ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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What Are Friends For? 

Two 12-year-old girls going through a divorce make a pact never to divorce their friendship.


Stephen Gyllenhaal


Mildred Ames (book), Durrell Royce Crays (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Melora Hardin ... Amy Warner
Dana Hill ... Michelle Mudd
Susan Adams Susan Adams ... Mrs. Warner
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Dr. Mudd
Tasha Zemrus Tasha Zemrus ... Nora
Jill Tyler Jill Tyler ... Barbra Dulaney
Sally Kemp ... Mrs. Mudd
Ellie Tompkins Ellie Tompkins ... Diane
Drew Snyder ... Pharmacies
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Doll Shop Owner
Karen McLarty Karen McLarty ... (as Karen Werner)
Mary Margaret Lewis Mary Margaret Lewis ... Pharmacies Assistant
Sean P. Griffin Sean P. Griffin ... Mover (as Sean Griffin)
Sugar Shell Sugar Shell


Two 12-year-old girls going through a divorce make a pact never to divorce their friendship.

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19 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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My parents used to get mad I played MOTLEY CRUE records. Here's Dana Hill practicing voodoo in robes and kabuki make-up!

After School specials were Hit or Miss affairs. Usually when you watch an old one now (And you CAN, for now they are finally for sale at AMAZON. Yay!) you find yourself thinking "Hmmmm. That wasn't as good as I had remembered.") WHAT ARE BEST FRIENDS FOR is actually pretty darn good. There's a new girl in town named Amy and she's moving into an apartment with Mom who just recently split up with Dad. Amy has decided to give Dad the cold shoulder, hide away his picture in cold storage and refuse his phone calls and such. She meets Michelle Mudd (Dana Hill), a girl her age whose parents are also divorced. Because they both children of divorce ( a point that is driven home to be so out of the ordinary that these two girls are a rare breed shunned by the rest of the kids. This was the '80s. People weren't as divorce happy as we are now) Michelle tells Amy they have to be friends. But not just friends. Best friends bound by a voodoo pact,an exchange of jewelry and an oath of loyalty. So now whenever Michelle sees Amy talking to other kids she freaks out screaming "Loyalty" this and "Loyalty" that. Michelle gets weirder as the show goes on. She starts out meditating and chanting and lighting candles and such. Then one day Amy walks in unannounced and catches Michelle doing a weird voodoo ritual in her bathroom dressed in a voodoo priestess cape and kabuki style goth make-up (probably from those late 70's Do-It-Yourself KISS make-up sets). It seems that when Michelle doesn't like someone (Like Dad's new girlfriend!) she does voodoo to try to wish them away. This, I would imagine, would make it hard to break off a friendship with the girl since I'm sure if you upset her she would be putting the black magic towards getting even with you and making your life a living hell. As weird an After School Special as your likely to ever see: Watching Dana tiptoe down a corridor and sneak into Amy's apartment in goth gear with a mysterious bundle of newspaper in her hands freaked me out a little, and my daughter was glued to the TV set! Check it out.

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