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  • Attitude of Gratitude

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    S 4 : Ep 50 - 8/10/85

    Fat Albert is taking a lot of extra responsibility with his new job at the zoo feeding the elephants. When his mother goes out of town to look after her ill sister, he has to get dinner ready for his father while she's away. When Rudy and Dumb Donald offer to help, they mess up by allowing the food they're cooking to burn, leaving Albert to order burgers for dinner. The following day, he has to keep the house in order as well as feed the elephants at the zoo. Seeing that he's gotten overwhelmed, the rest of the gang offer of help him clean up the home while Albert's at work. When his mother returns home, Albert expresses his appreciation for her for all she's done for him and figures a one small thank you goes a long way.

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  • No News Is Good News

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    S 4 : Ep 49 - 8/3/85

    When the journalism class is away on a field trip for the week, Fat Albert and the gang get the opportunity to put out the next issue of the school's newspaper. The first big story they're covering is on the football team and Rudy believes Bradley the star quarterback is on drugs. Fat Albert warns him not to put the story out until they get the facts straight. When they encounter Bradley and the football coach, they reveal that the quarterback is taking allergy medication prescribed by his doctor. Afterward, the gang put in effort to get some quality articles and a few fun tidbits for their issue which the student body finds is worth reading after all. The gang learn about responsibility with handling their freedom of the press.

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  • Say Uncle

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    S 4 : Ep 48 - 7/27/85

    Weird Harold is in a bad mood because his Uncle Marcus is moving into his home for the next few months, especially having to share his bedroom with him. Their taste in music is different among other mismatches that make Harold believe they can't get along. But after Fat Albert takes him to talk to Mudfoot, Harold decides to bridge the gap between himself and Uncle Marcus. He decides to go to a old music concert, but running late, takes a shortcut through the pedestrian bridge which Albert warns Harold is being renovated. However, he falls into the river and Marcus and Fat Albert quickly work together to save him. Surprisingly, Weird Harold learns Uncle Marcus had bought tickets to a concert featuring Harold's favorite group in an effort to get along with him as well.

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  • Cable Caper

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    S 4 : Ep 47 - 7/20/85

    When their teacher assigns the gang to learn about interesting people in their neighborhood, Fat Albert gives them the idea of organizing a community television show featuring the people they select and interview on public access. Some time later, they encounter the Gibsons, an elderly couple who are in danger of losing their home as the city parks department wants to tear it down in order to put a recreation center in its place. After the gang meet with the mayor, they decide to put the Gibsons on their public access show. They plead their case and with support from the mayor and other officials, the recreation center will still be built. However, instead of tearing down the house, the Gibsons' home is hauled off and relocated to another area just as green and includes blooming flowers, making it a more attractive site.

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  • Write On

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    S 4 : Ep 46 - 7/13/85

    Richard Scott is a good writer who specializes in poetry. In class, Ms. Wucher announces the school will sponsor a writing contest that focuses on ecology in which the winner will get a 50 dollar scholarship. Richard fears the gang will ridicule him for his poetry, especially when Rudy is entering the contest with his ecology play. But with a little reverse psychology, Fat Albert is able to motivate Richard into running the obstacle course he thought he couldn't, which convinces him to write his poem for the contest after all. After Rudy flops on stage, Fat Albert narrates Richard's poem that's seen in imagination form. Richard appears as the wizard of a proper ecological world in which he cautions the gang not to disturb the delicate balance of nature. Afterward, it's announced that Richard has won the contest and gets the cash scholarship to everyone's delight.

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  • Faking the Grade

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    S 4 : Ep 45 - 7/6/85

    Ms. Wucher warns Dumb Donald that he's failing most of his subjects and won't be promoted with the gang to the next grade. He needs to do very well on his final exams, especially math. The guys do the best they can to help Donald, but he's tempted by Owen Thomas, who offers him a copy of the math test he's stolen for a fee. After a conversation with his father, who express his pride toward his son, Donald reconsiders and disposes of the test and continues studying through the last evening before the finals. The gang learns that their teachers knew of Owen stealing their tests and changed them on exam day, but a jubilant Donald passed his finals after all doing the right thing by studying on his own to the gang's delight.

