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Dangerous Minds

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by George Fergus

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aired from: Sep 1996 to: Mar 1997 17 eps ABC 60 min stereo closed captioned

regulars:

  • Annie Potts as Louanne Johnson
  • Stanley Anderson as Bud Bartkus
  • Jenny Gago as Amanda Bardales
  • Michael Jace as Jerome Griffin
  • Tamala Jones as Callie Timmons
  • Vicellous Reon Shannon as Cornelius Hawkins
  • Cedrik Terrell as James Revill
  • Maria Costa as Blanca Guerrero
  • LaToya Howlett as Alvina Edwards
  • Greg Serano as Gusmaro Lopez

    Based on a real person and on the movie of the same name, ex-Marine Louanne Johnson is an unconventional teacher who inspires her class of bright but "difficult" inner-city students, and makes a real difference in their lives, outside school as well as inside.


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      1st Season 1996

    1. _"Pilot"
      gs: Coolio [ Mr. Thomas ], Ella Joyce [ The Judge ], William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Jenny O'Hara [ Jean Warner ], Richard T. Jones [ Kimboley ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Donzaleigh Abernathy [ Irene Timmons ], Janet Borrus [ Janet Friedman ], Fab Filippo [ Justin ], Marcello Thedford [ Wil ], Colby French [ Cop Number 1 ]

      Louanne has misgivings about the job, and scant details about her predecessor. As Louanne starts to connect with the kids, three draw special attention: one tough who misses school to help his family financially; an aggressive lad interested in trains; and a girl who's raising her own child. Soon, Louanne finds that she, too, may need help-when she faces the girl's abusive boyfriend.

      b: 30 Sep 96 pc: _________ w: Ronald Bass & Jane Rusconi and Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider d: Jim Hayman
    2. _"Hair Affair"
      gs: Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Travon Jamar [ Mongo ], Bob McCraken [ The Teacher ], Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity Hartman ], Craig Wasson [ Doug Hartman ], Zahn McClarnon [ Carlos ], Lombardo Boyar [ Fatty ], Pablo Irlando [ Jesus ], William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Kellita Smith [ Dominique ], Amy Kaye [ The Salon Customer ], Lucy Rodriguez [ The Nurse ], Thom Barry [ John Raye ]

      Due to financial cutbacks, Louanne accepts a student's suggestion to hold a fund-raiser; Gusmaro becomes increasingly disturbed about belonging to a street gang.

      b: 7 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    3. _"See Me"
      gs: Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity ], Marcello Thadford [ Wil ], Antwon Tanner [ Derrick ], Julia Vera [ Mrs. Lopez ], William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Ken Learner [ Ron Demerjian ]

      Louanne arranges for Cornelius to return to school, an action which angers Bartkus; Gusmaro is reluctant to list his date of birth and Social Security number on a form; and the students prepare for a practice job interview.

      b: 14 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    4. _"Bad Apple"
      gs: Rodney Eastman [ Mike Jensen ], William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Jenny O'Hara [ Jean ], Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Jeffrey Garcia [ Raoul ], Theo Mizwhara [ Don Yamamoto ], Bob McCraken [ Bob Freeman ], Larry Cedar [ Kyle Jensen ], Lora Staley [ Penny Jensen ], Lewis Dauber [ Mickey Callender ], John Hawkes [ Evan ]

      Louanne tries to reach a new student, "a hyperactive underachieve", and she makes a first visit to Mickey's Tavern, the faculty's weekly hangout. Meanwhile, James is inspired by Mr. Griffin to plant an apricot tree in the schoolyard.

      b: 21 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    5. _"Family Ties"
      gs: Jack Blessing [ Mr. Overton ], Sam Sarpong [ Lamont ], Hill Harper [ Darryl ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Donzaleigh Abernathy [ Irene ], Bob McCracken [ Bob Freeman ], Theo Mizwhara [ Don Yamamoto ], Winston Rocha [ Elliot Jacobson ], Sandra Blake [ Rose ], Aloma Wright [ James Grandma ], Kene Holliday [ Reverend Washington ], Andre Roberson [ Elijah ], Charles Walker [ Mr. Winston ], Michael Mack [ The Minister ]

      When an unpopular student is slain, it turns out there's no one to bury him; the father of Callie's daughter returns, which delights the little girl, but not Callie; James and Gusmaro try to turn a goose into a pet.

      b: 28 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    6. _"The Code"
      gs: Yo-Yo [ Letisha ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Jeffrey Garcia [ Raoul ], Wendy Worthington [ The Guide ], Teddy Lane Jr. [ The Security Guard ]

