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Season 4

29 Oct. 1981
Growing Up
With the help of Arnold, Willis gets everyone to leave the house so that he and Charlene can make love for the first time. However when the moment occurs, things do not go as smoothly as he expected.
 
5 Nov. 1981
First Day Blues
Willis, struggling to make friends in his first days of high school, agrees to buy marijuana so that he can go to a party with upperclassmen.
 
12 Nov. 1981
The Model
Kimberly lands a modeling job at a department store which leads to her being selected for an upcoming modeling show in Paris. Drummond, initially dead-set against the trip, caves in and decides to take the whole family to Paris.
 
19 Nov. 1981
The Team
Willis sues the school basketball team when he loses his position to a white player because of their Affirmative Action policy.
 
26 Nov. 1981
The Big Heist
For his initiation into a club, Arnold attempts to steal a comic book from a store. When he gets caught, he and Drummond are shocked to learn that the comic is a collector's item worth $400 and he is charged with grand theft.
 
3 Dec. 1981
Double Date
Arnold's plans to go out on his first date are in jeopardy when Drummond won't allow him to go out at night without a chaperon.
 
10 Dec. 1981
The Ski Weekend
Tired of being treated like a child, Kimberly and a friend plan a ski weekend in which they will be staying with guys. She has a lot of explaining to do when Drummond and Willis drop by the lodge to surprise her.
 
17 Dec. 1981
Health Club
Drummond is excited to learn that he will be honored as Athlete of the Year by his health club. Arnold and Willis, however, secretly do not share in his excitement as they are denied access to the health club because they are black and decide not to tell Drummond because they don't want to spoil his big night.
 
7 Jan. 1982
Burial Ground
When it is learned that Drummond's upcoming construction project may be located on top of an ancient Indian burial ground, he faces protest from a Native American who threatens to go on a hunger strike if the land is built on. Arnold and Willis follow suit by going on a hunger strike of their own.
 
14 Jan. 1982
Hello Daddy
A visit from a Korean woman reveals that Mr. Drummond may have fathered her son during the Korean War.
 
21 Jan. 1982
Jilted
After Willis and Charlene have a fight, Arnold and Kimberly spot her at the movies with another guy. With Willis upset by this, Arnold comes up with a scheme to get them back together.
 
28 Jan. 1982
Dreams
After Drummond cancels a family fishing trip to go on a business flight to Canada, Arnold begins to have nightmares which prompts Drummond to contact a therapist.
 
4 Feb. 1982
Kathy
After being selected to play Abraham Lincoln in his school play, Arnold develops a case of stage fright. His confidence suffers even more after Kathy blows up at him when he tries to convince her to walk with her crutches.
 
11 Feb. 1982
Fire
When Drummond and his sister Sophia get word that a part of their building is on fire, they try to keep it a secret from the kids in hopes that it will be put out quickly without spreading.
 
18 Feb. 1982
The Squatter
Drummond's plan to tear down old apartments and replace them with luxury condominiums creates anger among one soon-to-be homeless elderly woman who refuses to leave the Drummond household.
 
25 Feb. 1982
The Car
Willis realizes the reason Charlene decided to date another boy is because Willis doesn't have a car and the other boy does. This leads to a decision that has far-reaching consequences for Willis and his relationships with both Charlene, the law and - when he finds out - his very angry father.
 
11 Mar. 1982
Crime Story: Part 1
Arnold and Dudley, unsure how to deal with two schoolyard teenage bullies who demand their lunch money, decide to ditch school to avoid them.
 
18 Mar. 1982
Crime Story: Part 2
After the schoolyard bullies put Willis in the hospital, Arnold considers wearing a wire to try and get evidence on them.
 
25 Mar. 1982
B.M.O.C.
While trying to impress an exclusive club, Willis distances himself from the family. When this happens, it breaks Arnold's heart.
 
1 Apr. 1982
Green Hair
Aunt Sophia pleads with Drummond to get involved with an effort to address pollution, but Drummond stubbornly refuses. Then, Kimberly's hair turns green after washing it with dirty water.
 
8 Apr. 1982
Have I Got a Girl for You
Sophia fixes Drummond up with one of her friends whose simple lifestyle conflicts with Drummond's high class living.
 
15 Apr. 1982
Lifesavers
After Willis saves Arnold from a falling piano, he gets annoyed by Arnold's tireless efforts to try and pay him back. So he come up with a plan to make Arnold look like a hero by staging a phony holdup at the garage he works at.
 
22 Apr. 1982
Stress? What Stress?
Willis, suffering from stress due to a hectic schedule, makes a false promise to Drummond that he will quit the school election, which stresses Arnold out when he finds out.
 
6 May 1982
The Music Man
Willis forms a band with his friends but faces a tough decision when the band members favor Kimberly over Charlene as the lead singer.
 
13 May 1982
Short But Sweet
Arnold's self-consciousness over his short stature once again rises to the surface when he realizes all of his friends have girlfriends, but not him. Drummond has to convince his son that looks - or in this case, height - aren't everything.
 
20 May 1982
On Your Toes
Arnold's sudden interest in ballet is hampered when Willis tells him that dancing will give him a 'sissy' label.
 

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