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Basket Case 

Kotter is pressured to give Boom-Boom a passing grade on his exam, which he fails, so that he can continue to play on the basketball team.

Director:

Bob LaHendro

Writers:

Gabe Kaplan (created by) (as Gabriel Kaplan), Alan Sacks (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)
Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter
John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman
Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington
Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack
John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino
Jess Nadelman Jess Nadelman ... Coach
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Kotter is pressured to give Boom-Boom a passing grade on his exam, which he fails, so that he can continue to play on the basketball team.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Why study when you're a star?
25 June 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Basket Case" addresses a dilemma that regularly occurs in schools to this day, the preferential treatment that star athletes receive and the assumption that they can breeze through classes without having to work for better grades. A classic opening finds Gabe stunned to be waking up making his father's noise (and adopting his father's walk), since he's 10 years too young to get out of bed with such a cry! Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington is here established as Buchanan High's resident star basketball player, certain that his future with the hometown New York Knicks is a sure thing. It's examination day, and for the first time Barbarino offers up his 'What, Where' routine when Kotter asks to check his arm for the answers (he should have rubbed them off his leg too!). Gabe mentions his days as a basketball player, and the Sweathogs laugh it off. When Washington fails to finish his test and refuses to take it over, Kotter is determined to make him see the error of his ways. Mr. Woodman and the coach (Jess Nadelman) also try to force Gabe to give in and pass Freddie automatically. Ultimately, Kotter makes a bet with the athletic Sweathog, going one on one in a game of basketball and just coming up short, 20-16, convincing Freddie to cover his bases by taking the makeup test after all.


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