The White Shadow

Season 1 Episode 11

Spare the Rod

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Coach Reeves substitute-teaches a P.E. class and runs into trouble with Lucius Robinson, a student with a past history of teacher abuse.

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    Ed Bernard

    Ed Bernard

    Jim Willis (1978-1980)

    Joan Pringle

    Joan Pringle

    Sybil Buchanan

    Ken Howard

    Ken Howard

    Ken Reeves

    Kevin Hooks

    Kevin Hooks

    Morris Thorpe

    Byron Stewart

    Byron Stewart

    Warren Coolidge

    Nathan Cook

    Nathan Cook

    Milton Reese (1978-1980)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • This was Brian Mitchell's first ever credited acting appearance. He would go on to play Dr. "Jackpot" Jackson in the series "Trapper John, M.D."

      • What's with the name "Robinson?" First, in "Pregnant Pause," Reese's girlfriend is Darlene Robinson. Then, in this episode, the troublemaker is Lucius Robinson.

      • Philip Sterling would later work on another Paltrow series-St. Elsewhere as Dr. Weiss.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (Coach Reeves is drilling the team in a loose ball drill in the aftermath of the Robinson incident.)
        Hayward: Hey, listen, coach, I gotta tell you something!
        Reeves: Forget it, Hayward!
        Hayward: Coach, we didn't know Lucius Robinson was that crazy!
        Reeves: Yeah, nobody did! Switch!

      • Willis: It's been a long day.
        Reeves: It's getting longer all the time. (Pauses) The one thing I hoped wouldn't be affected by this...
        Willis: Is that the team?
        Reeves: (sighs) Yeah. And I don't understand it. I thought I knew those kids. I thought they knew me.
        Willis: And?
        Reeves: Well, it's like everything I've been through with these kids in the last few months went right out the window. Like it didn't mean a thing. You know what Jackson just asked me? 'Am I gonna turn Lucius Robinson in?' Turn him in, like I'm a stool pigeon or something!
        Willis: You can't let that influence your pressing charges against Robinson.
        Reeves: (indignant) Ah....
        Willis: He should be prosecuted.
        Reeves: That's not what I'm talkin' about!
        Willis: Then what is it? What, your feelings are hurt because they seem to be taking Robinson's side? Come on, you look me in the eyes and you tell me. What I said, is it true?
        Reeves: Yeah...yeah.
        Willis: What did you expect? They're kids. In their eyes, they only see that you're one of us...and you hit one of them. It's only natural that they take Robinson's side. They'll get over it.
        Reeves: Well, I had hoped that my relationship with the team had progressed past the "us-versus-them" stage.
        Willis: It probably has, judging from what I've seen.
        Reeves: You should've been in the locker room a while ago, you would've seen a lot different.
        Willis: It would not have surprised me. It just goes to show what an incident like this can do. Now, come on. I'll see you tomorrow.

      • Reeves: You a part of this class?
        Lucius: Sometimes.
        Reeves: Well, why don't you move your butt over here with the rest of the class?
        Lucius: I don't have to take gym.
        Reeves: What are you, some kind of privileged character or something?
        Lucius: I got a doctor's note.
        Reeves: Alright, I'll be with you in a minute. In the meantime, take your feet off the bleachers.
        (Reeves calls roll for gym)
        Reeves: Robinson!
        Lucius: Present!
        Reeves: I thought I told you to take your feet off the bleachers. You don't put your feet on the furniture at home, don't do it here!
        Lucius: I always put my feet on the furniture at home!
        Reeves: Oh, yeah, what does your mother say?
        Lucius: She says, 'where do you think you are, school?'
        (class laughs)
        Reeves: Let's see your doctor's note.
        Lucius: I forgot it.
        Reeves: What's the matter with you?
        Lucius: Well, I got this rare tropical disease called I-Can't-Stand-Gym!
        (class laughs even harder)

      • Sybil: You learned one of the hardest things a teacher can learn, that no matter how hard you try, there are some students you just can't help. But, at least there's something we can be thankful for.
        Reeves: What's that?
        Sybil: The ones we can.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Lisle Wilson and Nicholas Mele make their first appearances as recurring Carver Faculty members.

      • Student: We don't go for no white teachers beatin' up on no brothers, OK, brother?

        The credited "student" who made this quote in this episode was Larry Flash Jenkins, who would join the cast in Season 3 as Wardell Stone.

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