Diff'rent Strokes

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Episode Guide

    • Beauty is in the Eye of Arnold
      Beauty is in the Eye of Arnold
      Season 7 - Episode 21
      Arnold is faced with a dilemma when his friends insist he take a cute cheerleader to the dance instead of the girl Arnold really likes who they consider an "ugly duckling."
    • First Day Blues
      First Day Blues
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Willis has the normal jitters on his first day of high school, and in his hurry to make friends, hooks up with a bad group, goes overboard to impress them, and, for his efforts could wind up in jail.
    • The Election
      The Election
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Drummond puts his convictions on the line to run for city council, and rooting him on are Arnold, Willis, Kimberly, and an "unexpected" new addition to the household. Nedra Volz plays Adelaide Brubaker, the small but sassy housekeeper who helps Drummond mobilize the family for a "win."
    • Arnold and Lisa's Mother
      Arnold and Lisa's Mother
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      Arnold thinks the school science fair is the perfect opportunity to sabotage the project of his least favorite female classmate, but with a closer look he wonders if her aggravating behavior is really a cry for help.
    • Big Business
      Big Business
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Willis and Arnold scheme to make extra "dough" by selling brownies, only to discover they can't stand the heat of big business and may soon have to get out of the kitchen.
    • Jilted
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      When Willis takes his steady girl friend for granted, his selfishness sends her out with another guy -- who won't ignore her, but there may be hope for happiness if a self-appointed Cupid succeeds in his plan.
    • The Goat
      The Goat
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Arnold's first day at junior high is emotionally devastating when he's shunned for not measuring up to the expectations that everyone had for Willis Jackson's brother, but Arnold devises a risky scheme that he feels certain will elevate his prestige.
    • Arnold's Tangled Web
      Arnold's Tangled Web
      Season 8 - Episode 15
      To prevent Philip from seeing his "F" in geometry, Arnold arranges to have Philip's signature forged on his report card and to bring home a phony report card. But the scheme backfires when Philip insists on enrolling him in an honors program and speaking to his guidance counselor after seeing and believing his phony good grades.moreless
    • Birds And Bees
      Birds And Bees
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Willis' fishy version of the facts of life leaves Arnold with misconceptions and Mr. Drummond on tender hooks. Arnold repeats his "knowledge" to a neighbor's daughter, but the girl's mother is not amused.
    • The Rivals
      The Rivals
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Arnold and Willis' relationship is threatened when a fickle female classmate, the object of Arnold's affection, turns her attention toward Willis. Arnold's first love is also his first lesson in jealously as he competes with Willis for the same girl.
    • The Houseguest
      The Houseguest
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      Willis and Charlene's budding young love begins to wilt when she moves in as a temporary houseguest at the Drummond's. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson's younger sister, returns in her role as Willis' girl friend Charlene.
    • Short But Sweet
      Short But Sweet
      Season 4 - Episode 25
      Arnold feels shortchanged, he's growing older but he's not getting any taller and he's convinced that's the reason why he doesn't have a girl friend.
    • Undercover Lover
      Undercover Lover
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      Willis becomes the middleman in a police effort to halt use and trafficking of drugs at his high school.
    • Arnold Faces Fatality (a.k.a.) The Will (a.k.a.) Drummond's Will
      Arnold fears that his loved ones are checking out of his life when he stumbles upon Drummond's will and then uncovers the fact that his goldfish has given up the ghost.
    • Growing Up
      Growing Up
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      His friends' stories of their sexual exploits convince Willis it's time he "became a man"--now he must convince his steady girl friend Charlene.
    • The Car
      The Car
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      When his girl friend plans on taking a drive with someone else, a "carless" Willis -- refusing to be outdone -- gets an idea for a real joy ride neither of them will forget.
    • Father and Son Day
      Father and Son Day
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Willis' cut-throat competitiveness with another boy at his gym leads him to a decision that he will very much regret, especially after it hurts Mr. Drummond and gives Arnold the right to say "I told you so." Baseball great Reggie Jackson makes his acting debut playing a key, but unsuspecting role in Willis' questionable scheme.moreless
    • Little Mother
      Little Mother
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Kimberly's efforts to help a pregnant girl friend, have Willis and Arnold convinced the Kimberly's the one expecting.
    • The Ski Week-End
      The Ski Week-End
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Kimberly must face the biggest decision of her life -- whether to spend a ski weekend with a popular boy or turn down the opportunity to get away on her own and remain, in her mind, daddy's "little girl."
    • Coming of Age
      Coming of Age
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      Kimberly's 18th birthday present from daddy -- a trust fund -- will make her a wealthy woman, but her free-spirited dreams of independence could be cut short when Drummond discovers just how she intends to spend her "fortune."
    • Small Claims Court
      Small Claims Court
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Arnold has his day in court when an unfortunate "train" of events puts him at odds with a less than understanding merchant.
    • First Love
      First Love
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Drummond orders Willis to spend more time with his studies and less time with his "first love," but Willis and Arnold concoct a plan they're sure will fulfill the wishes of both father and son.
    • Bully for Arnold
      Bully for Arnold
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Guarding the school bully's girlfriend, Ramona, seems like a simple task to Arnold, until his natural Jackson "charm" creates some problems, Ramona falls head over heels for him and Herman, the bully, wants to rearrange his face.
    • The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson
      The Honorable Arnold J. Jackson
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      When Arnold is appointed judge of the school court, he is suddenly faced with jeopardizing a longtime friendship or losing a date with the school heartthrob--everyone has their day in court.
