The Facts of Life

Season 2 Episode 15

Free Spirit

Aired Unknown Mar 18, 1981 on NBC
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Free Spirit
Mrs. Garrett's musician son, Alex stops by Eastland for a visit, with tales about how he rubs elbows with other musicians like Neil Diamond and Carly Simon. However, Blair smells a rat when she contradicts one of his stories and when she learns that Mrs. Garrett is still supporting him.moreless

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    Charlotte Rae

    Charlotte Rae

    Edna Garrett (1979-1986)

    Lisa Whelchel

    Lisa Whelchel

    Blair Warner

    Kim Fields

    Kim Fields

    Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey

    Mindy Cohn

    Mindy Cohn

    Natalie Green

    Nancy McKeon

    Nancy McKeon

    Joanne "Jo" Polniaczek (1980-1988)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Natalie: Nobody writes songs about the American Revolution anymore. Yankee Doodle said it all.

      • Natalie: Poetry is really where my head is at.
        Mrs. Garrett: But Spanish is really where your B is at.

      • (As Alex comes in)
        Alex: Excuse me. I'm looking for Mrs. Garrett.
        Blair: Uh. Deliveries are made through the kitchen.
        Alex: You have to be Blair!
        Jo: She sure does. Nobody else wants to be.
        Alex: Jo, right! And that leaves Natalie. (Nodding at her)
        Natalie: Who are you, the Great Carnac?
        Alex: And this must be Tootie, the Rona Barrett of Eastland.
        Tootie: I pick up a lot more dirt than she does.

      • Jo: Blair, cool it! You're out of line.
        Blair: Mrs. Garrett says we can discuss anything with her, and we don't have to be embarrassed or afraid.
        Jo: She was talking about sex.

      • Mrs. Garrett: How's it coming Natalie?
        Natalie: My studying has ground to a halt but my nervous breakdown is progressing nicely, thank you.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Alex: That leaves Natalie...
        Natalie: Who are you, the Great Carnac?
        Alex: And this must be Tootie, the Rona Barrett of Eastland.

        Carnac the Magnificent was a character Johnny Carson played on The Tonight Show. He was a psychic with a huge turban.

        Rona Barrett has been an American gossip columnist since the 1950's.

      • Natalie: I want to write the songs that make the whole world sing.
        Alex: Barry!

        They are referring to the Barry Manilow song "I Write the Songs."