Diff'rent Strokes - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • My Fair Larry (a.k.a.) My Fair Lady
    5/7/83
    7.1
    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.
  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet
    Episode 23
    4/30/83
    8.8
    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 Reporter
    The Reporter
    Episode 22
    3/19/83
    7.5
    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
  • Roommates
    Roommates
    Episode 21
    3/12/83
    8.2
    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 Cricket
    The Cricket
    Episode 20
    3/5/83
    8.4
    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.
  • Hall Monitor
    Hall Monitor
    Episode 19
    2/26/83
    7.3
    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.
  • Family on Ice
    Family on Ice
    Episode 18
    2/19/83
    7.5
    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.
  • The Bicycle Man (2)
    The Bicycle Man (2)
    Episode 17
    2/12/83
    8.0

    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.

  • The Bicycle Man (1)
    The Bicycle Man (1)
    Episode 16
    2/5/83
    7.9

    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.

  • Independent Woman
    Independent Woman
    Episode 15
    1/22/83
    9.0
    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.
  • Parents Have Rights, Too
    1/15/83
    7.9
    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.
  • A Growing Problem
    A Growing Problem
    Episode 13
    1/8/83
    8.6
    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.
  • Santa's Helper
    Santa's Helper
    Episode 12
    12/18/82
    8.5
    Arnold falls innocent victim to a beguiling street-corner Santa who has an ulterior financial motive for hiring him as a holiday "helper."
  • The Executives
    The Executives
    Episode 11
    12/11/82
    7.9
    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.
  • Push Comes to Shove
    Push Comes to Shove
    Episode 10
    12/4/82
    8.2
    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.
  • Memories
    Memories
    Episode 9
    11/27/82
    7.7
    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.
  • 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.
  • The Older Woman
    The Older Woman
    Episode 7
    11/13/82
    8.6
    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.
  • Substitute Teacher
    Substitute Teacher
    Episode 6
    11/6/82
    8.2
    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.
  • The Peacemaker
    The Peacemaker
    Episode 5
    10/30/82
    8.5
    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.
  • Big Brother
    Big Brother
    Episode 4
    10/23/82
    8.3
    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.
  • Cyrano De Jackson
    Cyrano De Jackson
    Episode 3
    10/16/82
    8.3
    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.
  • In the Swim
    In the Swim
    Episode 2
    10/9/82
    8.2
    Willis is completely supportive of Kimberly's transfer into his public school, until his sister's "innocent" actions begin getting him into hot water.
  • Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade
    10/2/82
    8.5
    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.
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