The Facts of Life: Season 3, Episode 18

Runaway (24 Feb. 1982)

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Even though her parents refused to give her permission to go with Mrs. Garrett and the older girls, Tootie runs away to New York to meet up with them. There, she meets a teenage prostitute who tries to recruit her into her line of work.

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Even though her parents refused to give her permission to go with Mrs. Garrett and the older girls, Tootie runs away to New York to meet up with them. There, she meets a teenage prostitute who tries to recruit her into her line of work.

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Blair Warner: [sitting in a grungy coffee shop] Look at the clientele. There's only one man in the whole place wearing a suit.
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek: Oh, you mean the pimp.
Blair Warner: [Blair and Natalie look] He's a pimp? Where's his fur coat and his cigar, and his purple hat?
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek: Maybe it's his first day.
Blair Warner: [about the girls sitting at a table nearby] I suppose you're gonna tell me those are his "pimpettes"?
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek: You got it.
Natalie Green: [they look again] You mean hookers?
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek: Your basic.
Blair Warner: They can't be!
Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek: Just watch.
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Atypically excellent VSE
14 January 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Startlingly well-acted and -written episode from the classic era of Very Special Episodes. Tammy Lauren is extremely good as the young prostitute who innocently befriends Tootie (run away from Eastland for the day but now on her own since her wallet's been stolen) and is then forced by her pimp to "recruit" Tootie. Her dilemma is written on her face--her genuine liking for Tootie against her fear of the consequences if she doesn't cooperate ("you have to get me off the hook with Mike...he gets so mad..."). The supporting cast is similarly excellent, including Darrell Fetty as the laconic, menacing Mike, and Linda Darlow as the waitress who witnesses what's happening and finally, almost against her will, warns Tootie just in time. The episode is nicely underwritten and, most unusually for a VSE, has no upbeat ending or PSA. Instead, as Tootie is leaving to go back to Eastland with Mrs. Garrett, she stops and the two girls regard each other silently. Tootie, and the audience, know exactly what Kristy is going back to--an atypically bleak, unsentimental episode ending for this series.


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