Friday, January 15, 2010

You take the good, you take the bad ...



So this happened tonight. All week I've been thinking about that episode of "The Facts of Life" -- the latter years when the girls were grown and Mrs. Garrett owned Edna's Edibles -- where the crew goes to see this guy perform.

Natalie wore a green poncho.

I've been trying to find exactly which episode this is, and failing. But man, if reading Wikipedia's episode guide for "The Facts of Life" isn't friggin' delicious. These are some weighty episodes.

A few of my favorite blurbs:

Season 3, Episode 11: Blair learns that her late grandfather, whom she idealized, was a supporter and benefactor of the Ku Klux Klan.
Season 3, Episode 18: 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.


Season 4, Episode 5: Blair thinks she's doing a good deed by tutoring a mentally retarded young man, but the naive student misinterprets her good intentions.

Season 4, Episode 18 (2): 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. However, Blair's true feelings toward Meg come to the surface when Blair gets fed up with talk of God which leads to a violent encounter with Jo.


Season 5, Episode 9: 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.

Season 6, Episode 6: After Jo shares a doughnut with a professor (Kristoffer Tabori), rumors of a budding romance spread across campus.
Season 6, Episode 9: Jo thinks about her friendship with Blair with the aid of a talking computer.

Season 7, Episode 5: The store gets into hot water with Langley officials for carrying a beefcake poster featuring the men's swimming team.
Season 7, Episode 7: The girls go to an audition to perform as backup singers for El DeBarge.

Season 7, Episode 18: On her way to accepting an award, Blair is trapped in an elevator with a concentration camp survivor (Georgia Schmidt) whose troubled past makes her rethink her values.

I smell a marathon coming.

7 comments:

Krupskaya said...

Season 4, Episode 18 (2) cracks me up knowing what Lisa Whelchel does now: writes scary religious-based books on parenting (among other things). She recommends burning your child's favorite toy if you find him playing with matches.

Whiskeymarie said...

You totally need to make that picture into a t-shirt and wear it EVERYWHERE.

Anonymous said...

i <3 the facts of life. tootie.

Christa said...

Tootie.

Futbol said...

What the pube was Gallagher doing in Duluth? Shopping for watermelons?

Christa said...

Well. "What the pube" is certainly an interesting bit of slang.

Futbol said...

a) you didn't answer my question.

b) i'm trying to get "pube" into the mainstream, but it's not working very well.

me: who the pube is aaron
jcrew: that's a gross word