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Episode List


Season 5

2 Oct. 1982
Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade
In his efforts to help Willis dethrone an arrogant video game champion at the local arcade, Arnold becomes hooked on video games.
9 Oct. 1982
In the Swim
When Kimberly transfers to public school, she causes Willis embarrassment by insulting the class president and trying out for the boy's swim team. Drummond hires a new housekeeper with an impressive resume.
16 Oct. 1982
Cyrano De Jackson
Dudley, too shy to talk to Lisa, his love interest, turns to Arnold to help him woo her with poetry. However when the plan backfires, Arnold finds himself unable to get rid of Lisa, who is in love with him, and unable to talk to Dudley who is mad at him for stealing Lisa.
23 Oct. 1982
Big Brother
Arnold, feeling sorry for a new boy at school who has no friends, asks Willis to serve as a big brother to him. When Willis begins spending all his time with his "new brother", Arnold feels neglected.
30 Oct. 1982
The Peacemaker
Willis steps in to mediate a feud between rival gangs, which has been intensifying. When the effort fails, Willis finds out his personal safety is in danger, so he decides to buy a gun, a move that could really exasperate matters.
6 Nov. 1982
Substitute Teacher
Arnold and his classmates gets really upset when a substitute teacher, filling in for Miss Chung, really piles on the homework. When the teacher accidentally strikes Arnold, who is fooling around in class, Arnold and Dudley decide to lie about the incident in hopes of getting him removed.
13 Nov. 1982
The Older Woman
Willis obtains a fake ID and dons a fake mustache to get into a nightclub. While at the club, he gets a date with a much older woman and spots Mr. Drummond on date with a much younger woman.
20 Nov. 1982
A Case of Overexposure
Arnold's campaign to be elected class president hits a low point when a picture that Kimberly took of him in the shower showing his bare behind is accidentally published in the newspaper.
27 Nov. 1982
A cassette tape, containing a recording of Arnold and Willis' deceased mother, is discovered in a trunk that is returned to the boys. When Drummond innocently plays the tape, it triggers Arnold's deep-seated grief about the loss of his mother.
4 Dec. 1982
Push Comes to Shove
When Arnold is bullied by a kid in the building, Drummond advises him not to resort to violence. However, when Drummond himself is bullied by the kid's father, who happens to be the building manager, he has trouble following his own advice.
11 Dec. 1982
The Executives
When Willis hears from a friend that Drummond's company does not hire blacks, he goes in for an interview using a fake name. When he is turned down for the job, he accuses the interviewer of being prejudice and "fires" him.
18 Dec. 1982
Santa's Helper
A man dressed as Santa Claus breaks into the apartment and steals gifts.
8 Jan. 1983
A Growing Problem
Fed up with living under Drummond's rules, Willis decides to move into an apartment with a friend whose dependence on alcohol is troubling.
15 Jan. 1983
Parents Have Rights, Too
Drummond lies to the kids about not being able to go on a family camping trip so he can spend a night of romance with his tax attorney.
22 Jan. 1983
Independent Woman
Kimberly asserts her independence from her father by getting a job at a burger joint.
5 Feb. 1983
The Bicycle Man: Part 1
Arnold and Dudley become friends with the owner of a local bicycle shop named Henry, unaware that he is a pedophile looking for his next victim.
12 Feb. 1983
The Bicycle Man: Part 2
Drummond and Mr. Ramsey learn the truth about Mr. Horton, the seemingly friendly bicycle shop owner with a very sinister side. It soon becomes a race against time to get details out of Arnold after learning that Dudley is about to become Mr. Horton's latest victim.
19 Feb. 1983
Family on Ice
Kimberly impresses professional skater Dorothy Hamill with her ice skating, and is taken under her wing. But Kimberly is overwhelmed by the hard work it takes to become a professional skater, and devises a way out.
26 Feb. 1983
Hall Monitor
Arnold, realizing that Kathy is struggling to fit in at public school, encourages her to become hall monitor. He quickly realizes that he has created a monster when she begins to take her job too literally.
5 Mar. 1983
The Cricket
Arnold becomes attached to a cricket that he believes is bringing him luck. Unfortunately, Drummond and Willis do not share the same warm feelings toward the cricket, which keeps them up at night.
12 Mar. 1983
With Willis needing a quiet room to study for his SAT tests, Arnold and Drummond agree to become roommates so that Willis can have Drummond's room to himself.
19 Mar. 1983
The Reporter
As a reporter for the school newspaper, Arnold learns that drugs are being sold on school grounds. This attracts the concern of First Lady Nancy Reagan, who comes to the school to talk about her anti-drug campaign.
30 Apr. 1983
Romeo and Juliet
Arnold is excited about auditioning for the role of Romeo in the school play "Romeo & Juliet" until he finds out that his nemesis, Lisa, got the role of Juliet.
7 May 1983
My Fair Larry
Willis asks Kimberly to help a classmate who lacks sensitivity to try and get a girl at school. However, the plan backfires when he falls in love with Kimberly.

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