      Louanne tries to understand "the code" to which her students adhere when two students swear that they won't continue a fight, and after Gusmaro is arrested for stealing a CD that someone else placed in his backpack. The class visits Alcatraz.

      b: 11 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    7. _"Need Deep"
      gs: Steve Barnes [ Harold ], Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Donzaleigh Abernathy [ Irene ], Oscar Miranda [ Oscar ], Patti Yasutake [ Jacqueline Demmler ], Pedro Pana [ Mitchell Brooks ], Maria Moreno [ Estella ], Edith Grant [ Pretty Girl No.1 ], Carla Vega [ Pretty Girl No. 2 ], Orlando Estrada [ The Gangbanger ]

      Louanne gets James to agree to be involved in community service, but he balks at having to care for a disabled 16-year-old. Meanwhile, Blanca has a boyfriend who wants to end his involvement with a gang.

      b: 18 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    8. _"Jumped"
      gs: Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Stephen Ralston [ Oliver ], Mark Edwards [ Larry Jenkins ], Amad Reese [ Curtis Lowe ], Quintus Moore [ Philip ], Aloma Wright [ James' Grandma ], Franco Vega [ Amelio ], Tim Hutchinson [ Bill Overbay ], Ian "Blaze" Kelly [ Willis ], Scotty Brulee [ Kyle ], Rolando Molina [ Joker ], Yunoka Doyle [ Party Girl ], Chariesse La Velle [ Plain Jane Girl ], Billy Baulton [ Marcus ]

      After James is viciously beaten in the locker room, Louanne places herself in jeopardy by trying to find the attackers. Meanwhile, Gusmaro, also attempting to help, considers joining a new gang; and Cornelius seeks a videotape that depicts the assault.

      b: 25 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    9. _"Evolution"
      gs: Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Tracy Smith [ Herself ], Craig Jackson [ Himself ], Clea DuVall [ Nina ], Taji Coleman [ Vanessa ], Lisa Ling [ Herself ], Joyce Guy [ Meg Campbell ], Jack Blessing [ Mr. Overton ], Elston Ridgle [ Security Guard No. 1], Carolyn Mignini [ Dr. Jan Adams ], Kelvin Garvanne [ Kyle ], Joe Torre [ Martin ], Fredro Starr [ Kareem ], Christine Avila [ Lupe Guerrero ], A.J. Cano [ Pablo Guerrero ], Lynda Odums [ The ER Nurse ], Susan Merson [ Norma Joelson ], Rugg Williams [ Worker No. 1 ], John M. Williams [ Jacob Dore ], Anthony Holiday [ The Ward Nurse ]

      After Callie shows compassion for a convicted child molester who's being beaten by protestors, her reaction is questioned by others. Meanwhile, Chaka and James try to photograph a ghost; and Blanca is hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.

      b: 9 Dec 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    10. _"Trust Me"
      gs: William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Alexis Cruz [ Art Gonzalez ], Christine Avila [ Lupe Guerrero ], Carl Sundstrom [ The Police Officer ], Laura Julian [ Claudia ]

      When the students suspect a newcomer of being a narc, Louanne tries to prove them wrong. Meanwhile, Callie is worried about possible repercussions for having informed on a drug dealer; and Hal asks Louanne out to dinner.

      b: 16 Dec 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    11. _"Moonstruck"
      gs: William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity ], Antoine Roundtree [ Terry ], James Pickens, Jr. [ Coach Butch Kelly ], James Lesure [ Carl Murray ], W. Alex Clarke [ The Bus Driver ], Alexis Cruz [ Art Gonzalez ]

      Cornelius is attracted to Callie and encourages by Mr. Griffin to ask her out. Meanwhile, James, who wants to have his grades raised in order to try out for basketball, strikes a deal with Louanne.

      b: 30 Dec 96 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    12. _"To'e Me Up, To'e Me Down"
      gs: William Converse-Roberts [ Hal Gray ], Tone Loc [ Mr. Summers ], Jenny O'Hara [ Jean ], Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], James Gervasi [ Mr. Skogsberg ], David Lago [ The Student ], Rise Toor [ The Nurse ], Brandon Durand [ Kid No. 1 ], Terry Wilkerson [ Kid No. 2 ], Corwin "The Atomic" [ Kid No. 3 ], Jeffrey Gunther [ Jamaican Baker ], Jan Marc Klienman [ Julien ]

