Diff'rent Strokes

Season 1 Episode 4

Prep School

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1978 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Prep School
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.

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  • Excellent showcase of how the world perceives people

    Take two black kids and try to put them in a preppy white school. What do you get? Injustice and unfair tactics. Making the kids take a totally unfair test was a good way to show how they discriminate, with subtlety.

    It was great to see the school taken down a few notches and the headmaster embarassed.

    Definitely a lesson for everyone, even today in 2006.

    The only negative about this episode? Well, it was meant to be silly, but the outfits! It was painful to watch Drummond come down the stairs wearing that prep school uniform!

    I think Todd Bridges did a great job in this episode, showing why he was cast in the role of Willis.moreless
Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Arnold Jackson

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Mrs. Edna Garrett (1978-1979)

Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain

Philip Drummond

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

Willis Jackson

Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Kimberly Drummond (1978-1984)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When asked about the questions on the test, Arnold said: "They wanted to know how many people can sleep in a house with three bedrooms and a double bed in each room?" and his answer was 18 because 'they know people who get 3 in a bed, 2 on each floor, 6 on a couch, and 1 in the bathtub.' That would make 22 people, not 18.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Arnold: (on failing the Digby entrance exam) It must have been all those trick questions
      Philip: What kind of questions?
      Arnold: The kind that need answers. I mean special answers.

    • Philip: (doing the Digby cheer) Digby, Digby, Digby!
      Philip: I think I hurt myself.
      Mrs. Garrett: They should change the name from "Digby, Digby Digby!" to "Hernia, Hernia, Hernia!"

    • Willis: (on his Digby uniform) If I went to school like this in Harlem, I'd get mugged by the principal.

    • Arnold: The only thing I like about school is lunch, recess and summer vacation.

    • Philip: They gave you questions you couldn't possibly know about. That's like asking a Chinese man to make a pizza.
      Arnold: That's a mean trick to play on the stomach.

    • Arnold: Suppose there's no water in the house, how do you take a shower?
      Mr. Bordinay: Well obviously you can't.
      Arnold: Wrong, wait till they turn on the fire hydrant and you run out in the street in your underwear.

    • Philip: (on the phone with Mr. Bordinay) I suggest you come over tomorrow, it's very important. You know that auditorium I'm donating? Maybe you'd like it with a roof.

    • Willis: They wanted to know what the lady with the blindfold and the scales represent.
      Philip: That represents the legal system.
      Willis: My answer was wrong. I said the scales meant she was in the market business, and the blindfold meant she didn't want to see the butcher rip her off.
      Arnold: My questions were harder. They wanted to know how many people you can get in a house with three bedrooms and a double bed in each room.
      Philip: And what was your answer?
      Arnold: Eighteen.
      Philip: Eighteen?
      Arnold: Yeah, we know people who get three in each bed, two on each floor, six on a couch, and one in the bathtub.
      Willis: And the one in the bathtub's going crazy from the water dripping on his head.

  • NOTES (1)