Welcome Back, Kotter: Season 2, Episode 12

Hark, the Sweatkings (23 Dec. 1976)

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To get into the Christmas spirit, the Sweathogs give a homeless man a shave and a new suit. But after he shows up at the Kotter's Christmas party wearing his old clothes, he tells them he's a bum, but he's a happy bum.



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Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)
Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)


During the Christmas season, the Sweathogs learn about how a homeless man, Angie, who hangs out in the school yard wound up on the streets. After hearing his story, the Sweathogs are moved to do something special for him. They give him a shave and a new suit for the holidays. Then Angie shows up at the Kotter's Christmas party in his old clothes saying the new suit is just not him and even though he's a bum, he's a happy bum. Written by Mark

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This is obviously the Welcome Back Kotter Christmas episode dealing with some harsh facts about the holidays. It also teaches that sometimes people are incapable of change. This took place in 1976 and I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was so nice to see Michael V. Gazzo in something other than gangster movies. Although he plays Angie the bum, this episode was ahead of its time dealing with the homeless. He was a regular guy until his gambling habits became a problem. I remember that he took care of him, groomed him and basically gave him a second chance in life. It really stuck out in my mind after all of these years. Naturally, all of the same sweathog hijinks as usual, but a couple of really tender scenes. The sweathogs learned a lot about having bad habits and how it could ruin your life. Check it out!

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