain to discuss child molesting with friends and family.|
|115||"The Bicycle Man" (2)||February 12, 1983||0517|
After watching an X-rated cartoon at the bike shop, Arnold decides he's had enough of Mr. Horton and goes home, leaving Dudley behind. Arnold lets slip details about his experiences with the seemingly congenial Mr. Horton, and Mr. Drummond calls the authorities. The police arrive just as Mr. Horton is making his move on Dudley (who had been given a sedative "to relax"), saving their friend from a potentially frightening experience.
Note: Conrad Bain again delivers a message about child molesting at the beginning of the episode.Note: Conrad Bain also does a voice over PSA saying "If you know of a problem with child sexual abuse, please contact your local law enforcement or social service agency."
|116||"Family On Ice"||February 19, 1983||0518|
|Kimberly impresses professional skater Dorothy Hamill with her ice skating, and is taken under her wing. But Kimberly is overwhelmed by the hard work it takes to become a professional skater, and devises a way out.|
|117||"Hall Monitor"||March 12, 1983||0519|
|Kathy transfers to Arnold's school and is treated very poorly. When she becomes hall monitor, she rules with an iron fist and doles out demerits to everyone except Arnold. When Arnold feels the heat from his friends over getting away with everything, he tries to get Kathy to lighten up, but she refuses and gets tough with Arnold instead.|
|118||"The Cricket"||March 26, 1983||0520|
|When Arnold faces a streak of bad luck, he is given a lucky cricket to help him out. Arnold's fortunes soon change, and he tries to use the cricket to get out of trouble with the Gooch, but the cricket escapes and Arnold has to come up with a back-up plan.|
|119||"The Roommates"||April 9, 1983||0521|
|Mr. Drummond shares a room with Arnold while Willis is busy studying, which leaves discomfort for Mr. Drummond and laughs for Arnold.|
|120||"The Reporter"||April 30, 1983||0522|
|Arnold needs to submit a story for a journalism contest at school, and when he finds out there's a student selling drugs there, he writes his story about that. The principal soon confronts him about it and tries to get him to expose his sources; when he refuses, the principal has the story withdrawn from the contest. When the situation makes the newspaper, it gets the attention of First Lady Nancy Reagan, who makes a visit to Arnold's school to speak to his class about the dangers of drug use.|
|121||"Romeo and Juliet"||May 7, 1983||0523|
|Arnold is tricked into playing Romeo opposite Lisa's Juliet in a class play. Although Arnold works hard for his performance, Lisa is overcome with stage fright and Arnold has to help her out.|
|122||"My Fair Larry"
"My Fair Lady"
|May 14, 1983||0524|
|Larry (from Episode 103) wants Willis to help him score with women; he gets Kimberly to assist him, but Larry falls in love with her.|
Season 6: 1983–84
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|123||"Mr. T....and Mr. t"
"Arnold Meets Mr. T"
|October 1, 1983||0606|
|When an episode of The A-Team is filmed in the Drummonds' apartment, Arnold has to compete with Mr. T for the affection of Dudley's cousin Angela, so Arnold tries to turn himself into a mini Mr. T, with embarrassing results.|
|124||"The Goat"||October 15, 1983||0603|
|When Arnold is given the cold shoulder from teachers and classmates at his new school, he concocts a plan to steal the school mascot, a goat, and pretend to rescue it to get some positive attention, but he gets in trouble with the family when the goat gets loose in the apartment.|
|125||"Rashomon II"||October 22, 1983||0601|
A burglar holds the family hostage in the apartment, but is knocked out and arrested. Mr. Drummond, Willis, and Arnold all have different interpretations of what happened, but Pearl, who was in the kitchen and saw everything, tells Kimberly what really took place.Note: The episode title and plot device of the story are inspired by the movie Rashomon.
