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Welcome Back, Kotter Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

22 Episodes 1975 - 1976

Episode 1

The Great Debate

Tue, Sep 9, 1975 30 mins

Gabe's class of underachievers receive a challenge to a formal debate. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Barbarino: John Travolta. Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.

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Episode 2

Basket Case

Tue, Sep 16, 1975 30 mins

Gabe insists that basketball ace Washington pass his social-studies test. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Woodman: John Sylvester White. Coach: Jess Nadelman. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 3

Pilot Episode

Tue, Sep 23, 1975 30 mins

A flashback recalls Gabe's first meeting with his class. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Woodman: John Sylvester White. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 4

Whodunit?

Tue, Sep 30, 1975 30 mins

Gabe tries to find out which boy is responsible for the pregnancy of one of the girls. Rosalie: Debralee Scott. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Horshack: Ron Palillo. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 5

The Election

Tue, Oct 7, 1975 30 mins

Gabe persuades Barbarino to run for student-body president. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. Woodman: John Sylvester White. Horshack: Ron Palillo.

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Episode 6

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Tue, Oct 14, 1975 30 mins

Woodman returns to teaching history to ease his frazzled nerves. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.

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Episode 7

Classroom Marriage

Tue, Oct 21, 1975 30 mins

Gabe's discussion of marriage has a disturbing effect on two of his teen-age students. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Vernajean: Vernee Watson. Epstein: Robert Hegyes.

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Episode 8

One of Our Sweathogs Is Missing

Tue, Oct 28, 1975 30 mins

Epstein runs away from home after losing a fight. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Horshack: Ron Palillo. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 9

Mr. Kotter, Teacher

Tue, Nov 4, 1975 30 mins

Gabe's unorthodox methods of instruction disturb Woodman (John Sylvester White). Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Barbarino: John Travolta. Epstein: Robert Hegyes.

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Episode 10

The Reunion

Tue, Nov 18, 1975 30 mins

Gabe is appalled to learn that Julie has invited a detested classmate to dinner. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Lyle Flanagan: Michael Taylor. Mrs. Flanagan: Bridget Hanley.

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Episode 11

Barbarino's Girl

Tue, Nov 25, 1975 30 mins

Barbarino agrees to see a tutor after pondering his dismal report card. Barbarino: John Travolta. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Woodman: John Sylvester White.

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Episode 12

California Dreamin'

Tue, Dec 2, 1975 30 mins

Kotter's students are lovestruck over their new classmate, but the girl only has eyes for Gabe (Gabriel Kaplan). Julie: Marcia Strassman. Barbarino: John Travolta. Epstein: Robert Hegyes.

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Episode 13

Arrividerci, Arnold

Tue, Dec 16, 1975 30 mins

Horshack's promotion prompts only reluctance at the thought of leaving his leaving remedial class. Horshack: Ron Palillo. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 14

The Longest Weekend

Tue, Jan 6, 1976 30 mins

Gabe is overcome by insecurity after Julie leaves for a weekend skiing trip. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Barbarino: John Travolta. Woodman: John Sylvester.

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Episode 15

Sit-in

Tue, Jan 13, 1976 30 mins

Kotter dissuades his students from staging a food fight. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Barbarino: John Travolta. Epstein: Robert Hegyes.

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Episode 16

Follow the Leader

Tue, Jan 20, 1976 30 mins

Part 1 of two. Julie feels neglected, and Barbarino is dethroned as class leader. Gabriel Kaplan, John Travolta, Marcia Strassman. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.

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Episode 17

Follow the Leader

Thu, Jan 22, 1976 30 mins

Conclusion. Gabe's problems escalate as Julie moves out and Washington grows power-hungry. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.

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Episode 18

Dr. Epstein, I Presume

Thu, Jan 29, 1976 30 mins

Epstein's career plans are shattered by a snide counselor (Laura Zucker). Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Barbarino: John Travolta.

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Episode 19

One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Thu, Feb 5, 1976 30 mins

A flu epidemic sends several academically enriched students into Kotter's remedial class. Gabriel Kaplan. Barbarino: John Travolta. Washington: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. Horshack: Ron Palillo.

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Episode 20

The Telethon

Thu, Feb 12, 1976 30 mins

Kotter and his students stage a telethon to save their class from dissolution. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Barbarino: John Travolta. Miles: Jerry Rannow. Epstein: Robert Hegyes.

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Episode 21

Kotter Makes Good

Thu, Feb 19, 1976 30 mins

Gabe's high-school records show no senior exam results, and he must cram for a makeup test. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Woodman: John Sylvester White. Julie: Marcia Strassman. Horshack: Ron Palillo.

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Episode 22

Father Vinnie

Thu, Feb 26, 1976 30 mins

Barbarino decides to fulfill his dying grandmother's wish that he enter the priesthood. Gabe: Gabriel Kaplan. Epstein: Robert Hegyes. Horshack: Ron Palillo. Woodman: John Sylvester White.

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