    • Teacher's Pet
      Teacher's Pet
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      Parent-teacher night leads Mr. Drummond to a romance with Arnold's teacher and poor Arnold to the jealousy of his classmates. Arnold tries every trick in the book to win back his classmates, including one which may have him expelled.
    • B.M.O.C.
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      Willis' obsession with joining an "exclusive" high school club rocks the Drummond household and leaves several victims in its wake, including a shaken Arnold who takes his brother's "insensitive" actions to heart.
    • Romeo and Juliet
      Romeo and Juliet
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      Arnold's Romeo is steeped in more turmoil than Shakespeare ever intended when he's tricked by his "best friends" into playing opposite arch-nemesis Lisa's Juliet.
    • The Peacemaker
      The Peacemaker
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Willis' personal safety is in jeopardy when his noble attempt to mediate a feud between rival gangs backfires, forcing him to take a drastic step to ensure his protection -- purchasing a handgun.
    • The Older Man
      The Older Man
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      Through Blair's makeup artistry, 15-year-old Kimberly discovers she can pass for 20, but when she accepts a date with a 25-year-old and the passes start flying, she finds there may be more to being older than looking it.
    • Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade
      Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Arnold is determined to defeat brother Willis at his own game and dethrone him as local video game champ, but in doing so Arnold's passion becomes a destructive "addiction" that could have serious consequences.
    • The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls
      Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.
    • Independent Woman
      Independent Woman
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      A new job and a handsome new boss add up to trouble for an innocent Kimberly when her new employer starts displaying a more than casual interest in her -- hoping that his "special attention" will help land him a position within Drummond's prestigious company.
    • The Boyfriend
      The Boyfriend
      Season 6 - Episode 24
      Blinded by love, Kimberly takes an enormous and deceptive risk when she talks her father into allowing her to move into an apartment, allegedly with her girl friend.
    • Fire
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      A fire traps Drummond and his family in their penthouse and has him "working" overtime trying to protect them without letting on that there's anything wrong.
    • No Time for Arnold
      No Time for Arnold
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      A lonely Arnold comes up with a method of gaining his family's attention. Unfortunately his plan works a little too well; he ends up with everyone's attention, including the family doctor.
    • The Older Woman
      The Older Woman
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      A false I.D. and a false bravado create real problems for Willis and a beautiful "older" woman when an evening on the town doesn't go quite as he had planned.
    • Prep School
      Prep School
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      When Mr. Drummond tries to get Arnold and Willis into an exclusive prep school, it turns out to be just a little too exclusive for everyone's tastes.
    • Room for One More
      Room for One More
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      Dudley, fearing his foster father's lost job means he's headed back to the orphanage, cons Arnold into getting Drummond to consider adopting him into their family.
    • Getting Involved
      Getting Involved
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      When Arnold is witness to a hold up, the robber tries to ensure that the youngster will not identify him.
    • Where There's Hope
      Where There's Hope
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      Arnold's tenth birthday party means a lot to him, but for some reason it means a whole lot more to the one person he's determined won't be invited -- a pesky young lady who always tries just too hard to be friends.
    • Harry Birthday Drummond
      Harry Birthday Drummond
      Season 7 - Episode 16
      Kimberly returns home from school in Paris to surprise Drummond on his birthday prompting Arnold and Willis to try and match her special gift, they decide to change their name to Drummond, until Willis suddenly has second thoughts.
    • Assert Yourself
      Assert Yourself
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      Arnold turns a pal into an opponent when he resigns as Dudley's campaign manager and declares his own candidacy for class president.
    • The Model
      The Model
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Kimberly hopes a summer job will make her more independent, but when it becomes an undreamed chance at international modeling, it may be more independence than her father will agree to.
    • The Social Worker
      The Social Worker
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; a social worker tells Drummond that "black children belong with black families." Arnold overhears Drummond telling Mrs. Garrett and mistakenly believes that it's Drummond's opinion.
    • Football Father
      Football Father
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      After Arnold fails to measure up to the demands of the basketball, baseball and volleyball teams, Drummond convinces the boy to try football on for size and then pays the coach a clandestine visit to ensure Arnold a place on the team.
    • The Big Heist
      The Big Heist
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Arnold is elated when he's accepted into an "elite" club at school, but his membership could lead to consequences far beyond his wildest dreams when he learns he must commit a crime as part of his secret initiation.
    • Hot Watch
      Hot Watch
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Discovered in the wrong place at the wrong time, Willis and Arnold become prime suspects when their neighbor's apartment is robbed and they're caught with one of the stolen items. Mr. Drummond is convinced of his sons' innocence even though Willis' fingerprints are all over the place.
    • Cyrano De Jackson
      Cyrano De Jackson
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Arnold's on the outs with his best friend Dudley after he innocently offers to help his bashful buddy win the heart of a young lady -- who falls for Arnold instead.
    • Dreams
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      A cancelled fishing trip leaves Arnold having a series of bad dreams that the entire family loses sleep over, until a psychiatrist's examination reveals what really is causing his nighttime terror.
    • In the Swim
      In the Swim
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Willis is completely supportive of Kimberly's transfer into his public school, until his sister's "innocent" actions begin getting him into hot water.
    • The Tutor
      The Tutor
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who does practically everything but teach.
    • Sam's New Pal
      Sam's New Pal
      Season 7 - Episode 17
      Sam is taken aback when he realizes his new "buddy" is a girl, but Mr. Drummond is even more dumbfounded when the kids want to have a sleepover.