|126||"The Lie"||October 29, 1983||0604|
|Willis lies to Arnold about knowing first aid in order to get a job at the school carnival, but when Arnold gets an electrical shock, Willis doesn't know how to save him. He later confesses to Arnold what happened, and Arnold is angry when he finds out the truth.|
|127||"Drafted"||November 12, 1983||0608|
|A computer error leads to Arnold getting mail to sign up with the Selective Service System, even though he is too young. When Mr. Drummond complains, he is visited by the authorities, leading Arnold to think he will be drafted.|
|128||"The Van Drummonds"||November 19, 1983||0609|
|Mr. Drummond's cousin Anna and her son Hans (Conrad Bain and Dana Plato, respectively, in dual roles) visit the family. As soon as they arrive, Hans starts causing trouble and blames Arnold and Willis for it.|
|129||"The Moonlighter"||November 26, 1983||0611|
|Arnold finds out his favorite teacher (Jayne Kennedy) is moonlighting at a gentlemen's club, and sneaks into the club to find out if it's true.|
|130||"Coming of Age"||December 3, 1983||0605|
|Kimberly finds out she'll be getting a trust fund on her 18th birthday, and has plans to travel to Europe. When Mr. Drummond refuses to support her decision and threatens to keep the money from her until she's older, Kimberly plans to work as an au pair for a European family.|
|131||"Assert Yourself"||December 10, 1983||0607|
|Arnold plans to have Dudley run for class president so he can control him behind the scenes. When Arnold sees that Dudley isn't doing things the way he wants him to, he decides to run against him. In the end, both lose out to a third candidate.|
|132||"Mrs. Z"||December 17, 1983||0610|
|After Mr. Drummond becomes the target of an extortionist, he hires an imposing female bodyguard to protect his family.|
|133||"The Senior Class Queen"||January 7, 1984||0613|
|When Kimberly tries to get into Willis' all-male letterman's club at school, he gets back at her by becoming a contestant in the school's beauty pageant.|
|134||"Where's There's Smoke"||January 14, 1984||0602|
|Arnold takes up smoking cigarettes to impress the kids at school, but ruins his brand new sweater when he gets burning ashes on it. He then learns the dangers of smoking from Dudley's father, who is in need of surgery because of his habit.|
|135||"Drummond's Lady"||January 21, 1984||0615|
|Mr. Drummond tries to make a business deal with exercise instructor Maggie McKinney (Dixie Carter, who makes her first appearance on the show), and falls in love with her.|
|136||"The Hitchhikers" (1)
|January 28, 1984||0616|
|Arnold and Kimberly hitchhike to get home for Mr. Drummond's birthday party, and are picked up by a man who takes them to his apartment and tries to have his way with Kimberly.|
|137||"The Hitchhikers" (2)
|February 4, 1984||0617|
Arnold escapes from the kidnapper and makes it home, but leaves Kimberly behind and can't remember where she is. A policeman helps Arnold remember by hypnotizing him and getting him to reveal the license plate number of the kidnapper so the police can track him down.Note: Conrad Bain does a voice over PSA saying "If you know of a case of sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault, please contact your local law enforcement agency or emergency medical facility."
|138||"Hooray for Hollywood" (1)||February 11, 1984||0618|
Mr. Drummond travels to Hollywood and proposes to Maggie, and finds out she has a young son named Sam. Meanwhile, Arnold and Dudley try to meet Knight Rider (David Hasselhoff) and sneak into a car that's about to be blown up.Note: Danny Cooksey joins the cast as Sam McKinney, the 6-year-old son of Maggie McKinney.
|139||"Hooray for Hollywood" (2)||February 18, 1984||0619|
|David Hasselhoff rescues Arnold and Dudley just in time, and the rest of the family find out about Mr. Drummond's marriage plans. Arnold is less than thrilled, especially when he finds out he's getting a new little brother as part of the deal.|
|140||"The Wedding" (1)
|February 25, 1984||0620|
|Arrangements are being made for the wedding, and Maggie is furious when she finds out that Mr. Drummond's lawyer suggested a pre-nuptial agreement.|
|141||"The Wedding" (2)
|February 25, 1984||0621|
The wedding is about to take place, until Maggie and Mr. Drummond realize that neither of them called anybody to perform the ceremony.Note: Wedding guests include Mrs. Garrett, Adelaide, and Aunt Sophia, all of whom hadn't appeared on the show for some time prior to this episode. This is also the only time in which Mr. Drummond's current and previous housekeepers appear together.
