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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24 February 1982 (USA)  »

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The name of the actress who play's Bernice the waitress is Linda Darlow and the coffee shop is called Darlows Coffee Shop. See more »

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Edna Garrett: [Tootie's taken off and Jo's just called the school] Jo, listen. Let me talk to Tootie for a minute.
Edna Garrett: [listens for a second] What do you mean she's not with you? Jo, Tootie left for New York on the eleven o'clock train. She was planning on meeting you in front of the theatre.
Edna Garrett: [listens] Why weren't you there?
Edna Garrett: [listens again] WHAT DOES A NUN HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?
Edna Garrett: [takes a deep breath, exhales, then calms down] Jo, I'm driving in right now. I'll meet you girls in front of the theatre in an hour. WAIT ...
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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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