The White Shadow

Season 1 Episode 3

The Offer

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 1978 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Reeves gets thrown out of the game for arguing with the ref. However, there's no assistant coach to replace him. In fact, he never had an assistant coach ever in the series.

    • The team sings "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler in this episode.

  • Quotes

    • Carver cheerleaders: The grass is greener, it's just a misdemeanor, a temporary layoff, you know we got a payoff, Carver, Carver, fight, fight, FIGHT!

    • Sally Adams: What is it most of us want from life? For some, it's glory. For others, it's power, money, and recognition. But, what is it that makes Ken Reeves forsake the opportunities for money and glory open to most professional athletes? To coach basketball in an almost forgotten high school in a Los Angeles ghetto? I don't know if we found the answer, but, what I do know is that there are 12 young high school athletes who are glad he does. From all of us...good luck, Kenny Reeves. This is Sally Adams. Goodnight.

    • Reeves: (in the locker room, after Gomez misses a shot at the buzzer and Carver loses a game) You better keep your nose clean, Gomez. After the way you played tonight, you get thrown in the can again, I'll leave you there!

  • Notes

    • This was the first episode to feature the team's "shower singing." All the actors' real voices were used whenever they sang, and the cast agreed that Nathan Cook (Reese) had the best singing voice of them all.

    • In this episode, we learn that Coach Reeves was drafted as the 16th pick in the first round of the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, and that he spent 10 seasons in the starting lineup.

  • Allusions