|142||"The Honeymoon's Over"||March 17, 1984||0622|
|Mr. Drummond and Maggie return from their honeymoon, and find out that Arnold had been taking advantage of Sam while they were away. As punishment, Arnold is not allowed to go to a party where his love interest Angela (from Episode 123) is going to be, so he devises a scheme to sneak out of the apartment, leaving Sam behind.|
|143||"The Bar Mitzvah Boy"||April 7, 1984||0623|
|Arnold decides to convert to Judaism, but is convinced otherwise by a rabbi (Milton Berle).|
|144||"Kathy's Olympics"||April 14, 1984||0624|
|Arnold is in charge of keeping donations for a fundraising drive at school, but loses the money when he puts it in an old pair of shoes that gets thrown out, so the rest of the family has to dig through the garbage to find them. Fortunately for Arnold, Sam saved the shoes and money from being thrown away.|
|145||"The Houseguest"||May 5, 1984||0612|
|After a falling out with her father, Charlene moves in with the Drummonds and ends up fighting with Willis.|
|146||"The Boyfriend"||May 19, 1984||0614|
|Kimberly plans to move in with her boyfriend, who her dad doesn't like, by tricking the family into thinking she's moving in with her girlfriend instead.|
Season 7: 1984–85
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|147||"A Haunting We Will Go"||September 29, 1984||0708|
In this take-off on Ghostbusters, Arnold and Sam explore a haunted house.Note: Actors John Astin and Ray Bolger guest star.
|148||"Arnold and Lisa's Mother"||October 13, 1984||0706|
|Lisa's mother takes over teaching Arnold's class, and Lisa forces him and his friends to be nice to her or she'll rat them out to her mom. But Arnold finds out that Lisa's mom doesn't like her telling on her classmates, so he decides to sabotage her science project as revenge.|
|149||"Bed-Wetting"||October 16, 1984||0701|
|Sam develops a bedwetting problem, and the family begins showing him a lot more attention, which rubs Arnold the wrong way.|
|150||"Undercover Lover"||October 20, 1984||0703|
|Willis' new girlfriend is actually an undercover cop trying to bust drug dealers at school.|
|151||"Arnold's Strike"||October 27, 1984||0704|
|Arnold and his classmates protest dress code changes at school, but when the principal (Dick Sargent) threatens suspension, Arnold is the only one willing to stand for his beliefs.|
|152||"Sam's Father"||November 3, 1984||0710|
|Sam's father (Hoyt Axton) wants Sam to stay with him instead of with the Drummonds.|
|153||"Carmella Meets the Gooch"||November 10, 1984||0711|
|Foreign exchange student Carmella faces off against Arnold, develops a crush on Willis, and helps Sam fight the Gooch.|
|154||"Arnold the Entrepreneur"||November 17, 1984||0713|
Arnold and Sam go into business selling roach spray, but Arnold's greed causes Sam to go his own way.Note: Actor Hervé Villechaize guest stars.
|155||"The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson"||November 24, 1984||0707|
|Arnold is forced to choose between his friend Robbie and a girl he likes when she accuses Robbie of being a nerd, and Arnold has to judge the matter in student court.|
|156||"The Gymnasts"||December 1, 1984||0714|
|Willis' friend, a promising athlete who was crippled in a car accident, gets a gymnasium named after him and sees a performance by the gold-medal-winning U.S. men's gymnastics team from the 1984 Summer Olympics. After seeing them perform, he becomes self-conscious about the fact that he can never walk again and decides to give up on himself.|
|157||"Tonsils"||December 8, 1984||0705|
|Sam has to have his tonsils removed but is afraid to go to the hospital. When Mr. Drummond has to undergo surgery himself, he and Sam try to face their fears together.|
|158||"Arnold's Songbird"||December 15, 1984||0712|
|Arnold has to ask Carmella for help when his plans for the school pageant fall apart.|
|159||"Baseball Blues"||January 5, 1985||0716|
Mr. Drummond tries to turn around Sam's losing baseball team; in order to do so, he has to leave Sam on the bench.Note: Baseball player Lance Parrish guest-stars.
