The Facts of Life - The Complete Third Season

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The third Facts of Life season -- 1981-82 B.C. (Before Clooney) -- made some serious demands on its now solidified young cast. In the season opening "Growing Pains," Tootie (Kim Fields), tired of being treated like a child, gets drunk on a bottle of wine. In "Fear Strikes Back," Natalie (Mindy Cohn) succumbs to fear after she is attacked while coming home from a party. In "A Friend in Deed," Blair (Lisa Whelchel) learns her mother...
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The third Facts of Life season -- 1981-82 B.C. (Before Clooney) -- made some serious demands on its now solidified young cast. In the season opening "Growing Pains," Tootie (Kim Fields), tired of being treated like a child, gets drunk on a bottle of wine. In "Fear Strikes Back," Natalie (Mindy Cohn) succumbs to fear after she is attacked while coming home from a party. In "A Friend in Deed," Blair (Lisa Whelchel) learns her mother has breast cancer. Other episodes deal with such relevant and hot-button issues as censorship and book banning (the admirable "Read No Evil") and young motherhood ("A Baby in the House"). Leave it to The Facts of Life to reassuringly wrap things up by the 30-minute mark. "Getting drunk is not a grown-up thing to do," Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) scolds Tootie. "I'm sorry, Mrs. Garrett," she responds. "And I promise I'll never do it again." Several episodes deal with more typical schoolgirl shenanigans and the consequences of going Mean Girls on each other. In "Kids Can Be Cruel," an acne-scarred boy is collateral damage when Natalie seeks payback against Blair for an indiscretion. But even when a feud threatens to break up "The Four Musketeers," a slapstick paint fight restores the status quo. And there is character growth: In "New York, New York," antagonists Blair and Jo (Nancy McKeon) visit their old neighborhoods and discover how close they've become, also realizing that they've outgrown old friends. Season 3 marks the return of Geri Jewell, a comedian with cerebral palsy, as Blair's cousin, and the introduction of Lauren Tom (Julie on Friends) as new Japanese student Miko. An attempt to spin off the series at a nearby military academy begins and ends with the episodes "The Academy" and "The Big Fight." Although it never received critical props, this fondly remembered series was one of NBC's lone hits during the ratings-starved early '80s. Its pop-culture cachet has grown with such affectionate references as Jim Carrey's immortal lament in The Cable Guy: "I learned the facts of life from The Facts of Life." But this three-disc set is just the Facts, with no commentary or any of the series' subsequent retrospectives or reunion specials. Oh well, that's Life.
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  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • UPC: 043396162624
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 10:02:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- The Facts of Life: The Complete Third Season
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   Episode Selections
      Growing Pains
      Fear Strikes Back
      A Baby in the House
      A Friend in Deed
      Front Page
      Give and Take
      Sweet Sorrow
      From Russia With Love
   Previews
      Bewithched
      Bewithched (TV)
      I Dream of Jeannie
      Gidget and the Flying Nun
Disc #2 -- The Facts of Life: The Complete Third Season
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   Episode Selections
      9. Dear Me
      10. Cousin Geri Returns
      11. Legacy
      12. Green-Eyed Monster
      13. The Americanization of Miko
      14. The Marriage Brokers
      15. Starstruck
      16. The Four Musketeers
Disc #3 -- The Facts of Life: The Complete Third Season
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   Episode Selections
      17. The Affair
      18. Runaway
      19. New York, New York
      20. Kids Can Be Cruel
      21. Mind Your Own Business
      22. The Academy
      23. Jo's Cousin
      24. Read No Evil
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