The Facts of Life

Season 2 Episode 1

The New Girl (1)

Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1980 on NBC
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The New Girl (1)
It's a new school year and the girls return from their summer vacation. The new year brings a new girl, Jo, a tough girl who hot wires the school van and takes off to the Chug-a-Lug bar with Blair, Natalie and Tootie to meet guys. However, one of the guys they meet happens to be an undercover police officer who hauls them all off to jail.moreless

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  • A new set and the New Girl

    This is the first episode of the second season and necessary changes have been made to the cast and Eastland School setting. New girl Jo Polniachzek (played by Nancy McKeon) comes to Eastland. She's to be roommates with Blair. The second season opener works quite well especially the bantering between Jo and Blair. Nancy McKeon's timing and tone make for some great comedic moments. Gary Coleman as a guest star also adds some fabulous funny moments to the season premiere. The show works much better with the cast noticeably cut down, and only four teenage girls' personalities to keep track of. It also continues with it's relevant subject matter (to teenagers and that era) as Blair and Jo challenge one another in a picking up men contest. The competition results in the girls hot-wiring a van, using fake ID's, drinking underage and lying. Even though it's the first episode with only the four girls you get the sense that they are already comfortable with each other and it results in great, clever (for it's time) dialogue. The show can only keep getting better from here.moreless
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)

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Edna Garrett (1979-1986)

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Arnold Jackson

Guest Star

Peter Fox

Peter Fox

Officer Barry Shuler

Guest Star

Reb Brown

Reb Brown

I.D. Checker

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Blair: You're not 18, that I.D.'s a fake.
      Jo: (proudly) Yeah...

    • Officer Barry Shuler: Harmless highschool girls. Ha. (Grabbing Jo and Blair) I gotta take these two in before they do anymore damage. Come on.
      Mrs. Garrett: Oh, no, wait a minute. You can't do that. It's entrapment.
      Natalie: (Shoving Office Shuler) Leave my friends alone!
      Tootie: Yeah, creep. (Tootie picks up a pitcher of beer and pours it over Officer Shuler's head)

    • Tootie: Yeah, we'll be ready.
      Blair: We? Would you like to explain that?
      Tootie: Sure. See, 'we' is the first person plural pronoun. Me and Nat are a 'we' and we are going with you.

    • Natalie: There's some very cute guys in there. (Looking inside the Chug-A-Lug bar window) Send out the leftovers.

    • Jo: (Speaking about Blair) She's not for real. She's a Barbie doll. When you wind her up, she says "I love you" to herself.

    • Mrs. Garrett: I lost twenty-five big ones!
      Blair: You look terrific. How did you lose it?
      Mrs. Garrett: It's the new inflation diet. You eat what you can afford.

    • Natalie: Did you hear about Mrs. Garrett's new job. She's been promoted to school dietician.
      Tootie: Wow, what an honor. Running a whole barfateria.

    • Tootie: I don't believe what I see, Blair Warner with only one suitcase.
      Blair: What do you mean? This is just for my makeup. My wardrobe is coming later in a truck.

    • (to the bartender)
      Jo: Two brews.
      Blair: One brew. I'll have a beer.

    • Blair: My Jordaches are your Jordaches.

    • Joe: (entering the cafeteria) Uhhh, is this where I'm supposed to be?
      Blair: Oh, delivery boys usually use the rear entrance.
      Jo: Delivery boy? Gimme a break!
      (Jo takes off her helmet, revealing her to be a girl) Is this where I'm suppose to check in?
      Blair: I don't believe this!
      Natalie: You don't? I was gonna ask him to the fall dance.

    • (after hearing a car crash outside the Chug-a-lug)
      Mrs Garrett: By the way girls, where IS the van?

    • Mrs. Garret: Natalie, would you show Jo a better place to park her bike
      Jo: Why don't I just park it on Blair's face?
      Natalie: She's a breath of fresh air isn't she.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was videotaped on October 14, 1980.

    • Beginning with this episode, Tootie no longer is wearing her trademark roller skates.

    • The new season bought a new theme song.

      You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life...The Facts of Life. There's a time you got to go and show You're growing now you know about The Facts of Life, The Facts of Life. When the world never seems to be living up to your dreams And suddenly you're finding out the Facts of Life are all about you It takes a lot to get them right When you're learning the Facts of Life ... Learning the Facts of Life.

    • This episode introduces the new set "Eastland Cafateria" which is now the regular hang out from seasons 2-4.

    • Nancy McKeon joins the cast and makes her first appearance as Jo.

    • Gary Coleman crosses over from Diff'rent Strokes as Arnold.