ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 4, Episode 1

It Must Be Love Cause I Feel So Dumb (8 Oct. 1975)

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A 13-year-old boy has a crush on a cheerleader at his school and dreams up creative ways to try to impress her.



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Episode cast overview:
Vicky Dawson ...
Denby Olcott ...
Kay Frye ...
Eric's Mother
Michael Miller ...
Eric's Father
P.R. Paul ...


A 13-year-old boy has a crush on a cheerleader at his school and dreams up creative ways to try to impress her.

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A Classic ABC Afterschool Special!
16 October 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For those of you who are from the 70s generation of watching those ABC Afterschool Specials, this one is well remembered.

In this film, you see Alfred Lutter (prior to his "Bad News Bears" films), in the lead role as Erik, the poor nerdy 13-year-old kid who is trying everything to get a date with Lisa (played by Vicky Dawson), the popular outgoing cheerleader. You know it is hopeless for Erik to even attempt to have Lisa as his girlfriend from the getgo, but nevertheless he does manage to get a date with her by spray-painting her name in big large letters on a brick wall and surprising her with his "art". Lisa is ecstatic at seeing her name on the wall and agrees to go with him to a party. Erik decides to take dancing lessons to learn the "bump" (the "rage" back in the mid-70s), but ends up learning the waltz instead. At the party, hosted by Cathy (played by Denby Olcott), who really likes Erik, is less than thrilled when Lisa comes strolling in. You then see hapless Erik sitting in the corner with his hair slicked down wearing a suit, while Lisa dances the night away (the bump of course) with a really "cool" guy to a staple song from the 70s, "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. When the party is over, Erik and Lisa walk outside (interesting that she decides to leave with him considering how she blows him off at the party), and it is pouring. Erik then launches into a fantasy, taking on the role of Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain", trench coat and all, ending with Lisa giving him a big kiss (in the fantasy that is). Then the film goes back to reality and Lisa doesn't want to get soaked walking home in the rain, so she storms off and says she is calling her mother for a ride home, leaving poor Erik once again.

If viewed today, it presents a lot of nostalgia from that era, i.e. air hockey and snorkel jackets.

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