Punky Brewster

Season 2 Episode 16

Cherie Lifesaver

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jan 19, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Punky and her classmates receive special CPR instruction in school. What they don't expect is to be forced to utilize their skills just days later, when a close friend has a near-death experience.

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  • Important Lessons taught in this episode. (may contain spoilers!)

    I watched this episode as a child in the 80's, when I was about 8. The lessons I learned from the episode have always stayed with me. It impressed on me to never play in an abandoned refrigerator, and also that it is important to pay attention in school, you might miss something really important if you don't. This episode taught those lessons in a great, memorable way. I am now getting the episodes on DVD from Netflix and watching them with my own young daughters, and I hope that they pick up on the same important lessons that I did.moreless
Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye

Penelope "Punky" Brewster

George Gaynes

George Gaynes

Henry Warnimont

T.K. Carter

T.K. Carter

Mike Fulton

Casey Ellison

Casey Ellison

Allen Anderson

Ami Foster

Ami Foster

Margaux Kramer

Cherie Johnson

Cherie Johnson

Cherie Johnson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Notice when Margo is doing CPR on the dummy she isn't bending her arms. When Margo is doing CPR on Cherie she's bending her arms. Also notice when Margo is first doing chest compressions on Cherie she isn't pressing down on her chest.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Alan: Cherie....I'm really sorry. I blew it. You could have died, and I wasn't there to save you. I'm not good enough to be enough for you anymore.
      Henry: Oh, Alan, don't be so hard on yourself. I didn't know CPR, either. But I see its value. What do you say we go learn it together?

    • Betty: Cherie, how do you feel?
      Cherie: I'm hungry!
      Punky: Something tells me she's gonna be just fine!

    • Henry: Betty, the girls saved her! You should have seen them, they knew exactly what they were doing!
      Betty: Bless you girls. If it weren't for you, I...I may have lost my baby.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Frank Bonner played as Herb Tarlek on "WKRP in Cincinnati". Frank Bonner also went on to play as Father Hargis on "Just the Ten of Us", which was a spinoff from "Growing Pains".

    • This episode was based on a story submitted by 8-year-old Jeremy Reams, the winner of a Punky Brewster story contest. This is announced at the beginning of the episode, where Jeremy Reams makes an appearance.