The Facts of Life

Mother and Daughter

Season 5, Ep 21, Aired 2/29/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Tootie's mother comes to Eastland for a visit, and the fact that Tootie doesn't communicate with her mother becomes apparent. Her mother quickly realizes there are many things she doesn't know about her daughter and wants to have an open relationship with Tootie but will Tootie allow that?

  • 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 (8)

    • Tootie: Mom, the most important thing to me in this world is acting, but you keep putting it down. Pauline: I just don't want you to get hurt. Tootie: If being an actress means getting hurt, I'll get hurt. Pauline: I didn't know it meant that much to you. Tootie: Well it does. Pauline: Then Tootie, if you want to be in show business be an entertainment lawyer. It's just as exciting as acting and much more stable. Tootie: See Mom, you're doing it again. Pauline: What?! Tootie: You're telling me what to do! Pauline: Well I'm sorry! I can't just say 'okay' to everything you want to do. I'm your mother. I have a responsibility. If you tell me you want to jump off a building, I'm supposed to say 'Yes'? Tootie: Mom! I want to be an actress, not a... stuntwoman! Pauline: ...What?

    • Pauline: Alright, let's try to look at this thing without getting emotional. Tootie: But you don't understand Jeff. Pauline: Of course I don't! You never even mentioned him! You never mention anything! Tootie: I try but you don't listen. You're too busy talking, that's why I never even bother. Pauline: That is a lousy thing to say. Tootie: Well it's true! And I thought we didn't want to get emotional. Pauline: I am not emotional! I am mad! I wanna know why it is your friends love to talk to me, but you clam up like a, a, a clam!

    • Natalie: We had a blast. They have this statue out in front. Kelly: This big bronze guy up on a horse. Natalie: Oh, it was beautiful. We T.P.'d from his legs to his waist, and Jeff got his arms, and Tootie- Pauline: Tootie? Natalie: ...missed it all! But uh, I'll fill her in later. Mrs. G, is it okay if I sleep over Kelly's, thanks, I knew you wouldn't mind, see ya. Mrs. Garrett: Natalie! Why didn't Tootie tell us she was going with you? Natalie: Am I my roommate's keeper?

    • Tootie: Mom, please! I'm too upset to eat lobster. Natalie: You must be devastated!

    • Blair: I've gotta find something to wear to this punk costume party they're throwing at Sigma Kappa Pi tomorrow night. I need some old disgusting clothes. Jo? Jo: What?! Blair: Will you lend me something awful?

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was videotaped on December 20, 1983.

    Trivia (1)

    • Chip Hurd & Kim Fields are also mother and daughter in real life.

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