The White Shadow

Artist

Season 2, Ep 14, Aired 1/8/80
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  • Episode Description
  • Thorpe is torn between his love of art and securing a basketball scholarship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Mengatti

    Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

  • Ed Bernard

    Jim Willis (1978-1980)

  • Joan Pringle

    Sybil Buchanan

  • Ken Howard

    Ken Reeves

  • Kevin Hooks

    Morris Thorpe

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Trivia (4)

    • During the field trip to the art museum, Mrs. Bridges asks Thorpe about what professional sport artist Ernie Barnes played. It appears she is suggesting that Barnes played basketball, but Barnes actually played professional football.

    • Lots of scoreboard issues in the game footage in this one. At the start of the footage, Carver is losing 46-43 when Thorpe passes off to Jackson for a basket, hits a breakaway layup, and then passes to Coolidge for a dunk off a pick-and-roll. Next, the score is still 46-43 when Thorpe steals two inbounds passes in a row and hits layups. Then, Reeves calls time to give Thorpe a rest and the score reads Carver winning 27-19. Finally, when Coach Reeves wants to put Thorpe back in, the score is Carver losing, 36-31. And then, shortly afterwards, the team apparently won because they are shown celebrating in the locker room.

    • In the closing credits, Thorpe's mother (Hazel Medina) is listed as "Pamela Thorpe", but in the pilot episode, Thorpe says his mother's name is Wanda.

    • The Season 3 opening introductory shot of Thorpe is taken from this episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • Ernie Barnes was a professional artist famous for painting the mural seen in the closing credits of "Good Times." (The Sugar Shack) Before dedicating his life to art, Barnes played five seasons in the old American Football League with the New York Titans (now Jets), San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos from 1960-1964.

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