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  • Wheeler

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    S 4 : Ep 44 - 6/29/85

    The gang meets Chuy Reyes a.k.a. Wheeler, a disabled young man in a wheelchair who's fiercely independent and resists the gang's efforts to join them when they play basketball. When some of the group try out for the school track team, Fat Albert learns Wheeler himself was on various sport teams at his old school. When he tries out on track, he finishes as runner up, beating out Rudy. After school, he joins the gang in basketball practice and surprisingly does well in their eyes. Wheeler admits that he does need help at times, and the gang agree to build a ramp to their clubhouse entrance so he can join them in watching television whenever he visits.

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  • Rudy and the Beast

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    S 4 : Ep 43 - 6/22/85

    When the gang sees a movie being filmed at the junkyard, Rudy hopes he, himself can become a movie star. He befriends Joyce Matthews, the daughter of the film's producer, who eventually realizes Rudy is using her in his desire to be in show business. When her father gives him an appointment for a screen test, Rudy puts off his date with Joyce, prompting her to run off upset. She winds up at the waterfront, where she runs into a gang of thugs who tries to mug her. When Rudy comes along, he stands up to them and the rest of the gang are able to scare them off. Joyce thanks Rudy for his help and he declines to go for the screen test figuring he should make it as an actor on his own.

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  • Painting for the Town

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    S 4 : Ep 42 - 6/15/85

    Lenny, the gang's friend, is a struggling artist who's about to leave town as he hasn't been able to get a job. When the group sees the mayor at city, they suggest Lenny be the right person to paint a mural on a city block. He needs help in order to complete the project and the gang offers their service. But they had their hearts set on going a ski trip and are able to get jobs to earn the money to do so. However, this means they won't be able to help Lenny finish the mural on time. After some time, Fat Albert and the group turn down the job offers to help Lenny after all. They finish the mural in the nick of time, and when the mayor and a senator get a good look at it, they're impressed enough by their work that they have Lenny head the city's the neighborhood beautification project. When he mentions the gang sacrificed the ski trip to help him, the officials grant them the means to go after all, much to everyone's delight.

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  • Superdudes

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    S 4 : Ep 41 - 6/8/85

    Fat Albert thinks his friend Dexter is overly obsessed with his favorite superhero Captain Cougar. He buys his hero's costume for an upcoming comic book convention and actually gets to be a hero when he stops a purse snatcher from robbing a woman. His heroics later go to his head when he confronts a bully. Then at the convention, Dexter meets the actor who portrays Captain Cougar on the show, only to be disappointed when he tells him he's a regular man with no real powers. Afterward, he runs off and ends up getting himself locked in the cougar mascot's cage and is endangered. Fortunately, Albert and company are able to save Dexter, making him realize that he, like the actor, are regular people with no special abilities.

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  • We All Scream for Ice Cream

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    S 4 : Ep 40 - 6/1/85

    Weird Harold is able to get a summer job at the local ice cream parlor. Rudy sees this as an opportunity for the gang to get free desserts being he's their friend. But when Harold makes them pay for their orders, Rudy and the others reject him. To get back into their good graces, Harold offers their next desserts for free when they visit the ice cream parlor again, much against Fat Albert's advice. The following day, Harold lies to his boss about the missing ice cream and feels guilty as a result. After a conversation with Fat Albert, he decides to come clean to Mr. Cooper, only to walk in on the parlor when it's being robbed by a pair of thugs. Harold and the rest of the gang are able to thwart the crooks, who are arrested by the police. Harold confesses to his boss and the gang admit their part in pressuring him for free desserts. Fortunately, Mr. Cooper is forgiving being Harold does well on his job and rewards the group as they learn a valuable lesson in friendship.

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  • Computer Caper

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    S 4 : Ep 39 - 5/25/85

    Russell is on his way to the library to do research for his American history report when he encounters his classmate Greg Bowen, who helps by taking him home to do the research on his computer. Russell is impressed with Greg's hardware and does well on his history report, but later learns he's a hacker who illegally gains access to other computers to steal data that's not rightfully his. Some time later, authorities from the police computer crime task force appear at Greg's home as they've tracked his illegally accessing a hospital computer, significantly messing up their records. Greg runs off, and the gang spots him at a train bridge. He falls off when a train passes by, landing on a beam, and is in danger of plummeting to certain doom should another train pass. He's rescued in time and while recuperating at the hospital, promises his mother never to hack into other computers again.