    • Big Brother
      Big Brother
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Arnold's got a "can't lose" plan for curing a new classmate's loneliness -- sharing big brother Willis -- but his kind intentions leave Arnold feeling like the lonely, only child.
    • The Music Man
      The Music Man
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      Willis sets what he's sure is a "cinch" audition for girl friend Charlene to sing with his musical group, but his "big plans" hit a sour not when Arnold's intervention threatens to destroy both Charlene's chances with the group and her relationship with Willis.
    • Willis' Birthday
      Willis' Birthday
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      Willis is hurt when he thinks his family has forgotten his upcoming birthday. After dropping several unsubtle hints he discovers that not only has everyone remembered, but also his fondest wish has been granted -- a birthday party in his old Harlem neighborhood.
    • Substitute Teacher
      Substitute Teacher
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Arnold and his buddies fabricate a "little white lie" in an attempt to get rid of an overly-conscientious substitute teacher, but their tall tale could result in more than just removing the teacher from the classroom -- it could destroy his entire career.
    • Parents Have Rights, Too
      Parents Have Rights, Too
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      Drummond's plans for a quiet and private weekend "alone" don't quite work out as he had intended, when a storm sends Arnold, Willis and Kimberly home from a camping trip early -- catching him off guard in a compromising situation.
    • The Fight
      The Fight
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Willis puts Arnold in training to fight the local bully, but Mr. Drummond insists more civilized solutions be employed.
    • Push Comes to Shove
      Push Comes to Shove
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      Arnold's unexpected confrontation with the new building manager's son leads to a chilling series of events that could get the entire Drummond family evicted.
    • Roommates
      Season 5 - Episode 21
      The household turns upside down when Philip becomes Arnold's roommate for a week while Willis uses Philip's bedroom for privacy in order to study for a college entrance exam.
    • The New Landlord
      The New Landlord
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      The kids devise a scheme hoping to make Arnold convince the new landlord to let the family keep the penthouse.
    • The Big Bribe
      The Big Bribe
      Season 8 - Episode 17
      A date with a gorgeous girl has Arnold walking on a cloud, until he learns she was bribed by Willis to go out with him.
    • The Executives
      The Executives
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      Willis learns that even a little power in the wrong hands can be dangerous when he oversteps the bounds of his authority in his after-school job at his father's office.
    • Arnold's Strike
      Arnold's Strike
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      Arnold risks expulsion from school when he leads a strike against some new rules he feels are "unfair."
    • The Bus
      The Bus
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      Arnold's excitement at being one of a small group of students in an exchange program with an all-white school is turned to fear by a threatening phone call from a zealous busing opponent.
    • The Spanking
      The Spanking
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Arnold ignores warnings and continues to drop water balloons from the balcony. Mr. Drummond's decision to punish Arnold for the prank with a spanking becomes a learning lesson for Willis too, when he insists that he be the one to spank Arnold -- but where's Arnold?
    • The Trial
      The Trial
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      When Arnold is in trouble for putting his goldfish in Mr. Drummond's hot tub, Willis insists that it is wrong to convict him without a trial. The whole family, with Mrs. Garrett as judge, comes up with an important verdict.
    • Double Date (a.k.a.) Blind Date
      Double Date (a.k.a.) Blind Date
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Arnold's big plans for his first real "date" are quickly deflated when parental-imposed restrictions threaten to ruin his encounter before it ever gets off the ground.
    • Arnold's Songbird
      Arnold's Songbird
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      In order to be elected the entertainment chairman for a school charity fundraiser, Arnold promises to get a celebrity but when it's time to deliver, he's forced to look to his nemesis Carmella for help, hoping she can save the day.
    • Where There's Smoke
      Where There's Smoke
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      Arnold and Dudley succumb to peer pressure and ignore warnings against cigarette smoking, only to have the harsh realities brought to light by Dudley's father, a chronic smoker.
    • Goodbye Dolly
      Goodbye Dolly
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      When Arnold loses his favorite doll, he makes sure that his misery is shared equally by the various members of his household, who soon try everything to get it back.
    • Crime Story (Part 1) (a.k.a.) Crime in the Schools
      Arnold and his friend Dudley are scared to death by two teenage bullies who pose the intimidating demand "your lunch money or your life."
    • Santa's Helper
      Santa's Helper
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      Arnold falls innocent victim to a beguiling street-corner Santa who has an ulterior financial motive for hiring him as a holiday "helper."
    • Green Hair
      Green Hair
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      An adamant Drummond ignores sister Sophia's pleas to get involved in a group effort to combat air pollution, until Kimberly becomes victimized by the unnatural phenomenon.
    • Willis Goes to College
      Willis Goes to College
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      Willis takes a big step when he leave home for college, but fears his initiation to dorm life is only one of the freshman experiences he may not be ready to handle.
    • Crime Story (Part 2) (a.k.a.) Crime in the Schools
      Arnold doesn't know when to leave well enough alone after Willis comes to his rescue, he gets himself involved in an "undercover" scheme to capture the "punks" at school who have been harassing him.
    • Sam Adopts a Grandparent
      Sam Adopts a Grandparent
      Season 7 - Episode 15
      The Drummonds are concerned when the normally lovable Sam battles with a cynical senior who rejects the Cub Scout's "Adopt A Grandparent" program, leaving Sam with a tainted view of older people.
    • Willis' Privacy
      Willis' Privacy
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      To get rid of his pesky little brother, Willis divides the bedroom in half and spends more time at his friend's house.
    • The Loan
      The Loan
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Arnold learns the true value of a dollar when Drummond turns down his request to lend $4,000 to the apartment building doorman anxious to take part in an attractive business deal.
