The Facts of Life

Big Fish/Little Fish

Season 5, Ep 18, Aired 2/8/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Blair is distraught when she discovers that Jo has taken her place in popularity on campus. This leads to an argument between the two that ends with Jo refusing Blair's help for planning a party. Meanwhile, Natalie continues to grieve over her father's death and Tootie becomes frustrated with trying to bring Natalie out of her shell.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lisa Whelchel

    Blair Warner

  • Kim Fields

    Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey

  • Mindy Cohn

    Natalie Green

  • Pamela Adlon

    Kelly Affinado (1983-1984)

  • Nancy McKeon

    Joanne "Jo" Polniaczek (1980-1988)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Blair: I'm a... I'm a ventriloquist. Tootie: Ha! You're a what? Cathy: Blair Warner, a ventriloquist? Blair: Well when I was a kid I was alone a lot, and so I'd sit in front of the mirror... my favorite place... and I'd entertain myself. Guy: Well come on. Tootie: Let's see it. Blair: Look, I haven't done this in a long time. I'm gonna need a dummy... Joooo? Jo: Noooo. Tootie: Aw, come on Jo. Blair: Come on Jo, loosen up a little? Jo: Alright, since you put it that way. (Jo goes to sit on the couch and Blair pulls her onto her lap) Blair: Now when I pull your ponytail open your mouth.

    • Jo: Look, you're not the same with other people as you are with us. Around here you're yourself. Goofy. But out there you're always "Blair Warner: Harvest Queen". You're always telling people what to wear and what to eat and how to eat it. Blair: Maybe you're right. Thanks. Jo: Ya know, another thing... You shouldn't worry what people think of ya. So they see you fall on the ice, what difference does it make? You're... human. Blair: I understand what you're saying Jo. Thank you. Jo: Ya know, another thing- Blair: There's more? Jo: Blair! Come on! We're out in the world now! Things are different. You gotta get down off your pedestal and start being yourself. Blair: I'm not sure I know how to do that. Jo: Sure you do. Just loosen up a little.

    • Blair: Jo, what's happened to me? Tell me what I'm doing wrong. Jo: Oh come on Blair, that'd take me a week!

    • Blair: You don't want to make phone calls. What you should do is mail invitations. You can use some of mine. Jo: Blair, this is not some fancy debutante ball. It's a little get-together. Blair: Well it's your first little get-together and you should do it right. Jo: Blair, it's my little get-together and I'll do it anyway I want. Blair: What does that mean? Taco chips and beer? Jo: What's wrong with that? Blair: I suppose we can also look forward to an evening of heavy metal and hearing loss. Well if you want to scream over that- Jo: Blair it's my party and I'll scream if I want to! And I'll invite who I want the way I want! Blair: Fine. Go ahead and make phone calls. I don't care. I don't care if you shout it at the top of your lungs! Jo: Great! THE PARTY IS SATURDAY NIGHT AT EIGHT O'CLOCK! Blair: I WON'T BE THERE! Jo: FINE! Blair: FINE!

    • Blair: When we were at Eastland I was a big fish and Jo was a little guppy. Now I'm a little fish and Jo is Shamu! What am I doing wrong? Natalie: Well, first of all you're babbling.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was videotaped on January 24, 1984.

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