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  • Gang Wars

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    S 4 : Ep 38 - 5/18/85

    The gang helps clean up a lot that'll be part of a new park that will be a place for young people to play, have a good time, and keep out of trouble. The group invites their friend Fernando to be the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for the grand opening, but he's pressured by his older brother Tito to join his street gang that's in a war with another in their neighborhood. Fat Albert is greatly concerned when he's unable to convince the other gang to stop the violence, and also the fact they have guns, which are certain to make things worse. On the night of the gang war, Fat Albert and Police Sargeant Hernandez try to keep Fernando safe as he searches for Tito. But when the boy sees his brother being targeted, he takes the ultimate risk to get his brother out of harm's way, and pays the deadly price, as Fernando is shot to death. Sgt. Hernandez arrests the assailant and other members of the gang. Tito vows revenge, but Fat Albert convinces him nothing he'll do can bring his brother back. The following day, the park opening is a somber event as Fat Albert's speech is in sad memory to his fallen friend and the park is named in honor of Fernando Garcia.

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  • Amiss with Amish

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    S 4 : Ep 37 - 5/11/85

    The gang meets Jacob Yoder, a new student in school who's Amish, among the group of rural people who have strict religious values and don't utilize modern technology. He invites the class to visit his farm so they can learn about his people. While most are impressed with the Amish culture, classmate Sharon Vincent isn't, and feels they dress weird. While the gang helps Rudy after he has a mishap with a runaway horse, Sharon goes off to explore the barn and falls into the grain bin. She's in danger of suffocating, but Jacob, his father, and the gang quickly come to her rescue in the nick of time. Afterward, Sharon has a newfound respect for the Amish and their values.

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  • You Don't Say

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    S 4 : Ep 36 - 5/4/85

    Fat Albert helps Rhonda practice for the school pep squad and suggests Weird Harold get new student Carly Wilson as his partner. Rudy thinks that would be a problem because she stutters as she speaks and may do a bad job. Harold decides to flub practice, but Carly figures out his act and runs off. When Rhonda drops out of the competition, Fat Albert takes Carly as his new partner and surprisingly, do well enough in the tryouts to be granted a spot on the pep squad. Carly then helps out Weird Harold and Rudy, warning them in the nick of time when a scoreboard light is about to drop on them. They realize they were wrong about Carly and apologize to her, then make sure to stay out of the way of falling lights.

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  • The Jinx

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    S 4 : Ep 35 - 4/27/85

    The gang goes to Rudy's Uncle Joe's ranch for a few days. While there, Rudy's cousin Rick is under the belief he's a jinx, strictly following various rules of superstition. When they all go out for a ride on Friday the 13th, a storm hits as the gang gets lost. Rick begins to mope around, thinking their situation is going to get worse, but Fat Albert convinces him to forget about luck and think things through. Eventually, Rick uses his knowledge of the terrain to seek shelter in a cave and build a fire to get the gang warm and dry. They also leave markers to help Uncle Joe and a search helicopter pilot find them. After they all return safely, Rick gives Fat Albert his lucky items, figuring he won't need them anymore.

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  • Not So Loud

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    S 4 : Ep 34 - 4/20/85

    Rudy enters the gang in a music-themed game show where the winners get a $100 cash prize. He's also able to acquire instruments the gang can use by their all having to clean up the local music store. Things are difficult enough as the loud music played from his radio spooks an employee's cat, causing him to make a big mess at the store. Even though Fat Albert gives him headphones to keep the loud music to himself, Rudy makes things worse by ignoring everyone as they speak, especially movers who haul the instruments the gang needs into their truck. They're able to get the instruments back, but the delay nearly makes them miss their appearance at the studio. After they arrive, Rudy gets his chance to shine, but blows it when his hearing is badly affected from extended use of his headphones. He runs off after failing to get the gang into the next round. Fat Albert then saves Rudy from an approaching truck in the nick of time. After they reunite at the clubhouse, Rudy promises to keep the volume down for the sake of his (and everyone's) hearing.

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  • No Place Like Home

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    S 4 : Ep 33 - 4/13/85

    As the gang organizes a carnival to raise money for a school field trip, Weird Harold wants to get to know more about his new girlfriend, Violet. After some time, she lets him walk her home, which seems to be a fancy apartment building. However, after he leaves, she goes to her real home, which is a very small place on the other side of town. She's ashamed that she's financially poor and doesn't want Harold to know. But when Bill and Fat Albert are posting flyers for the upcoming carnival, they spot Violet and her brother in the poor area, forcing her to come clean about her situation. Later, during the carnival, Weird Harold is disappointed Violet hasn't come and Fat Albert tells him where she really lives. They and the rest of the gang arrive to see Violet's mom preparing to celebrate her daughter's birthday. When Violet returns home, she's surprised the gang is there and runs off. Weird Harold catches up and says he like Violet for herself, regardless of how she lives. They return to enjoy the party her mom has thrown for her.