    • The Accident (1)
      The Accident (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      The festive family celebration of Drummond's 50th birthday suddenly becomes a disaster after a drunk driver puts Drummond in the hospital, unconscious, his life hanging in the balance, in the first episode of a special two-part story.
    • The Bank Job (1)
      The Bank Job (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Willis accompanies Arnold as he sets out to withdraw some money from his bank account to pay for his first "real" date, but two bank robbers force a change of plans when they attempt their own, very large withdrawal, in the first episode of a special two-part story.
    • The Woman
      The Woman
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Mr. Drummond's intention to marry an attractive widow doesn't meet with his children's approval, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly devise a scheme they hope will turn his "romantic" proposal into a disaster.
    • The Bank Job (2)
      The Bank Job (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Drummond offers himself and his company airplane as hostages to protect Arnold and Willis, but his sons' future hangs in the balance when the robbers announce their own very different choice of hostages, in the conclusion of a special two-part story.
    • Return of the Gooch
      Return of the Gooch
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      The "Gooch" is back and this time he's terrorizing Arnold, but Arnold plans to be ready when the bully strikes. In building Arnold's confidence, Willis convinces him that his martial arts lesson has given him a "killer" foot.
    • The Squealer
      The Squealer
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      Willis seeks comradeship as a member of the Tarantulas, a street gang, but finds only deceit as he gets caught in a web of misplaced loyalties. Willis allows himself to be arrested rather than "squeal" on his fellow-gang members by telling the truth.
    • The Athlete
      The Athlete
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      The coach of the city's top high school baseball team is after Willis and is prepared to do anything to make it possible for Willis to attend his school.
    • The Accident (2)
      The Accident (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      When Drummond finally comes to, he is suffering from amnesia and unless he can regain his memory, he may lose not only his business, but also custody of Arnold, Willis and Kimberly.
    • The Job (a.k.a.) Willis' Job
      The Job (a.k.a.) Willis' Job
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      In order to earn the money to buy disco skates, and to prove a point to Mr. Drummond, Willis gets a job...but is fired on his first working day.
    • The Club Meeting
      The Club Meeting
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Willis invites his neighborhood club from Harlem to visit, but things get out of hand when he tries to impress them with his new wealth.
    • Kathy
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      Arnold and his friend Kathy face big challenges in their lives and each holds the key to overcoming the other's obstacles, but when Arnold takes the first step forward, their entire relationship takes a big step backwards.
    • A Growing Problem
      A Growing Problem
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      At 16, Willis thinks he's man enough and old enough to "top" a few drinks with the guys, but Drummond's objections send Willis storming out of the house intent on proving his father wrong.
    • Mrs. Garrett's Crisis
      Mrs. Garrett's Crisis
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      When Mrs. Garrett decides her life as a housekeeper is unfulfilling, she ends up being a guest in the Drummond home, and then makes an important decision concerning the future.
    • Roots
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      Willis and Arnold turn the Drummond household upside down as they try to prove to their old Harlem neighbors -- and themselves -- that they haven't lost tough with their cultural roots.
    • The Relative
      The Relative
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      LaWanda Page guest stars as a cousin of Willis and Arnold who, after seeing the boys in their comfortable new surroundings, knows she should stay closer to her long-lost little relatives.
    • Movin' In
      Movin' In
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Multi-millionaire Phillip Drummond, who has agreed to the death-bed wish of his housekeeper to raise her two small sons as his own, welcomes 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis into his lavish penthouse. Anxious to make them feel at home, he showers them with gifts and love -- and is puzzled when he learns that the boys are planning to sneak from the lap of luxury back to Harlem. Aiding Drummond in his effort to make the street-wise, ghetto youngsters feel welcome in the affluent white world are Drummond's new housekeeper Mrs. Garrett and his 13-year-old daughter Kimberly.moreless
    • Arnold's Job
      Arnold's Job
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      Arnold's dream of becoming an "overnight" success as a photo-journalist run headlong into reality when he gets his first job on a local newspaper.
    • The Cricket
      The Cricket
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      To try to curb Arnold's run of bad luck, Drummond gives him a pet cricket, but the Japanese "good luck charm" brings nothing but sleepless nights and dreams of "pesticide" to the rest of the household.
    • A Case of Overexposure (a.k.a.) Overexposure
      Arnold must face the bare facts -- his chances of winning a prestigious school election seem desperately slim, thanks to an "overexposed" candid campaign photo taken by sister Kimberly.
    • Hello, Daddy
      Hello, Daddy
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Does Drummond have a third son? There's a young man at the door who claims he does and that he is.
    • The Bicycle Man (1)
      The Bicycle Man (1)
      Season 5 - Episode 16

      Unaware that he's being lured into the carefully crafted trap of a child molester, Arnold eagerly agrees to perform a simple task in return for an overly generous reward from a "friendly" neighborhood merchant.

    • The Front Page
      The Front Page
      Season 8 - Episode 19
      Arnold's feature story about his high school football team threatens to turn into a controversial expose for the school newspaper when he witnesses team members buying steroids.
    • Lifesavers
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      A quick-thinking, fast-acting Willis saves Arnold from a near-fatal accident and in doing so unleashes an adoring monster who dedicates his life to repaying his "hero."
    • The Magician (a.k.a.) It's Magic
      The Magician (a.k.a.) It's Magic
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      Arnold's "famous" magic disappearing act, designed to impress a magazine reporter and special guest star Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, leaves him dangerously high and dry, with no place to go but down -- about 30 stories.
