Diff'rent Strokes - Season 8

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Episode Guide

  • The Front Page
    The Front Page
    Episode 19
    3/7/86
    7.5
    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.
  • The Photo Club
    The Photo Club
    Episode 18
    2/28/86
    7.2
    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 Big Bribe
    The Big Bribe
    Episode 17
    2/21/86
    8.2
    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.
  • Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown
    2/7/86
    7.2
    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.
  • Arnold's Tangled Web
    1/31/86
    9.0
    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
  • Sam's Big Brother
    Sam's Big Brother
    Episode 14
    1/24/86
    6.6
    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.
  • Bulimia
    Bulimia
    Episode 13
    1/17/86
    7.2
    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.
  • Arnold's Initiation
    Arnold's Initiation
    Episode 12
    1/10/86
    6.1
    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.
  • It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To
    12/13/85
    6.6
    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.
  • Arnold's Bad Rep
    Arnold's Bad Rep
    Episode 10
    12/6/85
    7.7
    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.
  • Speak No Evil
    Speak No Evil
    Episode 9
    11/29/85
    7.5
    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.
  • So You Want to Be a Rock Star
    11/15/85
    5.9
    A music instructor "backs up" Arnold after he claims to be an expert sax player in order to impress a girl.
  • A Tale of Two Teachers
    11/8/85
    7.0
    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.
  • Arnold's Job
    Arnold's Job
    Episode 6
    10/25/85
    7.7
    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.
  • Willis Goes to College
    10/18/85
    8.0
    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.
  • Love on the Run
    Love on the Run
    Episode 4
    10/11/85
    7.7
    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.
  • Bully for Arnold
    Bully for Arnold
    Episode 3
    10/4/85
    8.5
    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.
  • Sam's Missing (2)
    Sam's Missing (2)
    Episode 2
    9/27/85
    7.0
    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)
    Episode 1
    9/27/85
    7.0
    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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