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  • Hot Wheels

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    S 4 : Ep 32 - 4/6/85

    Weird Harold shows the gang a new racing bicycle he's holding for his Uncle Denton until he sends for it. But while in his possession, he shows off too much and not following the basic rules of bicycle safety. While riding with Rudy a few days later, their poor riding leads to the two colliding with an elderly woman. She's taken to the hospital, but fortunately not badly injured, and is sent home to rest. She declines to press criminal charges against the boys since they didn't mean any harm. But before they leave the hospital, Rudy and Harold see a few victims of bicycle accidents, whose injuries range from minor to severe by their doctor, who helps them learn the importance of bicycle safety.

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  • The Birds, the Bees, and Dumb Donald

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    S 4 : Ep 30 - 3/23/85

    During a game of football, Dumb Donald falls in love with Elaine, a team cheerleader. But she already has a boyfriend, the quarterback Hammerhead Rex. The rest of the gang offer to help Donald win her affection. At first he changes his image, but the efforts are unsuccessful. Some time later, the gang and Rex's team compete in a wilderness capture the flag game, where Rex cheats by hanging his flag up high on a tree out of reach. But thanks to a bear, the gang is able to win and Rex's cheat is exposed. Afterward, Elaine tells Dumb Donald she likes him for himself and not to be as macho and gruff as Rex, who she appropriately leaves him behind for Donald.

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  • Have a Heart

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    S 4 : Ep 28 - 9/1/84

    The gang stays after school to learn about CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), but Rudy ditches the class early to focus more on basketball. When Mudfoot stops by, he joins him in practice and gives his usual advice on the importance of education. Shortly afterward, he has a heart attack and Rudy is unable to help. Luckily, the gang leaving CPR class, is able to intervene with Fat Albert giving Mudfoot CPR while others call the paramedics. Mudfoot recovers and Rudy learns an important lesson, deciding to take the CPR class to be better prepared.

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  • Three Strikes and You're In

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    S 4 : Ep 26 - 3/2/85

    The gang accepts a challenge from the boastful Tenth Street Tigers, last year's Junior Baseball League's champions, but they're pretty outmatched until Mudfoot introduces Fat Albert to Maryann Parker, who's a good pitcher. However, the rest of the gang reject her because she's a girl. Rudy makes things worse when he wagers the gang's clubhouse money for the upcoming game. The rest of the gang decide to have Maryann on the team after all, but she decides to sign up to play in the Junior League, until they reject her as well. Maryann decides to play for Fat Albert's team after all, and on the day of the big game, proves her value with her pitching. She also provides the key to the gang's victory by having Russell pinch hit for her. But short as he is, he walks on 4 pitches and Fat Albert hits the game-winning home run afterward. The Tigers congratulate Maryann and allow her to try out for the Junior League for real to her delight.

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  • Funny Business

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    S 4 : Ep 25 - 2/23/85

    Everyone's looking forward to camp except Waldo and his sister Mindy. Weird Harold is able to help pass the time along with his jokes in preparation for a comedy routine he's going to use at the talent show. After arriving at camp, Waldo does nothing but complain, but Mindy slowly wants to join in on the fun before being insulted and runs off. When some of the group begin searching for her to apologize, Mindy and Weird Harold get trapped in a cave-in. Waldo and the rest of the gang are able to get them free, and the he finds his sister isn't panicked at all as Harold was able to keep her spirits up with his jokes. When Mindy tells her brother a joke, he's finally able to laugh and agrees to be in the audience for the gang's talent show where Harold and the rest of the gang participate in the comedy routine, much to Waldo's enjoyment.

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  • Call of the Wild

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    S 4 : Ep 24 - 2/16/85

    The gang spends time working at Weird Harold's Uncle Dave's farm where Russell decides he wants to take a pet home. Out in the forest, he comes across a baby fox he adopts, naming him Freddie. Bill and the rest of the gang reluctantly agree to have Freddie as their clubhouse mascot and later enter him in the school pet show a few weeks later. But things get out of control as Freddie isn't completely tamed and causes a riot with the other animals at the pet show. Freddie escapes and Russell chases him to the train yards, which leads to danger as they both get stuck and are about to get run over by an oncoming train. The rest of the gang arrive in the nick of time and rescue them, then later agree to return the fox to the forest. However, Freddie is unable to adapt as he was out of his element for too long. Fortunately, Uncle Dave is able to provide a solution by having a friend who works at the local zoo take the fox there to have him properly cared for in captivity.

