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Diff'rent Strokes/A Special Friend

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A Special Friend
Season 7, Episode 24
Airdate May 4, 1985
Written by Bob Brunner &
Ken Hecht
Directed by Gerren Keith
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A Special Friend is the twenty-fourth episode of the seventh season of Diff'rent Strokes, and the one hundred sixty-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Conrad Bain (Philip Drummond), Gary Coleman (Arnold Jackson), Todd Bridges (Willis Jackson), Mary Jo Catlett (Pearl Gallagher), Danny Cooksey (Sam McKinney)

and Dixie Carter (Maggie McKinney) (credit only)

Additional Cast: Lori Lethin (Karen Kimball), Natalie Core (Grace), Viviane Lord (Evelyn), Rachel Wells (Officer Torres)

Special Appearance: Dana Plato (Kimberly Drummond)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments