The Facts of Life

Season 9 Episode 18

Less Than Perfect

Aired Unknown Feb 20, 1988 on NBC

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  • Quite possibly Lisa Whelchel's finest performance on the series

    "Less Than Perfect" contains, in my opinion, Lisa Whelchel's finest performance in her nine seasons on "The Facts Of Life". In this episode Blair takes her boyfriend home one night and on her way home falls asleep at the wheel and crashes her car into a tree. Blair must contend with her now "Less Than Perfect" looks when she sustains bruises and a bad gash on her forehead that requires stitches to close. While Jo is visiting her she asks her what she looks like, Jo tells her it isn't that bad and there is always plastic surgery to repair any lingering damage. She then asks Jo to fill her water pitcher and while Jo is doing this she picks up a metal tray and takes the first look at her face since the accident. Her reaction is a tearjerker. She also tries to push her boyfriend away because of her injuries, but he will have none of it. After all, he tells her, he loves her for who she is, not because of what she looks like. Lisa Whelchel give a stellar performance; Blair's vanity and self-assuredness completly dissappears after the accident, and Lisa characterization of this is absolutely spellbinding.