|160||"Arnold Saves the Squirrel"||January 12, 1985||0709|
|Arnold and Sam try to keep a children's television show from getting taken off the air.|
|161||"Sam Adopts a Grandparent"||January 19, 1985||0715|
|Sam's scout troop is asked to work with a bunch of senior citizens on projects, but Sam's assigned senior citizen calls Sam a brat and refuses to help, so Sam has to put together a model airplane by himself. Failing to do so, Sam is humiliated by his troopmates and decides he hates all old people, so Mr. Drummond has a talk with the senior to get him to patch things up with Sam.|
|162||"Happy Birthday Drummond"||January 26, 1985||0718|
|Maggie and Sam surprise Mr. Drummond for his birthday by having Kimberly return from France to visit him. She brings a present of her own – the Drummond family tree, but the happiness turns to sadness when he realizes that he is the last person to carry on the Drummond name. Arnold comes up with a solution – he and Willis will have their names legally changed to "Drummond", which makes Mr. Drummond happy, but Willis has second thoughts.|
|163||"Sam's New Pal"||February 2, 1985||0717|
|Sam becomes friends with another kid in the building, but is horrified when he finds out the kid is actually a girl (Soleil Moon Frye). Mr. Drummond convinces him that being friends with a girl isn't so bad, so Sam decides to have her stay the night for a sleepover, which makes both their fathers nervous.|
|164||"Russian Embassy"||February 9, 1985||0719|
|Arnold's toy rocket crash lands at the Russian embassy and nearly causes an international incident.|
|165||"Cheers to Arnold"||February 16, 1985||0720|
|Arnold is pressured to drink by an alcoholic classmate. His parents find out and lay down the law, but when he catches his friend with some of Mr. Drummond's liquor – and is mistakenly accused of using it himself – he has to get his friend to clean himself up.|
|166||"A Camping We Will Go"||February 23, 1985||0721|
|Mr. Drummond takes Sam and Arnold camping, but is unable to compete with Sam's more-experienced dad.|
|167||"Beauty is in the Eye of Arnold"||March 2, 1985||0722|
|Arnold enjoys going out with a classmate, but his friends think she isn't good enough for him and gets him to dump her for a pretty cheerleader.|
|168||"Blue Collar Drummond"||March 9, 1985||0702|
|Mr. Drummond goes undercover at his company to find out how his employees really feel about working there.|
|169||"Street Smarts"||March 23, 1985||0723|
|Arnold is mugged on his way home from school, and is so traumatized that he begins carrying a knife with him. In order to get him to open up about the incident, Mr. Drummond arranges for a crime-prevention demonstration at his school, but the demonstration becomes too real for Arnold.|
|170||"A Special Friend"||May 4, 1985||0724|
|Arnold and Sam befriend a street performer, much to Mr. Drummond's chagrin. When they try to tell her they can't hang out with her anymore, she begins having an epileptic seizure. At first the two are scared by the incident, but later on they start to make jokes about her condition. When Pearl overhears them, she reveals that she herself is epileptic, which causes the two to patch things up with their friend.|
Season 8: 1985–86
|Series #||Title||Original air date||Prod. code|
|171||"Sam's Missing, Part 1"||September 27, 1985||0804|
A father (Royce D. Applegate) who suffers the loss of one of his sons decides to kidnap Sam to replace him.Note: This is the first episode to air on ABC; Mary Ann Mobley takes over from Dixie Carter in the role of Maggie.