    • Substitute Mother
      Substitute Mother
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Arnold falls head-over-heels for a temporary housekeeper and embarks on a romantic scheme he hopes will make her a permanent member of the Drummond household.
    • Tonsils
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      Drummond is a tower of strength for Sam as he prepares to have his tonsils removed, but what will happen when Drummond finds out he is to be Sam's roommate while having some "minor" knee surgery.
    • The Bicycle Man (2)
      The Bicycle Man (2)
      Season 5 - Episode 17

      Arnold and Dudley's "friendship" with a local merchant reaches a dangerous turning point when, unbeknownst to the boys, the man, who is actually a child molester, is about to make his move.

    • Love on the Run
      Love on the Run
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      Sam and Arnold fear that the time their parents are spending apart is a symptom of an ailing marriage and the boys attempt to give them a dose of romance, hoping it will be the cure that will keep them from divorce.
    • The Team
      The Team
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      A happy household is torn by the repercussions of meeting racial quotas -- Drummond faces a lawsuit when he hires a black man from outside his company for a prized executive position and Willis seeks justice when told his color is the only thing preventing him from making the school's predominantly black basketball team.moreless
    • Rashomon II
      Rashomon II
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      Drummond, Willis and Arnold bravely subdue a burglar who had been holding the family at gunpoint, but the arresting officer is befuddled when the three "crime fighters" relate differing versions of the apprehension.
    • Arnold Saves the Squirrel
      Arnold Saves the Squirrel
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      When Sam visits a taping of "The Sandy Squirrel Show" he is overcome by the news his favorite television idol is about to be cancelled, but it's big brother Arnold to the rescue as he rallies the Boy Scouts of Manhattan to demand the Squirrel be given a reprieve.
    • Arnold's Bad Rep
      Arnold's Bad Rep
      Season 8 - Episode 10
      Arnold succumbs to peer pressure and boasts he went "all the way" with his girlfriend, but his lie puts him in a more awkward position once the girl finds out about his claim to fame.
    • Carmella Meets the Gooch
      Carmella Meets the Gooch
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      "The Gooch" returns to taunt Arnold and take on a new target--Sam, only to face his first challenge in the Drummond's new neighbor, an Italian foreign exchange student.
    • Drummond's Fair Lady
      Drummond's Fair Lady
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      Drummond runs into some stiff competition to the candidate he's chosen to head a new division of his company -- his board members think the attractive young executive's sex disqualifies her -- and his family thinks he's being used.
    • Mother's Last Visit
      Mother's Last Visit
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Mr. Drummond's socialite and rather snobbish mother arrives and finds there's a lot she doesn't like about her son's new sons, but she soon learns a valuable lesson about what's really important in a person.
    • Memories
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      A long lost trunk returned to the boys contains a tape recording of their deceased mother which brings to the surface a previously unrecognized problem that triggers uncharacteristic behavior from a usually happy-go-lucky Arnold.
    • The Bar Mitzvah Boy
      The Bar Mitzvah Boy
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      In a quest for religion started by Maggie and his father, Arnold thinks he has found it after attending an impressive bar mitzvah where his friend "Becomes a man" at age 13.
    • Have I Got a Girl for You
      Have I Got a Girl for You
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      Aunt Sophia's matchmaking unites an unsuspecting Drummond with her "working-class" hairdresser, but a slip of Arnold's tongue ignites charges that Drummond is a snob, turning a "budding romance" into a roaring feud.
    • Mrs. Z
      Mrs. Z
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      Drummond's provided with police protection of a most unusual kind after his charitable philanthropy leads to a $1,000,000 extortion threat against him.
    • Speak No Evil
      Speak No Evil
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      Father and son are feuding over First Amendment rights when an outraged Arnold objects to a white supremacy organization speaking at his high school and a discerning Drummond can't support Arnold's fury on the basis of the American right to free speech.
    • The Squatter
      The Squatter
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      Drummond learns the hard way that converting apartments into condominiums can mean hurting lots of innocent people when he becomes the unsuspecting "victim" of an eccentric tenant he's displacing.
    • Stress? What Stress?
      Stress? What Stress?
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      Stress is diagnosed as the cause of hard-working Drummond's frequent attacks of pain, but suddenly young, healthy and "normal" Willis learns that he, too, is a prime candidate for the same debilitating "attacks."
    • Street Smarts
      Street Smarts
      Season 7 - Episode 23
      Although Arnold boasts he held his own in a mugging, Drummond fears the incident goes deeper than Arnold will admit and becomes concerned when he finds Arnold has sought a dangerous method of protection.
    • Health Club
      Health Club
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Arnold and Willis face a puzzling dilemma -- how to tell Drummond that the award he worked so hard for comes from a health club with a "restricted membership."
    • Friendly-Mate
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Mr. Drummond is in "double-trouble" when Willis and Arnold decide to get him a date. Feeling a little lonely, Drummond tells the kids what he needs is a little companionship, so they decide to call a computer dating service.
    • Arnold's Hero (a.k.a.) The Hero
      Arnold's Hero (a.k.a.) The Hero
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Arnold's wildest dream is realized when he comes face-to-knee with "The Champ" -- special guest star Muhammad Ali. When the meeting arranged by Mr. Drummond between Arnold and his idol, Muhammad Ali, falls through, Kimberly and Willis concoct a wild scheme to ensure that Arnold's dream will come true.
