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The Facts of Life Season 5 Episodes

26 Episodes 1983 - 1984

Episode 1

Brave New World

Wed, Sep 21, 1983 30 mins

Blair and Jo go off to college, where Jo faces a financial crisis that could end her school days; Mrs. Garrett decides to leave Eastland and open her own gourmet shop. First of two parts. Raymond: Joel Brooks. Parker: Roger Perry. Jo: Nancy McKeon.

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Episode 2

Brave New World

Wed, Sep 21, 1983 30 mins

Conclusion. The girls solve their housing problems by becoming live-in helpers at the gourmet shop. Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn.

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Episode 3

Gamma Gamma or Bust

Wed, Sep 28, 1983 30 mins

Blair wangles a plum sorority job for Mrs. Garrett's business, then gets her fired over a menu dispute. Lisa Whelchel, Charlotte Rae. Boots: Jami Gertz.

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Episode 4

Just My Bill

Wed, Oct 12, 1983 30 mins

Jo's got a secret: she's in love with a wonderful guy, who's keeping it a secret from her that his family is very wealthy. Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel.

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Episode 5

What Price Glory?

Wed, Oct 19, 1983 30 mins

Tootie discovers that the light of her life---a star school athlete is illiterate and wants her to help him cheat on his exams. Kim Fields. Geri: Geri Jewell.

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Episode 6

The Halloween Show

Wed, Oct 26, 1983 30 mins

The girls fear that Mrs. Garrett is possessed on Halloween when a customer disappears---and 25 pounds of ground meat suddenly appear. Customer: Ian Wolfe. Blair: Lisa Welchel. Natalie: Mindy Cohn.

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Episode 7

Advanced Placement

Wed, Nov 2, 1983 30 mins

Natalie's advanced-placement course inflates her ego and deflates her grades. Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel. Boots: Jami Gertz.

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Episode 8

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

Wed, Nov 9, 1983 30 mins

For a birthday surprise, the girls take Mrs. Garrett to a club featuring male dancers, but it's Blair who's in for the real surprise. Cliff: Woody Brown. Blair: Lisa Whelchel. Ken: Larry Poindexter.

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Episode 9

Small but Dangerous

Wed, Nov 16, 1983 30 mins

A streetwise girl alleges that the vandalism of Edna's Edibles was the work of a local gang, but Jo decides to investigate. Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae, Mindy Cohn.

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Episode 10

Store Games

Wed, Nov 30, 1983 30 mins

The girls combat the tactics of a deli owner who's been copying Edna's recipes and then underselling her. Charlotte Rae, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields.

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Episode 11

The Second Time Around

Wed, Dec 14, 1983 30 mins

Jo thinks her father's intention to remarry means that her parents are reconciling. Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields.

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Episode 12

The Christmas Show

Wed, Dec 21, 1983 30 mins

At Christmastime, Jo can't get home; Blair is going skiing---alone; and Mrs. Garrett is banking on a fruitcake that's about to become a glut on the market. Lisa Whelchel, Charlotte Rae, Kim Fields.

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Episode 13

The Chain Letter

Wed, Dec 28, 1983 30 mins

While Mrs. Garrett frets over a Board of Health inspection, the girls get involved with a chain letter and ignore their responsibilities. Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields.

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Episode 14

Next Door

Wed, Jan 4, 1984 30 mins

Tootie befriends the boy next door (Taliesin Jaffe), a second-grader with orders from his mother to avoid strangers at all costs. Kim Fields, Charlotte Rae. Mary: Jean Smart.

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Episode 15

Crossing the Line

Wed, Jan 11, 1984 30 mins

Natalie accepts a dance invitation from Tootie's cousin, drawing support from some, and criticism from others---including Tootie (Kim Fields). Natalie: Mindy Cohn. Harvey: Rob Stone. Blair: Lisa Whelchel.

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Episode 16

All or Nothing

Wed, Jan 18, 1984 30 mins

Newly elected board member Jo tackles the Langley regents when they vote to cut scholarships in favor of a scoreboard nobody wants. Mrs. Garrett: Charlotte Rae. Ashley: Shannon Holt.

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Episode 17

A Death in the Family

Wed, Feb 1, 1984 30 mins

The girls are shaken by the death of Natalie's father and wonder how to ease her pain. Natalie: Mindy Cohn. Evie Green: Mitzi Hoag. Tootie: Kim Fields. Mona: Molly Picon.

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Episode 18

Big Fish, Little Fish

Wed, Feb 8, 1984 30 mins

Jo's sudden popularity brings about an identity crisis in Blair; while Natalie (Mindy Cohn) tries to recover from her father's death. Jo: Nancy McKeon. Mrs. Garrett: Charlotte Rae.

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Episode 19

Star at Langley

Wed, Feb 15, 1984 30 mins

Blair finds her relationship with Cliff threatened by a movie star (Robyn Bernard) who's enrolled at Langley. Cliff: Woody Brown. Blair: Lisa Whelchel. Jo: Nancy McKeon.

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Episode 20

Dream Marriage

Wed, Feb 22, 1984 30 mins

A marriage proposal from Blair's boyfriend starts her dreaming about the future for herself and her friends. Blair: Lisa Whelchel. Mrs. Garrett: Charlotte Rae.

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Episode 21

Mother and Daughter

Wed, Feb 29, 1984 30 mins

A large communication gap separates Tootie and her lawyer mother (played by Kim's real mother Chip Fields), who's come to lecture at the college. Jo: Nancy McKeon.

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Episode 22

All by Herself

Wed, Mar 14, 1984 30 mins

Geri, named to head a charity auction, bristles when her assistant Blair takes charge of the preparations. Mrs. Garrett: Charlotte Rae.

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Episode 23

Seems Like Old Times

Wed, Mar 21, 1984 30 mins

Seems like old times---almost---when Jo's sailor boyfriend comes to visit on leave. Jo: Nancy McKeon. Tootie: Kim Fields. Kelly: Pamela Segall.

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Episode 24

Joint Custody

Wed, May 2, 1984 30 mins

A conflict between Mrs. Garrett's son and his wife not only threatens their marriage but Edna's Edibles as well. Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon.

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Episode 25

The Way We Were

Wed, May 9, 1984 30 mins

While preparing for vacation, the girls clean up their rooms and dig up years of memories. Part 1 of two. Tootie: Kim Fields. Blair: Lisa Whelchel. Jo: Nancy McKeon. Natalie: Mindy Cohn.

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Episode 26

The Way We Were

Wed, May 9, 1984 30 mins

Conclusion. An argument between Jo and Blair (Lisa Whelchel) threatens to ruin their friendship. Clips from past shows are featured. Tootie: Kim Fields. Natalie: Mindy Cohn.

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