The janitor has a secret. He was a famous Broadway dancer and he is hiding a friend (also a famous dancer) and a dog in his office.


Robert Douglas


Christopher Gore (created by), William Blinn

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Episode cast overview:
Debbie Allen ... Lydia Grant
Lee Curreri ... Bruno Martelli
Erica Gimpel ... Coco Hernandez (credit only)
Albert Hague ... Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky
Carlo Imperato ... Danny Amatullo
Carol Mayo Jenkins ... Elizabeth Sherwood
Valerie Landsburg ... Doris Schwartz
P.R. Paul P.R. Paul ... Montgomery MacNeil
Gene Anthony Ray ... Leroy Johnson
Lori Singer ... Julie Miller
Art Carney ... Tim O'Banyan
Ray Walston ... Birdie Whelan
Bronwyn Thomas Bronwyn Thomas ... Michelle
Lang Yun Lang Yun ... Mrs. Peyton-Smythe


Tim O'Banyan is the school's janitor. Thinking that Tim is hiding a dog in the janitor's room in the basement of the school, Doris, Bruno and Danny investigate. What they find is that Tim is harboring more than Clumpy the dog, but Clumpy's owner, Birdie Whelan. Tim and Birdie were professional rivals during their younger years, more precisely dance rivals, but are now best friends. Burdened with medical expenses stemming from a broken hip, Birdie was kicked out of his apartment for failing to pay rent, and since Tim's apartment didn't allow pets, Birdie moved into the school's basement. Tim and Birdie's long term plan is to raise another $3,000 to buy a trailer in which to live. Word of Tim and Birdie's situation quickly spreads amongst the student body, with Julie coming up with an idea of holding a benefit. They have to keep the fact of the benefit quiet from the teachers. Elizabeth does find out about it, and is afraid that the students who participate will be expelled since it is ... Written by Huggo

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15 April 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by Art Carney and Ray Walston
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