    • The Moonlighter
      The Moonlighter
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      Arnold is disappointed to discover that his favorite teacher moonlights as a cocktail waitress, but he's stunned when he learns why she has to work the second job.
    • Drummond's Lady
      Drummond's Lady
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      Arnold unwittingly solves his father's dilemma -- trying to make romance and finance go hand-in-hand -- when Drummond finds himself falling for an attractive local television aerobics instructor that his company is attempting to turn into an international success. Veteran Broadway and television actress Dixie Carter is introduced in the role of fitness instructor Maggie McKinney.moreless
    • My Fair Larry (a.k.a.) My Fair Lady
      School "thug" Larry coerces Willis into teaching him how to "make it" with girls, but things go from bad to worse when Larry's first target is Willis' sister Kimberly.
    • A Haunting We Will Go
      A Haunting We Will Go
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      When Arnold and Sam creep through the crevices of the neighborhood's haunted house they find the ghost boasts a bounty of surprises--the biggest being a love for people and contempt for war.
    • The Lie
      The Lie
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Willis' seemingly harmless disregard for the truth turns dangerous when a self-serving lie about knowing CPR jeopardizes Arnold's life.
    • Bed-Wetting
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      The Drummond household is faced with Sam's bed-wetting problem trying everything from scolding to fawning, only to have Sam become more frustrated and hurt.
    • Cheers to Arnold
      Cheers to Arnold
      Season 7 - Episode 19
      Arnold's attempt to stop a friend from drinking backfires as he's left standing in the boy's bathroom holding a bottle of booze when the teacher walks in.
    • Skin Deep or True Blue (a.k.a.) Guess Who?
      Kimberly's new beau, Roger, suggests pairing his sister with Willis for a double-date, until he finds out the color of his true love's brother. When Kimberly discovers her new friend is a bigot, her face burns red and then a far darker shade.
    • Count Your Blessings
      Count Your Blessings
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Arnold tries a regimen of stretching exercises and a change of diet to speed his growth, but Drummond finds he must go to a very special source to get the boy to accept that he will never be tall.
    • Arnold's Girlfriend (Ep# 0203)
      Arnold's Girlfriend (Ep# 0203)
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Arnold's life is endangered when the kids find out they can't share a room in the hospital and run away on the eve of Arnold's surgery.
    • Baseball Blues
      Baseball Blues
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      Sam persuades a reluctant Mr. Drummond to become the coach of his bad news baseball team and then regrets it after he winds up on the bench.
    • The Gymnasts
      The Gymnasts
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      Drummond's surprise meant to encourage an Olympic hopeful felled by a tragic accident backfires when the young man instead becomes embittered at meeting the 1984 Men's Olympic Gold Medal-winning Gymnastics Team until Willis and Sam take on the challenge of setting things right.
    • Family on Ice
      Family on Ice
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      Kimberly is overjoyed when Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill sees great promise in her as a competitive figure skater, but she's even more astounded when Drummond agrees to let her leave the New York "nest" to train full time with the award-winning skater -- in Los Angeles.
    • Valentine's Day Retrospective (a.k.a.) Valentine's Vigil
      Arnold and Willis are trapped in the basement and while they await rescue they reminisce about their recent past...both the good times and the bad. Arnold insists he must wear his Superman outfit to the family's Valentine's Day trip to the circus; the resultant search leads to the basement and a locked door. This show highlights some of the best moments from the past episodes.moreless
    • Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown
      Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown
      Season 8 - Episode 16
      Sam's contempt for a classmate who incessantly insults and badgers him is pacified when he learns that the boy is an orphan who's jealous of Sam's "perfect" family life.
    • Sam's Missing (2)
      Sam's Missing (2)
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      The Drummonds, desperate to get Sam back, distribute fliers and go on the news to advertise his disappearance; Maggie unravels emotionally; Philip offers a $50,000 reward, which a con artist attempts to claim. Elsewhere, Don Brown increasingly becomes a stranger to his own wife and son, trying to prevent them from learning that Sam was not found but stolen. Finally, Sam rescues a newspaper ad from Don, and risks everything to tell the Drummonds where he is.moreless
    • Sam's Missing (1)
      Sam's Missing (1)
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      A family whose little boy died, forces the father to kidnap Sam, who is shopping for some snacks in a grocery store. After the kidnapping, the man threatens to kill Sam's parents if he attempts in any way to escape.
    • The Photo Club
      The Photo Club
      Season 8 - Episode 18
      Arnold is disgruntled over being partnered with archenemy Lisa in photography class but his frustration soars when the two are accidentally locked together in the basement darkroom.
    • The Dog Story (a.k.a.) A Dog Story
      The Dog Story (a.k.a.) A Dog Story
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      Arnold saves a dog's life, is bitten and then the dog is needed to save Arnold. The Drummond household members frantically search for the ungrateful canine, while Arnold faces a series of rabies shots or death.
    • The Reporter
      The Reporter
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      Determined to prove he didn't fabricate a story about drug abuse in his grade school just to win a journalism contest, Arnold takes his article to the New York City newspaper sponsoring the competition, and when they run his story on the front page, Arnold receives some unexpected more support from First Lady Nancy Reagan.moreless
    • Burial Ground
      Burial Ground
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Arnold and Willis go on a hunger strike to save a historic landmark when they learn construction by Drummond's company may destroy what could be an ancient Indian burial ground.
    • Junk Food Junkie (a.k.a.) Junk Food
      Arnold's poor dental checkup and a visit by Drummond's health-conscious sister, Sophia, launches Drummond on a campaign to have "junk" food machines banned from Arnold's school, even though Arnold's drive for his class presidency may depend on keeping the machines in place.
