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Gimme a Break!

Season 1 Episode 1

Katie the Crook

Aired Unknown Oct 29, 1981 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Katie the Crook
In the series premiere, Samantha comes home with a black eye, and Nell teaches her a few skills on how to fight. Julie and her friend are studying on where babies come from, and as the Chief comes home, he walks into the kitchen to find them kissing. Later, Officer Simpson arrives at the house with Katie, who was picked up for shoplifting. This leads to a huge argument resulting in the Chief ordering Katie to move out.moreless

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    Dolph Sweet

    Dolph Sweet

    Chief Carl Kanisky (1981-1985)

    Kari Michaelson

    Kari Michaelson

    Katie Kanisky (1981-1986)

    Lara Jill Miller

    Lara Jill Miller

    Samantha "Sam" Kanisky

    Lauri Hendler

    Lauri Hendler

    Julie Kanisky Maxwell (1981-1986)

    Nell Carter

    Nell Carter

    Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper

    Mike Darnell

    Mike Darnell


    Guest Star

    Howard Morton

    Howard Morton

    Officer Ralph Waldo Simpson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Continuity: The front door of the set has a brass mail slot, but exterior shots are of a door with no slot. Even worse, while we see the slot on the outside of the set door when opened, there is no hole on the inside for mail to drop.

      • In first of what becomes a running gag, Gertrude the goldfish meets her demise, this time, she is sucked up in the vaccuum cleaner.

      • Nell tells the Chief that her father died a miserable old man, yet, later in the season, in the episode "Nell Goes Home", she goes to see her dying father in Alabama.

      • When Nell walks into the kitchen where Julie and George are studying, you can see a boom mic shadow on the wall next to the kitchen door.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (3)

      • Many scenes from this episode appear in the opening credits:

        1) Nell sucking the fish up the vacuum cleaner

        2) Nell reacting to the gun the chief is holding

        3) Nell teaching Samantha how to battle

        4) Nell looking into the vacuum nozzle

      • This episode was videotaped on October 02, 1981.

      • On the E! True Story, they said that Gimme A Break was about a widowed father who moved his three daughters to California from New York after the death of his wife. However, this is not mentioned in the pilot, and in a future episode "Flashback", it showed Margaret before she died and the girls very young and they were in the Glenlawn house. Therefore, E! must have made a mistake there.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)