Diff'rent Strokes

Season 8 Episode 1

Sam's Missing (1)

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Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1985 on NBC
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Sam's Missing (1)
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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.

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  • perfect

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    A man whose son died kidnaps Sam at a store. He forces Sam to stay with him and his family (wife and son), or else he will kill Mr. Drummond and Sam's mom. What will Sam do? Also, will the Drummond family find him?



    Good, emotional episode. This episode had barely any humorous moments, but humor is the least of their concern when the plot is as exceptional as this one was. Really touching and dramatic episode, one of my favorites, this episode definitely gets an A+ as a grade from me. Just an all around perfect episode i thinkmoreless
Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Arnold Jackson

Conrad Bain

Conrad Bain

Philip Drummond

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

Willis Jackson

Mary Jo Catlett

Mary Jo Catlett

Pearl Gallagher (1982-1986)

Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley

Margaret "Maggie" McKinney Drummond (1985-1986)

Danny Cooksey

Danny Cooksey

Sam McKinney (1984-1986)

Ronne Troup

Ronne Troup

May Brown

Guest Star

Royce D. Applegate

Royce D. Applegate

Don Brown

Guest Star

Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Kimberly Drummond

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The late Royce D. (no relation to Christina) Applegate went on to star as "CPO Manilow Crocker" on the TV series SeaQuest DSV which also starred another late great, Jonathan Brandis. Interestingly, Royce was born on Christmas Day 1939 and died on New Year's Day 2003...

      ...Ronnie Troup is the daughter of late Emergency! stars Bobby Troup and Julie London.

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  • NOTES (6)

    • This two-parter was actually the last episode taped for the series. Supposedly, the Drummonds are renovating the penthouse; actually, the set was being torn down while they shot.

    • As was phased in last season, the emphisis now is more soley on Arnold and/or Sam, with some characters, such as Willis and Pearl, being seen less regularly.

    • The original theme tune, used from the 1st season up until the last, is replaced with an updated version. This is due to NBC owing a copyright to the original, so ABC was forced to create a new one. The closing credits also have a new, synthesized version.

    • Mary Ann Mobely took over the role of Maggie from Dixie Carter, the only character in the show's eight-year run to be re-cast.

    • Ironic that Different Strokes joined the same network which also showed Webster, which basically stole the same idea of a pint size adopted kid from Different Strokes. Webster also did better in the ratings as well.

    • With this, the final season, the series moved from NBC to ABC.

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