    • A Tale of Two Teachers
      A Tale of Two Teachers
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guest stars as a high school English teacher who gives Arnold a "classic" punishment for "goofing off" in class and the freshman quickly learns his lesson when his penance is teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" to his rowdy classmates.
    • On Your Toes
      On Your Toes
      Season 4 - Episode 26
      A famed choreographer encourages Arnold to learn ballet, but his youthful dancing days could be numbered when Willis' taunting remarks convince Arnold to drop out of an upcoming recital.
    • Retrospective (1)
      Retrospective (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Mr. Drummond and family gather around their Christmas tree and recall the many humorous incidents that the family has shared since Arnold and Willis moved in. This special one-hour episode features highlights from previous shows.
    • Arnold's Girlfriend (1)
      Arnold's Girlfriend (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Arnold has appendicitis and Drummond has to deal with the bigotry of Fred Tanner, a potential housing project investor whose daughter is the key to getting Arnold to sit still for the operation.
    • The Slumber Party
      The Slumber Party
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      Leaving Willis in charge of the house for Kimberly's slumber party is a mistake Mr. Drummond soon regrets as the ensuing chaos disrupts his own date with a lovely lady. The Facts of Life stars Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Julie Anne Haddock, and Molly Ringwald guest star.
    • Retrospective (2)
      Retrospective (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Mr. Drummond and family gather around their Christmas tree and recall the many humorous incidents that the family has shared since Arnold and Willis moved in. This special one-hour episode features highlights from previous shows.
    • Bulimia
      Season 8 - Episode 13
      Arnold suspects that Kimberly has an eating disorder when his slender sister is secretly gorging herself, but not gaining any weight. Arnold seeks Drummond's help in confronting Kimberly with her problem and the family comes together to help her fight the eating disorder, bulimia.
    • The Hitchhikers (1) (a.k.a.) Hitchhiking (1)
      Kimberly and Arnold break a long-standing family rule and face death when, on their return from a shopping trip, they find themselves short of cash and decide to hitch a ride home rather than call home for assistance.
    • The Hitchhikers (2) (a.k.a.) Hitchhiking (2)
      Hitchhiking leads to kidnapping for Arnold and Kimberly, but Arnold escapes and he is so disoriented he is unable to remember the location of the kidnapper's apartment so that the police can rescue Kimberly who's still being held captive.
    • The Wedding (1)
      The Wedding (1)
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      Maggie's reaction to a proposed pre-nuptial agreement threatens to hamper Phillip's happiness -- but could eliminate Arnold's fear about "inheriting" a strict new mother and a pesky little brother.
    • The Wedding (2)
      The Wedding (2)
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      Their family and friends assembled, Phillip and Maggie meet at the altar, only to realize each has made a major mistake, in the concluding part of a special two-part story. Charlotte Rae, Dody Goodman, Janet Jackson and Nedra Volz, each of who had appeared in recurring roles on "Diff'rent Strokes," return as their original characters for the Drummond nuptials.moreless
    • Hooray for Hollywood (2)
      Hooray for Hollywood (2)
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      Arnold's joy over being saved from an explosion by "Knight Rider's" David Hasselhoff quickly turns to dismay when he learns his father is getting married and a little brother comes along with the package.
    • Almost American
      Almost American
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      Arnold's dejection at being grounded for a "D" on a history test turns to inspiration after an immigrant studying for naturalization introduces him to another perspective on America.
    • Hall Monitor
      Hall Monitor
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      Arnold's good intentions backfire when his efforts to help his handicapped friend Kathy adjust to life in public school cost him the esteem of his classmates and the friendship of pals Dudley and Robbie.
    • Hooray for Hollywood (1)
      Hooray for Hollywood (1)
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      Upset over Maggie breaking off their relationship, Drummond chases her to Hollywood to win back her heart, but while he woos Maggie, Arnold and Dudley sneak away from a studio tour to find the star of Knight Rider and wind up in a life threatening situation.
    • The Honeymoon's Over
      The Honeymoon's Over
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      Arnold and Pearl fall into a depression when Maggie and Phillip return from their honeymoon with a temporary eviction notice for Pearl, and orders for Arnold to babysit for his "tag-along" little brother Sam instead of going to a party.
    • Drafted
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      When 13-year-old Arnold is notified to register for the draft, Drummond's over reaction to the obvious error turns Arnold's dreams into nightmares.
    • Sam's Big Brother
      Sam's Big Brother
      Season 8 - Episode 14
      Arnold's preoccupation with girls and school leaves younger brother Sam alone and bored until Willis steps in, takes over as "big bro" and causes a row when Arnold decides to fight back for the title.
    • It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To
      Drummond has "ensured" that Sam will have an unforgettable birthday party by arranging for a local television personality to be the main attraction, until the swash-buckling "Captain Jack" steals the show and the birthday boy jumps ship.
    • Mrs. Garrett's Romance
      Mrs. Garrett's Romance
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      The Drummond household's curiosity over Mrs. Garrett's new beau turns first to surprise and then to alarm. Mrs. Garrett is in a dither over her first date with Leon, especially when it is followed by a very important question.
    • Arnold the Entrepreneur
      Arnold the Entrepreneur
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      Entrepreneur Arnold reluctantly allows Sam to be a part of his new scheme, when Sam realizes only Arnold will reap the profits, he breaks up the partnership and becomes the competition.
