"Beau's Jest" introduced Steve Shortridge as New Orleans transfer Beau DeLabarre, intended as a heartthrob replacement for the frequently missing Barbarino. He and the other Sweathogs don't exactly see eye to eye, with his charming demeanor proving irresistible to all the girls and even Principal Woodman, following his initial displeasure at Beau's arriving a week later than usual, having been expelled from seven different schools. His low grade point average results in his assignment to become a 'Swinehog,' but with Epstein stapling his jockey shorts to the wall it's open warfare. In retaliation Beau gets Juan a date with a beautiful woman who turns out to be engaged, her jealous boyfriend (Richard Moll) actually showing up at the schoolyard for a case of assault. Kotter makes a rare fourth season appearance, at the beginning and the end, but Barbarino is absent.
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