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1981

7 Jan. 1981
Count Your Blessings
When Arnold finds out that he will only grow to be 5 foot tall, he becomes very depressed. To make him feel better, Drummond introduces him to a friend's daughter who is very upbeat despite being confined to a wheelchair.
 
14 Jan. 1981
The Loan
Arnold befriends the doorman who asks him for a $100 loan so he can bet it on a horse race.
 
21 Jan. 1981
Roots
Mr. Drummond worries that Willis's newfound Afrocentric attitudes are dividing the family.
 
28 Jan. 1981
Junk Food Junkie
Arnold's poor dental checkup has Drummond suspecting that the easy availability of junk food from vending machines at school is to blame. But when Drummond begins a campaign to replace the hot dogs, cookies, potato chips and soft drinks with more healthy foods, Arnold's friends try to convince him to get his father to reconsider.
 
4 Feb. 1981
The Bus
Arnold's joy of being transferred to an all-white school (and riding a bus to get there) is shaken to its very core when a racist busing opponent calls the Drummond household warning the pro-busing family patriarch not to send his black children to the new school, or else.
 
25 Feb. 1981
The Older Man
Tired of looking like a 15 year old, Kimberly turns to Blair for help in looking like an older woman. She meets with immediate success when she accepts a date from a 25-year-old man (who thinks she's at least 20). Arnold and Willis find out about the date and sneak off to the movie theater to try to stop the date before Drummond finds out.
 
4 Mar. 1981
Where There's Hope
Arnold gets annoyed with the new girl next door and makes it known that he does not want her at his 10th birthday party. However, when Drummond finds out from her parents that she has leukemia, he tries to get Arnold to re-invite her without telling him of her illness.
 
11 Mar. 1981
The Magician
With a magazine reporter and Ed "Too Tall" Jones coming over to the house, Arnold decides to show off his talents by putting on a magic show. He plays a silly trick on everyone that leaves him out on the balcony ledge, afraid to move.
 
18 Mar. 1981
Drummond's Fair Lady
Drummond creates controversy with his shareholders when he recommends hiring a woman with whom he starts dating to head up a new division in his company. The children, shareholders themselves, are all for it until Kimberly overhears her talking to a mystery man on the phone.
 
25 Mar. 1981
The Ancestors
Drummond is initially excited to hear that he is the owner of a two million dollar piece of land in Harlem only to later find out that the ancestor whom he inherited it from was a slave trader. He must now decide whether to donate it to be used as a community center or decline it.
 
1 Apr. 1981
Almost American
After getting a D in history, Arnold is forced to stay home from a hockey game to study. While at home, he and Drummond meet Milos, a Czech immigrant who is going to night school to try and become a US citizen.
 
6 May 1981
Room for One More
Worried that his foster father's unemployed status will send him to another foster home, Dudley runs away and hides in Arnold's room in hopes that Arnold can convince Drummond to adopt him too.
 
13 May 1981
The Athlete
Willis, the star pitcher of his junior high team, is recruited by a coach from a high school with a reputation for producing major league talent. When Drummonds learns that attending this school entails lying and grade fixing, he forbids Willis to go.
 
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.
 

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