The Facts of Life: Season 4
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The Facts Of Life Season Four: All 24 Original Episodes!
Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn) and Jo (Nancy McKeon), are back in school under the guiding hand of their housemother and dietitian, Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae), at the Eastland Academy for Girls. Season Four highlights include a marriage proposal for Mrs. Garrett, an eye-opening lesson in drunk driving for the girls, and Blair and Jo heading off to college! Dishing out quick-witted humor and big laughs, the girls literally grew up right in front of millions of viewers each week.
* The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris: The two-hour television special that aired on September 25, 1982 just prior to the premiere of Season Four. The girls and Mrs. Garrett embark on a Parisian adventure where they encounter new friendship and love
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This marks the last season of the show at Private School Eastland Academy, where the 1983-1984 season starts the beginning of a new era for the show: Edna's Edibles. But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Guest Stars for the fourth season include Eve Plumb (Brady Bunch), Jimmy Baio, David Ackroyd, Gary Hudson, Geri Jewell, Chip Fields (Kim Fields 'Tooties' mother). Mrs. Garrett and the girls learn more about the Facts of Life during Blair and Jo's senior year at Eastland. The season finale featured a double-length episode where Blair and Jo graduate Eastland Academy only to enroll in Langley College in near Peekskill, New York. This season also marks a memorable episodes where Natalie wears her infamous lightning bolt hat in the pillow fight episode, Take My Finals Please!
These episodes are great, the first couple seasons seemed not to quite find it's niche and the writing was very 'cheesy'. As the girls grow up, the subject matter also tends to mature. It just get's better from here on.
EPISODES ON 4 DISCS
The Facts of Life Goes To Paris: Parts 1-4
Ain't Miss Beholden
Although Jo's scholarship is ending, she won't accept aid from Blair's family foundation.
Natalie won't reveal her source for an article on a schoolmate's secret abortion.
The Sound of Silence
Tootie refuses to get help for a hearing problem that's affecting her behavior and grades.
The Oldest Living Graduate
After Jo interviews the oldest alumni, she changes her mind about donating money to the school.
Blair motives are questioned when she tutors a handsome but mentally retarded young man.
An upset Natalie searches for her natural mother.
A Woman's Place
Jo's workplace boyfriend is upset when she is promoted over him.
Blair faces an embarassing tax audit when she signs a return prepared by her dad.
The Big Fight
A cadet asks Natalie to watch him in a boxing match.
For the Asking
Natalie's anti-chauvinist principles compel her to boycott the Sadie Hawkins Day dance.
Mrs. Garrett's jogging partner proposes, but the girls protest that he's too old for her.
A Royal Pain
A new, royal student is a chronic runaway who is already planning her next escape.
Blair alienates everyone when she tries everything to please a new boyfriend.
The girls try to ease Mrs. Garrett's blood pressure by lying about anything that might upset her.
Jo becomes angry when she learns that a favorite teacher is leaving.
A night out at Tootie's brother's party teaches the girls a lesson about drunk driving.
Best Sister (1)
Blair's sister declares she is becoming a nun.
Best Sister (2)
Jo comes back from the retreat saying she too wants to be a nun.
Guess What's Coming to Dinner?
Mrs. Garrett tries to entertain French visitors who speak no English.
Who's On First
Natalie's preoccupation with her new boyfriend excludes Tootie.
Help from Home
Jo decides to forgo college after a visit home reveals what a financial hardship it would be.
Take My Finals, Please
The girls study all night for final exams one last time.
Jo and Blair prepare to leave Eastland for college.
Natalie and Tootie try to adjust to Jo and Blair's leaving, even though they won't be far away.
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The most important part of this boxed set is the inclusion of the tv movie special THE FACTS OF LIFE GOES TO PARIS. This was presented as a special weeks before season four started and received huge ratings. It was superbly written. Usually when tv series had movies like this they turned into slapstick silly ventures. Here we got journeys of self exploration of all the girls including Mrs. Garrett which helped greatly to show how they had grown up when the new season premiered. This special could easily have been sold as a separate dvd but to include such a huge special feature deserves the highest kudos.
Stories on THE FACTS OF LIFE always dealt with serious and timely issues and that continues here. Blair dates and tries to change a retarded young man. Jo deals with possibly having to leave Eastland due to the loss of her scholarship. I can go on and on about the plots but they were all great and displayed how our girls had blossomed. And holding it all together as always is Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Garrett. She was always the shining light of this show bringing some light slapstick while bringing wisdom to all the girls. If you grew up on this show this is the best season to have. Memories galore on a show that lives on in our hearts.
They should really just release the ENTIRE series of Fact of Life and Diff'rent strokes, ALL AT ONCE.... in a low cost package like the Sanford and Son and Good Times releases. The packaging may not be great, but at least the ENTIRE series is released AT ONCE and we don't have to put up with the horror that is SONY.
As I look at all the crappy TV DVD series that are out, I am just shocked that Sony isn't jumping in there to get the rest of these on the shelves!
I would much rather pay $25 for a Season of TFoL than $25 to see the lousy story-line movies that are in the theaters right now.
(BTW, I was always a fan of Natalie. I was the slightly overweight girl with the great sense of humor growing up and I could really relate to her.)