History Series / DiffRentStrokes

17th Apr '17 4:23:23 PM maxwellsilver
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* LockedInARoom: Arnold and Lisa are locked in the school's dark room in "The Photo Club".

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* LockedInARoom: Arnold and Lisa are locked in the school's dark room darkroom in "The Photo Club".


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* MinorWithFakeID: In "The Older Woman", Willis uses a fake ID -- and a fake moustache -- to get into a nightclub. He just narrowly avoids Mr. Drummond, but is found out when the older woman he picked comes to the house to visit.
3rd Apr '17 5:03:17 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* WeddingDay

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* WeddingDayWeddingDay: Mr. Drummond and Maggie in Season 6.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "The Boyfriend", Kimberly announces to Mr. Drummond that she's engaged to her boyfriend, David. David is never mentioned on the show again.
29th Mar '17 4:22:28 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* SeriesContinuityError: In "Where There's Hope", Arnold tell the guests at his birthday party to enjoy it, because they have to go back to school on Monday; a later episode has Arnold dislike the idea of getting the day off for his birthday, because it's in the summer.

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* SeriesContinuityError: In "Where There's Hope", Arnold tell the guests at his birthday party to enjoy it, because they have to go back to school on Monday; a later episode has in "Assert Yourself", Arnold dislike dislikes the idea of getting the day off for his birthday, because it's in the summer.during summer vacation.
18th Mar '17 8:11:38 PM DrOO7
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted. Arnold runs into Philip's nightgown-clad girlfriend and chats with her casually, supposedly having no idea what she's doing there. . .until he talks with Philip and it turns out that he actually ''does''.


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** For that matter, most of Drummond's romances fall into this category.


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* ParentsAsPeople: In the aptly titled "Parents Have Rights Too", as Philip explains to Arnold that he sent the kids away so that he and his girlfriend could spend time together, Arnold admits, "I know what goes on between men and women. I just never thought of ''you'' like that."
13th Feb '17 11:17:18 PM AnotherGuy
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Late in the series, an episode was devoted to the fact Arnold was suffering stunted growth, since the show had been on so long that Arnold's lack of height had to be explained somehow.
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* CompressedVice: Kimberly's bulimia in Season 8.
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* BigEater: Arnold, apparently.

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* BigEater: BigEater:
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Arnold, apparently.apparently.
** Kimberly, when she suffered from bulimia in Season 8.



* ChildHater: In "The New Landlord," the titular {{landlord}} decides to ban children from the building, meaning the Drummonds face eviction.
-->'''Arnold:''' Weren't you a kid once?
-->'''New Landlord:''' Nope. I went directly from birth to landlord.

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* ChildHater: ChildHater:
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In "The New Landlord," the titular {{landlord}} decides to ban children from the building, meaning the Drummonds face eviction.
-->'''Arnold:''' --->'''Arnold:''' Weren't you a kid once?
-->'''New --->'''New Landlord:''' Nope. I went directly from birth to landlord.



* MayDecemberRomance: The impression the producers initially wanted to avoid when hiring an actress to play Maggie [=McKinney=], the woman that Mr. Drummond would eventually marry. (Conrad Bain was born in 1923, seven years prior to his character, Philip Drummond; the initial leading contender to play Maggie, Mary Ann Mobley, was born in 1939.) However, the first Maggie Dixie Carter was also born in 1939, and when she was let go at the end of the 1984-1985 season, Mobley was given a second look and eventually hired. [[note]]She appeared in about half of the Season 8 episodes.[[/note]]

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* MayDecemberRomance: MayDecemberRomance:
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The impression the producers initially wanted to avoid when hiring an actress to play Maggie [=McKinney=], the woman that Mr. Drummond would eventually marry. (Conrad Bain was born in 1923, seven years prior to his character, Philip Drummond; the initial leading contender to play Maggie, Mary Ann Mobley, was born in 1939.) However, the first Maggie Dixie Carter was also born in 1939, and when she was let go at the end of the 1984-1985 season, Mobley was given a second look and eventually hired. [[note]]She appeared in about half of the Season 8 episodes.[[/note]]



* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "The Girls School", which bore ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: PoorlyDisguisedPilot:
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"The Girls School", which bore ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.



* SmokingIsCool: In "The Girls' School" episode, the character Blair (the snobby rich girl, played by Lisa Welchel) can be seen puffing on a cigarette; this character trait would be dropped (Welchel is a non-smoker) by the time ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' made it to series.

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* SmokingIsCool: SmokingIsCool:
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In "The Girls' School" episode, the character Blair (the snobby rich girl, played by Lisa Welchel) can be seen puffing on a cigarette; this character trait would be dropped (Welchel is a non-smoker) by the time ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' made it to series.
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* RecklessGunUsage: Willis gets a gun to protect himself in "The Peacemaker", and nearly shoots Mr. Drummond when Willis mistakes him for an intruder.
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* CrossingTheBurntBridge: After Arnold thinks he's going to die in "Fire", he calls up the Gooch and tells him off. He then finds out he's going to live, so he calls the Gooch again and claims the previous call was an impersonator.
2nd Feb '17 5:10:51 AM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* DarkHorseVictory: In "Assert Yourself", Arnold and Dudley are running for class president, but their competition, a third candidate named Norman, ends up winning because most of the voters were too confused to vote for the other two.
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