A Very Special Episode: Diff’rent Strokes “A Special Friend” (The Epilepsy Episode)


Reports today are that rapper Rick Ross suffered a seizure and as of this post is currently unconscious. Of course our thoughts prayers go out to him and his family.

This news brings to mind a very special episode of “Diff’rent Strokes” from back in the day when Arnold and Sam deal with a street performing friend of theirs who has epilepsy. The boys have a hard time dealing with it and end up cracking jokes about it until Pearl gives them some advice and reveals to them that epilepsy is a common disorder for a lot of people, including her.
This was likely one of the first chances to learn about epilepsy and seizures by many in our generation and one of the more memorable episodes of this show. If you’ve never seen it before or want to rewatch it, check the links below.


Diff’rent Strokes – 7×24 – A Special Friend 1/2 – YouTube.
Diff’rent Strokes – 7×24 – A Special Friend 2/2 – YouTube.

Do you remember this episode? Have you had any experience with epilepsy similar to this? Let us know in the comments!

We’ll get into this and several more “very special episodes” in next week’s CSP episode “Sitcomspiracy Theory” — look for it next week!

side-note: Notice in the part 2 video the maid Pearl wants to watch championship wrestling on TV! She knows it’s real!

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