The Facts of Life

Season 3 Episode 1

Growing Pains

Aired Unknown Oct 28, 1981 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Blair, Jo, Natalie and Tootie return from their summer vacations and Blair returns from her European trip with two bottles of French wine. Meanwhile, Tootie gets fed up with the other girls teasing her for being the youngest and she begins to feel left out. This leads her to experiment with alcohol by downing an entire bottle of wine.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 (6)

    • Blair: I just had another one of my brilliant ideas. Why bother Mr. Parker with any of this?
      Mrs. Garrett: Blair.
      Blair: No, no, no, what I mean is why don't you punish us? Yes.
      Mrs. Garrett: No!
      Jo: Yeah, you've done it before.
      Natalie: And you're so good at it!
      Mrs. Garrett: I couldn't be severe enough with you girls.
      Tootie: Sure you would, we trust you.

    • Tootie: Ya know, I'm a teenager now. I mean, I may not be as teen as you guys, but at least I got a foot in the door, but you guys keep slamming it on me.

    • Natalie: Admit it, the closest you got to a boy was when the camp put on 'The Sound of Music' and you played Baron Von Trapp.
      Tootie: Everyone said I gave a sparkling performance.
      Jo: They were talking about your braces, kid.

    • Jo: (drinking a toast with beer) Here's to all who wish me well. All the rest can go to- Jersey.

    • Mrs. Garrett: Ok, Tootie, if that's the way you want it, we'll go see Mr. Parker in the morning.
      Natalie: Wait, please. Does he have group rates on expulsions?

    • (Running gag throughout episode)
      Mrs. Garrett: How'd you get beer?
      Jo: I got beer.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Not only was Growing Pains a show starring Alan Thicke, but Alan Thicke was one of the writers for the theme song, "Facts of Life."

    • Growing Pains is also the name of a sitcom starring Alan Thicke, Kirk Cameron, and Joanna Kerns, that ran from 1985 to 1992.