      The news that her ex-husband is remarrying affects Louanne; a teacher's death causes Barkus to change his approach to students; and Cornelius is reluctant to take his graffiti talents to a higher level.

      b: 6 Jan 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    13. _"The Feminine Mystique"
      gs: Kamau Holloway [ Chaka ], Christine Avila [ Lupe Guerrero ], A.J. Cano [ Pablo Guerrero ], Zahn McClarnon [ Carlos Montalvo ], Ana Mercedes [ Carmen Montalvo ], Lombardo Boyar [ Fatty ], Rolando Molina [ Joker ], Efren Ramirez [ Nutty ], Malinda Williams [ Lashawn ], Bee-Be Smith [ Denise ], Redena Bivins [ Nikki ], Dig Wayne [ The Foreman ]

      Louanne arranges for a house to be built by volunteer labor for Blanca and her family, whose home was destroyed by fire. But when she asks the students for their help, she learns that the construction site is disputed territory between two rival gangs.

      b: 13 Jan 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    14. _"Everybody Wants It"
      gs: Mariah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity ], Meredith Monroe [ Tracy Daiken ], Arthur Taxier [ Henry Daiken ], Alex Wright [ Dr. Tina Delacourt ], Ben Siegler [ Paul Drummond ], Sean Parhm [ Andre Hampton ], Victoria Morsell [ Judy Sloan ], Jill Ritchie [ Megan ], Erica Doering [ Marcie ], Jeffrey Lee II [ Martin Wood ], Val Lauren [ David ], Ginny Schreiber [ Sarah ]

      The students ask (and some fail to ask) each other to a school Valentine's dance; Louanne takes a job as a waitress; Gusmaro works delivering liquor; and a new student joins the academy program.

      b: 10 Feb 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    15. _"Three Guns"
      gs: Meredith Monroe [ Tracy ], Myriah Darden [ Tyeisha ], Zahn McClarnon [ Carlos ], Nezben Deason [ Punk No. 1], Maxwell Marshall [ Punk No. 2 ], Colby French [ The Male Officer ], Daniell Petty [ The Female Officer ], John Fujioka [ Lama Yeshe Dorjee ], Koji Kataoka [ Dhondup Janyang ], Dom Magwili [ Lobsang Sangpo ], Breck White [ Kevin ], Marcus Johnson [ Tony ], Bobby Jacoby [ Jordan ]

      Gusmaro is with Louanne when preteens steal her car, and his self-confidence is shaken as a result. Meanwhile, Mr. Griffin brings Tibetan monks to school to talk about nonviolence; and James takes driving lessons from Mr. Bartkus.

      b: 1 Mar 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    16. _"A Different Light"
      gs: Meredith Monroe [ Tracy ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity ], Christine Avila [ Lupe ], Lynn Hamilton [ Flora ], David MacArthur [ Victor Parkmont ], Arthur Taxier [ Henry Daiken ], Stacy Fields [ Monique ], Jennifer Hengstenberg [ Joni ], Nick Spano [ The Soccer Player ], Sal Lopez [ Father Rios ], Alisa Smego [ Sophomore Girl No. 1 ], Deborah Brown [ Sophomore Girl No. 2 ], Opal Archel [ Maryellen Kennedy ]

      As the school's 50th anniversary approaches, Gusmaro discovers that the man for whom it's named was a racist. Meanwhile, Blanca learns a secret about Garrity and spreads it; and Alvina rebels against the cafeteria's food.

      b: 8 Mar 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    17. _"Teach, Don't Touch"
      gs: Jenny O'Hara [ Jean ], Jeff Cahill [ Garrity Hartman ], Craig Wasson [ Douglas Hartman ], Ryan Bollman [ Teddy Dean ], Steve Nevill [ Mr. Frederick Dean ], Moira Prica [ Mrs. Carol Dean ], Wayne Collins [ Sean ], Matthew Sutherland [ Paul Weldon ], Theo [ Don Yamamoto ], Kevin Breif [ Superintendent Rudiger ], Lawrence Pressman [ Dr. Milton Rappaport ], Garrett Davis [ The Security Officer ], Reni Santoni [ Gerald Kaminsky ], Rob Monroe [ McCaffrey ], Reggie Lee [ The Student ], Zeb Sanders III [ The Clerk ]

      After Louanne hugs a distressed student, the lad accuses her of molesting him. While her class and the faculty support her, opposition comes from the boy's father, who is president of the school board.

      b: 15 Mar 97 pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________

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