Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)
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Meet Your New Teacher: Batteries Not Included 

Woodman brings a computer into the Sweathogs' class to teach their lessons and the class grades increase dramatically. But now, Kotter is jealous because the computer is making him feel obsolete.

Director:

Bob Claver

Writers:

Gabe Kaplan (created by) (as Gabriel Kaplan), Gabe Kaplan (creator) (as Gabriel Kaplan) | 7 more credits »
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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 (credit only)
Sonny Melendrez ... Computer (voice)
Ernest Harada ... Mr. Jan
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Woodman brings a computer into the Sweathogs' class to teach their lessons and the class grades increase dramatically. But now, Kotter is jealous because the computer is making him feel obsolete.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After the computer terminal is wheeled into the classroom Kotter turns it on without plugging it into the wall first. See more »

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References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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Your social studies robot
3 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Meet Your New Teacher: Batteries Not Included" examines an idea first mooted in "Dr. Epstein, I Presume," that of a social studies robot, here shown to be a computer console that fascinates the Sweathogs and gives Kotter more spare time than he's had for years. Woodman sees the machine as his ticket to the top, with the remedial grades at an all time high, but Gabe has his misgivings about being replaced by a computer. Ernest Harada makes the second of his three appearances as Mr. Jan of the school board, who arrives in time to notice some chicanery perpetrated by the Sweathogs. This was the second of three third season episodes in which John Travolta as Barbarino is absent, a more frequent occurrence during the show's final year.


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