|172||"Sam's Missing, Part 2"||September 27, 1985||0805|
|Sam manages to call home and tell Arnold where he is.|
|173||"Bully for Arnold"||October 4, 1985||0802|
|A tough guy (Forest Whitaker) wants Arnold to take care of his girlfriend while he is away, but the girl develops feelings for Arnold.|
|174||"Love on the Run"||October 11, 1985||0801|
|Mr. Drummond and Maggie are too busy to spend time together, which has Sam worried that their marriage may be in trouble, so he and Arnold put together a romantic evening for the two of them.|
|175||"Willis Goes to College"||October 18, 1985||0807|
|Willis has a hard time adjusting to college, so he decides to drop out. However, he changes his mind when he finds out he's not the only one having trouble adjusting.|
|176||"Arnold's Job"||October 25, 1985||0803|
|Arnold hopes to become a photojournalist and ends up getting a job at a newspaper, but he becomes disillusioned when he's asked to run errands instead of taking pictures.|
|177||"A Tale of Two Teachers"||November 8, 1985||0808|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar returns as Arnold's teacher (see Episode 104) and has Arnold take over teaching the class for one day. Arnold isn't thrilled about the assignment at first, but after reading the assigned book (A Tale of Two Cities), he gets excited about the opportunity. His classmates, however, give him a hard time.|
|178||"So You Want to Be a Rock Star"||November 15, 1985||0810|
Arnold tries to learn the saxophone to impress a girl, but is so bad that his friends try to kick him out of their group.Note: Musician Clarence Clemons guest stars.
|179||"Speak No Evil"||November 29, 1985||0809|
|Arnold and his friends find out that a racist group will be speaking on campus, so they decide to interrupt their assembly by throwing rotten food at them. When Mr. Drummond finds out, he objects to Arnold's behavior, saying the group has as much right to speak as everyone else because of the First Amendment. This leads to the rest of the family choosing sides, but soon Arnold comes around and sees things his dad's way.|
|180||"Arnold's Bad Rep"||December 6, 1985||0812|
|Arnold tells his friends that he has had sex with a girl, which leads to her deciding to have sex for real – which Arnold isn't ready for.|
|181||"It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To"||December 13, 1985||0806|
|Sam manages to get a popular children's show host for his birthday party, but is disappointed when his friends are more interested in the guest than in him.|
|182||"Arnold's Initiation"||January 10, 1986||0813|
|Arnold pulls a prank at the local burger place in order to get into a club, but his prank causes a mentally challenged worker (John Schuck) to get fired, so Arnold tries to make things right.|
|183||"Bulimia"||January 17, 1986||0811|
Arnold gets blamed when food starts disappearing from the house, but he soon discovers that Kimberly, who has developed bulimia, is the culprit.Note: This is Dana Plato's final appearance on the show.
|184||"Sam's Big Brother"||January 24, 1986||0814|
|Sam begins to hang out with Willis a lot more than with Arnold, making Arnold feel left out.|
|185||"Arnold's Tangled Web"||January 31, 1986||0815|
|Arnold enlists a hustler (Chick Venerra) to help him conceal a poor grade from Drummond, but the ruse becomes increasingly tricky to maintain.|
|186||"Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown"||February 7, 1986||0816|
|Sam gets into a fight at Hamburger Hangar with a kid who constantly picks on him. Sam later discovers the bully is a foster child and is very jealous of what Sam has.|
|187||"The Big Bribe"||February 21, 1986||0817|
Willis gets the sister of one of his old girlfriends (Robin Givens) to go out with Arnold by giving her concert tickets. When Arnold finds out he is angry at what Willis did, but it turns out the girl likes Arnold for real.Note: This is Todd Bridges' final appearance on the show.
|188||"The Photo Club"||February 28, 1986||0818|
Arnold and Lisa get stuck working together on a school assignment, and get locked in their school's darkroom. This leads to the two of them coming to an understanding about their adversarial relationship, and they both end up liking each other, but it doesn't last.Note: This is Mary Ann Mobley's final appearance on the show.
|189||"The Front Page"||March 7, 1986||0819|
Arnold finds out that several athletes at school are using anabolic steroids, so he goes undercover to expose the full story.Note: Peter DeLuise plays one of the athletes.
- DVD release info at TVShowsOnDVD.com
- This episode was originally produced for Season 3 but was postponed because of a writer's strike. "Diff'rent Strokes Episode Guide - Diff'rent Strokes Season Episodes - TV.com".