The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
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Runaway 

Even though her parents refused to give her permission to go with Mrs. Garrett and the older girls, Tootie runs away to New York to meet up with them. There, she meets a teenage prostitute who tries to recruit her into her line of work.

Director:

Asaad Kelada

Writers:

Bernard Burnell Mack, Dick Clair (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Charlotte Rae ... Edna Garrett
Lisa Whelchel ... Blair Warner
Kim Fields ... Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey
Mindy Cohn ... Natalie Green
Nancy McKeon ... Jo Polniaczek
Lauren Tom ... Miko
Tammy Lauren ... Kristy
Darrell Fetty ... Mike
Larry Gelman ... The Man
Linda Darlow ... Bernice - The Waitress
Belle Ellig Belle Ellig ... The Woman

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Storyline

Even though her parents refused to give her permission to go with Mrs. Garrett and the older girls, Tootie runs away to New York to meet up with them. There, she meets a teenage prostitute who tries to recruit her into her line of work.

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Comedy | Family

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Trivia

The name of the actress who play's Bernice the waitress is Linda Darlow and the coffee shop is called Darlows Coffee Shop. See more »

Quotes

Blair Warner: I don't believe it. There is a hair on my menu!
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Soundtracks

The Facts of Life
(theme song)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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Runaway Tootie
15 March 2018 | by BugisStreetAnnieSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite FOL episodes. Something that I wasalways curious about, though, was at the beginning Mrs. Garrett is taking Jo, Blair and Natalie to the train station because obviously it was far enough from Eastland they had to be driven there (even in the following episode 'New York, New York' Mrs. G drives Jo and Blair to the train station), but then Tootie gets to the station without a car or Mrs. Garrett taking her there. I know, it's crazy, but it's something that always bugged me. I keep thinking "How did Tootie get to the train station to make it to New York?"

This also reminds me of the Duke Ellington Broadway play 'Sophisticated Ladies' that the gang are going to see until they were unable to get tickets. Unlike 'Dreamgirls' you never here much about SL now.

Like others have mentioned I was surprised they left the teen prostitute Kristy behind knowing what her fate would likely be. I guess due to time restraints they couldn't drag the storyline out to rescue Kristy, but it was a sad ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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