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  • Read, Baby, Read

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    S 4 : Ep 21 - 1/26/85

    The gang's new classmate Mickey Taylor is highly interested in sports, but has a reading problem he often denies. Their teacher assigns Fat Albert to help tutor him, but Mickey opts to watch football practice instead. Later in the week, the gang invites him to play in a game across town and provide him with a map on how to get there. However, he gets lost, and not being able to read, takes a short through an active construction area. He's quickly in danger, but fortunately Mickey's football idol Buck and Fat Albert are able to assist construction workers in saving him in time. Buck admits he had a reading problem as well, but was able to work hard enough to do very well and tells Mickey reading is vital in understanding the various football plays for the sport. Mickey agrees to work with Buck in his desire to be a football player.

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  • Cosby's Classics

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    S 4 : Ep 19 - 9/29/84

    When the gang is unable to watch The Brown Hornet when the TV breaks down, they rendezvous with Bill Cosby himself, who entertains the guys with the tall tale of Paul Bunyan, Babe the Big Blue Ox, and his new best friend Brimstone Bill.moreless
  • Watch Thy Neighborhood

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    S 4 : Ep 18 - 9/22/84

    When Dumb Donald's house is robbed, Officer Gomez gathers the community together where Fat Albert and the gang learn all about the neighborhood watch. Afterward, when they go to the movies, Rudy forgets his money and decides to go back home. Fat Albert accompanies him and along the way, they see a strange van pulling up at a home which is unoccupied as the neighbors are away on vacation. The guys then go back to Fat Albert's home where his mother calls the police, who quickly arrive and apprehend the burglars. Officer Gomez commends the boys for doing everything right, including staying out of the way, making no effort to catch the criminals themselves and calling the police right away.

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  • Film Follies

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    S 4 : Ep 17 - 1/19/85

    The gang enters a kids film festival where they can make their own movie and submit it for a chance to win a cash prize. They decide to make a film on the Brown Hornet with Rudy directing. A number of mishaps occur during the making of the movie, which gets Rudy frustrated with the rest of the gang. Mudfoot advises him that if he treats them more kindly, he'll get better results. Rudy returns to finish directing, indeed putting on his kinder face. They become suspicious of what he's up to and find out for sure on the night of the film contest. Rudy plans to give a speech putting down the gang's bad efforts, calling them amateurs. Surprisingly, the Brown Hornet film wins and before Rudy goes on stage to accept the trophy, Fat Albert tells him it was a full team effort. Rudy has a change of heart and complements the rest of the gang, apologizing for the way he acted before. They all come out on stage with him as they join in their victory together.moreless
  • Teenage Mom

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    S 4 : Ep 16 - 1/12/85

    The gang's friend Liz Walker returns after a few months away to see that she's the single mother of her baby daughter Monica. Her ex-boyfriend Gary split after learning she became pregnant, leaving Liz to deal with her daughter alone. She begins to feel overwhelmed by her motherly duties to the point that she nearly hits her child. She takes a time out to talk to Fat Albert when he visits. But a fire breaks out at the apartment, trapping the two with the baby inside. The rest of the gang call the fire department, and they quickly respond to get everyone to safety. The duplex is ruined, forcing Liz and her mother to move in with her aunt. Fat Albert tells Liz that the local community guidance center can help her care for Monica. Liz can go back to school and learn to better care for her daughter with help from her mother and the center.moreless
  • Kiss and Tell

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    S 4 : Ep 15 - 1/5/85

    After a blunder-filled game of hockey, the gang seeks the help of Bob, the captain of the school's hockey, to help them work on their game. But he's not able to do so because he hasn't been feeling well lately, especially since he puts off seeing a doctor about his condition. In health class, the gang learns about sexually-transmitted (or venereal) diseases. Afterward, Fat Albert suspects Bob, who later admits, to having such a disease. He's embarrassed about it and continues to put off seeing a doctor. However, his performance suffers during a school game, and he's forced to go to the hospital. Bob's treated with some medicine and he confesses to his figure skater girlfriend Shanna to having VD, prompting her to see a doctor. She also had the disease, but got treated for it before her condition got worse. She's quickly back on the ice, showing off her moves to the gang.moreless
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