ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 7, Episode 4

Dinky Hocker (12 Dec. 1979)

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Overweight teenage girl is obsessed with food and can't stop eating. Only when she turns to a friend for help, does she start making changes in her eating habits.

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Susan 'Dinky' Hocker
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Helen Hocker
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John Hocker
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Tucker Woolf
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"DINKY HOCKER SHOOTS SMACK!" She is an addict, but she has never touched or used a drug in her life. Why those words are scribbled on sidewalks and scrawled on walls becomes the focus of this story. The film portrays the plight of a girl who is "hooked" on food. Dinky's mother is too involved in charity work at a drug rehabilitation center to notice her daughter's problems. Mrs. Hocker, all too sensitive to the difficulties of others, fails to see that her daughter is more than a victim of "baby fat." With the help of P. John, an overweight friend, Dinky makes strides, but her progress goes unnoticed. In all-out desperation to get her mother's attention, the young girl forces her family and the viewer to understand that you don't have to be a public misfit to be in personal, private turmoil. Written by Learning Corporation of America

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This was one great Afterschool Special...........
8 June 2006 | by (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I remember sneering at most of the ABC After School Specials back in the 1970s. I used to dismiss most of them as nauseatingly preachy, and I used to laugh at the ones that tried to be the most serious and "very special." I saw this one when I was probably about 15 or 16 years old, the same age as the kids in the movie. Nobody but Wendy Jo Sperber (God rest her soul) could have played this whiny, overeating, yet emotionally neglected teenager better. June Lockhart (Mrs. Robinson from Lost in Space) played her upper-middle class mother who freely gives Dinky almost anything she wants, including all the food she can eat to fill the emotional void due to her own disinterest in Dinky's emotional upbringing. Mrs. Hocker is much more interested in her pet charity projects with getting teenage smack (heroin) addicts clean and "rebirthing" them. Dinky decides her mother loves them more than her and devises a befitting "revenge" on her mother at the end. This movie was pretty close in staying true to the novel.


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