    • The Senior Class Queen
      The Senior Class Queen
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      When Kimberly starts a campaign to open the school's Lettermen's Club to female membership, an embarrassed Willis retaliates with chauvinistic aplomb by becoming the first male contestant in the Senior Class Beauty Pageant.
    • The Ancestor
      The Ancestor
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      Drummond and his sister Sophia inherit a prime piece of land in Harlem from a long lost ancestor, but their plan to dedicate it to a cultural center in his name could spell disaster if the truth of their ancestor's life gets out.
    • A Special Friend
      A Special Friend
      Season 7 - Episode 24
      Arnold and Sam's new friendship with a street performer gets mired in fear and confusion when they discover she has epilepsy.
    • Poor Drummond
      Poor Drummond
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      A crucially important business deal keeps Mr. Drummond on edge and Arnold and Willis wondering whether they pack for a California vacation or move back to Harlem.
    • Sam's Father
      Sam's Father
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      Sam must choose between a penthouse apartment and a honky-tonk club when his real father comes knocking on the Drummond's door, wanting to take Sam with him.
    • Arnold's Initiation
      Arnold's Initiation
      Season 8 - Episode 12
      Arnold's initiation into the "cool" club at school jeopardizes his friendship with the mildly-retarded dishwasher at the Hamburger Hangar, after a prank Arnold "must" pull causes the man to lose his job.
    • Kathy's Olympics
      Kathy's Olympics
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      The money for the National Wheelchair Games that Arnold's class has raised and entrusted to him is missing--leaving Arnold embarrassed and his family "in the dumps."
    • The Adoption (2)
      The Adoption (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      It appears that Mr. Drummond's attempts to adopt Arnold and Willis will be aborted by a conniving junk dealer until the boys take matters into their own hands. Whitman Mayo guest stars as "long-lost relative" Jethro Simpson who has arrived with a letter supposedly written by the boys' father, leaving Arnold and Willis in his custody.moreless
    • The Adoption (1)
      The Adoption (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The Drummond family celebrates the day Arnold and Willis are supposed to be officially adopted until the visit of a "relative" leaves their plans in jeopardy. Whitman Mayo guest stars as Jethro Simpson, who sees his way to go from junk to jewels in a last will and testament leaving a fortune to Willis and Arnold.moreless
    • Blue Collar Drummond
      Blue Collar Drummond
      Season 7 - Episode 22
      When Drummond is accused of being out of touch with his employee, he secretly takes a job in one of his own factories working on an assembly line. Much to his surprise, his job is threatened when he makes suggestions to boost morale and improve production.
    • So You Want to Be a Rock Star
      So You Want to Be a Rock Star
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      A music instructor "backs up" Arnold after he claims to be an expert sax player in order to impress a girl.
    • Russian Embassy
      Russian Embassy
      Season 7 - Episode 18
      When Arnold's rocket for his school project is accidentally set off and lands atop the Russian Embassy, the state department is led to suspect the Drummond's participation is foul play.
    • A Camping We Will Go
      A Camping We Will Go
      Season 7 - Episode 20
      A camping trip with Arnold and Sam intended to strengthen Drummond's relationship with Sam goes awry when Sam's real father shows up and invites himself along.
    • The Van Drummonds
      The Van Drummonds
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      A short visit to the United States by Phillip Drummond's Dutch cousin Anna and her son Hans becomes an eternity for Arnold and Willis, who are made scapegoats for cousin Hans' mischief.
    • Arnold's Girlfriend, Part 2
      Arnold's Girlfriend, Part 2
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Arnold's life is endangered when the kids find out they can't share a room in the hospital and run away on the eve of Arnold's surgery.
    • Mr T and Mr T
      Mr T and Mr T
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      Arnold's ecstasy over meeting his hero Mr. T goes from elation to emulation when the young girl he's trying to impress snubs him in favor of his idol. Former bouncer and bodyguard Mr. T, who came to national prominence as Sylvester Stallone's opponent in "Rocky III" and was the star of the hit television series "The A-Team," makes a special guest appearance as "The A-Team's" B.A.moreless
    • The Trip (2)
      The Trip (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.
    • The Trip (1)
      The Trip (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.
    • Feudin' and Fussin' (2)
      Feudin' and Fussin' (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV big-wig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the family to the big apple. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show house may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be rooting for him to win the job.moreless
    • Feudin' and Fussin' (1)
      Feudin' and Fussin' (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Arnold's well-intentioned endorsement of Larry Alder's hosting talents to a New York TV big-wig gives Larry the opportunity of a lifetime and brings the family to the big apple. Larry's try-out as a New York television talk-show house may be doomed from the start, one disaster follows another and not everyone on the Alder team may be rooting for him to win the job.moreless
    • Thanksgiving Crossover (1)
      Thanksgiving Crossover (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly plan a second Thanksgiving feast with friends Diane and Ruthie. But even the huge Drummond penthouse isn't big enough to hold the exploding tempers that threaten Phil and Larry's long-standing relationship, on a special one-hour episode featuring the stars of "Hello, Larry." Morgan and all the kids get caught up in the feud when Larry learns friendship doesn't necessarily make for good business.moreless
    • Thanksgiving Crossover (2)
      Thanksgiving Crossover (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      The Alders and the Drummonds are together again in New York, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly plan a second Thanksgiving feast with friends Diane and Ruthie. But even the huge Drummond penthouse isn't big enough to hold the exploding tempers that threaten Phil and Larry's long-standing relationship, on a special one-hour episode featuring the stars of "Hello, Larry." Morgan and all the kids get caught up in the feud when Larry learns friendship doesn't necessarily make for good business.moreless