The White Shadow

Season 3 Episode 15

A Day in the Life

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 1981 on CBS
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A Day in the Life
Goldstein, Gomez, Hayward, and Reese all return for an "alumni" exhibition game, amid all the troubles the four have encountered in "real life" since graduating. Hayward is in college and receives a summer job offer at a law firm, but struggles with breaking free from his troubled past. Goldstein, after a year in the Marines, now believes he has the confidence to ask out a girl he admired while at Carver. Gomez is struggling to make ends meet as a car mechanic with a pregnant wife. And, finally, Reese is driving a cab and spends the day with a famous singer, who agrees to help him pursue his dream of becoming a singer.moreless

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  • Alumni game? And, hey, anybody remember C.J.?

    This looked like a classic case of let's-trot-out-the-old-stars-one-last-time. I think at this point, the writers and producers realized that this show had worn out it's welcome FAR too soon and scrambled to come up with a way to get closure.

    Reeves announces about an alumni game, hmmm. Salami gets a haircut, ooh-kay. Then, Thorpe gives a very scripted one-sentence eulogy about Jackson, who in my mind was one of the stalwarts of this show. Bad.

    We are then treated to a lame where-are-they-now montage for Gomez, Goldstein, Reese, and Hayward. Hayward probably has the most compelling of the four, realizing that he has the ability to "get out of the ghetto" and make something of himself. However, most interviewers wouldn't do what the lawyer did and try to convince Hayward to break out of his past and take the job; they'd probably just blow him off and go to the next guy.

    And, we're now supposed to believe that the Marines made a man out of Goldstein because he now got a spine and asked a girl out? And that Reese is on his way to a singing career because of a chance meeting with an old crooner? And, what are we supposed to make of Gomez? That he just basically needs to grow up?

    And, this "game"? Was it so much of an event that tickets were sold? And, what other "alumni" were there that they could even have a game. Maybe the three guys we'd see from time to time who never talked? And, finally, whatever happened to Phil Jeffers?moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

Jesse B. Mitchell (1980-1981)

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Reeves

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goldstein is supposed to be a Marine, but his haircut is definitely not Marine Corps standard, or any military branch standard, even for the early 1980's.

    • Ken Howard is the only cast member to appear in every episode of the entire series. Kevin Hooks, Byron Stewart, and Timothy Van Patten appeared in every episode but one ("Reunion"-part one in season 3).

    • Byron Stewart would transfer his character of Coolidge to St. Elsewhere years later. It was explained that Coolodge got an injury and gave up basketball.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Although this is the end of the series, Warren Coolidge did return to TV in the series-Saint Elsewhere. It wasn't until the final season it was explained why he was at the hospital instead of playing basketball. L.A. Law also did this when Civil Wars ended and two cast members were transfered to L.A. Law.

      There is another interesting link between White Shadow and St. Elsewhere, which was also produced by Bruce Paltrow. The musical film "1776" starred Paltrow's wife, Blythe Danner as Thomas Jefferson's wife, Martha; Ken Howard of "The White Shadow" as Thomas Jefferson, and William Daniels of "St. Elsewhere" as John Adams.